Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Home Stretch

Ahh...San Francisco! Every time I go there to retrieve my heart, I end up leaving it there again. This trip was no exception. We could resist slipping in this last little trip on our way home. We loved eating the best burgers ever in the Ferry Building, strolling below the Bay Bridge and city lights at night, eavesdropping on a wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts, gazing at and then crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, and catching lunch at a little Mexican joint in Sausalito. We hated to leave, but finally had to in order to make it home by 3am! What a trip!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

California, Here We Come!

This is the longest posting of the longest road trip ever! That's what happens when you're having the best summer ever. But all good things must come to an end, and these last couple posts should take us there. Once we had driven as far as we dared go, we realized we had to turn around and come back home. And since California was on our way, we thought we'd stop and say hi to more of our favorite people. My sis is the hostess with the mostest, and we had a blast staying with her for a few short days. Here's what we're so glad we didn't miss:

  • A visit to the George Oliveri Salon

  • A perfect evening eating yummy burritos on the back patio

  • Lots of girlie time with cousins

  • A glorious trip to Seal Beach

  • Picnic at the park in Cerritos

  • Joe's Italian Ice in Anaheim

  • Finding the secret viewing spot for the D-land fireworks

  • Fish tacos and arcade games at Shoreline Village

  • Dinner with some favorite friends (no pictures again!)

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    The Valley

    After our frolic in Flagstaff, we descended into the Valley of the Sun, where it was too damn hot to do anything, including take pictures. I was able to capture a couple moments, which make every trip to the homeland complete...

    Snuggling under Grandma's quilts --

    And visiting Grandpa's ranch --

    From this quick trip, we'll also remember hangin out with Price cousins, celebrating Krysta's birthday with my dear friend Isa and her fun family, Jane's first quilt she made with Grandma, dinner and game night at M&K's, and a late night viewing of Harry Potter.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Cousins, Cousins, and More Cousins

    The whole reason we started on this venture in the first place was to get us to, where else, but Flagstaff, Arizona. It was there that descendants of Alta Marie Castleberry Westover Winfield were gathering for a family reunion and we didn't want to miss out on all the fun. And fun it was! Here are the highlights from our days spent in the shadows of the San Francisco peaks, among the Ponderosa pines:

    *Staying at the Little America Hotel, where we took full advantage of their swimming pool and playground

    *Family lunch & good times at the Riordan Mansion State Park

    *Touring the mansion with Jane & Annie...I'm moving in!

    *Hangin out with lots and lots of cousins

    *Breakfast at Rogers Lake where grandma spent time as a young girl

    *Celebrating Grandma Westover's 67th birthday at Oregano's

    *Remembering how beautiful Arizona really is, and how awesome family is

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Family, Friends, Ice Cream & Hoodoos

    We left Idaho and moved on to Utah where we were reunited with more friends and family. The big highlight of the trip was meeting our new cousin/nephew, Noah. John's sister's family recently returned from China, where they adopted him. We loved getting to spend some one-on-one time with him, getting to know his playful personality. Other Utah highlights include:

    *Morning jog on the Cougar Campus
    *Movies 8 with Henries
    *Hooking up with old roomies (so sad I didn't take pictures!)
    *Hangin out at B&L's
    *BBQ with family & friends
    *Late night Settlers with the Riries
    *Stroll around the BYU botany pond
    *Provo shopping
    *Thanksgiving Point & Iceberg
    *Henries Drive-In in Panguitch
    *Bryce Canyon

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    The Road Trip Begins...

    First stop...Boise, Idaho. Six months ago our best friends and neighbors left us for better real estate on the other side of the Blue Mountains. We couldn't let this summer go by without a visit to see them in their new digs. They were such great hosts, I think we'll be knocking on their door for many more summers to come.

    The kids had a blast, eating and hanging out...

    The moms had a blast, shopping and crafting...

    Even John didn't mind a little outdoor recreation and BBQ at the lake...

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Let the Good Times Roll

    Three days ago we returned from the Mother of all Roadtrips, so rather than writing the Mother of all Blog-posts, I think I'll break it up a bit. And I'll spare the gory details of the puking, diarrhea, unbearable heat, infestation of various insects, and general irritability due to lack of sleep and a slight overdose of family togetherness. And just in case someone happens to read this and says, "What?! They came here and didn't even stop by to say hello!"...please accept our sincere apologies. It was a whirlwind tour of the Wild, Wild West and we tried to cram as much in as we could while still actually enjoying our summer vacation. Overall, it was a raging success!

    The good times started the day before we left with a birthday celebration for our favorite 7-year-old. Though not part of our roadtrip, July 6th was the day that the party got started, considering that our bags were already packed. We did our usual birthday donuts for breakfast, followed by a treasure hunt for the birthday girl to find her cute new bike. For lunch we ate outdoors at the Hoyt Arboretum with friends and spent the afternoon at the Children's Museum. We wrapped up the day with ice cream sandwich cake and present opening. A fabulous day to celebrate this cute, smart, independant, fun, ambitious, helpful, sweet girl!