Monday, July 24, 2017

Exploring SD - Cabrillo National Monument

After we went to Point Loma, we found out if we had driven further down, we would run into Cabrillo National Monument where we could see some tide pools and get another view of the city. We decided to go back one Saturday to check it out.

There were beautiful trails around, but you could also climb down and see the tide pools during certain times of the day.

There were lots of kids with buckets looking for crabs and various creatures.

It was fun to walk along some of the cliffs and see what the water has carved out.

I feel like we're standing in front of a backdrop in the picture below.

We could have spent a lot more time here just exploring all the trails and cut-outs, not to mention Eric loves anything to do with geology.

Then we drove up the hill to see the view of Point Loma.

Definitely a beautiful spot!

They also had a little museum you could walk through and see what some of the rooms looked like in the lighthouse.

I'm so glad we heard about it - we are learning there is SO much to see around here! I can't wait to spend more time at some of these places.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


A little over a week ago our furniture and things finally arrived! After living out of a suitcase for an entire month, we were more than excited to start making this place feel like home.

A few days before we got our Pod, my car arrived. It was so nice to see that it got here safely. Another little piece of home.

The pod arrived on a Saturday morning. The company we got the pod through (ZippyShell) was eager to get it emptied and taken away because they had to deliver it to someone else right afterward. We told them we would probably need our entire allotted time since we only had two guys and one lady (me) to help unload. Turns out they ended up sending out three extra guys to help us unload free of charge so they could get it back quickly!

It was such a huge help. The pod was completely unloaded in two hours. Keep in mind everything had to be carried all the way into the parking garage, up an elevator, through a hallway, and into our apartment on the third floor.

Because we had so much help, my sister-in-law Alison and I stayed inside unpacking, telling people where to put things, and watching the little girls while the guys brought everything in. It was such a chaotic morning I really didn't get too many pictures.

I truly wish I at least got some better before pictures. Once everything was unloaded, the last thing I wanted to do was take pictures of how much of a mess it was. So the 'before' pictures below are at varying stages of unpacking, but none of them were at their worst.

Dining Room before:


Kitchen before:


Master bedroom before:


The guest bedroom was our unloading room. Everything went in here. You could hardly even walk in the room, it was floor-to-ceiling boxes. It was overwhelming to look at. And because of that, I never thought to get a picture of the 'before' because why would I ever want to remember that? So the 'before' picture for this room doesn't do it justice, it was after days of going through and unpacking boxes.

Guest bedroom before (after days of unpacking):


Living room before:


So there you have it! As you can see we still have a few lingering boxes to sort through, but most things have found their home here. We are definitely appreciative to Alison and Shary for their help unloading everything, and I'm so thankful to Eric for all his hard work that day as well. It was a hot morning for the guys and a TON of work but it couldn't have gone any better. It's so nice to finally feel like we're getting settled in!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A little more exploring and 4th of July

I had heard Spruce Street suspension bridge was not too far from us and wanted to go see it. It felt strange walking across it. It's so sturdy but sure enough, it moves as you walk (or jump in Eric's case) across. It it beautiful too, I'm glad we stopped to check it out!

The Saturday night before 4th of July my cousin Michael invited us over to hang out and grill some steaks. His girlfriend Terry was also visiting, it was so fun to meet her and catch up with Mikey. It's been a few years since I've seen him and Benny had never had the chance to meet him. He has officially met all of the Conrads. (Next time I'll have to get a better picture of all of us!)

On Sunday we took it easy and relaxed. However on our way back from the grocery store, I saw a sign for the apartment complex that has a new splash pad for kids.

We of course had to stop and check that out too, in case our nieces might be interested.

It's free and open to the public. It seems a lot of other people had the same idea that day, there were lots of kids there. It's actually a pretty big park, the little splash pad is just a small part of it. Definitely a cool place to stop and let kids out to run around.

 We relaxed the rest of the night and made sure Eric had everything he needed for his first day of work the next day!

His first day went great - it was all just onboarding/orientation type stuff. (He's only just now starting to get into the weeds of what he'll be doing).

Anyway - I had to keep myself busy while he was away. I basically applied for jobs the first half of the day and then needed a break. I decided to decorate our place for Eric's first day of work and for 4th of July the next day!

The only furniture we had in the house were the few things we bought from the thrift store and our air mattress so it was fun to spruce it up a bit.

So glad we got these chairs for outside - we sit out there every day.

The next day was July 4th! We tried going to Mission Bay... but we were wayyy too late on our game. Seriously, Mission Bay is like the least crowded beach I've seen out here so far. There's always so many places to park, stretch out, and have your space. But not on 4th of July.

We pretty much drove around for a good hour or so looking for parking.

It just wasn't going to happen. And we knew it wasn't going to happen at any other beach that late in the day. (If only we had our bike pump by this point!!) It was actually still really fun to see what was going on and so many people out. It certainly gave me the itch to rent some jet skis.

 There were lots of people out flying kites too, it's been far too long since I've done that.

After we learned our lesson for next year (DON'T go in the peak of the afternoon, DON'T drive unless you get there very early, DO bike), we decided to go back to our complex and enjoy our pool at home.

It was lots of fun without the crowds, and we still got to soak in some of the sun we were hoping for.

After dinner we stopped by the grocery store to get some cookies and snacks before we went to watch fireworks.

We got parked and all set up in the perfect spot to watch the fireworks show from Seaworld. We were still pretty early but we knew it was going to get crowded.

Turns out I looked a little too hastily at the schedule before we left. I thought they were going to start at 8:30, but they weren't actually going to start until 9:30. Oops. Good thing we like spending time together ;) We had a good time people-watching, snacking, and watching the sunset over Seaworld.

And at 8:45, Eric told me to turn around and look behind us. THREE different fireworks shows had just started going off simultaneously. It was some of the coolest fireworks I'd ever seen. Although I can't discount the year prior seeing about 20 fireworks shows in Florida the weekend we got engaged.

One of the coolest things about it was that they were all synchronized.

We opened up the sunroof and just sat up on the roof to take it all in. We noticed a 4th show going off to our right as well.

After the 3 shows finished, about 10 minutes later the Seaworld fireworks started going off. So we turned back around to watch those too.

We had the perfect view.

I'm so thankful for this country, our independence, and all those who protect it. I'm so fortunate that out of almost 200 countries in this world, I was born into an American family. Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the freedoms we have as we become more removed from a time when they were so threatened. This day is another great reminder that I'm lucky and proud to be a citizen of the good ole' U.S. of A. Happy birthday America!!