This morning I woke to the sounds of rain on the roof, and a tiny girl making happy noises from the pillow next to me. Justin had gone into work early so it was just the two of us snuggled together in the quietness of the morning.
Hard to believe it was only a week ago that I was rising early to get us packed and ready for our annual Pajaro Dunes getaway. It’s even harder for me to believe that this is the 8th year we have made the same trek to be with family and cousins at the beach. My in-laws started the tradition when my oldest was the same age as my youngest is now. Each year, Dad and Mom W. rent a house by the beach for 4 days and three nights. All the aunts, uncles and cousins converge under one roof, and for days we do nothing but eat, play, and run on the beach. It’s always loud and crazy but so much fun!
This was Miss P’s first trip
I think one of the things the kiddos love best is waking up to their cousins every morning. The way they play and pile all over each other reminds me of a litter of puppies. Watching them all eat also reminds me of a litter of puppies
The afternoons at the beach are usually very windy. The babies nap as the big kids play upstairs. Sometimes they all head down to the tennis courts with the men, while we ladies enjoy a bit of shopping in Santa Cruz!
Saturday, in the wee hours of the morning Justin and I woke to the one thing parents dread waking up to… “Mom. Dad. I threw up.” Yes, J came down with the stomach flu. We confined him in our little room, trying to keep him away from the other kids. He was so disappointed to be missing out on the fun! By Sunday he was feeling good enough to join the rest of the family upstairs.
Sunday morning we woke up to rain. The kids gathered in the little sun room to eat their breakfast. Normally we would try to squeeze in one last trip down to the beach, but this time we packed up right after breakfast.
We loaded the van with dirty clothes, sandy toys, and very tired children. We took with us happy memories and we look forward to making many more!