|These are her carpool buddies. Amazing that this many kindergartners are all on the same block.|
Then it was off to California through rain, hail and snow to visit family for a long and long over due visit. We stayed with my brother David in Auborn and got to see their beautiful home (its like a permanent vacation spot there) for one night. And then on to my parents house. My brother Peter and his wife Kathryn and son Tommy came by many times. David's boys hung out for a few days while their parents were off for a trip and then stayed a few more days to play. And my sister lives there. So it was a mini-family reunion. And it was WONDERFUL. I sucked up as much family time as possible. Jeremy good guy that he is went home after a few days to work and then returned at the end to drive back with us.
We went to Seacliff Beach (where every Memorial Day should be spent), Capitola Beach, Big Basin Redwoods, Happy Hollow, Exploritorium, China Town, rode the Cable Cars, Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Francisco Zoo, the Tide Pools at Happy Hollow, Deer Hollow Farm, Shoreline to see the bay, and of course a visit to Trader Joe's at the end. We played with Porkchop, my brother's dog till kids and dog were tired out, we cheered on my sisters' roller derby scrimmage. We ate and ate and ate. We visited my brother Peter's house for pie day. We stayed up watching Slipper and the Rose and eating ice cream and It's-It's. My mom read stories to the kids every night. Cousins became friends. It was just a wonderful time for all. Allison and Lathen discovered that they were still really good friends and were inseparable for a week. The time just flew by. And yes there are a ridiculous amount of pictures. You can see Jeremy's photos from the few days he was there over on his photo site.
|waiting for the roller derby scrimmage to start|