It's funny, I live in Southern California but it was the first time I had been to the beach all summer (a week ago last Sunday) and for the first time in years I went swimming in the ocean! It was amazing. I found myself sporting a huge grin, giggling and getting all giddy and silly with my niece! I felt like a kid again and it felt fantastic.
Del Mar is in North County San Diego and it's beautiful.
As you can see (a little bit!) from the photos, North County is pretty much the best version of the Southern California stereotype.
My sister and her family rented a house down there and it turned out to be a pretty swanky pad with a view of the ocean off in the distance. (See the first photo) It was great spending time with my nieces before they go off in the next couple of weeks, to college to Lugano and high school up in Central California. It was also wonderful watching my nephew have a total ball, swimming in the ocean and making sandcastles and self portraits in the sand. He didn't actually say "self portrait," what he said was, "Look Auntie Lulu, I made a Me!"
After I posted a huge bunch of pictures of all of us on Facebook last night, my sister said simply,
And she's right, they are.
What gives you a silly grin and makes you feel giddy?
What makes feel like a kid again?