One Magical Sunset at Griffith Observatory

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We found ourselves out in California mom free for an evening. We could’ve spent the day hanging at a friend’s house while he was working, or we could go search for adventure. We chose adventure and a beautiful evening at Griffith Observatory. I love chilling and watching sunsets with my kids. Something magical happens every single time and I’m always reminded of why life is worth living….

Two Weeks in Southern California

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Some frames from our two weeks spent in Southern California.

Notable highlights of this trip include:

  • Lia getting bit in the face by a horse at the Gentle Barn. She got some stitches and it’s all good, but man, it’s scary when you see blood pouring from your 5 year old daughter’s face. The folks at the Gentle Barn were so accommodating and they even gave her a free sno cone and super cow.
  • Blowing bubbles with Great Grandma Berniece, the nicest lady on earth.
  • Sharing a condo with our friends the Crawfords in Laguna Beach for a few days. I loved the morning I spent with Lia splashing in the waves at 6 am because she woke up super early and we didn’t want to wake up everyone else.
  • Our Huntington Beach bonfire with too many good friends to name em all.
  • Swimming with the Leopard Sharks in La Jolla (sadly no pics of that), but snorkeling around the cove and having 15-20 of them swimming around you is pretty cool. Scary at first, but super cool once you realize they won’t bite you.
  • Max hugging the cow at the Gentle Barn.
  • Ava braving the Laguna Beach rocks barefoot and picking up every dead thing she could find in the tide pools.
  • This was the first trip Lia loved the water as much as the rest of us. And the year we actually went out deep in the ocean together. Before they were always content with playing in the sand at the edges of the water and jumping over the tiny waves…not anymore.

All in all…it was a great trip and I can’t wait to get back out there again!

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California – Day 13 Boogie Boarding

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On our very last day in California, we decided to make the most of it and squeeze in one more trip to the beach. We woke up, packed up all our stuff, and drove to Seal Beach. The kids ran through the waves, splashing and laughing as usual. It was definitely chillier than they would have liked since it was morning when we went.

We have boogie boarding on our summer bucket list so we figured we had to do it. We won’t be at another beach as a family this summer. Last year we went boogie boarding in Destin and the kids LOVED it! We didn’t exactly calculate the water temperature into the equation this time though and getting them to boogie board was a bit of a disaster. None of the kids really wanted to get very deep in the cold water, so they kept trying to ride the baby waves in, which just resulted in them flopping into the sand and going nowhere. So boogie boarding was a bit of a bust… but we still enjoyed our last beach trip!

When we finally dragged ourselves away from the beach, we stopped at Great Grandma and Grandpa’s house for one last visit before heading home. We had an uneventful flight back to Kansas City and rolled up at the house around midnight… good thing the kids were still on California time!

This trip to California was quite different than most of our vacations. We typically do a lot more adventuring than we did on this trip. I have to say that I really enjoyed just hanging out at the beach so much. We went so many times that our kids actually said they were tired of going to the beach. (They changed their minds promptly once we were back in Kansas City and asked to go again…) The hardest part about visiting SoCal is that we have so many friends and family who live there, it’s very hard to see everyone! So we spent our two weeks running around like crazy trying to squeeze it all in.

And the beach was a solid hour drive from where we were staying in Corona… Well, an hour without traffic. One of these days, my plan is to just rent a house at the beach for a week and call it done. Maybe next summer…

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