Sunday, June 22, 2014


We are enjoying some summery sunshine in California with our California family for two weeks!
 We are in the water almost every day.  Primarily, we have our swim lessons.  I started strong, remembering my awesome roll-over moves from last year.  Owen is also doing amazing and is learning all sorts of new strokes as well as some better breathing techniques.
 Our Teacher's rock we both love our lessons with "thomas" as I call Jan Thomas swim school.

 We also took a great day-trip to Tulare to visit with Great-Grandma Mary.  It was a perfect day outside in her yard.
 The snails were out in force, so Owen and I spent a fair bit of time setting up snail competitions!
 The grown-ups were impressed by our involvement in the races and wrestling matches we set-up, and cheered on.

 We do love visiting with Great-Grandma, she is so sweet and lovely to spend time with.
 We also observed Uncle Ry's birthday.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE RY!  We love you and thank you so much for coming out for the week so we could play with you!

 Lessons are continuing this next week.  Diving skills
 and superhero moves are also on the agenda.

 The dogs were pretty chill this visit, and spent a lot of time hanging out in sunbeams.

 I got to practice my play-dough sculpting skills... do you love my snake?
 Owen is doing his best to go through Grandma and Grandpa's extensive far-side, calvin and hobbs, and Garfield book collection.
 We also got to spend a delicious dinner at Auntie Donna and Uncle Johns' house.
 They brought out John's Uncle's homemade wine which was fantastic.
 Dinner was great, Owen ate almost all of Auntie's clams and guacamole, but she made a ton of food so everyone had great food to eat.
 Regis, Auntie's very protective puppy even warmed up to Uncle Ryan eventually.... tentatively....
 She also gave us some cool bubble wands that provided fun entertainment outside!

 Mom and Dad got to pre-celebrate her birthday with a fancy dinner out at Erna's Elderberry House.  It was a beautiful and extremely yummy dinner.
 With at least 5 courses + 3 dessert plates... all amazing!  Mom's favorite was the Frisee and Apricot salad and of course the desserts!

 It was a treat to have a fancy night out together.
 On Friday we took an extra fancy trip... a train trip!
 We rode the amtrack to Hanford.  It was cool because 1- we got to ride a train!

 2- we went here... Superior Dairy.
 What's so special about a dairy that we would take a day trip via train to get there.  Well, these are the single scoop bowls.
 Yep!  We went with our McGann Friends Kris, Meredeth, Lucy and Andrew
 and ate a lot of really excellent ice-cream.  Now while waiting for the train, many people easily figured out what we were up to and told us how delicious the ice-cream is, however not one of them mentioned how insanely gigantic they are.  Owen and Mom earned their 200 mile new sneakers and Ice Cream Sundae.  SO... what do you think a 2-scoop sundae looks like?
 INSANE, it was all Mom could do to talk Owen out of the S-O-S, the seven scooper.  It was amazing, and huge and a super awesome treat!

 3- though not planned, if you go to Hanford, you can just peek your head into the chamber of commerce, ask nicely and one of the guys down there will come out and open up the Merry-go-round.  We got several great long rides!
 It was awesome, merry-go-rounds are so fun!

 We still had several hours until our train home was scheduled, so we hung out in the shade.

 Owen and Mom ran across the street to this great Barber shop with a fun old-timey flair.
 The guy did a great job cleaning up Owen's shag.
 Friday, we got to hang out with Auntie Becky Auntie Susan, Kc, Noah, Nolan, Trevor, Dr & Mrs. Smith!  They invited us over for a great swim party and great dinner.
 we always love hanging out with these guys.

 and though I don't really have good pictures of Trevor and Nolan, they played adventures in the shrubbery for hours with Owen who had a great time with them.
 Aaand we all got to meet baby Ava Rayn.  She is such a sweetie, so chill and cute and sleepy.

 Love seeing these sweet friends.
So, Mom and Dad took off this weekend and headed back to Portland.  Owen and I are going to go to camp in Fresno and finish up our swim lessons while hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa!  We are so excited for a great adventure without the folks!  

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