Can you imagine traveling with a family of 7? Well, maybe you can but this was new for us. We haven't flown in along time with our whole entire family and with the new luggage rules of paying for every suitcase you check, we had to get advice. Some friends of ours who also have a large family suggested everyone bring their own carry-on and a back pack. We actually had to borrow luggage for this. Anyway, we wound up only having to check one piece of luggage but this meant we had to keep track of and lug with us 7 carry-ons, 7 back packs, 1 car seat, a blanket and binkie, our purses and our ID ready and available. And lets not forget to wear slip on shoes for going through security and NO WATER in those water bottles! This made for a terribly stressed out Daddy. Luckily when my husband gets stressed out he just gets giddy and makes us all laugh. He just starts laughing like a maniac! What else can you do?
We did take some vacation days as well and wanted to do some site seeing as a family. Rich and I grew up going to the mountains and the beach every so often and so we wanted to share this with our children. They are growing up in Texas where there aren't mountains or beaches that are a short distance away. We took so many pictures that I can't possibly share them all but I hope to pick out a few shots that communicate some of the beautiful sights we visited.
The first week we visited Yosemite National Park. Rich and I both had been there several times as children and then we honeymooned there when we got married.
|This is Half Dome and it is one of the first things you see when you enter the park! Can you hear the "oohs" and "ahhs" coming from the back seat?|
|This is the kind of shear granite rock that you see all around Yosemite. It is really incredibly breath-taking!|
A fun picture we took while hiking up Vernal Falls.
|And this was what he was running to see!|
|Rich and AJ got up very early in the morning to do this hike. It took them over 2 hours.|
|Olivia was our photographer the entire time. She took most of these pictures for us. With all of her health issues, she did wonderful hiking around the park for which I was grateful.|
|Julia was quite a trooper even though she was hot most of the time. We weren't prepared for how warm it was up in the mountains.|
|We had dinner at this hotel on our honeymoon. We wanted to show the children this place and peek in on the dining hall. It's a spectacular place and the gardens surrounding it are gorgeous!|
|This is the walking path and some of the foliage around the hotel.|
|I like this picture of Reece because it really depicts his personality. There seems to always be a hole in the knee of his pants. He picked this T-shirt from the gift shop and has worn it almost every day since!|
|Micah loves to get his picture taken and always says "cheeeeese". This is a picture of him saying it.|
|On our way out of the park we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls. There wasn't much water falling but it make it nice for rock climbing which our children can get lost for hours doing!|
Looks like I'll have to talk about the beach in a later post. So long for now. To wrap it up, we'll conclude that Yosemite was a hit and we would definitely go back. Just hope it's not another 19 years before we get a chance to return!