Thursday, December 11, 2014

thanksgiving 2014 - our week back in orange county

We packed ourselves up, headed to the airport and boarded the plane... Bryan, Trace, Cali and I. It's safe to say that we were getting side eyed by everyone, giving us that look of "they better not sit near me." Haha!! Lucky for them, but especially lucky for us, NO ONE sat next to us, so we had the entire row to ourselves! We thought it was a blessing, but as we got into our flight, we quickly realized this was going to be a flight from hell. And it was! Yikes... Trace giggled, jumped, cried, fussed, whined and screamed for over a couple of hours. He only slept for 1 of the 5 hours, and our internet was shoddy, so we couldn't even watch a movie, etc. Upon landing, Trace was balling his eyes out and didn't stop until we got inside the terminal. My anxiety was through the roof and I was just so thankful to have made it! Let our vacation commence...

Lots of backyard fun at Bryan's parents house!

Bryan's best friends from high school are still all super close friends! Two of them, Mike and Chad (the same guys who came out to visit us for the 4th of July), are expecting babies within 2 weeks of us. They're all so excited to have kids the exact same age and so am I -- these boys are family!

Morning snuggles and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

We had so much fun at Pretend City!

Dana Point Harbor with a silly, uncooperative toddler... Trace had a BLAST!

My favorite park and look out point in Laguna Beach - Crescent

This darling little girl skipped into Trace's life, and within the blink of an eye, she was gone. It's safe to say she's his first love...

We took Trace back to the beach that I spent all of my time at in high school/college/20s, that Bryan and I had our engagement pictures taken at and where Trace put his toes in the ocean for the 1st time (at 6 months old)... SO many more memories to be made at Woods Cove in Laguna!! My little beach boy loooooves Orange County!

Back at my parents house, swimming with Daddy. Cali ended up diving into the water (on her own) to play with Trace. It was so funny! My kids are such water babies!!

Thanksgiving Day

Cousins on Thanksgiving

The next morning we went to my nieces soccer tournament in Huntington Beach. I lived just down the road from these fields in college, so I was feeling very nostalgic being in this area as a mom... Trace is a natural in this environment and seeing him with my brother and my brothers kids makes me so happy!

Our time spent back home is always incredibly overwhelming, quite stressful and just plain busy. Trying to make our parents happy and accommodate all of our friends chaotic schedules is always a challenge. Unfortunitely we weren't able to see some friends of whom we really wanted to see (I'm talking about you, Leslie!... and my friend, Ed). We need to find a way to create balance in the future, prioritize and put ourselves first, but for now we are left with all of these yummy memories; memories of which I am so thankful for! Until next time Orange County....


  1. What a fun trip!! :) Looks like gorgeous weather!!!!! Got any tips for me? We're flying to Florida in January with Weston! I am NERVOUS! HAHAHA

  2. What type if camera/ lens do you use??

  3. Looks like a good Holiday trip and lots of fun family time.

  4. I'm terrified of taking Caleb on a flight - we've yet to try it, and I think my anxiety will continue to prevent it for a while. Y'alls hard flight was definitely worth it - your trip looked amazing:)

  5. I love the picture of the girl skipping into his life. How precious. Looks like it would be part of a movie. Too cute!!

  6. What a fun trip you all had.. I loved all the photos but I must admit I am swooning over the little girl @ the beach with trace! How adorable.. Hopefully the flight home was less eventful then the flight there!

  7. Good job documenting your trip!!! Looks like it was so amazing & the you couldn't have asked for better weather!!! :)

  8. I have been waiting for your recap so I could see all the fun things you guys were up to!!! Soooooo sad we weren't able to get together....stupid cold!!! I am loving all your family pictures and pictures of Trace though.You got some really beautiful shots of that precious boy!! Him and Andrew will have so much fun playing together one of these days :) And to think the next time we might get to see you guys we will have 2 new little boys born within days of each other...CRAZY!!! I am so glad you all had such a wonderful trip filled with lots of family time and special memories! xoxo

  9. Oh What great pictures you have!! So glad to hear your Thanksgiving was great & Trace is so handsome!! <3, Amy

  10. OMG YOU WERE HERE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? These photos are fantastic!!! Do you lug a big bulky camera around everywhere or do you use something smaller? Trying to figure this out for our upcoming adventure ;)
    Also, Trace looks like a natural born Califorian ;) In his element! Looks like you guys had a great time!


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