Thursday, June 26, 2014

Spencer Family Reunion, Day 2

Greg and I ended up in the "teenager" house, since all of the biggest cousins stayed there (Daniel, Brayden, Clay, Jace, Cassie, Tylan, Kylene, Kiera, Kaysen, Dallin, and Parker).  At first we were joking that the only adults were Tammy, Kent, Jessica, Greg, and I, until we realized that Brayden (a returned missionary) and Kylene (a senior in college) were also in the house.  That made the ratio better!  It was so fun and a blessing to be with all of the energy.  I couldn't have picked a better group to stay with, and I'm appreciative of Rod & Jayme's decision to put that group together.

For lunch, a bunch of us went to Pismo Beach and got fish and chips from Rod's favorite restaurant.  Ellie had played all morning with Jazzy, Byron, and Kyralyn at Rod & Jayme's house.  Greg went in to get her and the conversation went a little like this:

G:  Ellie, let's go get some lunch.
E: Uh, Dad, I'm already eating lunch [gesturing to the pizza Jayme had made her]
G: But a whole bunch of us are going.  It will be fun.
E:  But Dad, I'm having fun here!

So Ellie stayed to play.

Brayden is so chill.  He quietly saw needs the whole afternoon (the whole trip, really) and filled them.  Andrew is a precocious and active 6 year old boy.  While we were waiting for our lunch to be ready, Andrew was a little antsy.  Brayden swung him up on his shoulders and carried him around for quite a while.  Brayden is well north of 6 feet, and Andrew loved being up that high.

We got our food to go and then walked to the beach to eat it.  Delicious food and a beautiful day.  Lynnie was pouting here, but I don't remember why now.

After the kids had finished eating, Tammy grabbed them and we started walking out on the pier.  Andrew gave Lynnie the idea to scare the birds, and Lynnie thought that was pretty hilarious.  She "roared" at them and pretended to be the tiger Shere Khan from the Jungle Book.

Kent and Jessica lent us their stroller, which saved the day.  Cece loved hanging out and being pushed around.

Lynnie was being Elsa here, and demonstrating all of her powers.

Uncle Rod gives the best piggy-back rides.

Next we walked up to an ice cream shop and had an ice cream cone.  Lynnie and I split a mint chocolate chip cone.

This couple was there with their dog.  In a specially designed dog stroller.

As we were walking back to the vehicles, Lynnie asked Greg and I to swing her.  After a couple of swings, Lynnie said, "how about you swing me back and forf?"  When I told her I didn't think I was strong enough to go back and forth, she said, "well, how about you find someone who is?"

Luckily Uncle Paul was happy to help swing, and Aunt Tanya was happy to create giggles by pretending to pinch Lynnie's bum.

Greg and his dad wanted to window shop for RV's.  Because, really, no vacation is complete without RV shopping.  Right?  Right!  The 5 minute drive was just long enough for the girls to zonk out.  I stayed in the truck with them while the boys happily went to talk features and check things out.

Cecilia never naps very long, and she woke up all smiles.

After RV shopping, we picked Ellie and headed to the beach house for a little quiet time.  Ellie is a great big sister and loves to have Cece play by her.

Lynnie slept through the transfer out of the truck and then for another two hours.  She was still making up for yesterday.

Our room

After naps and getting ready to go again, almost everyone in the family headed to San Luis Obispo to go to the Farmer's Market.

Rod took us there so we could get dinner at his favorite bbq place.  While we were in line, we got poached by a competing company.  They offered a deal off of their pricing, and Greg's mom said, "that sounds great, let's switch!"  When Grandma makes a decision, we all follow.  The food was good (but Rod says his place would have been better!).

After eating we wandered around for an hour or so, looking at the booths and enjoying the live bands.

It was a great second day of the reunion!

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