I remember learning to boogie board with Grandma Lo, watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Grandaddy Geiger when he was pretty sick from his treatment for lung cancer, going to the yum-yum with him for donuts, and going to Disney Land with Uncle Adam. I remember fresh squeezed orange juice, Grandma's garden in the mornings, sitting in the hot tub under the stars, and the salty air of the ocean in June.
We visited enough to make friends with the neighbor kids, to know the best places to ride bikes, find a running trail or the best beaches for people watching. We went back as adults with family, with friends. Todd lived in Grandma Lo's "tree house" apartment for several years while working in his first job after college. He and Susan were engaged to be married in La Jolla. Grandaddy Geiger and Uncle Adam both died there, in their home away from home that was California, they were always Kansans at heart.
So many memories. What type of memories will these little guys make? Hopefully great ones of carefree days on the beach and in the sun with grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and cousins - the people that truly matter in life.
The Geiger cousins headed home the day before us and it was quiet in the house after that, especially for Charlie. It was Valentine's Day and Ryan made dinner for all of us. Charlie helped!