Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wedding Weekend: Flying To Chico

 We're off to Ron & Mary's wedding!  Everyone is pretty excited as we wait in the San Diego airport.
 Here is Teo returning to his seat after checking to see if our plan has arrived.
 The boys were as good as gold on the plane.  Teo on his mother's lap.
 Troy after pulling the shade down to I could take a photo.
At the Sacramento airport getting ready to find our luggage.

Wedding Weekend: The City of Chico

The city of Chico is gorgeous.  Basically a college and farming town founded well over 100 years ago,  it is big enough to have things to do yet small enough to feel safe and easy to traverse.  Right after we checked into the Hotel Diamond,  we went to the Farmer's Market that happened to be going at that time.  A clown gave Troy and Teo balloons.
 They were thrilled!
 The town is clean and safe enough and feels as though it moves at a couple paces slower than San Diego.  Which is fine by us - it's nice to slow down once in awhile.
 There are even a few nice cars running around.
 For being a college town,  there are a surprising number of things for little kids to do also.  At the Chico Mall for example, there is a pretty nice play area that Teo and Troy fully utilized.
 Can I have some money, grandma?
Teo now starring in "King Kong"

Wedding Weekend: Caper Acres

 One of the gems of Chico is a park called Caper Acres.
 We take the grandkids to this well-maintained park every time we visit, and they adore the place.
 It has some of the most unique equipment I've seen.
 Teo in the tower for a slide.

 As Teo says,  "weeee!"
 On this particular day, the Boys & Girls Club was visiting.  We are big fans of the B&G C, as our kids spent much time there growing up.
 Teo and his smile!

 Peeking out of the dragon fish!
 Time to go to the fort!
 We had a hard time keeping up with him.  Here's Lucy trying her best to keep up.
 We think this used to be a fountain that is now capped off.
 Teo joining Troy in the sandbox.

 And Teo's off again.

Troy:  Where'd they go?

Dave:  I dunno.
 Back to the fort!  Lucy keeping an eye on Teo.
 Teo:  Where's my mom?
 Found her!

Wedding Weekend: Rehearsal Dinner

 Instead of having a traditional rehearsal dinner, Ron & Mary chose to have a picnic for everyone who would be attending the wedding.  That way, no one was left out!  A fantastic idea.

I didn't capture everyone who attended the picnic,  but I did catch a few of the folks.  Here is Ron, Keith, and Landon.
 From left:  Drew and Crystal Litsey came all the way from North Carolina!  And Debbie and Neal Blodgett came from Las Vegas!
 Teo really enjoying his popcorn ball and a spiked football.
 Not sure of everyone in this photo but Mary's parents Malcolm and Kathy are at the picnic bench and my nephew Alex Guzman is in the black shirt.
 Lucy and Teo.

 At one point Teo wandered off and found a mud puddle.  He didn't notice his dad walking up.  Right after I snapped this shot, Teo looked up and, see his dad, showed him his muddy hands!  It was too cute...
 They decided to rejoin the group after a quick hand rinse in the river...
...well maybe a trip to the bathroom first!

Wedding Weekend: Campus Tour

 While in Chico, we had the chance to walk around the California State University, Chico campus.  This is where I went to school, as well as John who walked with us.  Our son Ron is going to CSUC right now.  In fact, he works in this building - Laxson Auditorium.
 One of the more beautiful things about the campus is the creek that runs through the middle of campus.  Foot bridges provide access to the various buildings, and provide a welcome respite from the stress as one walks from one class to the next.  Here, Lucy and Teo take a moment to pause while walking across the creek.
 No signs of stress here!
 In front of Holt Hall, the math building, Troy finds a stick...
...and does his best Andy Griffith Show impression!
 Another foot bridge.
 Lucy and Teo enjoying the squirrels and tall trees.
Pausing along the creek.
 Teo, Lucy and Troy.
 This is Butte Hall.  I always thought of it as the building with geography classes and where the mainframes were kept, since those were my goals when I went in the building.  But apparently it hosts communication classes and anthropology also now.
 The lawn in front of Butte Hall.
 Meriam Library.   I spent a lot of time here since I lived an hour away from campus in Yuba City with my wife and son.  I had to have a place to study between classes, and that was the nice quiet nooks in Meriam Library.  My home away from home.
Many of my classes were in Siskiyou Hall since that was where the computer science department was centered at the time (I believe it is now in the newly built O'Connell Technology Center).  For whatever reason, I didn't swing the camera around and get a shot of Siskiyou,  but I did get this shot of Teo and Troy walking away from it.
 Lucy and my wife sitting in the plaza.
 Troy, Lucy, Teo, and my wife.
 Glenn Hall.  The only time I was ever in there was for an accounting class.
 This building is new.  It did not exist when I was in school.  It is the Student Services Center, apparently.
 Teo approaching the rose garden in front of Glenn Hall.
 The statue at the edge of the rose garden.
 Lucy and Teo after their tour of the rose garden.
 Our gang:  Mary, John, Alex, my wife, Troy, Teo, and Lucy.
 The sculptures in front of Ayres Hall, the art building.

 Mary, John,and Alex with Ayres Hall in the background.  I took a few art appreciation courses in there.  It was fun.  I got to walk by the room where they did nude modeling.

 My wife and John.