During the second part of our week in California, Adam and I took a couple of days to ourselves to explore a bit of the coastal region. We went to the Muir Woods, passed through San Francisco, visited Santa Cruz, and spent an afternoon in Monterey. It was actually our favorite part of the vacation, because we had some time to relax. We spent a whole evening in our hotel room, eating pizza in bed and watching TV for three solid hours. We’d never do that at home, but what’s a vacation without a little rest and relaxation, right? Especially after three days of Disneyland, it was really nice for this mama-to-be to have some down time. We drove down highway 1, which runs right along the coast. I’m really glad we took the time to see the Pacific Ocean, even if it wasn’t quite beach weather. Here are some pictures from those last two days!
We went to Disneyland! And it was glorious. Aside from a few minor mishaps, like a crazy shuttle driver and a trip to Urgent Care for the two little ones, we had a great time. It was a lot of fun to watch Beau, our three year old nephew, see his favorite characters in person and ride Goofy’s rollercoaster six times in a row. Paige, our niece, is just over a year old, but she did so well and enjoyed meeting the characters, too! Here are a few pictures–we made some good memories. I also shared a few pictures on my Instagram while we were on the trip!
Several weeks ago, Adam and I went camping. I am not much of an outdoorsy person, but Adam totally is, so I packed my little suitcase (you never know what you’ll need!) and went along for the ride. We didn’t go to an actual camping ground. Instead, we just drove along public land on a creek bank until we found a good spot. The good thing about that was how secluded and quiet it was. The bad thing about that was how there were no bathroom facilities. Zip. Zero. Zilch. I was about 15 weeks pregnant. Not the greatest idea! However, we were only about 30 minutes from home, so I knew that if I got really sick, we could just head on back. Things went mostly well until about halfway through the second day. It got a little hotter than we expected, which added to my nausea, so we had to cut the trip a little short. Other than that, it was a fun time! We took the kayaks out, roasted marshmallows, and were entertained by a friendly fox. With our lives so focused on preparing to bring Annie home lately, we’ve been trying to make extra effort to focus on each other and do things that will be a little harder with a baby around next year. It was so nice to be away from cell phone towers and civilization in general and spend some time together.
|Senseless spending spree!|
|I was excited and obviously nervous!|
Last week was our spring break, and the way Adam’s days off fell, he had Wednesday through Sunday off as well. We haven’t been on a trip for fun since last August, so we decided to take advantage of the free time and spent Wednesday through Friday in Eureka Springs. Adam had gone once as a child, and I had never been at all, so it was fun to experience a new place. We stayed in an adorable bed and breakfast, and that was a lot of fun. That was the only part of the trip we had planned, which was very different for us. Normally we have tons of things to keep us busy. The point of this trip was relaxation, though, so we stayed in our room a lot, took a couple of leisurely walks around the town, and of course went out for dinner. I even got Adam to take a nap two afternoons in a row. He doesn’t do that unless he’s sick; he’s very much a busybody. I loved every bit of it, and I think even he enjoyed slowing down and having no agenda. I really enjoyed spending time with him without any distractions. It rained the whole time we were there, which contributed to it being such a blank schedule, but I think that worked out for us. Here are a few pictures from the trip.