These are the last of the photos I will be posting from our trip.
I am very much looking forward to the weekend at home. As fun as going away is, nothing beats a weekend at home. There is so much to be done around our house, and it really gives me great joy to check things off the never ending to-do list. If I get any down time I may do a little canning (it’s been ages, and I want to pickle some veggies) or start sewing the pants from Gertie’s new Butterick pattern.
Have a lovely weekend friends!
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One of my favorite things about the country life is the walks. Sure, we enjoy walking around our neighborhood at home, but it isn’t the same. The air is fresher, the sites more beautiful, and I always get a sense of renewal that I don’t achieve from walks through our residential neighborhood.
The school that my brother and sister-in-law teach at is located on 3000 acres of oak tree covered land. There are farm animals and flowers as far as the eye can see. We walked a lot. Every day, multiple times a day. When we would return to their home Lucy would beg to go out walking again. I, though, wanted to put my legs up and read a book. It was that kind of a trip. We didn’t do anything particularly exciting, but what we did do is all I had wanted; long walks and time to read.
We are back from spending the most lovely, relaxing weekend with my brother and sister-in-law at their home an hour outside of Santa Barbara. It’s a beautiful four and a half hour drive (if we don’t hit traffic in LA) up the coast of Southern California. Unfortunately, with a toddler in tow we drive it at night so she can sleep the whole way up. One of these days we when she is a bit older and can sit for greater lengths of time we will make the trip during the day so we can enjoy the sites off the 101.
We had a wonderful visit, as we always do. I didn’t want to leave the beautiful countryside and return to suburban living. My heart has been aching in a bad way to live in the country again, and if anything, this trip only intensified those feelings. One day we will, but in the mean time I need to remind myself regularly how thankful I am for the beautiful and fun things we have around us.
We are about done with the Palm Springs pictures, but here a few random photos I snapped on our way places. I would have liked to do more driving around to check out the incredible mid century architecture (which really is my favorite thing to do out there, after sitting by the pool and drinking), but with a one year old in tow that is kind of out of the question. I am so, so obsessed with all the incredible rock work that is so characteristic of the area.
On our last day in Palm Springs, per request of our friends that joined us on this mini vacation, we visited The Parker for breakfast. Last February they got married there, in probably the most beautiful and fun (though I was 7 months pregnant and didn’t have nearly as much fun with the open bar as my husband had) wedding I have ever been to.
My camera battery died shortly after taking these photos, so I didn’t get any pictures of my breakfast (artichoke eggs Benedict, complete with truffle oil–probably one of the top 5 meals I have eaten in my life), or the incredible grounds. I shared my delicious meal with Lucy, who I am beginning to think has expensive taste; she loved the truffle oil.
On our first day in Palm Springs we went and visited The Living Desert, which was a zoo with gorgeous botanicals, a carousel, and this amazing train set. The animals were kind of neat, but quite honestly I can see way more at our zoo here in San Diego. The train set was what really captured my heart.
I am back from three days in gorgeous Palm Springs. We spent an amazing weekend in the desert with some friends; drinking, eating, basking in the sun, and shopping for vintage. Every time I go there I try to convince Russ that we could create a life there. I know it’s the middle of the desert, but every time I see the incredible architecture I get these visions in my head of living in the perfect mid-century desert home, hosting weekend cocktail/dinner parties, and sipping cold alcoholic beverages by the pool with Martin Denny playing in the background. Sounds like heaven, no?
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While we were away on vacation we stopped by an ostrich and emu farm. I think this must have been the first time I have seen them up close and personal, what a strange looking creature! I was kind of surprised, they really didn’t seem to phase Lucy at all. She was a quiet observer the entire time.
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Pardon my brief absence, we just returned from a four day vacation. We were visiting my brother and his wife, both of whom work at a boarding school near Santa Barbara, California. The pictures above are all from the school, which lies on 3000 acres of the most incredible land. I am still feeling a bit groggy from the travel, but will post more photos in the coming days.
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Tagged Family, Vacation
So sorry about not posting in over a week. I had planned on posting on Monday–as we were up in LA over the weekend, and I wanted to write about the trip up. Unfortunately while we were there we got a call that my husband’s grandmother, Mildred, who lives in Hawaii had passed away.
I was fortunate enough to get to meet her back in 2004 when we flew to Hawaii to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was a lovely and fun loving lady, who we had a blast playing dominoes and drinking martinis with for two weeks. She will be greatly missed by many.
Oddly enough when we got the call we had just come from an incredible Tiki/Polynesian restaurant called the Bahooka. If you haven’t been here and you live or plan on visiting Southern California soon, do check it out. This place was unbelievable. The building was 10,000 square feet and filled with aquariums and South Pacific decor, much which was taken from old ship wreckage. Oh yeah—and the drinks were amazing! We weren’t there for dinner, but we did split two orders of french fries with our friends. We really just wanted some tropical drinks and to check out the Bahooka, which we found out is where they shot a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
This was the view from our table. The bar in the other room was actually one long fish tank!