California Dreamin’

    Well, I originally had posted like a thousands blog posts (Palm Springs 1-3), but being the crazy person that I am, I deleted them all. Ugh. It was way too clutter-y for me. I know – major eye roll. I can’t help it, though. I just like for MY space to feel clean, and me.

    So here I am, exactly a month from our California trip, sharing some of my favorite pictures (and some from instagram). I want to post alllll of these photos from our trip on my IG, but, I don’t want to scare everyone off, or annoy anyone. *sigh* I’m sure I shouldn’t care, but lets be honest, I do slightly care.

    Our first part of our trip (which by the way – Micah, my mom, and I all agreed that we should have started off with Disney and ended it with Palm Springs) was in blazing hot Palm Springs. I’m almost positive Ronin and Thurman had the most fun here. We swam a lot (I mean A LOT), at a lot, and slept a lot. We did sneak in some touristy stuff, but we were mainly at the house we snagged through Airbnb (click here to see where we stayed). This house was absolutely perfect for our family of four, my mom, and brother.

    When we weren’t swimming, sleeping, and eating – we were being your typical touristy family. We checked out Palm Springs Ariel Tramway, Indian Canyon, and Moorten Botanical Garden. Every site was beautiful, but man, it was so freaking HOT – especially at Indian Canyon and Botanical Garden. I think I (we) might have sweated my life away. The boys did a wonderful job, and honestly didn’t even complain about the heat. The adults were the ones that were really dying.

    We didn’t get to REALLY explore Indian Canyon the way we wanted to (lack of water, and some of us (me) weren’t dressed appropriately for a hike) experience, but Micah and I have already talked about visiting Palm Springs again – just the two of us. Plus, we really want to see Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain the next time we visit.

    Most of you, who follow my Instagram page, know that my brother and mom joined us on this trip. Actually, my brother joined us for just the first part – the Palm Springs and one day in Encinitas. It was absolute magic having both of my humans there. I think it had been about 20 years since the last time we all went on a trip together, as a family. It was so nice being able to spend that time together, because we don’t really get to go on vacation together often. *Saving this story for another post*

    We did talk about doing this more often, or at least once every 2 years or so. I mean, we’ve even talked about going to Palm Springs again for Christmas of 2018. So we’ll see. I hope that happens. Ronin, though, he had the BEST time with his Uncle Drew (and of course Nini). I mean, slumber party in his room every other night and just swimming all day with him. He was in his own heaven. It’s been awesome to see their relationship flourish these past few years, and I’m excited for that same, but different, relationship to flourish with Thurman and Drew.

    On our way to Encinitas we decided to stop at Cabazon Dinosaurs. You know, those huge dinosaurs that almost every single person who stops in or out of Palm Springs takes a picture of?! Yeah, we did it for the gram. *Enter cheesy horn* Of course Ronin had a blast, but his mama, she’s the one who probably enjoyed it the most. If you know me, like really know me, then you know Dino’s are one of my top favorites. This was also NOT my first time here. But, hey, I had to use Ronin as an excuse to see them again – or did I?!

    Believe me, I have so many more pictures from all these places, but then this whole post would be nothing but pictures. I literally picked my favorites from all the photos I took. I do wish I had more pictures with my mom and brother, though. I have a ton of them with the kids. I guess that’s what really matters, right?!

    We finally made it to Encinitas, to one of the cutest little lofts I had ever seen. It was a little tight whenever my brother stayed the first night, but it was fine after he left. (Sorry, Drew) We stayed for two nights, but had so much fun. The neighborhood (and surrounding beach communities) was so cute, and the people were so nice. We were little 15 minutes from Legoland, too. If you’re ever in Encinitas, you need to stay here. This host was my absolute favorite – she left us salsa and chips! I mean, how could she not be my favorite?! Plus, everything about her home was just welcoming and well, felt homey.

    Of course we had to visit the beach right when we got to Encinitas – duh. For some of you who don’t know this (we found out about this term the very first time we took Ronin to California), there’s this term that is thrown around a lot during June – June gloom, or whatever. I mean, it’s so true, though. It was pretty cloudy the whole time that we were by the beach. It kind of made me sad. Especially since this was my moms first time in California and I really wanted her to experience the beauty of the beach. Blah.

    Any ways, Saturday we woke up early and headed off to Legoland. I think we were all super excited for this part of the trip, and in a way kind of sad – we were getting close to Disney (aka: close to having to go home). But, we made sure to make every single minute of this trip COUNT. My mom was an absolute godsend during this leg of the trip – Legoland and Disneyland.

    Holy smokes! I know we could have done it without her, but her help was so valuable to us.

    (this photo is literally one of my favorite family photos of us)

    Soooo…yeah, call CPS – I was a semi mean mom (Micah and I were semi mean parents). I’m sure I will get some flack for this, because it seems that some moms (parents) have zero sense of humor and will probably roll their eyes to the back of their heads and gasp at this part. Whatever forever.

    We made Ronin go on a rollercoaster. **GASP!!!!!!!!** We made him go on the biggest, fastest rollercoaster Legoland had to offer at their park. Yes, Ronin lost is every living mind, and probably lost some years off his life because he went on it. At the end of it all – he was BRAVE about it. Oh yeah, he also scored some pretty sweet lego sets because he went on said “scary” ride.

    (Ronin almost dying)

    But, you know, he had a lot of fun. Yes, he was a little shaken up by that ride but he still had a lot of fun and still rode a bunch of rides. He also received his “drives license” at driving school (he rode that ride a billion times). So, you know, he was pretty stoked about that part, too.

    I will say this, if you can, purchase the fast pass. That saved us on so much time while we were there, and we were able to ride a bunch of rides several times over because of it.

    (look at that smile y’all)

    For most of you who are wondering – Thurman did a fabulous job and napped off and on throughout the day. I plan on blogging our experience with him, and sharing WHY we chose to bring a baby with us. Even though, you know – “he won’t ever remember.” That kid had a BLAST.

    I know, I know…it doesn’t look like it, but he had a lot of fun – I promise. He’s just sometimes a bit of a mean mugger like his mama. Whoops.

    After our VERY long, exhausting (but fun) day at Legoland, we decided we wanted to see the sunset. So we walked to the beach, found a patch of grass, and laid around till the sun started to set. It was fun seeing my mom witness a California sunset, and to experience it with us. Ronin made a video and of course I took a million pictures of everyone. Micah did manage to capture a pretty cutest I photo of Ro and I. I keep telling myself I need to print this photo and frame it.

    Oh! Before I forget – before we even went sunset viewing…we met up with some old friends to have some dinner. We ate a some “hole in the wall” joint and had some really good, authentic tacos. HOLY SHIT they were good. After we had tacos, they took us to La Jolla Cove to see all the Seals and Sea Lions.

    That was a beautiful thing to witness. I’ve swam with seals before (whenever I visited Peru), and that was such an amazing experience. I got to witness little seal pups nursing on their mamas. Gah, to die for. They were so stinkin’ cute you guys. I could have stayed there all day.

    Holy moly I am winded by this post, and I’m sure I may have lost some of you through this novel of a post. So, to spare you all (and myself) from all the boredom, my next post will be about our Disney trip. If you stayed and read all of this – THANK YOU!

    PS: I’m sorry for all the stupid grammatical errors and the simple fact that I tend to rant, but you know, I type the way I talk. So, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯!!!!

    Whaddup California!

    A little late, but whatever forever – whaddup California. We’ve been in Palm Springs since late Tuesday, and I think we’ve all almost melted away about a thousand times already – not even kidding. But, it’s been real fun out here (Micah and I have already had talks about planning a little trip to Palm Springs for just the two of us…there’s more on my PS bucket list) – tonight is our last night, tomorrow we head to Encinitas for a few days. I can’t wait to share pictures from this part of our trip. It’s been so magical sharing these past few days with family; my brother and mom included.

    Any how, I just wanted to pop in and say “hi” – that I haven’t forgotten about my blog or whatever. I’ve just been busy vacationing with my sweet family. I know, I’m hilarious…


    “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

    Loving/ My new house. Yes, it’s a bit empty (really empty) right now, but we finally have a HOUSE. We finally have 4 bedrooms, a BIG living space, double oven, a nice big backyard, and so on. We have been dreaming about moving into a home for years now, and we are finally here. THAT is what I’m currently loving right now. Having a beautiful home for my boys, my family.

    Reading/ Well, shit, nothing. I have a bunch of books hanging out on shelves and in my amazon/barnes cart, but have yet to pick up what I want to start with. I miss reading. I miss reading so much. I think I’ll pick up a book for my flight to California. What are some books you guys like or recommend?

    Watching/ Grey’s Anatomy. I tend to watch Grey’s whenever I really miss my best friends, Jaymee and Din, or whenever I’m just feeling sad and confused about some stuff. This time, I’m watching it because I just missed Grey’s (and my best friends).

    Thinking about/ All the packing I need to do for our trip to California. We leave on the 20th for California, and we are so freaking excited about it. We really haven’t been on a family trip since Ronin was about 16 month-ish?! Shoot, Micah and I haven’t really been on a trip together in FOREVER. So this will be a nice little getaway. I’m just not excited about the packing part.

    Surprised by/ How anxious I am about this trip. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly excited about our trip, but I’m also extremely nervous and anxious. I think I’m more anxious about the flying part with two kids and just traveling with Thurman. I thought I’d be a little bit more relaxed about it, but the closer we get to our trip date, the crazier my heart starts to race.

    Making me sad/ All the shootings and hate that continues to run our world. It breaks my heart that you can’t even look at the news without something BAD popping up. Why all the hate? I don’t get it. We need to love our neighbors more. We need to appreciate each other more. We need to hug, laugh, smile more. It breaks my heart that my boys have to grow up around stuff like this. I try to shelter Ronin as much as I can with stuff, but kids just know things. They are so smart.

    Making me happy/ Macarons, sunshine, my kids smiling, and my husband. I can’t totally say that I’m the happiest I’ve ever been right now, but I’m working on so many things within myself, and these three little things are currently keeping my heart happy. Oh, and pinning things on my Pinterest boards – home and garden ideas. Gimme alllll the inspos.

    What about you guys? What are all of you currently up to?