We had a fabulous trip to California last week! Ventura is a coastal town an hour from LA and half-an-hour from Santa Barbara, and it definitely has a cool California vibe.
One thing about it that surprised me is that there are BEAUTIFUL flowering trees and plants everywhere! Thick large oleander and bougainvillea line the roads, and the roses…
Orange trees and orchards stand tight together right up against the road, and there are fruit stands at nearly every corner. We stopped at one of them on day 2 and bought fifty bucks worth of peaches, strawberries, plums, grapes, and avocado. Lawdy, that was some delicious fruit.
We went to California because Seth was called on for a select ball team, the 10U Indians out of Kerrville. GO INDIANS! It was their World Series for Triple Crown Sports, and it was an exciting time for a great group of kids who’ve worked their butts off to make it there! There was lots of baseball practice–muy importante! and camaraderie, swimming, seafood, and naturally, exciting baseball games against some very competitive teams from across the country!
Did I mention seafood?
“We Catch it, We Sell it, We Serve it!”
This is almost all of us 30 minutes before closing at Fishermen’s Catch in Oxnard, Ca. where their slogan is, “We catch it, we sell it, we serve it.” Seriously, you can’t get seafood fresher than that, folks! I had the coconut shrimp and a piece of their fried cod. Sweet mother of pearl it was good. Tried the calamari too, and WOW–yum!
All of the families had a great time in California, and Robert and I were so glad we could send Seth and go with the team and their great families. One of the activities during the week included a Dodgers game in the Owners’ Suite at Dodger Stadium. Talk about WOW! The boys and families were all so impressed and thrilled to be there! We marveled at the memorabilia, learned some Dodgers trivia, and cheered our hearts out! In fact, the Dodgers won their game 3-2 over the Rays thanks to all of the Indians’ cheering and encouragement!
A side note: Dodger Stadium is BE–U–TI–FUL. It sits at the top of a high hill in Los Angeles, surrounded by palm trees and hills all around. I was amazed that a sporting venue so large could be so pretty and removed from city chaos! I guess I’m used to the AT&T Center smack dab in the middle of San Antonio. It was not the same at all! Don’t get me wrong, I will always be a Spurs and San Antonio Rodeo fan, but Dodger Stadium took me by surprise. A baseball oasis. Likewise, the folks working in the Owners’ Suite were very surprised by and impressed with our Indians. They remarked several different times how they liked their manners, and appreciated their good behavior! (That’s a W in this mama’s book!)
I did mention, I loved our trip, right?
Coming home from a sepia-Cali-beautiful-vibe was made easier by the fact that my dear sweet sister-in-law called with the happy news that both Sasha and Gypsy had their puppies! They’re a bit too young yet to photo, we really like to leave them alone with their mamas for the first couple of weeks. Years of experience (sheep, goats, cows, etc) have taught us that the less we hassle mama, the better. Suffice it to say though, there are puppies everywhere! Sasha (XLeo) had five, and Gypsy (X Riley) had four! We are so excited to be able to offer these babies in a couple of weeks! I will keep you posted! Check out Sasha, Leo, Gypsy, and Riley on the “Our Dachshunds” page.
Until then, hang ten, y’all, and God bless!