***my computer died. we are still mourning it’s loss – hence the lack of posting the last couple of weeks. I still don’t have any good photo editing software 🙁
Back in the first week of October the stars aligned and we met most of the Taylor family in Oceanside, CA (we missed you Aubs’s family and Katie!)The kids were very excited for their first trip in our new car. I was terrified I was going to break something, I really shouldn’t have nice cars. Side note, the car beeps if you are trying to change lanes and there is something there — basically – a “don’t hit that!” warning – scared me to death every. time. There is always something there on California freeways, just sayin.Low tide was amazing. Shallow for days. Great for boogie boarding and for the 11 kids that we had with us.
The first day was a little rough. A lost wallet, lost backpack, lost glasses, the oldest two cousins went out a little too deep and had to be rescued… but after that we got things a little more figured out.
The sand brought a lot of joy.
In case no one every told you. October is THE BEST time to go to the beach in California. It’s as warm if not warmer than July without all the crowds. Heaven.This last castle was pretty elaborate.Some of the cousins are looking way too old.Josh had a blast with Lexie – we don’t get to see them nearly enough. The older kids stayed in the water for approximately 6 hours a day.
There was no shortage of people willing to hold new baby Ethan.Wave jumping.Boys have way too much energy for hotel rooms for any length of time.I loved this restaurant that Jake and Jess took us too. So many familiar dishes. Sometimes I miss the Middle East.A series of Anna surfing. So proud of this chica.The brothers were excited to watch a Utes game together. (The girls watched Footloose in the other room.)It was intense.Very intense.Whew. They scored!We ended with lunch at Pizza Port in San Clemente on the way home. Delicious
Grammy catching her first wave… and then getting taken out by a surf board.
The adults “who can ride a wave on your boogie board the furtherst” contest.
Lots of Bocci Ball
Going to the Gemology Institute
Me catching a legitimate at least 1 ft tall wave on a surf board.. why is no one every watching and taking pictures when you’re the Mom:)
And I would like to thank Amy and Patrick for making it all possible by letting us borrow all their beach stuff. 🙂