When Nicole, whom longtime readers may remember as Brent's groom matron in our wedding, invited the large circle of friends together this weekend along the Central California coast where we all went to school, we immediately said yes.
We arrived earlier than the rest of the group and killed some time at the San Luis Obispo's Children's Museum. It was definitely smaller than big-city kids museums, but still lots of fun.
Later, we strolled along the creek, where Brent and I strolled on our first date. By coincidence, the next day we had brunch at the same restaurant where we started our first date.
This called for spirit fingers, of course.
While the group spent a lot of the weekend exploring in smaller groups, we gathered the entire bunch Saturday night for a BBQ at Matt & Nicole's parents' vacation home in Pismo Beach. There were five kids amongst our group of 20, and they kept plenty busy.
Matt is going to be a great father someday. He kept the kiddos entertained with chalk games...
...and cookie decorating.
As hectic as it can be to travel with a toddler in tow, the weekend was just the family get-away we needed.