Our weekend included a spontaneous hiking trip after church that ended with a ridiculous sunset view over both mountains and ocean followed by burritos and beer. Hiking in the desert is a much different sport than hiking through forests laid with moss and mushrooms. The sun was hot on the way to the top but there were spots between the rocks that shot out cold air. On the way down when the temperature dropped and the sun fell the cold spots felt just like when you swim in the ocean and you come upon a part deep in the water that hasn’t been beaten by the sun. It was breathtaking and invigorating and made me feel like a Californian.
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January is promising me that things will become routine, and our life here will feel whole and full soon.
We got year passes to the zoo so we can go whenever we want. I think of this as a good investment for us. So many animals to see and it never gets old because they do different crazy things every day.
The view of the sun from the giant pier that is a short walk from our house…this will never get old either. I could watch the sun and the sea there in any weather, at any time of day. It’s a magical place.
One favorite daily ritual: My coffee sometimes gets cold before I finish it. There is about a third of a mug left some mornings. When that happens I add a drizzle of maple syrup, a few ice cubes, and top it with milk. It is the most deliciously easy iced coffee.
Happy long weekend! We’re gonna explore. And maybe go to the zoo again. xo
p.s. photo credit to Jeff for taking 90% of these.
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I’ve become an elf in the past couple of weeks. I made the star on our tree, Christmas cards, peppermint mochas, bread, pom poms, and other knitted goodies. There are a few secret surprise gifts I wish I could post here but I have to wait.
It has rained here off and on for a few days and I have been cozied up inside for the most part with sniffles watching Christmas movies while I make. I am getting used to the idea that Christmas this year will not be spent laying around while my mom and grandparents do all the feeding and taking care of everyone. We will have a California Christmas. Presents will be mailed instead of handed. It’s a little bit exciting and a little bit sad.
This weekend we held candles and sang Christmas songs and listened to the Christmas story read under twinkly lights in a park outside with new friends. We had free chili and cornbread after church. We went to a couple of Christmasy parties. It didn’t feel like Christmas very much in the beginning of December, but now it is all around.
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We haven’t watched the sun set on the ocean since we were in the Marshall Islands. There have been so many changes in our life since that time, it’s almost strange how few years have passed since then. And now we live here on the pacific, getting familiar with the cities that line its coast and watching the sun set on it in the evenings. Already I have too much sun on my shoulders and the backs of my legs.
We can see the ocean from our street as we walk to it. We carry quilts, books, sweaters, and dinner. I think it is good for us that even after being transplanted to such a faraway place from any other we’ve known, we are still near the ocean. The smells and sounds of it are so familiar to us, sandy feet and salt on our arms make us feel at home.
p.s. My mom recently texted me “Home is where your husband is.” Made me smile.