Road Trip

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.

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our place setting made just for Wylder by MASK

our place setting made just for Wylder by MASK

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.

on the road

on the road

on the road

on the road

morning view

morning view

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. 

walk

walk

whale watch

brothers

brothers

dolphin!!

dolphin!!

cousin todd

cousin todd

Bothers Jason and Campbell (ryan was out surfing)

Bothers Jason and Campbell (ryan was out surfing)

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! 

they are getting SO big

they are getting SO big

in newport

in newport

The Pearson's

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tower of terror, ba ha ha!!  see us top left.

tower of terror, ba ha ha!! see us top left.

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grammy and pap coming in hot

grammy and pap coming in hot

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?!!    

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 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.

surf

 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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Comments

  1. The luncheon looked lovely! And I’m so glad you and Stephen had an oppotunity to get away and just BREATHE :) xoxo

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thank you Eileen. You know the power of the Magic Kingdom!! We loved reading your blog about taking all the kids there and how everyone was so happy and we know how you will cherish those memories forever. Lots of love. xoxo

  2. cari gallo says:

    Shannon so great to hear of your travels!!!! Tears in my eyes imagining you hear that song at Disney but happy heart knowing for sure Wylder is with you!!! I will see you on our next AZ trip, sorry the last one was a wild ride of kiddos in and out. Much love and many hugs to you my beautiful friend.

    Cari

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      That is just what is was in the moment Cari … I felt him1= all the way! I will look forward to our girlie catch up on your next visit, Steven had such a wonderful time seeing Joe … as always. Love you both. xoxo

  3. Sounds like you had an exhausting but wonderful weekend!

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      ha ha Jill!! You got that right. We were whipped when we got home, but loved every second of our trip. xoxo

  4. ” 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.”

    Wow, very well said Shannon.

    Miss you guys, hope to see you soon.

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thanks Mike, it was another reminder this weekend. Miss you guys too. Give your little darlings a squeeze from us! xoxo

  5. What a magical time you had…..so glad you both got some renjuvenation time…..no doubt Mr. Littles was along for the entire holiday xoxoxoxox

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      It was magical Leslie … I had truely forgotten how special the Magic Kindom really is. They don’t call it the “happiest place on earth for nothing.” xxoo :)

  6. Tracey McFadden says:

    Shannon, so glad you guys had a great time….I was also in Cali this week and had a short but sweet visit with Evelyn and Jim….Love them!

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      I am so glad!!! They are the best grandparents on the PLANET! I will see Nana for a girls weekend for her birthday at the end of next month … all the cousins, aunties, sisters etc are so excited. xoxo

  7. OMG! I want to come!!! How amazing and what a wonderful week:) I am so glad, even the road trip to get there sounded so much fun:) I wish Wylder could have been there in body too, he would have loved it, but I do know that he was there with you watching and laughing. I can tell your hearts are so full after that trip! mine was just reading it:) so much love, Chelsea

  8. Jessie Budd-Thanos says:

    Shannon I am continually blown away by your positivity and your ability to recognize how much the little things in life mean (or should mean!) to us! After reading your posts I am always inspired to work harder on appreciating all that I have, all that I will have and that I have had. Thank you for continuing to be such an inspiration!!!

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thank you so much Jessie. Because of Wylder I am contantly reminded of all the goodness in this World and like you said … how much the little things in life SHOULD mean. Although there will always be so much sadness, our promise to him to to remember always and to be his voice … which means to live a better more full life. Thank you for continuing to read our blog. xoxo

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