Beach baby

Beach baby

A couple of weeks ago Don and I made a quick weekend trip to San Diego to meet our newest grandson.

Sunset over the water
Sunset over the water

We love the beach, but the real attraction was the cute boy.
Landon met us at the airport appropriately strapped into the car seat – and seemingly resigned to confinement.

Car seat trance
Car seat trance

We loved seeing the parents in action.
They’re assuming their new roles masterfully.

They think he's pretty awesome
They think he's pretty awesome

Takes a lot of stuff for a walk on the beach
Takes a lot of stuff for a walk on the beach

He looks like a natural
Don't you think he looks like a natural?

The grandparents had plenty of time to get acquainted.

Grandpa Don bouncing the boy
Grandpa Don bouncing the boy
Landon isn't sure what to think about Grandma Lynn
Landon isn't sure what to think about Grandma Lynn

We sure think he’s cute!

Life is serious stuff
Life is serious stuff
See ya later!
See ya later!
Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow

May 28, 2009

Anticipation
Anticipation

The Butler family social event of the season took place at the Wedding Bowl – a park overlooking the beach in La Jolla.

We had a great view of the ocean from our seats
We had a great view of the ocean from our seats

The weather was NOT wedding day perfect, and as we waited for the ceremony to begin, the clouds, breeze and cool (actually cold) temperatures made us all wish we had classy jackets to match our wedding finery.

The groom - cool and collected
The groom - calm and collected

Nathan remained his usual cool self and chatted with the guests after giving Peter some last minute instructions about the music.  Pete was more nervous than Nate – certain he would ruin the occasion by messing up the music.  But he handled that i-pod like a champ.

Katie took her job very seriously
The flower girl took her job very seriously

Peter got the music going, and Katie demurely made her way down the ramp scattering the flower petals as she’d been instructed.  When she got to the front and still had petals left in the basket, the minister told her to just dump them all out.  She dutifully obeyed, so Nikki had a plush cushion of rose petals under [one of] her feet.

A daddy-daughter moment
A daddy-daughter moment

As Nikki and her dad started down, I found myself looking from Nikki to the waiting Nate and back again.  Their grins were contagious!  And “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” seemed the perfect background.

I do!
I do! I do!

Nikki’s excitement was evident as she bounced and rocked on her heels while they promised to love, honor and respect each other.  Nate kept grinning.  And we all shared their enthusiasm!

Let the celebration begin!
Let the celebration begin

They were as delicious as they were beautiful
The cakes were as delicious as they were beautiful

The reception dinner was a delicious barbecue catered by Phil’s.  The cakes (carrot with cream cheese icing and white with berry filling and white chocolate icing) were the perfect ending.

Mr. & Mrs. Butler
Mr. & Mrs. Butler

and the dreams that you dare to dream
really do come true.