Sunday, November 12, 2017

Take a Day...

A few weeks ago we had a random Friday off so we headed straight for the mountains. We drove for about three hours to the forever magical, Yosemite. We are so lucky that it is only a few hours away. We woke up early, packed some snacks and headed out. The weather was perfect and Yosemite was in full fall effect... it was beautiful. We decided to drive to some of the popular look out points and take in the good views. We also hiked to Taft Point and found a few other small hikes along the way. We enjoyed some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to refuel and checked out a few more spot in the valley before heading home. One day, we would love to stay in Yosemite and spend more time hiking but till then day trips work for us. That's the good thing about Yosemite it is very drive through friendly and parking is really easy. 

We have been enjoying this Fall weather and have been cuddling even more with the time change. Just trying to enjoy all the simple moments in life and trying not to rush around like in previous years. For the first time in a long time I haven't been stressed with life. My work is going good, and Audrey is doing good in school too. We planned a little trip for next week before the big holiday and we couldn't be more excited. Can't stay put for too long...

Our last trip to Yosemite...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Close to Home

Happy Friday!! I haven't been to this space for awhile and I just wanted to check in. Life has been chugging along and things have been for the most part pretty good. However, it is devastating to see so much negativity going on in our world today. So many people need help around the world and even in our own country. I just want to see a better world for my daughter and it starts with each one of us. 

We have been still exploring but keeping things close to home lately. Our work/school life is busy, so it nice to slow things down a bit on the weekends. We took these pictures a few weeks ago on a impromptu adventure. We live near the bay and the salt flats turned we have to check out this natural beauty. Also, we finally finalized our dream Europe trip and next summer we will be gone for close to a month. The best part is we will be surrounded with our family. So many good memories will be made. This is my dream for Audrey and  I can't believe we will be making it a reality. So things are good around here...just taking things day by day. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Camp

This summer we had the chance to the hit the road with my husband's parents RV. We wanted to find a spot near the beach but also somewhere that had some nice hiking trails close by. After some research we found the perfect little spot. We hit the road and traveled up north to Trinidad, California. It really had all we were looking for and was really easy considering it was our first time in a RV. We found the cutest campsite surrounded by the Redwoods. I was so surprised by all the amenities offered at our campsite... there was internet, cable, water, electricity, ac, and even heat. I didn't realize how fancy an RV could be. 

We spent the day hiking along the coast. It started off cold and overcast but turned into a beautiful sunny day. We walked into town and found the cutest restaurant overlooking the coast. It was a long day spent walking, so it was perfect to get back to our campsite and just relax. Audrey found some friends and we played into the evening. It was nice to get away for a bit and plan on maybe taking the RV to Big Sur in the fall for our anniversary. Road trips forever!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the three day weekend. We are spending it close to home and just enjoying each others company. Three day weekends forever as well!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer Blues

Happy Sunday!! Last week was our first week back at work/school. I have to say it went pretty good. We have kept the past few weeks very low key. Think...lots of couch and Gilmore Girls. We are usually out exploring every single day during the summer but this time... it just didn't feel the same with my Grandma being gone.  I promised Audrey we will get back out there and start planning some trips soon. Next June we plan on seeing Italy, Croatia, Greece, and most likely France. So some planning is going to have to happen ASAP... haha!

Audrey started the first grade and her teachers this year are amazing. I can't wait to help find her some accommodations to help with her focus issues. I have such a good feeling about this school year. Work life will busy but I have missed my students and I am excited to get to work with them again. Here's to a good school year ahead...

Keeping this quote in mind when I find myself missing our G.G.

"You are only miles, never moons away, my love. Find me in the sky."

Thursday, July 27, 2017

On the Border

This little trip took place during the beginning of Summer when all felt right and things were easy.  Now a days things are harder since losing my grandma...these things just take time I suppose...

As soon as school got out we hit the road and again with no real plans, we just had a few stops we wanted to make. We first found the abandoned train, we had been sitting on those coordinates for awhile so it was nice to finally see it. It was 115 degrees that day I was surprised we didn't all die from heat stroke. I have never sweated so much in my life. It was still worth it though. We then headed over to Salvation Mountain where it was still blazing hot but such a magical, strange, little place. 

We then needed to decide where to head next. We all voted for Mexico considering we were so close to the border. We headed into Rosarito the next day and relaxed on the beach. We had a really good experience crossing the border and it only took us about 45 minutes to get back in the states. It is something I would totally do again. We decided to then head to Palm Springs to relax even more. We checked into the ACE Hotel and spent the day by the pool before heading home. I have no pictures from Mexico or Palm Springs except some iPhone shots. My camera thought it would be fun to quit working half way through the trip and then magically start working as soon as we got back. Oh well, we still had the best little adventure and it was a good way to kick off the Summer. 

I am doing my best to keep this Summer fun and adventurous for Audrey even though most days I am not really feeling it. Tomorrow we plan on doing a road trip up the Northern Coast of California in search of some magic and to help take our mind of things for a bit.  We shall see what we find...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

To be honest this Summer has been absolutely awful. We ended up losing our Grandma very unexpectedly... no one could have predicted this and it truly hurts. We are all doing our best to put a smile on our face and keep on going. There is one thing she always taught us and that was "life is not a dress only get to do this life once." She always told us to live life to our fullest and that is what we always try to do and will continue to do. I was able to take pictures of her home the other day. She had such exquisite taste and kept such a beautiful home. Here are a few of her garden... it was one of her favorite places to be. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out. We will miss her and always remember the things she taught us. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Secret Swings

Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer. We have been enjoying the slow days and spending a lot of time with family lately. My Grandma is having some health issues so we have been spending time with her and the family. We also celebrated Father's Day and my birthday as well. It has been a nice Summer so far and we just want to enjoy every moment.

Last weekend we decided to go on a hike and put a little swing overlooking a good view. We had done this hike before so we knew exactly where to put the swing. Brian being the handy man that he is had it up in less than five minutes. We are not sure how long the swing will last. I'm the sure park rangers won't be too thrilled that it is there. I hope a few people find it and get to enjoy it though before they take it down. I have a few other spots in mind to put more swings. The whole project only cost a few dollars. Hoping to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the view.