Now that we’re rested and caught up a bit, I’m finally finding time to share a few pix of our big family gathering. It began with our precious daughter and family arriving late at SBA due to flight delays, with daddy wearing this angel drape.
The next day, family from North and South gathered to join the fun. Our angel shadow boxed with daddy to entertain the crowd.
Cousins collected in a clump behind the chairs for some concentrated play and creative pretend with everyone’s collected favorite toys.
As night arrived, all but one stopped for a photo moment to appease grampa (aka “Bumpa”) before some departed for home and others stayed in town for another day.
That next day literally flew by, including a flight with some to Santa Ynez while the rest drove to meet us and drive on to explore Solvang. SB weather closed in so we left Tripp and all drove back, ready for a good long sleep. Except our angel, who thought it a good time for an unannounced hide and seek with daddy. :)
Next day one of many highlights for our little family taking a break from -17 blizzards at home, was swimming in a heated pool in our balmy air.
The next day we enjoyed some concentrated down time, sleeping in and hanging out.
Another day, and we added Ellwood to see the last dozen butterflies and stroll out to the beach bluff.
Bumpa showed our angel the “enchanted grove” and we peeked back under a tree as “Grammy” snapped the moment.
Our last full day included an introduction to flying for daddy, who demonstrated a natural aviator’s ability and quick learning.
Then the beach, where the sound of surf washed away any lingering tension from work and daily life in a cold climate of their home.
Before sunset, Grammy got some sweet moments with our angel to savor until her next visit.
The next day one last swim in the relaxing pool and then back to SBA for the long journey home, that again arrived late. But just as we savor the joy of Daughter and family, their exhaustion was hopefully tempered by memories of a vacation here in paradise surrounded by our Love.