To visit family (I haven't been "home" in over a year and a half), but mostly to celebrate Laura turning 30!
Before we can celebrate her turning thirty next Tuesday, (July 22nd) we first must say farewell to her twenties.
If you've ever read Laura's blog "It's good to be me!" you know that she knows how to throw a party for a friend like you would not believe.
Now it was time for a party for herself.
First off was a four hour brunch at a local restaurant on the edge of small air field.
th Aero Squadron restaurant has a WWI theme, which is pretty close to being 1920.
Next you invite all your friends to come join you through out the day...in 20's style dress.
th party with the theme "Paint the Town Red.
The girl with the purple boa is named Heather. She graduated from UT Arlington with Laura, and now the two of them both work for San Diego Hospice, Heather in pediatric and Laura in hospital liaison.
Both of them love life and celebrate life daily.
That's Heather's husband David next to her; he is in medical research. Laura was part of their wedding last fall.
Crystal is next to me in the cloche; you might remember her from the blog where I asked people to vote on which hat she should wear to a wedding.
She is now totally hooked on hats.
Later two other friends from work dropped by too.
Crystal was our getaway driver.
The Big Dipper rollercoaster in Mission Beach was built in 1926, so of course taking a ride on it had to be part of saying farewell to one's 20's.
My parent's rode it back when they were kids....
Amazingly, we got parking right up in front!
And folks had told us it just couldn't be done on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon.
We are always in trouble, but it is worth it to have fun.
Laura enjoyed yelling out that it was her birthday at every corner we drove around.
Love the old style building.
And his moll.
Surrounded by candies created in the 1920s, we played a four hour long Murder Mystery Game.
It turned out that Laura was the player who did the dastardly deed!
The whole day was the perfect way to say good bye to one's 20's.
Laura really had a great time during those years: she graduated from college, started her nursing career, visited all 50 states, lived in Hawaii, Santa Barbara, Philadelphia, LA, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake, San Diego, and Houston, bought a brand new car, traveled to Scotland, Mexico, Canada, and Sweden, wrote a novel, jumped out of an airplane, got engaged, planned a wedding, then ditched the guy just in the nick of time.
Those were some really crazy years.
Can't wait to see what she does in her thirties.
Whatever it is, I'm with her and behind her all the way.
I've put more pictures of the day in a slide show that you can enjoy by clicking here.
Wish you could of been here too!