Here I am. There You are!! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the last few days of 2015.
Here I am, playing and exploring and relaxing with my family this afternoon on the Stanford campus, downtown Palo Alto and at home sweet home. I want to share with you some of the beautiful and fun things we discovered while wandering and exploring and geocaching.
Gorgeous light on a naked tree in a green field.
Exploring the new arts building.
Gorgeous planters around campus.
Exercise as play.
Charlie found the smallest geocache ever and was so proud and excited!
Playing with shapes.
Hoover Tower as the sun went down.
Playing together at home.
Life is good.
Happy almost New Year. Wishing you lots of love and peace!
My favorite part of going to Stanford football games is the pre-party, tailgating with family and friends. It feels like we’re speed-camping without the sleepover part. I love watching the kids play in a safe environment outside near by the adults. I love setting up tables with an abundance of food and sharing a communal table.
Being in the stadium is exciting too, watching all the action, cheering with friends, and just hanging out together, especially when Stanford wins.
Life is good.
The score was 35-0. Stanford beat Army on a gorgeous, summer day with a slight breeze flowing through the stadium. The students aren’t back in school yet so the crowd was sparse.
We enjoyed a mini-tailgate with friends and our family, after a morning of soccer games, and got to enjoy more friends once we got inside the stadium.
My favorite parts of the game were the beginning and the end. At the beginning of the game, Stanford cheerleaders and armed service personnel held and waved a giant flag while the Stanford band performed on the field.
Nearby the Boy Scouts of America stood at attention in their uniforms as the National Anthem played.
At the end of the game, Stanford ran off the field, following Army to their fan and band area to sing Army’s Alma Mater together.
When the song was over, Army followed Stanford to their fan and band area and stood together, singing Stanford’s Alma Mater. This was very touching.
United we stand.
Life is good.
This is my word for the new year. Actually it came from my husband. We were sitting at the Rose Bowl today and he thanked me for coming on this crazy journey with him. We both like to play with words and this became our new one. Is it even a real word?
We are both enjoying this life journey together. We are somewhat adventurous and both share different ideas of what fun looks like, and tend to follow one another. Today was such a day. Jeff had the idea of going to the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl. I had never been before and love shared family experiences. I was in.
And so we shared the co-journey together. With the kids and my dad and my brother. We met up with friends and enjoyed tailgating together in the Pasadena sunshine.
We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day. And even though Stanford lost to Michigan State, the journey and shared experience were still amazing.
I wonder where the next journey will take us. I have a few ideas already mapped out for me and my cojourners.
What is your word of the year?
I love this place! It was such a gorgeous day out by the Stanford Dish. Hoover tower is out in the distance, as well as San Francisco Bay and surrounding cities. It was so hot though, but totally worth it to be outside. I love coming up here and hiking and chatting and admiring the views. Time flies. I have so many great memories from here – like when Stacey was pregnant with Miss C and we’d walk early in the morning before I went to work. And family walks, and fireworks before they put up fences, and my 40th birthday with Michele, and now today with Marcia. What a great day!! Don’t you want to walk down this path with me? Or maybe you’d rather walk up? Can’t wait to go again. xo