Aunt Tracey came into town Saturday evening. We bbq'd some delicious filet mignon and ahi tuna steaks (N's specialty) along with some asparagus and grape tomatoes (also grilled), corn on the cob, and our favorite summer salad of spinach and fresh strawberries. It's our staple meal for family get-togethers and we've perfected it over the years. After dinner we went on our evening walk to the Rose Garden with Molly in the lead. I took Sadie on leash so we had to stick to doing laps around the perimeter. It was a gorgeous evening out and N took lots of pics. He's currently tweaking them in his bat cave, but hopefully they will be posted soon.
Today we headed down to the Capitola City Beach. We weren't sure what Molly's reaction to the sand was going to be. There have been times she absolutely refuses to go near it and then there's the rare occasion where she dives right on in. I knew if there was any chance of us lasting we needed to bring shade. So I had N pack up his huge industrial canopy and we set that up as soon as we got there. It worked out perfectly. My parents brought an old queen size quilt that we put the canopy over. We had several camping chairs set up around the perimeter and then we put their beach umbrella up on the side so Molly could play in the sand (and not just dump it all over the quilt) while being in the shade. She dug right in. Phew!
As the day wore on more and more people set up camp on the beach and while everyone else was in their bathing suits we were all bundled up in sweatshirts under the canopy. There was a constant breeze coming in from the ocean and if you weren't in the direct sun it was a bit chilly. I had left Molly in her pajamas for the ride down and we left her socks on in case she wandered a bit so we wouldn't have to worry about her burning her feet in the hot sand. She pretty much stuck to our camp except for the few times when she realized someone had wandered off (usually Auntie or Grandpa, they're always disappearing without saying anything). I had brought a little sun dome (mini beach tent) that I was hoping Molly would nap in. She was fine playing in it, but had no interest in laying down. I then bundled her up in fleece pants and a hoodie over her pjs in the hopes that the extra warmth, plus cool breeze, plus bottle would do the trick. No dice.
A little after 2:00 pm (Molly usually naps at 1:00) I decided to load Molly up in the Bob stroller while her Auntie and I did laps around town. Molly was not fussing at all, but I knew she was tired and I didn't want her to get too overly tired. We went up a few side streets and got away from the hustle and bustle of town. A couple laps up and down a shady street and she was out. We rolled her right out onto the beach in her stroller and she proceeded to sleep for a little over an hour and a half. In fact she probably would have slept longer, but we decided to pack up and go around 4:00. Molly woke up when we got to the car and loaded her into her car seat. She didn't fall back asleep on the ride home, but she didn't make a peep either.
When we got home N immediately put her in the bath tub, but she really wasn't all that dirty. She had rubbed a little bit of sand in one eye and it's a little red, but really nothing other than that. I was expecting to find sand in all sorts of places, but apparently she was too bundled up to get it anywhere. This is a good thing. All in all I'd say it was a successful day.