Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer is here and the fun begins...

Becky had a few furlough days and wanted to go someplace so I found a great deal in the Palm Springs area. We had a very relaxing 4 days. It was wonderful
The gorgeous MiraMonte Resort in Indian Wells

We loaded up my car with 4 bikes and had some great bike rides!

The bike trails and water features in Indian Wells are so gorgeous! Almost makes the 100+ weather enticing!

We biked 4 miles to register for baby goodies at Babies R Us. On Monday Bec and I biked 12 miles to a great quilt shop to try and figure out bedding for our new little girl!

We enjoyed the wonderfully cool pools - and Becky's Baby Bump!

We played croquet in the shade of a giant olive tree. Ask the boys who won!!!

Jen came down for a few days of beach and pool and we went to The Wild Animal Park on Friday.

The weather was actually perfect but you know kids and water! The park has great cooling stations!

It was fun to watch the trainer feed the cheetahs - just another housecat!

The elephants put on a cute family situation at the end of the day - check out Jen's blog for the details!

We try to take this picture every visit just to see how old these darling kids are getting!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A fun trip to Northern California

We decided to take a little trip up to see my sister in the Sacramento area and really enjoyed that beautiful are of our state.

We enjoyed walking the boardwalk in Santa Cruz - what a fun place!

We fell in love with the Venecian Village in Capitola and would love to take the grandkids there if it wasn't so far!

We strolled the wharf in Capitola

We had a nice dinner and visit with Terrys cousins, Julene, Marlene, and Greg

We were lucky and got to see my cousin, Tarea, and her husband, Willy, for a few hours. They were camping at New Brighton Beach just down the road.

We stayed at this wonderful Bed and Breakfast (The Inn at Depot Hill) in Capitola outside of Santa Cruz

Our sitting area - it had a fireplace but the weather was way too nice for it

We ate our delicious breakfast here everyday

Our private patio and soaking tub (behind the fence)

When we were with the Mitchells in Europe we took lots of food pictures so here is one in the states! This was a new burger joint by them called the Squeeze Inn. This burger was delicious and had a cheese "skirt" - Yummy and definitely not on my diet!

We went to see Terrys Aunt Peggy and had a delightful visit with this spunky 87 year old

We took a day trip on Memorial Day to the Napa Valley and timed it just right for a great little town celebration in Napa. It was very patriotic and we were glad we stumbled upon it.

We went to one of Californias best wineries in the cute town of St. Helena. We were probably the only non-wine drinkers there but had a great picnic on the beautiful grounds.

Eric and Terry checking out the grapes

We ended the trip with a great meal at Buca di Beppo. We had never been there and were lucky enough to eat in the kitchen. We ate way too much on this trip but boy was it good!