Labor Day weekend has been so good to our family these last few years and this year was no exception. The beginning of the week we decided- its a long weekend, lets plan something! We hadn't been down to Monterey in way too long so we booked a hotel, packed the kids and hit the road. I have such a special place in my heart for this area. When I first moved to California (gasp, six years ago) I lived in Pacific Grove for two months. One of Rob's friends was having a huge birthday party in Carmel and the Monterey County Fair was in town so it came together perfectly. 

^^Del Monte Beach. We had never been here before but totally fell in love.  

^^when we first got there it felt cold but warmed up right away
^^love this age. love this boy. such a lucky mama
^^thanks dad for making me look like a goof ball 

^^rockin his first baseball cap- poor thing looks ill with that hair
^^brooklyn's first sand castle! 

^^stud husband i have :)
^^and such a good dad
^^my #1 girl, always.. my little dolly
^^the girls always want to be "mermaids" then we buried beckett too haha
^^stuttin her stuff down the boardwalk
^^del monte beach! 
^^listening to some country folks at the fair, rob's face expresses how he feels about that 
^^SO excited about riding the horses. they begged and begged to ride them
^^patiently waiting for her turn
^^i couldn't even handle how much she loved riding the horse. pure childhood magic 

^^lydia loved it too. she was a little less expressive than brooklyn 

^^i can't even handle her cuteness 
^^family carnival time 
^^the sleep situation 

^^modeling their church dresses. lydia is trying to push b out of the picture haha!
^^first time sitting in a high chair! he is all of a sudden so big!! :(
^^disregard my face in this picture. i just love lydia's face here

^^the view from the birthday party in carmel-by-the-sea 

^^just pretending we are rich 
^^the pictures don't do this place justice. my first time ever being in a 25M house. it was insane 
^^and returning to the hotel. brooklyn has started throwing up at this point, lydia got moved to the chair
^^super cool playground 
^^driving along the beaches in pacific grove 

^^we kept stopping to find a beach, none to be had!
^^we were feeling pretty lovey dovey on this trip
^^the little chicken house in PG- a place rob always went growing up. 
^^we went back to del monte to eat our little chicken house and enjoy another beautiful beach day
^^my little side kick. she's turning into an even bigger "mama's girl" than brooklyn!
^^i forgot beckett's water shirt in the car.
i put the towel over him while rob went back to get it.
he looked so funny crawling around!

^^this weekend is one to remember. i am SO lucky to have this family of mine!!!



The last weekend of August we packed up the kids and drove to Portola Valley. A few friends said it was a good spot but we weren't really sure why we were going there. We ended up driving around looking at all the houses we could never afford to live in and then settled on going to a park. I wish I had taken a picture of the view, it was looking directly into these beautiful hills, the sky and backdrop was breath taking. While we were there a birthday party was going on and they had hired someone to walk around and play peaceful guitar music, it was really weird but so calming. After Rob surprised me with a Maine lobster restaurant-- Portola Valley Lobster Shack! The food was everything east coast and so so good! This day was perfect, definitely one that will be remembered for a while! 

^^i love that beck is part of the playground group now :)

^^so lucky to have these two boys in my life!

^^i don't take enough "dad in action shots" he's so great with the kids! (not that they aren't babies anymore ;)
^^poor beck and his crazy hair… i don't have the heart to cut it! 
^^maine lobstah!! see see!
^^worth the trip for the lobstah sandwich alone! 

^^trying to wink like her shirt!