M had to travel the weekend before / over Labor Day-- which was super lame. (i mean, labor day was not meant for laboring. duh.) i wasn't feeling great-- which was super lame, too. i was kinda bummed to be spending the holiday alone...was stressed with home-life...and decided spontaneously that leaving town was pretty awesome option. so i packed up the girls, a couple of bags, and drove to Southern California to visit my family for one last summer trip (oh, and did i mention that i didn't tell hardly anybody, either? i felt very...sneaky).
traveling-wise, the girls behaved the best they had ever behaved on a road-trip. super-duper miracle. trip-wise, it was beautiful and rejuvenating. we even had the great surrpise of getting to be there with my Aunt Karen, Unlce Lane and cousin Kelly, who also spontaneously decided to skip town to visit my family. Karen is like my second mom- she lived around the corner from me growing up- so she knows all my friends, my gossip, and my silly childhood self. it was so homey to be with everyone for a few days.
the sunrise on our trip down
bath-time concerts (upon the girls' special request)
story-time with Karen & Lane
swimming in Gammy & Pops' pool
hearing Kelly's perfect voice sing all the Disney Princess songs (the girls were amazed)
everyone jamming out and singing "Part of Your World" (i told you Alice is obsessed)
Whale Watching- and not seeing a single whale/dolphin/sea animal
Sunday Picnic at the Pier
Alice with a giant super-soaker
spending all day (like 10 am- 6 pm) Labor day in the pool swimming- and Pops even getting to join us for the fun (in spite of his Sept. 15 deadline)
and of course the number 1 highlight: getting to spend time with my wonderful sister Mimi, her cute fiance Aaron (of whom my girls both ADORE- would you believe that Aaron spent most of that 8 hr swim day with Ellie in the pool? pretty adorable), my wise Pops, and my wonderful, thoughtful mama-- all people who i miss more than words can say. families weren't meant to live this far apart, i tell you what! but i guess a 7 hr drive isn't THAT far...and i guess that's why i can never stay away too long.