06.24.17

When Plans Change…

Posted in Family, Friends, Vacation at 12:02 pm by elagreca

LaGreca Family Road Trips wouldn’t be complete without a few stories and changes along the way. This time…we had an upfront/early change to our plans. 

First night was Boulder Creek RV Park. Stopped for dinner along the way. (Little Mexican place by the Costco in Victorville)


Blazing hot at Boulder Creek. Up and on the move as soon as we could. 


Stopped at Keough Hot Springs and swam for free out by the power lines (yes, we know how to have a good time). This is one of NCL’s favorite places. 


We were scheduled to be in Silver Lake on Thursday (our schedule) to find a spot in the ‘first come, first served’ campground. But…no luck. We were all hearbroken. Many spots were flooded from the snow water runoff (amazing waterfalls off the mountains), and all the rest of the spots were full. 

We stopped at Mono Lake to get some advice from the Rangers. 


We drove north and looked through a couple of TIGHT/Small campgrounds….hit a bump at one and the windshield cracked immediately. Again. Same spot as last year πŸ˜‘πŸ˜•πŸ˜©. 

Ran into a river running across the road in one campground and had to back down the hill and turn around in a tight spot. Bottomed out and broke the step cover. 

Finally made it back into Twin Lakes campground ….and picked out sites for 2 nights. No hookups and no cell service. Joe felt pretty defeated by the days drive and the RV casualties πŸ˜• We set up camp, got a drink (or two) and made burgers for dinner. 


The kids went exploring on bikes. Grace played playdough and dirt/sticks at the site. Then Daddy took the Boov for a bike ride. She LOVED it. 

The next day (Friday) was FULL of adventure. We had no idea how great it would be when we woke up the morning. 

Time to hike to a waterfall!!! 


I can’t even tell you how excited Gracee was about getting in the hiking backpack. She was in HEAVEN!! And…Daddy is a trooper. I mean. Seriously. She is heavy – and we climbed!! 

Oh….and the hike started off with us having to wade/walk/RUN through FREEZING cold river water to get on the trail. 

I can’t even tell you how much it hurt. I nearly had tears in my eyes from the pain in my feet. The water was SO cold.


It was a GREAT hike. I have never seen a waterfall THAT close and THAT much rushing water. Wow. 



Back at camp….lunch and a short rest. 


And for our afternoon activity….we rented two fishing boats and cruised the Lake! We stopped all around and the kids played/hiked. Grace napped most of the time. The water was freezing but my two boys thought it be fun to jump in at one point. They couldn’t get out fast enough 😳!




Here are a few pictures from Joe’s phone :


And. As of that wasn’t a great adventure packed day….our campground has a big BBQ dinner/picnic out by the lake front. We had dinner plans already, but scrapped them when we heard about the BBQ (no cooking, no dishes! Yes please!!) 


Ice machine – block and crushed for $2 each! What a bargain! 

We had 25 minutes left on the boat rentals after dinner. One last ride on the water. 


It was a perfect evening. Great weather and beautiful surroundings. 

Back to camp for S’mores, showers, jammie’s and bed. 



I have to note, one for the record books. We had BEARS in our campsite both nights. The first night, a Mama & her 2 bear Cubs scared Jeff, Heather and Joe. The Second night, Joe was sitting at the campfire alone (I was inside and the Veomett’s were in the bathroom) and a black bear walked right up behind Joe and scared the crap out of him. I heard him yelling outside: “Go on! Get!” 

We headed to the Cafe for breakfast and packed up the campsite. 

We were so sad to miss the time at Silver Lake – but it was great fun to explore a new place. Our waterfall hike was pretty amazing. Grace did great in the carrier. The LG boys were champ hikers. Connor kept up with the boys with minimal complaining. Sarah didn’t want to make it up to the top with us so Jeff stayed back on the trail with her.  We have to practice a bit more hiking with her 😳. All in all, it was a great few days – even though it wasn’t the plan. 

And just like that….we were on the road again….until next time….Happy trails 😊

06.21.17

Last Day & First Day

Posted in Anthony, Family, Friends, Grace, Nicholas, Vacation at 2:32 pm by elagreca

Wednesday June 21, 2017 – the last day of school for the boys! πŸŽ‰πŸ€— 

It was Field Day for all grades (fun games outside). Too bad it was BLAZING Hot today :/

Daddy helped 3rd grade (NCL’s class) make tie-dye shirts on Monday. He wore it to Field Day today. 

Good news! He got good marks on his report card, a nice comment from his teacher,  and he has moved up to 4th grade! 


AJ had school spirit and his sweat-band ready for Field day! 

Good News! AJ is well above grade level for reading (he has been all year), he is a smart cookie (but needs to work in his temper), and – he is moving up to 2nd grade! 


Grace has to do all things that her brothers do πŸ’— So, here is her picture on the Last Day of School. Aunt Elaine sent her that shirt and she just HAD to wear it as soon as I got it out of the washer. 

Sad News (for Mommy) and Good news (for Cammi & Grace)! Grace is moving into Preschool in the Fall (Aug). I can’t believe we have to say goodbye to Cammi….again….for the {for sure} final time. Grace has loved it there, since day 1. I am sure Cammi is ready for her to move out though. She has been sassy and rough with the helpers and other kids 😳. Time for more structure and challenges. 

Grace can count to 15 (isn’t that crazy?!?!) and she can say her ABC’s. (Y’all, she isn’t even 2 1/2 yet?!) She can have a full conversation with an adult. She is sassy and has ‘tude, especially with her Dad. 

…..2 hours after school ended, and it was the First Day of Vacation! Annual RV Family Road Trip 2017.  

Can I just, for one minute, tell everyone how much WORK it is: to get ready for vacation in the motorhome? OH. MY. GOODNESS 😳😳😳 So. Much. Work. 

And…add in 10 days of being sick 😷 (today is day 11). There were definitely times when I wanted to just sit…and cry. Laundry, packing, making food, working….Joe had a ton of maintenance work to do. It’s been crazy. 

But – we did it!!! We are ON THE ROAD!! Here is my annual/standard “Joe Driving the Motorhome” picture. 


All the kids are in different spots, doing different things….


And….this year….we have the Veomett’s car-a-vanning behind us…


Stay tuned….there will be stories and pictures along the way…

Yay Vacation!!! 

06.06.17

The Ranch

Posted in Elizabeth, Family, Friends, Joe at 5:00 pm by elagreca

Thanks to Joe’s parents’ thoughtful gift, we have made it official. Β The LaGreca Ranch is named with a sign in the Great Room.

Lots of ‘ranch’ / farm happenings over the last few weeks. Most of these pictures have a little story behind them…I will include a caption/the story below the pictures (for those that have time or care to hear). Otherwise, just enjoy the pictures (Joe LaGreca) and go on with your day πŸ™‚

 

Above: Daddy & Grace move cages down to the shed. This was preparation for the feral cats that arrived on Sunday, May 22nd (3 of them!).Β  They are currently living in the cages and being fed daily.Β  We were told they need to be caged for SIX weeks, before we can let them out.Β  I am not sure we can last that long.Β  You can ONLY imagine the stench thats building with 3 cats, 3 water/food dishes, and 3 {NASTY} litter boxes.Β  (Honestly, I just don’t understand how people tolerate a litter box in their house….I know it’s even more disgusting because we have 3 cats so it’s 3x the mess and it’s also much hotter during the day…but cat poop and pee inside the house, daily.Β  I couldn’t do it. I am glad Joe and I are on the same page for that one…)

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