After the baptism Saturday everyone started leaving and getting back to real life. On Sunday we all went to church and then people started the drives home. Sean and Justin and their families left during the day Sunday, as did Andy, Kristy and Kylie. Before Andy left on Sunday we took family pictures, as Jeff is rarely around when we are all together in the summer. It was fun, my girls were goofy, but there are some good group shots. In addition we had to say goodbye to all those cousins… Hattie got into all the goodbye hugs, whether the cousins liked it or not!
That afternoon we took the kids to the new (to us) Heather Farms park and they all loved sliding down the hills and playing around all the equipment.
The next day Kelly and Gerry went to work, so we had one last day with my parents, Daisy, the kids, Ike and Jan. We started by meeting Winnie, David and Elsie for dim sum in Oakland. The kids had a lot of fun throwing pennies, kwanzaas and anything else in our coin purses into the fountain outside.
After that we headed to Tilden Park and the Little Farm with our China Town goodies of celery and lettuce. Hattie was unsure of the process but the big girls were enjoying the hungry animals (spring is a far better time to try and feed them, in the summer they aren’t as ravenous). It was far colder in Tilden Park than we had anticipated, so we raided OGO and Grandma’s suitcases and came up with some clever outfits (ps, Sophie is wearing my mom’s capris… not too shabby huh?).
WE finished our Oakland tour with a visit to the temple and some Fenton’s ice cream. Jeff and I split the banana split, as did my parents… totally fabulous and delicious. BUT, only one cherry on top. So we did what any reasonable couple would do and played a game of paper, rock, scissors for the rights to eat the cherry (we are very adult). And then it was off to the airport to say goodbye until summer.
Tuesday we had a fun lunch with Dave and then the girls and I headed to Hillary’s for a playdate. Hillary took Sarah out of school at lunch so that the girls could play, and were they ever happy about it! They had so much fun and were so sad when it was time to leave. I had a great time as well, as Tara joined us for our own chat session while the kids played like maniacs.
Jeff, the girls and I left for Houston on Wednesday morning and went house hunting Wednesday and Thursday and ex;pored some Houston neighborhoods. More info later about that. But we did make a visit to the urgent care clinic for a weird bug bite on Violet’s hand. The girls all got otter pops and we drove by the Houston temple, which was nice. We also got to have dinner with some friends from Angola, Philip and Erica, which was super fun!
After that it was back to reality, and what a ridiculous feeling that was! There were all kinds of crazy happenings at the airport, including people walking us to our car and then demanding money and policemen yelling at Jeff for trying to get a bag that didn’t make it onto the conveyor belt. But we were home again!