in California

There was Gavin’s birthday, there was lots of fun with family, there was the kids’ first camping overnight (aside from sleeping in Gma and Gpa McC’s backyard once), there was fun at the beach, a trip to the Exploratorium.  Most of it is undocumented, except in our memories, but we did capture a few moments from our trip.

Gavin and Mama checking out a new book Here Gavin and Mama are looking at a new book at Gavin’s birthday party.  Gavin was very excited about seeing Button dog, blowing out candles and helping Daddy put together some really fun toys!  He had such a fun time seeing his Grandma and Grandpa Reynolds!

Lilah celebrating her brother's birthdayLilah is celebrating her brother’s birthday.  She enjoyed watching her brother and eating lots of whole strawberries!

Elephant seals near San Simeon Here is a picture of elephant seals we had good close looks at near San Simeon.  They were absolutely huge, made noise of the loudest, strangest kind and very fascinating.

We spent more time at the beach this year, enough for Gavin to fall in love with playing in the water, Lilah to knock over many many sand towers, Chris and I to take a swim… and we all loved it.

Gavin and Daddy at La SelvaGavin and his Daddy spent quite a bit of time throwing, kicking and chasing the ball into the water and out.

Gavin and DaddyThey had so much fun!

Lilah in the sandLilah spent most of her time watching and digging in the sand.

Lilah and Grandma McCLilah and Grandma looking at the water together.

Gavin and Grandpa in the water!Gavin enjoying the water with Grandpa.

Gavin getting a warm-up hug.Gavin is getting a warm-up hug from Grandpa.

Here comes the wave!Here comes the water! Wheeeeeee!

Gavin enjoying the sand.Gavin digging in the sand on our way back to the trail up.  He really didn’t want to leave the water.

Can you see the enthusiasm?What enthusiasm!

Worn-out beach pals: Gavin and Grandpa.Tired but happy beach pals: Gavin and Grandpa.