Anyways...on to the pictures!!
I snapped this picture of Tanya as we were walking to the beach...I don't think she knew that I took it, but I loved it...seeing her dress blowing in the breeze with that beautiful ocean in front of her and the white sand behind her...love it!
My cutie patootie, Sweet Pea, kept building her princess castles too close to the water...
...and it kept getting washed away, but that didn't stop her from building it again...and totally enjoying the process!!
Although, that didn't last too long...she got tired of building castles and went looking for cookies...and she found them!!
So like I said, we made camp by this wall...that was a really cool backdrop for some pictures. I snapped a pic of the girls as they were walking in front of it.
Then I asked them to pose...and THIS is what I got!! Is that really a 10 year old and a 6 year old?!
And then Mac wanted to get in on the poses in front of the wall...and for the life of her WOULD NOT stop eating that chip!!
And again...that chip!!
And what were "the boys" doing all this time? Why, enjoying that water of course!! Yes, Mike did brave the cold Northern California waters to boogie board! And Frank laughed at him most of the time because of the faces and sounds he made when the cold waves hit him.
And Tanner was facing his own waves...I have to admit that I'm REALLY proud of him...he started out deathly afraid of water, and now he's letting waves up past his stomach wash over him!!
And as it usually does this time of year down here...the weather changed from sunshiney and warm to overcast and a little chilly...you can see the clouds rolling in here.
So, Mike retired from boogie boarding, for the time being, and started up the grill. Sweet set-up, eh?
Mac and Pumpkin retired to a little cozy shelter we set up, to warm their little buns...
Ace and Sweet Pea went off to build sand castles...
As did Monkey...
And apparently, Sweet Pea was very...VERY impressed by his sandcastle building talents!!
Dinner turned out AWESOME!!! Mike always does a great job on the grill!!
Pumpkin got a little smoke in her eye...
And what's a beach party without watermelon?
It got a little colder...
Sweet Pea made a cute little friend her age...he totally followed her around all over the place!! Ah, young love;)
And Mike, for some reason, braved the cold Northern California waters again to ride the waves...although, I must admit, there were some good waves out there.
And since there were no fireworks allowed on the beach, or most of the other areas in Monterey County because of all the crazy wildfires...we had to make do. Or actually, our neighbours on the beach helped out. They brought these glow sticks...you know you remember wearing them around your neck:) and they all took turns throwing them up in the air and then running around after them...fun times, fun times!!
So, that was pretty much it. The kids were OUT within 2 minutes of getting in the car, a good time was had by all...and we didn't get to the beach and think of anything that we forgot:)