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Girls of Summer: OC weekend (photo dump)

starting our trip off with Starbucks

We started at Starbucks—a very expensive choice made by me but happily accepted by four non-coffee frappuccino-slurping girls. I really need to curb my caffeine habit.

dinner on the pier

Then we took Bug to gymnastics (Ballet was out for the week) and afterwards Toby took all of us to dinner on the pier in Balboa. The good thing about not seeing Toby for a whole week is that when he does see us, he doesn’t mind if there are FIVE rowdy girls instead of just two. It was a real circus.

M on the pier

We took Bug’s good friend “Boo” from the neighborhood. We may have been trying to show off how cool the ocean is. She was happy to oblige us and be impressed.

sisters getting along

And the nieces. They miss their mom so much that whenever I suggested we take a picture of them together for her, they cuddled together like two little chicks and didn’t even whack each other, which is often their habit.

us on the pier

Us on the pier. I really need to try and be in more pictures.


The light was really cool as the sun was setting because there was this heavy fog bank that blocked the rays that would normally blind you. So we got to take interesting unusual pictures we normally couldn’t see.

walking to the car

Long shadows on the walk back to the car…


And more getting-along-nieces shots. Where did Rapunzel get such pretty lips? Not my side of the family.


Of course Pouty McPouterson had to join the party.

racing to the sea

Thankfully the fun wasn’t hampered. “Don’t get wet!” I threatened in vain. Words to the wind, words to the wind…

surf dancers

Balboa Pier

Pretty pier.


Boo is properly excited.

nieces Toby loves his girls

It’s too bad I have my point-and-shoot camera set up to take super vertical shots and I cut off Super Chic’s face but I still love this photo. It really is a “slice of life.” A super narrow skinny slice. Super Chic is handing me shells to keep forever but of course I put them in some pocket and they are probably lost in the washing machine now. I love Rapunzel’s cackle.

beach girl Toby and Bug

More slices.

goodnight, Sun

seaweed jump rope

I love this shot of Boo playing jumprope with a piece of kelp. She wasn’t afraid of the slimy kelp at all. That’s my kinda kid.

breakfast on number 5

The next day we initiated Boo into our traditional breakfast of doughnuts on lifeguard tower number five.

doughnuts on the lifeguard tower

patriotic doughnut

Patriotic sprinkles were enjoyed.

chomp diggin' the tradition

long live doughnuts!


and they're off

And then they were off to the sea. There really was no stopping them.

riding together

Catching a few rides in the morning soup.

surfs up

This kid was unstoppable. She’s never had a boogie board before because technically she doesn’t know how to swim yet. But really, she can swim. She’s in the water more than she’s out and she’s not afraid to get her face wet at all. If she had her way, we would have been at the ocean all day and all night for probably the rest of the year. She never gets cold and she never gets tired. She borrowed a board this year and she may have found her life’s calling. I think I know what I’m getting her for her birthday this year: her own board.

Eric and Deb

Deb and Eric stopped by for a quick visit. I love my old beach friends.

me and Deb

By the way, Deb is on twitter now! One of these days I’ll get her to put up her own website. She really needs one. She has such amazing art.

Deb's beautiful mess paintings everywhere

We stopped by her house for a quick chat and I snuck in a few more photos of her art-filled house. She calls it a mess. I call it beautiful.

rocks from Texas

looks like cc Deb's bedroom

Rapunzel was looking particularly pretty and blue-eyed next to this stunning painting. Not sure which is prettier.

walking to the beach

And then back to the beach! This time with sunblock.

surfer girl

Woooo-eeeeee! Boo took to the waves like a natural.

monkey suit

jump! spin spin

Bug stuck to the sand, much to my relief. I took a book to read but I couldn’t get much reading done because I was constantly looking up to count off my chicks. One, two, three, four. Phew. They’re all still alive. Then back to reading.

summer reading

Which by the way, is a very good book Did you know Journey Mama wrote it? She’s such beautiful writer.

the eve tree

It’s just as much of a pleasure to read as her blog. She has a way with details…I’m completely engrossed in the story and quite attached to all of the characters. I’m not done yet but when I am, I’m going to have her do a guest post and maybe even a give away. I really think you all would enjoy reading it too. It’s a keeper. Of course I’m personally invested because it’s set in Northern California which is near and dear to my heart.

riding the waves to the end

But back to Southern California and the waves…

sun kissed

help! I'm burried alive!

I think it’s safe to say, a good time was had.


  • Clownfish

    I have my favorites, of course, but I always enjoy all of your photographs B. Thanks for posting GSOCW.

  • gingermog

    Hi I love your beach updates. I can just imagine the fun frolics and squabbles you’ve been having with the girls. l’ve been away in Naples for a short while so I’ve had a fix of the sea. The Mediterranean is so blue, blue, blue. Although to tell the truth I could spend each and every day by the sea and never get bored. In London the heats been rising in the 90’s not impressive as the heat you get in the desert but we don’t have aircon in my studio and wow were we melting. Even the ice creams we bought melted as soon as they were unwrapped. Sticky! :) I’m working this evening as its cooler and I have a deadline.The BBC tells us were going to have a mother and father of a thunderstorm any minute now. Phew how do you manage to get a thing done in 100 degree heat?

  • rapunzelmc

    i love the pics of me and superchick i even put one of them for my prof. picture on facebook

  • sizzle

    That looks like a lot of fun. I can’t wait for my week at the CA beach in Santa Cruz. I miss it!

    Rapunzel is growing up so pretty.

  • a chris

    Lovely pics and good memories for all involved, I’m sure.

    I have to respond to Gingermog, being subject to similar BBC weather forecasts — I’ve been meaning to tweet all day that I don’t buy this “thunderstorm” prediction. True, it could still happen — in Ontario they often happen in the evening. But in over a decade in Cambridge I have hardly seen a flicker of lightning. I actually miss it, although I don’t miss worrying about strikes starting things on fire.

    It certainly did feel like summer here today, though. Hot and humid. My poor punk has a fever today too! She hasn’t had one in ages. What a day she picked!

  • OMSH

    Oooh, when I WAS IN SAN DIEGO we didn’t eat at any fancy shmancy restaurants! heh heh


    Love it – really looks like a great coastal weekend to just “be” with the girls. And? DEB I LOVE YOU IF YOU ARE READING THIS!

    And? Wow, the photo of Bug laying out – I got a future glimpse. Glad she’s your responsibility and not mine! hahahaha

    I’m so glad you’re able to get away here and there. Looks fantastic.

  • Sarah

    Looks like a wonderful weekend for everybody. I love the idea of doughnuts for breakfast on the beach. I need to try that one day.

  • trish

    I love ready your post what a fantastic weekend! Glad to see the fam together. Just notice your ex wearing a ring. Does bug have other sibblings?