Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Last Bit of Summer

Looking back I can't remember all the things we did.  It didn't seem like we did a whole lot but looking over the pictures it seems that we were busy enough.  And just like that it was all over.  We did manage to get two vacations in before we entered the official school year.

We took a break from our lovely weather and headed to the coast.  There is something about going over that hill and rolling your windows down to get that beach are in the car.  It was so calming until the redhead in the back seat started screeching about her hair.

That serenity that comes from being on vacation at the beach was quickly ended by the hotel informing me that they did not have my reservation.  I figured that I didn't need it since everything is digital anyways.  So the pdf I saved with my reservation number was on my hard drive on my laptop at home, four hours away.  Since we were only staying the weekend, I didn't bring it.  Why bother?  I was at the beach.  The hotel was very good about finding us another room.  They even offered us 20% off.  So we not only got a beach front room but at a better price than the regular room I had booked.  There was someone behind the counter mentioning that she couldn't find another reservation either so I think there was a glitch in their system.  But did that stop me from stressing out the entire weekend?  Of course not!  I spent the entire weekend thinking I had gone crazy.  One desk clerk mentioned that there was another hotel by the same name in Santa Cruz.  So I had to look up my credit card statement to make sure that I didn't book the hotel in a place we weren't even remotely close too.  So then I spent the weekend worrying about myself and my sanity.  Did I make the reservation?  Was I multitasking?  Is my focus not what it used to be?  Do I need to go back to the doctor?  So I tried my best to calm down.  Hubby was really good about the mix up but I couldn't help but stress that I almost ruined our first vacation of the summer.  So I stressed for three days.  I came home and opened my laptop and quickly searched for the pdf.  I found it in about three seconds.  And there in all it's glory was my hotel reservation a long with my confirmation number.  Even though it was their screw up the hotel did everything to make it right and we had a lovely weekend.  I was mad but more at myself for doubting everything and stressing out all weekend.  Some things you just have to learn how to let go.

I did manage to get some snapshots in.  In no particular order...

Our empty purple bucket.  

Feet in the sand picture.  But check it out I'm in a skirt!   

My favorite product of the Summer!  Neutrogena didn't pay me to say that.  It really is my favorite sunscreen.  I HAVE to wear it because even on a cloudy day I will burn!  I buy the four pack from Costco.  This stuff is nice because it is dry touch so it doesn't feel greasy at all.  I can't do greasy.  If there is anything on my skin I wig out.  It gives me the heebeejeebees.  Like wearing straight leg pants that hug my calves.  ick!   

Our bucket quickly filling up.  Clover hunted while I hid from the sun in our beach tent.  I hid from the sun so I don't end up a Crispy Fried Juju.    

This isn't another foot picture.  Well it is but it's more to point out that I was wearing a dress!    

The beach. 

What is a beach trip without a Cinnamon Roll?  Pecan roll with frosting!  Yum!  I shared and we still only killed about a quarter of it.  

It was pretty windy the whole time we were there.  So why not pick up a kite?
Hubby had vacationed there as a kid.  So it was really fun to check out all his old haunts and hear stories about his family vacations.  It was fun to share all of that with our daughter.  She was so excited to hear about Daddy when he was younger.  It was nice that we all got to connect before Summer came to an end and our baby started Kindergarten.  But that freak out is for another post.  Just kidding I didn't freak out!  Sort of.   

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