family getaway

we escaped last week for a looong weekend away (wednesday through monday) in santa barbara.  the weather was pretty iffy, but when the sun was out, so were we!

some friends of the family own a condo they let us borrow that is right on the beach (that’s it, way up there – top left).   not too shabby.  just a hop, skip and a hundred steps to the beach!

oh sweet lily, in all her 5 year old wonderfulness!

but on the days that were quite blustery, we were content to stay inside, playing with cars and polly pockets, doing a little schoolin’, a lot of cartoonin’ (and blogging).

sometimes when you’re feeling cooped up, you just need to exercise!  actually, lily quite often will randomly decide its time to exercise and start doing stretches and some gymnastics – its hilarious!  she must get her desire to be fit from her mother. ahem.

our last day was our most beautiful.  of course.  isn’t that how it always is?  not too bad of a view!

we went to the santa barbara zoo 3 times!  i spotted the cutest little monkey there!

they have this fun little stage area that the kids thought was hilarious!  note to locals:  if you plan to visit the sb zoo, get an annual pass from our local smaller zoo, charles paddock zoo.  the annual pass is only $50 for a family and is good for the santa barbara zoo as well.  if we bought our tix from the sb zoo, it would’ve cost our family about $54 for 1 day!

look at that!  such a rare sight to see!  no, not the lions, but 2 sisters standing within arms distance and not fighting!  wonders never cease…

so. so. so nice to have time with our family. just our family. (with a tiny visit from the grandparents) having sean around for 5 days was perfect.

somebody’s been working out!

lu and elephants – 2 of my favorite things!

again, who let the monkey roam free?!

the sweatshirt was from silas’ halloween costume, we just ripped off the tail.  such an appropriate outfit for him.

i love vacations.

i love my family.

the end.


  1. 1

    Precious pictures! Looks like you had a great time. Love your little monkey…too cute!

  2. 2

    What a beautiful place to reconnect! It looks like there was a lot of smiling going on!

  3. 3

    Your kids are so cute! Looks like a fun getaway :)

  4. 4

    Family getaways are the best. Love your little monkey!

  5. 5

    Lovely pictures, it looks like y’all had a wonderful time! :)

  6. 6

    Your pictures are amazing! I’m so jealous of the bright, warm sunshine! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7

    What a fun weekend! Your kids are too cute.

  8. 8

    How lucky you are to get to get away like that:) Great, great pictures:)

  9. 9

    Looks like a great weekend! And I love that monkey sweatshirt!

  10. 10

    How fun! I cannot wait for spring when we will get to go to the zoos again! : ) And season passes – AWESOME! I love saving money! : )

  11. 11

    looks like tons of fun!!! Thanks for sharing. That monkey sweatshirt is precious!


  12. 12

    yay for mini vacays!!! we just did one this past weekend too. however it was only from sunday to tuesday. but even it was awesome! looks like you had a great time.
    and is it bad of me to say… that it’s nice to know that your girls fight too? i have 3 daughters, but the older two (one is 7, the other is almost 5) are always bickering! ugh! i swear they were born just so they could fight all day every day! yikers! glad to know i’m not the only mommy dealing with those hormonal gals. what will we do when they’re teenagers?!?!?!? ack!!

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    OMG!!!! I totally saw you at the zoo! I wasnt sure so I didnt say anything but my son was OBSESSED with your sons monkey jacket! He is completely into monkeys right now and kept yelling “mama he a monkey, he a monkey!!”

  14. 14

    Oh – so fun – I love getting away for a change of pace and scenery (and an escape from housework). ;)

    LOVE the sweatshirt! My friend designs animal hoodies – called zoodies…gotta check them out!

  15. 15

    Looks like it was a wonderful time. Getting away for a “mini-break” is such a treat. Especially when you get top spend it with those you love! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. 16

    Looks like it was a wonderful break!

  17. 17

    Love days with kids and animals!

  18. 18

    I love the quick getaways with our kids. So much fun! That is the cutest monkey ever… We have a left over Monkey Halloween costume we’ll need to use the next time we take the kids to the zoo! Thanks for the idea!

  19. 19

    The arches on Lily’s feet are incredible and you owe it to society to put her in ballet. She would love it!

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