The Tuesday evening after we arrived, my mom & siblings had a band concert.
(Philip is on the right of the screen)
Mom & Leah
Some small kids sang a few songs to the tune of classical music. It seems like a really creative way to help kids learn about the music and the composers.
Of course, Beethoven's "Für Elise" was a favorite for us...
Can you guess why?
After the concert, we ate at Del Taco (sorry, no pictures, but it was yummy!), and I just have to say, the midwestern Taco John's could never hope to compare. They are both fast food, but the taste, quality & price are complete opposites! We never go to Taco John's. For one, to feed our family of seven, it always cost well over $20. And we leave hungry. At Del Taco that night, we fed our family of seven, plus Mom, Dad, Leah, and Philip (Steven was with friends) for a little over $30. Did I mention we had a left over taco or two?
Unfortunately, the nearwest Del Taco is either in Colorado or Missouri.
Anyhoo, we just went home after dinner & relaxed. I think we watched Mr. Ed, too.
The next morning, I went to take photos of Peyton. It was so much fun, and she made my job easy by being so stinkin' cute! Here are a few of my favorites...
I love how the catchlight in her eyes is a little heart...
Grace's tattoo from this angle says 'Hope,' which is Peyton's middle name.
While in Califormia, I also realized how much I miss snails. Don't get me wrong, I'm not fond of the creatures (especially when stepping on one barefoot!), but there's just a familiarity, and a feeling of home about them, I guess.
That afternoon, we hit up the pool again...
Caitlin had fun painting Uncle Steven's nails. And my purse looks smashing on his shoulder, wouldn't you say?
Elise mastered the art of wet towel painting.
And I just thought this was humorous after spending the past few winters in sub-zero temps...
That evening, Dad finally got his Plucked Chicken ;)
That's all I have for now...