Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cabin times


Making Smores

We all like sitting my the fire at night.

At the cabin

The cabin was by Ray's grandfather and is pretty rustic. We actually only spent one night sleeping at the cabin. The first couple of nights we slept at a lodge up the road. I was nervous about having three little kids spend the night in a place that isn't at all child proofed. I liked staying at the lodge. The rooms are very basic, I don't even think there are phones in the rooms. But it was clean and we could lock the doors and know the kids were right next to us and safe. We would get up early in the morning and head over to the cabin to spend the day. We would only head back to the lodge when it was time for bed. Ray really wanted us to stay at the cabin, so on the last night I said okay. It was awful. There is one large room upstairs with a bunch of beds. I slept on the outside of one of the beds so Sasha wouldn't fall off. The stairs are really steep and hard, so I worried about one of them falling down them. All of the beds are pretty close to the stairs. Brayden suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and started heading right for the stairs! I jumped up and grabbed him, put him back into bed and then slept on the outside of that bed. A couple of hours later Sasha woke up and started for the stairs. It was crazy and exhausting. Oh, and even though it was August, it was FREEZING at night. Even Ray, who can sleep through anything hardly slept that night. After that night, he understood why I had insisted on us staying at the lodge. Where we will be staying when we visit until the kids get older.
The cabin is right on the American River and the back deck looks over it. I love the sound of it. It was very relaxing to stay at the cabin before the little kids were born. I loved spending hours reading while listening to the river in the background. This time was fun, but not relaxing. You can see in the picture of Sasha how rustic the kitchen is. In the last picture Brookelyn is standing on the back porch and you can see the river behind her. We are really close to the river. The kids loved every minute of every day we were there.

Day at Lake Tahoe

We went into Lake Tahoe to have lunch and spend a few hours at the beach. It was a great day and the kids really had fun at the beach. The water is warmer than Lake Tahoe, so the kids were able to play in it for a while.


Friday, January 28, 2011

At family cabin in Tahoe

We drove up to Ray's mom's house in Walnut Creek, and then drove up to Tahoe the next day. These pictures are after a short hike from the cabin along the river to where the kids could "fish" (haven't been fish in river for a few years) and swim. The water is FREEZING. We spent several hours there while they found rocks and tried to make them skip over the water. It was a lot of fun.

At Uncle Joel and Uncle Art's House

Moe pics at game with cousins

David's 11th B-day party

We celebrated my nephew, David's, birthday by going to a minor league baseball game. It was a lot of fun. The mascot, Whooly, spent a lot of time with the kids and one of the players ran up and handed Brayden an autographed ball.

Pool Days

We spent a lot of time at the pool for swim lessons for the girls, swim team practices for Brayden or swim meets for Brayden. Certainly a great way to spend the summer!

San Diego Wild Animal Park

We love going to the Wild Animal Park!

Orange County Fair

Orange County Fair