Last week we decided to venture out of the “Bay Area” and explore a little more of California. I had planned to go north, but the forecast was rain all week. Instead, we headed down south to a city called Santa Cruz. It is only about an hour south of us, so not too bad of a drive.
Santa Cruz has some pretty iconic spots. The Boardwalk is one; the rollercoaster called “The Dipper” is also pretty well known. There’s also the natural bridges, which are awesome.
Adventure #1: TulaRoo Tour
There happened to be a babywearing dance class in Santa Cruz the week of our trip. I have always wanted to do one, so–needless to say–I signed up! They were even giving away a Free to Grow Tula! For those of you who don’t know, a Free to Grow Tula is a new amazing baby carrier. I may be *slightly* obsessed with wearing my kids around, but we won’t get into that…
Harris and I headed to the class after lunch.
I learned a few things about myself. Let me rephrase–I confirmed a few things about myself.
- I love to dance.
- I can’t dance.
I have no rhythm. I overthink all the moves–which causes me to forget the routine. I still had tons of fun!
I NEVER win raffles or anything of that sort, so I didn’t let my self go for that reason. I went to have fun, and I did–it was such a great experience! It was great to dance, but even more so to giggle along with a group of moms and their babies. After the class was complete, the instructor called out the winning number: 415! I looked at my number. 4…1…5…
I WON A TULA!
This may not seem like a big deal to those of you who are not in the babywearing world, but most mommas will get my excitement!
Plus, I have won one thing in my life. ONE. Do you know how many contests I have entered? 9384025693827692876. Now….I have won TWO things!
Happy momma right here, folks! It’s a dream. I literally screamed when my number was called.
Adventure #2: Redwood Forest
The next day we headed to the Redwoods.
Oh. My. Gosh.
I am so madly in love with redwood forest. I think I could go a million times and never get tired of it. The trees are beautiful. The smell of the earth is glorious. The view of my kids running through the trails, burning enough energy to fall asleep as soon as they get in the car…it brings a tear to my eye.
It is just like walking through Lothlórien–magical.
Adventure #3: Monterey Bay Aquarium
We had to head to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. EVERYONE talks about it. Even Josh’s co-workers. The kids LOVED it. They had a whole kids area that–of course–had clown fish and blue tang. Ellie saw the tank they were in, and you would have thought Ellen Degeneres herself walked through the door. Eloise screamed at the top of her lungs, “DORY! NEMOOOOOO!” She bolted to the tank and SHOVED kids out of the way. I was so embarrassed. She was straight up KNOCKING kids over. Thankfully the moms of the poor kids couldn’t even be mad because Ellie’s reaction was so hilarious. It wasn’t long before August shoved his way over yelling,” MOM! IT’S NEMO AND HIS DAD! AND DOORRYYY!”
Adventure #4: Natural Bridges
Our last stop was the natural bridges.
It was a little chilly there, but a beautiful sight nonetheless. The massive “bridges” were amazing to see. The kids took no notice, but loved playing in the sand. We got ice cream for dinner. I can’t decided if that makes us awesome parents, or terrible parents.
Let’s just go with awesome this time..
It was quite the adventure, and I am excited for our next trip–Yosemite!
Am I out of my mind to want to go camping with a 4 year old, 2 year old, and 6 month old?