california dreamin’.

by Janetha on June 30, 2015

in eating out,family time,fox,travel

i went to san diego last thursday. it was dreamy. i am ready to pack my bags and move there. the more i travel, the more i realize i am over living in utah. but, family. and friends. and jobs. so.. we live in utah.

anyway! let me tell you about my trip. there was no real reason for me to go, only that my BFF, jessica, was going to visit her sister.. and my sister just so happens to also live in san diego. that’s a good enough reason for me.

luckily, my sister was able to round up a pack’n’play and a car seat, so all i had to take along with me was my luggage (which i checked) and fox’s stroller. well, and fox, of course!

it was fox’s first flight, and i was slightly terrified about how it would go. luckily, jessica and stevie were with us. they are seasoned vets since they flew to england and spain last month.

i always thought airplane seats were not that bad in terms of space. i mean, no, it’s not like i could ever sprawl out or anything.. but it was never super squishy. until i had a baby on my lap. cue claustrophobia.

he was super wiggly while we were waiting to take off. i got real nervous and expected the whole flight to be this way. but, lucky for me, fox fell asleep right when we took off. i guess it was something about the movement, the sound that replicated his white noise we play during naps, and the fact that it was, in fact, his nap time.

he woke up just before we landed, and was happy as a clam. success!

our sisters picked us up from the airport, and we parted ways. marisa (that’s my sister), fox, and i went to kono’s in mission beach for brunch. the line was long, but the food was well worth it! we shared the big breakfast (scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, pancakes, english muffin, and cheesy potatoes) and a breakfast burrito (sausage, eggs, avocado, pico, and cheese.) so good!

after eating, we had a little bit of time to kill before picking up my nieces from sports camp. we decided to let fox get his phalanges in the ocean!

i forgot to mention that i happened to go to san diego the same week marisa and her family were moving. oops. bad timing on my part, and i was totally interrupting their busy weekend, but i am glad they still were happy to have us! anyway, that meant lots of hanging around the house, playing games with my nieces, and “supervising” the packing and moving. (haha! but i did help move a couple couches.) i was perfectly content with this arrangement, since fox does much better without an agenda to stick to.

my nieces are such great helpers. i should move to san diego for that reason alone. they helped with fox’s bath and bedtime routine. it was so fun to have them help out, and they loved it.

thursday night, after i put fox to bed, marisa, eric (my bro in law) and i broke away to eat dinner at my sister’s favorite place: brother’s provisions. it’s a wine/cheese/meat store, but they have a full menu and IT IS GOOD.

we split three items: the mediterranean chopped salad, the triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich, and the most delicious charcuterie board.

friday morning i snagged bagels, and fox wanted that much more than his avocado. he got a few bagel bites. oh.. and the photo below reminds me.. i did pack his collapsible high chair in my suitcase. that thing came in handy!

we hung around the house, and then headed to get some delicious, authentic mexican food for lunch. we went to yesenia’s and, of course, i had to get a california burrito! french fries inside a burrito is brilliant.

i also tried the ceviche, which was really good!

later in the day, we met up with jessica and her family at the san diego fair. i LOVE the utah state fair, so i knew i would love this one. here are a few photos from the adventure.

saturday morning, fox was up bright and early as usual. he wakes up at 6 AM at home, so every day in california, he was up at 5 AM. joy. i went to the coffee bean & tea leaf for an iced coffee. i got a selection of pastries to share with everyone at the house when they woke up. i had a blueberry cream cheese danish.

since we were in the new house and there weren’t blinds yet, i had the task of putting fox down for a nap in broad daylight. it was a struggle, but i powered through it and was successful in the end!

after his nap, we headed to a nearby sub shop, jersey mike’s, for lunch. i couldn’t decide what to get, so my sister and i split two subs: the california club & the cheesesteak. when you eat at a table with a baby, taking photos of your food falls by the wayside. instead, i found myself shoveling avocado into fox’s face. it’s his favorite. and food on the face photos aren’t my favorite.. but, whatever.

later in the day, we were going to go to the beach. however, it was rainy and overcast.. boo! so my niece, fox, and i went to the mall to check out the local zara. i love their baby clothes and can usually only buy them online. there was also a cotton on next door, and the utah cotton on doesn’t have baby clothes. holy cow.. cotton on has AMAZING baby clothes! i wish my store carried them!

after our trip to the mall, we stopped for ice cream. this little piggy couldn’t get his hands in there quick enough!

for dinner that night, we went to the kebab shop. it was SO dang good! i had a basket or bowl or box or i don’t know what it was called.. but it had lamb, chicken, beef, french fries, feta, lettuce, veggies, and a tzatziki sauce. so good. fox had a kid’s plate of rice, chicken, and hummus.. all the rice ended up on the floor and he loved the hummus!

fox passed out after such a fun day. i love how well he slept the whole trip!

sunday came too quickly and it was already time to go home. sigh. the flight home was not as great as the flight there, but it wasn’t bad. fox was awake the whole time, and i just entertained him with lots of snacks and toys.

luckily, the lady sitting next to me was SO nice. she chatted with fox the whole time and even held him for a minute. the lady across the aisle was also super nice. it makes a big difference to sit next to nice folks when flying with a baby! he had a few shrieking outbursts, but they didn’t last. and it was only because he was tired (he ended up being awake for seven hours straight! ugh.) and couldn’t get comfy for a nap. he fell fast asleep the SECOND he hit his car seat on the way home.

the trip was short and sweet, and i already want to go back! i came home to 100+ degree temps and hate it. i am so happy everything went well, and i am no longer terrified of flying with fox. it definitely went way better than expected. special thanks to my sis and her fam for having us. and i realized i didn’t get photos of all of them! darn it. we will have to visit again soon, next time with marshall.. we definitely missed him!

and now.. back to reality! at least it’s a short work week and a holiday weekend. hope you are having a good one! check ya later, alligators.


1. where did you last travel on an airplane?

2. if you could up and move your family, friends, job, etc. to anywhere, where would you move?

xo. janetha g.

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Jaime H June 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

ha! I just went to San Diego (from Boise) a week before you. Lived there for 18 years before moving last September and we’d move back in a heartbeat if we could just take our house, job, and cost of living with us. BTW, traveling on an airplane with a 2 1/2 year old who HAS to sit in their own seat buckled in was my own personal mini nightmare. Kidding…sort of. When we travel anywhere we bring our portable black out curtains! Life saver.


Corrie Anne June 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Baby Ed’s first flight is coming up in July! Going to visit the fam in Minnesota. Hoping it goes well!! Luckily, I’ll have Kevin with me. I’d be happy if my family would just move to Denver. Or somewhere warmer. :) Love Fox’s sleepy pic! Awwwwaaaaa!!!


Emily R June 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I LOVE San Diego. My husband and I visited for the first time a couple of years ago and we’ve already gone back since then. I’d move there in a heartbeat. It’s such a great city! Glad your first flight with Fox went well!


Linz @ Itz Linz June 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

AMAZING! california is always so awesome – the food, the views, the weather, the people…. i’d totally move there!


Erica June 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

So, we basically did up and move to Charleston :) I had a job and Josh was interviewing, but it definitely wasn’t a totally solid situation. We hadn’t sold our house and it was stressful, but SO worth it! Glad you had such a nice trip! The food all looks delicious! I flew solo with Kaylin this past weekend and she came down with the tummy flu. It was…interesting, to say the least ;)


lindsay June 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Omg I miss you! And your sisters! And California! And I want to hold and snuggle with fox. I’ll be your flying partner next time, ok? Mwah!


Erin June 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Wow, I just had to check a photo on FB to figure out the last time I flew – November of 2011! It was a work trip to Chicago. We usually take road trips as I prefer to drive, even to faraway places. If I could move anywhere, it would be St. Augustine, FL, as I fell in love with that city over Christmas 2013 (and yes, we drove). :)


Tamara July 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

I love San Diego! I was only there once, to walk a marathon via the Leukemia Society (and I got sick from hyponatremia and ended up at the La Jolla ER, eep), so I didn’t get to explore too much (other than walking 26.2 miles through the city!). Those restaurants all look phenomenal. Glad you and Fox had a great trip and some bonus family time.


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

i’m so glad you got to go. sister time is precious (plus Marisa is the best). Now fly Fox to NC.


Stacey July 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm

My last flight was Telluride, CO for a ski trip. Then I got pregnant, had a baby and you know… Became boring. Ha. She’s only 5-months old :)

Thanks for sharing some of where you buy Fox’s clothes. He always looks super adorable! I shopped Zara after reading your post for my little girl and found some super great deals ($4 shirts) which you can’t beat! Love finding unique things without breaking the bank!


Janetha July 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

The Zara girl stuff is so cute!


Marie July 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Looks like a fun trip! Was wondering if you’re using the Fjallraven backpack as a diaper bag, been looking for a new diaper bag myself. And what size did you get? Thanks!!


Janetha July 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Yes! After going through a few different bags, I have fallen in love with the Fjallraven Kanken! It’s not the mini, just the original. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.


Franziska July 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

We went to Germany in April/May – first flight and she did great! Just the layover in Amsterdam was exhausting due to so much walking.

I would move to California if I could. Preferably close San Francisco ❤


Janetha July 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

I love san fran!


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