Mele and Lyra
Ella, Gray, Wes, and Miles were all there.
Helen and her vivacious girls came.
Renee, Xavier, and Leo joined the fun! (Renee and her husband Dan were one of the families that opened their home to us after the rescue. I was at their home when I wrote this post.)
This is Steve and Monique. They also live on a sailboat, s/v Sea Conquest, and lived in Mexico at the same time we did.
They had this hunk of love, Ronin, only a few months after we had Lyra down in Mexico.
Cora has memories of playing with their son, Sacha, in Catalina Island, La Cruz, Mexico, and San Diego. I love world travelers and I love sailing families.
My friend Paige's two munchkins, Maddie and Colin. Paige, and our friend Mollie, are now the talent behind Red Charlotte.
It was a day to reconnect with all kinds of people in our lives, friends, new and old.
We played soccer, soaked in the rays, hit the piñata, and had the kids decorate their own donuts (a true crowd pleaser):
It was a day to be happy and to show gratitude for the friends and family in our lives.
Three years ago Ella took this photo of our family on a beach in San Diego:
It was both perfect and bittersweet that she was able to take this photo on a beach in San Diego three years later:
We had planned on being somewhere in the South Pacific for Cora's fourth birthday, but it is really, truly, hard to complain when we are in an incredible city, surrounded by friends and family, and so connected with love and support.
Happy birthday, Cora.
Post script: Eric sums up the day of intense beach fun perfectly in the photo below.