Sunday, January 4, 2009
7 days in beach heaven....
We have returned home after spending a great and memorable week on the Central Coast in Cambria. We went with our friends Dave and Debbie, and their two children Sean and Allison, to Cambria and rented a beach house on Moonstone beach. We were across the street from the beach and in our rented house you could hear waves crashing from every room. That is my kind of house!!! Dave's sister Jenn and her boyfriend Paul also joined us a few days into the week. This has become somewhat of a tradition for us, spending New Year's at the beach with our good friends and after another fun year, a tradition I am sure will continue.
Our week started with some wine tasting on the way over to Cambria, specifically a VIP tasting in the underground caves of Eberle Winery. Now, wine tasting with children you may say? Ah, we were oh so lucky to have Ms. Tabitha with us who was one of Alex's former pre-school teachers. She came as our babysitter for the first two days so we could have some adult time. She rocked and the kids loved her.
After we tasted a bit and got settled into our house the four adults (Jenn & Paul hadn't arrived yet) went to our favorite seafood restaurant, The Sea Chest, and consumed many oysters and a bit more wine. We stayed within walking distance this year so we were lucky to just walk on home afterwards.
On Tuesday we also got a limo and took a trip through the wine country (with no kids) and checked out a few more of our favorite wineries. As usual it was a rip roaring fun time tasting and riding through Cambria's wine country in style. Our limo driver, Charlie, was awesome and took excellent care of us.
The kids were thrilled to be at the beach but unfortunately Amelia was a little sick at the start of the week, but she is now doing much better. She loved the sink in the beach house's kitchen and had a blast playing with the other kids. She also took advantage of the coffee table in the living room and worked on her crawling and standing techniques....I fear walking is going to coming our way quickly with her.
Alex and Sean (who are only 3 months apart) fought like brothers all week long and drove us parents crazy, but they had so much fun together. I can see they will be close friends in the future. Sean also just loved Amelia and was so sweet to her.
I really enjoyed some time to just relax and be at the beach with good friends and good wine. I also read 2 books I'd been wanting to read and am now very into the while 'Twilight' book series. I can't put them down!
One day Paul and the kids and I took a little trip into Cayucos, a nearby beach town, to check out their beach. They had a swing set right there on the beach and Alex just thought it was wonderful.
As the week wound down we started to hear about cold foggy weather in Clovis and were sad to leave the beach. The picture below was taken off our balcony at sunset, which was a beautiful one for our last night there.
I hope everyone out there had a wonderful New Year's and started 2009 off great! I am off to take down Christmas decorations (sigh) and then off for a run to lose those last pesky pregnancy pounds (one of my New Year resolutions of course)!