We started in San Diego at my mom's house where we piled in their house with my brother, sister in law, and their 6 kids. We had big plans to meet some more family at ski beach for wave running fun on the fourth... but decided to avoid the insane crowds and enjoy a day by Byron's pool. It was cold! But that never stops the kids from swimming... and food and good company is all I ever need. So it was a success.
After a couple of days there, we went up to San Clemente to play with Ross's sister Brooke and her family for a few days and THERE, we got our beach and blue skies. Heaven.