Away We Went

Six days and five nights at the beach, just us, relaxing and playing together.  It was exactly what our busy schedule needed.

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Those first few days at the beach the wind beat at us relentlessly.  It didn’t keep the kiddos out of the water, but we only managed to stay down on the beach for an hour at a time, before we’d run back to the condo to get dry and warm.InAnOrchard

The evenings are so beautiful.  Throwing on sweatshirts and running down to the sand to watch the sun sink into the ocean, is pretty much the perfect way to end each day.InAnOrchard

Sunday morning we woke up to the perfect day.  The wind was just a pleasant breeze, the sun was warm on our shoulders and heated the sand beneath our feet.InAnOrchard

We played in the water until our toes got too cold and then sat in the warm sand to get dry and warm again.  InAnOrchard

Miss E wanted to try the boogie board this year.  She loved it!  Waiting for just the right wave, hopping on the board and riding it all the way back to the sand. She’d jump up with a grin and was doing it all over again!InAnOrchard

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I love her playful and adventurous spiritInAnOrchard

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We spent all of Sunday and Monday on the beach.  We’d wander up to the condo in time to eat a meal, nap the baby, and then back down again.InAnOrchard

Tuesday morning was a different story.  We woke up to gray skies and an amazing breakfast made by Daddy.  Justin got up and made the most delicious chorizo breakfast burritos.  So good!!InAnOrchard

Since the beach was a little too cold and gray we decided to do some hiking around Point Lobos, just outside of Carmel.  InAnOrchard

Unbeknownst to us, this is the time of year that the Harbor Seals and the Sea Lions flock to Point Lobos to give birth to their pups.  We got to peek at several newly born seal pups.   InAnOrchard

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We hiked two trails and then stopped to have a picnic lunch next to one of the coves.  InAnOrchard

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There’s also a small museum on Point Lobos telling it’s history, which included a small Whaling Company that used to hunt Whales just off the point.InAnOrchard

The boys stopped frequently to look for Sea Otters.  Sadly we never spotted even one otter. InAnOrchard

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After we left Point Lobos, on a whim we decided to visit the Mission at Carmel.  J has been studying California Missions this year at school and he was excited to see one in person.InAnOrchard

The Mission is a beautiful sight to behold.  The garden and grounds are amazing!InAnOrchard

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Not to mention the artistry of the building itself.InAnOrchard

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The challenge of staying at the beach in a smallish condo, is keeping the kiddos occupied when we aren’t on the beach.  Sometimes the quarters seemed a little too close.
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We did our best to go on walks, take advantage of the basket ball and tennis courts, watch movies, play board games, and put together puzzles.  But there’s no getting around the fact that we also spent a percentage of the time getting on each other’s nerves :) InAnOrchard

The path around the duck pond behind the condos, was a little wet in places, not that the children minded in the least bit.InAnOrchard

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We finally said goodbye to the beach.  The children all had long faces the night before we left.  Each of them saying “I don’t want leave yet!”  But that next night when I tucked them in their own beds and kissed their foreheads they each sighed, and smiled and said, “It’s good to be home mom.”

I couldn’t agree more.

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