Life Lately

Every summer the kids and I take a break from our every day routines that are required by life in Los Angeles and escape to my hometown in Minnesota.  I never imagined that I would ever raise my kids anywhere but Minnesota, and although I love the world and family we have created in California, I want them to know this home too.  I dream for them to be as close to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as I was when they only lived a couple miles away.  So we come here for the summer where the only thing on our schedule is making it to the local bakery in the morning before they sell out of cinnamon rolls.

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A Day Trip to Santa Ynez Wine Country...With Kids!

Alex and I have always loved spending time in the Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos area.  Just north of Santa Barbara, it's close enough to LA to make it up and back in one day, and also has a handful of adorable places to stay if we decide to turn it into a weekend away.  When Adam was born, it was our first overnight adventure as a new little family.  As babies our kids were totally happy to snooze in a carrier all day, while we would wander around the cute little towns, visit wineries, and eat yummy food.  Now that our kids are older, we've gravitated towards the charming parks, wide open fields, and wineries with fun outdoor activities that we can all play together.

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