Sunday, January 25, 2015

Der Der + Lo Lo

 Derek and Loren spent the last half of their "babymoon" (before Henry is born) here last week.

We met at Big Basin State Park to find some redwoods.

It was so pretty.
But it's hard to top Northern California in the redwoods department.

So for me, this trip was all about the mushrooms.

Ok, some trees, too.

On our way home we went to the Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz.
You're looking at the best fresh mint 'n chip ice cream ever.
Topped with salted caramel chocolate.
In a home-made waffle cone.
And toasted marshmallow fluff on top.

1/19 - MLK Day

Kids had to go back to school the next day.
(and I wasn't complaining - Justin was doing reserves at Camp Pendleton and they had been pretty crazy).

 We had the best day at Bixby Bridge, Garrapata, Point Lobos, and Tommy's Wok. 
Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.

This place isn't ugly.

 Wild calla lilies, and extra muddy mud, at Garrapata.

After school, we put off homework and went to the Lover's Point tide pools.
Derek pried that sucker off a rock.
So hideous and awesome at the same time.
Can't believe people love to eat those.
Loren found a great abalone shell, too.
We never find either of those ourselves.


Before Derek and Loren left to catch their flight, we had to go to the aquarium.
(picture credit goes to Loren)

At first I questioned Derek and Loren spending part of their kid-free trip in our house full of kids.
But I'm glad they did.
We got fun visitors and they got to see this pretty, pretty place.
(and after our mad house, they'll probably appreciate their quiet house with little Jackson even more)


Torgersons said...

You live in such a pretty place. It seems like those pictures should be from some exotic island or something.

Loren Nicole said...

Aww I love this post! The one of Derek and Auggie at the bridge should be framed.

Loren Nicole said...

By the way we loved visiting you guys! :)

The Watkins said...

I love that first one, with the sun glare and all the mushroom pictures. I know I'm sounding redundant, but I can't help myself. You are amazing.

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