Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kimi & Miranda Girl

Just a couple of days after July 4th we had our annual summer visit from Kimi & Miranda!! We have been able to see them almost every year since I left Hawaii. We visited them when they lived in Hawaii, they visited us in Seattle and now in LA!! All the girls have the best time together and Lily & Gemma just truly adore Miranda. They arrived at our house in the dark late of the night and the next morning after sleeping in and having waffles we all decided to head to Carpinteria and Santa Barbara for the weekend.
Why not take them to the World's safest beach? We do really love this place and we all splashed in the waves and body surfed until we needed to cool off with shave ice! Then it was back to the condo to clean up and get supper. The next morning we decided to explore Santa Barbara.
It was a great day down at the beach in Santa Barbara too. We walked along the pier to the aquarium.
We had never been inside so we decided to check it out. The touch pools were pretty cool!
We even braved the great white shark cage!!!
It was really no big deal for Kimi and I since we have done shark diving in South Africa. No really we did. Nope, I wouldn't do it again either.
Sea Stars and learning about marine life and keeping our ocean clean.
I guess Gemma is blowing a kiss to the whale?
All this ocean air made us hungry. Time to eat some sea food! We went to a restaurant on the pier that looked good. Lots of fresh seafood shrimp, scallops and crab. What a shame the youngins ordered chicken strips.
More fun on the pier with the blue whale.
Across the street we went to ride the carousel.
We had the whole place to ourselves!
We had to go explore State street of course. Do a little window shopping and then make our way to McConnell's ice cream. So many flavors it was hard to choose.
In full tourist mode we drove over to the Mission to have a look. They had some sweet little Friars on display.
We didn't do the whole mission tour because it was getting late and we still had to make our way back home.
It was back to Thousand Oaks for work and girl scout camp. Kimi and Miranda explored during the day on their own and then after camp we all went for pedicures. 
It is our tradition to get our toes done in the summer and Gemma would never let me forget.
We love having these girls come every summer. Hopefully we will get out their way to visit them in Georgia some time soon too!

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