Monday, July 6, 2015

Road Trip: Days 3 & 4


Lilly went to the driving range with Dan, Uncle Ryan, and her cousin Michael in the morning, while the rest of us went to a park. After that, we went to lunch at Ryan's parents house. The house sits in the middle of acres of almond orchards and is simply amazing! The kids went on a ride around the property, climbed, swung, and played tag. Dan went wood picking in the biggest burn pile I have ever seen, and brought home a giant tree stump. He was in heaven! When we got back to the house, we swam the rest of the day away. 



We visited a fish hatchery, ate lunch and ice cream at a sweet little deli, and fell in love with a bunny at a local feed store. After that, Abby and I dropped off the kids at the house and did a little wine tasting. Then we rushed back home to take cousin Michael to his little league game. After, we ate more s'mores and when night swimming. These people stayed up late every night and loved reminding me!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Road Trip: Days 1 & 2

We returned to Lodi this summer to visit Dan's sister and her family. We decided to stay longer this year, since we had so much fun last time. I packed the kids' travel boxes and ipads. We stopped at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace and a famous candy/ice cream shop in Bakersfield. They did great in the car except for the very first day when Henry decided to have a melt down for an hour because he wanted what Iris had. Oh, the woes of teaching lessons. I so wanted to just give it to him, so he would stop screaming, but I knew in my heart that is what creates monsters, so we never gave in. We did however, decide to stop at a random Petsmart store to see if that would do the trick, and sure enough the little beast fell asleep for the rest of the drive. When we arrived in Lodi, we swam, ate dinner, and swam. It was heavenly!



The next morning, we visited a ranch where we rode horses, visited animals, and rode in the back of a truck bed. The kids loved it, and couldn't believe they could when we said, "yes."  It felt scandalous! Kinda like the 80s. That evening we swam some more, Lilly built a raft with her cousins, and we ate s'mores. Summer bliss!