We are back from our annual-ish big family vacation extravaganza. This year: destination San Diego. And, what a difference a year makes. As much as I miss having an itty-bitty baby, daily I am thankful not to have to travel with an infant and a two year old. Okay, not that a toddler and a three year old are easy as pie, and I’m sure anyone next to us on the six hour flight home would gladly inform you there is no pie, or any thing pleasurable, involved. Not to mention, four days later, we are still feeling the three hour time difference EVERY NIGHT when none of the girls will GO TO SLEEP, and I have vowed we will never go to the west coast again as a result. That said, it was an awesome trip.
It was really wonderful to see our family, and thanks to my lack of sleep deprivation (yea no infants!), I got to really enjoy them this year. We do this thing when we get together where every family takes turns making dinner for everyone. It is super cost effective and ridiculously yummy. I highly recommend it for your next big to-do.
It was a bit of an epiphany trip, if there is such a thing. Skylar and I got a chance to visit Los Angeles, without the kids. We lived there for a number of years. It is where we met; fell in love, got married, and where Harper was conceived. It is not that we have not been back since we left four years ago; we have. It is not that we have moved three times and had two children since we left; our buddies out there have made babies. Some of them have moved as well. It is just that it looks completely different coming form the East Coast. The scale is entirely foreign, the freeways massive beyond comprehension, the sprawl immeasurable. I don’t mean that in a critical way, though. Yes, it is a pain in the ass to get around, but there is something dazzling about the vastness. I sort of fell a little in love with it again, after a very bad breakup.
I also realized for the first time, after two years of mostly complaining, I love Connecticut. What? Who could love Connecticut? Me. Yup. Leafy trees, The Merritt, seasons, over-educated people at every turn with cardigans and kakis, golf, tennis, yacht clubs, light houses, pearls, towns with their own lifestyle magazines, tuna salad sandwiches on the beach, all of it. It is a pretty life.