Wednesday, July 19, 2017

La Jolla, CA

As soon as we knew baseball was over...we immediately started searching for a quick get away. Good news: we get to have a little summer vacation. Bad news: Randi wouldn't be with us.
So...we told Cade he could take a friend.

The planning was left up to me...which is fine and good EXCEPT the boys would not agree to anything.  Drive to Rocky Point? No. Drive to San Diego? No. They would only fly. {Which I find utterly ridiculous...considering we could drive for less money and, all said and done, would take the same amount of time}. Coronado? No. I found a family friendly resort on Mission Bay. No, the bay side would not suffice. Ugh! I was ready to strangle both of them!!
Then. I found a beautiful hotel in La Jolla...La Valencia.
{Even the name sounded wonderful}. Done. Booked for 5 nights.

{view of the hotel from the pool}
The hotel was built in 1926. Oh, if those walls could talk! It was located right on the cove with a park, sea lions, seals, board walk, and fabulous shops.

{view of my morning runs}

Cade loved the ritzy cars that were always parked at our hotel.  There were several...every day!

{Cade and Cole}
I think my favorite moment of our trip was the Padres game. It was our first time to Petco Stadium and I loved it! After stuffing our bellies with Hodad's... we sat back and enjoyed the game.

Some of the highlights: The entrance is like a street fair, the ballpark has the coolest urban vibe, there is a lovely grassy hill to relax and watch the game, they have incorporated old buildings into the new, they had guys come out and dance hip hop around the 7th inning stretch, and they had karaoke for the entire stadium!

They had fireworks after the game. And...the Padres pulled out a win in the 9th inning!
{Against the Giants}

Surf's up! On day four, the boys spent a few hours hitting the waves. {Mr. C in the top three photos, Cade in the bottom two}.

I, on the other hand, relaxed on the beach and admired all of the seashells. Being the desert rat that I am...that California water is way too cold for me!

All of that surfing makes for a hungry boy! Mr. C and I walked up to the board walk and grabbed a pizza. Anything better than eating pizza on the beach?!

{I love this man. A lot}.

The boys {in blue} did some snorkeling in the cove. There were lots of rays and a variety of fish.

{These boys are too cool for school}.

The views were beautiful. Sea lions and seals flanked the rocks and darted between coves. A couple of nights we enjoyed long walks along the board walk as the boys rode their skate boards and I had a few morning runs along the coastal path.

We also...spent a day on mission beach where the boys boogie boarded all day, spent a couple of hours kayaking around the seven caves of La Jolla, and shopped the surf shops of the area.

Some of our favorite eats: Cody's {right across the street of our hotel}, Crab Catcher, and The Spot. {We also love The Cottage, but did not get a chance to visit this time}.

It was a wonderful trip. I missed Randi though. {Little too much testosterone}!
When I realized the Pura Vida home office was right across the street...I had to venture over by myself. {The boys had zero interest in bracelets from Costa Rica, but Randi would have loved it}.

I didn't do the reading I thought I would...or the shopping. And I felt like a sherpa most of the time...
but it was a very memorable trip and Mr. C always make everything fabulous!

*{By Sunday evening I had hit my limit - a little. I showered and was getting dressed when Mr. C said, "are you going somewhere?" I said, "yes. I'm headed to the cafe and having a glass of wine." He quickly added that he would join me. So...we let the boys order some room service and hang out. They joined us an hour so later and ate some more}!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend Wishes

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch - we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy

Happy weekend!!
It's going to be a beautiful weekend as I will be listening to the waves crash on the shore and feel the warm salty air on my skin. Bliss. Sheer bliss.

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." - Wyland

Here's to a beautiful weekend full of imagination and eternal joy...and crashing waves.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bon Voyage

The three of us spent the other morning at the airport...and only one of us was hopping on a plane.

My sweet girl left for an adventure of a lifetime. After flying to NYC and Amsterdam...she will land in Delhi. She will then travel to Dharamsala where she will spend two weeks volunteering in schools, animal shelters, and a non-profit dealing with poverty in the slums.  She will also be learning journalism skills, interviewing and writing the stories of locals. AMAZING experience!!

I have to say...I handled myself very well. I grew a giant lump in my throat, but no tears fell. Well, that is, until I got in the car and saw the sweet post-it note she left for me...then the water works started!

I am so excited for her! I can't wait for her to get back home and tell me all about her adventure.

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

End of a Chapter

Little League is officially over. With Cade turning 13 soon, he has aged out. We will turn the page of this chapter and, I have to say, I'm not sad. It was fun while it lasted and we have made some great friends, but...onward and upward we go!

We lost our last game. However. It was a good game and Cade pitched an AWESOME game. He was the reason they {the number one team} only got three runs off us.

Nice group of boys and great coaches. {I may be biased towards the manager. He's really cute and loves the game more than anyone I know}.

Although we are done with Little League...I hope to watch my youngest love play baseball for a very long time.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekend Wishes

{me, nana, mom & randi}

"Nothing is worth more than laughter.  It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing."  - Frida Kahlo

Happiest of weekends to you. May it be filled with laughter upon laughter.

*Side note: we saw the new Spiderman today. On the way home I had three kids arguing in the car. {Two of the them were mine}. Who was the best superhero? What powers? Why? Marvel or DC? This was not a discussion...but a full blown argument. As annoyed as I was, I kind of wanted to freeze that moment. How much longer will they have heated discussions over superheroes?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mid-Week Thoughts

Another week {plus} has danced by without a post. I write random posts in my head all the time...just can't seem to find {or take} the time to sit and put fingers to keyboard.

So. Here I am with lots of random trinkets filling my brain...

The game tonight could possibly be our last. We won one and lost two. A few things need to happen in order for our boys to play in the tournament this weekend. I have mixed feelings. I want the boys to win and move forward...but on the other hand...I'm {we all are} ready for a summer break.'s no secret I'm not a little league fan. The politics, the rules, the cliques. Don't get me wrong. It has it's purpose, but at this age...if your child has been playing a's time to move on and play in a league that follows the real rules of baseball. AND...we are up against teams that recruit for their all-star little league. They are {basically} a club team. There are very strict rules and they just barely follow them. OK. Enough. This is our last year. :)

The Weather:
I'm tired of everyone posting the temperature and complaining about the heat. Yes. It's hot. We live in the desert. And...we have poured lots of concrete all over this desert...thus making it hotter.  It comes every year and it goes away every year. The mornings and {late} evenings are pleasant. Get out and enjoy the lovely weather!

Social Media:
I'm over it. I've been down to this road before, but I think this time might be it. A couple of weeks ago I was perusing Instagram and FaceBook. After {way too much} time, I realized I wasn't happier or more enlightened. I was annoyed with people and frustrated for wasting so much time. I found myself thinking, "how sincere are these posts? do we need to know everything about each other? do I really want to share everything with everybody?"  The answers: not very, no and no.  So. I have backed off and do not miss it. At. All.

I love my two little sugarboos madly. They make me laugh. They make me grow. They drive me crazy. They fill my heart with unconditional magical love.
Randi leaves soon for India. Her senior year starts a few days after she returns. She informed me the other day she is ready for her senior year to be over. Talk about senior-itis! She is so done and ready to move on to the next chapter before it even starts.  Cade will be 13 in a month and the moody teenage hormones have already set in. But. He still cuddles with me. {Thank goodness}. Actually, they both do. {Happy me}.

I have had the urge to purge. Why do I have so much stuff? I don't need it. It doesn't make me any happier. In fact, if I had to grab things I wanted from my burning house...journals and scrapbooks is all I would need. Everything else can be replaced.  I think I could be happy in a little cottage with minimal things. Maybe I'm a minimalist at heart. {Actually, I think I'm a nudist at heart too, but that's another thought...for a later time}.

I was at Joann's yesterday and they already have halloween fabric out.
I started watching Gilmore Girls and LOVE it.
Is there anybody dreamier than McDreamy? {other than Mr. C, of course}.
Why hasn't someone banned Trump from tweeting?

The above picture is the view I will be breathing in and loving in about two and a half months when I hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim. Can. Not. Wait.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Good Day

It's a good day when you wake up at 5:00AM to meet your friend on the trail at 5:30.
It's even better when the temps are in the low 80's.
It's just about as great of a morning as you can get when you spot the cutest little bunny as you make your way out of the canyon.

It's a good day when your teenage daughter says she wants to help you make a cake.
It's even better when it's the pink champagne cake you've been wanting to make for weeks.
It's a memorable afternoon watching her learn to separate eggs {becoming completely grossed out} and coming up with the frosting technique and strawberry design.

It's a really good day when everyone is home. Together. For dinner.
{That hasn't been happening lately}.

Today was a really good day.
{And I'm so should be a really good night}!