bonus trip.

You may have noticed that I rather enjoyed blogging about this trip. The kids went to bed early most nights, so I’d collect everyone’s phones, send pictures to myself, then type away.

I didn’t think we’d be coming out to California until January of 2016 so this trip was just a lovely bonus. I kept telling myself that no matter how terrible the flight home may be, (it wasn’t) to remember how wonderful our days out here had been.

It was marvelous to have dates with Wes. It was great watch the kids interact with my family. Ev was a ham. Jack was a squish.

And California was lovely. As always.
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So not sure when I’ll see you here next.

But until then.


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it’s the best playground.

I sometimes dream of living here. Of walking down to the beach and letting the kiddos have free reign.


I have so many memories digging forts, swimming in the ocean, kayaking around, falling into the pools around the rocks, tide pooling, chasing birds with the dogs.And I love watching Ev begin her own little beach journey.

 It’s just really one of the better places on earth.

Cayucos. You have a large piece of my heart.

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did jack have fun on vacation?

Poor Jack hasn’t received much blog time. Mainly for the aforementioned reason brought forth by brother Dave.

My mother has been able to experience some of instances with Jack dear where I put on Ev’s lawn mowing ear protectors. But for the most part, he’s been pretty darn chill. Especially as his mother has hopped on the bicycle built for two just about every day to take a spin around town. Seriously one of my favorite parts of vacation. One day Wes and I were biking along and we heard screaming. We looked down and saw some girls hollering in the car next to us taking our picture with their cell phone.

Dang. We’re cool.

And then later I got a text from a friend from high school. ‘Did I just see you and Wes cruise by on a double bike?’.

Yes you did.

We ran an errand for dad on the bike one evening. I was told to go into this nice restaurant and ask for Leonard.

So in I walked with my flashing helmet. The host came over with a quizzical eye and asked, ‘Is the big earthquake coming? Should I go get my helmet too?’.

‘Not yet,’ I told him. ‘Leonard?’.

Another quizzical look, ‘Should I know you?’.

So I told him David was my dad and he’d sent me down because Leonard was going to give him some oyster sauce.

He laughed and took me over to the bar where all four chefs stopped what they were doing to eye me and my flashing helmet.

I got pretty tickled but walked out with a little bag of oyster sauce.

But back to Jack. That was quite the segue.

He really is a sweet kid and is only loud occasionally. He smiles and visits with one and all and makes me all melty and sorry for when I get frustrated with his loudness. 

 And he gets five stars for yesterday’s performance on all flights. He fell to sleep before take off and didn’t wake up until we put him in his car seat. Ev put up a valiant fight for the first hour and a half before passing out for the night. 

We pulled in at 5:45 am and didn’t arise from bed until 1:30. 

Grateful for safety. Grateful for a fabulous trip. 

Also. Airport snuggles.  


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i have a little shadow.

Grama and I were just talking about that poem and my little shadow. So many times, I’ll be holding Jack over my arm watching Wes do something and I’ll look down and Ev will be standing right next to me with her baby slung over her arm watching away.

She’ll dance through the house with her baby, then stop mid-step to bounce up and down and shush it. She’ll cover her baby’s head in kisses and try to stick Jack’s paci in it’s mouth while making little sucking noises with her mouth.

It’s adorable.

And it also turns out the Ev has her own little shadow.

Pretty sure she just discovered it.

We were on our way up from the beach, walking on the road towards the car. She kept veering off toward the middle of the road and I kept directing her back to the edge towards her dad.

 ‘She’s trying to get her shadow,’ informed Wes.

No way, I thought. She’s just trying to get to the yellow stripes in the road to walk on them. But then I watched. And sure enough. She’d pause, and then sort of pounce on her shadow. Then she’d point to it and pounce again. And then admire the shadows crazy hair.

 Oh Ev. You are the best.

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Evelyn and poppi 

Evelyn really likes Poppi. For lots of reasons. I’m sure the biggest because he’s just a great guy and she senses that.

Also because since she was basically two months old, she has sat on his lap and bounced to Boom Boom Didem Datum Watom Choo. Holler if you need more clarification on that.

Also because he’s been waiting since she was six months old to buy her a milkshake from Scout. And he finally got the opportunity. We had a hard time coaxing her lips from the straw.

 Similar experience with her first Jamba Juice.

 Also similar experience pounding down sample cups from Yogurt Land.

 They’re pretty cute. 

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He’s a good dad. 

The other month, Wes was home on lunch break. He kissed Ev goodbye, then came in to the family room to tell me bye. He told me his stomach kind of hurt and it was probably because he had too much on his mind.

I opened my mouth to pop off and say something like,’ well at least you don’t have to worry about your family because we’re all pretty awesome,’ when Ev walked into the room. We both turned to her and she was gazing up at Wes with a look of pure adoration. With shining eyes and the sweetest smile she waved good bye to him.

And we both got rather shiny eyes.

So yeah. He’s a good dad. And I’m loving this time.

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date days. 

We are in California. And it is so lovely. On so many levels. One being that the weather is phenomenal like it always is and I keep having this feeling in the back of my mind that we are going home to winter. Because usually we are here in January and it’s 75 and sunny. And then we go home to 20 and freezing. So it’s really quite lovely to realize that it’s August.

So lots of levels of lovely that I might get to later. But oh my goodness. Date days. My parents live in San Luis Obispo and my brother has a tandem bicycle. This is such a wonderful combination.

Wes and I hop on the bike, wave goodbye to the little darlings, and head into town while I sing at the top of my lungs, ‘I’m free as a bird! Happy as a lark!’. Not really but I kinda feel that way.

We’ve biked to coffee while the parents trailed behind with the kids in the stroller. We’ve been to lunch on the creek at Novo, we’ve been to U Relax (such bliss), we’ve been to Firestone Grill and met up with Davey and Jennifer.

And it’s only Tuesday!

Thank you parents for making this possible. I once again feel like the lady in the red dress emoticon.

Woot woot.

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