Kickin' Off Summer in California: Beach Days!

We kicked off summer over Memorial Day weekend with a trip to California to visit family!  I always enjoy going "home," but more so, I enjoy sharing my favorite things (and people!) with the two little boys--and the one big boy--I love most.  So much joy and happiness.

We arrived in San Diego last Wednesday afternoon.  After checking into our hotel (Parents, take note, you can't beat the convenience of the Hilton Homewood Suites.  The boys slept in one room on the pull-out bed while we slept in the other room!) we headed straight over to Coronado to play on the sandy shores there.

I totally didn't expect the boys to go swimming at all--it was getting late and the air a little cool--but Jed took to the water like a regular fish!  He ran in and out of the surf and jumped over the waves with the biggest grin and contagious excitement.  Levi, on the other hand, preferred to play in the warm sand.  The waves actually made him nervous!  It wound up being a wonderful evening and the perfect way to begin our family vacation.

 ^^Bron and Levi checking out the water for the first time^^
^^Trying boogie boarding for the very first time.  Funny story: two guys came up to us at the beach and offered us a pair of boogie boards.  They were headed home on a plane the next day and couldn't take the boards with them.  Come to find out, they were from our home town here in Idaho!  Small world.^^
 ^^Playing in and yes, totally eating the sand too.^^
^^With his blonde curls and fun-loving attitude, I swear this kid was born in the wrong state. I think he's meant to be a California surfer! Ha!^^

On Sunday we headed to Huntington beach, just the four of us.  Unfortunately, it was a bit cool and overcast (So sad, we hit the wrong weekend for warm sunny weather!) but we spent a few hours happily playing in nature's giant sandbox, complete with endless water.  The boys were in heaven!  Bron helped Jed carve a long ditch that filled up when the tide came in.  And it was the first time the boys let us bury them up to their chins in sand.  Classic.  The sun did come out that afternoon, but by that time, Levi was falling apart (potty accident) and ready for a nap.  Oh well.  There will be a next time.

I am so glad we got to spend so much family time at the beach and make a bunch of fun memories together.  It makes my heart happy.

 ^^Jed decided he wanted to eat his lunch while buried in the sand.^^

Stay tuned... more posts and lots more pictures from our trip to come!

1 comment

  1. I loooove these beach photos and am obsessed with the coloring you've used here. The 7th photo is definitely my favorite. Glad you had a nice vacation back home :)


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