July in California:
We flew to California the day before Kaleia's 2nd birthday to take advantage of one last free flight. We joined Brian at Azusa Pacific University for his graduate exhibition and graduation. Nana flew with us, and Grandpa Gracey and Grandma and Grandpa Rush joined us later in the week. We managed to fit in birthday celebrations for Kaleia and Brian in the midst of frantic art show preparations. Make sure to click read more.
|Breakfast at SeaTac airport, on our way to join Brian in California. This is one of Maggie's favorite pictures. |
|Our Hotel in California|
|So thankful for Brian's friends, Jake and Clovis!|
|Long hours, lots of helpful hands, sweat, tears, take-out, but it was finished.|
|And it was a great success. To see more of his work from the show, check out his website: brian-rush.com.|
|Cohort 3 enjoying Brian's bench.|
|The girls trying out Papa's Mirror Masks|
|Mom and Dad Rush trying out Brian's bench. |
Dad Rush helped with the design and fabrication. We appreciated all his help.
|We did it!|
After Brian's show, we left him so he could focus on finishing classes and writing his thesis. Nana, the girls and I headed to Indio. We enjoyed the pools, visiting with some old friends, and resting after a long few months.
|Magnolia drying out after a swim|
|Why did we go to the desert zoo in the middle of the day at the end of July?!?|
Pools and popsicles kept us cool.
|Each day we took time out of the heat to draw and make creations.|
The beauty of dry erase is lost on cement.
However, I was impressed with Magnolia's budding letter-writing skills.
Thankfully, we were not charged for the damage to the patio floor.
Brian had a little fun too. He took his parents to the art show of one of his favorite artists, Miranda July.
|Brian hugging a stranger.|
|As did his mom.|
For the last week, we returned to Azusa to celebrate Brian's graduation!
|Ready to walk!|
|Hooded! I can't believe we made it!|
August in Hawaii:The first week of August took us to Hawaii for the third wedding of the season. This time we were celebrating my brother Jeremy and my new sister Sherry. Their beach wedding turned into a mini-reunion and gave us a little relaxation as a family before beginning our new adventure in China.
|Our afternoon Happy Hour spot|
|Watching the turtles|
|Soaking up time with Auntie Alli|
|Learning to talk to dolphins|
|Enjoying a cabana on the beach|
|Maggie loved the beach.|
|Playing with new Aunt Sherry|
|Dad, Jeremy, and his best man|
|Reconnecting after the final Azusa summer|
|"Coldie, coldie, Coldie" after a night time swim|
|Soaking up some sister-time before heading to China|