We just got back from our trip to California. We arrived to overgrown
weeds knee high in our front yard which was a little disappointing to
say the least. Especially since we've been working really hard to clear
the yard out. I can't decide if I'm more annoyed with the overgrown
weeds or with my overgrown eyebrows! I totally forgot to pack tweezers
for my trip. But I'm sure everything will be well manicured soon.
It was a big downer to be in CLOUDY California for 2 weeks and be
reminded several times that it was SUNNY almost the entire time here in
Washington. What are the odds?!
For my twitter followers - no I
didn't pack a sweater. I rebelliously wore tank tops, flip flops and
other summer wear the entire time.
But enough with the small annoyances. I had a really great time hanging
out with my friends and family. Am I glad to be home? Well
I'd be more glad if my suitcases would unpack themselves. Being home
increased my awareness to how much my children grew while we were away.
Alyssa went straight up to the forbidden DVD's and barley used her tippy
toes to reach the DVD's! I guess her piggy can come off of time out now.
(Here's the reminder picture) As for Evan, he thinks anything on the
floor is for eating (especially lint) and he's also army crawling like
crazy and is even crawling up stairs! So I'm pretty much about to pin
him to the ceiling anytime now.
Oh right - enough with the small talk. I suppose what you really want to
see are pictures from our trip. I'll try to make it brief. :)
Our first major outing was to the local petting zoo with my sister, her
son Andrew and my parents. I wasn't sure how this was going to go over
because Alyssa has been afraid animals lately. But we went and although
she was timid and didn't touch any of the animals I think it was a good
experience for her.
I let Evan pet the animals with his feet. He seemed to like it. hehe
This horse almost ate his cheerio holder! yikes.
She enjoyed the ducks the best because she was able to throw food AT
We were really excited to see our good friends Matt & Melissa and their
son Cayden a few times during our trip. When we first arrived we went to
their house for a day trip. Alyssa and Cayden really enjoyed chasing
after each other around the house and laughing. They wore themselves out
and it was an amazing feat to have all three kids go down for naps at
the same time (and bed for that matter) so that we could resume our
tradition of playing Rook late into the night! (See Melissa's blog for
a similar summary of our trip with way cuter pictures!
Next on the agenda was a get together with my high school friends. I'm
hitting myself for not getting a group picture of my friends, but we did
get cute pictures of the newest babies of 2009 from oldest to youngest.
Madison, Evan, Jake & Zoey. This is a plea to my friends to send me
their pictures from the party! :)
One of the main events of our trip was my sister's 29th Birthday. Uh,
which means I'll be turning 31 soon.but not that soon. :) If you've
never met my sister, you're missing out. We're total opposites, but
share a sense of humor. I'd like to say I'm funnier than her, but right
now it could be a toss up. Or maybe she's not that funny, but fun to
laugh at! lol hehe just kidding. Just to give you a random piece of
information about my sister. She's gone through more cell phone services
(which means cell phones as well), dogs and cars as I go through - well
let's just say it's a lot. And why you ask? Well because you can't have
any of those things for more than a few months without some sort of
excuse to get a new one right?! lol
We also used her birthday party as an excuse to take a few family
pictures. As you can see from this first one, we might should have hired
a professional. We took several and this was the best one. :) Can you
tell we were all smiling for way too long before the picture was taken?!
Sabrina, Evan, Luke, Alyssa
Linda, Mike (mom and dad)
Betty, Hollis (grandma and grandpa)
Sandra, Ken, Camila (my mom's brother & his family
Kari, Andrew, Wes (my sister & her family)
Here's a really cute one of my grandparents
And finally.the main event picture. We took this one last and now that I
look back on this day we should have taken it first and we might have
gotten a better picture. This is the picture my parents want to have
blown up and placed over their fireplace.we'll see how it works to crop
it because our feet are already out of the picture. Maybe they should
use the one of them and the grandkids instead. :)
So as you can see by the pictures above I may have been slightly
exaggerating the fact that it was cloudy the entire time of our trip.
But mostly it was - regardless, it was not what I was expecting.
However, we were able to go swimming a few times in Kari's heated pool
and spa and the kids (and myself) LOVED every second of it.
This picture below cracks me up. With a Luke head being scratched and
Andrew's crazy face. hehe
All three cousins posing in the pool. :) So cute.
Speaking of posing. Let's regroup and finish our trip at a later time.
Whew, blogging this trip is a doosey!