Our California 4-day weekend was beyond wonderful and was just the get away Steven and I needed. It was so perfect to see and squeeze family and breath in that salt water air. We hit the road in our rig Thursday afternoon around 3:00pm just after the MASK Luncheon. That luncheon was beautiful by the way, with an exquisite group of women and I was so grateful to have my mom and Magic Beth by my side for support. It was beautiful to hear the different stories and journeys that so many women are persevering to make a difference in. The winner was a gal right here from Scottsdale who focus’s on homeless children right here in the valley. As soon as they post here story to there web page I will share it here. I did share our Warrior’s love story with the crowd of people and was grateful for the recognition and the platform to share rare childhood disease (NPA) and Wylder’s most beautiful forever lessons. It was quite an afternoon.
Steven and I then hit the road with tunes and blaring and got into San Diego around 8pm, where the wine was waiting, dinner was warm and we enjoyed the long over do catch up with my dad and joan. I was caught up to date on the happenings of all my brothers (there are three) and we talked about the last time we were in San Diego with Wylder when he has just turned one. It was beyond refreshing to be with family and breath that salt water air and wake up to that gorgeous skyline.
Our trip included long walks, watching brother Jason practice lacrosse, seeing the happily engaged couple Corrin and Uncle Puppy, catch up with brothers, dinners out, tacos at OB Beach, laughter, cousin time, a whale watch and more. And this was just a couple of days. I only wish I had taken more pictures.
Then on Sunday morning it was time to depart and head to our next adventure …. Disneyland. It was an awesome and really is the happiest place on Earth!!! We met up with the Laffoon/Pearson side of the family in Newport Cali (they are all from Colorado, but had planned this vaca) and heading to Disney bright and shinny on Monday morning with Grammy, papa, Uncle Steve, Auntie Jaymee, Madi and BoBo. I woke up in the morning and as I looked in the mirror I said … Wylder, we are going to Disney today … come with us. We closed down the park with the kids and fam and literally grinned our entire way through the day. Rock star Uncle Boot (that is Steven) even got the kids onto the tower of terror by passing the line … he is magic to them forever! His remark the them “now what did we learn there kids …. you don’t ask, you don’t get” HA HA!
We were of course thinking of Wylder the entire time. Wishing he was with us and talking about which rides would have caught his fancy and how he would have loved the people watching. This was the first time Steven and I had been to the Kingdom together and in fact the first time Steven had been back since he was about 12. We found ourselves so patient in lines and not worried about the little things like temporarily broken down rides … a reminder of just how much perspective our Wylder continues to give us on what is really important. To be with out niece and nephew and to fill there happiness oozing out was invigorating. As five of us packed into a tea cup for the ride of our lives with papa and steven manning the wheel, bo bo reminded us that “there are not 5 of us in the cup … but rather 6, because wylder is always with us.” He is so right. Ans as the fireworks began as the night was winding down I was overwhelmed with emotions as I heard “When you wish upon a star” playing as the sky lite up. Beautiful, sad, happy, grateful and true … it was a moment I will remember forever at the park. We left the park around 12:30 am and had a blast and it is all about the memories, right?!!
LINK TO FIREWORK SHOW HERE (the song starts at 3 min and 33 sec in)
We woke up on Tuesday morning and heading to Hurley International where are friend Bob gave us a tour and showed us where Wylder’s surf board had been hand made … WOW! It was a perfect was to end an amazing weekend. We hit the read to head home tired, but happy. If you don’t know about the surf board tribute to Wylder click on the photo below and read the past blog.
Wylder thank you Wylder for reminding us to be grateful for all the we have and that the happiest people are the most beautiful people. It is not just about the fight to end NPA and help rare disease it is about living the life that you would be so proud of, and to love with our whole heart and soul. We love and miss you little one and will see you in our dreams. xoxo
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