This was a really fun trip. We stayed at a little beach house for three nights. We spent a lot of time at the beach, went to a rodeo, and Mike took the kids out in our little boat to check out some sea lions hanging out across the bay. Our kids especially loved that we invited our friends the Madsens for a night. They have three kids of their own and were watching two little cousins for the weekend as well, so there were nine kids in all, but they were so good, got along great (maybe too great -- Daisy and the 6 year old cousin seemed loathe to part and kept assuring each other they could use their parent's email to communicate), and ohhh they had a great time. The weather up here is generally a little chilly at the ocean. I tried to brave a swim suit one day but ended up in a sweatshirt (in fact I pretty much always have that red sweatshirt on -- someone ought to buy me a new one). The kids, however, didn't seem to mind any amount of cold. Now for the pictures . . .
The friends arrive to splash in the waves, build ferocious sandy sea turtles, make dams, and just provide all around fun for our kids. . . . (This first pic is of Goldie with her best friend Ashton. She adores him and pretty much wants to be with him constantly. Mike and I joked that in a few years time we will not be inviting a boy that one of our daughters says she "loves" on any family over nighters).
Goodbye ocean . . . sniffle sniffle :(