JP has been so immersed in pruning that we have spent very little quality time together as a family. We decided a change of scenery was in order and headed out of town last Monday. I had decided to turn the President's day holiday into a four-day weekend, and since JP worked on Saturday he had Tuesday off, so we decided to take advantage of weekday rates and make an overnight visit to Monterey.
We made it to the coast just in time to hit the tail end of the holiday crowds.
LJ and I headed down to the beach by the hotel and played for awhile. LJ was pretty firm on not going near the "ah-sho," (ocean) but he did enjoy the sand. After that he and I headed over to the mall for a Pizza My Heart date. By the time we got back to our room JP was feeling much better and we hunkered down to enjoy the big screen TV and crappy cable shows we don't get at home. (Big Foot Hunters, anyone?)
Every time we would talk about seeing sharks, LJ's eyes would get really big, his whole body would shake and he would suck in his breath several times. It was all very dramatic, so I'm not sure if he was really frightened by the idea or if the whole act was just for show. Regardless, he wore his shark shirt for the occasion and seemed to handle all sightings without issue.
The sunfish is my favorite. He's just so weird looking!
It was a beautiful day by the "ah-sho." We ended our trip with another oceanfront meal; lunch at El Torito. We hopped in the car to head home and didn't even make it to the freeway before LJ was sound asleep in the backseat. We wore the little guy out.
It was a much-needed, restful family getaway. I'm so glad we were able to do it!
Now it's back to cleaning up the vineyard and taking care of things on the homefront!