S: Chesley summer 2011
FC: Chesley summer 2011... we were """"Knee deep in the water somewhere, got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair" t
1: Summer time 2011 those words on the front page are a Zac Brown song - our theme song. We all sang it about 1000 times, it is what stuck in my head as I taught summer school... I love it
2: california vacation
3: I love the beach, we use to go every year with Loren's family but they all grew up and the economy hit and we haven't been in about 5 years. I sighed up to teach summer school on one condition, we take a beach vacation. It didn't have to be long or elaborate, but it had to be the beach.
5: We made it to San Diego by 9:15am - i know e are amazing. We stopped at Seal Point on our way to finding a beach. There were no seals on the beach but plenty in the water. We had fun watching thm play and swim. | Seal Point LaJolla
7: Leucadia Beach... Loren had a friend tell us about this local beach. It was awesome. there was big steps down to the beach, there were cliffs behind us and great waves in front. The sun was shining and it was a wonderful first beach for the kids to experience.
8: We checked into our hotel in Oceanside and went to go check out the beach close by. I have decided you cannot just look - you see the sea and you have to play. Here the kids posed for a picture then they all had to get individual poses, then we took pictures of a couple kids at a time while the other kids tried to jump into the picture. I had so much fun and I was laughing so hard, my kids rock.!
9: Oceanside , Ca | This looks like I am taking a picture of Ky and Ty when in reality they were the picture crashers, it was Tay and Wy trying to get their picture taken
10: boogie boarding | I love boogie boards, this was our 3rd day at the beach and Ty was getting a little bored. Taylor and Kyley were walking the board walk, shopping, they are teen age girls, Wyatt was playing in the sand and Ty needed something on cue Loren walks up with 2 boogie boards, that was the end of boredom. By the 2nd wave ty and Wyatt are pros, they caught a few good ones, wiped out a few times and had a ball. It was tough getting them away from them so I could go play.
11: Soaking up the sun!
12: Arches Beach in Laguna - it was cloudy this day and the waves broke right on the shore. Loren taught the kids how to dive through the waves, it was fun to watch
13: The highlight of this beach day was a pod of dolphins we saw off the coast. It was the biggest group I had ever seen, they were jumping, swimming across the shore, we watched then until they were out of sight.
14: Fun at the Beach!
15: These girls are such good friends. They help each other out, talk for hours, and act like they enjoy being with each other. This vacation was all about family no distractions. On the last day they were out boogie boarding, and they went past Crystal Pier. They were making their way back in when Ky got tangled in sea weed, no big deal Ky would have been fine but there was a life guard there and he pulled her in. Just that day Loren told the girls , "go have fun if you get stuck raise your hand and a lifeguard will save you, it will be fun."" They are so obedient.
18: We usually ate picnic style on the beach, Taco Bell, Subway or whatever snacks we brought from the hotel. Our main goal was to keep sand out of our food :) We splurged one night by going to Joe's Crab Shack, the girls see a camera and start posing. Good good company and good good food.
19: GOOD EATS - Joe's Crab Shack | Above is Ty& Wyatt giving us their best attempt at a "real" smile. To the right is Ky and Tay imitating a Ty and Wyatt smile, we were laughing hard.
20: fishing at the cabin on Father's Day. These are just the ones they kept.
21: More fishing, Loren said they caught tons. They met Grandma Chesley up at the cabin and she cooked the fish for them all.
22: Goodman Campout | Kyley, Abby, Jake, Wyatt, Ty, Jack, Tay, Taylor
23: A whole lot of hanging out involved in camping. To the right Wyatt with Abby, Taylor with Annie and Kyley with Hannah. Above, the boys, getting ready to do a small cliff jump. They did the BIG cliffs on Saturday at Box Canyon.
25: One of the highlights was the amount of crawdads the boys were able to catch (at least a 100.) Loren boiled them up and we ate them for dinner on Friday. Cousins Ryan and Austin also made it up for a few hours, totally unexpected surprise, nice to see them and visit for a bit
26: The Creek
27: Sitting around the campfire was my favorite activity (if you can call sitting an activity.) We told stories played games, "I have never" and "only ASK questions" if you answer or make a statement you are out. When we got tired of the fire we went o the creek,jumped into people's pictures, notice the peace sign in the picutre with ty and Loren. We played cards laughed, hugged kissed and just bonded as a family. | Wyatt and grandma | Julie and Annie | Wyatt and Matt | Matt and Kyley | Jay and Wyatt | Grandma, Kate and Grandpa