At the end of July we took our annual trip to California, however this time it had been over a year and it had definitely been way too long. We had constant fun. The boys were in absolute heaven and loved every thing! They swam in Ken’s sister’s pool first thing in the morning and last thing before bed.
They explored behind their cousins house, “hunting” in the orchard and played on Ken’s mom awesome treehouse and swing set.
We camped at Lake Francis resort and had amazing accommodations in a yurt, thanks to Ken’s family. It had air conditioning, three queen size futons, a sink, fridge, microwave and large deck around the perimeter. This is the second time we’ve stayed in a Yurt and I highly recommend one if it’s available where you are camping. (Or “glamping” if you have trouble referring to running water and AC as camping!)
Just down from our camp area is the lake where the kids jumped (and were thrown) off a floating dock and swam or paddled across to a rope swing where they all launched themselves from the trees into the water.
We kayaked and paddled around exploring the areas around the islands that are in the lake.
The boys fished. The big boys with their rods, and the little boys with just a piece of fishing line. Surprisingly, they caught fish after fish with their make shift poles!
They explored the water with Grandma DeDe and “hunted” the grounds around our campsite, never once saying they were bored, never wishing for games on an ipad.
The fun continued and continued. The day we returned from camping, we loaded back up and went out to a local lake for some jet skiing, boating and tubing. We had such a great time! After getting off the boat at the end of the day Nolan announced no less than 10 times that this was “the best day of his life!” and wanted everyone else to confirm that it was also their best day ever.
Although, it would have been hard for a kid not to have fun given all of the amazing things that Ken’s family planned for us, what we and the boys really loved was visiting and spending time with our incredible family.
There were tears when we had to say goodbye and pleas by some to stay living in California. These times with cousins and family will be memories that my boys cherish forever. Now, we just need to make more memories more often.
A video of our week for you all. Thank you so much for a fantastic vacation.
We love you all and miss you!
Can’t wait for next time.
Kenny, Heather and the boys.