The Livingstons

The Livingstons

Saturday, April 28, 2012

California... Home Sweet Home

Recently, Greg and I got to go down to California for a couple of weeks. I realllllly miss that place. We had so much fun with my family. We drove down (hoping we would surprise my parents with our arrival) but Ann Marie spilled the beans, so they knew we were coming. It was all good though, a nice reunion. While we were in Garden Grove, we spent lots of time with my family, went to Knott's Berry Farm (Greg's first time there), went on a bike ride down at the beach with my dad, and ran a lot of errands for and with my mom. We just loved being with our family.

After about a week in Garden Grove, we went up with my family to Leo Carillo State Beach to go beach camping (it's up by Malibu, CA if you know where that is). The first couple of days were kind of windy and not so pleasant. But as the rest of the week unfolded, the weather was great and it was beautiful! Greg even got me to go surfing, which was a real surprise to all of us because I was dead set on not going in the freezing cold water. But with a wetsuit, it wasn't too bad. I loved surfing, caught a lot of waves, and really enjoyed being out in the water with everyone. Greg surfed every single day, and became really good! He was tearing it up out there (when we got back home to Utah, he even said, "Man, if i could just surf everyday... that would be awesome." Hopefully that means he wants to live in California...) We also had a lot of fun playing cards with all the moms and my dad, and chit chatting with people we hadn't seen in a while. We rode bikes everywhere, we even found a bike trail next to the campground. We also hiked up a creek that was near our campsite, and climbed on a bunch of rocks. Greg found a frog and brought it back to our camp. It was jumping all over everything and everyone. It was pretty humorous. We went and sat at the beach a lot too. One day at the beach, Greg got Kole Brodowski and Scott Hicken to lay down under a towel, while we put chips and food on top of them. Then we watched as the hungry seagulls stepped onto the towel they were laying under, and Kole and Scott would try to grab the bird. It was hilarious! We tried so many times to grab the birds, but it never really worked. It was close, but didn't totally work. Another day, back at our campsite, Greg constructed a squirrel trap, and we really tried to catch one. Like the seagulls, we ALMOST had a squirrel a couple of times, but the trap just didn't work well enough. It was a lot of fun though.

We really enjoyed our time in California, and like every other time we go down there, it was really hard to leave my family. I just love them so much! Luckily we get to see them in July, so it won't be long until we see them again!

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