I realize that I am way behind in posting photos from our California outings, and honestly, there's no way they're all going to make it on here! Instead, I thought I'd just do a random photo dump and throw some pictures from each of our adventures up to share. We've done so much and have really made the most of our time here, but I'm not sad to say we're beginning to count the days until we return home!!!
Actually, we have decided to go spend the 4th of July up at my parents' house in Montana (have I mentioned that before? It's hard to remember what I post on here vs what I put on Twitter and Face Book!)! Allie has a few days off from photography school and will be able to go to my parents' as well, and since it's only about a 15-hour drive from Irvine (as opposed to the 30+ hours from Georgia), it seems like a great opportunity. So, we leave for Montana 2 weeks from today and will spend 5 days up there! And by the time we get back to Irvine, we will have less than 2 weeks before we begin to make our way back to Georgia (with a stop in Kansas along the way to see old friends!)!
So, back to the pictures! Here's one from Magic Mountain!
Great amusement park with tons of fabulous roller coasters! So happy we got the chance to go!
And here's Allie before she headed off to photography school! We found an amazing place called Bruxie that does waffle sandwiches and things like fried chicken and waffles. In this picture, we were trying their waffle desserts....YUM!
We spend lots of time at various playgrounds in the area!
A fun and historic little burger place (Ruby's Shake Shack) along the Pacific Coast Highway near Laguna Beach....again.....YUM!
Salt Creek Beach
My caption on Twitter for this shot was "A Mariachi Band and a bunch of gringos" ;)
The famous and beautiful Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island just off San Diego! Love this place and have stayed there several times over the years, so we enjoyed the opportunity to visit once again!
Visited the seals in La Jolla!
I have to laugh at this next shot as they didn't know what was about to happen.....
Seals all over the rocks just feet from us and completely in the wild! So cool!
Seals are hard to see in this next shot but there are at least 4 on the rock
La Jolla coastline
Giant minion blimp :)
Spent Father's Day at the historic Crystal Cove Beach....gorgeous!
Can't believe how Josh has grown! Too bad he had his eyes closed!
Zack & I celebrated our 22nd anniversary on Sunday, but since it was Father's Day, we decided to go out to dinner on Saturday night instead. We ended up eating at The Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove....a historic place that's been around since the 1930's and sits directly on the beach! And it's the same place that we went back to the next day to spend Father's Day! Absolutely awesome! Loved the history and the atmosphere!
Zack helping Matthew catch a wave ;)
My bookworm! Her favorite author is Steinbeck, and she reads about a book a day ;)
The walkway down to gorgeous Salt Creek Beach
Emily's sand creations :)
Josh's head ;)
Not sure WHY they think this is fun!
Legoland without our Allie :(
And one final shot of gorgeous La Jolla
As I mentioned, we have really enjoyed our time here, but we are more than ready to go home! We're looking forward to getting a dog and some goats as soon as we return, doing some painting in the girls' rooms and completely implementing our new way of eating!
I've been getting lots of email asking me about how we're eating, what we're eating, etc, and I plan to share everything that we've learned so far in my next post!
I also wanted to share some exciting news! After much consideration, Sophie (who will be a senior this coming school year) has decided to pursue a career in medicine as a pediatric doctor!!!! She hopes to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and then will apply to medical school where she will spend another 4 (actually 7+) years learning to be a doctor! We are insanely proud and excited for her, and we know that she will be such a blessing to all of her patients!