We just returned from a wonderful trip to California to visit Richard's family. His brother Tom, his wife Becca, and their 5 children live in Arbuckle, CA (just north of Sacramento). Richard's mother Irene also lives with them. We flew from Omaha, NE and were able to spend a week relaxing and enjoying family as Tom and Becca graciously opened their home to us all. This was the first time we were all together since right after Richard and I were married (almost 5 years ago).
After a few days at Tom and Becca's place we sadly dropped Grandma Irene off at the airport for a trip to Grand Forks to visit her brothers and sisters, and headed to Santa Cruz to meet up with Richard's sister, Jaime, and her family who were driving up from Lubbock, TX. Our reunion on the beach was surreal as this was the first time all 12 cousins were together. Despite the cooler temps, they played in the sand and ocean. After being spoiled at the Embassy Suites, we headed to the Monterey Bay Aquarium the next day. What a treat to watch all the kiddos get so excited about the aquarium life. After a day of fun we all (6 adults and 12 kids) headed back to Tom and Becca's place for a few more days together. It was a wonderful reunion and went too fast. Despite a few expected disagreements over toys and space, the kids played well together. The adults were able to get in a few quality conversations too! I will be posting some pictures soon. We hope it doesn't take as long for us all to get together again!