Piglet’s First Trip to Carmel

We just got back from our trip to Carmel Wednesday night, and already this heat is getting to me. The weather in Carmel was perfect:  nice cool mornings, followed by sunny days that were never hotter than 75, and deliciously cool nights. Now we’re back in the high 90 temps, where it doesn’t cool down til way past our bedtime. Booooo!

The trip was a lot of fun, but it started off pretty shaky. I was feeling incredibly irritated and hormonal. My hormones are all over the place, and I’m sure a lot of you mamas can commiserate with me! It was a combo of lack of sleep and hormones, and jealousy at how easy Daddies have it! Match was in vacation mode, and I think he forgot that sometimes Mommy needs a little break too. I also dealt with some disappointment on the MIL front. I think I expected a little more help than she was willing to give, and that’s fine. We are all learning our roles, and I’m learning that she isn’t as hands on a grandma as either Match and I expected her to be. Perhaps when he’s a little older she will be. Or maybe we just need to learn to ask!

After a great heart to heart and some hugs from Match, I felt a lot better. He made sure to help me out a lot more the rest of the trip, and I think we found that balance of caring for our little man, with neither parent feeling they were being overworked. We even managed to have a lunch date. We had hoped we could leave him with Grandma, but she was busy playing hostess to their friends that were visiting, so we took Piglet along. He gave us a break and slept the entire time! Gotta love that 🙂 I love Match’s grump face-he wasn’t even remotely mad in that picture. Dork!

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We went to the beach a couple of times:

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went hiking at Point Lobos:Fotor0831160723and enjoyed the company of Match’s parents, his sis-in-law and fiance, and Match’s parents best friends that came all the way from the east coast. More importantly, Piglet got to show off his adorable clothes, and his adorable personality to his family. I mean seriously, how cute is this little man? Fotor0831162634It was nice to get a break from the heat, and to enjoy the beauty that is Carmel. I’m already looking forward to next year!

 

 

 

 

Carmel Year 4-All About the Dogs

Hilda: And then all the money was gone.
Racine: We didn’t just spend it, we invested some of it.
Boyd: Yeah, who knew chihuahua racing wouldn’t take off.
Hilda: Ah everyone? –Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Carmel was once again a wonderful vacation. We stopped off in Santa Cruz, and the weather was perfect.

The first day we camped out in Monterey. It was the first time we’ve camped together with Monkey, and years since the last time I took him camping. He did a great job! He just cuddled his tiger and kept watch over our campsite.

He was also a trooper and humored us on a very long hike in the woods nearby. Apparently we don’t know that vacations=relaxing. I haven’t hiked a hill that steep in a long time!

We headed to Carmel Tuesday after an awesome breakfast and walk in downtown Monterey.

We met up with Match’s parents at the vacation rental, cooked an awesome dinner and lounged around the house. They upgraded to a different rental house, and this one has a lot more space. No more sleeping in the living room like last year! We had a whole floor to ourselves, and a lot more privacy.

On Wednesday we beelined for the beach, because it was a rare sunny day. It was the perfect temperature outside: mid 70s. I would take that over triple digits any day!

After the beach, we headed back to the house and greeted Travel Girl, Match’s little sister. She arrived with her new puppy, Chiweenie. I nickname him that because he’s a Chihuahua Dachshund mix. We were worried he wouldn’t get along with the other dogs, or that he’d be a biter, like most little dogs are.

Luckily, Chiweenie warmed up to us after just a few hours. He liked Monkey immediately. He was a little scared of Poodle, but they made nice eventually.

That night we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in the Carmel valley. We all drank giant margaritas and ate delicious food.

That night we took our little herd for a walk. I love how the dogs are small, medium, and large. 🙂

We had a great time visiting with the family, and meeting our new “nephew” Chiweenie. We felt like we needed one more day to truly enjoy ourselves. But there’s always next year!