Started at the aquarium.
Snack time and ocean viewing on the deck.
Jason didn't get enough at snack time...
Then Karen's boys really wanted to visit Dennis the Menace Park after Cole talked it up. It IS an awesome park, though!
At least they're not picking their own noses...
Kids stayed behind so we could go party on the Wharf with some clam chowder.
Karen's blog. I can't give it anymore publicity than it got that night.
On to Thanksgiving...
Chad & Cherisse's family joined us...
and so did our friends from here the Eady's.
Other Thanksgiving faces:
Cash is Sally's newest friend (he's Ashley's (Derek's girlfriend) son).
Now here the ball saga begins. Owen's ball got stuck in a real high tree (Dad). At least 3 more got stuck multiple times while all the guys were trying to get that first one down. You'd think they'd learn. Literally HOURS were spent trying to get these balls down. We had all sorts of spectators and people trying to help...so funny.
Still waiting for them to figure out how to get those balls down...
Friday started w/Sally wanting every bow we own in her hair.
This is what happens when Jared gets you for Christmas.
We had big plans for Friday but the weather was bad...cold/windy/rainy.
We braved Earthbound Farms anyway.
Then Dad & Jared went to Home Depot and got PVC pipe to get the balls down. Got Chad's football but Jared's baseball and Dad's rope/lock (lasso) are still up there for some lucky finder.
During round 2 of ball retrieving we tide pooled there at Lover's Point.
All the guys brought up mountain bikes and went exploring any free moment. Here they are on their way to do the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach.
We were smart and drove it. Why had I never done this until then? It was amazing! Right up there with Point Lobos. The wind made the waves crazy...watching them was like a show.
That night was a first for the boys of my family. Justin had never been to a skating rink before!
So did Owen but he could only handle so much falling. Notice he's the only one w/out skates. He just wanted to enjoy his treasure...vampire teeth. They've been wanting some ever since seeing the Max & Ruby Halloween episode.
Last day....Saturday! :( It was good, though. We went up to Nisene Marks in Aptos (thanks to Rochel's tip when I was searching for good off-road mountain biking trails through Redwoods). Jared & Jason couldn't even contain themselves when we got there. As soon as the bikes were unloaded they were off. I even went down one little hill on Cole's bike and it was so fun!
Anyway, here we are enjoying the Redwoods.
We LOVED having everyone here. It really was the best weekend. Thank you for coming!!!