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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

First things first, sorry about the picture overload but I have a ton to share…
Over Labor Day weekend we headed to my family’s cabin, in Pinecrest, CA040  
The weekend included all kinds of special moments.  We finally got to meet our niece Riley after 4 months.  Riley is just 3 weeks older than Hanna so a trip to meet her was obviously put off for the summer, mainly due to the fact that my brother and his family live in San Diego – a good 8 hour drive. 

Scott took a half day at school on Friday, picked Caty up from preschool, then we had a quick lunch and were on our way.  Pinecrest is a 3 hour drive from our house and we made it our goal to not stop unless Hanna needed to.  She fell asleep within the first few minutes and slept THE WHOLE WAY!!  We even had to make a stop about 2 hours into the drive for Caty to go potty; she and I hopped out of the car and Scott just kept driving around the parking lot – gotta keep Hanna moving or else.  We got to the cabin and as we got out of the car, Hanna woke up – no complaints at all!  Caty went immediately to Riley as she’s been waiting the 4 months to see her.  It was so fun having the girls all together; there will be so many fun times through the years; I can’t wait! 

We made one trip down to the beach; between all three girls and their naps, we finally made it down around 3:30 and only stayed about an hour. 

Just enough time for Caty to get her beach fix in and take some family pictures.  Almost every year since Caty was born, minus last summer, we’ve gotten together and spent a long weekend at the cabin.  It’s fun to see the pictures from our different trips.

2005 – the whole family – aunts, uncles, cousins – everyone minus just one, my cousin JeffFamily Picture 5 





We mostly spent time playing around the cabin.  My dad brought out Caty’s fishing pole and taught her how to cast – by the end of the weekend, she could cast it out about 20+ feet.  Everyone got into trying out Caty’s Dora pole.
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Caty went exploring and found woodsy things to make a collage for her preschool share day.   Scott, Caty, my dad and myself took a boat ride and did a little fishing.  My dad was the only one to get a bit and Caty was so excited about watching the fish being reeled in.  She got to help Uncle Todd drive the boat and LOVED IT!!  FASTER, UNCLE TODD, FASTER!!

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On Saturday we helped my mom celebrate her 60th birthday.

And finally what you’ve all been waiting for (unless you’re on Facebook and have already seen them) – pictures of the cousins together!

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And since I haven’t added enough pictures yet, why not some more!

My brother and his beautiful family

Nana, Papa and the girls

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Destini said...

Looks like a great weekend and how exciting to finally get to meet Riley! You got some great pictures - I love the ones of the girls together, of course! Way to go Caty on casting and driving the boat! Hope the class enjoys her collage!

The Wymer Clan said...

Loved all the pics - good job driving and casting Caty! Kylie has the Dora pole too, the girls love going down to the lakes and "fishing" with it (no hooks, just cast, reel, and repeat).

Mandy said...

I didn't think there were to many pictures. Just enough. So glad that you had a great holiday weekend. We haven't tried fishing with Andrea yet. I wonder if she would like it?

Monica Hagen said...

Before you know it Caty going to want to be drivng that boat on her own.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the photos of the 3 cousins all weaing the same outfit! Adorable! Caty is such a good big sister. You can tell she is so proud.

sharon said...

That looks lieka graet place to spend the weekend..I love all the pics and the videos. the girls are all so cute:)

Greene Family said...

What fun memories for your family! I just love all of the photos, and Caty cracks me up in those videos! Too funny that she was going to catch an octopus! :) The pictures of Caty, Hanna, and Riley in matching outfits are so adorable! Caty looks so proud in all of the pictures with Hanna - such a great big sister! You have a beautiful family!

Caden and Mommy said...

getting caught up in blog land! there is nothing wrong with picture overload of adorable girls! looks like a great weekend and great weather! I love the Dora fishing pole ... although that pole with Caden would equal disaster :0)

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