Monday, July 18, 2016

Hawaii Adventures



A few weeks ago my sister and I were out and about and the topic of Hawaii came up. We decided right then and there we needed to go. We booked tickets on the spot and worried about the rest of the details later. Many people worry that by me bringing my daughter to so many places that either she won't remember or doesn't appreciate it. However, I think quite the opposite. I feel by sharing our adventures with her she will grow to appreciate all this world has to offer and will want to go out and do good as she grows.

The moment we stepped off the plane we headed to our first hike. We didn't want to waste a moment. As soon as we stepped on the trail the beauty of Hawaii surrounded us. I carried her part of the way... mainly because I wanted to see if I could do it with her on my back. For the most part though she can do it on her own. The hike was slippery, wet, muddy, steep, and it was amazing. It makes all the hard work worth it when you see gorgeous views and a beautiful waterfall at the end. We later caught sunset at the beach. It was an amazing first few hours in Hawaii.

Hawaii was amazing and we made some good memories... more pictures to come.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sweet Friends













 About a week ago we had some sweet friends stay with us. Drea and her daughter Marlowe came to visit us again here in California. We didn't make too many plans our only goal was to explore and explore we did. We did a few trips to San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. Although, I have explored these places often, I usually only stick to scenic views... so it is nice to see the good restaurants and cute shops too. We got to hang out at Pride, SF Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden, Thai Temple, and Academy of Science. Audrey loved having a Marlowe here and wishes she could live with us. Marlowe is such a smart, mature, and wonderful girl, she certainly taught my daughter so much. We had a few down days too where the girls just played and Drea and I got to catch up on the couch or hang out in the backyard.

My favorite part of their visit was our road trip down the coast on highway one. We got to see our beautiful California coast and stayed at the Madonna Inn. I have been wanting to stay there for awhile so I am glad we got a chance to do it. On our way down to the hotel we had a wonderful lunch on a organic farm and got to wander the gardens and later on the road we got to see zebras! They are by Hearst Castle and it was so magical seeing zebras on the side of the highway. The rest of the road trip was super fun as well. I can't wait till the next time we see each other. Drea and her family love traveling just as much as I do... so hopefully we can meet up again in Mexico!!


My last visit with them...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Take A Hike (A Bucket List)


It's been awhile since I have been able to make it to this space. We have been busy doing all the summer things... friends visiting, road trips, hiking, summer school, and just relaxing when we can. A few weeks ago we celebrated my birthday with a secret hike to a waterfall. It was so awesome to find this hidden gem basically in our backyard. Although, our neighborhood isn't the best we have some amazing hiking trails being so close to the foothills.

If you haven't guessed being outdoors and exploring new places is our thing. Showing Audrey what this world has to offer and how to protect it has really become our main focus lately. In between all our travel this summer her grandpa signed her up for a nature science camp. She is super excited to learn more about nature. We also created a bucket list for our hiking adventures. A wish list of things we want to see and explore. This summer we will be venturing to Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. We are super excited to hit the road. Here is a list of things we are hoping to see...

1) Manoa Falls
2) Crouching Lion 
3) Lanikai Pillboxes 
4) Lulumahu Falls
5) Zion National Park
6) Horseshoe Bend
7) Antelope Canyon

and so much more :)

There is also a ton of local hiking we want to do this year as well. We plan on using Eventbrite to see what group hikes our going on in our area.  Meeting new people who share a love of hiking would be really awesome. This site helps you share and create events free of charge. It is a cool way to see what is going on in your area and take a hike :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yosemite in One Day



The other day we did a quick/day trip to Yosemite. It takes about three hours to get there and let me tell you it is well worth the drive. People think that we (my sister, Audrey and I) are crazy to take such a trip in one day but there isn't really any place to stay... everything is booked way in advanced. My sister and I think these types of trips are perfect and have no complaints driving the hours just to see some beautiful views. We once drove from the bay to Malibu just for the sunset and to eat at our favorite restaurant. It is super important to me to show Audrey all that I can and for her to appreciate all the beauty this world has to offer. I want her to be obsessed with the outdoors and making memories rather than being obsessed with the latest and greatest material things. 

So on Tuesday we left around eight in the morning with the car packed full of snacks and our water bottles and we were off.  We made one stop and that was for gas and a green smoothie for me. We got to the park a little after eleven and stayed till almost four. There is so much to see and do and the park is completely car friendly. You can park easily and drive the whole park without too much confusion or traffic. We saw most of the popular sights Glacier Point, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Yosemite Falls just to name a few.  I would like to one day soon go back and hike some of the trails. The John Muir Trail is something I would love to do... at least part of it. It was overall a really good day. We saw so many amazing and beautiful things. It was well worth the drive up and back. 

Summer is off to such a good start and this is just the beginning of some amazing adventures!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer

 

Summer is here and we could not be happier. Summer is a way for me to slow down, to appreciate, and to explore. We have so many things planned and have done so much already. Audrey is enjoying being home and enjoying all the little adventures we do. We have friends visiting, birthdays to celebrate, road trips, and even some plane trips. So grateful for this time and so excited to see where this summer takes us...

I plan on blogging more daily to not only share our adventures but as a way of remembering the moment. Feel free to follow along...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Me Time...


Go. See. Do... is the words I try to live by. During the school year my days are packed and I am constantly trying to keep my head above water. I am always busy with work, chores, long commutes, keeping up with the Audrey and everything else I need to fit in between those things. So on the weekends when my errands and housework are caught up... I sneak away usually with my sister. 

The other weekend we went on a four hour hike to find a waterfall and it was so worth it. My husband always worries that I am making myself more tired by doing these hikes but actually is what gets me going. My sister and I get to talk and figure out this thing called life. We get to see new sights and experience things you wouldn't get to see if you were relaxing on the couch all day. I come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the long work week ahead. This being said... I do love my couch and do enjoy it from time to time but more often than not I choose adventure!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Art Party

 

Last weekend we celebrated Audrey's fifth birthday with an art party. We invited her closest friends and had a little fun. When planning the art party it was at first going to be a small party with a few arts and crafts but after my husband got involved... there was soon a jumpy house, face painter, and even a popcorn machine. It was ALL worth it in the end I suppose... the kids had a good time and were fully entertained. There was a point in the party where I thought no kid would even want to sit down and do art but eventually they all sat down and got to work. It was fun party with her little friends and Audrey really had so much fun. We decided every five years we can do bigger parties like this for her. We want to actually get a little outdoor theater set up in our backyard. I have a feeling sleepovers will start to happen more and more as she gets older and we want to be prepared.