Tag: California

Our Southwest Adventure: California

This trip had been planned and anticipated for over a year, so the fact that it has already come and gone is astounding!

It all started in Pennsylvania with my parents flying across the country so that my mom could turn around and fly back to California with Tori and me (to assist with all of Tori’s things). The guys remained in Pennsylvania working on our bathrooms – our long-awaited remodel! We’ll blog about that soon.

The girls spent 2.5 days in Red Bluff seeing family and friends before heading south to Central California to see more family and friends. We stayed with Uncle Rob and Aunt Susan (and forgot to get a picture!) and enjoyed our visit. It was so great to see my college roommate, Leslie, and her family, as well! It has been YEARS.

Friday morning we headed to Southern California to show Tori where Mommy went to college (APU), and to meet up with many college professors and friends.

Read about our APU adventure here!

After a wonderful afternoon there, we headed to my favorite outdoor mall in Ontario – Victoria Gardens. We met up with so many dear college friends and their families that evening.



After spending the night in Ontario, my mom, Tori, and I picked up Brennan and my dad at the airport and headed to Disneyland! It was very crowded, so we didn’t get to ride very many rides, BUT the “Paint the Night” parade made it worth the heat, the crowds, everything.

See pictures and read about Disneyland here!

The next morning we began our journey to the Grand Canyon!

Being Californian…

Sorry for the generic post. I’ve seen many of these types of things, but this one was strikingly true. Had to share (my edited version–not all were appropriate)! I know that some of these are stereotypes, and not all apply to me, but some do…okay, that’s my disclaimer. 🙂


– I say “like” and “for sure” and “right on” and “dude” and “bro” and “peace out” and “hella” and I say them often.

– I know what real cheese & avocadoes taste like.

– I don’t get snow days off because theres only snow in Mammoth, Tahoe and Big Bear.
(Instead, we have flood days, smog days, and heat days, LOL)

– Summers are really hot, and winters are really cold. And by “really cold” we mean that its usually in the 50’s or 60’s and the only reason we are complaining is because we are still wearing tank tops and flip flops.

– I can wear sandals all year long. (yay!)

– I go to the Beach – not “down to the shore”.

I know 65 mph really means 80+.

– I’ve been to “Frisco” (aka San Francisco) and have eaten fresh clam chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl.

– You judge people based on what area code they live in (i.e. “the 909”), and when asked were you’re from, NorCal and SoCal are completely acceptable terms of reference.

– I might get looked at funny by locals when I’m on vacation in their state, but when they find out I’m from California I turn into a Greek GOD.

– We don’t stop at stop signs…we do a “california roll”

– I can get fresh and REAL Mexican food 24 hours a day.

– All the TV shows you “other” states watch get filmed here.

– We have In-N-Out (Arizona and Vegas are lucky we share that with them).

My own addition to the list: Believe it or not, we actually have REAL Christmas trees, from our own forests. We do not (typically) decorate palm trees. 🙂 (Based upon a real question asked of me in Pennsylvania).