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Monday, January 24, 2011

Our day at Dillon Beach

I just wanted to share some pictures of our afternoon spent at Dillon Beach.  I believe we were there last weekend and the weather couldn't have been more beautiful.  The drive was amazingly beautiful with farms and rolling hills.  We found lots of treasures and the girls had a great time playing in the sand.

I found my first sand dollar
sand dollar

and a crab burried in the sand. I think it was carrying an orange egg sack underneath it's body.


pure joy

the water was as cold as Lake Superior, but that didn't stop him from getting his feet wet


there were surfers too!


Great memories were made that day and I hope we're able to make to the Pacific one more time before we depart from California.

Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lacking in motivation


I am currently feeling a lack of inspiration, motivation, energy, and patience... my reasons for the absence from this space.  Not that we haven't been enjoying ourselves, but it takes a lot of time to post about our adventures and quite honestly, I haven't felt like it.

We're looking to hit the road again come the end of February, with the hopes of finding a job in Tuscon, Arizona to visit my parents who have recently become snowbirds. I will admit that with all the excitement and fun things we've been doing, I can't ignore the fact that I miss my family terribly. I would happily hop on the next plane back to Duluth to visit my sisters, nieces and nephews (one of whom is returning for good from the Navy today), aunts and uncles, and of course good friends.  I think the only thing keeping me from doing so are the frigid temperatures and lack of a vehicle.

To keep my mind off these homesick feelings, I've been enjoying more knitting, day trips to the Pacific with the family, trips to the mall, and watching the boob tube in the evening.

The girls are well, and so is Scott.  We're taking it one day at a time and looking forward to our next destination.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Family Affair

And just like that... the holidays are over.  The presents are unwrapped, the tree has been taken down, and we're already into the new year.  But lets take a moment to reflect on the fulfilling time we had while Scott's family was visiting during the last week of 2010.

Christmas morning went by in a flash... not a single picture was taken of the kids opening their gifts... but I'll have you know that Santa did not disappoint.  Maria received SIX princess Barbies!  Six!!  She was truly in princess heaven, still is for that matter.  Santa also delivered a much needed mini vacuum cleaner for mom and a flat screen t.v. and DVD player for the family.  We all must have been very good this year.

Scott picked up Gramma Sarah late Christmas morning so she could join us in the Christmas feast that the campground was holding that evening.  Once again, they held a satisfying meal with all the trimmings.

On Monday after his sister Jenny and her family arrived, we ventured to the coast.  San Fransisco once again.  We took advantage of the sunny afternoon and tried to get as much sightseeing in as possible.  First stop... the Golden Gate Bridge.


Other than Gramma, they had never been, so showing them around was exciting since we had already been there.  We ate at the wharf and walked to get our tickets for the next days trip to Alcatraz... unfortunately they were sold out until Friday.  I guess we'll be making yet another trip to the bay area, making a point to purchase tickets in advance.

The next day was overcast and rainy, however that didn't stop us. We cruised the city and took them to Twin Peaks where we were able to see the entire city.  Seeing it in the daylight reminded me of a pack of sardines... all crammed in.

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We got on the F train and cruised to Chinatown where we ate and bought ourselves some umbrellas.  The rain was starting to get to some of us and getting back to the hotel where it was dry was beginning to sound like a great idea.  The kids went swimming while the grown ups enjoyed happy hour.


On Wednesday we headed further south to Monterey Bay where we spent the afternoon at the aquarium.


Beautiful exhibits and LOTS of people, but we all had a wonderful time.


The jelly fish exhibits were some of the best.  The bright blue backgrounds really made these remarkable creatures stand out. The 'head' on the this one was about the size of a basketball if not bigger.


The kids had a fun time exploring the tide pools and getting their clothes... er, hands wet. :)  The aquarium is also where we saw the double rainbow that I had posted here on new years day.  Seeing that made my day!


We stayed in another hotel that night and headed towards the beach the next morning with a few stops along the way.

the pacific


We were all determined to find something special in those tide pools... and we succeeded.

Scott found us a star fish, several anemone, and several hundred hermit crabs.  There was washed up kelp, shells, jelly fish, and not to mention the gorgeous view.  

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I could've sat and watched the waves roll in all day if it wasn't so cold and windy.


All in all, it was a pretty amazing trip with only a few bumps along the way.  By the end, coming home to our trailer was a wonderful feeling and I guess it goes to show just how cozy it is here in our silver bullet. 

Scott and I also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary the night we came home.  We spent the evening in a movie theater munching on popcorn and watching "Black Swan".  Something we haven't done in about 2 years and it couldn't have been more perfect.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Can you believe it's 2011?!  So many things happened this past year that it's hard to wrap my head around it all.  Our family was surely blessed in 2010 with being able to sell our home during a horrible recession, find a job amidst millions of the unemployed, and survive with no income for over a month.  Not to mention a year of relatively good health and overall happiness.

seeing double

I'm fairly certain that this new year will bring our family many new and exciting adventures, opportunities to meet new people, loads of exploring and family bonding, and I'm sure many ups and downs along the way.  

Here's to hoping 2011 will be another year of good health and new beginnings not only for us, but for you as well.