First Visit to the Zoo

Today was a beautiful, 72 degree December day in San Diego and we took the boys to the San Diego Zoo for the first time. To be honest, it was much more about me wanting to get out and go to the zoo, since they really have no idea where they are. Rachel and I love the zoo. We’ve been many many times, but each time there is something new. Today we saw a monkey hanging out on top of a hippo. The kids were more interested in their chew toys teething rings than the animals, but we all had a great time being outside and visiting a beautiful place on a warm sunny day.

What Snowstorm?

Lake Morena

Today we went on a road trip out to the desert in the Eastern part of San Diego County and visited Lake Morena. The drive was beautiful and I just loved getting out of the city into the open expanses and boulder strewn mountains of the desert. This was our first real trip in our new Honda Odyssey minivan and I have to say, it was awesome. Forget everything bad I’ve ever said about minivans. It was comfortable, convenient, and Rachel was able to nurse the boys in the third row. We may not have looked good doing it, but who am I trying to impress? Besides, it’s not like I have any dignity left anyway. I lost that when I decided that I love elastic-waist pants.

Boulders, trees, sunshine, what more could you want?
Boulders, trees, sunshine, what more could you want?

Desert in Bloom

We went this past weekend with our friends Chris and Stephanie out to see the wildflowers in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I love going to the desert, it’s so beautiful and calming, and it’s an amazing sight when it’s in bloom. On the way back we stopped in Julian for pie. Mmmmm. Pie.

I’ve posted a few pictures of us and the wildflowers. Here’s one example.

My desert flower (I meant Rachel)
My desert flower (I meant Rachel)

Green Valley Lake

This past weekend we went with our friends Ed and Jamie and their daughter Celia to their mountain house in Green Valley Lake (map). Celia’s friend Nicholas joined us as did Rachel’s brother Tim from LA. For the most part, we ate too much and sat around a lot—so you could say it was a perfect weekend. For photos, click here.

Back to San Diego

We’ve decided that it’s time for us to move back to San Diego. Rachel got a great job offer just three weeks ago – it’s been a complete whirlwind and we’re already packing up and saying good-bye as we prepared to drive across the country.  It’s a really amazing opportunity for us to get back to the left coast, which is really home for us, close to Rachel’s family, good friends etc.We’ve only been in Richmond 2 years, but the project Rachel was brought here to work on has been completed successfully, and my professional time here was a disaster.

We’re really sad to be leaving our great friends and neighbors, but we’re ready for the next adventure. Rachel got a great job in San Diego in a senior position at a top 50 advertising agency. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, but I might work at least part time with my friend Jamie on some of her projects.