We just got back from a week in Southern California. It was spring break here and we decided to meet up with our good friends, Amanda and Tyler, and go to the beach and Disneyland. One of my favorite commercials is a Disney commercial. SO cute. Anywho, we had a very packed and very fun week. WARNING lots and lots of pictures. Just for you Susan. :)
We left early(5am) Sunday morning.
In our jammies
We arrived at my aunt's house to spend the day and night. Made friends with their horses.
Have I mentioned Gabe hates the feeling of grass?
Keeping a close eye on the horses.
Just enjoying the sun and the grass.
Jumping on the trampoline.
My aunt and uncle were hosting two Japanese girls that week and Monday, Yuna, Moe, Gabe, Nate and I went out to see the sights of La Canada Flintridge.
The Descanso Botanical Gardens. Lovely! Would do it again!
Let me take a minute and talk about Moe and Yuna. They were THE sweetest girls I have ever met. We became instant friends. They didn't speak a whole lot of English but we managed just fine all day. And they LOVED Gabe. They fed him, carried him, took him out of his car seat, buckled him up, took about a million pictures of/with him, etc. We were sad to say goodbye to them.
A big treat for Nate was getting a private tour of JPL- Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Sum it up, they work with NASA. I didn't understand much and I speak English. I couldn't imagine what the girls were thinking! But they were so polite and just smiled about everything. Nate had so much fun. My aunt and uncle were friends with a woman who worked there so we got security clearance to take a tour! I felt cool getting to have a security clearance card and a background check.
This is the clean room they are building the new generation of Mars rovers in. Under that foil tent, a rover.
Tuesday, we met up with Amanda and Tyler in Brea and we went to the beach.
"She wants me for my body...."
Little private beach we went to. Jealous?
Poor guy got sunscreen in his eye. He couldn't stop crying for hours and it was bright red and tearing up for a day or two.
Nora, Lillian and Gabe in the teacup. No, we didn't take our babies on the real tea cups. Just the Kodak moment stationary one.
We bought this spiffy backpack for the trip and Gabe loved it.
We love Disneyland!
His first carousel ride at California Adventure.
Have I mentioned we love this backpack?
The rest of the week we just relaxed. Friday morning we left and drove to Tucson for our friend Derek's surprise birthday party. His birthday and his baby girl Haley's birthday are on the same day so his party was Friday and hers was Saturday. We got to go to both! Haley and Gabe are 2 weeks apart and have been good friends since they were born. Before the party Saturday, we went to the Titan Missile Silo. It was built during the Cold War and it is the only one still existing. Non-functional of course!
At the Missile Silo!
Hard hats are required
Gabe and I next to a tiny part of the actual missile.
Then on to the party.
Then we drove up to Mesa and spent the night with Nate's family before rushing up to Flagstaff Sunday morning so I could play the piano at church! Whew! What a week. Nate and I don't want to go to bed because that means a new week will be starting. Thanks to everyone who hosted us and put up with us this week!