Last week we drove… A LOT! I feel like that’s pretty much all we did! And had a little fun in between. 🙂
My last living grandparent passed away recently so we had a funeral in California last week. With it being the 4th of July weekend, it was nice that Alan didn’t have to take as much time off work.
So we started the 11 hour drive Wednesday afternoon and stopped in Mesquite to sleep there overnight. We were pretty sure our little girls weren’t going to make it the whole way in one trip so we broke it up. I actually found some really good ideas when traveling with kids – that will be a later post!
You can’t head to California on the 15 Freeway without looking for Zzyxx Road!
We all slept in the same room and surprisingly it went ok! I was a little worried since both our girls sleep in their own rooms right now. But Alan propped up the second queen bed to make a barrier between us and Clo so she wouldn’t be so distracted by us. The air conditioning was also super loud which provided some good white noise. 🙂
At the hotel.
Thursday morning we headed the rest of the way to California. We went to a friend’s home for some 4th of July fun – food and street fireworks. After this event, Alan and I decided that fireworks are best seen in the sky… away from us… and done by professionals. Two aerial fireworks exploded on the ground and shot at us! I’m just thankful we didn’t get hurt. When we found we were more worried than enjoying ourselves, we decided it was a good time to head back to the hotel.
Friday we attended a Catholic mass for my grandmother who was Catholic in respect for her religion. Afterwards we headed to the beach! My girls had a blast! Kami’s first experience at the beach when she was 4 months old was not so great. But this time both of the girls loved it! (Get ready for picture overload!)
My sister Tate holding the biggest sand crab I’ve ever seen in my life! And I’ve seen plenty of sand crabs…
Jumping over waves with daddy and playing in the sand.
Eating sand… yummy!
Digging with shells.
Afterwards we stayed at Alan’s aunt and uncle’s home which was so nice of them to let us stay! Then Saturday we went to my grandma’s burial at sea. She was cremated, as was my grandpa. He had been in the navy and so we let his ashes go out to sea. And so we did the same to my grandma. It was fun to be on a sailboat and the ceremony was very nice. And my girls did pretty good on the boat which was a huge relief!
Then after a little family BBQ, we drove back to Mesquite for our last overnight stay and headed home Sunday morning, back to Utah. It sure was nice to come home! Don’t get me wrong, I love California, but it’s nice not to have to drive long distances anymore and to get the girls back on a schedule. They didn’t really have a schedule at all the last few days which made them a little grumpy. We’re glad we made it home safely!
P.S. I went to the store today and this is happening tomorrow! Kami is actually really excited about it. Wish me luck!
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