Friday, September 30, 2011

Vacation: Day 6

 This was, by far, my most favorite day of vacation.  Everything went so memorable and peaceful.  It was one of those days that I'll remember for the rest of my life.  A day that 'The Hubs' and I will talk about years down the road.  "Remember that one day on our Newport vacation?"  "Yeah, that was the best day."

We hopped in the car and drove south on PCH with the windows rolled down, taking in the salty air.  We grabbed some lunch in Laguna and 'The Hubs' took us to a park on the Dana Point cliffs for a little picnic.  The kids ran around and we took in the beautiful ocean view.

The gorgeous harbor.

 Subway, again.  What can I say?

It wasn't long before this one took off.

We let 'The Littles' play on the playground for a bit before heading to the beach.  We decided on Salt Creek, an old favorite for both of us.  It was the beach I went to most often growing up and 'The Hubs' did a lot of surfing there back in the day.  If only we had remembered how steep that darn hill is that you must walk down and back up with armfuls of beach toys while pushing strollers.  At least we got a workout in.

 'The Hubs' and 'The Boy' played with some other family's bean bag toss game for a while (don't worry...they asked first).

Meanwhile, 'Munchkin' got her head trapped in the sand toy bag.

 And she modeled Daddy's sunglasses.  By the end of the trip, those things were so played with, they ended up in the trash.

 These two went for a little jog...and she giggled the whole way.

Then, we got to the business of collecting "crabbies"...

 One little, two little "crabbies"...

They don't make them this big where we come from.

'Munchkin' was totally into it.  Too bad she hammered the "crabbies" before they made it to the bucket.

 This one...not a fan.  He splashed in the water and rolled in the sand instead.

 In true 'Munchkin' fashion...she took off again.

 A self portrait.  This would be great except that the way the wind was blowing made me look way bigger than I am.

That night, we took 'The Littles' to the Irvine Spectrum for dinner and some fun.  We hadn't been there since 'The Boy' was a toddler and we knew they would love every second of it.  Of course we ran into someone I knew from high brother's prom date.

We ate dinner at Johnny Rockets...

 ...went for a ride on the carousel...

...made some new friends at the pet store...

 She loves doggies!

 And he wanted to take home a hamster.  That didn't happen.

...we ate dessert at Golden Spoon...

...and finished off the night with a ride on the ferris wheel...

Such a perfect Southern California day!

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