With how much has happened in the world in such an insanely short amount of time, it almost feels strange to be writing this blog post because this trip already feels like it happened a million years ago. Now we're a few solid days into "social distancing" and the entire city of San Francisco is in lockdown to help prevent any further spreading of the coronavirus, and even though there's a part of me that hates that this stupid virus is consuming so much of society at the moment that I can't even help but include mention of it in this post, there's a part of me that also thinks that once we are all able to get past this, that we'll be glad for the documentation that we have of it to share with our future generations. Also, apologies in advance for this post most likely being a jumbled up back and forth between documenting our trip and getting all of my feelings about COVID-19. This blog has in so many ways become a way to journal our family life, and sometimes that means that it's a little messy because life isn't always perfect! At the moment, I'm mostly just feeling really grateful that the timing worked out the way that it did so that we could take this little trip and show our kids one of our favorite cities. Kyle had decided to take a week off of March coincidentally exactly a week before the world went crazy, and it was SO nice to be able to have that quality time together as a family and the feel-goods from our little "spring break" to hold onto once the chaos officially hit the west coast and PNW.
Because of early COVID rumors and also partially because San Francisco is an insanely expensive city when it comes to any sort of real estate, we decided to stay outside of the city in a darling little Airbnb in Bodega Bay, and it was so nice to be able to have our days to adventure like crazy and see everything we wanted to see, but had our mornings and nights to enjoy peace and quiet in a sweet little beach cottage (at least as much quiet as you can with two young kids 😆) and soak in the ocean waves and gorgeous scenery. While we were in the city, Kyle and I had a blast going overboard on the sight seeing and trying to find as many different big movie/tv show filming locations, and took ourselves and our kids to the Painted Ladies, the "Full House" house, the "Mrs. Doubtfire" house, and the old schoolhouse and other filming locations in Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" was filmed. Our kids had no idea what we were geeking out over but loved being outside walking all day, and we had a blast seeing all of the sights and then trying to show Emery old Full House episodes and Mrs. Doubtfire so that she could better appreciate what we were trying to share with her.
The weather was literally the most perfect spring weather that I think we ever could've asked for, and it made all of our running around the city, the pier, and walking the Golden Gate Bridge just that much more enjoyable! I honestly love the city so much and told Kyle if he ever wanted to consider moving there it'd probably be the only place that could take me away from Southern Oregon, but Kyle said no because it was way to expensive to live there - after looking up a few rentals/houses for sale and preschool tuition and then picking my jaw up off of the floor after seeing the costs I totally agree and will stick with Oregon, but do love visiting and already want to go back again once things in the world have settled down and travel is once again safe!
Another favorite part of this trip was that it gave us the chance to visit Kyle's sweet 95-year old grandmother and the surrounding Sonoma County areas that we love (think gorgeous wine country and darling historical shops). We got to spend an entire afternoon with Kyle's grandma and some of his extended family, and it made our hearts so full being able to see our kids interact with his grandma and see that sweet connection between generations. Kyle's grandmother is such an amazing woman that we all really love and cherish, and we love being able to take any chance we can to see her so that hopefully down the road at least Emery will be able to have some sort of memory of her great-great grandma and can know and love her as much as we do! If there's anything that this world pandemic has reminded me of, it's to really try to make sure that we are living each day with love, peace, and intention. I'm certainly not grateful for the virus itself and will be glad to see it behind us, but am really grateful for the time and reminder that it's given us to call and catch up with family and friends that we haven't chatted with in a while, checking in with friends through messages, and finding new ways to connect and bond with each other as our own little family unit while we're all at home.
This was our first overnight trip with both of our kids as a family of four (outside of visiting family in Utah) and it kills me that it took us this long to finally make it happen, especially now that we have no idea when we'll be able to do it again haha. I feel like when Kyle was in dental school we traveled basically whenever we had the chance (aka whenever Kyle had a break from school and wasn't also immensely stressed out about studying for tests, etc coming up after said break), but between graduating and moving and working to get settled into our new life the thought of traveling anywhere outside of family visits or a day trip to the beach just got away from us. It was once again just a great reminder to be intentional with our time and to make time for these adventures and for each other, because at the end of the day and above everything else, that time we have with each other will always be the most important thing. ❤️
Our thoughts are with everyone currently struggling or feeling scared during these crazy, COVID consumed times. My hope for all of this is that it allows for humanity to rise as a whole, to put people over profits, to be willing to sacrifice together for a short period through social distancing for the sake of a bigger picture, to help those especially in need, and that we're all able to grow and move forward from this experience with a greater love and gratitude for the wonderful people, life, and world that we have to live in. Sending peace and love to you all.
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.