We've been so lucky to come back to Carmel for September like we did last year. It's such a charming little town set in the most beautiful scenery...it's hard to beat mountains combined with the ocean. We've had some friends visit us and this week is our first with just the three (ahem, four if you count Baron) of us. Micah was nice to drive out here with Luke while Amber and I flew with Harper and Jolene. We each had a whole row of three seats to ourselves on the plane ride here (it's funny how no one wanted to sit next to a couple of babies:). The next few days, our friends Molly and Jamie came from Atlanta and we spent time picnicking, golfing, and eating yummy food. Our most recent visitors, the Shepards, came from Durham, NC with their son Drew who is a few months older than Jolene. Jolene couldn't get enough of Drew and he was sweet enough to pay attention to her. This coming weekend we have the Benders and Lanie coming to visit, so I should have more good stories in the next post.
No vino left for me? She just started drinking out of her sippy cup on her own but she has a long time to wait for her first sip of wine.
Watching in awe as Micah gets in the freezing water.
Luke was going to get in but changed his mind after feeling the water...Baron doesn't mind the temperature at all (he's in the surf behind the guys).
Frisbee fun. I think Micah decided that it was a little too cold for him shortly after this picture and he donned the wetsuit.
This is Joley's preferred choice of travel around Carmel...it's a little too big for the tiny sidewalks here, so we take it on runs through the neighborhood.
Sweet Harper shows off her gums (I think I see a little tooth on bottom!). Amber was with us in Carmel (see her ear at the top of this picture?), but we were a little lazy with taking our camera places when we first got here. I'm not sure we even got a pic of all of us...darn!
Picnic on the beach with Molly and Jamie.
The Hargathers are such fun friends and I feel lucky that we've seen them so much (especially since we live in different states)!
Jolene LOVED Molly and I appreciated how she would offer to take her even when she was fussy...you can tell she has had lots of niece/nephew experience.
Daddy did a photo shoot and gave her his hat to wear.
Jolene had her first crush on Drew Shepard and thankfully he was into her too. They played and smiled at each other the whole time the Shepards were here.
They even went on a picnic date to the beach!
Jolene loved looking at all the fish on our trip to the Monterey Aquarium.
And so did Drew!
Katrina took our picture in front of this tank last year when I was pregnant. It was weird visiting again with Joley this time.
Did you know that male sea horse daddies carry the sea horse babies to term in their body? Sounds like a great plan to me and Luke gives the idea a thumbs up. One can wish...