Sunday, March 30, 2008

to SLO we go..................

I'm feeling a little sad right now. I'm already missing my brother Sean and sister-in-law Lindsey and of course the kids. We had such a fun couple of days. I love the slow pace days of San Luis Obispo, of course we try to fit so much into each day that it's not exactly a slow pace - it was more like a SLO pace. The Hamen's came too and it was fun to share my family with my good friends and my good friends with my family :}
Amber & Ashley took the train with their friend Kristina. They had the time of their life and wanted to take it home also but mean Momma said Nooooo.

Mandy and I had a great drive up the coast - this has to be my favorite drive, I can feel myself relaxing as soon as I pull out of the driveway. We stopped at a little hidden beach in Santa Barbara to get our feet wet.

So much love with cousins!

Craft time:

Linds helped us make these cute balls - the girls all made some to match their rooms.

We had "operation flower power" every night to help Linds with her project :}

It is so beautiful on the central coast. Cathi and I were in awe at God's work.
We took a hike up above Morro Bay and ended up on a cliff overlooking the most breathtaking views.

I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to show my kids God's wonder and hope that they appreciate his gifts to us.

Of course we had to hit the beach to look for sand dollars.

Court and David stopped by on their way to San Francisco - nice little treat :)

A quick stop by "The Barn" (?) A cute fruit stand, petting zoo and ice cream shop - all in one.

And what's a trip to SLO with out the Thursday night farmers market - yummy. And I got some pretty flowers.

Amber with Jeffrey (aka Dad #2)

Mandy climbing - what a shock :) She made it to the top though!!

I think they call this "Gum Alley" ewhhhh - but of course I had to add my piece.

One of the favorite things for the kids that we did was to go to Cal Poly to see the baby horses. They are so darn cute and soft!

This is pretty much what my brother did all week - but what did I expect coming in the middle of the week!! I'm proud of you little brother!! And actually the adults did go to dinner at a nice restaurant called "Blu" downtown. (By the way - thanks for picking up the bill Jeff!! You the man!)

On the drive home we stopped off at the Pier in Santa Barbara and ate some lunch, it was such a perfect day. Thank you Hamens for joining us on this road trip!! It was so fun (of course everything we do with you is fun).

Leaving Sean and Linds and the girls was so hard, I feel like just when I'm bonding with them I have to leave :{..... But like I told Sean - a little time is better then no time. We also thought of some great career choices for me - haha.

"Wake up Auntie!!"

Thank you Lindsey for being so hospitable and making us feel so welcome - it was quite the crew. I love you guys and can't wait to see you all again!!!!!


Kristen said...

YEAH! Looks like so much fun. I am glad you got away for break and had some good bonding time with family and friends!

Cathi Hamen said...

We are definitely quite a crew!!
We had soo much fun in such a "SLO" way.. you covered it all.. i will do the short tour of our slo trip on my blog!
love you my friend!

CLR said...

Looks like an awesome trip!!!! So what are your new career ideas? Photography looks like a good choice for you. How did you do the picture with the girls in the air? Please share!!

Love you!!!!

chrissie said...

Oh my goodness, so much fun! You're making me so jealous.
What did you write in the sand? I love my ass?
Oh wait, I think I just got it, I love my A's-Andrew, Ashley, Amber, Amanda. That makes a little more sense.
Although you do have a cute hiney.

Cathi Hamen said...

oh chrissie we all thought it anyway so glad you wrote it!!!!!! i love you!! she does love her ass!

lindsey cheney said...

shan - we miss you guys so much already too! it was wonderful having you - you're family is a treasure to spend time with! your pictures were awesome, i didn't take enough! love you!

Joyful Weddings & Events said...

so much fun! I wish we were there the entire time! Although, I'm not sure 3 more bodies could have fit in the house!

Kami said...

I'm surprised we didn't see you guys...we were up at home last week and went up to Morro Bay too...gotta love Avila Barn and Bubble Gum Alley :) Glad you had fun!