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M’s been asking to go to the beach lately. When I mean lately, it’s been about once a day for the past month or so..

She is such a little beach bunny.  She LOVES the beach.  Lucky for us, we live fairly close to the beach.  Gotta love San Diego.  We’re at least 20-30 minutes from pretty much any beach we want.  The main beach we frequent is La Jolla, but I love exploring new beaches.

Looks like we are going to try to take M to the beach sometime this weekend.  It’s the least we could do since she’s been asking so nicely. 

Hopefully the weather will be beach-friendly…

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There is a place in Carlsbad that allows the public to pick their own strawberries. 

Of course, we HAD to take M. 

So during Memorial Day weekend, we took a drive to the Carlsbad area to go pick some strawberries. 

The area was a pretty big field, but they only had a certain area blocked off specifically for the public to pick from.  The rows are close together that we had to walk through it in a single file line.  It also made it a little difficult for M to walk through without tripping on her little legs.


Here she is picking a strawberry.  Some were easier to pick than others, but she loved doing this.  She sang the theme song to “Strawberry Shortcake” for a majority of the time she was berry picking.  By the time we filled up the bucket, she was a little strawberry picking expert.

I learned a few things from this place for the next time we decide to go. 

Slather sunscreen on your little one.  You will be pretty much under the sun the whole time.  I would also recommend an umbrella if you really want to protect your little ones.  I laid it on pretty thick with her since M seems to be prone to sun rashes when we don’t put sunscreen on her.  Also, since she’s got lighter skin color than I do, she burns more.  I never want to risk her getting a sun burn.

Also, you can see in this photo that she’s got a little romper on and the walkway is pretty narrow.   I mentioned earlier that she would often stumble or trip onto the bush next to her.  When we got to the car, I noticed that she had some pretty bad scratches on her leg.  Nothing that bled profusely, but they were bad enough to bleed a little bit.  Next time we go, I will definitely put her in some pants to protect her little legs.

The weekend after strawberry picking, we decided to drive up to Temecula to do some blueberry picking.  There’s a berry farm up in Temecula that allows the public to pick berries from the entire farm!  It was a pretty huge area to choose from.


The space between the bushes was much wider.  We took our jogging stroller with us so we can go the farthest points to start picking.  You can see in the photo that I put her in pants just i case she fell again.

Because this was Temecula, it was HOT!  I suggest either going much earlier in the day, or much later in the afternoon.  We went around 2pm and it was pretty much the hottest part of the day.  I definitely recommend bringing an umbrella here.  They have areas to sit down on a bale of hay in the shade, and I took advantage of those places while Hubby and M kept berry picking. 

M wants to go cherry picking now.  I have no idea where she got the idea, but it seems to be next on her list.  I do want to take her apple picking later on this year, even though she’ll be too little to reach the trees. 

I’m so glad she enjoyed these experiences.  I can’t wait to take her on more adventures as she gets older!
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Since the days of LOST, I’ve been wanting to go to Comic-Con.

When I moved to San Diego three years ago, I thought it would be easy to go.

But the past few years have been a bust.  I was out of town one year.  The year after, I was busy with an infant.

This year would have been fun if tickets didn’t sell out within seconds of them going out into the public!!!

I also thought it would be fun to just go down to the area.  There are tons of free things for people that didn’t have tickets to do around there.

But Hubby very realistically told me that it’s most likely to be total chaos over there.  With a stroller, I think it would be a totally miserable experience.

One year, I know I’m going to be there.

Hubby suggested doing volunteer work.. but do I really want to deal with the mass of people just to go in?!


The city we live in was part of the huge power outage that affected Southern California, Mexico and Arizona.. it was a little nerve wrecking dealing with it and having a newborn, but I think we survived it fairly well..

Me:  That power outage drove me nuts.. it was bored out of my mind!!
Hubby:  That power outage was easy.. I could do it again..
Me:  That’s cuz you slept through 90% of it!
Hubby:  SO!?

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was just adjusting to the sleep deprivation.. not because he’s a sleepyhead..

I was born in Rhode Island. I only moved to California when I was two years old.

My father was in the Navy.  I was born at the Newport Naval Hospital.. I’m not sure if that’s what it’s called.. but it was a naval hospital in Newport, Rhode Island..

I spent the first two years of my life on the East Coast.  I apparently loved the snow.. and had an East Coast/Rhode Islander accent..

My mom told me that when we first moved to California in February.. everyone that came to greet us were wearing sweaters and jackets.. and I was in a t-shirt.. and sweating..

Hahah.. if only I had that kind of “cold-air” tolerance now..

Now.. I can’t imagine myself being anything BUT a California girl.. I love the sun… I love the heat.. and it’s California.. which.. in this day and age.. isn’t much to brag about.. but.. hey.. it’s still something..

I would like to go back to visit Newport.. my mother said it was beautiful.. and one person from Rhode Island that was in Arizona with me also said it was beautiful.

I’d like to see that beauty one day..

So remember when I said I was going to make it my resolution to go to Disneyland at least five times this year..

Well.. it’s been done!

I went to Disney’s California Adventure yesterday with OT.

On April 2nd, I plan on going to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure again with some family.

I know.. I’m a grown woman.. Disneyland should be the last of my priorities..

But seriously.. that place helps “destress” me when life gets too hectic.  It’s one of those places that you can just let things go and have fun..

Funny thing is that OT and I saw my ex’s best friend working at the park yesterday.  I wasn’t expecting to see him but I always knew I was going to run into him there.

It wasn’t a big deal.. I didn’t go over there and say hi.. why would I?  And I know he saw me.. cuz I saw him notice us..

He may something to the ex.. but I don’t care.. I’m so far detached from that relationship that things like that are no longer a big deal.

I just found it amusing that I finally saw him there..

Anyway.. I got one thing done of my list of goals this year.. and we are only three months into this new year..

Looks like this maybe be a good year.. let’s keep praying that’s so!

I’m running out of ideas for blog entries.. I’d love it if someone who was reading this would add a question in the comments.. get me going on something to write about..  I am struggling for something to write and I don’t want to be the type of blogger that rambles about aimlessly.

I’ve done that so many times on other blogs.. it’s not that fun..

I guess I can revisit a past blog entry.. Oh, the places I will go..

According to that entry.. it mentions Las Vegas.. Disneyland.. Solvang.. Comic-Con.. a cruise.. and going out of state..

Looks like I’m working my way through the list..

I have plans for Vegas.. so I’m not going to mention them here because I really don’t want to jinx anything..

I went to Disneyland again a few days ago.. I think I’m up to.. two visits.. OT took me for V-day weekend.. and I took Mom on Sunday..

Solvang looks like a lost cause this year.. I don’t know if I want to waste three hours of driving for Solvang.. or three hours of driving for Vegas..

Comic-con comes later in the year.. so we’ll see about that..

A cruise may have to wait due to some saving up of money.. need the money.. need the money.. need the money..

And out of state.. well.. I did just come back from Arizona.. so that totally counts!

See.. I’m chuggin’ along!

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