After a crazy summer when I had to wonder if the entire family had even been under the roof at the same time for more than a few days, we took off for sunny southern California for a week of uninterrupted family time. It was just what we needed and since we haven't seen much of each other and we truly enjoyed every minute of our together time (I couldn't believe it either - the kids actually did LIKE being with each other!). Our days were spent on the beach, in the pool, hanging out with friends (our good friends the Larsens were at their beach house the same week), playing tennis together, perusing surf shops, staying up late, and just general relaxation in that oh, so perfect seaside climate.
I made a little memory book last night and figured sharing this on the blog is a whole lot easier than downloading all those pics . . .
If planning a trip to SoCal with the family, I recommend staying here. It's our favorite place to stay - plenty of room for the family in the villa and just a beautiful resort.
For surf lessons in Huntington, call our new friend SAM - he was great, the kids loved him, and we all got up on surfboards!
If your kids want to see dolphins and even a whale, head to Dana Point and find Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari. We sailed through a pod of literally hundreds of dolphins while they swam and played alongside the catamaran - we loved every minute - more fun than SeaWorld.
Don't forget running on the beach - Crystal Cove State Park is perfect and just across the street from the resort . . .
my pics from an early morning run