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California fun

We headed out to California this past weekend to surprise my Grandma and Grandpa with a visit from all of us sisters. It was a blast! Not to mention the first time we'd all been together in 4 years. Crazy. We all decided that 4 years is way too long not to see all your sisters. Grandma and Grandpa were more surprised than I've ever seen them when we all showed up. They knew my dad was coming for a visit and that there was some surprise, but all eight of us on their doorstep was something I'm guessing they never imagined. We flew/drove in from all over so that we could all be there for the big moment, and even though we were only able to be there for a few days all together, it was definitely worth the trip and something we'll never forget.

We did all sorts of great things, not the least of which was eating at our favorite restaurant. I am pretty sure with the exception of the hanging parrots that used to cover the ceiling, it has barely changed at all since we lived there when I was a kid.
We had our annual (for those of us who can be there) Daddy/daughter shopping day a bit early this year and dragged Grandma along with us, which of course made it so much better. We swam (at one point there was a synchronized swimming routine), we picnicked on Grandma and Grandpa's lawn, we played, we laughed, and just generally had tons of fun. This sums the trip up pretty well:

So much fun! And I have to thank all of our husbands who helped us make it happen. They were fantastic about watching kids and holding down our various forts, so that we could go party all together for the weekend. 


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