Sunday, July 21, 2013

I love artichokes (and swimming and playing in Fresno!)

 I am not sure that Grace mentioned how much I love artichokes.  We had a pretty great stop on the way home from Asilomar for a really perfect artichoke, the best one ever...seriously at the choke wagon (or coach... a food truck that specialized in artichokes, in the middle of an artichoke field).  At any rate, back in Fresno, we finished up our amazing week of swim lessons.
 I got my started on diving, and have now learned the breast stroke (also known as the cookie jar:  wipe some, eat some, give some... monkey, airplane soldier), long arms (more commonly known as freestyle), backstroke (both elementary (monkey airplane soldier) and back crawl), and even started the butterfly (bows).
 We also celebrated Mom's birthday this week.  Grandma, Grace and I made Mom's favorite chocolate praline cake... we even made chocolate leaves.
They were pretty awesome and the cake was great!  I even made a code for Mom to break for her special day.  
 We celebrated with, you guessed it... more time at the pool followed by a nice dinner out at a Sakuro Chaya. It was pretty fun to watch all flames, onion volcano, the works!
 We had the Vans and McGanns over after dinner for some cake and fun in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard.
 Grace's last week of swimming has her perfecting her backfloat, sister has a strong kick and can (often) turn over onto her back when she needs to take a breath.
She also loves jumping off the side and the diving board and swimming herself to the side of the pool to get out.  She is amazing!  We are so proud of our swimming achievements these past two weeks.  Our progress has been phenomenal.  
Thanks Jan Thomas swim school, our teachers Nick, Nicki and Mason, and the Vans for letting us practice every day at their pool!
 We got our teeth checked out by Grandpa Tom, and met up again with Noah and Auntie Becky for lunch.  Grace slept through a lot of it, but woke up for some fun outside afterwards.
 Plus, I enjoyed restaurant tacos for the first time (I much prefer our own).
 We had a fun movie night with Grandpa Tom and Grandma Terri.  Despicable me was enjoyed by all.  
 This visit, Grandma busted out hers and Mom's old Barbie dolls and two generations worth of dresses.  Sadly, Grandma's barbie was starting to melt (yuck) so had to be tossed, but there were still loads clothes and dolls to make Grace a very happy girl.
 She would do loads of playing with them, but most often they had to be set out in a row after carefully changing their outfits several times.  On Thursday Daddy flew down to watch us swim and to drive back with us.  He got a morning at the Vans in the pool and an evening with Auntie Donna and Uncle John.  Check out their yummy onion harvest.
 Man, Fresno is great for pool days.  We had a great evening swimming
 and showing off our skills (or not, depending upon Grace's mood of course).
 In an effort to separate Grace from the Turtle tube that Auntie Donna had for her (so that she would actually swim a bit instead of lounging and talking to the turtle, which is also fun)
 Grandpa offered to wear it as a hat if she would show us she could roll over and take a breath.
 It was a lovely evening all together.  Check-it-out!  We get to eat with Auntie Donna!  She is usually so busy being an amazing host to tons of wonderful people, we rarely get to sit down and enjoy her wonderful cooking with her.
 We had a great taco night (man, we love taco night) followed by Auntie's phenomenal Ice-Cream Sandwiches.

 They sent home some of their special onions and figs with us;  we enjoyed them both tonight for dinner, they were fantastic!

 So home again home again.  We had a wonderful and long trip to Fresno, and feel so lucky to visit with our fun family and friends and be able to be taken such great care of by Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom... Thank you!  Our trip home was fairly uneventful.  we came home to new floors (thank you Daddy!)!  I would share pictures but we have a few more things left to do and our washer and dryer in the living room, so soon... soon.
After we got all unpacked, and had a nice breakfast of waffles, we headed over to blueberry valley which just opened.  It is one of the easiest places to load up on blueberries around when they are ready.   So you ask grace (above) how many berries do you have?  Answer:  (puts bucket on head).
 So Grace still needs to work on her picking, though her eating is just fine.  Dad tried to convince her to put one in her mouth for every three she put in her bucket.  G. interpreted this as she only needed to keep three in her bucket at any given time.  On the other hand, I am pretty amazing at picking and can almost keep up with Mom and Dad in the bucket-filling department.
 It was a nice morning out and about enjoying Oregon's blueberry bounty and nice to be back home

1 comment:

Rebecca Jackson said...

We had so much fun with you guys!!!