Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Postcard from Crystal Cove Beach

Crystal Cove
ahhh... summer vacation... a few stolen days on a beach named Crystal Cove

There's time to explore the tide pools
ivan_boys_tidepools_2

hang 10 on a driftwood seesaw
nico_hangs10

or stare at the sunset
Sunset

Our cottage on the beach, called the Dive Shack
The Dive Shack

What a fun place to stay!
mantle

the view that Luca and I shared while napping on the couch
view from the couch

a dive helmet kept watch overhead
Dive Helmet

a sleeping loft for our little boys to play pirate
loft

buoys hung from stairs
buoys_2

and some clever boys who had stayed there before us left a very fun scavenger hunt in the guest journal
scavenger_hunt

I spent the quiet, early morning hours on the deck overlooking the ocean with my comfort quilt and a very treasured book
Gift From The Sea

While we were there, our big boy Matteo turned 5!
Matteo_5

Happy Birthday, My Love!
Happybirthday_matteo

It was such a lovely, magical way to spend these last days of summer...
myboys

Wishing you warmth, light and love
Marina

15 comments:

Jenne said...

Aaah! Dying here! Marina, those photos are FABULOUS!!! It looks like it was such a wonderful vacation! Can't wait to hear all about it. I hope I can make it down there next year.

Annie said...

What a fun place to stay! All your photos are beautiful and it looks like your boys had a great time :)

Jen said...

What a precious vacation! Happy birthday, Matteo!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, big boy!!! What an amazing place to enjoy being together. Makes me want to head out to the beach! I can see beautiful memories being made in your photos.
enjoy
lisa

Stacy said...

Dreamy! What a wonderful way to spend the end of August.

boatbaby said...

What a dreamy spot! And I also love that book. Happy Birthday Matteo! We had that 5 Robin Hood too. And i LOVE that crown - did you make it?

healing hillary said...

Love the Dive Shack...what a treasure for you pirates and what a memorable way to celebrate 5. Happy Birthday!

momma rae said...

gorgeous post! what a lovely place to stay! love the first photo, your new banner and that stunning crown. ;)

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday, Matteo!! Ohhh, what a lovely spot--so, so beautiful!

lyneya said...

Oh how beautiful! How did you ever manage to head back to real life???

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Marina, Beautiful! So glad you had such a lovely time. Love the beach theme of the shack and that Matteo's birthday items followed you there! Glad I got to talk with you before I jetted off.
Hugs, Nicola

Heather said...

So So sweet Marina, what a wonderful spot to enjoy the warmth left in summer. Happy birthday to Matteo

Simple Mama said...

Gorgeous photos. I'm so glad you had such a lovely time. Miss you my friend. Seems we haven't had much of a chance to catch up as of late. Blessings.

Dawn said...

I love your photography! That first picture of the beach really does look like a postcard...one that I would frame. What a beautiful cottage!

earthboysblog said...

Your little Nico looks like he's enjoying his days! Your photos are beautiful.
I especially love the photo of your two sons embracing one another - we have many of these special moments in our home.
My husband loves lofts, a charming little place you have with exquisite views.