balboa island

over our christmas break, we spent part of a day at balboa island

and i chose this house to be our “summer home”. and i’ll have a butler and a maid. and a chef.

we walked on the tiny rain-soaked beaches

and took the ferry over to the peninsula

and it’s not a trip to balboa if you don’t get a frozen banana

and ask to do really over-priced things

but we had blue skies and were taking full advantage of the rain taking a break for a day

look!  they’re not even fighting!  quick – get the camera!

love luuuuve this girl and her gappy teef

yummy chipotle mac ‘n cheese

oh, the freckles!

a quick stroll on the pier, which was short lived because they spotted…

the giant climbing thing!  yes, this is really what beaches in southern california look like.  one of the things i miss most.

when did she get so old?  did i blink?

look out for the plane, lu!

oh no. why would you hold on to the ropes with 2 hands or at least have 2 feet firmly planted when you’re 30 feet (i may exaggerate a little) up in the sky?  yes, lean out son.  then jump up and down a little.  thanks. now i really know you’re a boy.

this is what happens when you try to pose 3 kids for a charlie’s angels shot, and 2 of them don’t know how to make a gun with their fingers.  deprived children.

typical kid shot: gracie looking adorable, lily trying to be fancy, and silas being… silas.

so i’ll just take a pic of your cute feet instead!

i love family days!


  1. 1

    You are absolutely too funny! No wonder you have happy adorable kids! Love the pix, the scenery, do’gain? ;) -s-

  2. 2

    love it! all the photos are great especially the one with the plane over your little girls head!

  3. 3

    What a gorgeous family you have! Love these photos!

  4. 4

    This is just too precious! gotta love those family outings!

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    You have beautiful babies! What a great family day!

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    Oh my goodness! Your youngest daughter is your little twin! What a “mini me” (not me) but you! LOL So cute! Love your blog! :)

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    Oh, these pictures are just sooo lovely.
    Also, I have the same birth order as you, two girls and a boy. I find it somewhat rare.
    I’m soooo ready for warmth & sunshine now. Too bad I’m in the middle of a SNOWstorm.

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    Oh how I love your pics today! I’m a southern girl and probably will never get to California. I feel like I’ve been now! You have a beautiful family and I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ahhh your kids are so adorable!!!! I want to go to the beach in CA now! :)

  10. 10

    they are so cute!! i ahve a gracie too, she is pretty cute if i do say so myself… i have 2 girls & a boy like u, our boy is also very goofy & he is the youngest!!! looks like u guys had fun!

  11. 11

    Looks like so much fun! I can’t believe the sunny weather in Dec. Nice!

  12. 12

    love those shots!!!! Your kids are adorable. That sun looks delicious after this horrid snow storm!


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    Stephanie says:

    A great family day!

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    Looks like a perfect day.

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    adorable and fun post

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    Love Balboa Island! Used to live in SoCal and I miss the warm weather mostly year round. Now I’m in Texas where today it is a lovely 27 degrees. Too cold for this Cali girl! Glad you all had a lot of fun.

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    looks like fun….that shot of just the legs would make a great canvas…I had several made of my g-kids for Christmas…maybe I should take pictures of them and blog…will get right on that…have a great day!

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    Your family? Adorable! Seriously, I had five kids and I know cute. Your family could sell toothpaste!
    Balboa Island has been a family favourite of ours for generations. My sister wanted to live there so badly one summer she packed ten girls into two a TINY bungalow and sub-rented the garage out to 6 boys! Now my daughter lives on the island and she loves it! You just can’t beat that tiny little island…frozen banana or Balboa bar in hand!

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    played with sarah markley at this beach the day i met her. it is a great beach. not far from the russel’s beach casa… think i need to go back…NOW!

    cute pix.

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    Thanks for the memories! I grew up in N. CA and went to Balboa Island with my mom, her best friend and daughter. We stayed in an amazing little beach cottage and It’s where my mom finally let me get my ears pierced! So fun…
    Those are the times that matter!

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    “trying to be fancy” — love it! great mommy description that probably describes her perfectly. they are all adorable.

  22. 22

    What a picture-perfect day!

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    love balboa! it’s one of my favorite places. when my sister was little she called balboa bars “balbalona bars.” unfortunately for her we’ve never let her forget it. glad you had such a nice day enjoying the sun and the sand

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    This was so much fun to see on this very rainy gray day. Thanks for the uplift!

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    Oh my, that Charlie’s Angels shot is PRICELESS!

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    What a beautiful family day. I am so happy you captured it and shared it with us.

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    Those group shots made me giggle out loud.

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    I love Balboa Island and Newport Beach. They are the reasons that we moved to Orange County when I was in 7th grade. We used to go to Newport, every Spring break when I was little. Now we live only a few miles away.

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    maggie b. says:

    Ooh how I love Balboa! Truth is you’d take almost any house on the island to be a summer spot, no? And personally, I prefer the Balboa Bar to the chocolate frozen banana. Brings back memories. Very good ones. Thanks for making my day!

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    That was a fun giggle for the day – the way they were looking at their hands to do Charlie’s Angels – priceless!

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    Oh, my heart just aches for Balboa Island!!! My husband and I spent several fun day trips there when we were dating 20 years ago! I just love that place and the houses there. Great memories! Thanks for the post!

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    How fun! It looks like the kiddies had a great time.

    And I love the shoes. I have a think for chuck taylors too!

  33. 33

    How fun! Have loved looking around at your fun blog! Love your stuff! :)

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    my grandparents live on the island (and before them my great grandma lived there) and i’ve always thought of it as magical…especially at night with all the lights. i loved looking at these pictures. you can’t go there and not have fun! i truly enjoy reading your blog…thank you for all the work you do to keep it looking so nice.

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    Great pictures…the kids are adorable!

  36. 36

    balboa island is one of my favorite places!

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    LOVED these photos!

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    Kiersten Johnson says:

    Oh how I love Balboa Island. I was first introduced to it a year ago by my best friend. It is a treasure and I go there all the time. Oh…how I love it!

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    Ah. Dor. Able. Love Balboa Island. Gosh, it’s been too long.

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    my husband and I went there last year!!! We LOVED it!! :) We saw every single beach from Seal Beach down to Laguna! It was so much fun!!

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    Cute pictures! It looks like a lovely place to visit!

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    {melt} i love the pic of G with the farris wheel in the background! what fun! we will have to plan a family day trip there soon! xoxo

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