This was our 9th year visiting the coast with Ryan and Sara (and now Calla), and Tim and Amy (and Nolan). We started as three nearly newlywed couples, and now we have three toddlers with two more babies expected in the fall. We need a bigger house next year!
Every year, we complain that it's cold or rainy, but this year, we finally got some SUN... and crazy strong winds. Tim and Scott built an amazing driftwood shelter (I wish I had a picture), so we could take the kids on (brief) visits to the sand, but mostly we spent mornings doing this:
I love having friends that we can just hang in our PJs with!
The sun allowed us to really enjoy exploring around town, including finding a great local playground a mere three blocks from the house we've been staying at all these years. The girls got a nice outdoor lunch and Scott and Tim took the boys on a banana bike trip down the beach (they LOVED it!), and we enjoyed wonderful conversation and simple time together.
We did drive up the coast a bit one afternoon to enjoy some glorious sand time at Hug Point. It's those brief moments that keep us coming back year after year. Ahh...
Here's one of my favorites of Owen trying to figure out how to skip rocks like Scott does. Probably a few more years of practice, but I have no doubt he'll get there - maybe in time to teach baby #2 the Maxwell secrets.
We'll be back next year - with six adults and FIVE kids under 3...