To the Beach and Back

I love the Fourth of July. 
And this was one of my favorites yet. The girls and I drove down to California on Wednesday afternoon to stay with Merrick’s family. Bart drove in from Arizona, and the next afternoon, my parents arrived too. 
We did it all – two trips to the beach (where I got sunburned for the first time in probably five years, and cursed myself all weekend for it), a parade, an outdoor dinner, a walk through downtown and to the pier, and a late-night trip to the beach with sleepy children to watch fireworks over the ocean. 
I also took two naps and read a book and a half. 
It was, basically, a perfect weekend. 
(Except for the creepy opossum that kept slinking around Merrick’s back patio in the evenings while we were visiting after all the children were in bed. I could have done without him). 

(An hour before dinner, my mom and I whipped up a set of these stars and had my dad hang them above the table. They are one of my favorite super-cheap, super-impressive decorations).

Ella was the only child brave enough to try out a sparkler. I think she liked it.

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  • Reply Ash July 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I love these pictures! The only thing that comes close to time with siblings is time with cousins =)

  • Reply Rebecca Lately July 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    It looks like it was an awesome weekend!

  • Reply Betsy July 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I tried a sparkler for the first time this July 4th. I'm 39. I'd say Ella is extra, extra brave!

  • Reply Lauren July 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful photos! So festive! And so adorable that Ella was the only kid who would try a sparkler!

    Lauren |

  • Reply Peaceful Reader July 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    What an idyllic setting to celebrate the 4th! Ella is spunky to try the sparkler!

  • Reply Camille Millecam Whiting July 10, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Awesome pics!

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