Wow what a great trip this week. We started out driving from home to the Grand Canyon. We started at the East side and went West. It was awesome. The kids loved the tower. It provided an incredible view of the canyon and was awesome inside. The decorating inside was done by native artists and was neat to look at. We ended up near the village and the kids all got their Junior Ranger Park Badges. Here are some pictures.
After the Grand Canyon we drove to Kingman Arizona and stayed in a hotel there for the night. Sarah, Emily, Abby, and Caleb spent some time in the pool there (hot tub). The next morning we drove to LA to see Jason and Alex. It was fun to spend Sunday afternoon with them. We got to their house right when they were finishing church. We decided to go to the beach. The beach was a little windy but that didn't stop any of our kids from getting in the water. They all got soaked, sandy, wet, and cold. We didn't have changes of clothes or towels so it was funny to see what they wrapped up in for the drive home (J's pants were definately too big for Bryce) and jackets got lots of use. Alex said that was the windiest she had ever seen the beach. We all had sand in ALL our crevices without even getting in the water.
Then Monday we headed off for the cruise. The kids loved it. We spent a day at sea, visited Catalina Island, Ensenada Mexico and then headed back to LA. On Friday since Jason and Alex had to work we went to the beach until they got home. The weather was awesome. The kids said it was one of the highlights. They played and played and played.
After the beach we went back to Jason and Alex's house (awesome house by the way) and had dinner and then Juli and Alex went shopping while the rest of us stayed home and played video games and watched movies. Finally on Saturday we made the entire drive home. We did it in 13.5 hours including Caleb's 10 potty stops and an hour plus at the Petrified Forest National Park. That was cool!