before we decided calypso is where we were supposed to be and packed up all our stuff, and unpacked all our stuff and started settling. we made a long overdue trip to california. it’s hard to believe but nick and i have many, many relatives all the way across the country, so this in-between time was such a great opportunity to visit them. we only wish we could’ve stay longer!
it started down in L.A. we flew in and saw my dear family friends john and jody dreyer. they took us straight to the rose bowl! nick did some mountain golfing with john… which included seeing some coyotes, road runners, and cactus. i did some shopping with jody. we BOTH went to an angel’s game and aunt jody hooked us up with FRONT ROW seats. which were amazing. it was such a gift to see them!
not a bad view!
we then traveled north to fresno, ca to visit nick’s aunt fay and cousin alice. this was such a fun time! we were able to see where alice goes to school as well as alice in all of her marching band glory. we also got the grand tour of clovis. nick and i met some more relatives in exeter, ca! the nielsen clan was friendly and welcoming to us and it was so great for me to meet them for the first time. our last night with fay and alice was spent in sacramento as we drove up to visit nick’s grandmother, eloise. and we have LOTS of fun pictures to show our excursions up there!
nick with aunt fay
with grandma eloise on our first night in sacramento, ca
on day 2, we ventured to the railroad museum!
still on the phone...
we then said goodbye to fay and alice… and continued our time in sacramento by heading to the california state fair!
the one ride we went on!
we even saw a cooking show! it was so fun!
we had some great dinners with grandma eloise, and tim and sandy, and they took us to see oliver which was such a fun treat! on our way out of town, nick’s grandma also took us down to the capital building which was beautiful…
in the foyer of the capital building
it was such a lovely visit! we then headed west, where we were met by my grandpa ruano and grandma susan in concord! i will begin by showing you our tentative schedule which was AMAZING, to say the least…
my grandpa certainly wined and dined us! we did enjoy our first EVER wine tasting at the buena vista winery…
nick with my grandfather
than came back, turned around and took the BART to the Oakland A’s game!
great seats! we had to watch out for foul balls though...
the next morning we woke up to a GOURMET breakfast…
after a fun little par 3 shoot-out at a local golf course, we went to the beringer ultra classic car collection. take a look!
a cadillac for my dad
a purple car for kathy
i wish i knew what kind of car this is. all i know is i thought it was gorgeous!
a purple jag. probably my favorite! (probably would've been my mom's favorite too!
we had such an amazing time with my grandfather and grandma susan! again, the only regret is that i wish it could’ve been longer!
the last place we went was san francisco. my aunt teri and uncle tim live there. grandpa ruano and grandma susan drove us over and we went to a delicious italian restaurant for dinner. it was so fun to be with family! we then headed back to teri and tim’s house for dessert and more fun conversation before turning in.
our last day was a fun one as we tried to conquer on of the “hidden sidewalk stair walks” of san fran. it included walking in what seemed to be people’s back yards, as well in walking up hills that seemed like rock walls they were so steep! but we did it… and it was fun. we did not document this so well 😦 but it was a great end to the trip. we loved seeing all of our family, and look forward to doing it again soon.
we’ll leave you with a place we tried to eat at OFTEN!