Tuesday, July 19, 2011

California! Grandparents! Swimming! Giant Trees!

At the end of June we went to California to visit Bob's parents and to celebrate our 9th anniversary (or our 10th one year early). It was a much appreciated break from the daily slog of trying to keep our house showing ready all of the time and it was so much fun! We hadn't been out since Jaide was 2. The girls were very excited to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Rosie, who just graduated from BYU. They were also very excited to go swimming in Grandma and Grandpa's pool. By the time we left, they were both little fishies (well, Kiree was a little fishie with a floatie).We flew out on our anniversary. We tried something new getting to the airport and it worked so well, I don't know that I'll ever go back. I dropped Bob and the girls off at the airport, then drove back to our dear friend and neighbor's house. I left my car at her place and she drove me to the airport. While I was doing that, Bob checked us all in and checked luggage. I met up with him and the girls in the play area/observation deck. We did something similar coming back only with the rental car shuttle instead of a friend and me checking in instead of Bob.We flew into Las Vegas and got in very late, so as we had planned, we stayed the first night there and drove to Bob's home town in the southern California desert. Our plan was to stay there a few nights and then for Bob and I to go up to Lake Tahoe for a few days.We enjoyed very much visiting with Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Rosie. Every afternoon at about 4 o'clock was swimming time. That is when the shadows of the trees covered the pool. Almost every night we participated in Grandpa's traditional root beer float after scripture reading. The first Friday we were there we didn't have root beer floats since we had had a lot of dessert type food on our day trip up to the trail of 100 giants.
That day Grandpa rented a mini van so that we could all travel together, over the mountains to the Sequoia National Forest to see some of the giant sequoias. Sitting in the very back of the van, Kiree had her first experience with car sickness. Fortunately we stopped and got out for a bit before she actually got sick in the car. She didn't know what to call what she was feeling, but from her description we figured it out and now she knows what being car sick means.
We had a picnic and walked the trail of 100 Giants taking lots of pictures. Some of those trees are estimated to be up to 1500 years old. They were huge!
And fire resistant, I guess you'd have to be to make it that long. Jaide and Kiree especially liked the ones you could go inside of.
Jaide called this one "the open house" (a little too much real estate?) On the way back, we stopped in Kernville and had smoothies. I found a sign for the blog of unnecessary quotation marks.
Since that Saturday was the first of the month, we took the girls and Grandpa to Home Depot for the kids workshop.
The girls made coasters and a little holder for the coaster. They decided that the holder was a toaster (I might have suggested it) and that the coasters were cookies (because you bake cookies in a toaster?) Grandma got out some craft paint so that they could put the finishing touches on them later that day.
The girls were really excited to be visitors in primary on Sunday. They were less excited about walking to church and ended up getting piggy back rides home.
On the 4th we went to a 4th of July event at the church in the morning and had a barbecue and pool party with some people from the ward. One of the families that came had girls the same ages as Jaide and Kiree and they had fun playing together. There was a thunderstorm which cut the pool time short. Their town doesn't get much rain, so it was a bit unusual. But by fireworks time, the rain had moved on. We went to the fireworks show not too long before it started and still got to sit right up in front. I think it was the first time Kiree had ever seen fireworks in person. She seemed to like them from the secure vantage point of my lap.

next up: Lake Tahoe


becgarcia said...

I love that first photo! What a neat trip :)

atomicbob said...
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Meg said...

I really like that picture too. Bob's mom took it.