Dave and I talked about taking a little road trip to Indian Wells (tennis tournament) with some friends overlapping when Grace and Claire arrived (for the baby shower) since it would be a perfect chance for them to have some sister time with Lucy while we were gone. (Those two came before everyone else arrived.)
Every year I try to get to Indian Wells but it never seems to work! It’s within driving distance so it seems like we should be able to finagle it, but life gets in the way! Anyway, due to some unseen circumstances Dave was unable to go, so we switched plans and I took Grace and Claire with me to that awesome tennis tournament instead.
Which may have been the best idea anyway since it was so fun how over-the-moon excited they were about it when I mentioned the idea.
Their flight was delayed for three hours getting into town which cut our short time down even shorter, but we still headed out on that road trip as soon as they had a chance to snuggle up Lucy and Bo Jangles at home for a minute.
I had them watch the Netflix documentary Break Point as we drove to get them all ready (my friend had told us how good it is and the third episode is all about Palm Springs). I loved driving through that sunset with those girls and their excitement for life, catching up with all that’s going on in college life.
We had a happy reunion with my parents (they go to Indian Wells every year they can) at a Japanese place for a fun dinner.
We all loved that special time with those good parents of mine. My dad to tennis is kind of equal to my brother Eli to NYC: they know how to get people excited (not that we needed it because these girls are pretty big tennis fans), but he got us all hyped and ready, even scheduled a clay court so we could play some fun doubles before we headed over to the tournament.
Tennis at Indian Wells
Ok, that place (the Indian Wells tennis tournament) is so awesome, and we were so happy going from match to match, watching everyone battle it out with all their might to try to qualify for the big games coming up. (We were there for one of the first two qualifying days so we could roam around and sit wherever there was a spot).
We got to see Maria Sakkari warming up who we had watched on the Break Point documentary:
Loved sitting on the front row of one match with ice cream cones, all of us fully enthralled…
…and also the girls’ excitement to see Taylor Fritz unveil his “champion mural” since he won last year:
(that third episode of Break Point is all about how he fought to win)
We also watched Iga Swiatek unveil hers:
There were no matches on the big courts that day, but it was fun to take a peek at them:
It really was “Tennis Paradise” and we all felt like Claire did (below) being in the middle of it all:
Gosh I sure love these parents of mine, and these girls of mine too, all wrapped up in that spot:
Isn’t my dad the best poser ever? 🙂 I adore him. And that beauty mama of mine.
It was hard to tear ourselves away from all that goodness that evening, but we felt pretty lucky we got those hours in that place or as long as we did. The girls took turns driving all the way home and mixed a good fight with each other in there too. Ha! Luckily it melted into such a good conversation. Nothing like long road trips for talking.
I think this might be the start of a new tradition. Maybe I’ll let Dave tag along next year:)