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I have been a bit absent this past week from blogland.
I haven't forgotten all of my blogging friends

I have been breathing in the fresh sea air
relaxing in the warm California sun
digging my toes in the sand
'finding myself'
at the ocean.

We snuck in a refreshing little vacation at one of my favorite beach
spots here in Northern California
We are lucky to live close enough to visit
Santa Cruz often.

It is so absolutely beautiful.
I love the beach against the gorgeous mountain backdrop.

Our family, and my sister Taylor all packed up and
headed to the beach for a bit of R&R

We stayed at our favorite hotel in the area~
An old historical resort on acres and acres of Santa Cruz mountain property.
They have hiking trails weaving through the old growth redwoods and eucalyptus trees
and wonderfully sized rooms with private patios.

Love this old abandoned house.
The first time I came to the resort and saw it, I wanted to buy it,
fix it up and move right on in!

It sits among the wilderness and trails that meander through the property.
Going for walks on the trails and breathing in the fresh ocean air
is fantastic.

There is something so refreshing about the misty mornings by the sea.

Ryan with Bella outside Starbucks

We also went down to Monterey one morning.

Cool and a bit fogged in, but so beautiful as always.

The beach is one of my absolute favorite places to go
Sitting at the edge of the ocean
looking out at the water,
listening to the waves
and breathing the fresh air
is absolutely incredible.

Can't wait to head back again soon!


The Block party is starting!!
Whoo whoo!!
A week long blog party at 12 different blogs!!
Every time you join the party and link up
no matter who's blog the party is at where you join~
your link shows up at the other parties.
It's like a traveling blog party so to speak-
The code is placed on each of our parties so every link will be shared
at everyones party!
Debbie and Vanessa get the party started tonight
Summer paint projects at Debbies and Summer activities for kids at Vanessa's
My party will be up on Thursday as usual but is themed for
Shabby Cottage Summer
See you there!!


  1. Nice photos, COurtney. I am glad you enjoyed your little vacation! I have not been to Monterey in years. I love that part of California! We were planning a trip out west, but I think we have changed our mind and are planning to go to North Carolina instead. I am excited about the Blog Party!

    ~Ricki Jill

  2. Hi Courtney~

    This has been a walk down memory lane for me!
    I love Santa Cruz and Monterrey....
    haven't been there in years!

    Have so much fun.
    Your photos are so lovely.

  3. How wonderful that you were able to get away and do that, Courtney. I love the ocean centers me somehow. I realize how little I really am when it comes to the vastness of this world...and that my little problems are no greater than a grain of sand in the big picture of thngs. Can't wait for the block party..xo Diana

  4. What a wonderful trip for you guys. Loved the pictures. Beach and mountains in one jealous! lol

  5. JEALOUS!!! Have a wonderful time, and soak in some of that sea air for me :)

  6. Love the beach! Sometimes you just need to recharge the batteries!

  7. Courtney, this looks so relaxing! What a beautiful place. The beach, the walks in the trees. What a wonderful get away you must have had.

  8. Oh, it all looks wonderful! Would you mind sharing the name of that place where you love to stay?

  9. What a fun little getaway for all (three!) of you! :) There's no place like kicking back and losing yourself in the beauty of the beach. It does wonders for healing the heart and soul. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  10. Courtney this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world!! I love it and haven't been there for a getaway in a while!

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  11. What a wonderful getaway! The hotel sounds so nice and the photo with the path is truly inviting....wish I could jump through the screen and be there.


  12. Your pictures are making me want to jump on a plane and head for the closest beach! Like pronto! :)

  13. I love Santa Cruz and Monterey too. It looks like you had a great time!


  14. Perfect Courtney!! I can think of very little else I'd love more right now than to sink my toesies in some warm sand! And what gorgeous sand that is! You lucky ducky you! I'm actually only 1 block from the ocean but alas the sand is very rocky. There's nothing quite like the smell of the ocean is there? I think it restores the soul *winks*

    I'll be joining your party tomorrow...I'm running a little late. Vanna

  15. Oh wow seeing these pictures really make me miss California! We always love going to Monterey! It is so beautiful there. Sounds like you had such an awesome time and your pictures are great!

  16. Oh that sounds like an amazing time!;) Wish I could join you!! Hugs, Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  17. What a beautiful relaxing place! Thanks for sharing, we all need these wonderful get-a-ways!

  18. Sounds (and looks) LOVELY

    Debbie Kay

  19. Who would abandon that house???????


  20. Love Santa Cruz!!! Brings back such good memories for me :)) Thank you for sharing!!

  21. wow looks like the perfect relaxing holiday! :D

  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment!!! I’m a new follower! Your Blog is gorgeous!

  23. That area is so gorgeous!!!!! Looks like such fun!