Thursday, January 11, 2018

Really Random Thursday, 1/11/18

Oceano Dunes, part two.

Friday morning was spent digging in the sand.
Or reading.
Mark and I took a long walk on the beach.
You can tell the kids are growing up--next they spent a couple of hours in wetsuits. How have they grown up so quickly to this point??


The only way you can get this group to take a serious picture is to promise they can pose for a goofy picture next.















Ella wasn't keen on going into the water. But that's okay--we were content to watch from a distance.
Group pictures.



Around dinnertime, we built a fire.
The next morning, like nearly every other morning, the kids came up the stairs to our studio apartment and jumped on the bed. Really, I think one of the main reasons is so they can get a little extra screen time. But we're not complaining.
They played in the sand a little more before we were completely packed up. This series of pictures of Gabe is one of my favorites from the entire weekend. I'd love to know what was going through his head.




It is always fun to see what the kids write in the guest book.


We had lunch at Brooks Burgers in Pismo.
Aaron, Christa and the kids headed home. Mark and I headed to the Kon Tiki Inn in Pismo for another couple of days.

First it was foggy.
Then sunny.
The clouds in this picture are fascinating.
Too soon it was time to go home.
It rained off and on. We saw the beginning and end of a rainbow at the same time.

And meantime, my brother, Jeff, and his daughter, Elizabeth, were duck hunting in Nebraska. I just had to add these pictures.
Looking forward to Oceano Dunes in 2019.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Really Random Thursday: 1/4/18

For the fourth year in a row, we have rented this cool beach house in Oceano Dunes, on the central coast.

We arrived here yesterday. It sprinkled off and on. During the off times, it was beach time.

We were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset.

Today good friends, Jason and Jane, along with their kids, Grace and Jeremy, arrived, along with Stacie. I love this girl and her funny faces.
We had more rain. During those times, it was game on or reading in the house.




During any breaks in the rain, it was time to dig in the sand or eat lunch on the deck.



Gabe told me that he wanted to try wax bottles. They seem so retro so I was surprised he even knew about them. I was able to find some. Gabe seemed to like them.
Ella for the most part found them "disgusting."
As in past years, we headed to San Luis Obispo for dinner--pizza this year. 
Bubblegum Alley always seems less disgusting to the kids than the adults. Ugh.
The candy store sells salt water taffy in every flavor.
As well as some pretty questionable soda flavors.


We're hoping for more sun and less rain tomorrow. No matter what, it will be fun.