California Girls

When Jason and I decided to take a trip to California, there were lots of reasons for stopping in San Diego; the zoo, and the beach for one. Plus, both of us had spent some parts of our young life in San Diego. Our affection for this land and sea, a mutual one.

But a third reason for me included a chance to meet an online friend (or two). One that I had known for over FIVE years. In online time that’s like a hundred years. Her baby girl was a bonus to the whole deal. I am a partial to baby girls having one myself and two step-daughters.

I had a few panicky moments that we might not meet. Sometimes, vacation time, which seems endless, rushes by from place to place, then it’s mysteriously gone and you’ve missed out on half of what you wanted to do.

But somehow the stars aligned, and it all worked out.

Not only did we get to meet IRL (in real life), but I got to be silly with baby Kyla and see her first look at the Pacific Ocean. We met at my favorite place – Ocean Beach.

It was just like meeting a friend I had known my entire life. She was exactly as I imagined her – warm, sweet, and beautiful.

It was definitely worth the wait. We had a wonderful dinner, then hit the beach to snap a few pics. I wanted to get seven-month-old Kyla at the Ocean for the first time. And although, we didn’t do a formal portrait session, I think they still turned out great.

Look, it's the OCEAN!

Fun, and happy Kyla

Mommy and Kyla share a kiss.

Mommy and baby toes

Oh, Mama, that's cold!

Just hanging at the beach...LAUGHING!

Kyla really liked the Ocean.

I mean, REALLY liked it.

Love her game show face

Or maybe it was me making funny faces at her.

These two California girls are a pair to be reckoned with in cuteness. Don’t even try, because they will win hands-down.

Jen & Kyla

I am extremely glad we met.

Kyla and the ocean are now friends. The surf a new mesmerizing lullaby.

Kyla staring at the ocean

I was sad to leave them both. That’s the thing with online friends. They live far away and you just don’t know when (or if) you might see them again. I hope I do!

27 thoughts on “California Girls

    1. They very much are! We met on a message board and core group of us met in person several years ago. It was like hanging with old friends. The only one not there was her, so meeting her later was an amazing experience.

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    1. I didn’t know it was her first time until after they got there and Jen told me. Made everything even better to see her little feet in the water. I got to meet a lot of friends this trip and hopefully you too on the next one!

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    1. They are gorgeous girls and so are you! I can’t wait to write about our meet on my last day of the trip. I can’t believe it’s taking me the whole month of September to write about my week in California. 😉

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  1. I was born in San Diego and I love that city. Your baby girl’s reaction to the ocean is priceless! So adorable. Also, it would be so fun to meet a blog friend in real life! That’s awesome!

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  2. beautiful photos thank you for sharing your happy memory making. Wishing you a weekend filled with joyful things, Katherine

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