Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cali Trip

Palm Desert, California - September 1, 2009

On August 28th, we left our babies and ventured out for a trip to the great state of California. We used credit card points to get plane tickets and car rentals, then were able to trade in a timeshare week and so we went to Palm Desert (right next to Palm Springs). Well, it was certainly HOT. No humidity which was the only saving grace. No, forget that, that was no saving grace. The saving grace was the mister systems at the pool bar. Cooled it 20 degrees. NEXT HOUSE WE ARE INSTALLING ONE. Just to give you an idea - at 9 p.m. it was 105 degrees... I believe that it would be the first time I'd ever seen an egg fry outside - in the dark. Dangit, why didn't we try that while we were there?
Regardless of the temperatures it was still fun. Our friends Gene and Erica were our travel companions. The guys golfed and golfed and golfed some more. Our trip highlights included the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, dinner at Peaks Restaurant (original name, eh?), Moorten Botanical Garden, Angels game, Trip to the Wineries in Temecula...and more food. I can't wait for the next trip! (somewhere cooler please!!!)
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - top of Mt. San Jacinto
20 degrees cooler!!!! HAAAAAALLELUJAH!
Erica and I at Moorten Botanical Gardens
At the LA Angels of Anaheim Game vs Oakland
Erica, Gene and Mike
What's that smell? Oh, that's just my leg flesh burnt to the seat.
At Ponte Winery

Lisa Sliheet (now Larson) - Great friend from high school; lives in Cali

The last days of summer!

Here are a few pictures from our last days of summer. Kendall loves to paint and it was actually cool enough for her to go outside in the middle of the day. She's a little artist for sure!
A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful visit by my good friends, The Lees. Pat was my 6th grade teacher and although she was tough on us and I didn't appreciate her nearly enough back then, I love her now! We had a wonderful evening. Pat and James are expecting their first grandbaby in December and had lots of fun playing with our girls. Kendall adored them of course. Who doesn't!?

And Little Miss Avery - she is chewing on EVERYTHING! She's got 5 teeth now. Three on top and two on the bottom. She has perfected crawling and pulling up. We are expecting that she'll be walking in the next couple of months. Today I'll be putting together a gate because she LOVES the stairs. Kendall could have cared less about them, but Avery is our little daredevil. Plus she has a big sister to keep up with!
Kendall painting. Isn't that such an artist's expression?
Pat Lee, Kendall and James Lee. Kendall is teaching them how to use an iPhone.
Avery gnawing...on everything.