Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Visit from the Sabins

Things have been a little busy around here this last week. My sister came to visit with her 5 kids. She brought her sister-in-law with her, along with her 5 kids. So, we've been busy each day finding things to do with 10 little kids. We started out at the cab (short for the cabin, according to Alyssa, my niece). That was great. We could just relax inside or head to the lake for some water fun.

Tammy fosters my dislike of shoes by carrying me back to the porch so I wouldn't step on pine needles in my bare feet

Tammy and Mr. Frisby work tirelessly to blow up floaties and contribute to the fun factor at the lake

So relaxing!

Not quite as relaxing for my sister and her sister-in-law who had to entertain kids/keep them from drowning

After getting home from the cab, we had a great evening in San Francisco. We ate dinner at Eliza's (the best Chinese food in the city) and I got probably the best fortune of my life in my fortune cookie: An airplane ride is soon in your future sending you to fun! After dinner, we saw Wicked. It was amazing and I keep singing the song "Popular" in my head. Unfortunately, there were no pictures to document it.

The next day, we went to Point Lobos. The weather wasn't great and the wildlife was scarce, but we had fun anyway.

So beautiful, even if it was overcast

My nephew, Max, is the one in the blue hoodie. He's very attached to his mom. We couldn't help but think of Buster (for all you Arrested Development fans) when we saw his mommy-loving antics, so we affectionately started calling him that. He's seldom in a picture without her.

Climbing rocks

Throwing sand (yes, this is Max a.k.a "Buster". Though you can't see my sister in this photo, she is close by)

As we were heading back to the cars, we finally saw a couple of seals

And, of course, we had to stop and gawk at them

This is Ellie. She is my sister's sister-in-law's daughter. I liked taking pictures of Ellie because she was always doing something funny. After we got back from Point Lobos, we ate dinner and enjoyed some popsicles. I think Ellie enjoyed hers the most.

The next day we went to Muir Woods. We ate lunch in Sausalito. I'm going to gloss over the fact the we spent a couple of hours in Sausalito, but no time in San Francisco because I don't really understand why it turned out that way. Muir Woods was fun, though, and the kids had a good time looking at all the cool stuff.

Tall trees

Max, I mean Buster, liked to point out all of the rivers to Ellie

Finally, the day before they left, we went to the beach in Santa Cruz. The weather turned out to be beautiful, but the waves were so high and dangerous that they had to close the water! The lifeguards wouldn't let anyone get in the water.

Huge waves. The biggest I've ever seen there!

Sharon and Becca went in as far as the lifeguard would let them

The Sabins went home yesterday and now we're back to our boring, quiet life. Thanks for visiting, guys!


Kevin and Kristina said...

Wow! That sounds like an awesomely busy week!

Hilary said...

Max and his mom would KILL in the Motherboy competition :)

Cara said...

We had so much fun Jenni!! I LOVED spending time with you guys. And especially loved all the funny comments Ellie said and Wicked. It was amazing and as you now know I am a total Wicked fan, saving up for a bunch of Wicked stuff and putting up an I love Wicked sign in my bedroom! Thanks for all the fun!!

Cara said...

Oh yes, and remember: Oh, look, the artichoke's steamed. (one of my fav. lines! :) )

Andrea said...

Looks like lots of fun.

Dana said...

I love that you called Max "Buster", that is hilarious.

Sharon said...

Jenni, after looking at your photos on smugmug, I was mortified to realize that I have a mother butt. Now I have to see that you posted my mother butt on your blog. I'm going to have the social anxiety problems you have because I will think everyone is staring at my oversized butt! What to do, what to do? Don't answer that, Tammy.