I had grand plans to meet up with our friends and take the kids to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk sort of as a birthday present to goose. So we headed down Saturday morning and met with Colleen, Jared Claire and Chloe at their new place. We got the tour and had a delicious lunch. Then we followed them to the Boardwalk. As soon as we got there I was a little worried. It was jammed. Traffic. Im looking around and realizing that this Boardwalk place is quite the event and a lot bigger than I had expected. Nolan is pointing out rides and saying "im going on that!" and "Im NOT going on that!".
Colleen and Jared are just ahead of us and we are texting: no idea it would be like this-that parking lot just closed-sorry-etc, Then Colleen calls me and says "so, this is nuts and I was wondering if you guys might want to go get ice cream?"
Heck yes. Take us to the ice cream place!
Nolan was super bummed. Avery seemed pretty happy. We apologized profusely. Mom and Dad blew it by trying to hit the boardwalk at 2pm on a saturday. Now we know. Next time we will do it right.
We get to the ice cream place, order and find a great seat outside. Avery was so sweet in her stroller-so happy to be fed chocolate sorbet with roasted home made marshmallow on top in the sun. We left there for the skate shop, the surf shop then a walk to the ocean.
it was breathtaking and breath making. Claire and Avery watched the surfers from up above and Nolanand Chloe went down the waves to see it up close. The tide was in and we got sprayed a little. Surfers everywhere. Nothing but blue skies. We had to head back but first a stop at the famous Verve for a coffee and some treats. Can't tell you how cool it was to see Claire and Avery just hanging in their shades-with people that know Claire coming up and saying hi. Nolan eating a huge brownie cookie-sharing with his sissy and my tiny delicious cappuccino.
We said our goodbyes and got back on the road and I felt good. Like I could breathe. Like life was just the way it was supposed to be.