Anyway, the summer was challenging, to say the least, but the brightest part of it was the time making memories with my family so close by and the times we spent at the beach. Therefore, the shining star of the summer was the 4 days we spent in San Diego on the Navy Base at Coronado Island with my sister in a beach cottage on, well, the beach! I couldn't let the summer fade without a post about this special time.
|The Navy Lodge at North Island Naval Air Station--right next to the cottages|
|Enjoying the playground and the view of Point Loma from the Lodge|
|Sand for burying your little sister|
|Sand crabs to tickle your toes|
|Sand dollars to hunt for early in the morning in your jammies with your cool aunt|
|Random capsized boats washing ashore...you have to keep from asking yourself what happened to the captain and why did his boat wash ashore...|
|Other floatsam and jetsam items found on shore--a rake, Sponge Bob, a dinosaur head...but check out Evan in this picture...|
|Do you see why I call him a stinker? I thought we were taking a nice picture of us on the beach!|
|Sand for building castles (and having even more fun destroying them)|
|Breakfast on the porch with Grandma|
|Large aircraft carriers heading out to sea|
|It seemed that every other plane that flew over was one of Aunt Kendra's former or current airplanes (this is the COD--a plane she used to fly)|
There were a few potential drawbacks...
|The sign on our beach that said: "Danger Live Firing Area Off Limits"|
|The noisy groups of sailors doing PT on the beach outside our cottage at 6 am.|
|One morning, they sang "Good Morning from the U.S. Navy" to us in cadence and tried to recruit Samuel.|
We visited my sister's work:
|Yes, it's a big aircraft, and yes, my sister flies it.|
|Future flight attendant? Nah...pilot!|
|Annie was disappointed because she thought we were actually going to fly somewhere.|
The beach, the views, the fun, and the feeling of adventure and patriotism watching the US Navy at work...this sign at the Navy Lodge sums up the experience we had at the beach cottage.
The kids are already begging to go back!