We got to meet the newest member of the family, my niece little C!Both BJ and BB were quite taken with her -- she's full of 3-month-old charm and is a sweet, sweet baby.
I was so glad we got to spend time with my sister's family. While there were some challenges in getting all the cousins to get along (not surprising) I was really grateful for the time we had.
We had a great time together visiting the beach on the lake where they live!
Cousin B is only 9 months younger than BB, and it was very nice to see the girls playing together.
While we were in New Jersey, we visited the local zoo. Biggest hit: feeding the birds!
We also got to go fishing with Uncle R. Both kids caught a little sunny, though it took a while!
Note BJ's unique technique, holding the fishing pole atop his head:
While we were back east, we also went to Dutch Wonderland, which was a tiring trip but a good time.
I think the pony rides were the biggest hit for my kids!
Our afternoon at the Delaware Children's Museum was a very nice time.
Early in the trip, we went to the Delaware Natural History Museum. The cast of the T-rex skull fascinated the kids!
As did the model of the coral reef, which they could walk on top of and look down into.
Always popular: a visit to Milburn's orchards to feed the "crazy" goats!
Being so far away from my family is easily the hardest thing about living out here in California. (Other than that, I really love it out here!) It takes a lot of planning and effort to get us all together these days, and I'm so grateful for the time when it happens. It's only been a week since we left, but I miss them all already!
Thanks again, Mom and Dad and sister B and family -- thanks for a wonderful trip!