Erica and I consider ourselves blessed to be here and very fortunate. We are thoroughly enjoying California and wouldn't second guess our decision to move here for a second. For 2 years people have been giving us funny looks and telling us how expensive it is here, our response is that if you want to live cheaply we know of some very affordable property in Indiana. Often time we are also warned that we may die in the next earthquake. Our response to this one is that we are not going to be scared of what could happen, we are just going to enjoy the lives we are living.
Anyway - a few of the things that I have really enjoyed the last 6 weeks:
- I love getting up in the morning walking to Piazza's (similar to Whole Foods) next door and buying fresh fruit and vegetables grown nearby. Erica makes this awesome salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, croûtons, olive oil, onions, and mushrooms all purchased from the farmers market and grown locally. It really is good! We've also eaten locally grown asparagus, artichoke hearts, and honey. Erica got a big box of strawberries for 5 bucks and made a whole bunch of her great jam. Erica's mom took us to Costco and bought us among other things steaks and fresh salmon! We've had several evenings grilling, jumping in the pool, and then watching a movie.
- The beaches are great - Maybe they're not like Hawaii or even San Diego, but I bet the beaches here are a lot less crowded. Once you get your wetsuit on and you're swimming around you hardly notice that the water is 55 degrees. I have continued to try and learn how to surf which has been a whole lot of fun.
Once I actually learn how to surf with some degree of competence, I'd like to try windsurfing and maybe when Trenton is old enough kite-boarding.
- We haven't been hiking yet, but there are lots of great trails around here. Sometime I'll get my mountain bike fixed up and tell you more about the trails.
- Our ward is great. We have met several younger families like ours and feel more comfortable at church here than we did after 2 years in Provo (How are those snorting dogs???).
- Having the satisfaction and feeling that we are actually going to be living here for more than 12 months. We do miss Notre Dame, but are excited to have a place to call home.
- Our complex is filled with friendly caring people. Most people here are excited about Erica's baby and she is often getting complements and individuals expressing their concern for her.
- Above all we are excited about the baby and are looking forward to welcoming it into our family.