For the past 4 years, we have been fortunate enough to live within a short driving distance to a beach. In England, we were a quick 15 minute subway ride from the North Sea, in Grenada, a 5 minute walk, and in New York, the beach of the Atlantic Ocean was our back yard! Now, we only live about a 2.5 hour drive to the beach, but it seems SO far compared to what we've been used to the past several years. I was getting an itch to see the ocean again so last weekend we took off and drove to the Central California Coast for the weekend. The Pacific Ocean was more beautiful than I remembered.
The boys had so much fun playing in the sand and water and we had a blast watching them :)
We also enjoyed visiting Solvang, a little Danish town about a half hour inland. One vendor made these delicious little Danish treats called Aebelskivers. YUM.
We went to a little park in Solvang called Hans Christian Anderson Park, where Jackson completed his first hike, all on his own!
After Solvang, we had the opportunity of visiting an old Spanish Mission. They restored it to how it looked in the 1800's and we learned so much from being there. You could really feel the history as you walked the grounds.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip. I really look forward to those times we can relax and have fun as a family without the little stressors of life nagging.