On Sunday evening, July 4th, 2021, Warner Avenue Baptist Church (in Huntington Beach, CA) had a special Fourth of July program. The evening started with a piano trio of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Lizzie, Christeen, and Hannah.
On Saturday, Ed flew down from the Bay Area. Although his flight was delayed (first due to a bird strike and then to an engine problem), he finally arrived at John Wayne Airport and then our house around midafternoon. Around 4:00 PM, we finally leave from Laguna Beach to go on a hike (El Moro Canyon).
Unbeknownst to Nicole, Ed had already purchased an engagement ring and was planning to propose on the hike at the top of the hill. Also Ed’s brother and his wife had driven down from Sacramento the day before. They planned to hike to the top and hide so that they could be a part of the big event.
The hike is quite strenuous.
On the way to the top, Ed decides on a change of plans. So he stops at a scenic spot, gets on one knee, and proposes. Most of the group (including Ed’s brother and sister-in-law) end up missing the occasion.
Victoria messages the group and we hike back down to meet up from pictures.
We spend a little time taking a lot of pictures.
We got a family picture (though Jason, Hannah, and Evelyn aren’t included).
We then hiked back down.
Afterwards we drove back to South Coast Plaza for a celebration meal at Claim Jumper’s restaurant.
Because Nicole’s birthday was the next day, she got a mini-birthday cake. We also got a slice of the classic Motherload Cake to share with all.
Kevin and Darlene Weston and their children drove out from Kansas to visit family and friends. On the night before their drive back, we invited all of the Weston clan along with the Ouatu family to our house for a get-together.
Here are some photos from the evening.
Here is the Kevin Weston family. They have two twin boys, Adam and James. Because we’re not sure who is who in this photo, the caption might be incorrect.
Here is a short (two-minute) video collage of the evening.