Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Break Update

We celebrated Easter in lovely Bakersfield. It’s my dad’s hometown and my grandma’s still there. I grew up complaining about having to go to Bakersfield. My dad jokingly defended it, and sometimes he’d get a little touchy. His parents were divorced and remarried, essentially doubling our time there. Now my grandma is the last surviving grandparent on my dad’s side, and Bakersfield is one of those places imprinted with golden childhood memories.

Plus you can get a nice hotel room for a reasonable rate and shopping’s interesting – it’s a test market with good outlets. The women there dress with a certain fascinating flair. Young and old alike are more on trend than you might imagine . . . but there's something that also screams Bakersfield in many of the more noticeable outfits you see around town. In the last fifteen years or so, it seems to be a place with no shortage of disposable income. I’m not sure how Bakersfield is doing in the depression/recession but it is still full of mcmansions, corporate chains, and new cars.

My daughters did not make the Bakersfield trip all that easy. They were a nightmare on the way there in the car. There was a lot of screaming and crying for everyone involved. They did not want to take pictures in their Easter dresses. I had just about enough of them but tried my best to coax them into a civilized picture. I don't know why I try so hard because I always like the uncivilized pictures best.

My grandma turned 97 last week. Extended family began the celebration at a BJ's Brewery in Bakersfield Saturday night and continued with Easter activities on Sunday. It had been a couple years since I had seen my grandma, and I was amazed at how great she still looks. She was a nurse who worked into her seventies and was always concerned with good health and putting her best face forward. My daughters stared at her sparkly purple jewelry. Daisy announced that her great-grandma must have eaten her veggies . . . why yes she did. She's not afraid of chocolate and red wine either, but that's a story for when you're older.

We returned home from Bakersfield Sunday night then left for Tahoe on Monday. My in-laws have a place in Tahoe, so it's our bargain, go-to vacation, although it's been almost two years since I've been here as well. Now that I think of it, there's a lot of things I haven't done in two years. I'm blaming unemployment. We're in Tahoe now. We arrived to a snowstorm yesterday. The kids made it clear they are done with road trips, so I'm not sure how we're getting home.

I'm considering snowboarding this week. I've gone once or twice since having kids. I hesitate because of my tailbone, which I cracked while learning to snowboard ten years ago then fractured again in childbirth. It's kind of blocking my enthusiasm for hitting the slopes but we'll see. I was a mediocre skier who became a mediocre snowboarder. Couldn't be prouder.

Today was spent mostly with a family we know who lives up here. The couple is good friends with both my husband and I, and their daughter is Daisy's long distance bff. They even have a dog who plays with our dog. Later, I took a walk with my dog in the spring sun, melting snow all around. Check out my snow angel. I didn't really fall clumsily into the snow, causing my dog to bark with concern and cars to slow to make sure I wasn't having some kind of episode.


  1. Your daughters look adorable! I'm glad I have a boy but sometimes I wish I could dress him in dresses. lol

    I also LOVE that picture of the trees in the mirror. Its fantastic!

  2. Thanks! Maybe your son would like a festive kilt? I love boy clothes too. If I had a son, I would have him in different "outfits" . . . surfer, gangsta, cowboy, business, business casual. I'm sure boys like lots of outfits, right? Girls clothes are great but my kids no longer let me pick out their clothes.