Sorry for the lack of posts this week, we’ve been way too busy having FUN for me to stop and write. This post will be a picture overload- just warning ya!

The past week and a half we’ve had lots of fun with Filipe’s family. Our nephew came to visit, and so with all six of the Santos cousins in California, we decided to go camping! There were six adults and six kids (ages 2-8). We had so much fun and it was relatively stress free.

Our campsite. 

Who needs toys or technology when you’ve got rocks and sticks to play with?

Efraim loved being out in nature.

Lily finding cool rocks. She wanted to bring them ALL home.

Filipe’s mom with the grandkids (where’s Cailyn?!).

Filipe’s dad lost the silly string fight.

Camping isn’t complete until you make s’mores.

We spent Friday morning at the beach.
One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever laid eyes on- Pfeiffer Beach.

It didn’t matter that the water was 50 degrees, the kids loved playing in it.

He could’ve sat here all day long.

I love this picture of Filipe & Cailyn

Cailyn taking care of her cousin, Larissa.

Leaving the campsite. They were sad to go.

We returned from camping on Saturday and on Sunday I took Lily to see the Gymnastic Olympic Trials. I love love love Olympic gymnastics and have always wanted to go. When I saw that the trials were coming to San Jose, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It would be the closest I would get to the Olympics anytime soon. Back in April I bought tickets for Lily and I to go together (Filipe wasn’t near as excited).

Lily had a blast. After every girl went she would say, “she’s my favorite!”. She had more than five favorites.

The most exciting part was when they brought out Mary Lou Retton and Shawn Johnson.

The saddest part of all was seeing Nastia fall from the uneven bars. I took this picture seconds before the fall. When she fell the entire place gasped. I almost cried for her. I was happy for the other girls, but sad for Nastia. I still can’t believe she didn’t make it. 🙁

Me & Lily
And how random is it that during the sold-out show we noticed another mom and daughter (same age as Lily) from South Bay sitting in front of us?!

This week we’ve been enjoying time with our nephew before he goes back to Charleston.

He stayed over at our house on Monday night. Here he is reading Efraim his Bible before bed.

We celebrated 4th of July with the rest of our community at the annual city festival. Every year South Bay goes to serve the city. There are lots of crafts for kids, prizes, and trash to help clean up.

Lily, Caedmon, & Cailyn on the fire truck.

Cailyn posing on the fire truck.

Some of our South Bay volunteers making crafts with kids.

Cailyn stood here for over thirty minutes helping pass out prizes to people coming by our booth.
We start’em young!

That was our week, how was yours?!