Monday, July 17, 2017

Carp Girls Weekend

We planned months ago to have a weekend at the beach where the girls got to each invite a friend to come for the weekend. Well, that weekend arrived!! They were so so excited. We had just been to Carpinteria the weekend before with Kimi & Miranda but we were ready for more fun in the sun.
Gemma brought Liv and Lily brought Scarlett. Poor Alex is having a summer filled with ladies!! We arrived in Carp Sat AM and promptly prepared for the beach. We loaded our gear into the wagon and walked through town to the beach.  Worlds safest girls weekend!
There was a lot of swimming, boogie boarding, and sand playing. Alex had to bury four girls to make four mermaids!
 Those mermaid tails were better than the photo I promise.
We got some new sand diggers and buckets. There was a lot of sand food making, cookies, meatballs and ice creams.
Lily's cat claws really help her dig.
Everyone had fun in the water and swam really far out to boogie board.

We hadn't had our fill of the water yet so we took a dip in the pool at the condo. Four girls and a sea turtle plus fins and flippers.
There was a fair amount of squealing and laughing.
After baths and showers we went to Padaro grill for dinner which was a big hit. We still had a little room after dinner so on our way home we stopped at Fosters Freeze for soft serve ice cream cones. Then we needed to burn off some more energy if we expected the four girls to sleep so they ran around the beach playground for about an hour. That didn't keep them from giggling and telling poop stories for an hour before bed. By about 9:30pm they were all out. They all slept in Granny & Grampy's big room with Lily and Scarlett in the bed and Liv on the roll away bed and GG on the matt on the floor. They loved all being together!
 The next morning they were up by about 7am. There was no keeping them quiet so they watched the only DVD we could find at the condo, Shrek 3! It did the trick and by then we could manage bagels and fruit before we got ready for the day. They informed me that girls weekend needed to include "coffees" at coffee bean in the AM. Three hot cocoa's and one decaf mocha fit the bill. I think they mostly wanted to feel grown up because 3/4 didn't drink half their drink and said it was yucky.
Off to Santa Barbara for the day. We started off at the Museum of Natural History. We had been before when Lily & Gemma were very small with Granny & Grampy.  It starts with a giant blue whale skeleton. There are three girls in it's belly that must have gotten eaten.
The whole museum takes about 1 1/2 hours. It's pretty good and everyone learned something. Lily & Scarlett knew a lot in the Chumash room because they learned a lot about them in 3rd grade.
There is a big outdoor area as well. Lots of rocks to scramble on.
They love the stream area where you can climb around barefoot and splash in the water. Perfect for a hot day.
Everyone was starved after the museum so we stopped for pizza before going to the cool playground in SB. It is fun for all ages and great for hide and seek.  We could tell the girls were slowing down and it was still pretty hot out. We headed back to Carp to get yoyumyum frozen yogurt before packing up and heading home. All the girls did great on their sleep over weekend. I'm thinking it's going to become a summer tradition!

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