Friday, September 21, 2018

California Trip 2017

It was a trip we'd been thinking of and saving for for months. Even long before I became pregnant with Cooper, Kevin and I reeeeeeeeally wanted to take a bigger trip together. What started off as an endeavor to just GET AWAY simply because we can, soon became a "baby moon" of sorts after we found out we were pregnant with our second in the midst of all of the planning. I've been meaning to post about our trip to California last September for a while now. How appropriate that exactly one year ago today Kev and I were enjoying the last full day of our kidless vacation together. Naturally, these photos bring all sorts of emotions to the surface, but one thing is for certain. Despite the way this trip ended, it was AMAZING. Absolutely. Amazing. California is gorgeous, and we barely scratched the surface of all there is to explore. We did and saw A LOT. But our pace was also restful and intentional. Our time spent there quickly got covered up and almost forgotten in light of the turn of events in the days that would follow. But we've been super purposeful over the past year about letting ourselves reminisce and go back to what was without a doubt such an incredible week together. 
We had THE most fun driving around exploring parts of California with my 21/22-week belly.
We actually chose Cooper's name while on this trip.
And I want to remember!

I'm so thankful I kept track of all that we did day-by-day in my phone:

FRIDAY, September 15
left Savannah
layover in Atlanta
arrived in San Jose'
pizza for lunch at Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi Too!
drove to San Francisco
napped in the hotel room
impromptu San Francisco Giants game (Go Braves!)

SATURDAY, September 16
breakfast at Hollywood Cafe'
walked to San Francisco Maritime Marina, Lombard
Street, Ghirardelli Square, and around downtown San Francisco
checked out of hotel
drove to Golden Gate Bridge
drove long, scenic route to Carmel
late lunch at The Barn
ate ice cream and a pretzel for dinner at Carmel Bakery (pregnant much?)

SUNDAY, September 17
slept in
hotel breakfast
Starbucks date
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dippin' Dots snack
17-mile Drive
beautiful sunset dinner at Roy's at Spanish Bay

MONDAY, September 18
walked around and shopped Carmel
In-N-Out for lunch
drove 3 hours to Mariposa
dinner at Charles Street Dinner House
ice cream/dessert at Yosemite Treats

TUESDAY, September 19
early morning to Yosemite National Park where we spent the entire day
lunch at the park
sunset at Glacier Point
Burger King back in Mariposa because it was LATE

WEDNESDAY, September 20
early morning to Yosemite for fly fishing
back to hotel for a nap
shopped Mariposa
dinner at "1850"

THURSDAY, September 21
(in hindsight this day shouts of God's sovereignty)
slept in
checked out of Mariposa Hotel Inn
(we were super bummed that they were all booked up for that last night of our vacay)
Mexican for lunch in Mariposa
drove to Fresno since we were flying out of there the next day
(the Lord knew this is where we'd need to be)
read and relaxed at Woodward Park
went to See's Candies to get souvenirs for us and friends
quick dinner at Panera
saw a movie (Brad's Status)
CFA milkshake for dessert

FRIDAY, September 22
We should have been flying home to reunite with our big boy the next day, but let's just say this day didn't go quite like we had planned.

Clovis Community Medical Center

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