Santa Cruz Sunshine

Today was the second day of spring break and Christian and I explored UC Santa Cruz and the surrounding community together. I loved having time alone with him, discovering something new and something old. 

   
    
 
It’s a beautiful campus, nestled in nature and rolling hills, with gorgeous views of the ocean.

After our tour, we had lunch at one of our old favorite places, Charlie Hong Kong.  We had to head back over the hill, but I couldn’t be this close to the ocean without sticking my feet in the water. Luckily my kid is a good sport and appreciates my love for the beach. It was an absolutely perfect day to be there.

    
 
   
 
I love the beach and its majesty. This is my happiest place on earth. I wish I could live right here next to the waves crashing. Maybe one day…but today, I just enjoyed these few perfect moments for a few minutes.

How was your day?

Life is good.

Togetherness in Full Tilt

I love my crazy family.

We have been together in hotel rooms for the past 4 nights and have had messed up schedules and are still going strong. We’ve had our woes of togetherness but are still in love and ready to keep on exploring.

Today we moseyed on home and stopped at places we wanted to see along the way. We enjoyed the journey and didn’t focus on the final destination.

Our first stop off the beaten highway was Santa Margarita. We wanted to see where the Pozo Saloon was located. The drive out here was gorgeous.

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It was fun to drive down roads we’ve never been on before and to imagine what it would be like to live in a remote part of a town.

From here we continued on and stopped to tour the Firestone Walker Brewery. Again, this is a place we always want to visit, but we are typically focused on the destination and don’t want to stop and slow down. Today we slowed and enjoyed a tasty lunch and brewery tastings.

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As we drove, we were invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with April’s family. We were then excited to be home, but weren’t done just being on the road, as we had one more curiosity to explore.

ML and her family were camping at the beach and we decided to stop in for a quick happy hour and to wrap up our vacation with friends. This happy hour did not include food nor drink – just an hour of togetherness walking and talking and watching the sunset.

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I loved that my family rallied to stop at the beach one more time and to visit with friends! I am lucky!!

And finally, we hurried up to make it home in time to enjoy dinner with April. She had prepared dumpling fixins’ and we arrived in time to help with the assembly. We all had a blast!

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And now, even I am tired and am so happy to be back in my own nest again with all my little chickens in their coops. We are fully baked! Time to rest.

Life is good, living it up every day, every way I can. Hope you’re doing the same. xoxo

82 Degrees for Christmas

This is why people love California. It was 82 degrees in San Diego today, and I’d say a little got actually.

We decided to visit the Hotel Del Coronado with friends and family today and couldn’t believe how warm it was.

The Hotel Del was built in 1888 and is a historic Victorian wooden beach resort. It is one of California’s historic landmarks.

It felt like it could have been historic Disneyland with all the hordes of people.

I loved dipping my toes in the water, people watching, and watching the sunset the most.

We also enjoyed walking through the town and exploring someplace new.

Here are a few of my favorite things from today, living it up, laughing out loud and being in the moment.

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Hotel California

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True life for me.

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Not all who wander are lost.

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The Wizard of Oz house, side view as someone was sitting on the front porch.

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Tide pools at low tide.

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Sun setting.

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I love my life and the sun on my face and with my toes in the sand. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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Except for this!

I am happy and grateful and wish the same for you. Everyday we get to practice and I wish you all the best.

Happy last night of Hanukkah!

Let your light shine from deep inside your soul. xoxo