I'm hiding out at home today. I'm catching up on a few craft projects and cleaning. Sometimes you just need to do that. Having fun seems to take over during the summer while the kids are home. I think it's a combination of not wanting to hear those dreaded words, 'I'm bored mum', and wanting to soak up as much of the summer sun as possible. Then you realize there are no clean clothes, the dishes are still piled up in the sink, and you can barely walk through the door without tripping over something.

We've been heading to the beach a bit this summer. If I could live in a house with a view of the ocean I would be the happiest girl. There's something about the ocean that is so calming for me.

The kids have been having such a great summer outdoors, that they've actually looked forward to having the rare day at home where they can build forts and LEGO, watch movies, and swim in the pool.

 

La Jolla Cove

Low Tide at La Jolla Cove
If you head there during low-tide there are great tidepools to explore, plus you might find yourself swimming with the seals.

La Jolla Cove Seals
La Jolla Cove at Low Tide
Tidepooling at La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove seals
Don't forget to take a walk around the park to the Children's Pool to view the seals up close. There's a narrow boardwalk that will take you around the other side where you'll be able to view them a little closer.

Seals at The Children's Pool La Jolla
And you may even spot some of these little cuties on your way around. This baby squirrel was just too cute.

Baby squirrel at La Jolla Cove
Long Beach (by the Shoreline Marina)

We headed up to Long Beach one day to watch the FIVB World Series Beach Volleyball Tournament.  

FIVB World Series Beach Volleball Tournament 2013
FIVB World Series Beach Volleball Tournament 2013
FIVB World Series Beach Volleball Tournament 2013
And play at the beach of course.

Long Beach California
Long Beach California

 

La Jolla Shores

It has been a while since we've ventured to La Jolla Shores. It can get quite crowded there, but it's a great beach for kids seeing as there's a playground and bathrooms, but I recommend getting there early.

Jay had decided he wanted to get his scuba diving certification over summer vacation, so I enrolled him with Pacific Beach Sports.  After all of the practical work had been finished and he'd done some pool work, they did a couple of ocean dives, so on one of those mornings I took the kids down there too for a play.

Scuba diving lessons at La Jolla Shores
So while Jay was out in the water, the kids and I built an elaborate ancient run-down castle. It takes great skill to build a run-down castle you know.

La Jolla Shores



La Jolla Shores


La Jolla Shores

 

Bonita Cove

This is one of our favorite spots to meet up with friends for a beach play date. It's never crowded when we go, there are no waves, a playground right on the sand, and bathrooms nearby.

Bonita Cove, Mission BayBonita Cove, Mission Bay


Bonita Cove, Mission Bay

Bonita Cove, Mission Bay


Bonita Cove, Mission Bay
Bonita Cove, Mission Bay
Bonita Cove, Mission Bay

 

Del Mar Beach

Del Mar Beach has become a fast favorite of ours since playing there for the first time back in April.  I'm not sure if I even shared photos back then, so let me show you just a couple.

Powerhouse Park Del Mar
Powerhouse Park is located on the hill above the beach. There's a great little playground for kids, and just look at that view from the swings. I couldn't get the little man off them for the longest time … until he realized that the trains run right past the playground frequently.

He does love playing in the sand though too.

Del Mar Beach

If you are looking for a great place to grab a pizza in the area, I highly recommend Del Mar Pizza. It's on 15th Street and the pizza is really good, plus it's walking distance to the beach and Powerhouse Park.

I hope you've all been having a wonderful summer too.

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