20 January 2017

Loungin' in La Jolla

A few days after we made it through what felt like a Halloween marathon, I escaped for a girls' weekend in La Jolla. One of my good friends invited us to spend the last few days of her 20's with her at the Fairmont. We kicked off the birthday weekend with dinner on the town.
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We shopped, we listened to the sea lions honking in the cove and we picked up cupcakes before heading back to the resort. When we drove by the glowing San Diego temple that illuminated the freeway, we just had to pull over for a photo op. It turned out to be more of a laughing op as we attempted to cram all five of us and the temple spires into the self timer frame. Still, it was freeing to even have the option to pull over and laugh for photos at 10pm with no children in tow. Wild, I know.
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We decided to take it easy the next day. We slept in and walked across the beautiful resort grounds for brunch. We headed to La Jolla beach for some shopping and gelato and eventually ended up at a grassy park overlooking the ocean.
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One of our friends had to head home in the morning so it was down to four of us.
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We sat on the grass for hours playing cards and people watching. 
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Of course we had to go watch the sea lions for awhile. 
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Watching them move around the rocks (or get taken out by waves) made our human ability to walk seem very luxurious.
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None of us realized how much time had passed until the sun started sinking into the ocean.
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We lingered as long as we could before heading home.

Sometimes you don't realize how much you need a break from reality until you stay up and sleep in later than you have in months (years?), laugh until you cry and have nowhere pressing to be and nothing urgent to do. 24 hours of feeling young and carefree was heavenly.


19 January 2017

Patchin' Take Two

We tried to get our whole family to the pumpkin patch several times during the month of October. Things kept popping up and company kept filling our weekends so we didn't actually make it to the patch until 4 days before Halloween. If it wasn't for tradition's sake, we might have skipped the family outing altogether this year and counted the preschool field trip instead. But our boys are sticklers about traditions and insisted that October wouldn't be October without running through rows of orange pumpkins.
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Of course, if a mom goes to the pumpkin patch and doesn't take pictures, did it really happen? 
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I sprained my ankle running through rows of pumpkins in order to capture my baby in action, but I'd say it was worth it.
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Blake showed Finn the ropes of driving tractors, being the expert tractor driver he is.
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Nash was all about the relaxation in random places, as per usual.
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Crew didn't find those wheelbarrels quite as comfortable.
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We couldn't resist the challenge of the corn maze before calling it a night. 
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And with that, we could officially move on to Halloween festivities with the peace of mind that we didn't skip any October traditions. Now if only I could convince them that pumpkin carving is not a tradition that needs to be repeated every year.


18 January 2017

Visitors = Beach Days

Once Crew got his cast off and could fully participate in beach activities once again, we couldn't get enough of the ocean. Starting in mid-October, we had different rounds company stay with us five weekends in a row (which fed into my delayed documentation). Of course, most of them wanted to soak up the beach right along with us. 
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Our first round of visitors came to watch the Cubs play against the Dodgers in the playoffs. We've known them since their twins and Nash were babies.
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The kids picked right back up as friends and made up beach games by day and skits and performances by night.
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Crew reveled in his castless freedom.
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We explored the caves and tide pools a bit at one of our favorite beaches.
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Blake and Nash insisted on carrying all of the sand and seashell treasures they collected back to our beach chairs. It took two of them to manage the weight.
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We went boogie boarding one last time before "California winter" hit.
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Meanwhile, back at shore, Finn camped out with his dad under the umbrella so he could harass him for snacks and giggle at his reflection in Troy's sunglasses.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Everyone is happiest at the beach.