So Ross had Good Friday off (banking holiday... perks of working for Merrill) so we headed down to San Diego early Friday even though the grandkids' sleep-over didn't start until Nana and Papa got home from work. We took our time on the drive and stopped at Balboa Park on the way, one of Ross's very favorite San Diego attractions. We perused the botanical garden, a museum, and then spent most of the time letting Sophia explore the timeless architecture. She loved it, the pillars, the stairs, the archways... she ran around in pure joy. (I posted the only picture where she let Ross grab her hand for a moment- don't be deceived by the angelically calm little girl walking hand in hand with her Daddy... Tasmanian devil all the way.) While we walked around, Ross told me that the day we visited Balboa Park while were dating in the spring of 2002, was the day he knew he wanted to marry me. Smile.
Friday night was the sleep-over, Colton, Chloe, Heath and Soren slept in a tent in the backyard with Papa (Nana snuck out after midnight...can you believe she even tried???!.) What kind of grandparents attempt sleeping out doors in a tent with 4 little ones? Only the best grandparents ever! Then of course they hosted the Easter barbecue the next day... ribs and steak (thanks to Ian-YUM-- adjacent picture of him and Teresita) and an Easter egg hunt for the adults and the kids (this gave the kids a chance to hide some too.) Sophia wanted to be right in there with her cousins and had to climb the hill with the best of them. She seriously looked like a little soldier climbing up that hill in a rapid army crawl in her oversized boy sweatshirt (forgot it was possible for weather to be cold.)