Raven and Max, and their parents, came for a glorious visit during the last week of July. Many adventures were had, some of which are documented below. Click on any photo for a larger version (and a slide-show interface, if you’d like to flip through all of them).
We had plans today to head downtown to see museums and monuments on the national mall, but it was a poor sleep night and a bunch of us were fighting colds, so we decided to stay closer to home. We walked down to Brookeway Drive, the street Dave and I lived on as kidsÂ in the ’70s. At the end of the cul-de-sac is a path up to the old railway tracks, now repaved as part of the Capital Crescent Trail. (I remember trains going by, and often put coins on the tracks for flattening.) The kids had a blast in and around the creek for a couple of hours, though I didn’t get the camera out for the epic meltdowns they had after one too many daring maneuvers led toÂ cold, wet feet (and a butt, in Griffin’s case).
We were fortunate enough to rentÂ a house in Bodega Bay that would accommodate all of the Roy Boys and their families, and at a time when everyone could make it! It was a sweet time to reconnect with Anthony, Gena, Dave, Nancy, and their kids. The cousins were non-stop playing from the moment we arrived until the moment we left! Highlights includedÂ trips to the beach, meals together, and a carnival put on by the kids. We have a lot of photos in this set, mostly of the adorable children. I have a feeling our kids will be talking about this trip for a long time to come!
Maggie, with the friendly neighbor kitty, in front of the house.
Cousins! From left to right: Raven, Caleb, Julia, Griffin, Maggie, Max
The youngest kiddo, Caleb
Look at those cheeks!
Our first excursion to the beach!
Dave surveys the dunes
Julia, Andrew, Gena, Anthony, and Caleb arrive.
It was chilly, but that didn’t seem to bother the kids!
The coolest discovery ever: a driftwood fort!
The kids could have stayed here all day
Griffin checks out the construction
Maggie and Andrew arrive at the fort
Maggie enjoys the sea breeze
Ahoy! I think there be pirates!
Maggie, Sarah, and Griffin rock the stripes
Hot tubbing back at the house
A favorite kid activity at the house: running in and out of the doors
Can we play, too?
Julia, take two!
Julia and Maggie
Let’s give Caleb a cracker, too!
Shall we see if we can break this?
Sweet Max, Griffin, and Julia
The Roy Clan
The Roy Clan, take two
The Roy Clan, outtake
Maggie wants to be like her big cousin, Raven
How are those jokes, Maggie?
Beach day two
Maggie wanted to play chase with the waves, first with Daddy…
Our big Thanksgiving gathering took place in Santa Cruz again this year.Â The consensus is that Santa Cruz is the best of the various destinations that we’ve been to.Â It’s close.Â It’s beautiful.Â Rental houses are plentiful and relatively affordable.Â And there is no shortage of fun.Â (Plus, nutritionists always recommend riding roller coasters after a 10,000 calorie meal.)Â Thanks to Nancy for the massive job of organizing the event!Â Some favorite pictures are below.Â Click on them to see larger versions or click here to see the full album.Â (You may notice a slight parental bias in picture subjects…)
Grummy is in town for a visit, so the whole Stocco-Palmer-Roy family (minus Andrew, who was working hard getting his classroom ready for students on Monday) went out to the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square on Oakland’s waterfront.
Grummy and Griffin ready for fun!
Cousin Max is a practicing walker and keeps Uncle Dave moving.
Cousins Raven and Max dipped their toes in a fountain while Aunt Nancy and her mom, Mary-Helen, watched.
It was so much fun, Griffin just had to take a nap!