Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Beach with the Mavys

Our friends, the Mavy's, came into town the weekend before Thanksgiving. They came down to our house for a day before going to spend Thanksgiving with Ruth's sister. They have never been to Southern California, so with only one day to show them around (and a very limited budget) we decided that the beach was a must. We took them down to Laguna Beach to show them the tide pools and have a picnic. We didn't know that the city is doing a major remodel of all the picnic areas on the cliffs and many of the walkways down to the beach, but we were able to finally find a way down. It was a little bit of a walk to the rocks, and with nine kids under the age of 7, it was a bit of a challenge, but we did make it. We decided to climb around on the rocks before eating lunch, so we had set our bags down and made our way around the rocks to the tide pools. The kids had so much fun looking for little creatures. It was a beautiful day and the beach was quiet. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! On our way back after seeing the tide pools we saw seagulls circling around the area where we had set our bags. Needless to say, those seagulls were attacking our food. It ended up being fun though, because we fed the seagulls for a while and the kids loved it. Brett kept on throwing the food into the air above our heads. The kids thought this was so fun, but all I could think was that those stupid seagulls were going to poop on our heads. Luckily we did make it through without being pooped on and the kids had fun, so I think we were successful in showing them a major part of the "southern California attraction". After the beach we came home and "rested". We talked about going to the park, but the kids were having so much fun playing together here that we just let them play.
Jason got enthralled with our "Geo trax" and couldn't leave it alone. He played with it from the time that we got home until we left for dinner. He was trying to make the train touch all of the tracks without having to manually switch any of the switches (did that make sense?). Unfortunately he was unsuccessful. Debbie was nice enough to watch seven of the nine kids for us (we took the babies) so that we could go out for a quiet dinner. We went to Ruth's favorite restaurant "Olive Garden". It was sooo delicious. And we ended the night watching Evan Almighty (or at least everyone else watched it. I think that I fell to sleep before the opening credits). It was so nice to have them visit us and we can't wait for them to come again!


Ali and Jeff said...

Those Geo Trax look cool. Can we come and play with them sometime?

jase said...

That was so much fun! I hope we can come and visit again soon! Maybe next time we can go to Disney World/Land? I can't remember which is down there! I enjoy reading your blog too! It sure is a great way for us non-phone talkers to catch up! Can't wait to read more! Tell everyone hi for us!