Saturday, July 27, 2013

California Trip Week One

We spent a little over 2 weeks in California this summer.  We left on Monday, June 12 and came home June 26. It was just me and the boys this year because M just started a new job and thought it would be best not to take any time off yet.

We had so much fun and it was so good to get a dose of family time. I did chose not to bring our big camera because I wanted to travel as light and unencumbered as possible.  With 2 rowdy boys and a curious toddler, it's best to not to be bogged down with carry-on bags.  I figured the iPhone would work just fine. The iPhone started to act up so the point of this story is to say that I got very little pictures.

Anyhoo, our trip started out a little rocky.  Our flight was delayed for almost 4 hours.  Luckily, my kids are awesome travelers and we rode out the delay with very little issues. Mark slept through most of the wait. And the good behavior continued through the whole flight.  i just want to say that my boys are the best travelers ever, again. They all fell asleep for a couple of hours and Matthew had a little bit of trouble with his ears when we started our decent - nothing a few lollipops couldn't fix.

Michael was so helpful with Mark on our place ride!  He helped me keep little man occupied.

We had a busy 1st week! We arrived on a Monday and then drove to beautiful Lake Tahoe on Wednesday with my parents, my brother and his family and my sissy!  We had so much fun - it was still too cold to swim in the pool or the lake, but the boys did anyway.  I'd forgotten how beautiful the mountains were. I was nervous that the drive there would be hard for Matthew because he gets motion sickness, but he did great with the help of Benadryl and Dramamine.

We didn't do much -just hung out together.  We did go the the beach on the lake and it was very cold even in June.  My parents tried taking the boys into the casino. A few minutes later they got kicked out. Haha! 

Beautiful view of the mountain from our resort. 

Little Monkey posing for a picture with the straw that he probably stole from Ben.

We drove back home on Friday and on Saturday, we celebrated Matthew's 8th birthday.  I'm so glad that we were able to share his special day with my family. He was so happy! Michael and I got him a "Birthday Boy" button and I think he was more excited about that more than anything else he got for his birthday!

It was a small and simple celebration - dinner with family and cake.

My little 8 year-old!


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