Tuesday, November 12, 2013

San Diego - Part One

After our week with the Maddux family, we joined my parents in Arizona for a few days and then made our way to San Diego. Connor and Shelby came from Utah and it was an absolute party. This was my first time seeing my brother since our wedding so it was quite the reunion. Thank heavens for his daily snapchats - they fill some small void. We stayed in a house in the cutest neighborhood and I remember thinking - life could not get better. I had all the people I love the most under one roof. Living on the other side of the country can be hard - so I treasure these moments with my dear family. They are my best friends. 

Growing up, we would go to Laguna Beach or Newport Beach every summer. They were our spots. Bless my sweet mother, she has been wanting to do a church history trip for years - but somehow she always gets outvoted and the beach wins. One day, Mom, one day. Some of my favorite childhood memories were spent riding bikes along the boardwalk, playing wiffle ball in the sand, and staying up way too late to grab hot and fresh Seaside Donuts by the pier. My parents would let us bring friends and our current love interests along. Both Con and I had our senior trips there. The yellow house was a revolving door each summer and people would come and go as they pleased. Con and I realized we had more freedom on our beach vacations than we did at home so we were sure to make the most of those weeks each year. 

Fast forward to this summer - I hadn't been to San Diego for years and it was so much fun to explore. The week was filled with early morning donut runs, bike rides with Dad, runs through the neighborhood with Mom, and late nights around the dining room table playing Heads Up. Do yourself a favor and download Ellen Degeneres' new app.

Our first full day was spent on Coronado Island walking around, laying out, and reading. We even busted out the wiffle ball and played a Knoles family beach tradition: over the line. This was Scott's first time playing with us and it's somewhat of a rite of passage. Douglas kept calling him "the new kid" and I couldn't stop laughing.

The next day, we explored the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. The sun was shining and Scott and I couldn't stop commenting on how this was the best weather we'd had all month - Bermuda included. The whole week we had clear skies with a high of 75. There's something perfect about that Southern California breeze too. 

My parents are big fans of Burger Lounge - I think we ate there three times that week. One thing about the Knoles clan, when we find a good meal, we go back and back and back. I was sad to learn they don't have locations on the East Coast.  

We couldn't leave downtown without a stop at Ghirardelli's. This trip consisted of so many things my family loves - the beach, burgers, milkshakes and time together. I was wishing it would never end. 

That night, the Noorda family, who happened to be vacationing in nearby La Jolla, came over for dinner and games. We had waited months to meet baby Jack Owen and that night was so big for us. Makall and her mom, Mindy, are in some of the pictures above from our senior trip years ago. Six summers have passed since then, and now this beautiful family has the most incredible two babies. We hadn't seen them since our Thanksgiving together in the city last year.  And oh how we had missed them. It was a fabulous night of catching up. These are friends for life. I can't wait for them to get back east already. 

1 comment

  1. Oh Ky, I loved everything about this post! I love your family! I am sure that week was such a party :)


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