This summer was the hottest I can remember in Santa Barbara. It was actually the perfect beach summer. You would think we would have beat it down to the beach every day, but with kiddos it is so much work. Heck, even just by myself its work- packing up the gear, lugging it down to the beach, lugging it back and then cleaning off all that sand! Well needless to say with kids its even worse. But hey they do love it once they get there and I have to admit so do I. Here are a couple of beach pics because the year would not be complete without them. -- and here's to hoping next year we can get a lot more beach time in!