Holy Toledo! I honestly felt like it had been only a week or so since my last blog post but I guess it's been a bit longer.
So! We are back from our vacation that we took to California. It was quite good. We had a lot of fun, got to see family, and at the end of each day we were all exhausted. Eloise started to sleep through the night while there. Apparently she wasn't sleeping as well in her little cosleeper because of the small size and when she was given more space in the pac n play she started sleeping all the way through the night. So there you go. Jack played hard and slept hard. It was such a change compared to what we were used to before with Jack. Jack is/was a some what decent sleeper when he's not being thrown off by new babies being brought home (well, it was just one baby). :) He used to NOT sleep well though when he was away from home in his pac n play. Holy cow. We are talking 3-4 wake ups and then us finally letting him sleep with us out of pure exhaustion. He's old enough and plays hard enough now that he sleeps no problem in the pac n play and what a welcome change that is! Yesssss! So good sleep was had by all! :)
My wonderful parents treated us to plane tickets from Phoenix to San Francisco so that we could have some fun at our old stomping grounds. We flew in and had to wait two hours for our rental car. Once we finally got it we went and got take out at our favorite Chinese restaurant in San Francisco...and then made the trek down to San Luis Obispo.
We were also able to go to the beach. Jack had a blast! Well, until I let him fall face first into the surf and he sucked up a bunch of water. Oops. He recovered quickly...but wasn't as keen on the water after that. ha!
Miss Eloise sorta enjoyed the beach. I don't think that she was thrilled about the wind. I was having trouble getting her hat to stay on her but realized that the wubba nub apparently has multiple uses. :)
Mama has some crazy beach hair! And I'm totally okay with it. ;)
At the end of our trip we were able to sneak away for a couple of hours (where we found out that Eloise does NOT like bottles...nope, nada, no way.) Anyways, Jason and I were sitting in Apple Farm having our dessert and we started talking about our trip and SLO. We came to the realization that while SLO/California will always have a special place in our heart...it's not the end all of happy existence. I think that as of late I've been pinning for California and kinda had it built up in my head as this utopia where "I'll be happy if I move THERE" type of thing. I realized while in California that by golly...I actually kinda LIKE where we live. Like I could maybe stay here for a while and be okay. I mean sure it's hot. And sure this city lacks a little character in many ways...but it's not all bad. The people are really and truly nice. So friendly. There are TONS of young families. The town is very affordable and we might actually be able to buy a house one day...AND have me stay home with the kids. What a concept. :)
The hardest part is being away from family. I wish Jack could see all his grandparents more often. Also Jason's brother is starting to have kids too and it would be so nice to be near them and have our kids grow up together. I guess for now, visits will have to suffice.
Anyways, God used our trip to California to some how help us see that we are where He wants us to be. I thought that the trip might ruin me and make me miss "home" even more but in the end it didn't. In the end it made me thankful and glad that He is active in our lives, directing our paths. I know that Arizona is where He wants us for now. For how long? I'm not sure. For however long though I think I'm more willing to accept this place as home...that is as long as we don't find any scorpions within a mile radius of our house. When that happens? Peace out Arizona. ;) Ha!
Anyways, it was an awesome trip. Thank you so much Mom and Dad for the extra bonus to San Francisco. We had so much fun. Jason especially loved the fog that was so thick it felt like it was raining. Me? Not so much. I think I prefer the heat! ha!
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