Saturday, March 18, 2006

California Trip

We are here in sunny and chilly California. We have had such a wonderful time so far. Little E did amazing on the flight over. He slept completely through his first take off and landing. He was a little worn out on the second flight after our layover in Dallas, but we couldn't have asked for a better day of traveling across the country with a teething 7 month old! The first day we were here we went for a walk around my sister (Katie) & brother-in-law's (Brian's) neighborhood where they live in Mountian View, CA. We went to their local park then came back for dinner. Allen and I were pretty exhausted.

Thursday we went on a drive to look at the neighboring town of Palo Alto and we got to take a tour of Google with one of the members of Grace Presbyterian Church, where my brother-in-law is now an associate pastor. All of the tech industries here are pretty amazing. Allen fits in well! My wonderful sister hired a babysitter for us that night and we went to an awesome Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Mountain View. The wine and food were so delicious and the atmosphere was really cool.

Friday we went to Monterey, along the coast, to the Monterey Aquarium. It was a really nice aquarium, right on the ocean. Then we took a drive down the coast to the Carmel area, which is where the picture above was taken. It was so amazingly beautiful. We ate dinner at a small Italian restaurant in Carmel. We were all pretty exhausted by then and all 4 kids fell asleep on the drive back to Mountain View.

Today my nephew (Nick) has his first baseball game. My brother-in-law is the assistant coach. We are going to have a little more of a relaxing day today. We will go to church tomorrow morning and then Allen and I will head to San Francisco by ourselves for two days to celebrate our 2 year anniversary.

Despite the fact that Everett and I both came down with colds the day we left, it's been a great trip so far!!

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