Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bike Ride

The Raiders were staying at our hotel and somehow we got included on their training schedules (it was delivered under our door at night). We decided to forgo the offense and defense walk thru so that we could ride electric bikes all around Napa. We started out in Yountville and did a tour at Robert Mondavi and then we went to Rubicon. . . my obsession with all things Coppola continues. We then rode our electric bikes past the manual bike riders up to a picnic/view at Rutherford Hill. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed exploring on our bikes.

Greystone at CIA

After June left we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Greystone at the Culinary Institute of America. After dinner we experienced our first mud bath. The pictures turned out a little funky unfortunately. It was fun to have a date night with Rebecca and Steve. I loved the food in Napa. I want to go back and try more places.

It was my first night away from June. It went well except that Michael missed June so much that his sleepwalking kicked up again. Every time I woke up during the night he was walking around the room and when I would ask him what he was doing he told me he was watching June. I finally was able to convince him that she was with his parents and he settled down for the rest of the night.

Brix in Napa

We were able to go to Napa for a few days. We had June the first part of the trip. Janie and Murray met up with us and watched her for the last few days. We had a great time. We all went to a delicious dinner at Brix. They had a great garden where June could run around when she was sick of sitting in a high chair.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Pantry

We went to dinner with my family last night. It was fun to all go out together (just missing Kelsea). June loves all the attention she is getting from her aunts, uncle, and grandparents. She has had the best time.

La Jolla Cove

This week Lo came down with her boys to visit. We had a great day visiting the seals and going to the beach. We were able to get pretty close to the seals. Vincent gave June lots of kisses. June refuses to kiss her aunts and grandparents, but is more than happy to kiss Vincent and dogs.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Alyssa's Shower

My mom threw a shower for my cousin Alyssa. It was fun to be home for it and to get to participate in the festivities. June tried to crash the party, but decided to go back to bed. We are happy for Alyssa.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Zoo with Grandma

We got to go to the San Diego zoo yesterday with grandma. The highlight was seeing a baby hippo with her mom and a baby monkey in the nursery. June also enjoyed the petting zoo. We went during her afternoon nap time and she was a champ. She cashed out while we were walking out to the car.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

By Popular Demand

To Live and Die in LA

It’s official . . . we no longer live in LA. Our lease ended and we moved out of our apartment. We loaded up a POD with most of our belongings and are now enjoying time with family. It was a crazy few weeks trying to get everything together to put into storage while little June tried to unpack my packing. Luckily we had lots of help from family and friends. We had to leave our POD out one night, which was a little nerve racking considering all our great luck with break-ins, but our things survived the night out on the streets.

I’ve been very sentimental about leaving LA. Despite all its shortcomings, particularly in downtown LA, I’ve really loved living here. I can’t believe it’s been over 7 years. I love big cities, I love all the people, the craziness/excitement, the food, the nooks and crannies, and I’ve really loved LA. Every day I would discover some thing new yet it also holds so many memories for me.

Growing up we would drive up to my grandpa’s house and the exit was Sunset off of the 405. Ironically when I moved to LA after graduating college I ended up living on the same street that my grandparents’ house was on near the preschool I went to. Not only that, but I found an amazing job blocks from where I lived after I moved into my apartment. Most of my life here was serendipitous like that.

So many places here hold a memory for me. It has been a really wonderful chapter in my life. Most of my good friends have left the city and all gone their different ways . .. but it’s still pretty difficult to leave. I feel so lucky to have lived here and to have so many great times. I will miss this place.