In random order, here are a bunch of photos from this summer's busy fun.
First off, L had the privilege of being a Matron of Honor in Jenny's wedding, her closest friend from college. Jenny married Carlton, a fellow trombonist from the Navy band in Newport, Rhode Island where they are stationed. Congrats, guys!
Leah's sister, visited from Illinois and was the honored guest at a baby shower held for her. M and her husband B are expecting a baby boy in September! Below, the Meadows sisters are spending time with their MawMaw.
As usual, A has been kept busy by the Marines, not only playing in dozens of weekly performances, but carrying out many other responsibilities within the unit. In addition to his job as a Martial Arts Instructor, Alex also serves as a Fire Team Leader, Section Leader, Police Sergeant, and the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) of the Music Library. Here he is playing with the brass quintet at a Change Of Command ceremony at MCRD.
Along with the Marine Band, L got to participate in the annual Independence Day Parade in Coronado with the cast of "The Fantasticks." Most of the cast and musicians from a couple of Lamb's Players Theater productions joined in the patriotic parade, either riding in cars, on bikes, Segways, or walking. Here are some ensemble members riding in a pickup truck to the parade route (L is holding a "baby harp" prop to represent that she was the harpist for the show, of course).
And of course, summer wouldn't be complete without a BBQ at the beach (San Onofre with the Meadows).
And some amusement park fun (thanks to military discounts)! Photos from our overdue trip to Disneyland.
A really likes Mr. Toad.
And Universal Studios in Hollywood (A hadn't been here since 1986 when the "Knight Rider" car and "A-Team" van were the big feature)!
...But we really don't like this freeway.
Still can't beat summertime in Southern California!