Sunday, July 24, 2011


There are a few things I have come to love about summer's in arizona. I love summer monsoons. and i love summer vacations to California.

We usually have 2 California vacations each summer. One with the Gurrs to Coronado. And one with the Connolly's to Newport.

Ever since my first trip to Coronado with Gurr's. I was in love. in love with the weather. in love with the adorable homes. in love with the tree lined streets. in love with the ocean. in love with the food. and always, in love with the company.

There are certain activities we have found, to be among our favorites. Little traditions that must be done while we are there. Or heaven forbid, it will not feel like a fulfilled vacation. here are a few of those things...

Fireworks. Our favorite thing is to be in Coronado over the 4th. Yes, along with the millions of other people. Its crazy, but there is something so magical about fireworks on the island. I think its mostly due to the fact that we can sit out and actually enjoy them in the 60 degree weather. We can also usually see 3 to 4 sets of fireworks where we sit. its like our own personal surround sound fireworks show.

I can't think of anything more american and more patriotic than an old navy flag tee.

The next thing we love to do is go to the beach.

I'm a beach girl. always have been. always will be. I can't tell you how incredibly happy it makes me to have a son who enjoys the beach. I think he loves it just about as much as I do.

Benson is all about jumping right now. He thinks it's so cool. it is pretty cool. until he starts to twirl and then its just embarrassing.

One thing I love about Coronado beach is seeing all of the sand dollars appear in the late afternoon. If you have never seen a live one here is what they look like. they are a beautiful dark red and purple color. 

We always take one day and take a trip to Ghirardelli's. We walk from home to the ferry, where we ride a ferry from Coronado Island to San Diego, and then we walk to Ghirardelli's. We use the walking as a sort of justification for the things we eat once we get to Ghirardelli's. Things like chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes.

and if you couldn't tell...

benson LOVES ice cream.

Another one of our favorite things to do in Coronado is EAT! Miguel's being one of our favorites. The chips, salsa, and jalapeno cream sauce always keep us coming back for more.

One of the things i love about Coronado. Is walking. We literally park our car and dont touch it until we leave the next week. Morning walks and afternoon bike rides are a must

 The kids brought their razors. Benson is now obsessed. I am amazed at how well he can ride on two wheels.

 A trip to the Coronado Candy Factory is a must. 

This was Benson's first trip to a candy store so you could only imagine how much he loved it.

I managed to sneak in a few sour belts and gummy worms for myself but ended up having to share them in the end.

I think the funnest part of vacation happens when the sun goes down. the rice krispy treats come out. and we gather around on the patio to talk and play games. One night was set apart strictly for the 1st annual Gurr Family Minute to Win it game night. And oh what a night it turned out to be. Throughout the games there was laughter. lots of laughter. tears to the eyes, knee slapping laughter. We witnessed family members move their bodies like we have never seen before. 

Oh and did I mention i dominated most of the games and won the grand prize.

Besides a million pictures, we also had alot of video footage from the week. Bryce was able to take 120 minutes of footage and squeeze it into a 4 minute video which summarizes our awesome vacation with the Gurr Family. I sure am grateful for my amazing inlaws and the fun memories that were made this year.

You can check out the video below..