|All photographs 2012 Alexander Chow-Stuart.|
We're in Monterey to celebrate our beautiful, magical son Hudson's eighth birthday.
It is so astonishing to us that eight years have passed since he was born - and so wonderful for me to be back by the ocean, waking to the sound of the waves pounding the beach. I feel as if I've come home, perhaps because my father was born in a tiny Scottish fishing village, Rosehearty, near Aberdeen.
|Hudson flies his kite - before opening his gifts!|
It was also incredible playing in the (very cold) surf with Hudson and Paradise. Hudson enjoys bodyboarding - and Paradise enjoys being carried over the waves and scooped up as the biggest ones approach.
A wonderful day, an important occasion for us as a family - and a perfect place to celebrate it.
Many thanks to the extraordinarily kind folks at the Best Western Monterey Beach Resort, especially the manager, Hugh Hedin, and Genevieve, on the desk, who helped arrange a special birthday surprise for Hudson!
|Best Western Monterey Beach Resort.|