#2k16bigsur: part 1

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Heyo! Our annual camping trip welcomes us to fall as we leave behind blazing Santa Ana winds to bundled up mornings around the campfire. This year was great, and it feels crazy to say but I feel like it gets easier and easier every year to pack up the increasing amount of kids/different phases (NFP success story! Same amount of kids in our family for 3 trips now!). Camping tips for another time, but let’s get this photo spill going!

We somehow managed to fit everything in our van with some room in the main part to spare until it got filled on the way with firewood which made our check engine light come on because the van was so heavy. Living’ on the edge.

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We typically camp for around 4 nights which always seems like the perfect length. Just enough time to get settled in and just enough time for you to dream about your bed at the end. This year my family drove up to Monterey a day early to stay the night in a hotel and explore around the town before driving down the coast to Big Sur. We left Ventura around 4pm, stopped for dinner in San Luis Obispo for some tri-tip sandies at Firestone Grill (bomb bomb bomb).

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It lined up with their downtown farmer’s market so it was awesome getting a feel of the city. We stopped by Scout Coffee and got some caps to-go (plus a shirt for Atlas because they were super cute, ha!).

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We didn’t get to our hotel until 10:30, but the kids were surprisingly awesome in the car. We didn’t need any iPad bribing! They just hung out and fell asleep from SLO up. They woke up at the hotel and were super cute and excited. We took a golf cart ride over to our room and we set up the kids bed on the ground because, kids. Note— we just ask the hotel for extra sheets and pillows if our room only has one bed. Eazzzzay.

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Best (camping) shoes ever + a giveaway!

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Hey ya’ll. We are back from #2k16bigsur! We all had SO MUCH FUN, even with some extra fun instances like Prim barfing in the van, insane tantrums (again Prim), coming home to a broken fridge where we had to dump EVERYTHING into the trash.

Lucky for you those deets will be saved for another post because this post is all about something that made the craziness of camping with littles a little less crazy— See Kai Run shoes. I’m sure if you’ve hung out around my blog before, I usually stick with 7 quick takes or capsule wardrobing or trip recaps, but when See Kai Run reached out to me a couple weeks ago I thought it would be the perfect time to try out their shoes because I’ve only ever heard amazing things about their brand for years and they totally live up to the hype.

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These were amazing while camping and since they have a velcro top, they were super easy for my kids to get on by themselves (major score tbh) which was SO helpful when they were having to take their shoes on and off so many times a day going in and out of the tent.

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7QT: Psycho Prim, Patronus, + Pam Beesly

1. Prim is Nuts

Girl. She is insane. She is giving Atlas a run for his money on crazy two year old. She’s been hoarding scissors from around the house and trying to cut her clothes. Coloring on rugs and walls. In a matter of seconds climbed onto the counter, got down a steak knife and then chased poor cone of shame Poppy, and maybe my favorite of psychoness was when I was vacuuming and spotted her in the back yard walking around with adult gardening gloves on and thought she looked so cute and then I went out back to check out what she was up to and she was picking up Poppy’s poop and throwing it on the walkway…

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At least she had the decency to wear gloves.

I get it. This is normal toddlerhood. SOS though.

 

2. Biggy Sur

Coming up! Here is last years video:

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7QT: Whole30 Failure, Schedule, Lefty, y mas

It’s Friday so you know that means 7QT here at the huset.

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1. Schedule

I’ve been trying to follow my daily schedule I made for myself, but I’ve been kind of dropping the ball. It just needs tweaking to match reality more. But I do have some weekly goals that I’m trying to map out like Mass on Fridays, jogging once or twice with the double stroller and Poppy, certain days for laundry/vacuum/etc, and just realizing how much quiet time I really need and to not overdo myself. Take 2 has NOT been helping in the stress department…

 

2. Whole30

Okay okay. I’m sure I’m not alone in the “attempted whole30 but quit within the first week” group, but hear me out (and don’t tell me these excuses are excuses!). The thing for me is that I already have low patience and a short temper (hi my choleric side!), and honestly 3 days in I was being a nightmare to everyone around me and that’s totally not fair for them. I kept telling myself to chill out and to just not lose my cool, but lol I’m not that put together so when I have a raging sugar and carb deprived headache where I’m laying with my head on the kitchen counter at 5:10pm dreading having to make a compliant dinner while my kids are screaming at each other (witching hour) and whining to me (also while Atlas plays a harmonica so help me), I question whether depriving myself of a daily treat that I know I am going to resume once whole30 is over is really the most healthy choice for not only me, but my family. Sugar addict, sure. But this is way too extreme for me. Am I going to be as indulgent as I was before my whole30 stint, hopefully not. Am I going to consume all the dirty, un-“clean” food in moderation? Hell yes. Daniel and I are going to try to make almost all our meals paleo until the end of month like we originally planned. I wanna hear from all you whole30 quitters!

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