Friday, June 30, 2017

Kid play in the beginning of June

The start of summer...time for hanging out more, reading, playing outside, VBS and traveling for mom and dad (more of that to come later).
We managed to squeeze in one co-op Hughes cousin days.
Our neighbor often comes over to play....sometime I wonder what he thinks about all the girliness that is in our home.  The girls requested this picture while they were performing their ballet.

We attended Storyfest at the State Museum again this year!
Face printing for the win.

So glad we got Grammy to come along with us!
They had some crafts set up but, for the most part, the kids weren't interested in it.
However, they did seem to enjoy the awesome story time.  Zo and Ezra joined in going up to the front to sing.
I didn't realize it, but we were able to explore the museum afterwords.
It had been a couple of years since we have been so we all had a great time!
Ezra was obsessed with watching the model trains and we had to return to that section/floor more than once.
We even got to see the case you were wondering it just looked like a red circle.
I had no idea that there was a kid play area that the littles had a blast at.  Shiloh was in her element getting to try on clothes and put on a show!
They even provided a healthy snack for us which we gobbled up on the way out!
Shiloh always comes up with something crazy....this time, "Mommy take a picture of me, I'm a cloud!"
We always enjoy the events at our local library and this year's summer kick off party was no different!
Ezra was so excited he couldn't close his mouth.
The girls were thrilled to be able to climb as there were no weight limits!
Bounce house fun!
Building a better world!
Shiloh always likes to try to eat things!
Old lady poses!
Thankful for our local library!
Our good friend's birthday party and even the cousins were invited...
Happy Birthday Lauryn....wished we had captured a picture with ya!
We headed out to "Touch a Truck" on another I knew it would be right up Ezra's alley....
Being on the blacktop parking lot = cooking zone and soon became so hot!
When we first got there Zoe asked where the girl trucks were.  When I questioned her further she explained, "You know, like carriages and stuff."  That is my girly girl alright.
However, we managed to have a good time, hot but good.
Ezra's sensitive heart still has a hard time handling some "scary" parts in movies.  However, he easily receives comfort from his ready sisters.
Sometimes he will reprimand the characters, as if that could help.
The end of the month was book capped with the most famous trip to California for Beach and me.  Seeing that there was so much to see, many post will be needed for that!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cali Wrap up (Day 9)

While I was excited to see my littles, I didn't want our trip to California to end! (We had 8 spectacular days already packed full: 1 - Muir Woods, 2 - Sausalito and beyond, 3 - Wine Country, 4 - Solo in SF, 5 - SF to the Max, 6 -Yosemite , 7 - Yosemite rainbows ,  8 - RVing in a Vineyard.)  
We had a fun morning planed before our flight to get in one last adventure!  However, it was an even earlier start then planned, as I was awoken to some loud animal digging underneath the camper where we were staying (half asleep I didn't know if it was under the bed or what).  It was enough to spring me into action and ready to get out of there!  The coffee was so old and bad that we couldn't even drink it and had to stop at Starbucks on the way out of town (gasp... I was the only option)!
However, our morning was more than redeemed upon our drive closer to the airport and getting to Half Moon Bay for the best morning walk ever!  The rains held off and we held hands while exploring around this amazing site!
There were beautiful flowers all along the trail adding bust of colors throughout!

I had a pretty hot guy to walk with as well!
The people we passed (there were few) explained that this location was Lover's Ridge, marked by the many shells that represented such a beautiful spot.
Just my lover and I.
Deep breaths to take it all in!
We came across several other lookout spots that needed to be checked out!
At first Beach didn't want to head down the stairs to the beach but he decided to join me (and noted that he was glad he did).  It was pretty amazing in itself.
The "sand" seemed to be made up of many small pieces of shell.
 I had to check out the massive cliffs at the shores end...
and they were covered with these stunning tiny little sea creatures (I have no idea what they were).
After a bit we decided to head back up the stairs and walk the while back to our car.
We then drove the short distance to town and explored a bit before heading to lunch.
The main street general store had chickens for sale!
We admired the many murals on display....
I have a vague memory of eating at this spot over 15 years ago.  It was a treat having my memory pull up this déjà vu experience.  We then enjoyed talking to (and taking home) an olive oil shop owner.  We had some fabulous food and then headed to the airport with plenty of time to spare to figure out returning our rental car, check out the yoga room at the airport and catch our flight home.
There so many times throughout our trip that my jaw literally fell open as another new mountain or peak or view blew me away. God is so amazing and I love being able to get to bask in His bigness and creativity, seeing my creator in such a new way and connecting to Him even more. I don't mind solo traveling but the part that gets me is I want others to see the beauty too. For them to know and experience what I see and feel, as I don't want to keep it to myself.  I suppose that is a lot like the gospel!  I am so thankful that Beach was able to join me on the second part of the trip and we have sealed these memories in our heart (and blog) forever!  I can't wait until the next trip, whenever that will be!