Friday, October 26, 2012

California Here We Come

Summer wouldn't be summer without an Easton style road trip.  So we packed up the van and headed out on our journey. 

First stop: Reno.  We spent a few days with Greg's sister Teresa and her family and did a session in the Reno Temple.  It was such a great visit.  But of course I forgot to take pictures of the the kids playing wii, running through their mist machine, and all the wonderful food that Teresa spoilt us with.

Second Stop:  Yosemite.  A road trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to a National Park.  We didn't have much time and there were so many people so we just drove around a lot.  It was so beautiful.  However, the winding roads were more than my pregnant stomach could handle.  We enjoyed a few short walks and lots of deer sightings though. 
See the deer behind them?

Third Stop: Fallbrook, CA, home of Greg's sister, Laurie. We were so excited to move into her cassita for a few days and not be on the road. Andrew enjoyed looking for coyotes on their property. And all the kids just loved playing with cousins. The best part was visiting the beach. Mack and Natali loved body surfing; it was tough to get them to leave. Only then did Natali realize she had a bunch of rashes from the board. We even got Greg to try.

Andrew loved catching crabs.

Fourth Stop:  Disneyland.  While at Laurie's, we took one day and went to Disneyland.  Emmy stayed with Laurie's family and Greg's sister, Beth, and her daughter, Piper, went with us.  We did a few rides together then Greg and the three oldest took off for the big stuff while Kate and I enjoyed the parade, princesses, and pregnant lady rides.  Kate didn't really like the rides much but she loved the whole experience.  The older kids went on all of the biggest rides and loved them all.  Greg was amazed that the crowds weren't that big of a deal.  We all loved it.

The kids were all sad to leave their cousins, but the time had come  to head to...

Fifth Stop:  Mesquite, NV, Grandma's House.  We got to enjoy several days with Nani, Randy, and all of Greg's family down there.

 After watching the Olympics every night Nani decided we should put on our own.  So inspite of the heat she set up an amazing variety of events.  The kids all loved it.  Here is Andrew on the hurtles.
 Go Kate go!  After each event the kids went and ran though the water fountains to cool off.
 Mack in the air.
 Yea, watch out! Kate's got a gun.
 Mack, helping measure the shot put.
Nani also took the kids to the community pool.  Here is Kate riding on Natali's lap.  Look at that smile.
 Mack and Natali coming down the big slide.  All the kids loved that slide.
 Andrew off the diving board.

 Greg and I had nearly given up on teaching Andrew to ride his bike.  We decided to try letting another adult have a wack at it.  Greg's brother, Brad, was so patient and kind and Andrew was riding in no time.  Yahoo!

 Prepping for the Tea Party.  Natali was the beautician.

Tea Party complete with root beer floats in crystal gobblets.

Last Stop:  Draper, UT.  We spend one quick night at Greg's sister Gayle's house to break up the trip home.  The kids enjoyed playing at the park and just hanging out with cousins some more.  In the course of the trip we saw 7 of Greg's 8 siblings and all the of cousins but 2.  Pretty amazing and tons of fun.  Thanks guys.

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