Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Mystery of Grace

"I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us." — Anne Lamott

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs and Spa

Our cousins spa day happened yesterday here.

It was a perfect, hot summer morning when I arrived. Parking was a breeze at the opening hour 8:30 a.m. I walked the grounds and found a perfectly located lounge chair by the lap pool.

While I waited for my cousins to arrive I swam. My advice get there early.

I had the pool all to myself! hee hee

I'm not sure what they call this shallow pool area but it was full of people on floating devices. They looked very relaxed.

Many lounging spots throughout the grounds

Lots of daily activities, tours of the botanical gardens, water aerobics classes etc. are posted in the schedules. Make sure you get a map of the area too.

Plenty of private lockers, towels, spinners to wring out wet bathing suits in the dressing areas.

Indoor and outdoor Roman baths

Fun area to coat yourself in red clay.

Great salads are just a few of the many choices at Cafe Sole. Wine as well as cocktails can be ordered and delivered pool side if you desire.

Private cabana areas can be reserved.

There are about 17 pools to choose from. Plenty of nice lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa is an 11-acre oasis in the desert outskirts of Corona, California about an hour drive (57 miles) south-east of Los Angeles. The luxurious grounds have grown up around a natural mineral hot spring that gives the resort its name. You can fill a whole day at Glen Ivy Spa without ever booking a treatment. There are plenty of ways to pass the time between the many pools, Roman baths, the red clay mud bath aka "Club Mud", mineral baths, sauna, steam room and relaxing in the tropically landscaped gardens or taking a fitness class - all included for the price of admission, which ranges between $40-50.00* (includes parking, lockers and use of most of the above named facilities.) Unique spa treatments are available as a-la-carte add-ons. (Make appts. in advance). * In 2011 they are celebrating their 150th anniversary with the gift of a free admission on your birthday.

Hours: Warm Season (May 1-Oct. 8:30 am - 6 pm, Cool Season 9:30 am - 5 pm

Note: Reservations are not required for admission, just for individual treatments.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

25000 Glen Ivy Road

Corona, CA 92883

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tim's Graduation Celebration

On Sunday June 26th, family and friends gathered to celebrate my nephew Tim's college graduation. It was a wonderful time for us to come together to say:

The house was decorated with signs of cheer...

Everyone was ready to party, especially our graduate: TIM

You are now one of the Cal Poly Pomona ALUMNI!


The tables looked so nice in the backyard.

In the kitchen your mom led the helpers in a whirlwind frenzy of amazing food preparation.

Behind the scenes your mom Barb has been working so hard to make this a grand party.

Great job Barb!

Nick was the resident bartender, well lets just say if you step behind the bar the job is yours

Good thing too because the cousins are a demanding group!

What's your pleasure ladies?

Here's Tim's proud dad Randy with Tim's uncle Mike.

The food was pretty amazing.

Tons' of appetizers like guacamole, crab mousse, vege trays with dips, sandwiches, little fried spring rolls with sweet and sour dipping sauces, shrimp cocktails and more...

trays of sushi too.

Hot dogs with all the trimmings were available...

A big pot of chili ready to feed the crowd.

Then there were big trays of glass noodle chow mein,

Hawaiian style chicken wings,

Fried chicken Katsu

Here are some of the endless sides: macaroni and cheese, potato salad, broccoli chopped salad, chinese chicken salad, corn and rice (gotta have our rice).

Lots of good old fashioned family time...cousins Miyoshi and Tim

Aunties Nancy and Ann

Miyo wants to go for a swim but says, "I'm not going in alone!"

Lots of friends gathering poolside.

The Mango Cake was delicious!

Party went into the night and people started to gather for a big group photo of Tim and his friends.

Everyone say "Congrats to Tim!"

Guess the night wouldn't be complete without throwing the guest of honor in the pool

This started a chain reaction and one by one they all went a swimming!

It was a great night and a wonderful celebration for my nephew Tim!

Congratulations on your graduation. The future holds so many bright and wonderful adventures ahead. Here's to many more successes in life!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Dreams

"Where all the days run into each other,
and the nights belong to lust and lovers,
and every day is Saturday night..."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yay for SUMMER!

"Lazy days...

beautiful nights...

tanned skin...

water fights...

cute boys...

awesome friends...

school's out..


Flip Flops...

belly Tops...

lemonade in the shade...

late Nights...

water fights...

ice Cream...

sweet Dreams...

party Time...

looking fine...

sleeping in...

sneaking out...

That’s what Summers all About!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Summer- Get Carried Away!

"Like a bird perched on a frail branch
I have wings."
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