We did it up Buffkin-style this weekend with our friends from my time at University of Maryland, College Park. Jeffery was my campus minister and he and his family became close friends. We were so excited to have them stay for a few days.
We scored some free tickets to the aquarium thanks to my neighbor posting it on her homeschool online forum. I was so excited to be able to go with them. We piled into our vehicles on a gorgeous, clear, Saturday morning and battled the crowds. We enjoyed some huge bowls of clam chowder for lunch and returned to the aquarium to wrap it up. Afterwards we headed home for some downtime.
Our lunch lookout.
Jeff and Seth keep Vi busy next to the penguin exhibit.
Melanie and I penguin it up!
Megan and Seth show Violet a little lady bug. All of their kids were so helpful and sweet with Violet; just a joy to be around. It kept Vi busy and happy during the long day together.
The crew, take 2!
That evening we loaded up the vehicles again, but this time for the beach. We made a fire on the beach in Carmel and roasted our dinner. It turned out perfectly thanks to all the helping hands and Daniel's logistical genius. We had everything we needed and more. What a great night!
Playing in the sand kept our girl very busy and incredibly gritty. A large amount of sand was consumed by Violet that night.
The fog started rolling in when we got there but it didn't damper our evening. It only made the fire more cozy. There were about 30 fires on the beach and once it got dark we had a nice glowing beach to gaze at.
The next morning we took it easy as they packed up after their California vacation and got some In-n-Out burgers for lunch. They really are a yummy fast food chain. I am not just saying that to rub it in to those east of Nevada. It is a special west coast thing. I guess it makes up for not having a Chick-fil-a out here. We said our farewells that afternoon as they headed up to San Francisco to fly out that evening.
What a special time with our dear friends. We look forward to the next get-together. We know it will be sooner since we will be living in the same state this fall! Woohoo! Thanks for including us in your visit. We loved having you here.