Tuesday, July 4, 2017

road trip day twenty four: fourth of july!

4th of july
We spent the 4th of July at Calvary Community Church with the a bunch of the Albaeck clan!  We got there early to stake out spots for the fireworks and then relaxed while the kids played in the grass.

frisbee fun
Frisbee fun!

playing football
Playing football with the cousins.

eating dinner
Dinner time!!  We picked up sandwiches from Jersey Mike's and then had a picnic dinner.

hanging out with auntie beth
Having fun with Auntie Beth!

relaxing and playing
The kids had so much fun playing with their cousins!  And some of them (Christopher!!) just enjoyed relaxing and watching everything.

so much silliness
Silliness!!  This girl sure loves to take selfies!

blowing bubbles
Blowing bubbles.

bubbles with chris
He's such a good big brother-- not only did he blow bubbles for her, but he let her blow bubbles ON him!

everly and tobey
Everly and Tobey.

sunset
As the sun started to set, the kids started to settle down and played on the blankets.

bubbles, football, flags
Christopher and Ellie entertaining the littlest cousins-- and Lexie, ever the tomboy, still playing football.

so excited
Yay America!!

waiting...
Waiting patiently for the sun to set and the fireworks to start.

glowsticks one
Auntie Beth was smart and packed glowsticks for all of the kids to play with while we waited!

glowsticks two
More glowstick fun!

playing at night
Crazy cousins playing in the dark.

fireworks
Fireworks!!  Happy birthday, America!!

saying goodbye to cousins
All too soon, it was time to say goodbye to the California cousins!  We always have so much fun with them when we visit!

Monday, July 3, 2017

road trip day twenty three: beach day

beach time
We met up with a lot of the California and Arizona cousins for a fun day at the beach.  As soon as everything was unloaded, the kids were all in the water.

sweet everly
Even Miss Everly wanted to join them!

covered in sand
Such a sweet, sandy boy.

lucas
Lucas played with this piece of driftwood and the frisbee for hours.

sweet ellie
Sweet Ellie made sand angels all around my chair and then enjoyed a picnic lunch.

lunchtime
They were STARVING after playing at the beach for a couple of hours-- and apparently a bit crazy, too!

birds
There were so many birds this time- and a lone seal (that I didn't get a good picture of) that scared Christopher when it popped up next to him!

fun in the sand
Ellie and Journey played in the sand and every once in awhile, a big kid would come play with them too.

fun in the sun
Fun in the sun!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

road trip day twenty two: disneyland with the albaecks

out front
We met up with Jacob's whole fam (both parents, all the siblings and kiddos!!) for a fun day at Disneyland.

partners
Of course we had to stop and get pictures (in varying family groups) in front of the Partners statue!

cousins
All twelve of the grandkids!

siblings
The Albaeck siblings: Melissa, Bethany and Jacob

family
The whole Albaeck clan and just our family.

cousins
Once we got the pictures out of the way, it was time for rides!  The little girls played in Tarzan's treehouse while everyone else rode Indy.

sweets
Haunted mansion churro break!!  And Mickey lollipops from Grandma Robin!!

splash mountain
- Splash Mountain -

space mountain
- Space Mountain -

teacups
- the Mad Tea Party -

facepaint
The girls (minus Ellie and Everly) got their faces painted!

nick
Nick, the baby whisperer!  He got a free hat from "Mickey" after running across the park to the Emporium to get the hat he wanted (they had a couple in stock but wouldn't hold it for him...) and it being sold out.  The original CM felt really bad that she sent him all the way over there for a hat that he couldn't get so she let him pick out a different one instead.

popcorn bucket
Cinderella popcorn buckets are great for snacking and afternoon entertainment!

horsies with truck grandpa
Riding the horsies with Truck Grandpa!

addy on the horsies
- Sweet Addy -

so happy
She absolutely LOVES the horsies!!

oh ben!
Silly Ben!  You're not too big for pictures on the horsies!

swords and dinner
Trying to get the sword out of the stone.  We went to French Market for dinner - yum!!

high fives for pluto
High fives from Pluto while we waited for the parade!

msep one
We staked out spots on the curb for the Main Street Electrical Parade

msep cinderella
- Cinderella -

msep tink
- Tinkerbell -

msep two
Even though she's seen the parade several times, she was still completely mesmerized.

msep america
- To Honor America -

red white and blue fireworks
Since we were there over 4th of July weekend, we were able to see the 4th of July fireworks display with lots of red, white, and blue!

jungle cruise and tiki room
After the fireworks, we went on Indy again and then Jacob's sisters and their families headed home.  We stayed to do the Jungle Cruise (with J'Amy again!) and the Tiki Room (where all the big kids fell asleep!).

goodnight disneyland
We wrapped up our night with some pin trading in the Emporium and ice cream on Main Street!  Such a fun day!!

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