Vacation Life: Nature, Animals and Antiques!

Happy Monday, friends! Secret: I don’t care for Mondays much. (Show of hands if you agree.) It’s just really hard to transition from having our family all together, to going back to the grind. Weekends are a little slice of heaven, I’ll tell you what, and Mondays are the pits. And as the weather would have it, this Monday is cold and blustery, but that didn’t keep us from meeting our friends at the park this morning, nosiree. Nope. We went to the park, and I forgot to pack an extra pair of pants for Ellie, so as soon as her little tushie got the slightest bit damp (wet clothes drive Ellie nuts), she demanded to be held for the rest of the park date. C’est la vie.

But onto happier things! This past weekend we did lots of vacation-lifeish stuff: we went to a high school football game (go Pirates!), spent Saturday morning at the Morro Bay Natural History Museum (see video below for dive-bombing pelicans and seals jumping outta the water), and on Sunday, I got to go to “Remnants of the Past” antique and vintage show. Here are my favorite pictures from the last three days:

Friday: Park day, and a football game!

Ellie hamming it up at the park on Friday.

Yellow Crustose Lichen on a tree

A yellow crustose lichen on a tree. So pretty!

Godsey Family at Football Game

Us at the Morro Bay High game. Go Pirates!

Saturday: Natural History Museum in Morro Bay

Inspector Ellie!

Ellie using a magnifying glass on Dada at the Natural History Museum

Ellie’s trying to learn to use binoculars.

Morro Rock from the Natural History Museum

A view of Morro Rock from the Natural History Museum.

Sunday: Remnants of the Past Antique and Vintage show in San Luis Obispo

A pano of the show entrance. Look at all those goodies!

Junk Girls Lamp Display at Remnants of the Past

Check out all these awesome lamps made by Junk Girls! I wanted to take all of them home. (Junk Girls are local, btw. Check ’em out on the Facebook.)

Bombshell Betty Shop at Remnants of the Past in San Luis Obispo

Bombshell Betty Shop‘s display was definitely the most fun looking. So colorful! And she had a necklace that matched the arrow in my blog header, so I bought it. 🙂

Bombshell Betty Shop Display

A close-up of Bombshell Betty Shop‘s display. It looks like a candy store, but for jewelry.

House Wren, from Austin Texas, had my favorite display at the show. So many gorgeous handmade pieces! And those hanging lamps were to die.

If you’re into handmade, upcycled stuff, you need to check out House Wren’s website. And if you live in Austin, Texas, please go there and buy all of their lighting fixtures and mail them to me. Thanks! 🙂

How about you guys? Did any of you do any vacation-living over the weekend? Oh, and if you made it allll the way to the bottom of this post, here’s a video I made that has some awesome footage from the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. I’ve never seen so many seals breaching the water at once!

xoxo,

mj

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Of Past Lives and Present Loves

Zion National Park

An image of Zion National Park, which I took during the road-trip mentioned in this entry.

As I was driving home from Morro Bay this evening, a certain song came on that reminds me very much of the last vacation I took before I was married, and well before I had a child. It began to rain, and as my eyes adjusted to see through the wet windshield, I tried to pretend for a moment that I was that girl again, the one who took weeks-long road-trips by herself, and who could only find peace by watching everyone and everything familiar to her disappear in her rearview mirror.

In my “former” life, I would search out God by thrusting myself into the unfamiliar, anxious for a beauty I had never seen, but in my present life I’ve found limitless beauty in the people that I am blessed to be so permanently bonded to, the home that I am so completely familiar with, and the simple pleasure of finding God in the day-to-day routine of my life. Upon arriving home and pulling into my driveway, I realized just how far I’ve actually travelled since my “explorer” days; no longer must I remove myself from the familiar to feel near to God’s heart, but rather I feel drawn towards home and the people who live there and the wild beauty of what we’re creating. My memory of my explorer days is a romantic one, but truthfully, my present life is so much more thick with God’s presence that the observance of my distance traveled brings peace beyond description.

So cheers to the Adventure of Home, a journey I get to share right alongside my two great loves.

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