Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catalina We Love you!!

On Monday we loaded up the girls and headed down to the OC. We spent the afternoon at down town Disney taking in all the sights and sounds down there. Then we headed over to the ESPN restaurant for dinner and to watch my Cowboys beat the Redskins. Whoo-hooo!!

We then spent the night at Dan's Uncle and Aunt's house so we could all 6 get up in the morning and head to Catalina. Our girls have never been so I was super excited. When we left New Port we had the most amazing weather. No fog, just clear beautiful sailing.

It was a good thing that right when we got to the island Ryanne found someplace to hang her sweatshirt. :)
We rented a 6 person golf cart and off we went............

To the top of the hill for some amazing photo ops and we even saw a whale swimming near shore from up there.

Smile girls! This is the best field trip EVER!

So fun!

"Hi Mama!" "Hey baby!"

This is a view from the top of the botanical memorial gardens we hiked up. It was built back in the 1930's.

I just love all the tree and store lined shore front spots.

And all the old buildings right on the water.

Of course our girls found a dog to play catch with. They played for a really long time and this dog just loved all the attention.

The hour long ride gave Dan and I tons of time to catch up on his work, ministry stuff and planning our trip back to Catalina for our 15 year wedding anniversary in Feb.

The day was a warm 76 and so clear. The visibility in the water was 30-40 ft.

Ahhh....I love being on a boat. I love the ocean.

"Not to sound ungrateful honey but can you drop me off on that boat?"

We started this tradition with the girls a while back. Every time we go on vacation to any beach anywhere we collect sea glass. We have a jar in our kitchen with glass from all over the West coast and Hawaii. Here is a small handful of what we picked up in Catalina. It's super fun as a family to go hunting through the water for it and see what treasures you find. My goal is to next get some from the East coast.

Some day we will hopefully have a full jar from all of our adventures.
On the boat ride back home we were watching the sun set over Catalina and all of a sudden like 10-15 dolphins started jumping and flipping really high out of the water. Everyone was on their feet clapping and cheering. It was unreal. Way better than Sea World. They flipped and played until we were to far to see them anymore. AMAZING!
Thanks for the memories Catalina!


BC said...

Awwh - what a great day! So fun. I have been begging Steve to take us over there again soon. Love that place. :)

Crystal said...

I too love Catalina, so much fun. It's cool that your girls are now at the age where you and Dan can actually have a quality conversation on a boat ride =).

And on the snot note, that was the question in my head "How did she survive TWO babies?" I am that way about vomit. Total vomit-phobe. I'll keep you posted on Gideon's first stomach flu, we can comisserate.

Jessica said...

Awww, I love Catalina, how fun... and perfect weather! Glad you could have a refreshing family day together :)

littlecbsmom said...

Ooohhh...I just might have to add that to one of my places to take the boys on a future visit.

Great pictures and it looked like a perfect day!