Merry Christmas! Happy 2014! and Happy everything else. 🙂 We returned last weekend from 2 weeks in California visiting family and friends. At the end of the 2 weeks, my soul felt full (so did my belly).
Full because of
1. old friends
2. new friends
3. Jesus-loving brothers and sisters
4. celebration and
Here are some pictures to walk you through some of what we did in California.
Hiking with Lydia’s sister Megan (who got married in December)
Enjoyed time in the sunshine!
Nathaniel loved hiking with Baba/Daddy
Lydia’s mom enjoyed time with both kids
Our family always has a good time together
A group shot at the destination, a hilltop view of the San Gabriel Valley
Lydia’s Dad took us to a famous magic club, the Magic Castle, in Hollywood
Lydia’s sister Megan and her husband Tim and Eunice’s daughter and husband also went to the Magic Castle
Yes, you read it right. Ethan’s growing up to be quite the charmer. “Lock up your daughters”
Great Grandma (Tai4 Po2 in Chinese pinyin) was VERY happy to spend time with the boys
Nathaniel’s smile for this season of his life
My dad took us, along with Eunice’s kids and their families, to a VRBO house in Fallbrook, CA, home to hills and hills of avocado orchards and palm trees!
Nathaniel by his favorite wheeled machine, a backhoe
We saw our friends Andrew, Margaret, and their daughter, Nora who we haven’t seen in 2 years! Reunited
With Great Aunt Rae (Lydia’s mom’s sister) and Tai Po
Nick’s first time ever seeing the Rose Parade live! There’s the Royal Court!
Upon our return to Ohio, we were greeted with the coldest cold snap in 15+ years, so we built a happy snowman (courtesy of Nick and Nathaniel).
Ethan’s first time in the snow