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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!! Why does it always seem like the week coming off a vacation is the hardest to get back in the swing of things? At least it's Friday and the weekend is here again which always makes me one happy girl.

Since we were still traveling part of the week we kept it pretty low key when we got back home. Lots of snuggle time with the nuggets and right back into the workflow. If only life could be a permanent vacation (ahh, it's nice to daydream).

Here are some of my favorites ...

1. Cali trip: if you've been ready along, and thank you if you have (I love this little blogging community) then you might have guessed this would be my number one. If you missed all the details of our trip you can check out my recap {here}.

2. Pepper plant: let's just say our green thumb skills are lacking way more than I thought they ever would. It basically has taken us all summer (actually longer because we seeded them back in March, of last year) to grow this sweet little pepper.

A loves going outside and seeing what, if anything, is growing. When this little guy sprouted up he couldn't wait to pick it. We will all be savoring this one since it will be the topping for our homemade pizza Friday night.

3. Outdoor fun: when we came back from Cali we were so excited to see the nice weather traveled back with us. That nasty humidity seemed to break and the nights even dipped down and got a little cooler.

We are trying to keep the nuggets excited about being active and wanting to go outside, so with this weather some family walks after dinner became a regular thing this week.

4. Birthday time: yeahhhh, so my birthday is on Thursday. While I'm thankful for all the many blessings God has given me and the memories I get to share, the excitement of birthdays has kind of faded for me. I hit the big 3-0 last year so 31 just seems blah to me. You know, it's just different. When you're younger you can't wait to be 21, then 25, and then it basically goes down hill from there (not really, I do think I'm having more fun with age, shhh).

California Dreaming-Vacation Recap

Ocean Beach

California, there's just something special about good old Cali. The picturesque scenery, delicious food, and abundant sunshine is enough to win me over. 

We love visiting Cali and wish we could make multiple trips a year. A family friend recently moved to the west coast and decided to have her wedding in her new state. Both Eric's brothers live in San Diego so we knew this trip was a no brainer and one we were looking forward to. 

This was also our first trip away from the nuggets. While we missed them like crazy and couldn't wait for their big hugs and sloppy kisses, it was really nice to have some alone time. Some thought we were crazy for leaving them and others thought we were awesome for venturing off on our own, but that's a post for another day.

So for now if you're up for extreme picture overload (that's a bit of an understatement) then please read along. If not, then I guess I'll jut be talking to the wind. But no, seriously, I know this is one of the longest.posts.ever.

I know I sometimes lose interest in travel series posts (oops just being honest) and I honestly would rather have everything all in one place. To each their own. So here we go...

The first few days of our trip were spent in San Diego. Every time we visit here we like it even more and more. There is just so much to do, so much to see, amazing views, different sections and neighborhoods, and fun beaches. It really is a fantastic place. 

The first day we were there Eric told me he had an early birthday surprise for me and rented us a fun car to drive around in for the day. When he pulled up in this Polaris, my initial thought was, wait a minute, this was an early present for me or for you? Haha, I didn't mind one bit though because he knows I'm up for anything and always enjoy an adventure with him. At first I wasn't sure if this was some kind of transformer car or bat mobile type thing (we'll just refer to it as that), but let me tell you, it sure turned heads and had people complimenting it everywhere we stopped.

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen some of these pics or my instasnaps (or whatever we are calling them these days). 

Driving around in the bat mobile, we stopped off for lunch and then drove around to several different look out areas like Mount Soledad, Sunset Cliffs and La Jolla Cove. My day was made when a seal swam up to us while I was sitting on the rocks. You definitely don't see that happening in Jersey. I would recommend all of these stops if you ever get a chance to visit.

Later on that night we went down to the beach to watch my brother in-law Chris catch some waves all while taking in the amazing sunset. Sunsets in Cali really are unbelievable.

We finished the night off with an unexpected trip to Mexico with friends to grab some food and drinks. Eric and I didn't bring our passports with us which lead to some interesting conversations with immigration into Mexico and them bribing us for $20 which got us across the boarder. That's about all I'll say about that. Oh, and those churros were totally worth it!

Friday Favorites

Hello, Friday! No matter how you slice it Friday is a beautifully thing. Lucky for me, my Wednesday felt like a Friday, well at least at work it did.

If you saw my instagram then you might already know that Eric and I are in California. This is our first trip where both of us are away from the nuggets. We miss them like crazy but know they are having the time of their life getting spoiled by my in-laws. We always love visiting Cali and seeing our family and friends! And don't worry, I've already been on picture overload and look forward to sharing more.

Before I go admire some more of this beautiful scenery here are some of my favorites from the week...

1. Pool time: it's hard to believe the summer is almost over. Well not officially, I'm a firm believer in enjoying summer well into mid September. I hate rushing the seasons, even though fall is a wonderful thing. Anyway, we got some pool time in and my brother snapped this pic of little nugget and I. I could seriously just eat him up!

2. Nautical party: in case you missed it, we celebrated little nuggets first birthday. I was really happy with how everything turned out for his nautical themed party. You can read more about it {here}.

3. Kid snack ideas: so I might have gotten myself into a little bit of a situation. You see those starfish pb&j sandwiches above? Well, I just had to go and try to be cute at I's party and now what does A ask for? Oh yes, starfish pb&j. 

I love that he gets excited about it and enjoys eating it, but let's be honest, I don't always have time to make his food into some awesome creature that gets his taste buds all hyped up. Little does he know, it all tastes the same. I got to thinking (I do that from time to time) what else could I get him to eat if it looked cute. Thankfully I came across this list from one little project. There are definitely a few that I will be trying out.

Nautical First Birthday Party

Just like that it came and went, our little nugget is now over a year old. The days sure aren't slowing down for anyone. 

Aside from the crazy heatwave we have going on in the North East his party was a huge success. Of course I forgot to take a few pictures with family and friends, and you thought I would have learned and taken my own advice from A's first birthday party. Next time, I swear, I'm making that checklist of pictures I'd like to take. Once a party starts for us it's hard for me to remember these little details, which is why I took a lot of these before guests came over. 

I had a lot of fun with this theme. Anyone who knows me knows I'm just not into the really little kiddish kiddie parties. That probably didn't make any sense. Basically until my little nuggets are asking me for specific themes and characters to be displayed, I really try to keep it more kid chic. I'll be leaving the superheros and pony rides for when they can remember.