Last month the hubs and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. We decided to take a little trip to celebrate. We didn't have a lot of time so we stuck with the west coast to minimize travel time. My sister took last weekend off to watch our kiddos, and we left. We had four whole days of being responsibility-free. It was a nice break.
We took a trip I've wanted to do for years. We drove the Pacific Coast Highway. We flew into San Jose and drove as far south as Pismo Beach, where we stayed for two nights. It was a perfect time of year to take this trip as it wasn't hot. The weather was great while we were there.
We also hit a few tourist spots along the route like Hearst Castle.
I am a bit jealous of all those who live along here. It's really amazing.
We hit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with our own personal tour guides. My cousin and his wife both grew up in this area, and they currently live in Carmel. The met us at the aquarium and made sure we saw all their favorite exhibits. We were able to have dinner with them and my aunt and uncle who also live in Carmel. If I could live anywhere, it would probably be there. I love it.
On our final day we stopped at a few more places on our way back to San Jose. Here I am at the Mystery Spot. It was a strange little place, but I do wonder how much is just optical illusion.
We came home Tuesday morning to three very excited little kiddos who immediately asked, "Did you bring me anything special?!" They quickly turned into little monsters, but I think we've finally recovered. It just throws them off so much to have their schedule change and have different people take care of them. We did bring them something special. Plus something special arrived for me:
It was a fun little trip and so nice to get away. I made it through the eight loads of laundry, and the kids are back to normal. Now I'm just catching up with life.
It might be a bit quiet on here for a few weeks. I have other projects in mind, like "operation: purge-our-crap". Plus, I want to paint our pantry and other very unexciting projects.
I realized something while visiting my cousin and his wife in their home. They recently moved into their place. It still has that "we just moved in" look because there aren't many pictures or other things on the walls. They also don't have that much stuff. They moved from a 450 sq/ft studio in San Francisco to a 3-bedroom home in Carmel. Granted they don't have any kids yet either (their first is on the way). I loved how clean and somewhat empty their home was. I realized I like the "we just moved in" look much more than "here is every single home decor item we own" look. I'm somewhere in between, and I'm in a purging mood.