Aug 5

I <3 LA

We're back! I'm sorry this blog has been neglected the past few weeks, so let me fill you in on what we've been up to. We spent the better half of July in California, which was just amazing. I grew up in Los Angeles, and I always love going back to visit friends and family, and stuff myself full of food I can't find in the South (calories don't count on vacation, right?). This trip was especially fun since I was able to take C to some of my favorite places. Here's a short recap of what we did (sorry I don't have pictures for all our stops).

First up was the Cabrillo Aquarium. My dad used to take me here all the time as a kid, and I LOVED it. My favorite part of the aquarium is the little tank in the back where you can touch starfish, sea cucumbers, and anemone. The water is cold though! The temperature of the Pacific is usually in the mid to low 60's, depending on the time of year. While we were at Cabrillo we got to participate in a grunion hatching: we were given a jar with some sand and grunion eggs, and we added some sea water to the jar and were instructed to swirl it around. The swirling water simulated the motion of the tides, and the eggs hatched right in front of our eyes! I thought it was awesome, C was too busy being a grunion himself.

Next up was Disneyland, or as we told C, "Mickey's house". C is in love with Mickey right now, so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take him to Disney since its only a 15 minute drive from my parent's house (much better than the 9 hour drive to Orlando from Cary). To put it simply, his mind was blown. Poor kid passed out in line for Buzz Light Year at 5pm and was done for the night. His favorite rides? The teacups and It's A Small World. However, I think meeting Mickey might have been the highlight of his day.

We also spent a lot of time in the pool, on my dad's boat, or just at the beach. Greg is teaching C to swim, so they got lots of practice in my parent's pool (which is where I learned to swim too). The ocean is also 15 minutes from my parent's house (I love how convenient everything is back home), so I wanted to get some beach shots of C while we were there. It was so much fun to play around with my camera on the beach, and I found some interesting tips for you all. I love to shoot backlit photos, where the sun is behind the subject like this photo:

However, for beach pictures I actually found that shooting the opposite way (where the sun is behind me instead) brings out so much more color in the water and the sky. Learn something new everyday!

We had a fabulous time on vacation, but I'm ready to get back into our routine at home. Lots of babies being born this summer too, I'm excited to share some of their sessions with you!