Steve whisked the girls & I off Sunday morning for a quick trip to Santa Cruz for my birthday. I had a rough week beforehand (I don't do well when the weather is bad & I don't leave the house) & it felt amazing to just get out of the house & spend three full days away with my little family. No house cleaning, no work for Steve, just good old fashioned quality time together. I must say going on vacation with two kids is different - instead of coming home feeling relaxed, you feel sore & exhausted! Nevertheless we had such a great time making memories together. Here are some photos from our trip.
The first day we got there we took a train ride. I didn't think Aubrey would care too much since you have to sit for an hour, but she LOVED it & would get so excited when the train made the "choo choo" sound. She kept saying, "Awesome!" and "Fun!" So cute. She hasn't stopped talking about it.
Later that day we checked into our hotel, & Aubrey & Steve decided to check out the pool. It was a little chilly for Aubrey, so they ended up in the jacuzzi.
Aubrey HAD to jump on the bed when we walked into the hotel - it's tradition!
That night we spent our time playing Phase 10 (the only card game I like!) & eating the delicious chocolate strawberries & cookies my mom had sent to us via room service.
The next morning we went to breakfast & then took a walk to the lighthouse over by the Boardwalk. It was so beautiful walking alongside the ocean. Why don't I live there again?
Later that day we went to the Boardwalk - Aubrey rode the carousel, & a car ride, & Mama got to go on a roller coaster - first one since before I was pregnant with Aubrey. I missed them so much!
Next stop was the beach! Aubrey was terrified of the water this time for some reason, but she had a blast playing with her new beach toys from Grammy. I was in heaven just getting some sun with my guy and two favorite girls.
After going back to the hotel, we rinsed off all the sand & had dinner oceanside - the food was so delicious.
As much as I love vacationing, I must say my most favorite part is coming home. I love getting back to our home, & our normal day to day routine. As I was talking to Steve about this, he said, "Well, that's because you have a great life to come home to even when you're not on vacation." He is right. I'm blessed to have a happy life where my main job is to take care of my sweet family & keep our house hold running. Even though there are days where I'm dangerously close to pulling my hair out, it always ends up being okay & I wouldn't rather be doing anything else, anywhere else. I couldn't ask for much more for my birthday than that.