On July 1st Randy and I flew to San Diego where we met up with my mom at the airport and drove to Ryan and Leanne's Oceanside Condo to spend 2 nights. It was a busy 4th of July weekend and the beaches were crowded but we enjoyed the ocean view from the comfort of their home. Ryan treated us to a yummy dinner out where he and Leanne announced that they are expecting TWINS! We have since learned that one is a boy and the other is not yet revealing. Such happy happy news!
On Saturday we met at Todd & Ashley's home for the blessing of precious Ryan Ashley
We enjoyed a nice dinner afterwards with the Dickson Family in the back yard
Proud Daddy and sleepy baby
On Sunday we all caravaned to San Luis Obispo to gather with the Francis family for the 4th of July extravaganza at Ryan and Leanne's 100 year old historic barn.
Jared showed his patriotism before engaging in the
Revolutionary Paint War on the Eve of the 4th
All four of these girls dressed to show their patriotism
Grammy loved every minute of a day filled with
grand kids, food, games, water balloon wars and fireworks
This ice water attack on Grammy and Papa was shocking on so many levels. Our two favorite sons Nathan and Todd had nothing to do with it.
At the amazing talent show we saw some pretty creative acts.
Charlie styled Papa's hair, naming each "do" to the delight of everyone.
The DJ was terrific and the kids had a blast
competing, dancing, performing & marching
At the end of the day all of the family posed for an impromptu photo. We hung out in San Luis Obispo for a few days and attended a baby shower for Kelli hosted by Felicity and Leanne.
I'm hoping she'll post some pictures on her Blog.
Later in the week we went to Southern California where we rented a condo with Jason and Kimberly's family. We spent a day at Sea World and got to hang out with Nathan, Todd and Kelli's family. Friday night all of us gathered for service in the San Diego Temple. As good as it gets! On Saturday we met again at a private beach in Oceanside to celebrate Max's annual Beach Day.
Our kids, in conjunction with the Francis family, planned some great activities, including lego building competition, "minute to win it" and a balloon launch, each carrying a message written to Max. There was great food, surfing, volleyball and just the joy of being together.
Papa enjoyed some time with this little cutie
Sweet Ryan Ashley
At the end of Max's Beach Day the Harris Family invaded 'Soup Plantation'.
I'm quite certain they are still recovering from our visit.
We returned to NY but the fun wasn't over! Rhonda flew out later in the week to spend a few days. We headed with Randy to Palmyra to see the 'Hill Cumorah Pageant' It was superb! Here we are in the Sacred Grove.