The Great Getaway

Ahhh, an oceanfront home in La Jolla Beach for a whole week, all to ourselves. Sounds like a dream, right?

I imagined action packed days and relaxing nights on the patio watching the sun set with my husband while drinking fruity cocktails. Didn’t exactly play out that way. I spent the majority of my days bonding with this little lady while daddy did his homework. LOTS of homework. And let me tell you, keeping after this toddler has really become a workout.

La Jolla Sunset

I’m not complaining, I loved spending time with Rylie. We did lots of exploring, chasing birds, taking walks, and destroying the house. I just wish Harris could have enjoyed more of it with us. I’m not going to lie, it was a really lonely week for me, I was beginning to feel like a neglected Real Housewife of the OC….or the SD in this case.

The house was AMAZING. A little too amazing for an independent little girl who wants to explore. Next time we go for a more family friendly home. Overall though it was great. It was fit for a queen. I’m such a lucky girl.

There wasn’t really a beach near our house, it sat above cliffs that dropped off into the ocean, but the view was amazing, waking up every morning to watch the surfers rushing down to catch the big early morning waves. It’s a lifestyle I’d have no problem adopting.

We spent a lot of time in the house…

But we did manage a few quick trips out of the house and a few visits with local friends. We checked out the La Jolla Children’s Pool and saw the seals, had breakfast at a tasty little restaurant overlooking the ocean, checked out the San Diego Zoo, and spent a few hours at La Jolla Shores Beach.

La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool Seals
The seals at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Children's Pool Squirrel
Oh, hello friend. Nice view.

Brockton Villa

Bird chasing…a new favorite pastime
A hug from buddy Ethan at the zoo

Our final sunset

It was tough keeping up with Rylie on this trip, Im certain I told her no more times than I care to say in her whole life.

No Rylie, don’t throw your bottle off the third floor balcony (when I retrieved it later, both the bottle and I were covered in slugs)
No Rylie, please don’t drag your toy across the scratchable wood floor
Rylie, close the cabinets and put the glass bowl away
No Rylie, you cannot fit through the bars on the balcony railing
Please do not run into the ocean by yourself!
Stop touching the glass vase!
Don’t eat the dice!
Please don’t tear the pages out of that book!

I’m somewhat relieved to be home now. Living the fancy life isn’t exactly our style. Baby proof home sweet home is the perfect place for us at this stage in our lives. I guess it’s back to reality for the Gardner family!

A Family Visit

What an awesome weekend Rylie had! Aunt Trish and Uncle Shen came to visit all the way from Champaign, IL. It was Rylie’s first time meeting them so it was a very exciting event!

During their visit they shared veggie straws, taught Rylie how to smash towers made of blocks, push her noisy popper all over the house, and put coins in the piggy bank. We are hoping to get to see them one more time before they leave town.

It’s hard to believe this sister of mine doesn’t even like babies, but then, my baby is SUPER smart so maybe she’ll make an exception

OK Rylie, now you try it!
Intense conversation

Aside from our visit, Rylie has been working on her transition into the toddler room at school, and it hasn’t been going so well. Thank goodness Daddy does the morning drop off or Rylie and I would be home playing everyday. I don’t think I’d be able to walk away seeing her so sad. It seems like she gets better as the day goes on, but then when they change teachers mid afternoon, things go downhill again. Today when I picked her up she was back in the infant room. It will take some time but eventually she will enjoy her new class as much as she loved the infant room.

We sure will miss Ms. Sonja, Ms. Julia, Ms. Linda, and Ms. Heidi. I couldn’t have asked for better teachers to help our family with our first year away from our little girl. They taught us so much over the past year and we will forever be grateful for that.

Sand, Sun, and Zoo Fun – Part Deux

On Saturday we visited Torrey Pines beach in San Diego. It was really overcast and a little chilly when we got there and got even colder the longer we stayed. Rylie took right to the beach, she will surely grow up to be a surfer girl. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is mixing up some cement in that belly of hers with all the sand she ate. You’d think she’d taste it, decide it was icky and then stop, but no, she shoveled it in all day long. I gave her some snacks to munch on and before each bite she would dip it in the sand.

I have to say, my kid is ADORABLE. Don’t be jealous.

Baby booty and sand covered toes, how could I resist?
But Dad I LOVE eating sand!
Hey guys, check out my favorite rock on the beach! I licked it.

Little surfer girl – Roxy, need any baby models?
Check out that sass!

Needless to say we are SUPER excited about our week long trip to La Jolla in September. Beach front house in Bird Rock. Yup. Here’s a sneak peek of what our view will be like…

September can’t get here soon enough!

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