Hi, did you miss me? Ha ha, I've been M.I.A. for the last few weeks, but with good reason.
Heinz & I made a little road trip down to southern California for some family time and some 4th of July celebrating.
Unfortunately, I never got a shot of the entire crew. We are missing a few VIPs here.
Normally we fly down to California, but this trip we thought it would be
fun affordable to drive. I guess fun isn't the right word when you are driving hundreds of miles on a limited amount of time. Even with our limited time, we did make the best of it.
Shots from the drive of southern Utah.
We had a wonderful time with everyone and were spoiled rotten by family.
When we got into California, Heinz's folks took us to the local pizzeria for some of the best pizza & beer around.
Momma & Papa King (Heinz's mom & step dad)
You know you are in California when you see a zillion lanes on the freeway.
Besides visiting with family, our number one mission was to get in as much
trouble beach time as possible.
"Hey, that's my hat!" I bought this huge floppy hat to shade myself from some of that sun. Heinz wanted to try it out for himself.
Nice and sunny. Perfect beach weather.
Next we had a fun family BBQ at Heinz's sister's home. Good food, great drinks, and a lot of silliness.
Heinz is pretending like he's helping, but Dave is the real grill master here. (Thanks Dave & Gina for specially getting me veggie burgers. Delish!)
Heinz with his sister Gina. Watcha got in those cups?
Heinz making funny faces with Ryan & Katie (nephew & niece)
Heinz with Momma & Papa K
Just one of the many beautiful sunsets in so cal.
Me & Katie jumping on the trampoline. This brought back great memories from when I grew up bouncing around on my family tramp a long, long time ago.
Ryan looking stellar as the sun begins to set.
Katie with her perfect lines. Did you know that Katie is a State Champion gymnast with oodles of endless talent?!
And then there was the 4th of July Extravaganza.
First things first - Pool Party!
And then it was time for some grub.
Momma K is slaving away for the fabulous 4th of July BBQ bash. (Thanks for making a special effort and grilling me up some very tasty portobello mushrooms. Yummy.)
Ribs, specially for Heinz. (His fave)
I snagged one of these scrumptious cupcakes by the end of the night. Sugary goodness.
Lets not forget, firework's galore.
So Rosy isn't one to let a little DO NOT ENTER sign stop her.
You have to go through a long tunnel to get to the beach. It's pretty cool because there is a bunch of artwork from the 70s, 80s & current decade, celebrating Earth Day and decorating the tunnel walls.
We even lucked out with a gorgeous sunset.
You can really tell that Heinz got his share of sun on our trip. Luckily I had my big hat to give me a little coverage.
So in the end, we had a great time. The only downfall was that Heinz & I were both sick at some point during our trip and we really needed more time to spend with family.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful time. We love you and hope to make more memories in the near future.