Strawberry picking

There's an energy in the air, the kind that only comes when summer arrives! With no car last summer, we didn't really get to take advantage of all the fun things to do here but I have big plans to make up for it this year! And it's even better because we get to bring Emi along with us while we explore. A couple weeks ago we went strawberry picking and had such a good time. We've been encouraging Emi to interact with her surroundings more, so trying new things and offering opportunities for stimulation has been important. We put her toes in the dirt and let her touch and smell the strawberries. She didn't care for the breeze but she did like the sunshine :)

We got lunch before going to the strawberry fields (some of the best Mexican food I've ever had), the weather was perfect, and Emi had just eaten and napped so we took our time picking strawberries. Afterwards, we decided to stop by the beach on our way home (still kind of crazy to me that we can do that!). It was a quick stop just to check it out and dip our toes in, but it felt nice to breathe in the salty air and walk on the sand. The whole day just felt really dreamy. Keep it up California and we just might never leave...

^^I will forever love these ankle rolls.

We love you summer!!


quick trip to Washington!

A few weeks ago, we visited my older brother's family since we didn't get to see them at Emi's blessing. They're having twins in July and we wanted to squeeze in a quick trip before the baby girls come! They conveniently live with my parents right now so we got to see them, too!

It was a super quick trip, just a little over 48 hours, but it exactly what we needed. We hadn't seen them since Christmas so we were due for a visit. My nephew is now two and a half and absolutely hilarious. He kept wanting to hold hands with Emi and wanted to watch her nurse haha. The three minutes of him trying to sit on my lap while pulling Emi's arm as she attempted to nurse definitely gave me a peek into what having more kids might be like haha. But it was so sweet. I loved watching him interact with her. While we were there, my mom watched Emi while we went to the Seattle temple. We don't get to go very often, especially with family, so it felt extra special. At the end of the weekend, after playing lots of games, staying up late, eating a big Sunday dinner, and laughing together, we all agreed that the temple was the best part of our trip (it also happened to be the only thing I got pictures of).

It's hard, wanting to live by family and old friends but also feeling so good about where we're living right now.  I'd love for Emi to be able to be with her cousins and grandparents more, especially as she gets older. Thankfully tickets to Washington and Utah are cheap but it's definitely not the same. We feel like we are where we're supposed to be right now though. We feel so lucky that there are so many opportunities in this area, resources for Emi, and that the weather is beautiful. Plus good food, diversity, and beaches! It's been a year since we've been in California and I surprisingly really like it. More than all that though, it feels like we're meant to be here. So for now, Bay Area it is! (With lots and lots of visits to family and friends of course!)