Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trip to California (part 8) - beach days

During our time in California we had two beach days. I only took pictures on our second beach day. The first beach day we were all quite busy playing in the warm water and I wasn't about to take my phone near the water to take pictures. In between our beach days we went to Disneyland and that post will coming along sometime (hopefully this week or this weekend. I am taking care of 2 extra kids this week and next week, so it's a little crazy at our house with 5 kids under the age of 7. But everyone is having fun and no one wants to leave at the end of the day so I must be doing something right while watching all of them.)

Our kids love the beach! Sanaa and Layla could run away from the waves and play in the sand all day long. But we only spent the morning at the beach. Our second beach day was the day after we went to Disneyland and everyone (adults included) were in need of some naps.



Layla and Natalie running away from the waves.

It took Malakai a little bit to warm up to the water. But that is typically how he is.

Sanaa tried her best to not get wet, but you'll notice in the picture below (on the left side) that one wave got the best of her and knocked her down. She wasn't too happy even though I told her I had dry clothes along she could change into. Malakai on the other hand was beginning to enjoy the water.

After playing in the water we dried off, changed clothes, and took a stroll down the board walk.




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Trip to California (part 7) - grandpa Strawsburg's 89th birthday

On Sunday, July 6th we celebrated Floyd's 89th birthday. This is gramma Carol's dad. It was a lot of fun and our kids got to meet most of Nate's side of the family. I believe there was only one of Nate's cousins that didn't make it. A couple of Nate's cousins also have kids but Kensington and Sanaa were the oldest (each of them are 6). So we had 10 little kids ages 6 and under running around at the party. 

Bethany, who married Nate's cousin Michael, made the most adorable headbands for Sanaa, Layla, and Natalie. She knew we were going to Disneyland and made the girls special headbands for the day we went. The girls really liked them!

Our kids eating with some of their cousins and 2nd cousins. Natalie and Everlee (they are on the right side) spent most of the time talking to each other. It was great!

After lunch, we turned a movie on so that the little ones would have something to keep them distracted while all the adults had time to catch up with each other.

Sanaa made a special gift for great grandpa Strawsburg. She sewed pink buttons onto a rubber pot holder and gave it to him.



Most of the great grand kids. Only two were missing from this picture.


Nate's mom also had a professional photographer come and take pictures for a couple hours while we were together. He took some great pictures and I only picked out a few to share on here.







Grandpa Strawsburg with the great grand kids. We were missing 3 at picture time.


The whole family together. Nate hasn't seen some of his cousins in 20 years or so. I'm glad we were able to make the trip down and spend an afternoon with his extended family. Even Gene's brother, Steve, (he is on the end in the back row on the left) was able to come. Steve never had kids, so the only cousins Nate has are on his mom's side.

Carol with her two brothers, dad, and step mom. Carol's mom passed away when Nate was in high school. When Nate was in college Floyd married Edith and she is a wonderful lady! It's always fun to see Floyd and Edith and spend time with them.


Hanging out in a fire truck

Last night our church had its annual Salmon bake. The food was great (like usual!). However, the most exciting part for the kids was that one of the church members has a connection with some firemen and he invited them to come and bring their truck. The firemen were really nice and after we ate we got to see their truck, try on their boots and sit inside the truck. 

Sanaa and I were the only ones from our family to try on the boots and pants. Layla and Malakai suddenly got shy around the firemen, even though they had been sitting at the table right next to us during dinner and we had been talking with them some. The boots and pants are heavy and quite warm. I do not envy firemen at all having to wear that on a hot day.



Nate, Sanaa and Layla all had the opportunity to sit in the front. Malakai wouldn't go near the steps to the front seat for some reason.


However, he was all excited about climbing into the backseat and even threw a tiny fit when it was time to get out and let someone else have a turn.


On the way home Sanaa asked if girls could be firefighters too and I told her they definitely can. I often wonder what our kids will choose to do once they grow up. Nate and I were talking about our kids and the interests they have right now. If those interests stayed the same we think Sanaa might be some kind of artist or art teacher, Layla might be our adventurous one rock climbing or doing some type of extreme sport (yesterday she was getting ready to attempt to fly off of Sanaa's top bunk by holding onto two feathers! I'm glad I stopped that before she jumped.), and Malakai might be our musician and sports player (either soccer or baseball since those seem to be his favorites at the moment).


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Trip to California (part 6) - meeting the cousins!

Friday afternoon we arrived at the rental house which was Disney themed. It was pretty cool and fun to explore. Layla found the dress up clothes pretty fast and had to wear them!

Just inside the entrance was a large lion! During the week the lion wore different head accessories (crown and such) that the kids placed on it.


The kitchen area was accented with red and all the kids had Mickie Mouse place mats. There were even Mickey and Minnie plates and bowls for the kids to use.

The bedrooms were the most exciting place! There were 4 bedrooms and 3 of them had themes. Sanaa, Layla, and Malakai all slept in Woody's Playhouse.




Natalie and Isaac slept in Crush's Cove.



Nate and I slept in the Pirate themed room (it didn't get a name). Caleb, Sarah, and Daniel slept in the master bedroom which didn't have a theme, but was still quite nice. Gene and Carol slept downstairs on a roll out bed and the couch. They tried sleeping on the inflatable mattress, but that lasted only one night. Apparently, if one of them moved the other person was almost bounced off the mattress.


Gene and Carol dropped us off at the house and then headed to the airport to pick up Caleb, Sarah, and their kids.


Seeing each other after three years was pretty fun! Our 6 kids got along great and had a lot fun playing together. Hopefully it's not another three years before we see them again.