Hangin’ out in Santa Cruz

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I left my peeps in Oregon to drive down and see my California family. Here I am with mom and my baby bro…

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Here is my bro, my mom, his girlfriend, and my niece. We all went out for a very nice dinner.

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Oh… and don’t forget my bro’s favorite cat… 🙂

Visiting Mom

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I drove down to see my mom for a few days. It was great to see her. The house was so quiet… coming home to my loud house a chaos was a bit of an adjustment!

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Boardwalk 2013

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She is so brave to ride solo!

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Okay… she is brave to ride at all… looking at these rides makes me queasy!

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Thanks for the bright yellow socks Ms. K! We can tell which rider is you. 🙂

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Heading South

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Driving past Mt. Shasta… Leaving the family to do it alone while I take a mini trip to Watsonville to see my mom.

Last Stop


Part of me really wants to get home… but I’m kinda sad the adventure is ending… Happily I know we’ll have others! 🙂

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My youngest loves the rides!


The girls played lots of games, this year they won squid hats and a slinky… I don’t even want to calculate the actual costs of their “prizes.”


I think even Grandma had a nice day.

What is up with these pants?


I’m visiting my mom so of course she is getting out all my old stuff that she wants me to take home… We Found some of my high school basketball gear and she swears these are my basketball pants but that can’t be true can it? They are ridiculous! But it all still fits! Yeah! 🙂

Part of the trip…

Part of the trip to visit my mom was to get her on board with some new technology. She did a great job… I tend to hassle her about having old electronics and she was a good sport to try and upgrade, I do think she’ll be happy once she remembers all the stuff I told her. We got her setup with my old iPad and a DVR. She is of course playing Angry Birds and now watches some of her favorite shows without using a VCR! Yeah Mom… and yes, my kids didn’t know what a VCR was.

Of course if mom got my old iPad then I got a new iPad. Woohoo! While I was getting everything ready for her I browsed a few apps and I’m sort of in love with Flipboard. If you need a slick way to read the web check it out…

Gotta love California traffic.

Heading home. It was a nice visit and we are all sad that “vacation mode” has to end… Although I’ll miss my mom, I won’t miss the traffic! Yikes… and this was at 10a.m. Isn’t everyone at work already?!