Sunday, July 22, 2012

Home Sweet Home...

Mine and Mel's kids at Ventura Beach
Blaine and I love California.  It is where we were both born and raised.  We will likely never live there again but it still feels like home every time we go back, mostly because I have great, life-long friends that we visit every time we are there.  We always stay with the Bryces.  They are always so welcoming and hospitable and really, they are like my family.  I think the kids might even think Alana is another Grandma.  Heather’s and Jenn’s kids are just like cousins to my kids and they always have fun playing together.  I also love getting together with my bestie from junior high and high school, Melanie.  Our kids get along great and I always regret that there isn’t more time on our California vacations for just hanging out!  One of the best things about “going home” is that no matter how long it has been since I’ve seen or talked to my California peeps, we just seem to pick right back up where we left off.  It always makes it soooooo hard to go back home to Colorado.    
Mel and I

Alyssa and Bella

Corralles burrittos on the beach...have we died and gone to heaven?

Alyssa, Bella, and Caleb

Beach Sisters!

Ez and Colby

Colby and cute!

The cutie pies on Ventura Pier

After an awesome day at the beach, we spent another great day visiting Ojai where Blaine grew up.  Here we are nearly getting attacked by ducks and geese at Lake Casitas.

And of course, we had to spend a day in Santa Barbara.  Riding the surrey took a bit of coordination but was a lot of fun.  

 The kids couldn't resist the ocean and took a dip in their clothes!
 We also got to hang out with my brother and his wife.  Here are some cousin pics...  
Tally, Cali, and Bella

Thayne and Ez

Fun with the Bryce kids

Heather and I...we had gone for a run together that morning.  Maybe it wasn't fair of me to take a pic of us after I had showered and she hadn't.  Either way, we were about to leave for the airport and I haven't taken a picture of the two of us together for years!

I'm pretty sure that I will be California dreamin' for the rest of my life...Thanks for a great vacation, friends!

1 comment:

Melanie said...

I am so glad you guys had beautiful weather while you were here! Even though I wish we were closer, I love that our kids still know each other through pictures and birthdays :)