Saturday, February 22, 2014

Family Fun in the Sun

Last week my cousins from Slovakia visited. This was the photo they sent me when they landed in Toronto on February 8.

We had my mom over to dinner so she could meet my cousins (they are from my dad's side. Oh, how he would have enjoyed meeting them).

And here they are a week later,  enjoying the sunshine and 75'F weather at Newport Beach.

My cousin and his wife have only been married for 5 months. Andrea was so wonderful and we felt like we have known her forever. In fact, I just met my cousin 19 months ago, so we are all getting to know each other. You can read about when I met my Slovakian relatives in this post and this one too. So the entire week was pretty exciting. 
I used the Waterlogue app to edit this photo of Andrea dipping her toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in her life.

After Newport Beach, we went to the tide pools at Corona del Mar. The tide was not out all the way, so we did not get to see as much sea life as we would have liked. But, it was a gorgeous day and they just kept remarking how they could not believe the warm February weather.

Then it was time for dinner at El Cholo, a southern California landmark, where we enjoyed Mexican food and margaritas with more family members.

The next day we took them to LA and Hollywood for a real California treat. Tommy's Famous hamburgers are so good and you can't visit without trying one.
Hollywood is not my favorite place. It's dirty and the weirdos are out in full force, but hey, you have to go if you are here. This guy was classic weirdo...

I love doors and this one sort of captured the entire week...I love getting to know extended family.


Katy Cameron said...

Glad you all had such a fun time together, and so nice that the weather behaved for you :o)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

I think we would all like to come visit in February!!

Melissa B said...

I just got caught up on all of your posts about meeting your Slovakian family--what a great story! I love that you had a chance to show your cousin your part of the world too!

Dianne Neale said...

Just a bit different to Slovakia then!! Glad you had a good time

Unknown said...

That's so awesome that you are getting to know your relatives from across the globe. And I'm jealous of your beautiful weather :)

Geri said...

Such a fun visit! I hope they come back one day.