Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Fun

On Tuesday morning, we took off for Ryan's family's house near Fresno, CA, for Thanksgiving--in a rented RV! It was a great way to travel and cheaper than flying, but still a very, very long drive. We had a great time seeing relatives, meeting new cousins, walking down to the river, picking oranges and just hanging out. Now we are home and getting in Christmas mode. December already--wow!

Aidan sees the RV for the first time Monday evening. VERY exciting!

Aidan is ready to hit the road early Tuesday morning:
Lauren's ready, too:
We stopped for lunch (to go) at Si Casa Flores, our favorite restaurant in Grants Pass, OR: And then they watched a movie...which they did for much of the trip, mainly repeated viewings of Mary Poppins. We also watched some of our home movies:

We arrived Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning, Aidan showed cousins Zack and Jaycob where he slept in the RV (above the driver's seat):
Bubble game on Thanksgiving:

A gaggle of boys roasting marshmallows:

Fashionable girl (with her new kitty from Build-A-Bear):

On Friday, we celebrated our niece Elise's 13th birthday:

More cousins came to visit and we walked through the orchards to the river and back:

Aidan needed a little quiet time in the RV:

Aidan and Lauren loved Grandma and Papa's dog and called her "Favorite Dog":

Tristan, Teo and Tate picked oranges to take home:

We left Saturday morning and powered through the drive (we wanted to spend the night at our friends' in Grants Pass). Aidan needed a nap: Lauren, too:When they woke up, they watched another movie and I caught them holding hands:

Before we left Grants Pass this morning, all the kids wanted to pose in the RV with their stuffed animals:


Nicole said...

WOW! That looks like so much fun-i'd love to rent a RV! Great idea!
I found your blog from someone else's blog-i remember watching your journey bringing home Lauren-so good to catch up!
She's adorable! I think she's only one month older than my daughter, Kaiya. She looks just as active and bubbly with personality! :)

Jessica said...

I know I am biased, but what a bunch of cuties! Are they already asking when they're going to go back to Grandma and Papa's or about getting the rv again??? :) It was great to see you!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Wow! An RV trip...that looks like fun. We've never tried that before but I am adding that to my travel wish list. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

taiwanbaby said...

omg, the handholding made me cry alittle bit!!!! HOW sweet was that!!!!!! renting an RV is going to be on our list of family traveling. great idea!


Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

What fun! We did an RV trip when I was a teenager - I will never forget it!! Good times. :)