spontaneous day escape to monterey

 

Monterey is our thing. So is Carmel, but we've definitely spent more time in Monterey over the years. In our very first week as official "boyfriend-girlfriend" DJ took me to Monterey to meet his parents for the first time. His parents love Monterey and it's pretty much a tradition to go for most birthdays and celebrate together. We spent a few days of our honeymoon there, and typically visit two-three times a year. I hadn't been since we all went with his family last October, and I craved it. I was hoping we could fit in a trip sometime when he gets back before we move, but with everything so up in the air, I knew I needed to just go.

Lately, I've been missing DJ something fierce. I always miss him. Hard. But recently it's just really been wearing on me how much it seriously sucks not doing every day life together. I'm sure it's partially seeing everyone's "date night" posts, or family vacation photos... but it's truly the every day things I miss most. Waking up together and brewing coffee. Making breakfast. Watching Nora be her crazy self and laughing at how we made such a crazy babe. Snuggling on the couch. Sleeping together in the same bed (let alone the same state). Our kiss goodbye for the day, and the return hug/kiss when he comes home from work. Cooking and eating dinner together. Seriously. I miss all those moments and more; more than my words can express. My eyes are literally filled with tears writing this.

Along with the every day things, comes the other stuff we're missing out on; our mini road trips and weekend getaways. Our Saturday mornings and walks around the neighborhood. Traveling together. Being hand in hand with every little thing. Just going out and being together.

It's hard. Plain and simple. Even though we have our routines now, it honestly doesn't get easier being apart. I miss my husband and being with him. Anyways.... enough about what I miss.

I wanted to get away and just breathe in some cool air for a bit. I also wanted a little refresh with Nora. My patience was running so thin (probably from hormones and probably from feeling so lonely without my hubs around), and I needed something good for us to do together, just us. I'm so glad I did. I kept it simple. No major expectations, just quality time near the ocean with my baby girl and it was really good for us both. She was so sweet the whole day, and watching her excitement at the sight of the ocean and and the hubbub of the busy restaurant was precious. Of course it felt like something was missing the whole day (DJ, duh), but still it was really good and needed. I'd do it again for sure even though it's three hours away (and I hate driving). Worth it!

 Our favorite coffee shop in the area is Bright Coffee. It's the only "trendy" place and we make a point to go every time we visit! My favorite is the "Butter Chocolate Latte."  The space is shared with Lilify... which houses the  cutest  most beautiful handmade ceramics, leather bags, and so much more. I left with a new mug and to-do notepad!

Our favorite coffee shop in the area is Bright Coffee. It's the only "trendy" place and we make a point to go every time we visit! My favorite is the "Butter Chocolate Latte."

The space is shared with Lilify... which houses the cutest most beautiful handmade ceramics, leather bags, and so much more. I left with a new mug and to-do notepad!

 Being honest... this ocean view picnic lasted five minutes. Squirrels were literally coming up to us on the mat and trying to take pretzels out of Nora's hand! It was insane and none of my shooing did any good. So we packed up and left lol.

Being honest... this ocean view picnic lasted five minutes. Squirrels were literally coming up to us on the mat and trying to take pretzels out of Nora's hand! It was insane and none of my shooing did any good. So we packed up and left lol.

All in all, it was a long but really great day. My SUV is a gas guzzler, but seriously it was so fun jumping in the car and just going. Nora napped about an hour into the drive until we got there... so almost two hours! Woo. In that first hour I just had lots of snacks and toys that I'd pass back one at a time until she either finished with each thing or threw the toy down. It was so great! 

NORA - outfit: Zara | bow: Fourth + Pierce | cuteness: her daddy + I sling: Wildbird

MAMA - shop below!