The seventh day of our vacation we found ourselves at the beach again. This time we went to the beach in the afternoon for some play time in the water in between nap time and dinner time. The rest of the day we had bummed around the city and enjoyed spending another quiet day with the kids.
The 6th day of our vacation was a relaxing one. We took the kids to the beach in the morning for day in the sun and on the sand. On our way to the beach we stopped at vons to grab sandwiches, fruit and water for the clan to have for lunch. My daughter loves being at the beach. Can you tell? In this photo, she is being at one with the ocean environment.
My son on the other hand has this weird thing with dirt and being dirty. He also wasn’t a fan of the waves. He had to stick close to my side on a towel so he wouldn’t get dirty. When we were ready to each lunch he refused to eat until we took him to the showers to wash off. Gotta love his desire to be clean, but its border line obsessive.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for nap time. After nap time, we took the kids to Santa Barbara. We walked around in the down town area and stopped a two different breweries to enjoy their happy hour treats. It was a nice, relaxing day.
Vacation day number 5 was a packed day for us and the kids. They enjoyed every minute of it. This is one of my favorite photos from our vacation too.
On this day, we drove to the Santa Barbara area to visit the merry go round with the kids. My daughter loves to sit on the horses all by herself. My mom sat on one next to her. I tried to get my son to sit on one while I held him, but he is a little more timid so I sat on a bench with him. My husband sat at a table next to the merry go round and took photos of us as we passed by.
After the merry go round we walked to this pirate park. The kids loved it. Some of the toy structures squirted water at regular intervals. They would walk up to it and wait for the water and then run away while screaming when they got squirted. It was pretty funny.
We left the park for a visit to the sea center on the pier. The kids loved seeing all the fish at the sea center. My daughter especially loved visiting the touch tanks. The sea stars were her favorite. She is not shy when it comes to exploring through touch. My son on the other hand, a little more timid at this point still.
Then we had lunch at Union Ale our favorite brewery in Santa Barbara. Since the kids were getting tired, we took them back to the hotel for a nap after lunch. Upon waking from their naps, we took them to the beach for the rest of the afternoon until it was time for dinner.
For dinner we ate at Cabos, also a place we frequent when we travel here. We sat on the patio and relaxed over a Mexican food dinner with margaritas. It was a fun day!
Our last day of vacation before heading home. We took the kids for a walk along the beach after breakfast, before checking out of the hotel and packing up the car. We took some cheerios from breakfast to feed the birds. I had fun taking photos of the kids and the birds. This one bird happened to be taking flight just as I snapped off the photo.
I’ll blog more about the weekend and post more photos on the kid’s blog later this week.
Today’s photo was taken nice and early. Since my mom was staying in our hotel room with us, I asked her if she wanted to get up early to catch the sunrise. I have always wanted to get some pictures of the beach as the sun was coming up. Daddy stayed in bed with the kids while we snuck out. Both of us took our cameras with us and took some photos. There were many that I loved, but this was the one I liked the best.