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!

Beach Breath

Yeah, I got it. That’s what good clean beach air will do (two weeks in a row). Yeah!

This week you can find me training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin near Port Washington. Located about one mile from Lake Michigan. How sweet is that?

It is much colder than Texas, not that you could tell any of the natives that – wearing shorts and no jackets – but for me…. brrrrrrr. Especially at the lake. I now understand why they sit in their cars instead of on the actual beach. Ha.

But hey, the view from the car is just as nice. My iPhone pictures do not do the blue justice. It’s incredible!

The trip started out meeting my dear friend in person Mr. Lance of Jungle of Life blog. His entire family is adorable, sweet, and kind with just enough silly to keep lunch very interesting (Jakob) haha. The warm and inviting hospitality, and delicious meal (yeah Wisconsin bratwurst) inside their incredibly gorgeous home nestled in a cul-de-sac surrounded with trees, countryside, and good-sized yard. Nice! I traveled the back roads (totally my bad Lance) to get there. Turns out the back roads took me past picturesque farms. So pretty!

Driving from west Milwaukee back to Northwest Milwaukee and seeing the sights along the way (Miller Park stadium, Milwaukee zoo, and Olympic training site), I felt I really got to know the town. I haven’t met a single person that has been impolite. I love the beauty here. I love that spring is just starting and I get to see all the trees in bloom again.

My training has been great! I am really trying to focus and use the things I don’t know. There is a LOT that is very remedial for me but focusing on the new stuff is keeping me fresh. I am a believer in over training. It doesn’t hurt a company in any way. In the last two years, some new formats and procedures have been implemented (for the better). I am LOVING the new technology. Just blows me away. This company is so hi-tech and cutting edge, all for the sake of their clients, it makes me giddy.

My partner in crime, aka the other trainee, is from California. We have so many similarities it’s not even funny. We both have Nikon D3000 cameras, significant others named Jason, black labs, baseball fans, and about the same age. I am pretty sure I forgot half-dozen other coincidences. I love it!

Tomorrow I will meet another online friend, this one from many years ago (4). She and I were challenge buddies on ediets and have kept in touch. I can’t wait to see her in person after all this time. I really do wish I had brought my camera to capture the lake and all the meet ups!

I thought I would have more time in my hotel room to catch up on reading and writing, but not really, seems like the time is just flying by. I don’t get it. Where does it go? It couldn’t possibly be the TV (with cable) in my room front and center. Naaahh…. But I did catch the news for the first time in weeks months many, many months.

Sydney and Jason are surviving, or thriving, if you consider the movie date, Wal-Mart sushi feast, and then Jason getting a meal cooked for him by an almost sixteen year old tonight. Hey Sydney….neat-O-burrito!

I’m gonna wrap this non-post up. My blogster friends….I hope you are well. Please know I am thinking of you all. I appreciate your support during this transition time of travel.