Saturday, May 14, 2011


Ben had to go to a work thing in Paso Robles, California. Some of you know that the Memorial Day trip we had planned for Florida got cancelled. So I decided to go to California instead. I know, it was a hard trade off!

We started our trip by visiting Ben's brother and sister-in-law in Visalia. Christine was so gracious to make us a beautiful meal on the day she should have been taking it easy-- Mother's Day! On Monday Joseph took us to the Sequoias to see the giant trees, something Ben has always wanted to do.

We loved it and the trees were huge and beautiful-- like something out of a storybook. 
Although it was SNOWING!

Little Noah loved Cheyenne and tried to hold her hand in the car. They were so cute together.

Here are the two sisters-in-law-- soon to add the third and final in October (Michelle, Sam's fiance)!

Brothers. It goes Dannielle, Joseph, Ben, and Sam.

While Ben was busy working hard, I went sight seeing! My sister-in-law Melanie is from Atascadero, and I got some great tips from her and Joel before we left.
Since I love old architecture, this was definitely on the list.
This is Hearst Castle.

Next stop-- Pismo Beach! Cheyenne and I had a great time checking out all the little shops and outlets and looking out at the ocean.

Another beach we went to was in Los Osos, called Montana de Oro. It was nice and secluded, and was a perfect place to just sit and read a book in the sunshine.

Well, it would've been a great place for that, if it hadn't been for this little girl...

Turns out she is not a huge fan of the beach. She didn't really like the sand I guess.

No smiles. All frowns.

But I still love her!

One night we went out to the famous steakhouse McLintock's. Ben was in heaven of course.

Ben humored me and let me take a few shots with the sunset and the ocean.


  1. Looks like fun! Not a bad trade off for a cross-country flight with all that baby gear- not to mention the baby :)

  2. These pictures are gorgeous. You have some skill, my friend. Look at you and your beautiful family! I miss you! Cheyenne's face at the beach...haha oh man. So sad!

  3. So glad you had such a great time and Cheyenne got to hang with Noah! And we still love her too, even if she doesn't like the sand.