S: Summer 2011
1: Hershey turns 3!
2: Fourth of July Mommy's birthday
5: We took Nana, Pop-Pop & Uncle Brad to Disneyland to celebrate Nana & Pop-Pop's anniversary #49! This is their anniversary dinner at Rancho del Zocalo. | Opposite Page Top Row: Line for Finding Nemo; Waiting for Captian EO. Bottom Row: Pop-Pop enjoying an icy treat; Ainsley with Mr. Toad statue; after a great dinner and a long, hot day.
7: Opposite Page: Austin's tennis lessons with Coach Jun | Ainsley's swim lessons with Miss Brooke
8: Discover Science Center - The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head The kids got to make their own Potato Head, meet Mr. Potato Head, and many other activities such as making smoke rings, feeling hurricane-force winds and laying on a bed of nails.
10: Swimming Fun in July | Top Row: Grace, Gabrielle & Ainsley; Austin underwater; Ainsley with a noodle. Bottom Row: Austin; Jump; The men (Tom, Grady, Byron & Pete).
11: Top Left: Ruth, Gabrielle, Grant & Ainsley Top Right: The Women (me, Lola, Raquel & Betsy) Middle: Austin gets a trim from Lola. | Bottom Left: Raquel with Grady. Bottom Right: Ainsley under water.
12: Zoomars with the Baxter Family
13: A great day with a petting zoo, horse rides, train rides and mining for rocks & minerals.
15: Fairy Gardens (opposite page) and park fun (this page) with Eva & Zara Baxter.
17: The Orange County Fair July 2011 Opposite Page - Top Row: Mooooo!; Sprite Mini Golf. Bottom Row: Foot massage; pumpkin; sitting on a huge orange. This Page - Top Row: Sweet little calf. Bottom Row: Ahhh! Foot massage! Austin is holding the Minion he won.
18: Top Row: Tickly caterpillar; new bike. Bottom Row: Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens.
19: Pop-Pop's Birthday dinner at Vince's Spaghetti
20: Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens | Desert Gardens | Barrel Cactus
21: Bamboo forest | It was a very hot day, so sprinklers were a special treat!
22: Lily pad pond near the bamboo forest. Top Right: Ainsley finds an abandoned gardener's vehicle.
23: Top: A bold squirrel Right: Uncle Brad with Austin and...Spunky! Botttom: Another wonderful sprinkler!
24: Italian statue on the North Vista lawn | Jade Ribbon Bridge | Ainsley inside a tunnel at the Children's Garden | Chinese Garden | Opposite Page - Top: Entrance to Chinese Gardens; Chinese Maple. Bottom: Baroque fountain on North Vista lawn.
26: Top: Afternoon snack upon arrival in San Francisco. Middle: On a cable car Bottom: With a sea lion friend. Opposite Page - Top Row: Pier 39 sea lions. Bottom Row: More Pier 39. | San Fran
28: Bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge Top Row: Ainsley ready for the ride; view from municipal pier Bottom Row: Happy anniversary!; the bridge; Tom and his "cargo"
29: Left: Marina Below: Chrissy Field | Below: Austin, using his newly learned bike riding skills. | Shortly before we enter the bike lane on the bridge.
30: The guy at the bike rental shop said Ainsley would be asleep before we reached the bridge. He was right! | Middle and Right: On the Golden Gate Bridge.
31: Above: The Sausalito side of the bridge. Below: The ferry to go back to San Francisco. | Above and left: Sausalito Below: In line for the ferry.
32: This Page: View of San Francisco from the ferry. Opposite page: Views of Alcatraz from the ferry.
35: Opposite page: Fisherman's Wharf This page: Hearts around San Francisco, Union Square
37: Opposite Page: California Academy of Sciences - we saw rays, tropical fish, butterflies, penguins, and even an albino alligator. This Page - Top: Rainforest Cafe. Bottom: Local color.
38: Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum San Francisco
39: Ainsley had fun on Pier 39! | Center photo: Eating a VERY expensive strawberry purchased at the Pier.
40: Lombard Street- the Crookedest Street in the World! Top Right: View of Coit Tower from the top of Lombard Street. Opposite Page: Cable Car Museum This is where the cables for the cable cars originate.
42: The Exploratorium at the Palace of the Arts This was like a huge Discovery Science Center - black magnetic sand, centrifugal force, air flow, and bubbles were just a few of the hands-on stations the kids enjoyed. | The Exploratorium is where we were introduced to plush microbes. This one on the right is a streptococcus microbe.
44: Our last stop in San Francisco was the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. We got to see how fortune cookies were made and even bought a bag. Bottom Left: Outside the Sir Francis Drake Hotel where we stayed.
45: Disneyland August We spent our time at California Adventure watching the Phineas & Ferb dance party and getting our Senior Wilderness Scout badges at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
46: Austin went to basketball camp for a week. He had a great time! | Opposite Page: While Austin was at basketball camp, Ainsley attended "craft camp" at home.
48: Austin and Hershey (after Hershey's cancer surgery)
49: Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific - August 19th | Top Left going Clockwise: Bat ray; at the ray touch pool; feeding lorikeets.
51: Left: Giant crab; Leafy sea dragon. Opposite page: Spotted ray; Ainsley with new friends-manatee & seal.
52: Lego Club Meeting: Alien Conquest | Austin's alien ship creation
53: Balboa Pier After a yummy dinner at Ruby's Diner, we looked for stingrays in the water from up on the pier.
54: Sunflowers off Lubken Canyon Road - on the way up to Horseshoe Meadow.
55: Top: More Lubken Canyon Road Bottom: Horseshoe Meadows hike.
56: Stream running through Horseshoe Meadows
57: Wading through an icy cold stream. | Picking wildflowers and crossing a log bridge.
58: Top: Fawns at the cabin. Middle: Ainsley hugs Leila (Mammoth), Hershey relaxes at the cabin, Austin plays games on the iPad. Bottom: Austin hugs Buffy (Mammoth). | Our final week of summer was spent up in the Eastern Sierras.
59: The kids hug Zack & Harley from cabin #21, and Ainsley hugs Buffy in Mammoth.