Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back to Fremont, Mike's Home Sweet Home

The morning of the 10th we were headed into Fremont, California where Mike grew up nearly his whole life. We knew we needed to be there by lunch time so we could hit one of our favorite two Mexican restaurants for a shredded beef taco, but since the drive wasn't too far we made a pit stop near Donner's Summit to hike around a bit. The kids LOVE climbing around on huge rocks and since we weren't going to Yosemite this year, this was going to have to hold them over :-). This was our first taste of cooler weather since leaving home as well and it was glorious to not be sweating when outside!
After stuffing ourselves at El Patio we headed to a playground to get out some energy. It was unusually hot this particular afternoon but the kids didn't mind too much of course. Then it was off to the hotel to relax a bit and let Mike and I get some work done on our computers. One thing I didn't anticipate was how much less time I would have on it. When we were in the RV I edited pictures and got things done during much of our driving time. So although the forced break has been nice at times, I definitely missed it as well.
The kids spent a lot of time in the pool over the next couple days. Sitting in the shade was perfect for me and Mike and they almost always had the place to themselves to swim and be crazy. It is so nice to have them all good swimmers now so we don't have to get in unless we want to :-).
We finished our first day in town with more playground time and more good food.
Our Fremont days of the trip were just nice, lazy, true vacation days where we could do what we wanted, when we wanted...and eat way too much.
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The kiddos didn't sleep much in the car considering how much driving we did, but Preston sometimes couldn't help himself. The best were the times I was trying to keep him awake because I wanted him to sleep well at night and he would get so frustrated with me. "Moooom, I'm just SOOO tired!!!" said with his eyes half open :-).
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"Mom, look at that giant pinecone!!!!" Preston obviously needs more palm trees in his life :-)
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Ella, who is starting 5th grade next month, standing with Mike by his 5th grade classroom door.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crazy!

The kids were wanting to watch videos of themselves when they were little and I found this video of Ella at swim practice 3 years ago and couldn't believe it! I totally forgot that she couldn't swim at all her first year of summer swim team when she was 6 (almost 7). We found out earlier this week she got moved up to the top team for 10& Unders with her club swim team so she has come a long way for sure.

Circus Circus time in Reno

We stayed the night in Reno on our way to the Bay Area and we got to stay at Circus Circus, which the kids thought was awesome! Mike got our room for $30 which was crazy, so we added a 2nd...there is nothing like the kids having their own room when you are on a trip like this!!!
After stopping for lunch at In n Out, which was sooo good after a long day in the car, we chilled in the hotel rooms for a bit before going out for some fun. The kids definitely had some energy to get out!
We blew our money on games so the kids could have some super nice stuffed animals :-), but they thought it was the best day ever so it's ok. We were there long enough to catch two of the circus acts and they are actually really impressive. The acrobatic duo was there last year when we came through as well and they are amazingly strong.
Even room service was a great deal at Circus Circus so we went all out :-)! It is always a fun little stop and a great way to break up the otherwise long and boring drive from Utah to California.
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Poor little Addie has been even more emotional than usual since school got out. Any tiny little thing hurts her feelings and sends her into sobs of despair. We keep working on it with her as much as we can, and I'm really hoping getting back into a routine when we get home will help.
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our first of many slurpees of the trip...and we didn't buy that rice krispie treat, just admired it's size
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Addie was so excited to win that horse :-) and Preston chose to use his money on the arcade games for tickets instead.
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Ella had her own money on the trip and it was always fun to see what she was willing to use her own precious dollars on...this fortune was one of them :-)
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