Aack!! I went on vacation intending to update my blog to tell y’all I would be gone for a few days, only to forget completely about doing so!! Everything is fine, we are all well, and in fact we are all tan and relaxed and fantastic. We spent five days at Ben’s family’s house on Catalina Island soaking up some sun and down time with Ben, Aunty Mop, Lily Jane, Devon, Richard and Luke. We spent a lot of time talking, cooking, eating, drinking, wandering around town, swimming, and simply relaxing. Here is a sampling of the myriad of moments I caught on camera.
Ben, Richard, and Monkey shape their sandy vision with some hard work and water
Ben and Lee add to the Sand Castle version of Catalina’s Casino (while Luke reads a book)
Monkey dashes between beach and castle, ever ready to assist with sand dampening
Aunty Mop and Lily Jane march into the water Mommy and Otter catch a few waves
There was more, there is always more. I caught 337 pictures of the vacation, so I will not be posting all of them. However, there were many moments of baby cuteness between Lily and Otter, along with some more beach fun, so I will likely toss a few more up tomorrow.
I was a little apprehensive about going on this trip, because the last time I went Nick was along and I was a little afraid his absence would be glaring and painful. It really wasn’t. I was able to remember the fun we had, feel a pang or two, and then relax and enjoy the days with the people I love. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends. It was a real joy to catch up with them and just slow down for a while. I didn’t want to return to the real world.
Tomorrow I will share with you my take of the travel day from hell, along with more stories of island bliss. Sorry I didn’t alert you to my vacation beforehand. I am touched to have been checked in with as much as I have, thanks for caring so much about me!!