thank you for the good times, california. everytime i'm here i am instantly sad that this isn't where i live, & i for the smallest moment i wonder if austin should have chosen to go to pepperdine instead. then i remember that we're moving to spain & that it's going to be one of the coolest things & my sadness gets a little lighter. but california, you've still got my heart.
now, on to the next...
costa rica! tomorrow! it has come up so fast!
we spent today getting ready for the next leg of our trip. sure you would think that since we came to california knowing we were going to costa rica that we would have come prepared, & we did. sort of. but things come up & naturally we had to pick up some last minute items: books, magazines, diapers, food for cedar on the airplane, extra clothes (it just happens).. you know, that sort of thing. & then we had to re-pack everything. so it has really been a blast.
but we're finally packed up & ready to go.
i'm looking forward to 10 days spent on the beach // at the pool // hopefully in a jungle // celebrating my birthday (!) // relaxing // & getting my tan on.
i know the picture is blurry (iphone, once again) & truly has nothing to do with the post, but i love this picture of me with my cat, gracie. i've had her since i was 9 years old & i miss her a lot when i'm in utah. i am a cat lady.
obviously we couldn't have a trip to california without going to disneyland.
i promise i'm going to start using my actual camera one of these days...but for now, iphone pictures!
we had planned to meet my friend shannon & her boyfriend, pano, at disneyland just for the evening. we figured it's the middle of summer, it's a tuesday, & it's going to be hot & crowded. all i really wanted to do anyways was get a churro & watch the fireworks. so we did just that.
shannon had gone down earlier in the day so we just met up with them after visiting my sister, who lives in tustin, & had recently had surgery. we hadn't seen her in a couple of months & since she isn't well enough to drive it was perfect that we were already heading her direction, so we made a pit-stop at her place & then went to disneyland.
austin & i didn't actually go on any rides because in typical baby fashion, cedar promptly fell asleep once we were in the park. so we just went around to the different rides with shannon & pano & then we would people watch, eat churros & walk around while we waited for them to get off the ride.
once cedar woke up we got some dinner & it was almost time for the fireworks so we got a spot in the crowd to watch. it was so fun to see cedar watching the fireworks, he was so excited & couldn't take his eyes away. it was adorable. i love the age that he is in because he is really interested in things, it is so much fun to watch him learn & discover.
i don't have a lot to say besides i love pool parties. especially baby pool parties. on the first day that we were here we spent the majority of the time in the pool, on the trampoline or laying out by the pool. it was a pretty great day. cedar loved the water. he's become a huge fan of it lately & i'm pumped that he loves it. he also was really into the dogs swimming around us in the pool & splashing everyone in the pool.
spending a day in the pool totally reminds me of being a little kid again. & having a baby basically means that you get to be a little kid again, experiencing everything through them. it's so fun. summer + babies is seriously the best.
i know i say it a lot, but guys, it's been hectic around here.
wednesday afternoon we flew down to california for two weddings & some much needed time back home. originally we planned stay for a week & go back to utah, but my mom planned a last minute trip to costa rica!
so instead of a one week trip, we also get to go on a ten day vacation. i am so excited! but the last minute trip added some last minute stress. on top of getting ready to go home, we had to get ready for a second trip & make sure to get cedar's passport on time, which was slightly stressful but we got it, so it's good. plus, we needed it anyways to move to spain... so in reality, it just made us be extra proactive about getting it done!
we've done a lot in our two days since being here. normally when we're in california, we're pretty lazy about doing anything to be honest. but so far we've filled up our time with all the important things like seeing friends & family, eating good food, going to the beach & swimming all day because it is so incredibly hot.
its been a good time.
every time we're in california i'm reminded of how much i love & miss it. it's easy to forget when i'm not here & i'm swept up in the beauty & activities of utah. but california is definitely always my home.
a couple months ago austin built a couple of garden boxes so that we could have a vegetable garden this summer. we have tried to have a garden before & they never really worked out, but so far this one is really lasting & growing! we planted back in may & i have loved watching everything grow. it is so exciting to me! it's really fun seeing it grow every day & being able to grow your own food. i think it's so cool. i have begun daydreaming future gardens we will hopefully have when we have a home of our own. but for now, this one will do perfectly fine!
we have one 4x4 & one 4x2 garden boxes & they really fit quite a lot. i was worried we wouldn't have enough space, but we definitely do. this year we are growing: tomatoes, strawberries, kale, squash, bell peppers, jalapeños, basil, mint, lettuce, onions, rosemary & aloe. the last one was a late addition obviously for sunburns & randomly it is really good for diaper rash... so we figured it would be worth having, & it has been.
we're finally getting some tomatoes growing, they're just teeny, tiny, babies right now, as well as our strawberries. we've gotten a pretty big bell pepper though, & our basil & mint plants have gotten HUGE. along with our plants, i spotted a garden snake hanging out in the planter box. it was jut a little guy, but kind of spooky to see when i was checking out the plants, that's for sure.