Monday, June 16, 2014

Fun with family and friends

A quick update of some things we've done with friends and family...

Steve got us hooked up to some rewards programs for being a 7 day newspaper subscriber and we got free tickets to go to Castle Park and golf.  

We played just for fun and didn't keep score. It was a fun family night activity.

Jeff and the boys finally cashed in their paintball vouchers that I got them at Christmas. It was now a combo boy's day, Taylor's birthday celebration and graduation fun day. Some of Taylor's friends and the boys all geared up for paintball. One of the boys slept in so they all went to his house climbed up to his room and woke him up looking like this. 

Ready to fight.

Covered in paint. 

They all ended up having fun. They laughed at their one friend who kept shooting himself in the foot. 2 weeks later and Taylor still has one welt that hasn't completely healed!

The next week we got to enjoy more family that came out for Taylor's graduation. 

While Angela and Robert were down we all celebrated an early Father's Day and took my parents out to Spaghetti Factory. 

We also spent the day relaxing after all the celebrations. While my parents did laundry Angela, Robert, Ashley and I took Ian to the park where he tried to learn how to ride her bike...

Ashley also introduced Ian to the joys of making slime. It's just glue, water, Borax and food coloring but so much fun. 

Ian liked it. He like it even better when Ashley showed him a trick...

to use a straw and blow bubbles in it. 

While my parents were out they also got to go to the beach when visiting Angela. Eat at In-n-Out. 

Drive by the house where we all grew up...

and the church we attended. 

I also went with my parents to take a tour of the Mission Inn. 

I've always wanted to do it but have never gotten around to it. Of course none of the kids wanted to join us but I loved it. 

I loved hearing about all the history and seeing the parts of the hotel that I've never seen before. 

It was interesting to me to see all the influences Frank Miller used from art and architecture from other countries to decorate his hotel.  

This chapel was built solely to house the artifacts and windows that Frank Augustus Miller collected. 

This gilt wall of carvings was shipped from a family in Mexico in 32 boxes covered in used, dirty straw so robbers wouldn't steal it. When it arrived in pieces with only pegs to put it together the carpenters had to figure out how it all went back together. 

This chair was specially made for President Taft because of his large size. In fact he once got stuck in the White House bathtub. When he was offered the chair when he visited the mission he didn't like it and refused to take pictures in it. (He thought he looked too big sitting in it.) 

Sometimes it's fun to play tour guide with people that visit from out of town because I learn more than I did before even though I've lived here my whole life. 

This week all the extended family is gone and the boys left on their Super Activity scout trip. 

I told them to pose for this picture before they left so I wouldn't embarrass them with one at the church. Jacob wanted to walk out the door but Taylor stopped him and said "Just smile and get it over with Jacob"

So they are enjoying a week kayaking and boating on the Colorado River. 

After they left Ashley and I took over dog sitting duties for Zeus while his family is on vacation.

While the boys have been gone Ashley has been going from one friends house to another friends and I've barely seen her. Jeff and I look at each other and think "this is what it's going to feel like when we're empty nesters" Crazy. 

While the kids are off enjoying summer my days have been errands, dentist appointments and church assignments with a little blogging thrown in. Next week I'm making plans to take a beach day with whoever in the house who wants to come!

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