Hello from sunny San Diego

The last two weeks have been super overwhelming. Moving twice before your twins’ first birthday? Not recommended!

But we can finally get settled in. Downsizing from a three bedroom house with a garage to a two bedroom apartment has been rough. Plus, the moving company broke a ton of our furniture! So we have been having a hard time finding a place for everything we own, and unfortunately, that means purging!

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We have had a little bit of time to explore our neighborhood and hang out with my brother’s family.

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I’m trying not to get too stressed out about having everything in place. There is just so much to do: unpack, clean and take care of my whole family. It is going to be weeks still before I think we can say we are done unpacking and settled.

In the meantime, I am loving San Diego and feel so lucky to live here.

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On top of all of this, I am planning the twins’ first birthday party, which is only three weeks away! ARGH, so much to do!!!

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New Year, New City

What a year 2017 was! It certainly had its ups and a few downs, but overall, it was an incredibly stressful year!

We spent the last weekend of 2017 enjoying more of what makes California great – beautiful weather and great food.

On Saturday, we headed down to Irvine and visited the Mason Regional Park. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and the park is splendid. I would love to visit again.

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After our visit, we headed to TRADE Food Hall for lunch with my brother, SIL and nephew. TRADE had a handful of options, all of which looked amazing. I decided on Two Birds and ordered the fried chicken sandwich and a side of mac and cheese. Yum, but so filling!

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Hubs had to have a waffle pop from Sweet Combforts, which I helped him finish! Lol. It was so yummy!

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Despite everything we ate at lunch, we decided to go to Grail Churros in Redondo Beach after the twins went to bed! OMG, help us from ourselves!

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On New Years Eve, my parents watched the kids during the day while we headed to the city for the day. I needed some healthy food, so we picked M Cafe on Melrose for lunch. A nice vegetarian, macrobiotic salad hit the spot!

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Afterwards, we spent a few hours at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibit. This was actually the third time we attempted to see this exhibit and the first time we succeeded! Not having the babies in tow certainly helped.

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Our New Years Eve celebration was not much to write home about. I have a glass of sparkling rose, some late night snacks and then called it a night around 11 pm!

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Happy 2018! This is actually our last week in Los Angeles. We are making the move down to San Diego this weekend. Wish us luck!

Christmas 2017 Highlights

Christmas 2017 was so special! It was my twins’ first Christmas and our first Christmas back in California! This year, we spent Christmas at my parents’ house with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

Christmas Eve

While the babies were down for their morning nap, we decorated cookies. I purchased a llama and ornament cookie decorating kit from Cost Plus World Market, which was super easy and fun to do. I just had to mix the icings and viola, time to decorate.

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My mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law and I put on our artistic hats for a half an hour and then enjoyed the fruits of our labor over the next couple of days!

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For lunch, we headed to El Segundo’s The Point for lunch at True Food Kitchen. I am so glad we went here for some fresh, healthy eats. I love the presentation of the crudite appetizer! So cute and colorful!

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That evening, we headed to the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights in Torrance. Christmas makes me so happy. It was nice to get out and enjoy the season.

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Plus, we were able to take the whole family: grandparents, babies and puppies all attended!

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The Christmas light viewing delayed our dinner by a lot since we still had to feed the kiddos and put them to bed. We had a late dinner at home of Chinese hot pot! So yummy that I forgot to take a photograph! For dessert, we had some beautiful pastries from Artelice Patisserie.

Christmas Day

Christmas morning greeted us with a refrigerator on the fritz, so we spent a lot of time cleaning up and trying to figure out what to do with the food. We wound up throwing out a lot of food. I also had to throw out my breastmilk and homemade food for the twins. 😦

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Once that was all sorted out, the kids needed to nap, so presents had to wait. We did get to Facetime with grandma and pappy though, and the twins got to show off their Christmas jammies!

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After lunch, we were finally able to open presents. We also Facetimed with auntie and uncle in Texas!

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I had grand plans of making salt dough ornaments for the kids and puppies, but with the delays and the fridge issues, it did not happen.

For dinner, we scrounged up some things that were still good from the fridge and bought pre-made sides from the only grocery store that was open.

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It was such a stressful and tiring Christmas Day! Way too much for this momma, but it was lovely none the less.