"Shake, rattle and ROLL! Shake, rattle and ROLL!" HOLY COW!
We started off the day making the 1 1/2 hour drive down to Oceanside to welcome home my niece Staci and Miss Taylor home from the hospital. OMG! We all had such fun. She was the perfect little angel all day. Sigh. Babies are so fun.
Grandpa with Taylor
Grandma with her while Auntie Heather
just kind of drools all over her.
I had to give her a "baby's First Easter" bib.
Nobody else has had time to shop.
I went a little nuts, there are all kinds of the
CUTEST FLIPPIN' outfits ever in that Easter basket.
But Great-Aunties have that right - correct?
I also made her a little plaque for her room . . .
Auntie Jessica is looking mighty comfortable.
Uncle Steve - my nephew - hmmmmm . . .
I wonder when he and Jess will start their family?
Hand off to "Uncle" Justin who doesn't quite know what to think.
Except - with Auntie Heather's help - these
two gave poor little helpless Taylor a mohawk.
I mean - look at all that hair!
Then handed her over to me, who was quite content
just holding her - mohawk and all.
Hand off to my hubbie, who is saying to Taylor,
"Wasn't I just holding your Mommy like this the other day?"
New parents and Great-Uncle Mark with Taylor.
And then it was on to the next party! :( Very sad to leave her and everyone - but what a nice morning.
Up the coast to San Clemente. For a 40th Birthday party for Mark's cousin Scott. While sitting there just enjoying the day . . . the 2nd song came into play.
Now people, I was born and raised in California. I've felt every single earthquake since the Sylmar back in . . . what - 1969? the Whittier, the Landers, the Northridge . . . all of them. But yesterday's 7.2 in Mexicali was the LONGEST quake ever. I have never, ever felt anything like it. It just kept going and going and going. I think it was timed at almost 45 seconds. There were around 50 people in the house and outside around the pool. And it just kept rolling and rolling. No jolts, no shaking, no rattling, just rolling. It felt like you were standing on a boogie board in a swimming pool. Your feet just rolled underneath you. Have you ever been on one of those weird attractions at a carnival when the walkway underneath you rolls and you have to try to walk? That's what it felt like! The water came splashing out of the pool - LOTS of it, the chandeliers went wild - but nothing tipped over, nothing crashed down, everything just kind of rolled right along with it. It was the strangest thing. Some people screamed, some shouted, some ran outside, some stood up like they didn't know quite what was going on. It was interesting to see everyone's reactions. We were all shouting "It's still going!!" I had no idea where Justin and Mark and his folks were, if they were inside the house somewhere or outside - the house was HUGE, like a villa. I just kept expecting it to get worse. And once things finally settled down I kept thinking "Where was the epicenter? Do we have a house left to go home to?" Luckily we had brought the dogs with us and left them at Mark's parent's house a few miles away in San Juan Capistrano. So we knew they were OK. My oldest son Brandon is in Texas with a buddy, so I didn't have to worry about him. Justin was with us - he was OK. My In-laws were at the party with us, so we didn't have to worry about them. Called my niece back down in Oceanside, they were all shaken up but fine. My sister was on the road home - she thought something was wrong with her car, until she noticed everyone else's reaction on the freeway and then figured out it must be an earthquake. Whew. Everyone is fine. And then we finally got it on the news that it was a 6.9 centered in San Diego. holy cow! Then all the reports change as they tend to do and finally got a 6.9 in Mexicali. It wasn't until a few hours later that they upgraded it to a 7.2. That, my friends, is one hell of a strong quake. Bigger than anything we've had in California, including the one in San Francisco during the World Series. A 7.2. Amazing.
It was just one of the strangest quakes ever. We are so Blessed there wasn't a larger loss of life. It's mostly desert down there, not heavily populated - which is a Blessing in itself because this truly could've been disastrous for Mexico. But prayers go out to the two people who did lose their life. On Easter. Very sad.
And now - the first song comes into play - it's pouring cats and dogs outside - and I'm loving it. A good day to clean the house, get caught up on laundry and take the Easter decorations down. Love it!
So that's about it from a new Great-Auntie who feels like she can roll with the best of them! LOL!
Have a great day!