Monday, September 24, 2007

Disappearing Act

I love pulling disappearing acts sometimes and this weekend was no exception. Anyone want to take a wild guess as where we went? :) Here's a hint:




Oh yeah, baby! We went to the coast.

Dakota went to work and class Friday morning but then she needed to stop by the house for something on her way to go study the day away. The sun was shinning and it was a beautiful morning! I was folding laundry and Kaylen was watching "Barney's Halloween" when Dakota walked in the door and said "It's such a beautiful day! Want to go to the beach for the weekend?" Ummm...do you seriously need to ask? :) I did have a Moms Night Out bowling event Friday night but let's see...the beach for the weekend or bowling or a couple hours? Not much of a choice, was it?

Dakota got on the phone and started calling around and we found a place to stay with a beach view (we had stayed there in March). While Dakota lined up her mom and sister for pet care, I started packing. Then I left to pick Kelton up from school while Dakota and Kaylen worked on packing. We were out the door in 90 minutes.

What a great weekend! Sand, surf, carousel rides, bumper car rides (for Dakota and Kelton. None for me, thanks!), window shopping, arcade games, etc. We all had a great time!!





Day Two:

(note: click on the above photo and check out the look on Kaylen's face. It's just too darn funny!)



Day Three






All in all it was a great weekend - even when taking into account that the back tire developed a leak thanks to a sharp object of some sort which necessitated putting on the spare (the leak was not repairable and since it was Sunday, Costco was the only place open on the coast that had tires and they didn't carry the right size). I had to drive home at 50mph which was both frustrating and stressful. The delay in starting out, the slow travel speed, the pulling over so cars could pass, etc. really added time to our travel which meant we weren't home in the early afternoon so Dakota could get in her lost study time (from Friday). It also meant a late evening trip to buy a new tire since time is a precious commodity around here (it was Dakota's car which she drives to work and school which means no time during business hours to deal with tire trouble). But still - a trip to the beach is worth it's weight in gold. We all are wishing we were still on the coast. Life is just better at the beach! :)

21 comments:

Audra said...

Looks like it was a great weekend! I love the photo of Kelton and Kaylen hugging! The smiles on everyone's faces sums it up well!

patti_cake said...

You are right, life IS just better at the Beach! I would drop dead in a faint if the hub EVER came home and suggested something spontaneous like that. It's always me *sigh*
SO glad y'all got to have a fun get-away. You so deserve it! Love the pics! (as always)

Anonymous said...

Casey,
Beautiful pix, as always! We are so in awe of the way you guys fit in so much fun family time, we don't even come close when law school is in session. I seriously think we need to get a cleaning service and outsource some domestic chores to free up some weekend time. Glad you all had such a great time. :)
Jennifer

Seasonal said...

I love the pic of Kelton and Kaylen hugging, that one is so sweet. I'm envious, sounds like a glorious weekend indeed!

Dee said...

I'm sooooooooo jealous!!!!!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

Stacey said...

what a great last minute vacation. i love the pics. nothing better than being at the beach!

Sheri said...

While you were missed at MNO bowling ... I am sooo envious of your beautiful beach weekend! Your photos are amazing--I felt like I could hear the waves crashing! Sorry about the tire, but so glad you had a fabulous surprise weekend.

The Insane Writer said...

Wow. Some great photos! A day at the beach looks like soo much fun!

Perrin said...

How very fun! We made it through the whole summer without making it to the coast (except once in Cali). Sad! YOur family has so much fun.

Casey said...

Audra: Isn't tha tpicture the cutest? I love it!

Patti: Maybe you should hint on your blog at what a great b-day.christmas, etc gift a beach getaway would be. He reads it, yes? :) Worth a shot. :) :)

Jennifer: I vote to definitely get housework help. It makes a HUGE difference for us. I'll be working all week to catch up on all the things that didn't get done this weekend (paying bills, errands, shopping, etc) but it was oh so worth it! Try to squeeze in some time - it helps makes these long semesters go a bit more quickly.

Seasonal: It really was a great weekend. I miss it already.

Dee: We really, really did. I'm so thankful we live a mere 90 minutes from the coast. It makes it so doable for us. :)

Stacey: Nothing in deed! :)

Sheri: I wanted to make a video of the beach with the waves crashing and the kids laughing like fools...I was thinking how great it would be to play it back anytime I wanted a little beach getaway for a few minutes. I just LOVE the beach. Love, love, love it.

The Insane Writer: Welcome to my little slice of blogland!! And it was soooo much fun! I highly recommend beach trips. :)

Perrin: I'm not sure I can make it for very long without a trip to the coast. I am completely addicted to the crash of the waves, the sound of the seagulls and the sight of my kids racing through the waves. I'm sorry you didn't get out there this summer....but hey - falls a GREAT time to go! :)

Declan's Mom said...

Jealous :)

Casey said...

Declan's Mom: I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Once you are better and back in the swing of things you should head out to the coast for the weekend. Nothing like it for soothing the soul. :) Feel better soon.

Froggymama said...

I'm always amazed at how incredibly happy your kids are! Their smiles always bring a smile to my face! So glad you had a nice weekend.

gabrielle said...

looks like a great weekend and I am totally impressed you were packed and out the door in 90 mins

yankeegirl said...

There just aren't too many troubles that a walk on the beach and the sound of the waves can't cure. (jmho) :)

Laura said...

It looks like it was a fabulous weekend. :)

Lynilu said...

Oh, that looks like a great weekend! Two favorite pictures ... yeah, The Girl's face in that one pic, and the one of her rolling around in the sand! Oh, to be so uninhibited!!

Holly said...

Good for you! It looks like a great time! I love the pictures! The kids look adorable - especially the one of the two of them hugging!
I can smell the sea air. Man, I'm jealous!

Gandksmom said...

I agree! Life is much better at the beach! One of these days, I am going to live near the water! I love the pictures. YOu all had such a good time!
Wendy

Shannon said...

I'm jealous! Sounds like such a nice weekend, especially because it was last minute!

Julie said...

Looks like you guys had a GREAT time! I'm jealous. Love your blog, it's very interesting!!