We stumbled upon one of the highlights of our trip early morning of Day 8. Down the street from the condo is a lovely collection of tide pools. But, you have to get up early to view the sea life. Caroline and I left Blake to sleep in and took the kids to check them out.
Lainey had no problems picking up critters - dead or alive. Jack squealed at the sight of her doing so.
Good morning, starfish.
How fun to see all of this in person.....rather than behind aquarium glass. It was really a special experience.
Carter lead the pack.
Messy, sandy hands and cutie pie, Laine.
Caroline loved it as much as the kids. Me, too.
We even found Nemo's mask.
Caroline and I loved hearing them click, click, clicking away as they nervously awaited our departure.
Jack was fascinated.
I was thrilled to share this with the kids. I love a good theme park.....don't get me wrong.....but this was fantastic. Beautiful, natural, California.
Good morning, sea gulls.
Good morning, cute brothers.
Good morning peaceful and serene ocean.
Good morning, reality.
During the kids' naps, Donna and Cam came out to spend the afternoon with us. Donna brought tons of my grandmother's pictures.
After enjoying a juicy In 'N Out burger (totally lived up to the hype!), we looked through them.
It was a lot of fun to see old faces and tell stories and laugh. Lots of laughs. (Mainly about my hair in the late 80's.)
And, more about my goofy grandmother who always seemed game to pose with just about anyone or anything. We all miss her so much.
Later on that day, Caroline gave Lainey her first make up lesson.
She was thrilled to play and experiment. Aunt Caroline is so much fun.
Jack joined in the fun and tried on her shoes before dinner.
Love this pic......2 handsome Starnes men.
Dinner that evening at Seaport Village.
We enjoyed a last visit with Caroline before she departed the next morning.
What a trip, huh, Caroline? Definitely a favorite....and one for the record books.....thanks so much for sharing it with us!