vacation

A Quick Trip Up North...

A few weeks ago we ventured up to Concord to visit some fam. MAAAAN. There's just something about the bay area, ya know? The weather is perfection! I know southern California is supposed to be where it's at, but the heat waves down here remind me of a certain place where the catci grow rampant and the summers are terrible *cough Arizona cough*...so I guess I'm in love with the bay area more.

We explored a little area called Walnut Creek the evening we got there, and went to bed relatively early. I say "early" meaning everyone was in bed with their jammies on by 830pm, but I didn't fall asleep until James did about 11:30pm. WHY DO TODDLERS HATE SLEEP WHEN THEY'RE ON VACATION?? Ok ok, I know it's a new place, they're excited, they're not in their routine-but seriously--he didn't fall asleep until 3 hours after his head hit the pillow. Sigh.

So day 2 was a little rough since he didn't sleep much, but it was a great day! We explored Fisherman's Wharf, took them to Pier 39 to see the sea lions, which Henry LOVED.






We also ventured into the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which was really well done! I was half expecting it to be lame, you know the kind of museums with white out on the descriptions/labels, but it was clean and the displays were top notch! Here's a blurry snap of James "swimming"...



Then we walked over to Ghirardelli square, but it was under construction so we had to settle for the awesome view below in another Ghirardelli shop. Here are some photos that James took near there...





Finally, we ended our day at The Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio...

For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to World Fairs and earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and the natural beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk along an historic airfield, through forests or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas. -NPS Website








This was our second time at the museum, the first time we rushed through in about an hour because we went near closing time. Now, I have to admit something, I am not a one hour museum type person, and I'm sort of a snob when it comes to the displays (see paragraph above re: SF Maritime museum). And I am a "LET'S READ ALL OF THE THINGS TWICE!" type of a museum person. So we were there for a few hours. I gotta love my husband and children for being so patient with me since it was a beautiful cocktail of one of my favorite persons ever AND a fabulous museum! The nerd-O-meter was at a 10, I was on cloud 9, please use any and all metaphors pertaining to my level of Disney geekdom in this situation. Here are some snaps I took with my iPhone because Henry slept in the ergo and I couldn't use my Canon...


There's a diorama of all the attractions (past and present) that have been at Disneyland! 

Walt's fave foods!

He loved to collect miniatures!


Walt Disney receiving one statuette and seven miniature statuettes from Shirley Temple for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs- Oscars.org

I love this! Reminds me of Mitch and his box on his dresser filled with memories and loved treasures.

Henry and I sitting on one of the original Griffith park benches :)

BEST DAY EVER!


On our last day, we took a mini trip to Muir Woods, so Mitch could have his chance to nerd out. It was sooo beautiful, and the boys had fun too! Mitch did the ocean view hike while my mom and I walked around with the boys. Also, we SCORED the very first parking spot next to the visitor's center which was a total blessing, because NO PARKING ANYWHERE. I had to include that parking spot thing in this post because it was so wonderful we were all high-fiving each other, so that's how you know it made our day!

























Post hike gift from mom :)






James took this! 








Shout out to my momma---we had a great trip and really needed it! Thank you for loving us!!

Recent Family Snaps...

So here are some snaps from this past month!

My beautiful mom

My sister playing her guitar, she shared with me that when she was little, 
hearing me play with such passion encouraged her to do the same! 


Joel Copper, the wonder pup!

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Us and the Cabazon Dinos!


Dada, go get Henry!


Henry the brave!


Dino 1


Dino 2


The boys doing what they do best---climbing dino feet


Climbing continued...


GO PHX SUNS!!!


Cousins celebrating James' birthday, eating cupcakes at 10am!


Father + Son, The Bobby's


Cousins!


These babes are ready for a wedding!

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Don't they look so excited?!


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Some of us weren't sure where to look, mostly because we were so excited about giraffes being feet away from our faces!


Henry and some tusks :)


I am in love with this kid's hair, but for real.


Okay, I promise I didn't pose him. He said,"Mama, come here! FUNNY! Ahhhh!" PURE GOLD.


Twins.


"IIIIIIICE CREEEEEAM!"


He takes his ice cream very seriously. 


VERY SERIOUSLY.


Okay okay, there's sort of a grin here. So maybe not that seriously?


Happy birthday my sweet baby James! I am so happy to be your mama!

Mission Bay Photos...

A few weeks back we took a little trip down south to everybody's favorite city, San Diego!

We were only there for 2 days and went straight to Mission Bay, which I oddly remember being so fun when I was kid. James liked it because the water was calm (even though he kicked and screamed and did NOT want to go in) as he played with his sand toys. And Henry hung out with me in the little beach tent and ate snacks. Lots of snacks. This kid should actually be a snacks spokesperson. Mitch just hung out and watched James play, took a little walk with him to an island not too far down the bay, and then joined Henry in some snacking. Overall, it was pretty cool except for the trash and the questionable characters hanging out...think Dangerous Minds. It just wasn't they way our childhood minds remembered it, which I think happens a lot these days. For example: I for one, will never EVER try watching Howard the Duck again. 

But we still had fun with the boys and that's what it's all about, right?!

Here are some snapshots of the day!





ZONING OUT

Snack: string-cheese 


Snack: a peach


Oh, this boy! 



Do you see Henry eyeing James's PB+J?!


J.F Photography #1


J.F Photography #2


J.F Photography #3


Not pictured: our hotel, the pool, the pizza for dinner, the breakfast here the next day, photos of the Naval ship we took James to see, and the water/splash pad we took the boys to before heading home! 



A Little Napa Getaway...

My mom loves us. So much in fact she had us come up and visit her in Concord Ca. for a few days! It was a rather quick trip, but 100% worth it because we saw my mama! And the boys did SO GOOD on the 8 hour drive up there! List of stuff I packed for them: SNACKS (a ton), books (new from the library to keep James interested, and some of his fave from home), appropriate aged toys for each boy like Hotwheels for James and teething toys for Henry, and absolutely NO iPAD because truthfully, we forgot. Oopsies.

We got in late Thursday night about 10pm, had a little something to eat (jk, mom got us some bomb tacos and tamales-thanks mom!) and we chatted and just hung out. Here are some snaps of the boys on the road...



I love this man. Thanks for driving babe.



The next day we got ready to hit the road again and check out Napa. We had never been before, but had heard it was SO BEAUTIFUL. All those dreamy things are very true. It was like heaven on earth, or like Italy, or like some sort of fantasy land with rolling green hills, BIG blue skies speckled with fluffy white clouds, and some seriously delicious clean air. AKA, heaven on earth

My mom getting some snuggle time with her grandsons before we head out.


It was about an 80 minute drive so we just took in the scenery while both boys napped, and made a pit stop to use the bathroom at a neat little winery village (I don't know if that's what they really are, but it's pretty much what they are) and even that was awesome. Men in blazers, women wearing CHICO clothing, it was all very posh and totally out of my league, but I still loved it. I felt like I was at some sort of fancy countryclub and everyone knew the dress code except me. It was really funny.

We continued to a winery called Castello di Amorosa, a quaint little winery that was actually not quaint and was in fact a giant castle! James LOVED it! Actually, we all loved it! "The authentically-styled, 13th century, Tuscan castle and winery" was a complete beauty, and such a fun place to take some photos...





Why does he look so BIG here? Somebody hold me.

FB profile pic?? Heck ya!






Then we drove around some more until we spotted a camping spot where we stopped to eat some snacks. Again, a fun spot to take some photos...and see a rattlesnake! Teddy, you're our hero for warning/saving us!


















After that, we drove around some more until we spotted a Petrified Forest. We stopped. SO COOL!









After the forest, we headed back to Concord where we had a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant with my mama. Did I mention it was DELICIOUS?? We had steak...the kind that Ron Swanson would approve of. 

The next day we went to Denny's for breakfast with my mom, nina Evelyn, and brother. We all caught up and laughed and enjoyed one another's company. I loved it. Such a perfect end to a quick trip.

So thankful for our little getaway. Mom, you're the best, I love you so much!


4th of July Weekend///Family Vacay!

This post might be late, but here's a quick recap of our last family vacation before Henry arrives!

July 4th: What would a little Independence Day be without some sparklers?! We spent the day hanging at home, and in the evening walked 1/2 a block to the Fullerton High School football field where we had thai food, roasted nuts (could seriously go for some of those right now-Henry just kicked me which I'm guessing he totally agrees), and watched the fireworks! It was a fun night!





July 5th: We packed up the car and headed to San Diego! We stopped at Balboa Park where James and Mitch rode the little train in the park. Of course James loved it! He sure does love choo-choo's! We walked around the park, just enjoying the awesome weather and chatting. It was nice to just stroll and not have to be anywhere or have any obligations. Ahhh, vacation life! 



James wanted Mitch to go into the fountain. We had a pretty good laugh about it. 


Pregnant with Henry at 32 weeks!

For dinner we ate at Filippi's Pizza Grotto in Little Italy. Definitely yummy food for a great price! 


July 6th: We woke up early (we stayed here & I recommend it! Right across the street from Old Town San Diego, literally, right across the street, and a decent room for a decent price!), had breakfast at Acapulco restaurant next to our hotel, and then headed to Sea World! James did great at the park! Although I will admit, at his age, I don't recommend any shows. He was fidgety and it was HOT when there wasn't a breeze. Doesn't make for a good time. We only did the dolphin show that morning, and then agreed NO more shows. We did most of the aquariums and the sky ride, and ended the day with going to Shamu's tank for James to say goodbye to the "big fishy". 











July 7th: Before we made our way back to Fullerton, we stopped at Old Town San Diego and had lunch. It's sort of a tradition that we stop there before heading home. We always eat at Casa de Reyes inside the plaza, and we love it!  After lunch, we took a few photos and then headed home, kind of exhausted, but definitely happy we spent family time together before our lives get a little crazy for a while...in a good way of course!