October 2, 2009


What an amazing 4 days Giovanni and I had. We took advantage of my JetBlue benefits and took a quick trip to SAN FRANCISCO! It is amazing to think that it has been 24 years since I have been there! What was I thinking waiting so long!
This is one of only two or three trips where we haven't taken the boys with us! IT WAS GREAT! I hate to say that, but it was so nice to have some down time and enjoy each other and not have to worry about the kids or do what they wanted to do. We were on our own schedule and it was HEAVEN!
We got to SF on Monday morning, picked up our rental car and went straight to FREMONT. That is where I grew up from 1st grade (1971) until after I graduated from High School (we moved to Utah in 1985). I have to admit that it was surreal to go back and see my home where I grew up and to go to the elementary school and high school where I spent so much time. (Didn't have to much time to go to the Jr. High).

We went by my grandmother's old home. It has changed some because they made the street wider and took out part of the lawn, but it seems to be maintained well. Then we passed by our LDS ward house. What memeories I have from that building!

After that it was off to have an early dinner with family! We spent a few nice hours with Michelle' (David's ex-wife), Christopher (Dave's son),Michael, Steadman, and Kelsey (Michelle's kids). It was so nice to see Chris and Michael again. I can't even remember the last time I saw him. It really brought tears to my eyes when he walked in the restraunt. It was nice to catch up with Michelle' as well. It has been since 1985 when I saw her last. She still makes me laugh like she always did. We went to La Casita for lunch. A favorite Mexican restraunt of our family when we lived in Fremont. What memories!!!

The next day we went to lunch with our friends Max and Cybele. We went to a wonderful restraunt in Berkely by the bay and spent a splendid afternoon with them. (I cant believe I didn't get a picture of Cybele!)

Then on Tuesday evening Gio and I went to go see "WICKED"!!! It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!
We had a wonderful time and it was so much better than we could have imagined. Even Gio was surprised!!!

On Wednesday we spent the day at Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf, and then went to the Golden Gate Bridge. We walked a ways on the bridge, but I am so afraid of heights that I just coulnd't do it! We were there long enough to get a picture of Gio. It was a great day and the weather couldn't have been better!!! The boat ride out on the bay to Alcatraz was so nice and at the prison they have a really neat tour that you can do (with a headphone set).

At Fisherman's Wharf there was this one area where there were so many sea lions, it was jut a sight!

On Thursday morning we had about 3-4 hours before we had to get to the airport to catch our plane so we thought it would be nice to go to the Oakland Temple to the visitor's center. What beautiful grounds and what wonderful memories I have.

And I just had to add these two photos...What a difference a few years makes!!! I was probably about 2 or a little younger when this picture was taken!

What a WONDERFUL vacation we had. It was a great walk down memory lane and also wonderful to make some new memories with Giovanni as well.


Toddica said...

Judi!! I love all your pictures. Looks like you guys had a great time! Was that your first time seeing Wicked? I am obsessed, I seriously love that broadway!!!

Ry + Alicia Voigts said...

CUTE pictures Judi! I love WICKED. It is so GREAT. Hope that you two had a fun time!

The Jeffs Family said...

Looks like you had a great visit to CA! I am jealous of your trip to La Casitas--it is still one of my favorites. Next time you come, we will have to get together. I know how it is when you only have a little bit of time to get everything in. What a fun trip down memory lane!