Last weekend we drove home to Pismo Beach to pick up our precious Maddie Bear from my parent's house. She was on an extended Christmas vacation while we were on the cruise. Ironic that our hometown, San Luis Obispo, had the highest temperature in the country while we were freezing in the Caribbean. Needless to say, we made every day a beach day while we were home.
Back in San Diego, Andrew and I had a date night at Fashion Valley Mall (where I used to work at Nordstrom right out of college.) It's our fancy mall with stores no one can afford, but there's also a McDonald's, a Sephora, and a Forever 21 so I make do.
I bought the Bare Minerals get started kit. Though now that I'm in my thirties, I don't know if it's enough coverage for my wrinkly skin. Oh well, they gave me my free beauty insider birthday gift: High Definition lip stick and mascara sample. And there were soft pretzels, my favorite!
Afterwards we went line dancing with friends. Two stepping made me miss Texas a little bit.
I've been staying late at work putting up bulletin boards and grading papers. Here's our classroom blog, so at least I'm blogging somewhere :) I find that I love decorating our classroom, but the kids equally love messing it up. By the time I get home I am so exhausted from cleaning up after thirty three 10 year olds that I can't find the energy to clean my own house. Counting down the days until Spring Break and spring cleaning.
After a long week, we spent Friday evening at our friend Brian and Audrey's house where we observed a "century club" challenge where you drink a shot of beer every minute until you get to 100. Andrew and I didn't really participate and I think that was a good life decision. After 38 minutes the boys gave up and built a tower of cans to the ceiling. They were way too pleased with themselves.
Saturday we walked 6 miles around Lake Murray with Maddie.
Today we hiked Cowles Mountain (you can see Lake Murray below us).
I've been exclusively drinking (water mostly, don't be fooled by the Coors castle!) from my "30" glass my sister made me. Everything tastes better in a pretty glass. So far I like 30; it feels like 20 but with more purpose and resolve. I have some big goals for my 30's and this year especially. Mostly to survive my first year teaching. Womp womp. But 2014 is looking to be a year of fun, where we finally get new cars - long overdue! We are only looking and test driving so far, and will most likely buy used, but it's exciting nonetheless. We are slowly easing back into the world of fertility treatments... just researching clinics for now, but after more than a year off, it's time to get back on the horse, or whatever. July 7th is our 7 year anniversary and we have a few vacation options... using our extra Alaska airfare voucher to spend a few days in Seattle or Cabo San Lucas, or driving up through Vegas (it is 07-07 after all!) and camping in Utah at Zion and Bryce Canyon, or flying to Ohio to see family and then driving to Chicago or New York City. Did I say 2014 would be the year of fun? I think I meant the year of freaking expensive :) Perhaps this is the year where we take out our very first hefty bank loan. Cars, travelling, IVF... I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Maybe I need to go take a drink from my big girl glass!