A LOT of people from the desert head out of the heat to California in the summer, so it was fun to reconnect with friends as well as just be.
Even if it’s a little teeny one.
We crammed a LOT into our days there, so buckle up if you want to come along while I lasso a few of the moments I loved.
Dave’s sister and her family stayed close-by for a few of the days we were there and it was been so nice to have just our two families here…plus two boys they had staying with them from Denmark (where Ryan served his mission). They are awesome kids.
…especially spunky ones like Lyla up there…
Loved biking, watching the sunset on the boardwalk playing “what are the odds” (all different dares), eating acai bowls, riding the ferris wheel, working on a giant puzzle on our kitchen table.
Here’s the “what are the odds” night:
This was our view:
Here’s me and Ava on one of our “dares” below:)
It felt so, so good to go to church after being too far away from any churches in Africa. I missed that! The Danish boys loved it and were so amazed at the numbers of members piled into that chapel. They ended up not having a young women class so we had our own sitting out on the patio with Grace leading the lesson and everyone else commenting and it was way better than any other lesson I think:)
Love this mural at that church there in Newport:
Ava, Claire’s cousin, is into volleyball too so we did a little of that:
Took a little “hike” on the wedge…that’s a good uncle who brings that smile out in Lucy:
A little cruise on the bay…
The girls and I stayed up past midnight because we couldn’t stop on a puzzle we had been working on and were so pleased with ourselves when we nestled the last piece into it’s spot.
A little paddle-boarding yoga:
Loved catching up with the Tanners there too:
Good that we could find such a picturesque spot to document our night with these guys…
Dave’s cousin Kara and her family for a visit and a few cards:
Perhaps one of my favorite things there was that every morning we worked for hours on our “expectations.” I am kind of in love with that situation we had going on over there. (I’m not sure the girls were so in love, but I think they endured it well and we were pretty productive!) We read (listened to), for sometimes for almost an hour, the Book of Mormon to get through our 22 pages each day. The girls wrote in their journals with a journal prompt each morning. They looked up current events. They memorized our “quote-of-the-week.” We read for an hour, each deep into our own books. We exercised, running along the boardwalk together or running the stairs.
Although we did most of our reading in the morning, this reading was at night, complete with mud masks:
Claire and I accidentally matched for our run one day:
Lu working hard on her “stuff:”
Lu listened to FIVE books this summer. She was so enthralled with this series she was reading and I loved it.
Had to drag her out to catch the sunset with me though, since all that listening needs a break here and there!
Couldn’t get her to look at the camera with me though…
We rode around on our tandem bike like nobody’s business:
Don’t let those smiles fool you, it was a little bit of a crazy night! I thought we had it all down-pat since we’ve done it so many times, but nope. There’s always a complication.
This time was particularly frustrating since I got the wrong kind of charcoal briquets and they would not start for the life of us, even with all the lighter fluid our “neighbors” let us borrow!
See my friend Julie up there who happened to be in town and joined us? She was a good sport to put up with us and the two of us went on a mad search to find charcoal that would work and were successful 🙂 Hallelujah!
Grace and Claire met up with sweet Graci who’s family overlapped with ours:
Julie and her sister joined me for paddle-boarding one morning:
Slow family beach time…I just kind of like this picture showing the shadows from an afternoon well spent:
Oh and also this:
Snuck in a visit our last day.
And then did this (complete with Thai food) as the sun set on our time there:
If your fingers are tired from scrolling just remember I did warn you a lot happened in that spot we love so much!
Long live Newport.