Monday, July 28, 2014

DAY 4 The Summer begins in California...

School got out the first week in June and we packed up and headed to California to visit Nana, Papa, Grandma and family...

We decided the kids needed a break from the car and stopped at Wingers in Elko to eat dinner/lunch on the way.  

The first couple days California was having a heat wave and we were dying.  June is just warming up here in Idaho and we were NOT used to the heat.  However, we quickly found our way to a pool to cool off!  

The boys were being so crazy and having so much fun on the diving board that night.  We made a ton of slow-mo video's of various jumps of the board and it kept them entertained for a quite a while!  Thank you, Kerr Family!  

There are always so many friends to see when we come back to California, we never seem to be able to see everyone.  Since this trip we mostly came to see Grandma Critchlow, we didn't spend much time in our old stomping grounds.  However, Ryan and I did sneak away for a date with old friends one night.  It was SOOOO much fun. I can't remember the last time we were all together and it was great.  I really miss these guys...they make me laugh like no one else.  I am always cracking up the WHOLE time we are together.  

Love my girls! 

I was so grateful we were all able to see each other SO last minute, can't tell you how much fun I had. 

These guys....there are no words.  Let's just say, Ryan is right in his element with his bros.   How I wish they were in my ward here...they would really "spice" it up!  Sorry, Idaho, I love you, but you are a little boring at times.  

Later when Ryan was working, we HAD to get haircuts at Troy's Barber Shop.  How we wish Troy could be our Barber here.  (Nothin' compares, nothin you....)  He is simply the best at what he does.  

Later that afternoon we met up with Nana for an afternoon at Mickey Grove.  A trip to Lodi would not be the same without a stop here!  

James was a good sport, taking Sophie on lots of rides. 

When we left the Barber Shop, Trenton was able to come hang out with the boys for a while. These guys were all born right around the same time and were just little baby boys together. (Let's be honest, sometimes they still are baby boys.)

Annie flying high! 


Trenton and Luke...Trenton is practicing his "look".


While in Lodi, we never go without food!  We had yummy corn, some delicious Steak on the BBQ, and the kids ate Nana out of peaches everyday!  Michele made us several of her tasty, tasty treats.  Even Grandma joined everyone at the table.  She was so peppy throughout the trip, we will sure miss her next time we go back.  She is in Pennsylvania her other children and grandchildren right now.  

Presley and family are living at Nana and Papa's right now, so it is pretty much a built in party for my kids.  Grandparents AND cousins under one roof, it couldn't be better than that!  The girls had so much fun together and Presley has grown up so much.  She is little miss personality plus. 

Playing princesses...I love to hear them talk amongst each other. 

Annie, Sophie and Presley

Nana reading to Sophie and Presley

Cousins with matching hairdo's.  What could be better?  :)   
(Presley and Annie)

Well, that's a wrap for now.  Bed is calling out to me.  Much more to come.  (I do have 96 more days to recap!)

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