I'm from Riverside and Sarah's from Sacramento, so already any comprehensive visit to the best state in the union will involve a bit of legwork. But add some Tahoe skiing, San Francisco exploring, and Los Angeles "culture" it's a wonder we had time to stop and smell the taquerias. But stop and devour we did aplenty. Hence, the following is organized chrono-geographically.
Riverside, part 1
First Christmas in Riverside with Grammy and Gramps.
After breakfast Grammy and Gramps took us all to a warehouse on the other side of time for The Big O to pick out his real present.
That's right, he's now got his very own proper horn!
Downtown Riverside was charming as always during this time of year.
And then it was time to say goodbye to my childhood home and head north!
Sacramento & Roseville
Second Christmas was celebrated in Roseville with Grandma and Grandpa, Adam and Mary, and the cousins!
We then quickly bundled up for the snow of the Sierra.
While the twins and I opted for the sane technique of hurtling down a snowy hill while actually facing downhill, The Eldest decided to try snowboarding.
Sacramento & Roseville part 2
We stopped by Sac again for some formal pics with the family.
Since the awesome 1920s house was a short hop to all things wackadoo and interesante in the Mission District, we flashed back to the year 2000 with the kiddos and showed them all our favorite spots nooks and crannies (i.e. taquerias).
Oh, and I did I mention that the house had some pretty fine views as well?
Riverside part 2
And...back to Riverside we drove. No trip to my old hometown is complete without me relenting to the boys' constant requests to hike up Dopamine Hill (The Big O's monkier for Pachappa Hill). It was an especially gorgeous day to feel on top of the world.
And just before we headed back to our strange reality in Central America came the moment The Little Lady had been waiting for: watching Wicked at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood!
The only thing left to do was take a pic of the kiddos on my favorite ledge when I was their age. Thanks Grammy & Gramps & Grandma & Grandpa & Nanny & Uncle Adam & Aunt Mary & all the cousins & other relatives! We had a grand time!
And now I need to finish going through our pics from Popecation...