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