Friday, August 1, 2014

California Summer Days

And before Tante left she initiated Davis and Grace with their first sprinkler run.  We live in the land of desert landscape and granite rock yards so these kids can barely recognize the word sprinkler. So as we returned from ice cream, Davis asked if he could run in the sprinklers. This in itself was surprising considering his nature. So we engaged him and then sister followed. Grace entered yard and immediately experienced the shotgun affect of the sprinkler putting her down on her back. This was hysterical and pitiful and after a few tears she was back at it. It was a short but wonderful time for all of them.

And when Dada came in town, we took him to Avila Barn for an animal feeding and a hayride to pick peaches.

And we can't go anywhere without Davis "visiting the trees". He refuses to use most public restrooms. We have no idea who he got this from. ;-)

And we also had a happy hour drink at Edna Valley Vineyard, down the road from Mimi and Pops'.

Between the barrels at Edna Valley Vineyard 

Family beach outing where Davis boogie boarded by himself for the first time! And one time he jumped on Andrew's back to finish the ride with him. 

We visited downtown Arroyo Grande for a vintage car show. It was fantastic. Davis picked this Wagoneer out and I agreed it was the best.

And we picked a special time to visit the Discovery Museum again. And this time, Grace enjoyed it just the same.

The organ was as loud as if it was in the middle of Notre Dame. And it didn't bother her one bit. It was hysterical. 

And we celebrated Pops' 67th with Mimi's homemade cake. Yes, Davis thought it was his birthday too. 

No hesitation here. 
And when we returned home after all our adventures, I was prepared for Davis to remember only playing with a special friend this summer, Ari. He is the son of my parent's immediate neighbor. And Davis' #1 friend, playmate, partner in crime, bike riding, spy playing summer buddy. Everyday Davis would wake up and ask if he could play with Ari. Everyday. And every afternoon when he awoke from nap, "can I go see if Ari is home?"So they would ride their bikes up and down and Ari, who is a few years older, is very mature, and played with this admiring 4 year old without hesitation. Sadly, they're selling their home as they purchased a farm a few miles away so next summer's visit will be a different adventure together on their farm maybe.

Ari and Davis

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