Entries for the ‘california’ Category

From Here to There

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

A lot of this,

a little of that (I love their burritos!)

all to get here!


Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I can’t say, think or type “Disneyland” without thinking of this song.

I’ve been kickin’ it here in the OC the last few days… took my 7yo to Disneyland all by herself…just her and me.  We had SUCH a good time.

If you are thinking of going I cannot recommend ridemax.com enough.  I’m too tired from being on my feet for 12 hours to tell you all the reasons why I love them, but if you email me I will wax long and poetic!

thanks to all the pinners on pinterest and my friend Jaylee for the tip about Dole Pineapple Whip Floats, tongue tingling good!

It’s following us

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The heat that is….

Cloudy Day

This pic is from Monday night at Laguna, but yesterday we spent a BEAUTIFUL day in La Jolla at the cove.  The kids loved climbing around teh tide pools and collecting hermit crabs.

Today’s high is in the 90’s.  Wha?!!  This is S. California in October!!  I think it followed us here…I think its supposed to be 100 in PHX tomorrow. deep long sigh.  If I’m going to be hot though, I think I’d rather be hot here at the beach than in the desert.  Just sayin’.

A record 6!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

After a record breaking 6 hours in the car yesterday, we made it safely (and gratefully) to California!

the view

I say record breaking because we’ve never made it in under 6.5 hours with kids before.  HOORAY for us!!  We stopped twice (4 times if you count the side of the road) and still make record time.  Everyone was happy about that.

big kids

oreo eater

Even the little Oreo eater was happy, 10 pts to you if you know why I have 60 packs of Oreo cookies at my house!

Over the Weekend

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

My weekend began at 3:15am on Friday morning…..around 7am, it looked like this.


Let’s just say someone (and no, it wasn’t me) was doing 90 in a 55, said person’s license was at home….we walked away with nary a warning!

the ladies

I had the pleasure and I do mean pleasure of driving to San Diego with these lovely ladies.  The weekend ran on pure adrenaline.

cloudy sunset

We enjoyed a cloudy sunset in La Jolla, and made sure to visit the seals.  One of the ladies even braved the waves and swam with the seals and La Jolla Cove.

The Del

Saturday morning we visited the Del.  Oh my word is it BEAUTIFUL inside.  Maybe for my 25th wedding anniversary we can stay here.  Rich wood paneling, gorgeous chandeliers at every turn….ah to dream!


After a leisurely lunch at Anthony’s (the.best.fish-shrimp-.and.chips.EVER), we headed home to PHX.  Exhausted.


p.s. I’ve been totally hooked on BBC’s Larkrise to Candleford, can’t get enough!  I love me some period drama with strong female leads!  You can catch up on the seasons through youtube.

Art & Books

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Let me start by saying I don’t think I have ever walked into an art gallery unless someone else asked me to, or lead me in.  Not that I don’t appreciate art, because I really do, but I am more of a museum person than a gallery person.  That all changed recently when walking by the Tim Cantor Gallery, as I looked up from the pavement my eye caught “Grassland” and I stopped mid step to admire it.

Source: timcantor.com via Heather on Pinterest


I had to go into the gallery to see it up close.  It is even more beautiful than it is here online.  I love his use of light and his over saturation of colors.  I loved all of his work, he combines classical genres with magical realism.  Just wow.  While walking through the gallery I couldn’t help thinking of the under belly of the gallery world- thanks to having just finished Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty.  A book I sort of enjoyed, I can’t in good conscience recommend it without telling you that it is pretty raw and raunchy.  The story was a bit bland…but I felt I had a glimpse into the seedy side of the art world.  I suspect I will never own real art…the piece above is selling for $28k.  However, I hope the day comes when I can afford giclee prints of art I admire.

Other books I think you should add to your “sit by the pool and watch the kids splash” list are:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Can you believe I had never read this book until a few weeks ago???  Crazy…and I was always confusing Charlotte Bronte with Mary Shelley (makes no sense, I know).  I loved Jane Eyre, really loved it.  Gasped out loud when Mr Rochester proposed and everything.  I thought I had guessed the ending, but boy was I wrong!  I suspect you’ve already read it, but its good enough to re read every few years.

I am *this* close to finishing The Help by Kathryn Stockett, people I can.not put it down (in fact I am trying to type this super fast so I can get back to the couch and read more!).  It is a historical fiction novel about the hired help of Jackson Mississippi during the 1960’s.  A young girl wants to write the story of what its like for maids to serve and raise white people’s children.  The risk that these maids take to tell their stories, is almost tangible to the reader.  This is a book that makes you think a bit about your own “lines”, the lines that you draw that dictate how you treat other people based on looks and socioeconomics.  There is also a movie set to be released August 12th, based on the book.  So, you know, if you want to see the movie you should really read the book first (that’s my motto anyway).

What are you reading right now?


Thursday, March 17th, 2011

While visiting our favorite beach we noticed a strawberry stand selling local, fresh picked strawberries!

My kids pointed out what they thought was the largest strawberry ever grown (it was BIG).  The vendor selling the strawberries let the kids each pick and eat the biggest strawberry they could find!

They were some of the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever eaten, YUM!

We’ve been cramming as much as we can into this Spring Break week.  Aaron took the whole week off so we could spend some much needed family time together.  Of course I’ve been multi-tasking, using my husbands presence at home to catch up on deadlines… The laundry still isn’t folded….that’s what Sunday nights are for, right?

Have a great weekend, I’m sending you some our warm (we’ve already hit 90) Arizona sun!


Hello There…

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Crawling out from a BIG pile of laundry (the down side of vacations).  Be back in this space soon…

spring break 2011

Suitcases & Laundry

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Home again, un packing and washing….

looking for sea life

and repacking the suitcases, ’tis the month for travel.

Come back tomorrow for the 1st of two giveaways! Got a sweet tooth, or a little girl?  Then these giveaways are perfect for you!


Friday, July 2nd, 2010

sand castles

The ice-cold water did not deter them in the least (oh to be young).  Nothing beat spending your morning on the beach watching the marine layer burn off, and your children build sand castles.

Crabs were found, barnicles too and a few shells.  Hope your 4th is going to be good too.  Comments are off on this one…but feel free to email (see the contact link in the menu bar).