Blake let me sleep this morning. Blake lets me sleep often in the morning. Add that to the long list of why I love this man.
After I woke, sent some emails and tidied up the vacant (but messy?) house, we switched roles and I took the kids out. Off to Oceanside Harbor for lunch and to look around.
Carter went old school with some fish and chips. Popcorn shrimp counts for him.
"Don't pitcher me!!!!!!"
Lainey went all coastal on me and got microwaved nachos. She's a local already.
Lunch spot. Not a bad place to spend a couple of hours.
I'm out of order here, so bear with me. Scenes from dinner....our second dinner picnic on the beach in a row. What have I tried to teach you, people? Become a tourist in your own town. You won't believe the loveliness lurking for you to find.
Giving Jack the skunk-eye.
Back to the car. Life is rough.
Sunset. I love California.
Ice cream party in our empty house upon returning.
In pure Starnes fashion, Lainey seeked out this oddity of a statue (Statue Kitty) and glommed onto her like never before. These two yahoos push this half-broken cement cat statue around our back yard like she's alive. Here is Lainey protesting that Jack gets to push.
Seriously? I don't know what's more disgraceful. The half bodied cat or the beat up stroller.
And, we're moving onto Pa.
Carter drew the lucky straw and got to sleep in the fancy hotel while we camped in our house night one. Here we are with the whole fam together at Oceanside Pier (near where Monica, fellow blogger, got engaged!!!!!!).
We treated Pa to a birthday lunch at Ruby's......with a lovely view......saw dolphins and such......so much fun to have him there for our inaugural hometown visit.
Birthday singing?! Who would have arranged that?! (Think that guy with the odd look might be re-thinking his career choice.)
Nervous Lainey. Most parents look forward to seeing their kids full of confidence and seemingly invincible. We look for these vulnerable moments when they appear unsure of themselves. It happens so rarely.
Sweet Pa. He and Lainey share a birthday.......one day apart.......the 14th and the 15th.
The fam. First pic, California style. Chaotic as usual.
Pa flew back to Texas and we've been hanging out here getting acclimated to life. Truck comes tomorrow (fingers crossed!) with our furniture. I spent 2 hours and $200 at Target today on stuff for the house. However, no amount of money could buy what we have carried from home to home to home.
Introducing.....the wind chime. When Carter was 2, we took our first trip to California. I'll never forget Blake sitting out on my grandmother's patio loving the weather. It was his first time here. We took a trip to San Diego (from Orange County) for a couple of days to go to Sea World and such.....and ate dinner in Old Town.
We bought this wind chime at a market. Seemed totally unrealistic at the time. But, Blake remarked, "Let's buy this now and when we move to California, we'll hang this in our first house."
Who knew? 7 years later and here we are.
My grandmother would be proud. I wish she were here.
Lots coming up........furniture (yeah!).......Aunt Donna visiting tomorrow.......and the weekend ahead.
I'm going to catch up on blogs soon. Missing you guys!