Epic Summer Road Trip – Corona {part one}

We spent five days in Corona and it was SO nice to have the break from constantly moving on to the next place. We took it pretty easy. On our first day, the kids played with “uncle” Brian’s pets (particularly Toby the dog, since the cats hid under the bed for the whole five days. They were obsessed with Toby’s dog house and played in it everyday.

In the afternoon, we headed out to Seal Beach to visit Josh’s grandparents. They’re getting up there in age, but they always love to see the kids and they always have a smile on their faces. The kids counted and sorted Grandma’s coins, Lia looked for Grandpa’s “cat”, and they all watched Grandpa do his magic tricks. One of these days, they’ll totally get the quarter-behind-the-ear trick, but for now, it’s awesome to watch them shriek with delight when the quarter appears magically!

We had dinner with Grandma and Grandpa and then headed down to Bolsa Chica Beach for a bonfire with lots of friends (huge thanks to Mary for hosting!). This was our first beach bonfire and the kids were so excited! Max and Ava just had to go down to splash in the waves. I told them not to get soaked, but as you can imagine, they weren’t able to do that. They both came back up to the fire pit completely soaked. We warmed ourselves around the fire and made s’mores. The kids got tired, so I left early with them.

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Epic Summer Road Trip – Grover Beach {part three}

We got up Thursday morning and packed up our stuff. We were a little bummed about leaving Grover Beach, so we decided to hit up the beach one last time. We soaked up some sun, the kids splashed in the waves, we built a drip castle, and we made the girls into sand mermaids.

We eventually dragged ourselves from the beach and headed south to Corona. We have friends that live there and we visit a couple of times a year. It’s not too long of a drive, but we got such a late start that we got stuck in rush hour traffic. Our GPS re-routed us several times, but it still took FOREVER.

It didn’t help that I had a migraine. Let’s just say that headaches and road trips with kids are not a good mix. The kids weren’t misbehaving, but three kids in a car are pretty loud. I ended up giving them iPhones and letting them play video games for about two hours. And we survived.

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Epic Summer Road Trip – Grover Beach {part two}

We desperately needed a slower paced day…so Wednesday morning we got up and joined our friends in a nice walk along the beach for some awesome cinnamon rolls. Josh also got a yummy juice right next door…win win for everyone! We then ate some yummy BBQ at Brad’s (right next door to the famous Splash Cafe which had a long line). We played some more, then had a family session in the evening…followed by one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever witnessed.

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