We have been blessed by visits from much family this calendar year! My parents made an escape from the cold Midwest winter for most of the month of February to visit California. Their purpose was threefold: to escape winter, to help my mom’s sister and husband move and to see us! They did much work to help Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie move during the week and then we had the privilege of seeing them three weekends in a row! Because our weekends have been busy with having fun, this has been my first opportunity to actually get them altogether. These photos will span the three different weekends we had with my parents.
On Friday afternoon of the first weekend, we enjoyed a perfect sunny day by going to the park to practice some hitting. Some expert help from Grandpa!
Grandpa’s personal ball retriever…these two remain best buddies!! As you’ll notice, they are together in most photos!!
We always wonder how Ziggy will do with new people. Overall, he has done pretty well, and seemed particularly fond of Grandma!!
The first weekend they were here, we had a rainy Saturday, which meant a lot of games! We had Grandma’s help to get some Valentines ready for classmates at CC.
As we Paul and I were preparing to go out on a date, Grandma and Grandpa opened their spa!! The girls all got their toenails painted and Grandpa even stepped in to help speed the drying step! It was true “full-service” pedicure! Grandma was a good sport and let Bethany paint her toes too!
What started with a book, migrated to a hair dryer!
Lauren was at Grandpa’s side while he gets ready for church on Sunday! She kept him company and made sure it was never too quiet for Grandpa!!
Look who surprised us with a little Valentine’s day visit (the day before Valentine’s day). We were outside enjoying the beautiful weather doing a read-aloud when Daddy showed up with some balloons for the kids and a rose for me. Ziggy was obviously pretty excited with the surprise too!!
Traditional Valentine’s Day morning breakfast… After breakfast on Valentine’s Day, we took off to Orange County to see Grandpa and Grandma at Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie’s new location. There is a beautiful heated pool that we were able to enjoy for a few hours and here is Grandpa and Lauren.
Grandpa and Grandma with the four kids.
There are hours that the kids can swim the pool, so once those ended, we packed up and headed to Laguna Beach. It was a gorgeous day and actually very crowded, but we enjoyed it for a few hours. My beach pictures aren’t very good as we left the camera in the car and it was too big of a hassle to go get it so these are with my phone, but into the sun which didn’t work well!
The water was FREEZING, but that didn’t stop the kids from going in…and they even convinced Daddy and Grandpa to go play in the waves too!
This is typically where you would find Ziggy after someone from the family leaves out the front door. He seems very loyal as he waits longingly for their return!
These next photos are from our final weekend with Grandpa and Grandma, which was a very special trip to Disneyland! We got a great deal on tickets through The Master’s College and were able to make some great new memories. We had a perfect day that wasn’t too hot or too cold and we really managed to see most of the park during our visit, though we did stay ALL day! We got in the gate around 8:30 and left the park close to midnight!! Unfortunately, our camera died very early in the day (note to self: always charge your camera before Disneyland even if you don’t think it needs it!!) so there aren’t near as many photos taken if that hadn’t been the case. But we have enough to remember and the rest we’ll tuck away in our memory!
We found Mickey Mouse pretty quick upon entering so decided to start with a picture with him!
After a few rides, we headed to Toon Town and found Goofy and Pluto too (which is also when the camera died!). Pausing for a lunch/snack! We packed all our food, which worked great for eating cheaply and whenever it worked out!
Waiting for the afternoon parade…
This picture didn’t come out well, but this was our only photo with ALL of us together, unfortunately. This was as we were leaving the park…still smiling despite some very tired legs! Grandpa and Grandma also got us all a hotel room so we didn’t have to drive after such a long day. We were very thankful for that considering the time we left!!
This was taken the next morning at the hotel room. We packed breakfast and enjoyed a relaxing morning. Can you believe that after a full day at Disney AND a 12:30 bedtime, that none of these kids slept past about 8am?!!
It was a gray morning, which eventually turned to rain, but not before we took advantage of the heated hotel pool and hot tub for a couple of hours.
We had a great, fun-filled month! Many memories were made and we were thankful for some extra time with Grandpa and Grandma! And the fun doesn’t end here!! We welcome some more visitors this next week…so stay tuned!! In case you’re wondering, we are still doing school and having normal life thrown into all this fun!!