3 Oberlys in California

This summer I hit a personal milestone as a parent. This was my first time traveling solo with the kids. Luckily, my two are champion travelers, so it was overall pretty easy (until "car seat gate"… don't ask.)

The kids got to spend so much time with their aunts and uncles and cousins. Di Tu and Nana took the day off to go to Disneyland with us. The Lams met us after school and fun was had by all.

The cutest cousins at Disneyland
We also spent some time meeting my friends' sweet baby boy, Maddox. My heart is so full seeing my friends' growing family (who I knew would make amazing parents). Dox is a charming and smiley baby and I am so happy we got to spend some time with him:
R & C being sweet with the baby

Dusting off some old skills
Chi Hai planned a full weekend for us, including a beach day with YY and Nana and also an intense bounce house. Lily and Leo came to join in on the cousin time.
Beach day with Ong Ba Ngoai

Cousin fun
It was a jam packed visit. The kids fell asleep so quickly and easily. They were sad to go, but I am thankful for the memories they are able to make with family.


Roughing It

We kept the Colorado exploration rolling by taking the kids on our first overnight camping trip. We intended to include camping on our road trip, but storms and cold weather were in the forecast and Eric and I decided we didn't want the kids' first camping experience to be a bad one.

With only so many summer weekends left, Eric looked up a nearby campsite which lead us to Columbine Campgrounds. He also threw in a little fishing expedition for the kids. We went to Mt. Evans Lake, where they fish were practically begging to be caught, which made for a great time for the kids.

Connor caught a 14-incher

Can you see the pure joy on her face?

Riley helped gather fire wood

Proud of their dinner

Sleeping cozy in the tent

Somebody slept in

A successful first camping trip
The kids did great! Riley was so intrigued by everything (no surprise there-- she's always been our nature girl). I'll be the first to admit that I am not a camping enthusiast, but I can say with all honesty that I loved this trip. Getting to see how much the kids enjoyed every moment of this made it pretty awesome for me too.