Quick Trip to Santa Barbara

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


My big brother, Matty!


Three years is a really long time to be away, but that time in Japan flew by for us, and since being back in the States, with every single person we've gotten to see, it's felt like no time has gone by at all. I think that must be a testament to the quality of people and relationships the Lord has graciously put in our life. There's still a lot of family and friends we haven't seen yet, but this past weekend we got to reunite with my big brothers, sister-in-law, their kids, and Ahn and her whole fam (thank you so much for having us, Dan and Jules!!) and the Jacks. It honestly felt like only a couple of months had passed since we'd last been together, though in reality it was three whole years and many babies later. Do you all know Ahn and I have been best friends since the fourth grade?! I love seeing her now as a mother of two. I had hoped to make some stops at other homes for surprise hellos, but there just wasn't enough time this quick trip. We loved the quality time we got though with the Waynes and Michealsens, and John Shea had so much fun with the nine other kids at the house that he did not want to sleep. As in, at all. Womp womp. He also adored his Uncle Matt and we ended our very quick trip by having breakfast on the beach with him and a beach walk, and then a visit by his cousins and Uncle Jay and Aunt Mel back at our house in Monterey. He's currently sleeping off his missed naps and his social butterfly ways. I have no idea where he gets that from!? ;)

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

14 comments:

  1. So wonderful to see family again! We're moving from Italy to San Diego (just four hours south of Santa Barbara) in less than a week... yikes!!! It's exciting to see photos from that corner of the world.

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    1. Ahhh I hope your move is going SO well right now!! It's both sad to leave such a wonderful place and so so good to come back to your own country.

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  2. love love love seeing all these cute faces:) Next come just come down a little further to Orange County:) wink wink

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    1. Gosh, I cannot wait to see you and catch up in person!!

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  3. You and your brother look so much alike - both gorgeous/handsome of course! So happy y'all are able to enjoy family for a little while before you next big adventure.

    PS. Please start posting where you shop...I seriously love all your clothes!

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    1. Thanks, Jordan. You're so sweet. And haha - thanks! I feel too silly posting about my clothes - I am so not a fashion blogger! :)

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  4. What a wonderful gift lady!! :) Jordan is so right ^ you & your brother look so much alike!! :) So happy for you that you were able to have such a delightful weekend!! :)
    :) Rebecca
    p.s.- I also agree with Jordan that your clothes are SO adorable and I love them all too!! :)

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    1. Thank you sweet Rebecca!!!

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  5. It's official. I have a crush on your brother! ;)

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    1. Hahaha. I mean, he is amazing. And he's single. I really want him to find a good woman, so... maybe you two should meet :)

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    2. Wouldn't that be an amazing story! I suppose stranger things have happened...ideas on how to make that happen?

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  6. If your brother needs a good woman, you can send him to Alaska...I'll be waiting! :) haha

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  7. One of my very favorite places in the world! We recently moved down to Orange County from Ventura, and Santa Barbara was one of our favorite day trips! It's just too beautiful up there - we're hoping to settle down somewhere closeby eventually!

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