being the northern california bred girl i am,
not only did i grow up thinking that all ocean water on the west coast was cold and wet suit requiring,
but i also thought that warm sunny beaches like hawaii could only be found in hawaii.
now, if you're not from california maybe you don't know that the north and south of california are basically two different states.
everything is completely opposite from the weather, to the culture, and the sports teams you root for.
so proud of my giants on this fine thursday morning.
so anyway, when we were walking out on the oceanside pier,
i just couldn't get over the fact that the ocean was so big.
and there i was standing in the middle of it.
watching the giant swells come in a out from the middle of it.
and from both directions, the giant ocean just went out forever in all ways!
i spent my life watching them from the shore, in the shelter of the little small bays and coves, standing in the fog, with my sweatshirt, jeans, and flip fops on, freezing my buns, except in the month of may where it's actually warm in half moon bay, and even then i still didn't like getting in the freezing water.
but this day on the oceanside pier,
i saw the ocean in a different way.
a massive, swelling, giant way.
the waves weren't breaking the further out we got,
so it was just the swells coming in,
and it was beautiful, and quiet in a whole new way that i had never in all those years noticed before.
also it was extra warm and sunny IN OCTOBER, so that was pretty great too.
max picked her nose most of the way out,
and the kids rode their scooters around the crowds like crazy people.
chase only wanted to push his little car on the way out,
so i think we bribed another kid to push it all the way back.
have you ever taken 10 kids and 9 adults to lunch before?
god bless our server at ruby's.
also, god bless my dr pepper cookies and cream ice cream float
that i stole chase's whipped cream and put in mine.
when we got back from the pier, the boys snorkeled for sea shells
and found these fancy ones that all the women wanted to take home for necklaces,
so the next two days was all about finding one for everyone.
by the end of the trip, everyone, including some of the little girls,
had their prized necklace-to-be possessions,
wrapped in paper towels, and protected safely in plastic cups for the car rides home.
right at the end of the day, the water calmed down and sean headed out for his daily run on the paddle board. when he came back to shore, he road the wave in like some born and raised Polynesian.
at which point i yelled out to him,
"take me to bed maverick
or loose me forever!!!!!"
i mean really, there's nothing more fiiiiiine than your man coming in surfing on his paddle board.
it STILL has me all hot and worked up.
mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.
but my favorite time of the entire day was when i caught sean and brennan on the back porch at sunset. just staring at each other and laughing.
and it reminded me of when brennan was a newborn baby,
and sean would hold him out on his arm.
mostly brennan would just scream 'cause that's basically all he did as a baby,
but every once and awhile he would coo and smile at sean.
oh baby brennan!
i wish he hadn't screamed so much.
this night i think they were talking about farts,
or butts or something,
but it didn't even matter because those two boys smiling at each other just made me happy happy happy!
also, the sunset was pretty great too.
oh beach, i miss you and your salty air.