Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rasmussen Family Reunion in Aptos, CA

This year for the Rasmussen (James mom's side) family reunion we went to Aptos, CA and stayed in a beach house right across the street from the beach. There were around 40 of us in two houses. Luckily I ended up in the house with just 11 people ;)

We decided to drive to Aptos. It seemed easier than flying with two little kids. We split the 14 hour drive into two days on the way there, stopping at Circus Circus (which the kids loved) for the night. We drove straight through on our way back. It was a lot of driving, but was surprisingly not that bad or a drive considering we had a 1 and 3 year old in the car.

There was a lot of flooding in Utah from the recent rain. It was a strange sight to see!

We stopped at the Salt Flats for a few minutes on our way to california. Joshua could have stayed there and played all day.

The kids loved the beach, especially Jacob. Joshua was so overtired from missing naps and going to bed late that he missed 2 beach days. One of them he fell asleep on the 2 minute car ride over to the beach and couldn't be woken up. The next one he fell asleep in the car as we were driving home to get our stuff for the beach and we couldn't get him to wake up. Once he is out, he is out.

James and I took a surfing class. It was pretty awesome. We have both always wanted to surf.

We did a couple hikes in the redwood forest. It was a highlight of the trip for us. We love hiking with the kids. And we've always wanted to go to the redwood forest.
banana slug

There was monstrous tree with a whole in the base of it that 20 of us crawled into. We were able to stand up in it and even with 20 of us in it, there was room so spare! (this isn't the tree, but it reminded me of it)

Joshua, of course, got nice and dirty!
Monterrey Aquarium

The aquarium had a few great areas for kids to play.

This penguin thought Joshua's play shark was food and it kept diving into the glass at him. It was hilarious. Don't worry, the penguin didn't get hurt.

We shared a house with some of Joshua's cousins and he loved being able to play with them all the time.

We also went to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk where Joshua got to ride on a bunch of fun rides.

This ride Joshua almost died on. I'm serious. He almost fell out of it while it was spinning FAST. I was freaking out. We realized after the fact that he was too little for it. It would have been nice if the person in charge of the ride had mentioned that before he got on it.

Joshua held this gummy worm up in the air for like 2 hours on the way home.  I have no idea why. He is one silly kid.  P.S. Thank you iPads.

1 comment:

Naomi said...

Hi Rachel! Looks like you guys had a ton of fun. That's right around where I live (East Bay area). :-) I love all of those places!