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Perfect Beach Day

November 28th, 2011 at 05:30 pm









I am so glad we made it to the beach yesterday.

First off, gas was significantly cheaper from last time we filled up. Yay!

We got to my folks house around noon and gave my mom her kindle (Christmas/Birthday present). She seemed to love it though we couldn't get their library system to work with it. Dh will figure it out. Or maybe it is just the library. Oh well!

We ate lunch at Burger King and it only took 45 minutes to get to the beach. Dh is definitely not a beach person, but with the short drive I realized it would be really easy to take the kids again. It was just a "Gee, this is a lot closer than I remembered!!" kind of moment.

We saw the monarch butterflies, and it wasn't all that exciting. There were a lot of them, yes. But they were all way up in the trees, so not much to see.

That said, the beach was AMAZING. I had never been to this particular beach, but it is definitely now my favorite.

The tide pools were amazing. We ended up getting there so late we stayed for the sunset and the low tide.

IT was crowded, which didn't bother me, BUT everyone and their brother was there to take pictures of the sunset. We moved away from the main picture focus to a little beach off to the side, and I heard someone say about my kids, "We should tell those kids to get out of the way." I could only think: Rolleyes Some of us were actually there to enjoy the beach and not just take pictures of it. Thankfully, they decided against asking the frolicking kids to get out of their way.

Of course, I figured we'd do Taco Bell for lunch and the deli for dinner - keep it cheap. BUT, my parents took us out to my favorite mexican restaurant for dinner. We might have gone anyway, but my birthday is this week so was an early birthday dinner.

All that, and we got home by 10pm.

Oh, and the weather was just perfect. I was questioning the weather report I saw because on the drive we mostly saw thick fog, both ways. But it was a very sunny and beautiful day at the beach, which is hard to come by. Thank goodness weather.com did not lie! Big Grin Since when is the land covered in fog and the beach clear and sunny? Bizarro! It's usually the opposite around here.

I have today off of work. & tomorrow I have a seminar. So, I have been very happy with this vacation. IT was kind of spontaneous, but I mostly prefer to stay close to home and keep it low key. As such, I definitely feel very refreshed! It was a very good call.

IF we have time, we might go to the art museum today. If not, we will maybe go Sunday instead. Today will mostly be a lazy day at home.

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Credit card closes on the 4th (Sunday) and so not much fiscal I have to do before then. At that point I should have a good sense of our 12/31/11 status.

When I get paid on Thursday I will pay the mortgage and the property taxes. The assessed value of our home went down about $7000, but the taxes went up with all the voted tax increases the past year.

My mom did slip me $40 for groceries on T-Day, per usual. Yay!

9 Responses to “Perfect Beach Day”

  1. Amber Says:

    I love the beach, I would spend hours there. When I met my BF he stated he has only been to the beach a handful of times (mind you, we both live about 7 minutes away from the beach). I was shocked. Glad you guys enjoyed your day

  2. Jenn Says:

    Beautiful pics! (even WITH a kid playing)

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. I forgot to say one thing that was so awesome about this beach was ample free parking!!

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Beautiful!

  5. Campfrugal Says:

    I love beaches, all kinds, crowded, secluded and in between.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing your photos. Smile Which beach was it? (If you don't mind.)

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Natural Bridges - just google santa cruz and monarch butterflies.

  8. Amber Says:

    Wow free parking? Nice Smile

  9. Looking Forward Says:

    I've been there before! Not when there were any butterflies though. My maternal grandma used to live in Aptos, so Santa Cruz and surrounding areas were a family vacation spot. Smile

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