Happy 80th Birthday, Aunt Luana

May 16, 2015

We spent a wonderful weekend in Pajaro Dunes for Aunt Luana’s 80th birthday celebration. Arriving bright and early on Saturday, we were treated to a beautiful beach house with an amazing full view of the beach and ocean. The morning started a bit overcast, but soon cleared out to breezy blue skies.

Welcome!

Welcome!

The beach at Pajaro Dunes May 16, 2015

The beach at Pajaro Dunes
May 16, 2015

Sandpipers

Sandpipers

Poppies Just had to get a flower picture!

Poppies
Just had to get a flower picture!

We walked the beach, collected shells, visited, played games, did a little homework (poor Rebecca and Tressa), enjoyed good food (thanks for the barbeque Willy), shared photos, sat on the large deck and took in the view, read, loved being with family, saw whales, ate cake, and ended the day with a relaxing soak in the hot tub!

David and Nancy

David and Nancy

Me and Janet on the beach

Me and Janet on the beach

Willy and Jon back from a long walk

Willy and Jon back from a long walk

Mom on the beach

Mom on the beach

Janet and Hennessey

Janet and Hennessey

Baby Alonzo, sitting on Kalisha's lap, loves the ocean view.

Baby Alonzo, sitting on Kalisha’s lap, loves the ocean view.

Sharing photos

Sharing photos

Willy shows off his 50th memory book!

Willy shows off his 50th memory book!

Mariano and Rebecca looking for shells

Mariano and Rebecca looking for shells

Me and Willy relaxing on the porch

Me and Willy relaxing on the deck

Our lovely beach house

Our lovely beach house

Oh, Grandpa!!

Oh, Grandpa!!

That's better!!

That’s better!!

Aunt Luana loves puzzles

Aunt Luana loves puzzles

Rebecca and Kalisha working on the puzzle

Rebecca and Kalisha working on the puzzle

Aunt Luana opened her gift from Janet, filled with 80 years of memories and love.  Everyone enjoyed a slide show of the photos, too. I took one last walk on the beach for the day, and Willy barbequed.  Dinner was yummy, more gifts, and cake!

Janet's gift to her mom, a beautiful photo book of memories

Janet’s gift to her mom, a beautiful photo book of memories

A little solitude just before dinner...

A little solitude just before dinner…

Writing in the sand....

Writing in the sand….

...and felt the joy and the beauty of the ocean!

…and felt the joy and the beauty of the ocean!

Laura was here!

Laura was here!

Looking back with gratitude.

Looking back with gratitude.

Willy, Janet, and Jon... making dinner?

Willy, Janet, and Jon…
making dinner?

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Grandma Pam and Alonzo

Grandma Pam and Alonzo

Alonzo and Willy (yes, everyone loved Alonzo!)

Alonzo and Willy
(yes, everyone loved Alonzo!)

Before everyone started leaving, we took some group photos.

Cousins Me, Janet, David Willy and Pam

Cousins
Me, Janet, David
Willy and Pam

David, Janet, Luana, and Pam

David, Janet, Luana, and Pam

Watching the sun go down on a beautiful day!

Watching the sun go down on a beautiful day!

Horseback riders at sunset

Horseback riders at sunset

Rebecca and I stayed the night!  Such a treat!  The girls roasted marshmallows (on the stove), we did the hot tub, and went to sleep to the sound of the ocean!

Sunday morning, Kalisha and I went for a long walk on the beach.  Were as all we found yesterday were mostly broken shells and sand dollars, today we found lots and lots, and many of them were still alive!  Kalisha heroically and gently put them back in the ocean, and we kept finding them, and finding them.

I wore boots thinking it would be cold, but it was actually gorgeous!

I wore boots thinking it would be cold, but it was actually gorgeous!

Kalisha rescues a live sand dollar

Kalisha rescues a live sand dollar

They were purple and fuzzy looking

They were purple and fuzzy looking

Back to the sea with you

Back to the sea with you

We found more and more as we went, and more on the way back!

We found more and more as we went, and more on the way back!

Hundreds of sandpipers looking for breakfast

Hundreds of sandpipers looking for breakfast

Speaking of breakfast, we headed back for some of our own.  I had also brought jars for everyone to take home a little memory of the weekend.  A little sand, a few shells, and voila, instant memories!

A little memory of the weekend!

A little memory of the weekend!

Mariella's jar

Mariella’s jar

Janet working on her jar

Janet working on her jar

Rebecca's memory jar

Rebecca’s memory jar

The puzzle is done!!  Just in time.  Time to pack up and head out....

The puzzle is done!! Just in time. Time to pack up and head out….

Before we headed out, I made sure there was time for a few last shots on the beach…

One last sit on the deck!

One last sit on the deck!

Janet and her girls

Janet and her girls

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

The girlies!

The girlies!

Janet and me before we head back up

Janet and me before we head back up

What a wonderful, special weekend.  It was so good to see everyone.  Aunt Luana, Pam, Janet and her girls, Kalisha, Mariella, and Tressa, Hennessey and her boys, Mariano and Alonzo, David and Nancy, Willy and Jon, Mom and Daddy, and of course, Rebecca and I were there, too.

We have to go this again…….  Goodbye for now!

Come back soon!

Come back soon!

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