Back to summer for just a second before this Friday comes to an end.
Because we had one last hurrah that ended off the summer so perfectly.
We went to California with some cousins and lived it up for a couple last days of summer freedom.
(I failed to take a picture before three of the teenagers had to leave, so just picture a few more of them in there.)
Dave has eight siblings but these two (brother and brother-in-law) are the ones he does business with and we have been trying to squeeze in a little get-away with them for a while.
California was the perfect spot.
(there's some good "interacting" going on up there...:)
So fun to have all these big kids together again. Three of these boys below are returned missionaries now:
Lucy doesn't have anyone her age but she is pretty pleased as punch to hang with the big kids and get some reading in.
For dinner one of the nights we cruised around Laguna to find a great spot...
We were all a little bit mesmerized by that gorgeous sky which got darker...
The next day was body surfing day. These boys couldn't get enough of it.
These guys figured out some great ways to catch sand crabs and were at it for hours.
We stayed in Carlsbad for a night as well and fell in love with that spot.
Such a cute little town.
It was a great little town with some kind of fun stuff around every corner.
Dave and I got to go out of a few walks to get the lay of the land and the parents got to sneak away to try out some dessert places too, which is always a good thing.
Lucy, true to form, got pretty into her art. I had brought her the children's story book my parents published in conjunction with Joy School way back when. She was especially interested in the story that I illustrated way back when I was thirteen-years-old.
Interested enough that she copied a few of the pictures:
I loved this copy of hers on the right from one of the professional artist's illustrations:
I couldn't resist snapping a picture of her walking through church to Primary before I confiscated the book she simply couldn't put down.
...and once she finished that one she was on to the next.
At night we had some pretty fun games going on.
We have two different "name games" we play...this one doesn't look overly exciting from those faces, but we love it.
These two loved it the most since they tied for first that round:
On our last night we took a little stroll along the beach.
Don't worry, we brought the markers along too...wouldn't want to have a sudden urge to draw while walking on the beach at sunset and not be able to whip out the markers...
Oh take me back!
The last morning Dave and I took a little morning bike ride...
And we soaked in some last minutes of beach time before we had to take off to get back for "Meet the Teacher" night back home.
Dave gave in to Max's constant requests to rent surfboards and although the waves out there weren't fabulous, those boys were pretty happy out there.