Monday, January 9, 2012

California Dreaming

On such a winter's day! Not that today can be complained about for being too wintry. But after a week of being home I'm ready for some more sunshine and 70's, please.Other than going to the beach and Sea World, we did a lot of "hanging out" at Uncle Nate Dog and Aunt Megan's party pad.
We got to have sunset fires on their cool new hillside retreat.

If you click on the above picture to enlarge it, you might be able to see the cool (er, hot) heat waves rising up in front of Lucas.

You might notice Henry the dog lurking on the right in the above photo. He was such a nice well behaved dog...and all Nora could ever say to him was "Go away, Henry!". I'm sure he's happy not to have to hear that a bazillion times a day anymore.
There were reading sessions conducted by Aunt Megan herself (Ezra informed me one random day a few months back that one reason he loooooves his Aunt Megan is because she always reads to them).

Grandpa combed out a lot of hair--boy do I miss passing that job off to him!
Bballet/piano shows were conducted several times a day.
And I got royally spoiled with some time without kids. Megan and I went shopping (the fun kind) together for several hours one morning. We went on a nice long walk another morning. And on our last morning in California we took a long hike in the early morning sunshine. Do you think I could say "morning" any more? Thanks for all the fun times, Aunt Megan.
We also drove up to Burbank for three days of a Bible Conference.
All the pictures involve cute little girls in pretty dresses....boy did they have fun together! So much giggling, so much ballet, so many races up and down the halls and a lot of chit chattering. I can't describe how fun it is for me to watch my girls play with the daughters of so many of my childhood friends. I didn't photo document it nearly enough.
To speed up the clean up of the sound system at the end of the Bible Conference, there was a contest for children under the age of ten. Whoever could gather up the most blue electrical tape would win. The tape balls were measured by weight--not size. What fun for all those little boys and girls. And they were surprised to each get a dollar at the end just for participating.
Some of Grandma's Girls.


Mike, Alice, and Hank the DOG said...

I am wishing for 70 degree weather also and just having it 70 degrees in the house would be nice. We have had lots of nice sunshine so I shouldn't complain. Another fun post. Nice to see Nathan and Megan's yard. But mostly I love the pictures of the kids. They sure were having fun! I am wondering why Lucas has a blue sock and a red sock on.......!

Adkins Family said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of Nate and Megan's backyard, I can finally have a look at it that way. :) It was so fun seeing you guys! Maybe one of these days I'll get a post up...

kdk said...

It's fun looking @ your kid photos and seeing the resemblance to their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents...

NaomiG said...

Sounds like such a fun time!! One of these years we should make it down there for conference/christmas. One of these years... after Garrett has retired, haha.