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9 January 2014 by romanin

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
5.  relaxation

Here are some pictures to walk you through some of what we did in California.

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Hiking with Lydia’s sister Megan (who got married in December)

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Enjoyed time in the sunshine!

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Nathaniel loved hiking with Baba/Daddy

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Lydia’s mom enjoyed time with both kids

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Our family always has a good time together

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A group shot at the destination, a hilltop view of the San Gabriel Valley

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Lydia’s Dad took us to a famous magic club, the Magic Castle, in Hollywood

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Lydia’s sister Megan and her husband Tim and Eunice’s daughter and husband also went to the Magic Castle

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Yes, you read it right. Ethan’s growing up to be quite the charmer. “Lock up your daughters”

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Great Grandma (Tai4 Po2 in Chinese pinyin) was VERY happy to spend time with the boys

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Nathaniel’s smile for this season of his life

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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!

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Nathaniel by his favorite wheeled machine, a backhoe

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We saw our friends Andrew, Margaret, and their daughter, Nora who we haven’t seen in 2 years! Reunited

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With Great Aunt Rae (Lydia’s mom’s sister) and Tai Po

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Goofy

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Nick’s first time ever seeing the Rose Parade live! There’s the Royal Court!

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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).

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Tired snowman-makers

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Ethan’s first time in the snow

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