Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Adventures of Hannah and Maran

We just got back yesterday from our trip to California. I've got to be honest, it was probably one of the greatest trips that I have taken there in a long time because it was definitely more laid back than usual and Hannah wasn't as exhausted as she usually gets when we visit. Usually during Christmas, Scott and I have four sets of parents in Sacramento that we want to see and it often gets very tiring driving back and forth between the houses. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love seeing our family, but it really gets hard with Hannah's naps and bedtime to constantly be going from one parent's house to the next, and because Scott and I usually only go to CA for a few days at a time, we usually try to squeeze everyone in. This time I had more than a week and a half to see everyone. One of the main reasons I wanted to go on this trip was to hang out with my friends because I rarely get to see them when Scott and I are in town. This time I got to spend a lot of time with them, and it was so much fun. Here are some pictures of some of the stuff that Hannah and I did throughout the weeks.
If you've read Rachel's or Stacy's blog, then you know that we went to the Western Festival together. If not, then let me tell you, we went to the Western Festival together. For anyone who may not know, this is a festival that has come to Elk Grove the first week in May for as long as I can remember. They have a parade on Saturday morning that I used to watch every year as a kid and then they have carnival rides at the park. It's actually a pretty big deal there and there are tons of people that go to the park every year. So this is a picture of me and my two gorgeous friends Stacy and Rachel at the carnival (and I'm not just saying that because they are my friends; they really are both extremely pretty girls and had guys flocking towards them in high school.....sorry, I hope that doesn't embarrass you girls).

Hannah and me at the carnival

Here is Hannah with Grandma and Grandpa Price (my dad and step-mom). My dad took Vickie and me out to the Cheesecake factory for Mother's day. I have never been there before. Not only did I have some delicious pasta for dinner, but I also had to try one of their cheesecakes since they specialize in cheesecake and that just happens to be my favorite dessert.
Here are Scott's mom and step-dad with Hannah. We were also able to go out to dinner with them, which was great, too. Juila also watched Hannah a couple of days while we were there so that I could hang out with my mom.
This is Stacy's little girl Montana. We went to the park to feed the ducks with them. If you'd like to hear of that experience just read Stacy's blog. Those ducks were really scary.

Hannah Montana

My mom has a gorgeous backyard that Hannah loves to explore in. She was collecting pine cones in a basket, so I had to take a few pictures of that.

We also went to Fairy Tale town and Funderland with my sister-in-law Jill and my niece Samantha. Sam and Hannah got along really well together.
Hannah absolutely LOVED this ride at Funderland. I was scared to let her go on by herself because I thought that she would start to cry, but to my surprise, she cried when I took her off of the ride because she wanted to keep riding.
My mom sliding down the slide. She is still a kid at heart.

Hannah on the train ride

Hannah and Sam on the plane ride

Sam and Hannah in the King's chair

Going through a cheese hole. I would love it if this was a real block of cheese:)

Sorry for the blurry picture, but I had to post a picture of the flowers that my husband sent to me for Mother's Day. I didn't get to take them home on the plane with me, so I wanted to remember them. It was a real surprise and treat to get something for Mother's Day (not that my husband doesn't ever get me anything, but I just didn't expect it considering the fact that Scott was in Utah).
Here's a picture of my mom, me, and Hannah on Mother's Day. Sorry mom, I used the picture with the sun on your face because I liked it better than the other ones. I probably should have put on some lipstick, though, because my lips were really dry.

Any finally, a picture of Hannah with my mom and step-dad on Mother's Day. Thank you so much to them for letting us stay and eat their food and use their car. We had a wonderful time and I know that Hannah misses all of her grandparents, as she has called for all of you several times since we've been home.

I was a bit sad to leave California yesterday because I love the weather and I will miss our family and friends, but I was very happy to come home and see my hubby. We missed him a lot and I know that he was extremely lonely here while we were gone. He seemed overly excited to have us home yesterday and I was excited to see him, too. I probably shouldn't share this because it's really cheesy, but when I saw him at the airport coming towards us I got butterflies in my stomach. I have an extremely hot husband:) Anyway, there were a lot of other things that we were able to do in California, like go swimming with Rachel, have a BBQ at Rachel's, watch a movie and talk until we were both about ready to fall asleep at Stacy's, go to the movies and shopping with my mom, eat at my favorite burger place In-n-Out, etc, etc! Overall, it was a great trip!!!


Lisa said...

Hi Maran,

I am SO glad you found me. How are you? Your daughter is SO adorable. Such beautiful eyes =) I hope you had fun in Cali! Keep in touch!

RachelBarker said...


It was so good to see you. You are so beautiful and that would make Hannah Extra beautiful. It was fun getting together and reconnecting that friendship that we had when we would wear matching dresses with shorts under them so we could play on the bars. I'm glad to hear you got back home safely. I'm sure Scott was so excited to see his girls. We will miss until you visit again.

kerrie said...

Sounds like a fun trip! I can't believe the Western Festival is still around. It must be a HUGE event now that EG is the size that it is.

I love all the pictures. Makes me miss home.

RachelBarker said...

K, so if i can remember right, you were the one that ALL the boys had crushes on!!!!! I remember the end of 7th and 8th grade boys were all about you! Sometimes i would think I must be the ugly duckling! lol. I looked 6yrs. in 7th and 8th too! lame

RachelBarker said...

k, one more post.... my hair was totally gross too!!! I would never let my mom brush my hair because it hurt to much to try to get the tangles out. I would just hide them undermy top hair. Ouch!

Marc and Stacy said...

I agree with Rachel...the boys flocked to YOU!!! Well, you AND her! :) But all that doesn't matter now, because we all found the men of our dreams!
I miss you already! On Tuesday I was sad...because I knew you were flying back. I'm so glad you and Scott had such a great reunion though. It's so fun to still have butterflies. We'll always miss you when you're gone, but we'll always be here when you come back! :) Love ya and I'm excited to see you later this summer!
P.S. totally remember the nasty dirty hair from the bars. The ends of my ponytails always looked like dusters. Gross!!!

Mom said...

Maran, we had a great time and I miss you two very much. We get along so well that I enjoy having you here in the house with me. I respect your opinions and you are very mature and fun to talk with. Hannah is adorable and love her personality. YOu beat me to blogging first. And now I probably won't get to do it because I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow :) We have most of the same photos anyway. Love ya and will see you guys on the fourth of July!

Jen said...

Looks like fun-- it's always nice to have a visit just one on one. It gets a little crazy when we are all there... although I love that too. You girls are still HOT BABES!