Thursday, July 22, 2010

A taste of California

We just spent two weeks in California with my family and had the best time! We took Dianne with us - our visitor from Holland, and then Nina and Ben came to visit as well. When we were all together there were 16 of us. Add Image



Columbia State Park:


We went down to this old gold mining town for the Play "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and wandered around the town. Here is a shot of us on the Stage coach, Chatham got to ride shotgun because it was his birthday.
Twain Harte:

Above: Jack with his new pal (and 2nd cousin) Ezekiel


Look closely, each of them are sitting/pointing to their names! This is one of our favorite Twain Harte activities and we love Rich and Marilyn (the owners).

David, Nina, Ben and me just enjoying some down time


Chatham, T.J. Jack and me at a local apple ranch.



Aaliyah and Kayte at Twain Harte Lake "Look no feet"

We had a few days with a dunk tank in the front yard! This was such a fun way to stay cool.
At Twain Harte Lake, a night to see the stars.

Dianne and me at Twain Harte Lake. The key word to my old home town is Relax Ben and Nina figured it out very quickly.

A family evening around a fire, S'mores and all. Kayte loves her Nana.

Haning out in the "Situation Room" Chatham taught Jack how to play pool.

Kayte with her 2nd cousin Amelia.Hangin' out in the Hammock with my little girl!



San Francisco:


We took a quick tour of S.F. and got to see it from a different point of view. All of us really enjoyed it.


Pine Crest Lake:

TJ with a book, what else?

Jack enjoying the "sand" with a beautiful mountain view behind.
Yosemite:


My boys with Half Dome behind.

Kayte and Chatham each got a new T shirt, because they both vomited on the way.


We took a stoll to the bottom of Yosemite Falls and let the kids climb on more rocks.
Calaveras Big Trees:


If it's high, Mak will climb it.
T.J. Bubba and Mak enjoying the HUGE trees!

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My fun kids

My fun kids
In their favorite tree