You know how there are some vacations that just open your eyes to how cool this world and the people who live in it really are? Well, this last trip was one of those. We knew it was going to be a great time but had no idea what Chicago really had in store for us.

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We are not city people, we are a “put us in a small home in the country and we will be happy” kinda people. Chicago changed that for us, the city was epic. The flowers, the cleanliness and the people…the smiles and the happiness that the city exudes was one we were certainly not expecting.

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To start we had pretty much the greatest hosts of all time, my Aunt Stephanie, Uncle Robin and my cousister (cousin+sister) Rachel let us stay at their awesome apartment with a killer view (see below). If you haven’t caught on yet, my Uncle is the manager of the Chicago WhiteSox which is why we decided  it was only fitting to take Wyatt to his first baseball game to watch and support him.

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We got the better end of the deal. We had awesome seats, a ridiculously gross amount of ballpark food and best of all, an after the game field session where my Uncle took Wyatt out to show him what his job is all about. Wyatt didn’t know the field from the bathroom but I can tell you I’m certain he will be taking the photos we took for “show and tell” one day at school.

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It was a pretty awesome first baseball game experience if you ask me! Wyatt was in heaven, he was dancing to the music and eating his fair share of junk food which left him knocked out for a few innings so we were happy with that.

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Along with the baseball experience we got to explore the city. I’ve always loved the idea of Chicago since Kanye West rapped about it in one of my all time favorite songs, Homecoming. Anyways, we couldn’t get over how clean this place was, how beautiful the flowers were and the architecture… never appreciated architecture so much in my life. The Bean, the amazing playground, the amphitheater to name a few, I could go on and on but the bottom line is we want to go back.

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Some of you messaged me about how we also ended up at a Ke$ha concert… long story short our great family friend and her buddy manage bands, so they invited us to a Rae Sremmurd concert (That’s “drummers ear” backwards). It was entertaining and i’ve always had a little ghetto fab in me so we loved the rap concert, not so much the opening act of Ke$ha but we had fun. S/O to my babysitters on that one, having a night out with my hubby and cousin was hilarious and so fun.

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Last, but certainly not the least (in fact maybe the most important of it all) was the deep dish pizza. We all went out to dinner and ordered two HUGE deep dish pizzas, it is the type of meal that has everyone saying “my diet starts tomorrow” and funny story it really did have us saying that. Not only was it delicious then, but 11pm that night it was even better ha ha.

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Chicago was amazing, as Wyatt sleeps and I type this..I realize I’m still half-watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but I’m smiling. Trips like Chicago have Gavin and I talking about how important it is for us to take Wyatt to see the world and its people. Near and far there are so many wonderful places and things to experience and we feel blessed that we were able to experience the good Chicago had to offer .

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Talk about a fresh start, its a Monday and its the first of the month, I feel like I should be starting something today like a diet or setting a goal to reach! We have a super exciting month ahead of us, Wyatt turns 1, fun work changes for Gavin, and we are headed to Wyatts first Major league game to watch the White Sox.. so be prepared for some fun blog updates 🙂

Today I’m sharing our last minute adventure to the California Mid State Fair. Sounds super cheesy but Gavin and I literally fell in love during the mid state fair years back, so bringing Wyatt this year was extra special as we talked and walked through the place where we have so many great memories.

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Wyatt absolutely loved the fair, the bright lights and loud sounds of the rides had him pointing right and left, making happy noises as he observed the craziness from Gavin’s shoulders. We bought a few tickets and took Wyatt on the Merry Go Round, he loved it. He wasn’t too sure of it when it began, in fact Gavin and I both thought for a moment he was getting sick but thankfully his blank stare turned into a big smile and we were all good haha.

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We had a Big Bubbas Bad BBQ for dinner, and enjoyed plenty of bomb desserts! Being together with just the three of us was literally the best, as we walked to our car we chatted about how much fun it was to watch Wyatt enjoy something so much. We knew that watching him enjoy things would bring us happiness but we had no idea it would be that wonderful. Any of you guys have memories of watching your kid enjoy something so much? I would love to hear about them!

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Hope you all have a wonderful week!

xox

Stephanie

Once a year our entire family packs up and heads north to a two bedroom house for a weekend at Lake Nacimento. Doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that our “family” consists of about 25 people! Call it organized chaos as bodies and bags of clothes can be seen every place you turn, no television, no internet just good ol’ conversation and laughs. My mom cooks amazing breakfasts so waking up to the smell of bacon always starts the day off just right. “Last call for anyone getting on the boat” can be heard every few hours as people pile into the John Deere Gator and head to the boat ready for a good time of wake surfing and inner tubing! Years and years of good times have us all waiting for this time of the year and it never disappoints.

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This year, we had Wyatt so that changed the dynamic a bit, and got us a big queen bed in the air conditioned room so we had no complaints there! We took Wyatt out for his first official boat ride and he loved it until we put his life jacket on, poor guy hates being confined.

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He watched Gavin as he killed it on the wake surfboard and enjoyed time steering with Uncle Kraig and hanging with everyone until the lull of the boat had him fast asleep. It is so fun to be with Wyatt when he watches Gavin because it reminds me over and over of a Brad Paisley song “Watching you” about a little boy who wants to be just like his dad, and I’m convinced Wyatt already thinks Gavin is his hero.

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Time truly flew by, and before we knew it we were on our way home with a baby in the back asleep as we laughed at all the hilarious events that went down. Life is always a little better at the lake.

 

Have a wonderful week! Side note, love running into you guys and hearing about you reading my blog! Makes my day 🙂

xoxo

Since Gavin and I started dating, the tide pools have always been a spot he loves to go. Something about the ocean is so therapeutic for us both, we are so grateful we get to live so close to the ocean!  Gavin has been counting down the days until he could bring Wyatt to enjoy his favorite thing to do, so one morning he got up and literally started packing the cooler announcing it was time to take him!  Its even more adorable because gavin truly believes wyatt is his clone in baby form and that comes with knowing everything he will like/not like to do… I go along with it obviously. Shell Beach is an amazing beach, especially with Wyatt. He loved the tide pools, exploring all the little nooks and crannies and getting to see the sea life up close and personal. It is much better than behind glass at an aquarium, and much cheaper.  The sand is coarse so its not getting stuck in every crease, and the position of the beach sits on a cliff so there is ample shade to relax in. The parking is super easy, and after a short walk down a flight of stairs you arrive at what seems like your own private beach! Our favorite beach hands down if you can’t tell 🙂

We packed a lunch and spent the afternoon searching around the tide pools watching Wyatt explore and discover all sorts of new things! From tiny crabs (that Wyatt tried to eat), lobster shells, sea anenamies, and starfish there was no shortage of sea life where we were looking!

Thinking of going? Be sure to check the tide to make sure you are going at low tide so you can access the pools. Click here to check the daily tide report.

Ice Cream is our thing. We love it. Going out to ice cream, dessert, basically anything sweet is our jam and we go to it probably more often than we should!  Its easy for us to do something like dessert with Wyatt because its delicious and we don’t have to worry about sitting and bothering people around us eating. It’s the perfect little family date. This awesome little spot called Batch in San Luis Obispo is worth a visit, its’ locally owned, fresh, and has ice cream sandwiches to die for. Choose your warm cookie, type of ice cream and bam you’ve got a melted piece of heaven in your hands ready to enjoy. We took a little trip there after work and took Wyatt to Bubblegum Alley.

Bubblegum Alley is insane, literally years of people’s chewed gum stuck on the wall and although it sounds unsanitary and disgusting it is actually epic. Colors upon colors to look at for Wyatt, and for a kid that loves to touch everything he only managed to grab the gum wall once ha ha. It was a simple little night for our family but it took up a few hours and we loved it.

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