Family RV Roadtrip

Let me start off by saying this was a trip of a lifetime. It was so much fun!

Our family shared so many firsts together, saw parts of the country we have never seen and may never see again.

We had 5 nights and 6 days to drive the California Coast to Oregon and back with several stops along the way. Some thought we were crazy and needed more time but we knew the route and had our destinations set so we were determined.

One of the most difficult parts of the trip was getting everything packed into my SUV so we could drive to the RV rental place 30 miles away, there was no turning back or added hours onto our first day would be inevitable. Thankfully we packed as much as we could and already started a Walmart list because certain things would not fit like water and ice and a few other staples.

This is not the best picture but we were packed in tight, my feet are resting on a pile of stuff and the space below Daphne is packed full. I am glad it wasn’t too far away.

We thought picking up the RV would be relatively fast….WRONG! We had to wait, apparently it was a busy pick-up day, there was this nearly once in a lifetime event about to happen, oh yeah the total eclipse and then we had to go through like a 2hr walk through, I was dying towards the end and started to reply, I just want to load this thing and go and then I started with I know that, I went RVing with my grandparents (maybe I was little but I remember falling off the top bunk while my grandfather was driving, kids don’t do that), so certainly I could figure out how to run the generator and flush the toilet with sanitizing stuff after we emptied the tank 😬.

Finally, we were on our way and Rich was getting a feel for the old girl.

We were San Francisco bound!

After a stop at Walmart and gas, several orchards (amazingly beautiful) and a nasty meat farm ( so sad and smelly) I just wanted to rescue all of those cows, nothing but piles of poop and brown mounds of yuck, not a single blade of grass 😞.

Know where your beef comes from!

Just before dark we arrived at the Candkestick RV park, apparently across from the old Candlestick Stadium, so it was just a parking lot but they had showers and just one day of driving had me craving a shower.

We, well mostly my little brother Harrison cooked a bunch of meals before we left so we did not have to eat out all the time, so that’s what we did for our first night.

Rich took a walk, I think he was already feeling cramped in the small space and found a family of raccoons in the park.

Daphne loved facing forward and seeing all the cars, we called her a little co-pilot.

We explored as much of San Francisco in one day as we could.  We started in Chinatown, then walked up the very steep hills, trying to get a cable car to the wharf district but they were far too full so after 45 minutes of waiting we decided to walk it.

After the wharf we decided to walk to the Golden Gate Bridge and pit stop at the house where Full House was filmed.  Harrison took Adelaide and I believe it was a big disappointment but Daphne was snoozing so we were enjoying the 3 mile walk to the bridge when Daphne woke from the cool breeze so we ubered to the bridge, Daphne’s 1st Uber ride :).

The bridge was spectacular!


Next stop was Glass Beach which was a big disappointment and the switch back mountains were not handled well in an RV and the pit stop was 2 1/2 hours out of our way but we can say we did it.

After Glass Beach we drove until we reached the Redwoods and if I had it all to do over again I would spend at least a week in the redwoods.  Oh my gosh it was so nice and peaceful and BEAUTIFUL.  Everyone should have the redwoods on their bucket list.

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This is Rich making fun of Adelaide and I for stopping and admiring everything and taking pictures!

A story we laughed about and still do is the story from the campground security guard about the hobos/travelers/transients that travel to that area to grow weed or trim the plants for farmers, they also try to break into the campground at night and steal or use the amenities.  He even went as far as describing what a hobo looks like, it it a person looking rough with a backpack and a flannel shirt.  So funny.

After the Redwoods was another 2 1/2 hour trek to Crater Lake.  Unfortunately there were several wildfires around so part of the roads in and out were closed and the visibility was horrible.  We will just have to go back when it is clear, I bet it is gorgeous.


Finally to wrap-up our trip we went to Oregon for the total Eclipse, the night before the big day we stayed in Eugene and then drove to Salem and met Rich’s cousin Chris and his girlfriend Alexis at a sweet little home of a vineyard owner.  We sipped on his brunch sangria and watched quietly as the entire event happened.  It did get darker, not pitch black, the wind picked up the birds started singing and it got cooler.  to the naked eye the sun looked the same,  but with the glasses it was amazing.  We caught a few pictures.


I hope you have enjoyed our pictures and maybe even inspired you to take a trip like this someday.



Summer has started

I can hardly believe that Adelaide just finished 3rd grade but this sweet, sassy, independent and amazing little lady is officially a 4th grader.

The last day of school resulted in me picking her up early from after school care per her request and then getting begged by her friend to bring her home as well which gave me an excuse to get them Snow 2 Go (my guilty summer pleasure of the most delicious shaved ice I have ever had).

The first movie in the park (outdoors on a big screen with snacks and kids running around everywhere)  luckily it was Daphne’s favorite movie and where she was a little unsure at first she ended the night in all smiles, and stomping her foot to the music.

Today we surprised Rich with Deep Sea Fishing with a very early wake up at 4am then brunch at one of our favorite spots afterwards. 

Daphne didn’t like two of the guests on the boat but luckily fell asleep and missed he entire fishing experience and woke up moments before we docked.  Thankful she was happy for the boat ride and brunch!

I would have loved to have slept on that boat, rocking waves, the sounds of the waves and the cool salty air, yes please!  That girl was in heaven!

We did not catch any fish we could keep but Rich an Adelaide did both catch a couple Sculpin.  Did you know the fins are toxic if they hit you, as the skipper said not toxic like your going to die but it’s going to hurt really bad!

Everyone was tired except Daphne and took a nap when we got home. 

I hope all the dads out there had a great day!

Xoxo desiree

Christmas 2016

This year we stayed on the west coast for Christmas, for the most part at least, Adelaide went back east for a week to visit family and friends and I helped transport one leg of that trip.

My trip was very short but it was nice to see family and friends for a little bit at least, it’s been a year since I was home and one of my parents dogs made that evident. Here is little Darby insisting on sleeping on my bed my last night there. 

Christmas snuck up on me a little this year and therefore I was out shopping on Christmas Eve! 

I got most of what I needed, my poor husband did not get everything I planned for him but I will make it up to him.

Nonetheless we had a great time and got to share in some holiday festivities with friends and neighbors that we usually miss out on.

I hope everyone had a Great Christmas!

Cooking baking all day….not my thing but it had to be done.

I love how they wrap almost every branch to the top, this picture does not even show the beauty.

This is pure happiness and I am so happy we could give this to her.

Who’s house looks like this?!

Note she was fine, just funny moments captured in the first few mintues of wheels on her feet, she got the hang out it very soon after.

Daphne’s first Candy Cane. It’s Christmas so it’s okay that she just had her first taste of candy right?!

The MOST delicious Whiskey Sour I have ever tasted (cudos to the hubby), and that says a lot coming from me because I do not like Whiskey, I mean like at all, bleh, just give me wine, but oh my this was delish!!

We wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Years Eve!

We have some fun plans for the Holiday so stay tuned for pictures, that’s if I can keep my hands dry enough to use the camera (hint)!

XO Desiree

First Born

Adelaide is my first born and no one can take that title from her.

She has had a rough few weeks and that is part of growing up, but truth be told it has been much harder on me than on her.

As my uncle laughed at me telling him what we have been going through with her, he said “Desirée…she is just like you!”

Yeah, yeah I know but wowsa!

Then he said, “wait until she turns 16, she is going to hate you!”  Oh great, thanks! 🙂

But even with these moments, it is so nice for her to see the reason for my doings and say “hey you know, it wasn’t bad being Hermione for Halloween.”

(back story…she begged for this in July and wanted the really expensive cape from Universal and I said no, but instead ordered it from Amazon, she was thrilled…..until the Halloween catalogs starting coming out then she wanted a $200 costume from Chasing Fireflies….sorry Sista, not happening and you can imagine how it went from then, but I did offer her to buy a new costume with her own money which she did not have enough of and she could find ways to make more money but that was JUST NOT FAIR!)

She has returned to her sweet self and maybe even a little more compassionate than before and expressive of her feelings and descriptive of her days.

That is all I want as her parent.

My Girls in October

October was a big month for Daphne, she started babbling letter sounds…Ba, Wa, La, Lo and M sounds


started rolling over again, all over our floor.  She loves it, she cracks up as soon as she gets over and just keeps on going.

This is not the best video because she got distracted kicking the furniture but you can hear her laugh and see the rolls!

Adelaide is loving Mid Year Cheer and doing so well.

I loved cheerleading when I was a kid and it makes me happy to see her enjoying it just as much as I did.  Hopefully she can avoid the broken arm, she is also a flyer (princess they call it).

He is not one of the girls but a furry thing I care about…Enzo is doing great and is so rotten and LOVES to play!




Cousin Visit

We had such a fun weekend. 

One of those weekends that may take a week to recover from.

Rich’s cousin Jon came to visit.

It’s been almost 2 years since we saw him.

After a week of Adelaide being sick and Daphne teething, we needed a little fun.

Friday the guys kept Adelaide to give her one more day of rest. We met for lunch at my favorite sushi restaurant and then they went to Dave and Busters while I went back to work. Not really fair.

Friday evening we had our Championship Soccer Game and we won! 2 years in a row!! 

After the game we had our favorite babysitter so we could take Jon on a tour of Lake Forest. 

Fun, Fun Times 🙂

Is that 👆🏻not the best Uber Driver ever?! Super sweet guy! 

On the weekends we usually walk to our favorite breakfast place, Bagels and Brew and this Saturday was not different. Especially since I forgot to make oatmeal for Daphne and it takes over 30 minutes because she only like steelcut. 

Geesh getting the crew out of the house took over 30 mins and the walk there just may have been the longest in our history of walking to bagels and brew.

Maybe, just maybe we were all tired from the night before but we were easily distracted on the trail looking at all the neighbors landscaping and hummingbirds so we had to cut through the park to make it faster.

The men then jumped on the band wagon with the Pokemon Go…

I almost peed my pants laughing at them. 

I mean seriously what grown person downloads an app that has you chasing mythical creatures that nobody can see unless you use the app that apparently makes your phone so hot it feels like it’s going to explode.

To each is to own I guess but enjoy these videos.​

All that Pokemon hunting had the guys so tired they needed a nap. Rich tried to say Daphne needed a nap but all the girls in the house were up doing chores and relaxing.

Daphne did take a nap a little later so after Rich took Jon to Sammy’s for a little OTB and I took the girls to Nordstrom for the Anniversary Sale! I barely got anything for myself 😢 seriously I think a shirt and a pair of shoes. Adelaide made out well, of course! Expensive little stinker!

I need so much more!

I keep telling myself it’s for the new school year and Christmas presents.

For dinner we enjoyed some amazing steaks cooked by Jon and swimming. Jon is used to the hot and humid temps of the south and here in Cali it cools off at night, to the point he was freezing, kind of funny.

Sunday was his last day and we really wanted to let him experience the blow hole in Laguna Beach but it was closed.

I did meet an OT who shared her website with me that she said has lots of good tips, can’t wait to check it out.

I also brought a succulent home with me, Laguna Beach is full of them and I only wish my garden could be as nice as those in Laguna.

We usually end the weekend at our Association Pool. The adult pool has Sunday Funday with a bar and the snack bar is open and it’s just a nice way to unwind and  relax before the work week starts.

The guys wanted Chinese for dinner and I knew we could talk Adelaide into it with a buffet, that girl loves a good buffet!
We were all exhausted last night and especially this morning, but had a great time!

Until next time Jon Boy!