We spent almost three weeks in California this summer. We stayed so long for two reasons: 1) it's a long flight and a 3 hour time difference so it's better to stay a long time to make the trip worth it and 2) we won't be going for Christmas since I'll (hopefully) have a baby by then.
We spent a lot of time with family of course. It was hard for me to come back to NC because that meant I'd be leaving all my family behind. At least I still love my house :)
We spent a lot of time driving back and forth between families to soak up every minute with grandparents and great grandparents.
The first morning Macy woke up at 7 a.m. (not bad!) and wanted to ride the jeep right away. She got a lot of practice backing up and driving by the end of the trip. It was funny to watch her back into things and drive into things while turning around. Ja said it's better she's crashing when she's 4 in a pretend car rather than when she's 16 in our real car!
We spent a lot of time swimming in Granny Dot's and Papa's pool. With and without Henry and Charlie.
Macy loved this raft and would pretend to be a Captain of the ship.
Anna started wearing the floatie and greatly enjoyed having freedom in the pool. It makes swimming with her a lot less stressful.
Dorothy pretty much demanded that Ja and I go away for a night while she watched the girls. We only went for one night but she tried talking us into two. What a great mother-in-law! The girls were able to get some great Granny Dot and Papa time.
I'm not sure how this came to be but Macy wanted Dorothy to take pictures of her posing on the lounge chair. This skirt is now know as her posing skirt.
Of course cute little Anna wanted to join in!
Their cute model faces.
Dorothy took the girls to Kid Space to play while we were gone. She was very impressed with Macy's rock climbing ability.
Ja and I stayed at a gorgeous hotel in Dana Point called The St. Regis. This shot could be in Hawaii. It was a beautiful sunny day and we loved the alone time.
We went to breakfast in the Dana Point harbor which we thought was beautiful. After driving around we decided if we had to move back to California Dana Point would be the only place we'd move it. That is if a house budget wasn't an issue.
Both girls took rides in Papa's convertible. Macy was adorable wearing her sunglasses and was thrilled. Ja told her to put her arms up in the convertible like on a roller coaster. As they drove off we couldn't see her but only her fingers raised high above the seat rest. Greg said she had them up the whole drive. Later on as we drove down Angeles Crest she told us they drove to see the city and pointed out the roads they took .
Macy got two convertible rides. The first they got shakes and the second hamburgers. She is one lucky girl!
Anna wanted a ride too. She looked a little more terrified than Macy (who is photo bombing this picture.) I don't think Anna put her arms up. When she came back from their short ride down the street she looked stunned.
She must have enjoyed the ride though because Papa earned a hug after their trip.
We went to eat with Nathan, boys, and Papa one night to The Habit. They have ice cream cones for a $1 that are huge. I ended up eating half of Anna's after she announced she was done. She was so happy to have it though. Look at that smile!
On the plane ride home we had a layover in Houston. We had time to kill so we wandered around and Macy spotted this purple horse. She wanted to take a picture of it to remind us that she wants one for her birthday or Christmas. I love her pose with the horse. She's our little model!
The girls were great on this trip. They slept well and adapted to the time change quickly. Ja and I were the ones up early in the morning (although that did't last too long). Anna was taking 3 hour naps and one day she took a 4 hour nap! They were great on the plane rides and we miraculously made all of our connections. We love having layovers now. It's nice to have some time to eat lunch and let the girls run around.
I still can't believe that next time we go to CA we'll have 3 kids!