I have several dear friends and family members in So Cal, so while we’re still here, I’m hoping to visit them all. On the weekend of March 7th, we packed our bags, jumped in the car, pressed “play” on the iPod (listened to “The Tale of Two Cities”) and headed south to the Carlsbad area. Our first stop was the Farris family. They are good friends of my family, and we’ve missed them greatly since they moved away from the Bay Area. Dean and Serrell have 4 wonderful kids (Rachel, Ricky, Jeremiah, and Leanna) and an adorable rottweiler puppy named “Tank”. Ricky was unfortunately away at camp, but we were able to hang out with the rest of the family. It was also fun for them to meet my “new husband”. Good times with good friends.
Leanna and Rachel, who was heading off to her fun Legoland job
Serrell and Tank
Our next stop was to visit my fantastic family. After meeting up with my Uncle Tom and Aunt Barbara at their home in Carlsbad, we drove to see my second cousin, Kaitlyn, perform in a witty rendition of Robin Hood. It was enjoyable to watch her and the other kids in this comical play. We then headed back with my aunt and uncle to their home, where we had a lovely homemade lasagna dinner and proceeded to play Mexican Train dominoes until after 11:00pm! We had so much fun!
“Robin Hood” – Kaitlyn is second from the left
Playing Mexican Train Dominoes
Getting a little competitive…are we? After 13 rounds, Nate was the final winner!
We went to church with them the next morning, where they both sing in the choir.
After church, we had a delicious brunch at my Cousin RT’s home in San Marcos. Here he is with his lovely family: Shawn (wife) and two kids, Rich and Kaitlyn (the actress from Robin Hood). I can’t believe how big the kids are getting (but then, RT was saying that he can’t believe how big his “little” nieces and nephews are getting too…the Norris “kids”…the nerve of us getting married…and now, pregnant!)
Shawn works at a veterinary clinic, so they naturally have lots of fun animals around, including these large tortoises.
We were privileged to watch the feeding process. They were actually really cute, in their own tortoisey way.
Nate played catch with their 2 Golden Retrievers
My cousin and his family have one of the coolest pools that I have every seen
Rich entertaining us with his acrobatics
The dog entertaining us too
Kaitlyn and I