This time I have a good reason for not having posted lately. We’ve been on holiday – and a lovely one at that! We just spent two weeks driving, playing at the ocean, visiting our dear family and friends and enjoying some time away together. We all loved our trip, and have come home with many wonderful memories (along with four hundred pictures!) It was a TON of driving – we drove the whole way to the California coast and back, and also quite a bit throughout, but I think the girls did great for so many hours in the car! We spent our first week together at a lovely little Bed & Biscuit in Pescadero, CA – the very first time the girls have seen the ocean! In reading Milly Molly Mandy Goes To The Sea so many times, we often remember how land-locked we are, yet we desire our girls to share our love of the ocean. It was a chilly 57 degrees all week, but we loved it nonetheless. We waded, played in the sand, and explored tide pools together – it really was quite refreshing, as we’ve never officially taken a family vacation before.
After our seaside week, we spent a bit over another week visiting different friends and family here and there, a couple days at a time. It was such a wonderful experience to share in our friends’ homes for a little while – there is something special I have learned from each of them. The girls enjoyed sleeping in everything from "princess beds" in the B & B, to sleeping bags, shared bunks with friends, sisters, or mom and dad, car seats, even big couch cushions! It was a great way to learn some fun flexibility and have different adventures every night! I think we’ve come home with a more mellow baby, as the trip seemed to help Alyssa learn to "go with the flow" a bit more. We also got to celebrate her first birthday in California, and we did so by taking the girls to our old favorite Ice Cream spot (Leatherby’s), and letting them all have banana splits for dinner! They were pretty bouncy that night!
It was also wonderful to return and realize how much we love our little home. We’re all settled back in now, and getting ready to start school quite soon. Here are some of the many, many, many California pictures we came home with:
Isabelle and Daddy finding some waterfalls on the drive out there.
The Big girls’ princess bed in the B & B
The Little Princess Bed
Ah, beautiful ocean! Naomi liked wearing her purple hat, to keep the sand out of her pretty braids! And Alyssa enjoyed trying to eat some of that afore-mentioned sand!!
Matt loves finding starfish
While daddy took the bigger/more adventurous girls exploring, I played in the sand with the three littles. Here’s my attempt to get a picture of us all in our fun giant sandbox!
I guess Juli takes after daddy, as she liked the starfish, too – don’t worry, we put them back into the water (I think!)
Did I mention it was freezing!
I’ll try to post more from the trip when I get a chance . . . .