random pics from California

To conclude the posting of our wonderful trip to Cali, here are some pictures that didn’t make it into the other categories.

So many great times.  Nothing beats a good vacation.  Wouldn’t you agree?  To make it better, a vacation with a great family.

california: all the fun stuff

Eight days and hundreds of photos later, we’re home from California.  A week-long trip calls for more than one post.  For the next few days I’ll be sharing bits of our wonderful adventures with family and friends, as well as updates on Josie.  I LOVE my family.  I love all my family. Right now, I simply want to express how much I treasure our times with our out-of-town California family.

I have such fond memories of visiting them over the years.  I so enjoy seeing my own children fully immersed in the love that is shown by this side of the family, just as I did as a child.  Something about being around my grandparents makes me feel like I’m eight years old again. I like that.  We stayed with my aunt and uncle and their three kids.  They had so much fun, and so did we.  Their kids are all around the same age as ours, and my aunt is not much older than me either.  We always pick up where we left off…giggling and having fun just being around each other.  So many night have been spent as kids staying up ridiculously late talking…not much has changed.

I admit I hardly saw the older kids.  They were off playing and making memories of their own…staying up ridiculously late as well :)





The Fourth of July was spent having a blast and making cute food.  It also happens to be the day we saw Josie’s doctors, but that’s for another post.

Family and friends played some soccer, made s’mores, and shot off a fair share of fireworks, some legal, some…well…not.  In fact, several neighbors did the same making the need to drive somewhere and watch fireworks disappear.So, tell me.  What are some of your favorite Independence Day traditions?  How did you celebrate the birth of the country this year?

More California posts are comin’ your way Monday :)