Family Weekend in Santa Cruz

Are you guys busy getting ready for Halloween this weekend? I feel like it really snuck up on me this year, I’m just spending the night with my roommates and friends for some board games in costumes (we’re all dressing up as different Rick’s and Morty’s from “Rick and Morty”). I didn’t go to any Halloween parties this year, because my parents flew out from Colorado to visit.

We drove down to Santa Cruz, CA and spent a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend in the surf and sand. I think we got really lucky with the weather, because it was in the upper 60’s and 70’s with sun while we were there. We spent our time eating good food, walking around a few towns, and sitting in the sand. It was the best! Here are some pictures from our weekend:

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We stayed in an Airbnb about a mile from Capitola Village, which is one of my favorite Santa Cruz beaches. There’s always a lot to do and see in the village; you can walk along the beach, watch the surfers ride the waves, stroll around the town, and grab a bite to eat. The crowd seems to be very family friendly, too, so it’d be a good place to take kiddos.

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My favorite little beach-side shop to eat is Beach Break by Mariannes in Capitola – they have amazing fries. I got the fried chicken sandwich with sriracha-mayo, but the burgers are great, too. I always take pictures of my food, my parents think I’m ridiculous. But how else will I remember the great meals? Duh.

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My parents are seriously the best. I’m so grateful that we have such a close family and good relationship, I know a lot of people don’t have that with their families. Anyway. I’m just glad to have them in my life.

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The first day, we drove down to Pajaro Dunes area, exploring. The beach ended up being too cold and windy that day, but we stopped at a farm stand and picked up these INCREDIBLE berries. I am not kidding, these strawberries were the BEST I’ve ever had. I’m not sure I can even eat a normal strawberry again. Kidding, but they really were that good.

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On our second morning, we walked around the Santa Cruz beach harbor in the fog. The guy who took this picture at the lighthouse for us said “do something exciting,” and apparently I thought that meant sticking my arm out. Haha.

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We loved spending time at Main Beach and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. My favorite part is the wharf, because they have all these little cut-outs where you can peek down under the pier and see sea lions! We must have seen 100’s of them over the weekend. We kept going back for more, haha. My family really loves animals. Sea lions are so fun to watch, they keep climbing on top of each other to get the best napping spot.

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We grabbed street tacos at a little dive just up the street from the wharf. You just can’t go to the beach without getting tacos, am I right? The shredded chicken taco was SO GOOD, you guys. I wish I remembered what the little restaurant was called…I do remember it was green! Anybody know?

Anyway, I loved spending the weekend at the beach with my parents. I’m so glad they were able to fly out and visit me, especially because it’s pretty rare I get to see them these days! Such a good time.

xo

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Life Lately: October Vibes

Is it just me or was it just August, like, last week? Somehow we’re already almost through all of October, and it hasn’t quite felt like fall to me yet. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Colorado fall, and here in California it’s still been pretty warm. Seriously, this week is in the high 80s and low 90s! There’s barely any color changes in the leaves, too, which is kind of weird. But, one way or another, it’s almost November. Wanted to share a few quick photos with a brief update, since it’s been such a busy fall.

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A couple of weekends ago, I hiked Mission Peak (a classic Fremont hike) with a friend. It was 85 degrees in the middle of the afternoon and we didn’t bring enough water, and I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it. My friend pushed me to the top, and even though I probably won’t do that hike again anytime soon, I’m glad we made it. This picture is the view from the top. (Also pretty amazed my friend put up with my complaining, thanks for dealing with me at my worst.)

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After trying sushi for the first time this month (and loving it, surprisingly!), I picked up this adorable printed blouse as an homage to my new love for it. All them sushi vibes!

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Made homemade hot-pot last weekend, and it was SO good. Still tampering with the broth recipe, but it’ll get there. If you haven’t had hot-pot before, it’s a broth that you cook meat and vegetables in at your table (kind of like Asian fondue, I guess?).

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My poor kitty (who lives in Colorado with my parents) had to have a cyst removed above her eye this week, and she looked so scary after! Poor little girl. I guess the timing is all right, with Halloween right around the corner. She can go as a zombie cat, maybe?

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Picked up this little Cabin candle and have really enjoyed burning it so far. It’s subtle but freshens up the room with a musky, earthy scent.

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And a snapchat from the Pumpkin patch, because what would Halloween be without pumpkins? Side note, I carved mine WAY too early and it’s already mushy. So. Womp womp. But it was still fun, definitely one of my favorite fall traditions. My family always carved pumpkins every year, and I love continuing to do so to celebrate the season.

Anyway, hope things are going well for all of you! Happy Halloween (:

xo