wowza. this place was both a dream and a complete nightmare at the same exact time. how could that be possible you ask? i say go, then we will have a convo about it. the road there was magic. windy roads for 14 miles. swaying to the left, swaying to the right. tight turns and hugging the left. truth be told i'm sure i was white knuckling it, and i wasn't even driving.
i had never heard the term devil winds until jalama. hot wind, hot fast wind. you get pelted so hard it makes your skin itch. luckily we had a motorhome & some board games. and when we tired of that we traveled next door to the other motorhome for a movie. the best part of the trip, other than being with my family was the jalama burger. if you are ever there i suggest you get one.
well hello gorgeous. that was my first thought when we arrived. while it had been many years since i've traveled up north to santa barbara, this was a first with my family. i'm wanting to return. like tomorrow. that would be heaven.
the weather was dreamy. as luck would have it there was a big ole' swell where we beached. the campground was clean & quiet. by far the best thing was just sitting at night staring at the sky, stars and the bigger than life milky way. the things you don't see when you live the city life. looking forward to another trip soon. missing that campfire smell.
so you're seven. and it's not fair. as much as i enjoy watching you grow up, i secretly wish you'd stay a little girl forever. sometimes i can barely remember you at two. i want to stop the clock and savor each moment a little longer. each day you remind me to relax, sit back and enjoy the moment. not necessarily in those words - but by your actions. the other day i wasn't quite convinced you were seven, so i asked you your age. and you confirmed it, aged seven. you are now the age i remember being. and it makes me strive to be even better. i always want you to remember me as a good, patient, kind and even mama. sometimes i totally lack the patience part. you remind me everyday to practice it. and i am listening.
another year down, gone summertime - hello elementary school. breakfast x2, lunch x2, feed the animals, get the dolls dressed and out the door by 7:30ish. hard to do when you've been putting them to bed at 10pm and sleeping for 10-12 hours. hard to believe they are now in 4th & 2nd. seriously where has the time gone?
this summer was filled with a whole lot of staying home. that's the way it rolls when you are cramming a remodel into your day to day life. luckily by the grace of hard work and days off we were able to jet out of town for an oh so mini vacation before the babes went back to school. this year was staycation all the way. two hour car ride was worth its weight in gold. the fun we crammed into 48 hours should be a crime.
air hockey, roller coaster rides, over priced smoothies, a spontaneous skateboard purchase & free lessons... sometimes it really is the small stuff that means the most.