We spent two weeks in Vancouver and had a wonderful time. The boys spent as much time as they could swimming in Aunt Karen's pool. (Thank you Aunt Karen). Trace was even diving to the bottom of the deep end this year gathering diving sticks. Caden has lost the fear he had last summer completely! At one point he even jumped off the diving board with no water wings - apparently forgetting he needed them!
We also spent as much time as we could with Rick's Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Woody and their girls Nichole and Coleen. The boys absolutely LOVE them(we do too!). Rick was able to come out for the long Fourth weekend and we all went to the beach. The Ortiz family graciously let us all move in to their cabin for the weekend and Trace and Caden were in heaven! Caden calls the girls his 'girl-friends' and, other than Nichole and Coleen, would probably label 'Me-da-dee' Ortiz his favorite. We spent a day down on the beach watching the kids dig while Rick and Woody fished out in the surf. It was beautiful weather for Long Beach. That Saturday we let off half of our fireworks. It was the first year Rick and I bought any for the boys and they were extatic!
While we were home we also saw a few friends. Trace was very happy to get to see his best buddy Taelor twice! And both boys were excited when we missed our flight home because it meant they got to visit Steffan twice also. We also went to visit their great grandparents in their new place and met the newest cousin, baby Ethan. It was a busy almost two and a half weeks but we really enjoyed ourselves. I had lots of free babysitters and had the chance to do some shopping without kids. We were all ready to come home by the end though. The boys were anxious for their own beds and toys and I was ready to relax!