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This weekend was beyond fantastic. I love all of the spontaneity; it’s been a while since I lived life with no time constraints from work. It’s just an overall wonderful feeling, truly a breath of fresh air.
On Saturday, we drove to Half Moon Bay. I packed up a lunch for all of us, and off we went. The dogs had a blast running and rolling around in the sand. It was definitely a windier day than most, but we still had a great time. It was pretty hilarious trying to watch Maui and Hilo run against the wind; their ears would stand straight up, hehe. After playing in HMB, we headed South into Santa Cruz.
Yesterday, we decided to drive down the California coast just for the heck of it. We were planning on leaving on Monday morning and going down the boring way, but why not take our time, drive down Highway 1, and enjoy its beauty?!
With clear visibility for miles, we spotted tons of marine life, whales, otters, and seals to name a few. The views are absolutely breathtaking, right?! I don’t think I could ever get sick of the ocean’s beauty.
Next month’s vacation can’t come any quicker. *sigh*
I know so many people born in the month of November.
Over the weekend, we celebrated G’s birthday. We didn’t do anything too extravagant, no fancy party or get together. Rather, we chose to stay close to home and keep it pretty low key. We did, however, celebrate with a delicious cake at home!
Twenty-nine candles to be exact, though if you have met her, you’d think with her maturity level she was much older than her actual age. Say 40? Just kidding! Happy birthday again, Kee; we hope you enjoyed your birthday weekend.
Oh, and we went to Layang Layang, a delicious Malaysian restaurant in Cupertino. Yum!
We also headed to the beach! …and you know me, I will never pass up the ocean, hehe. Around the time we headed out, I noted that it was low tide; I suggested we go to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Glad that I did because we saw so many tide pool inhabitants.
Anemones, harbor seals, hermit crabs, sea snails and slugs, a blue heron, starfish, tide pool fish… The list could go on and on. Now, if I could only do this everyday, hehe. What a fun way to spend our Sunday!
There are more November birthday celebrations planned, so I’ll definitely leave my party hat out. I’m not done “partying” this month.
PS: Happy birthday, Steph!
Autumn is my favorite part of the year. It’s a season of change, and more importantly, thanksgiving – giving thanks to everything we have or don’t have. As for me, change in the next couple of months is going to be inevitable. We’ve been busy prepping for the holiday season. This year we were nominated to host Thanksgiving dinner, so we’ve got our hands full.
A couple of weeks ago, we visited Apple Hill. It had been over five years since our last visit, so it was neat to check it out again. The colors on the Apple Hill farms and orchards are phenomenal. Such a quaint and festive place to be during this time of the year. If you’re local, I’d recommend making a weekend/day trip out of it. They have a variety of apples, which were all crisp and delicious.
Bushels of fruit later and icky tummy aches from fall snack favorites, we headed home. Bet you can’t guess what we snacked on during the car ride…
Lastly, autumn wouldn’t be complete without a trek to Half Moon Bay for pumpkins. It’s become one of our favorite annual traditions – to pick pumpkins on the actual pumpkin farm.
It started drizzling while on the pumpkin patch due to major overcast, but all was good. It added to the whole experience – getting muddy and dirty, haha!
PS: We should have bought one small little pumpkin to add to the bunch.
I love summertime for the sunshine and the countless hours of play time outdoors. However, when the weather gets hot and uncomfortable, sometimes I can became highly annoyed and irate. Thus, it was time for refuge, hehe. A quick drive over the California coastal range, and we were in the cool and breezy weather of Half Moon Bay.
We spent a good chunk of time at the beach and had such a fantastic time. Maui and Hilo got to run free like a pair of hooligans, while Gloria found pure joy in making them run around like a bunch of crazy dogs. I, on the other hand, prepped a small picnic for everyone.
The best part of the beach stop was when Gloria was sunbathing and the dogs thought it would be fun to jump all over her, haha!
We didn’t want to end the day just yet, so we headed South to the quirky and charming Santa Cruz. We all went on a short little hike on the coastal cliffs, and I was mesmerized by the way the marine layer quickly covered the area. Maui and Hilo stopped to pose for the camera.
All and all, it was a perfect day with the family. Everything seemed to be okay…
…until Hilo started shaking his head frequently and abruptly later that night. He had a couple of symptoms the day before when we picked him up from Grandma and Grandpa’s, but it wasn’t anything to look into. He walked around anxiously and restlessly, and he wouldn’t stop scratching his ears. When Hilo’s not playing and bouncing off the walls, you know something’s not right. We called the 24 hour emergency clinic for advice, and they told us to bring him in.
At first, they guessed it might be a fox tail stuck in his inner ear, so they needed to get a closer look into his ear canal.
They wanted to sedate him to investigate more thoroughly, and we agreed. After speculation, there was no fox tail present. …but there had to be something wrong because his ears were bloodshot red and he was in pain. We discussed with the vet that a cytologic evaluation was our next option. She gathered a sample of tissue and requested the nurse to reverse his sedation, which she told us would be about 5-10 minutes.
We sat there for a long time; it felt like hours. We heard the nurses slapping his body and loudly saying, “Hilo?! Wake up!” There was more smacking and slapping him to help him regain consciousness, but there were no sounds of response. I think my heart stopped.
After an additional 15 minutes, his heart rate increased and we heard the sound of his collar when he walked. *This is where I started to breathe again.*
It turns out that he had a yeast growth in his inner ear. Odd, but we’re glad we now know what it is and he regained consciousness. We were sent home with meds, and he’s pretty much been sleeping all day.
Fast recovery, please.
Normally, for New Year’s Eve we make it out to the beach. The dogs love this tradition, as do I! The beach was surprisingly desolate, which was great because the dogs had ample room to run around. I didn’t snap a lot of photos because my hands were freezing, but here were some of the ones I did manage to take:
They’re too cute, hehe. Seriously, I could snap photos of them… all the time. Hence, all of my projects with their sweet l’il faces.
As for our New Year’s Eve celebration, it was the same old, same old — spending the holiday with my family, eating delicious food, and staying up until midnight to toast in the New Year.
((taken with my brother’s phone on NYE))
New Year’s Day was fun. My parents had another get together with close family and friends, so I finally had the chance to see the newest member of the family. Meet my new cousin, Kian:
My cousin was born on Monday, December 27th. Isn’t he’s so precious?! He’s so tiny and cute, and goodness, I wish I could snuggle him all day, hehe.
Isn’t that a great way to bring in the New Year?! He totally makes me have baby fever all over again.
As for New Year’s resolutions and goals, people have been messaging and texting me with “What’s your resolution this year?” To be quite honest, I want to blog at least 2-3 times a week. I haven’t been consistent with posting in these past couple of months. The store has been crazy busy, which is definitely a good thing, but I don’t get much time to write. Also, I plan to create at least 52 layouts this year. I know I created hundreds of layouts last year, but now that I have the store, we’ll see how many I can truly crank out. Wish me luck!
Here’s to a wonderful 2011, everyone.
PS: If you want to follow along with what’s going on at my store, head on over to the Our Paper Place blog.