The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

California pictures! (aka: the longest post of your life)

We did A LOT in California... it wasn't so much a vacation as a whirlwind dash through as many places and activities as possible, and Matt and I both came home totally exhausted and wishing that we would have had more time to spend with families just doing nothing, rather than doing something all the time. Luckily, we get to see our families fairly often, and our trip was fun anyway, though exhausting. Here's a really short recap of what we did: lots of Showbiz practice and shows, Molly and Steve Andersen's wedding/reception, I got to see Wicked with my sisters, two San Francisco trips, Giants vs. A's baseball game, a little bit of shopping, some time at the park, a visit to San Jose, a little bit of Wii, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the ocean house, Ghirardelli, and a game of Settlers of Catan thrown in there for good measure (with the original Settlers players from the summer Matt and I started dating). Oh, and Owen's first tooth and a lot of separation anxiety! :)

Hilary and Owen playing at great grandma Auman's house in San Jose

This boy has the most pathetic little sad face. It kills me every time. This is how he looked for a lot of the time in CA - major separation anxiety. He wouldn't let anyone hold him, even if I was right there.

Catching M&Ms with cousins and Lexie's nanny kids.

Owen wants to take Maile for a walk...

Contemplating the ducks he's staring at

Waiting in line in San Francisco to get into the free day at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park... the line was too long, so we went and had a picnic and walked across the Golden Gate Bridge instead

Matt and the boys practicing for their 'Showbiz alumni' number - Newsies!

Owen learned how to crawl up the stairs at grandma Farrell's house

A next-generation Newsie!


For those of you who saw the original Showbiz Newsies and haven't seen it since, the boys added a ballet to the background of Santa Fe... HILARIOUS.

Michelle's group doing 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked. A few nights before this, my sisters and I got to go see the real play in San Francisco. So much fun!!!!

Fij solo!

Michelle solo!

Jenny solo!

There were a whopping five Farrells in the show!

The Newsies after the show

Settlers of Catan!!

Matt's first Father's Day!

Walking in the park with Matt's family after dinner on Father's Day.

Chinatown, San Francisco with my family. This is the gate to Chinatown.

My favorite part of this picture is Kevin with the nunchucks in the background.

My mom and dad contemplating buying a wok in 'The Wok Shop'.

Madeline shopping for hats. Cute!

Two tired boys.

Flying squirrel over the bench!

At the Giants vs. A's game.

Kevin jumping concrete posts after the game.

Cousins in the park!

Matt and Jenny flying... I'm not sure that's what that playground toy was invented for. :)

The big stretchy thing...

Emma being tossed.

In line to get tickets for the Tilden Park merry-go-round!

In Monterey at one of our favorite restaurants - First Awakenings!

Gotta love eggs benedict. YUM.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Divers in the shark tank

Matt and Owen being otters.

Owen's favorite part was the penguins.

Owen kept tonguing (sp?) his new tooth. It was pretty funny to watch.

Eating at Bubba Gump's. These next three pictures are my favorite of the whole trip!

Seriously?? Who makes these kind of faces?
("You talkin' to me? Are you talkin' to me?!")

Ghirardelli in Monterey, waiting for our ice cream.

Owen is ready to eat!

Hilary and me (and Becca way down at the end) getting pedicures the night before we left.

This picture cracks me up... it looks like Hilary is holding someone else's foot...

Our last view of the ocean as we head to our plane.

And finally... Owen's new tooth!


KarenA said...

Thanks for all the photos Nicki! Looks like a fun time.

Makes me miss CA. waaahh.

Liz and Scott said...

What a fun trip - you really did fit a lot of stuff in.

Sarah said...

Wow! You did stay busy. I'm glad you were able to squeeze a little family vacation in there. We love getting away with just our little family.

Your desserts look delicious. Holy cow! I want one!

jamesandlindsaylattin said...

Fun to see all your trip pics. Matt, we expect a Newsies performance here in UT :). Owen is, as always, adorable.

dorothy said...

In the first picture at Bubba Gump's, Owen looks just like you (Nicki) when you were a baby!
He's getting so big and doing so much. Very cute!! So, who won the Giants vs. A's game? I'm so jealous of all you guys out there havng fun in CA! I miss it out there. At least I can look at your pics and imagine I'm there.
Oh, btw, I've never eaten at Bubba Gumps. How was that?

Lorna said...

Goodness! It looks like you guys had a great time! Owen is so adorable, I can't get over it! :) I hope you're rested up after all of that by now!