Hello, Coronado!

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The days are zipping by at a fantastic rate, and before I know it… we will have lived in California for one month! September 7, I’m looking at you. The days have been long but this month has been short.

In an attempt to chronicle these early days, I went through a bunch of photos on my phone (including some from my Instagram), and thought I’d share the highlights with you all today. Come take a walk down memory lane…

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My mom and dad arrived the same day we did, and my mom took this photo of us before one of our first walks around our neighborhood. That’s the entrance to our house; I shared a lot of photos of it here. We’re living in a beautiful little town on an island called Coronado, which is located just off the coast of San Diego. Elliott is only 1.5 miles from work, which is also in Coronado.

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First things first: we bought a car! We had done a little research and knew we wanted a Honda Odyssey (MINIVAN… ack!!!) so we have room for visitors, friends, and family. As you can see, we put our money where our mouth was the very first time we drove our car. Hi, Mom and Dad!

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L: Some things are the same no matter where you live, like your baby in his highchair eating yogurt. I love the simplicity and familiarity of this scene.

R: The same weekend we moved in, our friends John and Mari visited with their son. Lena pulled them around the driveway in one of the many boxes we have around here…

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L: We baked cookies and took them to our neighbors which is a great way to make friends! There are a bunch of kids on our block, and we’re excited to get to know them better.

R: Later that week my mom, the kids, and I took my first trip to Target since we moved back, and my mom treated me to a macchiato and the kids to cake pops! Man oh man, those things are delish.

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My mom, the kids, and I spent hours walking around Coronado and admiring houses. This one on Olive Ave might be my favorite (but its neighbor comes in a close second). That garden!

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Annnnnd the car already has problems. So humbling! So frustrating! Honda said it was their fault due to an issue in the engine and fixed it for us, but the fixing took five days and a rental car.

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One night in August, the Coronado Library hosted a pirate party for local families. The kids decorated pirate hats, played games, grilled hot dogs, decorated cupcakes, and danced to a pirate band. I think I officially fell in love with Coronado that night.

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Speaking of the library, this happened the next morning. I arrived at 9:50, but the library didn’t open till 10. I watched in awe as a huge crowd — at least 75 people — gathered outside the doors, waiting for the stroke of 10. Obviously it’s a well-loved, beautiful resource for many, many people in this town. I’m definitely one of them; I’ve been to the library almost every day since we got here!

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Little Italy Farmers’ Market and breakfast burritos. All more delicious than I could imagine.

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On our first trip to the beach, we found an injured cormorant. Elliott the Veternarian-slash-Hero called Wildlife Animal Rescue and then showed them how to gently capture and carry the bird away.

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Another day, another beach. This time we were invited for dinner at a friends’ oceanfront house. I love these kids!

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L: Lena taking selfies to send to one of her aunts and uncles.

R: Gil in front of the “tea house,” the little studio in our house’s backyard where my dad will be staying every month. He works outside San Diego and spends a part of each month here, even though he and my mom live in Virginia. More details in this post. We’re so excited about this!

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Gil fell off the couch and seemed to have a lot of pain near his shoulder, and the kids’ new pediatrician confirmed that he’d broken his collarbone. This photo was taken during the three hours (!) we spent in the clinic that morning getting x-rays and waiting for results. I blew up two gloves and tied them together as a toy, which amused the kids for exactly 10 minutes of those three hours.

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L: Marmee and Grampa (Elliott’s parents) came to visit as well! We loved our peaceful week with them, and Lena was especially grateful for a constant playmate. Lena worked on this bead design with Marmee for hours and hours, and they were so proud when they finally finished it!

R: Gil gets my locked phone and somehow manages to have conversations with Siri and take pictures of it.

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Elliott is embarking on a new adventure as an urban gardener. He ordered six of these planters and set them up with tomatoes, strawberries, beans, and squash. So far I’m a huge fan of how neat and clean they are on our balcony, and we’re excited to begin harvesting this fall!

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L: With access to such a huge library, I’ve been going crazy reading so many books I’ve waited so long to read. This particular one wasn’t great literature, but I ate it up in a day. Here are more books I’ve read and loved lately.

R: Every Sunday evening in the summer, Coronado hosts a concert in the park. We’ve gone to every one that we can, and it’s totally heart-warming to see the whole town picnicking on blankets, dancing by the pavilion, and savoring summertime together.

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Everyone is loving our new house, including our Maine Coon, Siena.

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L: Playground straight out of paradise.

R: Lena continues to love puzzles, putting them together completely independently and then turning to me with glowing pride.

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And lastly, I’ve started running again. After three years of living in a tiny Italian town where jogging was impossible due to narrow streets and nonexistent sidewalks, it’s so refreshing to go for a run outside. I caught this sunrise last week by the bay. Who wouldn’t want to get up for that?!

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And now you know a little (or too much…) about our new life here. Thanks for sticking with me through all the photos and stories! Catch you again here later this week, I hope. ;)

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19 Responses to Hello, Coronado!

  1. Libbie September 3, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    Love this post, Becca! So happy you all are settling into the west coast – looks beautiful! WIsh I knew you were here in C’ville. We should have gotten the babes together!

    • Becca September 3, 2014 at 6:35 am #

      Oh Libbie, I would have loved that! Our time in C’ville is so short every time, never enough to see all the familiar faces. I hope we can get together next time!

  2. Eden September 3, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    Loved seeing these photos! Good for you, running!!

    • Becca September 3, 2014 at 6:35 am #

      We’ll see if I can keep it up. ;)

  3. Rachel September 3, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Becca, it’s so wonderful to see the pictures! Your new home looks lovely, and it makes my heart happy to see that my friend is settling in. (It gives me hope about our new duty station a year from now… though Chicago likely won’t be as beautiful…) I can’t believe you had that much company as you were moving in – you’re so brave and such an amazing hostess.

    Thank you for your authenticity as a blogger. You’ve inspired me to start a new blog!

    Miss your smiling face and sweet kiddos!!

    • Becca September 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      I am loving your new blog! So glad this has been a bit of inspiration for you. I am so glad I can follow along with your adventures in Sicily. I miss the food and the prices a lot. ;)

  4. Anonymous September 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Becca! So excited to read about what you’ve been up to. Almost one month in Cali already. Pretty soon it will be a year! Life does have a way of passing by. I enjoyed the pics. Welcome to the mini van club. Aren’t they just awesome though!? And congratulations on running again. Coronado is the best place to pick it up again. I hope we get down there sometime and we can go on that sunrise run together! Miss you guys. Thanks for all the pictures.

    • Nicole September 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      That post was by me, Nicole! :)

      • Becca September 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

        Yes, we are loving our minivan, and I am really enjoying the running! I don’t think it will ever be my favorite thing, but that’s no surprise if I’m 27 and have always had to kind of force myself to do it. It is rewarding and the scenery here is great, though!

        We got your sweet postcard; thank you for thinking of us. I have had you on my mind lately after I spent so much last night on whole grain bread at the commissary and now I want to go back and find your recipe! I need my bread pans, though, and our regular shipment hasn’t arrived yet.

        Can’t wait till you come visit sometime!

  5. Angela (from RI) September 4, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Hello! So nice to see that you are back. I started following you after designmom featured you, and I’ve loved reading about your family and your adventures in Italy.

    Your little munchkins are so cute (my son is 15 now, and still cute, but in a different way).

    I look forward to reading more of your adventures! -angela

    • Becca September 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      Thanks for you kind note, Angela!

  6. Katie | The Surly Housewife September 4, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    It’s great to “see” you and your family back!! Cali looks amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures :)

    • Becca September 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      Thanks for following along so faithfully, Katie!

  7. Joy September 5, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    Wow! It looks wonderful! I have several friend who lived in Coronado and loved it so much (maybe even more than Hawaii?)! Also, we bought an Odyssey after returning to the US from Spain nine years ago, and The Mystery Machine (because it is the cool, party car) is still going strong. Hope that was just a weird hiccup!

    I’m also really jealous of your library. The Hawaii one is surprisingly limited, even though you can borrow books (requesting them online) from any island. Sigh.

    Looks like you’re doing great! I’m so happy for you!!

  8. Alise G September 9, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Hurrah for new cars and family visits and libraries and urban gardening! :) Some of my very favorite things.

  9. Autumn September 10, 2014 at 2:22 am #

    Sooooo many good pics! Love the one of Gil with his cake pop. And the ones of the pirate night at the library!

  10. Jess September 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I don’t know how I found your blog, but here I am! My family moved to Coronado when I was in 3rd grade and lived there for 3 years. It was AMAZING living in such a sweet little town by the beach. Riding our bikes, going to concerts in the park, farmers market, the beach. I hope you and your family loves it too.

  11. Jess September 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    OOOH, i just remembered, Carter Greendyke told me about it. Der.

  12. Carrie September 22, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    It looks like you are settling into life and doing some very fun things! I enjoyed the pictures – your little ones are growing up so fast!

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