Last week we went on our annual vacation to Santa Barbara. We were there for our honeymoon five years ago and we go back each year to "re-celebrate" our anniversary, the only thing different now is that we bring the kids ;)
Whenever we go, we always say "next year we will come alone." But then again, we have so much fun making a family trip out of it that I'm not sure if Santa Barbara would ever be so much fun if it weren't for those two.
But this year, our trip started off on a different note ;)
Mike and I woke up with a plan that morning to make sure we departed by 9 am so that Zaylee can take her morning nap and the whole drive would be peaceful. But, Monday morning came and a million unexpected things turned up, baby took her nap at home (unplanned) and we left at 11:30! Needless to say it wasn't a quiet drive up...so we stopped 45 minutes shy of our destination for a stretch break. Here's what happened:
^ the first 5 minutes of our road trip :) everyone was happy happy! this didn't last long with our happy camper in the backseat ^
^ disgruntled littles after a long car ride ^
^ we take stretch break quite seriously around here ^
annnd then...mike started to do some flips in the sand....
and guess what happened??! His wedding band fell off and we lost it in sand!!
We made Sophia freeze and started to frantically crawl through the sand, but there was no luck. We asked the park ranger if she had a metal detector and I even downloaded a metal detector app on my phone (btw it doesn't work, so don't waste your time). The park ranger gave us a small business card of a man who looks for goods with his metal detector for fun and wished us luck!
We call him twice, left a voicemail and headed up to Santa Barbara with hopes and a lot of prayers to good ol' Saint Anthony. Once we got to our hotel, we got a phone call from the metal detector's wife (he is hearing impaired) and she said they can meet us and help us find the ring. Mike and Sophia drove 45 minutes south again... and this man found it! They were the nicest people and didn't even want to take any money for it. It was truly a miracle!
God bless these sweet people! If you ever lose something in the Ventura County beach area...let me know :) I'll hook you up with the nicest people who can help.
We had a big celebration that night in Santa Barbara...and made our vacation right again. I'll share more on that next time.
Next year, no more stretch breaks for us. ;)