We made it, folks. I nearly had a full-scale freak-out in the car last night somewhere near Merced (actually, starting in our driveway), but we made it.
A quote for you from my daughter Smedley, to her younger sister Sparky, about why Mama needs a larger suitcase than either of theirs: "See, Mama's clothes are REALLY BIG, so she needs a REALLY BIG suitcase." Hello, Jenny Craig?
It's lovely and cool at the beach tonight. We had wine on the patio and I actually got a bit chilly. Feel free to whimper like a labrador puppy right now; I know how ridiculous I sound.
Tomorrow: a full day at the wild animal park, where we will leave the children with goodbye notes pinned to their clothes and pockets full of breadcrumbs. Wish us luck.