We started out the trip with Lucca photo bombing a potentially super cute picture of Ewen.

Would you expect anything less from a baby brother?

Before we hit the beach we made a pit stop in S.F. to run in the sun, grab a bite to eat…

And to scarf down a couple cupcakes!

When we finally arrived my boys quickly pulled their socks and shoes off to play run away from the waves!

More often than not the ocean will win this game and somebody usually walks away soaking wet and teary eyed.

I love how brave Jude is, rolled up jeans and all!

Next order of business was trying to beat dad at checkers…

Looks like Jude is giving Ryan a run for his money, but dad still won.

Next time Judy!

A simple dinner our first night there. BBQ tri tip, roasted brussel sprouts and cheese bread.

Who doesn’t love a simple slice of toasted cheese bread?!

The next morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day so we threw on our suits and headed down to the beach.

For all of you mothers with young babies this picture is for you. Someday soon your babies will grow and you wont have to worry about your little ones eating sand, crawling into the ocean or trying to find a place to change a sandy, poppy diaper. I promise the beach will once again become a relaxing place to be!

For lunch we decide to have burgers.

I never really believed the stories people told me about how much food a teenage boy could consume in a day or how quickly they could eat it. I had to see it with my own eyes and for any other unbelievers out there watch Gaven eat this burger in almost three bites!




“Hey mom, are you going to finish your burger?”

We cleaned ourselves up and went out to a fancy dinner that night at the Parkside Cafe

I am HUGE fan of shellfish so we started with an order of mussels…

And for dinner I ordered the “Taste of the sea!”

Nothing makes me happier than a bowl full of pasta and super fresh sea food!

We topped the night off with a crazy game of Farkel.

I don’t remember who won but it’s safe to say it wasn’t me!

An easy breakfast of fried eggs, fried salami, olive oil toast and fruit.

You’ve never had fried salami?! Try it and thank me next time you see me.

We thought it would be nice to drive to Bolinas for lunch that afternoon.

I ate every single one of those anchovies on top of that caesar salad and was very happy with my decision. I’m not really sure how Ryan felt about it but he did buy me a big pack of gum later that day.

Bolinas is a really great town but if you’ve never been there you might need someone to show you how to get there.

For whatever reason there are no signs on the highway to tell you where to turn!

After lunch we took a walk to the beach and I finally got my cute picture of Ewen.

This pretty beach is famous for it’s easy waves and is a great spot for surfers of all levels. I think I just figured out why there are no signs on the highway telling people how to get here.

Surfer’s law.

Ryan prepping mushrooms for our last dinner in the beach house.

We had quite a spred that night! BBQ chicken, sauteed mushrooms and steamed mussels.

So much good stuff on this dinner table!

I caught Ewen trying to pick up some chicks Easter morning in Point Reyes.

Ryan picked up an amazing sticky bun from the Bovine Bakery.

And I picked up some of my favorite blue cheese at the infamous Cowgirl Creamery. I absolutely adore this cheese and can taste the foggy mornings and salty sea air in it’s blue veins.

If you’re at a restaurant and see a dish made with Point Reyes blue cheese order it! Again you can thank me next time you see me.

We spotted Six Flags on our way home and asked the boys if they felt like ridding roller coasters.

Their answer? “Yesyesyesyesyesyes! YES! YES! YES!”

We ended our family getaway with the cutest (and yummiest) funnel cake that you ever did see!

I love getting away but even more I love coming home.

7 Responses to Stinson Beach 2012

  1. kim says:

    I LOVE California!!!!! What a perfect vacation :)

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you Kim! California is the best. I am very grateful that I get to live and raise my boys here!!:)

  3. Mickie Vanni says:

    Melissa, this was wonderful. I love your enduring love stories between you and your “boys”. You are a talented and beautiful girl……. and the BEST daughter-in-law. xoxo, Mickie

  4. Mabel says:

    Now, I know where to go next time daddy gets a chance to take a vacation. It looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I love anchovies too (-:

  5. Melissa says:

    Love you too Mickie! Mable, yes Stinson beach never disappoints!

  6. Mom says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience babe ~ those pictures are priceless and the food you ate YUMMY!!!!
    Love ya babe XO

  7. Melissa says:

    Love you too mom!

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