Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 After a few days at Disneyland we headed NW,
to the central coast (Templeton), to see my brother Aaron
and his family.  They were such amazing hosts
and made our stay so much fun!!
We did some sight seeing, found a LIFE size
chess set (none of the kids really knew what they were
doing, but had fun anyway), and also hit the shell shop.
Ame loaded up on souveniers, and the boys each
got a SURFERS shell necklace, of which they have
been very proud to wear since we returned.

Once the weather warmed a bit, we headed to the beach.
I think the kids could LIVE in the sand.  There was no
hesitation, and they pretty much just dove right in.
And yes, Kaipo is the seaweed monster!

Lots of playing and sand castle building...
Ame has been very into the book/movie
Soul Surfer and was determined that she would
she started out on the boogie board and took to that
without any hesitation. Quite the natural I would say!

After a battle with getting on the WET SUIT
(a must in the freezing ocean)
 I promised the kids I would give it a try too.
I had the best coach ever (Aaron is soo
patient).  He even gave up his wetsuit so I wouldn't
freeze and then when I wasn't getting up he
braved it and came out to help me, without one on.
Unfortunately, I had a lot of tumbles and this is
about as close to standing up on the board as I got?!

On the other hand, Kaipo had
 no problem standing right up on the board.
And the same for Ame.
These kids of mine really do need to
live near the ocean, or at least visit more often!
I love that they took to it so easily and
have such an interest in the ocean and surfing.
Being part Hawaiian they should, right?!

 And Ash, well he just had fun running around,
playing on the rocks and in the sand.

 After a fun couple of days in the sun,
we were able to celebrate sweet little
Kyle's 8th birthday.  We went out to eat
at this yummy and fun BBQ restaurant...
and then home for homemade yummy treats,
by his amazingly creative mom, Debbie.
We are soo appreciative to Aaron and Debbie
for accommodating our family soo graciously
and fulfilling Ame's dream to surf!
Thanks for giving up beds, shuffling
us around, and taking us to all the local sights.
We now have wonderful memories,
thanks to you and your special family!
We LOVE you guys!!
The next morning we headed North to Sacramento,
for a quick over night stop at Aunt Linda's.
Her and uncle Dennis were great hosts as well.
Then it was on the LONG road home.
Despite the length of this drive, the kids did
amazingly well and occupied themselves
with all sorts of movies, activities and snacks galore!
Although we would have loved to stop here...
It just did not fit into our schedule to stop.
Hopefully we will have a vacation there soon though?!
We made it home safe and sound, with wonderful memories
and grateful for all those who made this trip a success!!
Thank you most of all to Grandma and Grandpa for
traveling with us, spoiling us and helping to make this
such an AMAZING trip.
We couldn't have done it without YOU!


Diane and Allan said...

The entire trip was pretty incredible. Disneyland was so fun dispite the crowds and heat. We loved to see the excitment on the kids faces. The time with Aaron and Deb and family at the beach was also soooo fun. Good memories were made and bonds made. Great way to end the summer!!

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Debbie said...

oh i am just seeing this! there are so many great memories we made with your sweet family on this trip. i think you guys need to come visit the ocean more:)

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