Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We're in California!

After a long hiatus, I've decided to return to blogging here on Maddox and Marin's blog.

Luke and I made it to California on May 28, 2011, after 3 long days of driving with our 3 dogs. I really should have taken some photos of the Soph, Lo, and Dexi all passed out in the back b/c of the sedatives I had given them.

Maddox and Marin followed, with my mom and sister, on June 1. We picked them up at LAX where they caught their first glimpse of "Hollywood" out of the car window at midnight. Thank goodness my mom and Kellie were here to help unpack and get us settled. 2 adults, one with a tremendous addiction to jewelry supplies, 2 kiddos, and 3 dogs have a lot of sh**. I could have easily become overwhelmed.

So after getting stuff put away, we enjoyed the California sunshine with a few road trips. While Luke was at work last Thursday, my mom, Kellie and I decided to make the first Costco trip in our new home state. We also needed to make a stop at Target. Bakersfield and Lancaster are about equidistant from the small town we live in, so I chose Bakersfield with only my GPS to guide me. Interesting trip to say the least! Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the GPS lady? Suggesting U-turns at every opportunity? Being so specific about lanes sometimes, but then just completely ignoring the fact you have to be 3 lanes over when you're supposed to be merging in 350 feet?

Anyway, we also made a trip to a semi-local fruit farm. We got to pick all of our own fruit, including donut peaches, blackberries, apricots, and blueberries. We're still trying to get through all of the fresh fruit we brought home. I'm pretty sure Marin has eaten her weight in blueberries.

The next day it was time to return my mom and Kellie to the Burbank airport for their return flight to Indy. After a sad departure, Luke and I decided to take the kids down to Santa Monica, where we hadn't been since before we were married. We had lunch at Bubba Gump's and enjoyed the rest of the Santa Monica Pier, as it wasn't quite warm enough to fully experience the beach and Pacific Ocean. We rode the carousel and the famous Ferris Wheel, a good time was had by all.

Enjoy the photos of our rental house and our views and from our road trips...

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