Having grown up in Southern California, summertime to me means beach bonfires. Wearing an old sweatshirt and unbending wire hangers to roast marshmallows into oblivion. Singing songs to a guitar and maybe a tamborine. Eating more hotdogs than is good for you. And if it was the end of a school year, perhaps burning a notebook or two that was particularly heinous.
So last week when we headed back to Orange County we just had to have a get together at the beach! That, plus since my parents don't live there anymore its a convenient way to invite and see EVERYONE without needing space to host them all!
Our beach of choice is Corona Del Mar. I have a lot of memories at this beach--I was baptized in Pirates Cove, beach days at the end of the school year with my class, birthday parties, and one of my favorite houses in the world sits perched at the top.
We had our get together there last summer before Heatherly's wedding:
Anyways, in keeping with tradition we and 30 or 40 friends and family or so headed to the sandy shores to play some volleyball, nosh, chat, and as the sun set over the ocean we all gathered 'round the bonfire to make s'mores, chat, and listen to my talented brother Jeremiah sing some of his songs.
Ammah snuggling up with Rusty.
Becca dominating the volleyball game
Charissa dominating that face
Charissa and her human-like dog Roxanne
My dad and cuz Amanda
My dad is a man of many expressions...
Matt enjoying the game even though the boys were thoroughly whooped
Jeremiah making a nice save
My bro doing what he does...
Us with my longtime friend Michelle and her boyfriend Chris
And last but not least my impression of a dancing raising. Attractive. I know. Think of me next time you eat a raisin.
And for your listening pleasure, one of my bro's songs.