Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our family road trip to CA and back

This road trip wasn't a planned trip.
We didn't sit down and make lists of things we would need.
Jason got a call that no family ever wants to get, his great grandma passed away after being involved in a car accident.
Instead of flying we decided to drive and make a trip out of it.
I know your thinking were totally insane for traveling from TX to CA in a car with 3 small kids.
But it wasn't as bad as you would think, the girls did a good job.

We left early Friday morning at 6:45am.
We made the usually potty, fuel and lunch breaks before stopping in Phoenix for the night.
The girls slept great in the trailer, mom & dad on the other hand not as well.
The girls were up bright and early the next morning, we had breakfast and loaded up in the car and made our way to Pismo Beach.  We spent the night in Pismo and took our new razor out for some fun.  The girls loved it!

We left Pismo and headed to Jason's moms house.
When we arrived at grandma's the girls and grandma were so excited to be reunited!
The next few days were hard as we said good bye to the sweetest, most hard working woman who lit up a room.  I am so thankful that the girls were able to grow up and love this amazing woman.  I am so honored that I got to know her for the past 12 years.

Once the funeral stuff was over the next morning we headed up to the mountains to hang out with Jason's dad.  The girls always have a good time when we go up there.  They decided to collect a whole garbage bag full of pine cones and bring them home.  Were gonna decorate them and put them around the house.

We were going to leave on Thursday morning but decided to stay a little longer and go visit with Jason's grandma and grandpa since we didn't get to spend much time with them.  Where his grandparents live is so peaceful.  The girls enjoyed playing and swimming.  After eating lunch we headed down to the ranch to visit the new baby horse and the baby cows, we even got to see a baby cow that had been born that day (it was only hours old)  We had a great time.


We had a great time in CA but left and made our way to CO to go visit my parents.
I will say that going through UT was amazing, the scenery and views were beautiful.

We made it to CO late Saturday night around 9:30 and my mom hadn't told my little brother that we were coming, we wanted to surprise him.  And boy was he surprised to see us.  It was so cute to see the look on his face when we opened his bedroom door and he saw all of us.  The kiddos played and since they were all so excited we all didn't get to bed until midnight.

The next day mom cooked us an awesome breakfast...waffles, bacon, eggs and cantaloupe.  We then all took showers and got ready and headed to the mall.  If you are ever in Castle Rock you need to go check out there mall, it is HUGE and so NICE.  We had lunch and walked around the mall before heading back to moms to hang out.  Mom made an awesome dinner and we hung out for a little bit longer before loading up and saying our good bye's.  We drove about 3 hours before stopping for the night.  We woke up the next morning and made the 12 hour drive home!  All in all it was a great trip filled with lots of memories.  We were gone 11 days, drove 4400 miles and had a blast.  And in 59 days we'll do it all over again when we head back to CA for the wedding!



  1. Looks like a great trip - and some beautiful sites, too!!

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. Despite the sadness, it looks like you had a great trip! Love the pictures, and I teared up when I read the story about how excited your brother was. I'm sure he misses you all!