Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sunny Spring Break

Two weeks ago we decided to do a last minute trip down to Cali to visit family and friends for Neal's spring break. All of the family down there hadn't yet met Hudson so we thought it would be a good time to see everyone and have Hudson meet the rest of his family! He did suprisingly well on the 11 hour drive there and back, although the way home was a little tougher and he was clearly getting tired of being in his carseat. 

We started our trip in Sacramento where Neal's Grandparents, two sets of aunts and uncles and many cousins live all very close together. We stayed in Mark and Lavonna's pool house (thank you so much) so Hudson's frequent nighttime feedings wouldn't disturbe anyone in the house. We had a nice visit with everyone there and enjoyed some beautiful weather. 

Then we drove to San Francisco to stay with Shane and Kristen, Neal's cousin and wife. We had so much fun with them. Neal learned how to kiteboard (kind of) and Kristen and I tried to brave 30-50 mph wind gusts on the beach the first day... we lasted about 15 minutes then headed home =).  Then we got to spend a day walking around the city on one of the most beautiful days i've ever seen in San Fran, warm about 70 degrees and virtually no wind. 

Shane and Kristen

Shot of the Bay Bridge on the beautiful clear day 

The next day we had the pleasure of visiting my BF from HS Liz and her Husband Josh and new baby boy Tucker. We had so much fun with them, swapping baby stories, delivery stories etc. Then we went out for a delicous lunch ( thank you guys again for treating us) and frozen yogurt before heading back. It was so fun seeing the boys together and I can't believe how fast they grow and change! 

Two very unhappy boys in their car seats! 

Sittin with Tucker at lunch

Aren't they cute??!!

Me, Liz and the boys. Who would have thought when we met at age 14 that we would be having kids together!! 

We then headed down to San Jose and were able to see my Aunt Karen, Uncle Charles and cousins Alex and Madeleine. It was so great to see them and we had so much fun! We went to Santa Cruz the first day and had such a great time that we went back the next day and Neal and Charles played hours of beach volleyball and were surprisingly a good team together. It was so nice to relax, visit and soak up the illusive sun. It was very hard to leave and we want to thank everyone for accomidating our last minute visit and making it such a fun and memorable spring break!! 

Karen, Madeleine and Hudson catchin some rays on the beach

My Hubby tearin it up on the V-ball court

This was warm compared to the Oregon Coast he usually swims in... 

Family shot, We love you guys!! 

Ok that pretty much sums up the trip, now it's back to real life. Neal is still in school and I start work on Monday =(. Pray that I can keep a positive attutude! 

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