On Thursday, Caroline and I met our California fam at the beach. It was Donna's birthday, so we celebrated in style with Key Lime cupcakes. I didn't even know they were her favorite.
Damn, I'm good.
My sweet Aunt Donna:
Her son and my cousin, Cam. Love this kid. Erin, his sister, is wreaking havoc in Europe at the moment, so we missed her company. Uncle Bob, too.
Home for naps and then a visit to the pier.
I love sunsets over the water.
It was busy, folks. Summer time in California.
I want this bike.
Love Jackie holding hands with Caroline via the stroller.
We are obviously down with laziness in this house.
Oh, save it.
Our kids are on the go more than most.
Let them ride in strollers, I say.
We watched fisher
men people fishing.
And, took in all the beauty of the Oceanside Pier. I love it. Love that we live so close to something so completely foreign to us.
While Caroline and I ordered (my first no-carb burger, btw.....20 pounds lost!)......the punks put together these cardboard kits provided by Ruby's. And, they all recognized the Griswold car.
I raised them right, yo!
Ruby's Diner as been around for a while.
Carter fit the bill with his hipster hat and trendy specs.
Our return walk was in the dark and we stopped to see some of the old photos on the pier. Super cool.
Visited the Sunset Market as it was closing and then returned home.
This critter came by for a visit. He's a hungry guy. I was tempted to make him dinner.
At some point during Caroline's trip, we assembled one of our new gardens.....pics in a previous post.
And, a few days later.....we can already see a sprout!
We took more naps. Everyone wants to be next to Carowine.
On her last night here, we had the neighborhood kids over for s'mores and friendship bracelets.
Caroline made her own version as I taught the kids mine.
Oh, how I coveted these tiny wraps of thread. I was pretty much a bad ass in middle school.....making bracelets galore.
Jack took it upon himself to create the largest marshmallow possible.....by burning it to a crisp.
Saturday morning arrived too soon.
And, we had to say goodbye to "Caro-slime".
In our usual routine.......we stopped by Fashion Valley to shop a bit.
I am in love with the Sun Diego store.
Maui Babe lotion
Must buy this yellow shirt before Florida for Blake.
Went into the Disney store for the first time in a long time. I never understood why I didn't like this store.......it was fun when it first arrived (even though they wouldn't hire me - I was DYING to wear the Minnie cheerleader uniform). Then, a few years later, it seemed to go downhill.
Well, it's back, people. The magic is back. I asked the associate how the store had changed and she said it was bought back by Disney. The Children's Place owned it for a while.
Not all Disney stores are transformed yet.......but the one we went in was a flagship version of things to come.
So, what's next?
A mound of to-do lists on my desk. Staring me in the face as I write this.
"To Do before Los Angeles"
"To Do before Destin"
"To Do before Phish in August"
"To Do before school starts"
Kids are in Vacation Bible School this evening and for the remainder of this week. It's a nice little summer break for all of us.
I have to do the following in the next 2 days:
*make dentist appts
*confirm surf camp schedule and registration
*pack for the punks
*pack for me
*get Blake to pack for himself
2 nights/3 days in L.A. kid-less.
I can't freaking wait.
(We're not allowed to say 'freaking' in our house, so I have to here.)