My bestie Heather by Hand threw me a little tea party baby shower this past weekend at Buttercup Cakes (& Farmhouse) in downtown Santa Cruz! On the weekends they offer “high tea” and it’s quite the popular outing around these parts. Heather and I would love to make it a monthly ritual because it’s just absolutely lovely. The decor and china and tea sandwiches and options for scones and teas is just marvelous. You feel very girly and fancy, like a queen! And for us Downton obsessed fans, it’s the perfect place for girl time and in my case, a baby shower!
Happy fall, friends. You could definitely say we’re falling in over here. My kiddos are still too young for scary movies and most other Halloween things, but picking out and carving pumpkins is finally fun! Last weekend we went up to Rodoni Farms .. [remember our first trip there with baby Jace? :**(( ..] and picked out our pumpkins. Jace took it very seriously and was on a mission to the find the biggest one possible. And Rodoni doesn’t disappoint. They’re located on a massive hill overlooking the ocean, with rows and rows of every kind of pumpkin imaginable, and size! They also have a fun corn maze, face painting and other kid-friendly obstacles.
We found Jace’s new favorite place last week – the BOARDWALK! Tuesday night was Retro night, with old school prices for rides (only $1.50!). I couldn’t remember if there were enough rides for Jace’s size, but to my surprise there were a lot! And many we could accompany him on, like the log ride – which we rode twice. Such a blast!!!! We found Jace didn’t want to ride any rides by himself .. so we ended up searching for the ones we could do together. My favorite might have been the ferris wheel as I went a little crazy with the photos, haha. I also like my alone time with my little boy ;) Walker did pretty good, too. We splurged on corn dogs, sweet potato fries and fried oreos for me! As you can see, the weather was great. I see us getting season tickets next summer for sure, and might even take my parents next week over Labor Day. This place really gives you all the feels. The beach, the screams .. the smell of fried food. It’s just like a movie. Brings back lots of great memories and I can’t wait for Jace to make his own memories here with his friends.
Well I just got back from the most relaxing weekend ever. At FORD WOOD, my best friend, Heather’s, new home under the redwoods. It’d been a year since I’d been back to Santa Cruz, so I was looking forward to getting back to my roots and catching up with friends. Good friends. Truly the best if you ask me. Heather was the most perfect host. She set up her little guest house for me with fresh sheets, toiletries and flowers, even some water for my bedside. It was my little sanctuary away from home. Here were some of my favorite moments from the weekend . . .
On our last day in the Cruz over the 4th, we took the trolly down to the Boardwalk to give Jace one more visit to the beach. I didn’t get my fried oreo or corn dog like normal, but I got to watch Jace be a wild man on the beach. He stole a volleyball, lost some toys in the ocean and got stuck in the sand. It was awesome. It was also interesting changing him on the sidewalk in front of the whole world. Good thing we ended this last trek to the beach with some 1020 ice-cream from Marianne’s. I sure do miss our life in California and that exciting boardwalk. And the smell of the ocean and the cool breeze. Everything. For now, I’ll hold on to pictures and memories!