Grandkids Come For A Visit - Tuesday - May 17, 2011

Nancy and I spent the last 2 ½ days with our daughter, Julie, and her four children. We really enjoy spending time with all of them. Every time we see them it seems like they have all grown 3 inches since the last visit. Nancy had to work on Saturday and got home at exactly the same time as the gang arrived. First thing on the agenda…PIZZA!!

After dinner, we headed outside so Andrew could demonstrate his roller blade skills. He is really a good skater!!
Andrew on Wheels!

We also were able to get the children to slow down enough to get one photo with Great Grandmom. 
Of course, they were not able to stand completely still!!!

On Sunday and Monday, we loaded up Julie's van with buckets, sand toys and chairs and headed to Huntington Beach State Park. 
Walkway Over the Dunes

The kids really didn't seem to care that the ocean temperature was only 71 degrees.  They just plunged right in.




Of course, Julie, Nancy and I only got our feet wet and there was no way we were going any deeper in that chilly water!! 
Julie and the GANG!!

Grandpop and the kids.

You'd never know the water was so cold!!

Nancy snapped her camera non-stop.  I asked her how many pictures she had taken.  Her reply to me was, " I really don't know, but it is probably over 300!!"

Nancy here:  I will not display all the photos ;o), but here are just a few more of my favorites!!
Samantha and Julie

Emily explaining THINGS to grandpop!

Mr. Cool - Daniel

Emily decorating the sand castle!

Andrew is such a good big brother...
He pulled both of the girls around in the surf on his boogie board.

Searching for little clams!!

They found quite a few!!

My favorite photo!!
Emily and Samantha put that tiny white clam on the sand.
Then they waited and watched for it to dig itself back into the sand.
They thought that was just AMAZING!!

Each day as we left the beach, we were sure to stop at the shower and leave as much sand as possible at the beach!!

We pass this wonderful old Live Oak each visit to the beach!!

If we weren't at the beach, we found lots of other fun stuff to do.  I played chess with the boys and also took them to play miniature golf.  Daniel was the only one to get a hole in one!! We played cards, did some puzzles and coloring books, and had lots of good stuff to eat. Of course, the KIDS loved the desserts.  We had chocolate rice crispy treats, Popsicles, watermelon and my cake.  I haven't been on a scale for a few days and we haven't power walked or bicycled for several days so tomorrow is going to be payback time!!

The kids left early today and Nancy had to go to work at Home Depot.  I spent the day cleaning up around here and getting the house back into "Home for Sale" condition.  We love having the family here and look forward to the time we can spend more time with them!!

Now if we could just SELL THIS HOUSE!!


  1. We love Huntington Beach and it looks like your lovely family certainly enjoyed it there. It'll happen now that the begonias are trashed.

  2. Where do kids get all that energy? And why doesn't the water seem cold to them??? I always wondered about that :) Looks like you had a very special time.

  3. Great times with your grandkids....priceless! Great pictures, Nancy!


  4. What a fun time had by all! Keeping our fingers crossed that your house will sell SOON!!

  5. Looks like you had a great time. Those girls are right it is AMAZING.

  6. These are wonderful pictures Nancy. Such terrific memories for all of you to cherish.
    The picture of Grandpop getting "told" and the one of the two pigtailed heads watching what truly is amazing are priceless.