Mom Visit

So, I guess I missed the memo... it's flipping JUNE already!  I have a an overwhelming feeling of being behind - at work, at home, and with my blog.  It feels like I've been on the go since I came back from Vegas last month, but it has certainly been a great summer kick-off!  I'll have to check back in with my summer bucket list to see how much progress I've made so far. My mom visited last weekend, which was a really special treat since we don't get to see each other often, and we definitely don't get much time with just the two of us.  It's not really our style to plan out an itinerary for our vacations, so we just followed where the weekend took us...

I picked Mom up at the airport on Friday morning and we started the day with a long walk through Henry Cowell... I never tire of living so close to such an incredible place.

We had a fabulous dinner at one of my favorite places downtown, Soif.  I had the scallops and a glass of 2010 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir.

We (of course) made a stop at the Penny Ice Creamery, where they make their ice cream from scratch... they literally pasteurize the milk there and everything!  I had a s'mores sundae, which was to die for.

Saturday morning was spent at the farmers market in Aptos, which in the summer months is filled with beautiful fresh fruit and flowers.  We had a smorgasbord of snacks on the patio outside my cottage in the warm sun.

We visited the pier in Santa Cruz for some clam chowder and to take in the sights of the boardwalk, West Cliff Drive, and the ocean... the weather was absolutely perfect and made the day all the more enjoyable.

The whole weekend was fantastic, and it was so great to see my mom!