Friday, July 10, 2009

Why We Live in So. Cal.

True story: When Duane and family was here for the 4th of July we made plans to meet them at the beach. So off they went nice and early on a holiday weekend day. All the while we waited for John to get home from a previous commitment of golfing plans with the working buddies. We left around noon, as soon as John walked through the door. We headed for Laguna Beach. Traffic was lite. Sun was shining. Kids rubbed down with sunblock. Then 7 miles left to reach the beach the traffic was at a stand still. We tried three different ways and finally we made it to Balboa. All we needed was one parking space, anywhere. Not a one. I tried my positive mental visualization. I could see our parking space in my mind. But we never found it. So sad. We were all hungry and so we stopped at the only place with a parking space...Carl's Jr. And then after our over priced burgers from the beach we headed all the way home. The good side was I didn't have to clean up any sand. Lesson learned: Never, never go to the beach on a holiday weekend unless you leave early like Duane & family did. We ended up swimming at Grandpa & Grandma's.
I felt so bad for the children that I took them back to the beach on Monday {with Laura, Rob, and baby Harry}, nice and early. Amazing. There was plenty of parking and the beach was empty.
What is it about the ocean air and why don't we go more often?



5 comments:

Jellybean and Cash said...

That is a sad story and very frustrating. But glad you went on Monday.It's true the sound of the waves and the feel of the salt air does something to us. And oh ya don't forget the warm sand between our toes, to me that's heaven. Love ya. :)

Anne said...

Nola, that's so sad! but I'm glad you guys got a chance to go back!!

Freeze Family said...

Nola, I soo want to go to the beach!! (even thought I don't have a beach body!!) Glad you got there!

Ms. Kristen said...

Ahhhh......sounds familar! Never go to the beach in the afternoon!
What were you thinking?

Love little Harry! Soooo cute! And I love Peters hat!

Miss you guys!

carmen said...

I love to go to the beach, too. It's so fun with little kids. They just love it, and it's so fun to watch them. I love your pix, especially the one with all the legs in the water! :o)