Warning: tons of photos ahead!
June has been such a fun month for us! We have been planning a trip back to San Diego to visit my family and our friends for awhile. It was the first time we had been back since we moved to Indiana last spring. We were so looking forward to 3 weeks of fun in the (not humid) sun! On my last day of work which was the day before we left, we were under all kinds of severe weather alerts. The wind and rain was super intense. I walked out into the ambulance bay at work and took this photo:
I emailed it to the local news station and within one minute they had it up on their live broadcast of the storms. It was also featured on the evening news that night! I was so glad that we were leaving on our flight early the next morning and wouldn’t have to worry about gnarly weather for the next 3 weeks.
Atom and I had talked about how we weren’t sure how we would feel being back in the city we grew up in and the only one we had ever lived our entire lives. Would it feel weird? Would we be sad? Would it feel foreign? I had so many emotions about the trip. Once we landed in San Diego, it was definitely a weird feeling being back in town but at the same time it almost felt like we had just been on a really long vacation. Except for the fact that we no longer had a house there. My dad picked us up from the airport and being late afternoon on a Friday evening, the traffic was awful. Typical for San Diego, but we definitely don’t miss that part! We arrived at my parents house at dinner time and my amazing mother had 4 dozen rolled tacos waiting for us.
After we ate our weight in tacos, we all crashed for the night. We were still on east coast time and it was a very long travel day, especially for the kids. They are fantastic travelers and never complained once on the flight.
The next morning we went to our absolute favorite Mexican place (Las Cuatro Milpas) to have tacos and menudo for breakfast. If you know me well you know that tacos are my love language and I can eat them any time of the day. We also went to the store to get some of our favorite produce that is significantly cheaper in San Diego.
After attending our former church on Sunday we went to the beach for a picnic lunch (of you guessed it, tacos) and of course the weather was perfect.
And yes, those are wicked awesome cat swim trunks that Atom is wearing. I saw them at Target a few months ago and HAD to buy them! He’s such a good sport and such a stud!
San Diego understands my love for tacos 100%. I need this food truck to live in my parking lot.
Literally every single day and evening over the course of those three weeks had things planned and people to visit. We had so many people we wanted to give hugs to and visit with. There wasn’t a lot of ‘resting time’ on this trip but it was so worth it.
A huge highlight of the trip for me was playing guitar and singing with my former worship team at our former church, Newbreak. I had missed them all so terribly and having the opportunity to worship with them all made my heart so incredibly full. I feel closest to God when I am singing his praises and worshiping him through music.
One morning we went to our favorite tide pools in La Jolla and had a really nice walk along the beach as a family. On this particular day the tiny clams were all on the shore digging themselves in the sand as it was low tide. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of them that went on for easily a quarter mile!!
This is probably my favorite photo that I took the entire trip of the underside of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla (I took a total of 638 photos).
And of course we had more Mexican food for lunch (are you noticing a theme of this vacation yet?)
One night a longtime family friend graciously babysat for us so Atom and I could go to a fancy dinner at Flemmings with my parents and my sister & brother in law. We celebrated my sister & brother inlaws 16th wedding anniversary, my sisters birthday and our 14th wedding anniversary which was this month as well.
We had made several lists before we left on the trip of places we for sure wanted to eat at as well as ethnic markets we wanted to shop at to bring spices and such home since they are significantly harder to get in Indiana. We went to our favorite Indian market and stocked up on some favorites and grabbed 2 bags of lychee fruits which are a favorite in our household.
I wish we would of had a way to get all of this rice home with us!
I am very thankful that I had time to see my very best friends many times and we always have so much fun together. We text and video chat every day but it’s so much better to be able to hug them in person! We laughed until our sides hurt. I am so thankful for their presence in my life.
Atom was also able to get together with his “man friends” more than once and had a great time on a brewery crawl in Los Angeles and also a game night with them just like they used to do every other Friday evening when we lived there.
I had dinner with my TAPS team and we also investigated one of our favorite haunts in San Diego. Man I miss investigating with them so much! I was also able to sneak away for some daytime investigating aboard the USS Midway one morning before joining up with Atom and the kids and getting a personal tour from our dear friends who work there. I have given ghost tours on the ship with a group of other investigators for many years around Halloween time so I knew my way around the massive aircraft carrier but it was so much fun watching my children be in absolute awe as they explored it for themselves for the first time.
Atom & the boys were super stoked to do a ton of snorkeling at their favorite snorkeling spot- La Jolla Cove. If you’ve never been there, the cove & beach is shared by the local sea lions.
The 3 dots out in the water are Atom & the boys. They’re quite the little fish and don’t even need or use floaties!
My favorite souvenir of the trip was this AMAZING large piece of labradorite, which is my absolute favorite stone. The flashes of blue and green are stunning. It will go in the library on display.
But the real MVP of the trip is my sweet Apple Watch tan. LOL!
On our last full day in town we went to the zoo with my sister and nephew. We have always had year passes to the zoo since I was a child and we were happy to go back and see all of the new exhibits that had been built since we were there last.
Atom & I flew home and our children got to stay for an extra 5 days with my parents and they were beyond excited for their extra “Mimi & Pappy time.” We are incredibly blessed that our kids have such amazing grandparents that are my parents. They FaceTime and we send my parents photos all the time of our kids multiple times per week but our kids actually being able to spend time with the best grandparents in the universe is priceless. They are the best role models and the kids love them so much. We are so glad they play such an active role in their lives. We CAN’T WAIT until my dad retires next summer and my parents move to Indiana and we will be able to see them often!!
When Atom & I flew back home, we had to drive through a wicked bad storm. It was downright scary. Lightning was all around us & at times it was raining so hard we could barely see. I took this photo of a super scary cloud formation. It was like something out of a movie. We drove right though it too. I kept looking up waiting for a tornado to send us flying.
Thankfully we made it home safe & sound. When we pulled into our parking lot we both gasped& started laughing when we saw the worlds largest volunteer zucchini or pumpkin intertwined with possibly a melon growing on the front lawn! It’s HUGE!
As much fun as we had on our trip and as many tacos as we ate, it sure felt good to be home. Yes, home in Indiana. We miss our San Diego friends and family terribly but Indiana is home. The slower pace of life and our amazing little town. These city slickers were destined for small town life. In a giant 20,000 sq ft mansion……
Now it’s time to FINISH THE DAMN KITCHEN!!