Thursday, March 15, 2012

Catching up with life

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.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing trip! Congratulations on 10 years - that's wonderful! Funny, my FMF just arrived too and it looks a little like yours - extra seeds :) Good luck with your projects/purging - we are in dire need of that at our place!

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  2. Congratulations on 10 years!! I was almost super excited by your post as we live in your travel area...but sad to realize you were just on vacation. The army helps us keep the "just moved in" look because we're always moving...funny because I kind of envy people who can hang all their pictures (it seems ours never fit the walls quite right!), make their own curtains, and make the house feel like home! I guess the grass is always greener...

    Hope you have many more years of happiness!

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  3. How nice for you to have had that get-away, and to see how other people live. I have recently gone through a gigantic purge-our-crap effort that took two months and lots of tears shed over parting with things that I was emotionally attached to. We're downsizing our house, and are aiming for a simplier lifestyle. After nearly 23 years in the same house, it's wonderful to see how empty it's looking. I couldn't be happier now, after such an upheaval. It will be the same with you, I'm sure. My only advice is to steel yourself before you begin, and if you must part with something that you think is precious, take a picture of it as your keepsake.

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  4. we have 10 years this summer...and the trip you just took is part of the trip we took on our honeymoon. I still vividly remember the jelly fish!

    Oh and I'm always in a purging mood. Go for it!

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  5. Thats so nice you had such a great trip! Jealous of your FMF...still waiting for mine to arrive!!

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  6. Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  7. Sounds like a blast, Kati! Good luck with the decluttering...feel free to come to my house when you're finished with yours!

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  8. Looked lovely and fun, and quiet!!

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  9. That is possibly my most favoritest highway in America. So gorgeous! My hubby and I are celebrating our 6th anniversary tomorrow. We never do anything, so we decided this year was going to be the year! Instead, we're renting a Redbox and getting a sitter. :) ONE DAY, though, we WILL do something fun like you two did!

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  10. Looks like a wonderful trip! I would love to do the Pacific Coast highway one of these days. The mystery spot looks intriguing. : )

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  11. We loved having you! And thank you for the nice words!! :) Isn't the mystery spot so weird? I mean - to a degree it has to be optical illusion, but to that degree? Well, it left me wondering. Feel free to move here anytime! You know you'll have a place to stay while you are looking for a place to live. ;)

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  12. Happy anniversary :o) Looks like a fab trip, and that aquarium looks amazing with those bright, vivid colours, guess we know why people like the aqua and orange combo so much!

    Looks like you had a great welcome home too, happy purging!

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  13. Congrats on 10 years!!! Looked like you guys had so much fun...woohoo for adult freedom with no kiddos! :) I agree with you...love Carmel and could live there in a heartbeat.

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  14. What a fun trip! I am glad you got to do something fun for your 10th.

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  15. I hear you on the purging...I feel like that's all we've been doing lately (and man, does it feel good)!
    And congratulations on your anniversary! I'm so glad that you guys were able to take such a wonderful (and much deserved) trip!

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