Oh my, I have been lazy about posting lately, and I can’t promise it won’t happen again, with a busy April full of studying, but here’s an update of sorts nonetheless.
I have been spending a lot of time these days studying. My course work is quite a load, and in order to make sure it minimally interferes with my time with Conor, I’ve been using every free second at work to get a good amount done, which basically means eating lunch with my headphones on while listening to lectures, rather than posting on Tumblr :(
I also worked double the week before last in order to make it a study free vacation.
We had a wonderful little family trip to Southern California and enjoyed every second of the decently warm weather. It was actually cold by SoCal standards, but the high 60’s was perfection for what we were escaping. To say I was feeling dead on the inside (SADS) due to the endless winter in Chicago, would be an understatement. My body was in a state of shock when it felt actual warmth from the sun.
Instead of staying in a hotel, we decided to use VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner) to find a house to rent for the week. This ended up being an amazing plan, so when Conor went to sleep, Jeff and I could sit out by the pool/hot tub with our drinks. This also let us spend any downtime hanging out in the backyard, which was glorious.
We spent one day at the San Diego Zoo (OMG PANDAS and KOALAS!!!). Conor loved riding in the Skyfari that took us from one side of the zoo to the other, and just the freedom to run around everywhere. We missed the sun on this particular day, but I think it helped in keeping the crowds away, meaning we didn’t have to wait to see anything.
We spent another day in Laguna Beach, frolicking.
And we spent a lot of time walking around, exploring La Jolla, playing with Conor at the beach/park, eating and relaxing (as much as two parents can with a NON-STOP one year old).
Overall, it was a wonderful little vacation. Now if only spring could actually make its way over to this area permanently, so we could enjoy the outdoors, we’ll be on the up and up!