After we booked our trip out to California we learned that the timing was perfect, because coincidentally we were there for my great-great-aunt's 100th birthday. It isn't something we would have normally flew out for, but since we were already there we wound up going.
My great-great aunt on the bottom right, her niece (my grandmother), her daughter (my aunt), her niece (me), and my daughter (Elley)
There was a big group of us (around 50 or so), but I guess that's how much a family grows in 5 generations since everyone invited was either a descendant of her or one of her 5 siblings. Elley was really good meeting lots of new faces, although we left pretty much as soon as we finished eating so she was able to take a nap. There was just a little too much going on in the restaurant for her to be able to close her eyes and risk missing anything.
For our 6th day in California we finally made it to the beach so Elley could dip her toes in the Pacific Ocean. The water was a little cold, and the ocean wasn't nearly as exciting as a pool, but even so, she had a blast.
After we dried off we then did another California necessity and let Elley try her first ever fry from In-N-Out.
Overall it was a busy day, full of summer love, one that made for one tired baby.
It's that time again... a never ending attempt of catching up on my daily photos! Let's see how this goes...
July 14, 2015 - 195/365: A Bowl of Amy's Red Lentil Soup.
July 15, 2015 - 196/365: I think there's one of these in every Project 365 post, a passed out baby.
July 16, 2015 - 197/365: Birthday Cake Shake from Smashburger. Topped with Golden Oreos, it was just as delicious as you'd imagine!
July 17, 2015 - 198/365: So this is actually the first day without a picture. Pretty impressive getting through half of the year though first. But even though my Project 365 may be more like a 360 or 340 or less, I'm still going to attempt to take as many daily pictures as I can. Which brings us to...
July 18, 2015 - 199/365: Morning Smiles.
July 19, 2015 - 200/365: Playing with an Airplane.
July 20, 2015 - 201/365: Salmon with Artichokes & Asparagus.
July 21, 2015 - 202/365: We recently had a Newk's open near my work and it's becoming my new favorite place to eat. Plus it's right next to Starbucks, so I'll eat lunch there and then grab a frappuccino on my way back. I've tried several of their pizzas, sandwiches, and salads, but this day's selection was a Shrimp and Avocado Salad.
Our 3rd day in California the boy and I took Elley down to 2nd Street. It's a cute area of Long Beach with restaurants and shops that's fun to walk down. I used to go down there in high school and clearly still do as well. The plan was to walk down and back and then drive someone else for lunch. Except by the time we got back to the where our car was, we wear dealing with this...
...a passed out baby. So we decided to stop for lunch. The destination was Rubio's, a fast food Mexican restaurant known for their fish tacos. Again, something I love back in high school and clearly still love now.
Fish Tacos from Rubio's with a Sleeping Baby in the Background
We then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at my grandma's and actually were joined by Elley's godmother since she had a few hours till she had to leave for her flight back home.
As for our 4th day, well I don't have a single picture, which also means I failed on my Project 365 that day. While there may not be photographic evidence we spend the day at my grandmother's, this time joined by my aunt and uncle. I guess we were all just having such a great time socializing that no one remembered to take photos!
Come Away With Me by Karma Brown
Published: August 25, 2015 by Mira
I've never read Eat, Pray, Love before, but I imagine that is quite similar to this book. Except of course that this one is a book of fiction and not a memoir.
In some ways I so want to share the places Tegan traveled after her miscarriage to help herself heal, except that I love how each one was a surprise until you got there. Even more than that I really enjoyed how each location was written. You couldn't help but feel yourself on these adventures with Tegan. Even though I've only been to one of the places in the book, it didn't matter, because you truly did feel like I was a part of the trip.
I wasn't expecting the end to this at all, but really appreciated it. In fact, I was leaning towards classifying this book as one I liked, but after reading how it ended, now it's a love. It's the type of ending that makes you want to reread the book immediately to see what clues you may have missed and how you could have predicted it better.
According to the author's interview in the reader's guide, the next book she's working on (which will only be her second!) is about a family who uses a surrogate to have a baby. While it is normally a topic that would intrigue me, after reading one book by Karma, I can't wait to read another from her and just hope its as good as this one!
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I'm not yet adding to my California recaps, but I promise I will in time. Especially since I know everyone out there is dying to know about our trip. :) First though, since it's even more behind, another edition of daily photos.
July 4, 2015 - 185/365: So maybe it's not the most patriotic way to celebrate the 4th of July, but I really wanted to make French toast for breakfast.
July 5, 2015 - 186/365: A slightly more American option, a burger on brioche with veggie fries.
July 6, 2015 - 187/365: The last of the new frappucinos, the cupcake frap.
July 7, 2015 - 188/365: Home of the Free Because of the Brave.
July 8, 2015 - 189/365: Someone wants to steal my dinner.
July 9, 2015 - 190/365: Passed Out in Bed.
July 10, 2015 - 191/365: A Night Out at Book Club.
I was deathly afraid of our first plane flight with a baby. I've just been on too many plane flights with babies that screamed THE ENTIRE TIME to imagine we would escape unscathed. Except I really should have had more faith in Elley. After all, she's such a good baby normally her plane behavior really shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise.
Not the clearest of photos, but it's hard to take a photo in such tight spaces
The worst thing she did was fill her diaper as we were taking off, which meant we couldn't change her till the seat belt sign came off. I actually tried to go earlier, but was told by a flight attendant it wasn't safe to be up.
Besides that though, we didn't have any issues with her. She nursed during take-off. (Of course while I sat next to a guy who looked to be in his late teens or early twenties. A little awkward, but we survived.) We brought her stuffed hippo, which we've napped trained her with, and used that to get her to take a nap in my arms. She ate some homemade hummus we brought along as a snack and drank some water from a sippie cup. She did nurse about an hour before landing which was a little awkward, but used her pacifier during landing and didn't seem to have any issues with the pressure change.
Our flight actually landed pretty early, intentional by us to make sure we could put her to bed at a normal time. But while we made it back to my dad's at a normal time, we spent the rest of the day hanging out at the house since even though she was good for the 4-hour flight, it wasn't what I'd list as relaxing.
The next day we headed out to spend time with my BFF, Elley's godmother. Her schedule worked out where she was able to be in California at the same time as us, and we met up at her mom's house. (Which if you remember is where I had my bridal shower 3 years ago.) The last time I saw her was in January when she flew out to meet Elley, so we had a lot to catch up on.
But even so, the highlight of the day had to be swimming, aka the first time Elley got to spend time in a pool. We weren't sure how she'd do, especially since she's only recently started liking her baths, but she had a blast.
She figured out how to splash, which you can almost see by how much water is on her face by the last photo.
Overall, a great way to start our California trip.
Things are starting to get a bit back to normal after our California trip. So normal that I'm even here linking up with Mailbox Monday.
For Review from TLC Book Tours Come Away With Me by Karma Brown
I've actually already started this one, and so far I'm enjoying it. The book is about a couple and how the deal with the aftermath of a miscarriage. Where I am in the book they're about to start traveling the world and I can't wait to see where they go. So far it's a bit heartbreaking, although I'm hopeful that as the couple starts to heal it will get a bit easier to read.