Saturday, May 29, 2010

Beach Camping Part

After two nights at the beach we were by no means ready to go....but it was time. However, since the kids didn't really get to "play" at the beach we decided to head up the road to our favorite beach spot and spend the day there. We took the kids to our favorite fish and chips restaurant and then we headed down to the beach for a day of fun , sun, water and sand.

Jay and the kids built a sand castle and then baby zilla came and destroyed it!

After all that hard play we changed back into clothes and walked over to Cold Stone for some very yummy ice cream.
Then it was time to head back to Jutem's. Jay and I got our crew all settled down and then we were able to sneak and go out to dinner, just the two of us! On Wednesday we were able to go to my other favorite place in San Diego....SeaPort Village. I love, love, love SeaPort Village. We packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed it on the grass under the big, tall trees. It was beautiful!

Aunt Jutem getting ready to take all the kiddos on the Carousel.

Family Picture.

Thursday it was time to head home but we still weren't ready! ;) So we decided to head that direction and camp one more night. We stayed at a campground in Alpine, near the Vejas Outlet malls. What more could a woman ask for, camping and shoping! LOL Jutem and the kids came and spent the day with us since Brian was driving to get Chance. We just relaxed, played at the park, went for a walk, cooked dinner, roasted s'mores one last time and then that night we played cards together.
A picture of the 3 Amigos before we left Jutem's house.

Beautiful Views!

We did finally make it home Friday evening after some shopping at the outlet malls!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Beach Camping Part 2

After Church Sunday we came back to Jutem's house, loaded up and headed out to South Carlsbad State Beach. It is only about 15 minutes from their house. The camping is up on a bluff above the beach. So we backed the motor home into our spot and this first picture here was our view from the bed of the motor home:

How incredible is that!

We got our camping area all set up and then took a walk down to the beach. We had to just stay at the bottom of the stairs because the tide was really coming in high and close.

Setting up Jutem and Brian's tent.

Our picnic table and fire pit.


WA... WA... (Notice the jackets it was great!!)

Anastasia and Chance aren't they beautiful!!

My beautiful daughter

Going for our walk.

Down the steps to the ocean.

Sunday afternoon we only took a quick walk then came back up to watch the georgeous sunset. Brian grilled us some steaks, Jay played his guitar, we of course made s'mores and then we all went to bed pretty early.

Monday was filled with looong walks along the beach, roasting hot dogs, just hanging out and even napping. It was wonderful.

Notice our motor home at the top of this picture.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Beach Camping Is The Best!! (Part 1)

Isn't this beautiful?! We got to experience this georgeous sunset two nights in a row. (We would have glady experienced it many, many more!) We went beach camping for the first time and it was awesome. We headed over to San Diego early, early (like 4am early) on a Saturday morning. We were very blessed in being able to borrow a friend's motor home! The 4 big kids slept in it Friday night so Jay and and I just had to wake up, add two more sleeping children to the mix, and start driving. So even the trip driving over was adventerous. The kids of course thought it was great getting to walk around and I thought it was great not having to stop every hour for Alexa to use the potty! LOL

Waking up time to eat some breakfast.

Let sleeping babies sleep!!

Anastasia just relaxing!

Look at her hair! :)

Nap time.

We arrived to Jutem's early Saturday afternoon and spent the afternoon just hanging out.
She had a gift for each of the kids that they all eagerly opened:

They were beach towels that fold and turn into a backpack. She wrote each of the kids names on theirs. These are very cool!

Next we had to get pictures of all the cousins together. Chance was only going to get to stay with us until Sunday afternoon. They are acutally all looking the same direction in this picture. I don't have to tell you how many we had to take. :)

WOW 9 cousins from 2 siblings. There's no telling how many grandchildren Jay and I will have. LOL.

Sunday morning we all went to church together and here are some cute pictures of them all before church:

Stay tuned for part 2 of beach camping.....