Things I am Thankful For – June 2016

Things I am Thankful For – June 2016

It’s time for another edition of “Random Things Amy is Thankful For”

Finding Dory

Note: What follows is spoiler-free, for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see the movie yet ūüôā

My family has been fans of Dory from Finding Nemo ever since the first movie came out. We were all really excited when Pixar announced that a sequel was in the works. I knew immediately that I would want to see it in the theater. To put things in perspective, I personally see an average of one or two movies a year in theaters.

My sister is a huge Dory fan. She discovered a special showing of Finding Dory for opening night, and talked the family in to going to see it together. The showing was called “Dory After Dark,” which was a double feature of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. It started at 9 pm Thursday night. It started at 9 pm, and ended a little after 1 am.

Finding Dory is a really good movie. The movie flashes back to Dory as a very young fish, and baby Dory is possibly one of the cutest things from any Pixar movie, ever. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of kids movies.

Father’s Day – Part 1

We have plans next week to officially celebrate Father’s Day (more on that later). However, we decided at the last minute that not even trying to get together with my parents on Father’s Day was lame. We kept it pretty low key, but it was still really fun. We grilled hot dogs and watched a movie off of a DVD.¬†My parents recently put in a fire pit, so we roasted S’mores. That was really fun.

Our official plans for Father’s Day are to go to a Quakes game next Sunday. For those who aren’t familiar with the Quakes, they are the minor league team for the Dodgers. My dad is a big baseball fan. The advantage of a minor league baseball game is that the stadium is a lot smaller, and it is a lot more affordable to get a really good seat. We have seats on the rail, a little over halfway along the first base line, and I don’t feel like I broke the bank for four tickets.

Memorial Day Weekend in Cayucos

Memorial Day Weekend in Cayucos

Chris and I spent our Memorial Day weekend in Cayucos, which is a little bit north of Morrow Bay. It was a lot of fun.

The weekend served as a family reunion of sorts. Most of Chris’ family is in central CA. They are spread in a couple of locations as much as 1-1/2 to 2 hours apart, but they still all get together regularly. From us it is about a four hour drive, but Chris and I make the trip to go see them a few times a year. What made it a family reunion was that Chris’ brother and his family flew out from Virginia. Their daughter Emmaline turned 7 months old over the weekend.

This was the first time that most of the family had gotten to meet her. Chris and I had met Emmaline when we went to Washington DC, and Chris’ mom had also made a trip shortly¬†after she was born.¬†As a result, one of the number one activities of the weekend was holding Emmaline.

We all stayed in a big house that was on the beach. I counted 150 steps from the house to having my toes in the sand. Cooler-than-expected weather prevented the entire weekend in the water. However, I did take an hour or so one afternoon and try boogie boarding for the first time, and had a lot of fun.

Other activities over the weekend included driving about a half-hour further north to go see a beach covered in Elephant Seals. (For those who will be in the area at some point and want to go see it, it is about 3 or 4 miles north of Hearst Castle.) We also made a  visit to the cookie store which was next door to the house. One could only walk by it and its yummy smells in route to the beach, or the pier, or just walking around without wanting one.

Overall, the weekend was fun, and a good time was had by all.