beach booty

beach booty Ben, Santa Cruz, CA, Canon PowerShot S95

Don’t hate us, but it was 70-ish degrees this weekend and sunny! We hightailed it to the beach in Santa Cruz, our first weekend away in almost a year, and had the sweetest time. If you are visiting that part of the coast, don’t miss Natural Bridges (gorgeous beach with tide pools galore ) and the dreamy drive along Highway One. The fields were drenched in yellow flowers… And we loved staying at Costanoa just about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Ben was totally blissed out.

Ben, Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, CA, Canon PowerShot S95

And if you can find a couple of mermaid princesses to play with at the beach, then you’re truly gold.


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  1. sarah w.

    love love love Costanoa! Do you guys camp? The last time we were there, we stayed in the tent cabins. They were deliciously warm with heated blankets…
    Loved the weather too! 🙂 Yay for the Bay Area!

  2. amber@SAHM's musings

    just want to stop and say “hi”. I was at the bookstore perusing today and saw the shutter sisters book on one of the shelves. The first page I opened it too was a picture of your hubby laying on the couch with Ben standing on the back of it. It made me smile 🙂 I’ve been visiting your blog since before Ben was born. Your photos and quotes have always been a delight and source of creativity for me! Just wanted to send some props! I’m jealous of the beach vacay btw. We’re supposed to get 6-10 more inches of snow by wed. {sigh}

  3. melissa

    this makes my heart smile. ben’s joy is completely infectious. thank you.

  4. Emily Perry

    love love! you were in my town! Glad to see you guys are back up & at ’em!

  5. Susie M

    I know, it’s hard not to gloat when so much of the world is living in temperatures 100 degrees lower than ours! Beach vacations are so healing. We had one a month ago.
    And by the way…I heard you mentioned on a podcast the other day…was it This American Life? You must know about it. Yup. “Say Anything.”
    Enjoy your boys!

  6. Lauen Ball

    Ran into your blog, via a long chain of other blogs I love. Its absolutely beautiful and Im totally jealous of your location. Adorable kids and amazing photography. 🙂

  7. Erica

    That photo of Ben is ADORABLE. Seriously – TOO CUTE FOR WORDS 😉

  8. Jenn

    I love the family photo. So much fun and adorable too!

  9. cath

    Gasp! Pure delight…

  10. carey

    umm. so unfair. gasp. 😉
    we are currently at -7 c. but that said we also live 5 mins from a ski hill
    And well, we can almost go cross country skiing from our front door as well.
    And in the spring and summer we stay in shape by trying to evade the local bears (joking, sort of).
    Enjoy the sun! Those beach pics look superb…

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