OCT
22
2014

Refugio State Beach

We’ve said goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa, but not before a walk down State Street turned into some sort of costume buying bonanza. Ouest was wearing hers for a couple of days before she asked who that was a picture of on the brooch. “That’s Barbie.”
OCT
18
2014

Don’t Do That. Or That. Or That.

We went out to a nearby pumpkin patch this morning. The kids have really been wanting to do this, so we waited until the grandparents could join in the fun. However, once we got to Lane Farm’s Pumpkin Patch I quickly discovered that the place did not want anybody to have
OCT
17
2014

Santa Barbara

We boogied down the coast and got to Santa Barbara just in time for our meet-up with Ali’s parents. Somehow Ali and I have always managed to miss Santa Barbara. After one day I have to say that we’re really enjoying the place. The weather is gorgeous, the boardwalk is
OCT
15
2014

Hearst Castle

Highway 1 south of San Francisco is crazy beautiful, and actually a little easier to drive than it is further north. Which doesn’t mean it is an easy drive—in fact, one day we stopped in Big Sur after nearly three hours on the road with only a couple overlook stops when Ali
OCT
13
2014

Back On Our Way

Ali to the kids: “Papa did it, huh? The bus is fixed.” Ouest: “He wouldn’t have been able to do it without us, though.” Ali had been telling them all week that I needed their help. They were making runs to the store for me, staying out of the bus for
OCT
11
2014

Trial and Error

Today was a long day of trial and error. Everything was ready, I thought, when I went to hook the battery back up. But then the starter began to crank when the battery cable hit the battery post. Later on I would find that this was because the starter relay connections were too