Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy 90th Birthday Grandpa

Let's get this party started. Grandpa do you have any words of wisdom for your family? " No, my ear Dr. asked me the same thing.  It's a secret"  Grandpa do you have a bucket list?  Anything you still want to do? "Nope, I'm not George Bush, I don't want to jump out of an airplane."  Me neither Grandpa.

When Grandpa was 18 he enlisted in the Army and spent many days on a troop ship to the Philippines to fight in WWII for 3 years.  His division of 150 beach headed the island of Cebu.  They were the forth wave and he talks about how they got out of the ship in 5 feet of water carrying a backpack and part of the motor and as he got to the beach he saw many men laying on the beach.  He wondered why they weren't getting up.  After the Americans took that island they were planning on going to Japan.  Fortunately when the got to Japan the was was over and Grandpa helped rescue the POWs.  When it was all said and done he was 1 of 7 from his group of 150 returned home.  Thank you for your service and thank you Heavenly Father for letting him be our Grandpa.

The birthday celebration continues in San DiegoGrandpa what is the best invention that you have seen in your 90 years?  "The telephone."  Grandpa the telephone was before your time.  "Yes but not the cell phone.  All these people can be on the phone at the same time and nobody runs into each other.  When I was a kid we had a party line and we had to take turns using the phone.  My number was 3336j."
Grandpa LOVES donuts, especially the huge "Escandonut" dogs and Grandma.  Maybe his secret is eat lots of donuts and you will live long and prosper.

Peterson Donut might be Don and Nita's happy place but mine is the beach.  It is beautiful perfect weather!
Dane got a wild hair to go to Ensanada so the party continues in Mexico.  It was a beautiful hour drive south of Sand Diego on highway 1 along the coast.  Spent the night in a very nice hotel over looking the harbor.
Ensanada was very clean and green.  We stayed in a very nice hotel and enjoyed some great shrimp tacos.  The next day we headed back to San Diego through Tijuana.  Tijuana is huge with about 1 million people everywhere.  We tried to find the Temple but didn't have any luck.  We sat at the boarder waiting for an hour.   Several people were selling all kinds of junk, blankets, wooded stools, statues of Jesus. Lots of people crossing the boarder and for a good reason.

 Sunset on the Coronado Beach
one without people

We stayed at the Del Cornado and while Don and Nita hung out Dane and I rented bikes and rode all over the island.  It was perfect weather and so fun. 
Life is good

 San Diego is all of our favorite place, especially Coronado.  We ate lots of great Mexican food, walked on the beach, enjoyed the warm weather, shopped a little and ate some more.  Grandpa want to come back in 2 years to celebrate Grandma's 90 birthday? "OK let's do it."

Right on this beach Dane asked me to marry him 42 years ago and I still love him and love to come here.

We have watched many a wave right from this bench

Don and Nita like the Imperial Beach pier

Love you Darlin, you are the best! 

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