california dreamin’ {thanksgiving edition}

by Janetha on December 7, 2015

in eating out,family time,love life,travel

heyo! december seventh.. how did that happen?

guess what?! i took a vacation! like, a real life, week-long vacation. i never take vacation these days, so this was a pretty big deal for me!

the monday before thanksgiving, my mom, marshall, fox, and i boarded a plane for sunny san diego. we were heading there to spend the week with my sister & her family AND my brother & his family (they recently relocated to san clemente.)


i was super nervous about the flight, because fox is so wiggly and active, but he ended up doing really well! he slept for about 40 minutes, and spent the rest of the time going from lap to lap between us all. luckily we had a whole row for him to move back and forth between.

we didn’t waste much time once landing in cali. we met up with the fam in san clemente, and headed to state beach to soak up some sun and play in the sand. it wasn’t the warmest time of year, but it was still wayyyy nicer and warmer than utah! fox absolutely loved playing on the beach with his cousins.

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that night, we had a delicious meal from guicho’s. my sister and i shared two dishes: the tortellini and the pesto. i guess i suck at food blogging, because there isn’t a photo in sight of either dish. but if you go there, GET THE TORTELLINI! so good.

the next morning, we ate at stacks in dana point for brunch. kind of a long wait, but well worth it! my mom and i split two dishes: eggs benedict (added avocado, obvi) and the florentine scramble.

IMG_0486 IMG_0484the potatoes were crispy and tasty. both egg dishes were awesome, but i preferred the benedict. good stuff.

fox loved his pancake.


later that day, my dream came true when we went to the volcom employee warehouse. the company my brother works for also owns volcom, so he was able to get us into the store for a special shopping trip! a little background.. i was obsessed with volcom from the age of about 11 to 25, and then my obsession tapered off greatly. but i used to HAVE to wear volcom EVERY day. my sister made volcom things for me each year for christmas. a quilit, a pot, a mirror, the list goes on… this was back when volcom stuff was hard to come by, so her making all that stuff was pretty rad. now days, it’s trendy and everywhere, but i still hold a special spot in my heart for volcom. we shopped for a couple hours and i got lots of fun stuff for myself, marshall, fox, and some christmas gifts. thanks to my brother for hooking us up with the appointment!

that night, the whole fam headed to poche burger & kitchen for some dinner. i had the avocado burger and added mushrooms. super good! i loved the presentation, such a cute lil’ basket for the fries.

IMG_0515wednesday morning, we watched my brother kite surf at the beach for a bit. there was a little playground and the kiddos had fun.


then we went to lunch at board & brew. i LOVE sandwiches, and this was the highest rated sandwich shop in san clemente, so i had to try it! i had the baja chicken and it did not disappoint!


my dad got into town that night, and we had the older kiddos look after the littler ones, so all the adults could go out and enjoy some mexican. we headed to fidel’s in solana beach. i had a chicken quesadilla and it was giant… but tasty.


it was fun to have all the adults together, minus my other sis and her husband.

IMG_0562 thursday was thanksgiving! every morning of the trip, fox woke up at 5 am or earlier.. (yep…) and thanksgiving was no different. luckily, his cousins didn’t wake up too much later, and they had a good time cuddling on the couch and watching daniel tiger. did i tell you that fox’s head is still off the charts percentile-wise? well, it is.

IMG_0569 thanksgiving morning/early afternoon was spent cooking and lounging. we did a puzzle, watched some football, and fed the tortoise some flowers.


it was fun to get everyone involved in the meal prep… my nieces and nephew are great helpers in the kitchen!

IMG_0664 momma b did a great job on the bird, as usual!

IMG_0675 IMG_0676i love thanksgiving food! (so much, in fact, that i made my mom make us thanksgiving food again yesterday so i could have leftovers haha.)

IMG_0599  after our feast, we spent time playing bingo, pogo-sticking (i suck), and watching more football (sad, packers lost.)

IMG_0680 IMG_0644 image such a great day! so much to be thankful for. especially my fam.

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friday was spent at the san diego zoo! i didn’t take many photos, but i will say the red panda was my favorite creature.. so cute!  the regular panda was pretty dang adorable, too.

fox slept the entire time. well, almost. i would say 87% of the time.


it rained a tad, but not for long. we had lots of fun!


saturday was our last day in cali, and we went to carlsbad for a short visit. we ate at the pannikin, one of the spots i tried (and LOVED) back in 2007. happy to eat there again, and even got the same thing.

we had a little spare time, so we headed to the nearby beach and let the kids play in the sand.

IMG_0742fox loved it, and kept trying to charge into the ocean. the kid needs to live in cali.

we had one last tasty meal at blue water before heading to the airport. i wasn’t too hungry, but i had a kid’s fish & chips and it was good!

unfortunately, our flight was delayed about 90 minutes, but we survived. fox took a nap on the airport floor, and then he actually slept the whole flight home. success! i think flying around bedtime is the way to go.

it was SUCH a nice little vacation. i already am missing cali so much. it’s hard to have half of my family live there, but at least they live close to one another, and it’s a fun reason to visit sunny california. it’s my favorite place to go! i am sure it won’t be too long before we head back to visit again. especially since when we landed in utah, it was cold and snowy! sigh.. ‘tis the season, i guess.

and now… it’s the christmas season! hooray!


1. where/how did you celebrate thanksgiving?

2. where is your favorite place to visit?

xo. janetha g.

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Jen@jpabstfitness December 7, 2015 at 8:18 pm

I really miss CA now! I grew up going camping in San Clemente :)

Janetha December 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

it was my first time there; i love that town!

lindsay December 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

i miss you. i love you. So glad you got a vacation. HUGS to fox, momma B, you, and cali life!

Janetha December 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

miss you! love seeing your snaps! it’s all I can keep up with haha

Jen December 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

We went to Aspen Colorado for a few days then came back to San Diego for turkey day! So glad you enjoyed SoCal! So much to do, see, and eat!! :)

Janetha December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Sooo much to eat! hahaha

Erica December 8, 2015 at 1:01 am

What a great trip! we just took Kay there as well and really enjoyed it. The zoo is fantastic! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!!

Janetha December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

It really is awesome! And HUGE! Love you xoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes December 8, 2015 at 6:42 am

Sounds & looks like you spent a great week with your family in Ca! Fox is getting so big!

We had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving at our friends’ house – it was perfect!

Janetha December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

So happy to hear! Relaxing is something I don’t make enough time for, haha.

Emily R December 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

Sounds like such a fun trip! It’s tough having family live out of state, but at least they live in an awesome place you can visit ;) Love CA!

Hillary December 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Stacks ALWAYS has a long line! I live in Laguna and still have never been because of that dang line! Glad you enjoyed it, and now I want to go eat there ASAP because of your pic! :)

Leigh December 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Looks like you guys had such a fun trip! Fun that Fox could spend time with his cousins :) I’ve flown twice with my daughter at her bedtime and the first flight was a disaster…the second one was better though. Glad yours went well!

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