On Saturday I left home, alone, to have a 4 day vacation with my parents, my siblings and their families. This made a total of 16 people; 8 adults and 8 kids (all of them under the age of 9!). I left Cincinnati around 8am and arrived in California at approximately 1pm. My parents picked me up and away we went to the condos. We had three condos all right next to each other. My parents and I were in one, my oldest brother and his three kids had one and then my sister, her husband, the triplets, my brother, his wife and their two kids were in another one! After we all got settled in we ordered pizzas and hung out. The kids went to bed and all the adults played cards (after the women all went grocery shopping).
Sunday morning we all woke up and since it was Father’s Day all the ladies made crepes and had a bunch of other food! Around 10:30am we all packed up and walked down to the beach where there is a really good area for looking at crabs and other ocean life during low tide. We stayed there for a while and then went back to the condos for lunch. That afternoon we went to the pool. The condo has a HUGE main pool and most of the kids are in the beginning stages of swimming so they were having a blast. (I actually fell asleep laying out!). My sister was in charge of dinner for the night and we had burrito burgers (turkey burgers with black beans and rice and guacamole!) and fresh grilled corn on the cob from the farmers market. We had a great outdoor area where we could all sit out and eat and the kids could run around when finished eating.
Monday was my brother and his wife’s birthday. The kids really wanted to go to the beach so we travelled over to Laguna Beach. It was kind of cold at first but as soon as the clouds went away the sun was shining bright and it became the perfect temperature. The kids loved the ocean (I thought it was FREEZING!) We all ate lunch and built sand cities and then back to the condos we went. It was my night to cook and since it was my brother and his wife’s birthday they told me their favorite meal was macaroni and cheese and hotdogs! (super easy!) I had 7 boxes of mac and cheese to make so I got busy cooking. We ate down at the little picnic area again. For dessert I bought LARGE cupcakes, perfect for a birthday dessert. My brother is always a joker so I decided it would be fun to play a joke on him! I took one of the cupcakes and smashed it in his face! It was the best birthday present I could give him!
That night the guys ended up going to the movies and all of the ladies stayed with the kids and we had a tea party with the older girls (7 & 5 yrs. old).
Around 6:30am on Tuesday my dad set the smoke alarm off while making bacon! Good morning! haha I tried to go back to bed but it was kind of hard because of the smell of bacon. I ended up getting out of bed around 7:30 and went and worked out with my sister. She is currently training for a triathlon so her trainer gave her workouts each day and I actually did it with her! After our workouts we went back to the condo, cleaned up, and hung out until around noon when our parents came back from a meeting (the joys of owning a time share). We all ended up going to Ruby’s for lunch. The service was so slow! By the time we finished eating it was almost 3pm! After lunch we went back to the condo and back to the pool we went! Dinner on Tuesday was my parents responsibility and they made pulled pork and baked beans. The kids were tired and didn’t want to eat but in order to get the special dessert they had to eat at least a little of it. After some persuasion everyone ate what they were supposed to. My parents had planned to take all of us to Balboa Island for the famous Balboa Bars. These chocolate dipped ice cream bars are DELICIOUS!
After the balboa bars it was time to get everyone home and in bed. I packed up my bag and said goodnight.
Wednesday morning I had to be to the airport around 7. I will save my travels home for another post…. stay tuned!