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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Road Trip 2011

I had written a very extensive post about our trip complete with day-by-day timelines and pics for each stop...but my computer erased every word. SO here is the abbreviated version (maybe it is better this way, says Alex)
After am ultrasound in which we got to see our healthy baby girl, we hit the road stopping first in Morro Bay for a night. After our 7 hour drive, we had a delicious home-cooked dinner with our friend Tracy's parents and then passed out!
The next day, we had breakfast in Cayucos and headed on to Carmel, stopping in Paso Robles at Peachy Canyon winery. We were so fortunate to have great weather and the windswept beaches of Carmel were well worth the many hours spent in the car.
We spent 2 nights there before heading up to San Francisco. We were able to see JP's new apartment and borrow Solange to babysit Avery so we could go out to dinner with Staci and Jason.
The next day we had breakfast and did a little shopping in Union Square, then headed across the bay to Lafayette and our friends Ali and Nick. We spent NYE eating and drinking, and watching the kids play and then (after they went to bed) watching the ball drop on TV (yes, we made it until after midnight!) After a gorgeous walk around the reservoir, we got back in the car and drove down the 5 to Valencia to visit with my brother and sis-in-law. At this point we were pretty much ready to just be home, so we had a mellow evening with TV and pizza and headed home the next morning after breakfast in Valencia with friends.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip with great memories made! Avery was a trooper through it all even though she didn't sleep that well and must have watched Tangled and Toy Story about 5 times each at least. We love to travel and we are so happy to be able to share this with our daughter.
Until next year, enjoy the pics and HAPPY 2012!!

can't wait to drink these wines...in May!
Happy to be out of the car :)
Gorgeous day in Carmel
Runs straight for the water EVERY time!
Hamming it up in Carmel
Hanging out with dada
Climbing in Carmel
Monterey Aquarium!!
Kelp Forest
Sevengill shark, we got to watch them feed them salmon steaks! So cool!
Bat rays. I touched them, slimy!
Avery LOVED the wave room!
Our little fam of 3.5 ;)
Touching seaweed and starfish
Splashing in the puddles in SF with her new rainboots
Fun at the Yerba Buena playground in SF!
JP's sweet studio in SF!
Avery and Tyler playing in Lafayette
Happy 2012!!
 Pit stop at a park before starting the long drive home.
Can't wait to take our family of 4 on the road next year!!

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