Friday, June 15, 2012

Double Besties

When you move away from somewhere and you are very young, you often don't remember much about your early home. When we first moved to LA, Lily talked about our "house down the hill" all the time. She was certain we were just visiting and we would return to Seattle soon. She has long since stopped talking about the house although she does seem to remember a good deal about Seattle.
One constant through the whole time we have been away is her best friend. She talks about her BFF Kat ALL the time. We skype with her and send cards so I am sure she is reminded but really she does remember her best friend in a very real way that is un prompted. So when her BFF and Gemma's BFF Natalie and some of my BFF's came to visit we all had the best time!!! These girls picked up right where they left off like not a day had passed.
We picked up the girls at the airport and headed to Griffith park for a picnic lunch and some fun! Ann's husband David couldn't come so our good friend Clare got to come. We teased that they were "two mom's" for the weekend. I could certainly use an extra mom around here most days. I think we were all about ready to sign up for sister wives after the weekend! Either that or just hire Clare as our personal nanny.
 After the park and playground we drove up to the Griffith observatory to see some beautiful views and take photos with the Hollywood sign. It sure is fun to play tourist!
 I know it is super distant but it was the best we could do with a camera phone and juggling four little girls!
For day two of our girls holiday we took advantage of the great weather and headed to the beach! We went to Malibu since you have to be able to say you went there while in LA. I even managed to produce a pod of dolphins to swim right in front of us. Can you tell I am trying to convince them all to move here?
 We tried to wear the little one's out but I have to say I think they just kept on going while we wore out. They played in the sand for ages.
 Little Natalie is one happy girl. She loved the beach and sand!
 No one napped. We didn't even let poor Clare get any rest! She was on water duty and splashed in the waves with Lily forever.
Two best little girls! They were so cute together, hugging and holding hands. It was like a blast from the past when Lily and Kat were this age together.
Lily and Gemma both are water babies and have no fear. They could get knocked over and get right up and keep going. Thank goodness Clare was such a good sport because I could never have kept them both alive and afloat! They all had sand EVERYWHERE (as Lily proclaimed on the way home, I have sand in my bits!). As soon as we got home we stripped them all and did naked sprinklers to clean off. We almost busted out the baby soap and called it a bath as well.
For day three we decided to stay at home and have some R&R and water fun of our own. The hose, kiddie pool, and sprinklers were plenty of fun.
 All four girls got in on the action. Who needs to pay for a water park?
 Watch out it is a slippery ride! Us sister wives didn't mind some relaxing in the shade. Alex got home from work and mixed up plenty of cocktails and we made pizzas on the BBQ.
On Saturday Ann and Clare and the girls ventured to Hollywood to visit Ann's cousin for the day. Alex got a break from half of the ladies and we rested up for the last half of our visit.
Sunday we all loaded up and drove to Santa Barbara for an afternoon of how the stars spend their weekends. We walked around state street and had lunch and did a bit of shopping.
 We headed down to the waterfront and rode on the carousel. Gemma did much better on her second carousel ride ever. She screamed weeeeee the whole time. Natalie had a first timers experience and was not impressed. She ended up happily sitting with Ann on the bench. Next time she will be squealing with joy.
 Lily and Kat had matching brown horses and loved every last minute. We headed to the beach and pier after the carousel but the kids were getting worn out. Lily does not manage well after too many days of excitement and less sleep. She is not a go with the flow type. I hope she improves before finals week in college or it will be pretty grim. Luckily Kat is such a trooper! It was a long car ride home filled with every camp song known to man, and then some.
On the last day of the visit we went to our local u-pick farm. It is so corny but the kids love it. We rode ponies of course.
Marshmallow must have had the day off.
 There was fun in the sand box.
 Complete with mini John Deer races. Gemma takes her tractoring very seriously.
 The cow train is always a big hit despite the bumps and dust.
 I am still planning on marketing this idea all over the country. Genius!
 Then came the always fun cow bouncy house. It was so fun and all four girls had a go. We didn't even have to crawl in to rescue either of the little girls. They just kind of got bounced around all over and laughed. It was all fun and games until it had to end. Then it was all hot, tired, and tearful. Did I mention Lily does not handle too much excitement well?
She really doesn't handle her best friend having to go home well either! Don't worry ladies, we will come up and see you soon.

1 comment:

  1. This totally makes me sad that we live so far away, but loved seeing everyone in the pics. So glad that Kat and Lily could reunite too!!!