Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cal-i-FORNIA Knows How To Partay

Last week we had the opportunity to go to California to visit Chad's grandparents. It was a really great time! They live near Sacramento in a beautiful home with a beautiful pool, fun yard and they could not have been more hospitable. We enjoyed many wonderful memories both at their home and at Chad's uncle's home in Los Altos. The first couple of days were spent enjoying time playing ping pong, watching Dawson follow Grandpa Ivard around from one super fun activity to the next and Grandma JaNeen go wild over sweet little baby Jett. Ivard and JaNeen offered to entertain the boys for a day while we went to San Francisco.
I have never really been to California before so it was really fun to see the sights and enjoy the day with Chad and Parker and not have to worry about chasing Dawson everywhere. We went to the Museum of Fine Arts Exploratorium. It was AMAZING! I felt like a little kid running around and playing with everything. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge which was really neat because I have seen it hundreds of times on TV. We also drove down Crooked Lombard Street which is really an interesting thing to see as I have never seen anything like that before. The last thing that we decided to check out in San Francisco was Fisherman's Wharf, it was a fun little place with lots of vendors and cute little shops and restaurants. There were some really great ships there as well.
After enjoying San Francisco, we headed over to Jim and Lisa's home for a yummy dinner and fun games. We played with the kiddos throwing rocks at the rat nests, checking out a dead bunny, and playing in their amazing playhouse that is almost comparable in size to our apartment. We stayed over night and headed back the following morning to be with our babies. The next couple of days were filled with more family as Curtis and Cathy were able to visit with their children, games, basketball, ping pong, a great lesson at church given by the one and only JaNeen Budge and lots of yummy food and football. It was a wonderful and much needed vacation. I think if Dawson were given the choice to stay and play with Grandpa Ivard, he unquestionably would have. Thank you to all of you Cali-folks for making this trip an enjoyable experience for us! We love ya!