Coronado = Sun and Fun

This year the show is taking us to some beautiful cities, some of my favorite in the the country. Here is the list that takes us into 2013- Salt Lake City, Vegas, Seattle and…DRUMROLL… HONOLULU! But first, we have to struggle through San Diego, I know life is hard! Seriously, I don’t think there is anywhere in the US with weather so perfect! Last Monday was our day off and we had many choices on how to spend it Disneyland, Sea World, Legoland..but what we needed most was to sleep in-then decide from there. This is what we ended up doing…

A ferry ride to the Island Coronado, just a few miles off the shore of downtown San Diego. It was cheap (only $4.25 one way) and a great way to enjoy the waterfront. That’s Me, Jetson, Mace, Super Nanny, Mitch and our Maestro and very good friend Jason Yarcho! (Off the point for a second, Jason Yarcho is Mace’s first best friend, he loves him!  Because of Jason’s musical influence, even at this young age, Mace is already a musician! He looooves music, he dances whenever he hears it and raises his arm and conducts, just like his friend Jason. It is so darn cute to watch them play the piano together..here is a shot I snapped with my cell phone on a day Mace came to visit us at work)

Back to Coronado

We had no time commitments and a whatever happens kind of attitude, which is my favorite kind of Day! The only thing we really needed was a dog friendly beach, which was a 2 mile walk from the ferry. Not a bad stroll, it was nice to enjoy all of the lovely beach houses along the way.

Once we got to the beach there was no stopping Mace from getting sandy, wet and dirty! The water was freezing but Mace went for it, every time we tried to walk him back to the blanket, he would turn around and head back to the ocean. He clearly shares the love of the ocean with his Mommy, Daddy and Doggie!  After the beach we made our way to the first restaurant we could find, luckily it was amazing! Here is the link if you ever find your way to the Island, Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge mmmmmm- Yummy!

While we were sitting out on the patio, Mace kept saying Boo Boo Boo, which is his sound for a cow, quickly Super Nanny pointed to a life size cow outside of the ice cream parlor next door, Moo Creamery (it also deserves a mmmmm- Yummy!) When I took Mace over to the huge plastic cow, he got very shy and would only say BooBooBoo as we walked away.

As the sunset, we dragged ourselves back the 2 miles to the Ferry dock, tired, full and Happy!

O.. but before I sign off this post, I must share just one more picture, it’s too goofy not too! Bye Bye for now from Sunny San Diego!

Sacramento = Trees Trees Trees

Sacramento is such a laid back city and everything I needed to get past my Denver slumber. We stayed downtown at the Residence Inn just a short 2 block walk to work and a 1 block walk to Capital Park. It was a nice change of pace from the 1 hour commute each way to work from our home up in the mountains. Equally as nice to have some more free time to spend with Mace and Jetson, we decided to spend most of that time at Capital Park. It had all the ingredients to make you just fall in love with it, a Thursday Farmers Market, a rose garden, a ton of trees and a safe a mellow vibe!

Somehow trees had been imported from all over the World, at one glance through the park you could see a Palm, a Pine, a Cedar and a Redwood, just to name a few – it looked something like this…I was amazed at how all these different trees could coexist in the same soil and climate. Each tree had a name tag, I loved learning all of the different leaves, smells and barks, trying to memorize their characteristics, here are a few of my favorites…On the day we left Sacramento with the car packed and waiting, Bri, Mace, Jetson and I took one last walk through the park and said goodbye to our favorite trees and added Sacramento to the “I Could Live There List”

 

My View

This picture explains it all..

Why I stopped blogging for awhile..It is the view from our bedroom window at our home in Denver, CO. It is so beautiful and HOME for us, full time someday! At the moment we are following a 3 year plan in hopes to be there within that time but until then it’s travel travel travel! The show played Denver for 6 weeks and for 6 weeks I looked at this view and felt very homesick. It had been a year and a half since I’d been there and I did not realize how much I missed it, my paintings, my bed and especially my couch! I got lazy, unmotivated and unbalanced! It made me rethink my happiness out on the road, because for awhile it seemed I had never been happier plopped butt down on my comfy sofa! I did not want to move! I did not want to leave!  I needed some time, to again appreciate the stiff hotel furniture and the hustle of traveling and the blessings/frustrations involved with moving constantly.

Since my last post-Mace has turned 1, has four teeth, says a cow goes “BooBoo” We have traveled from Portland to Denver, Denver to Sacramento – Sacramento to San Diego, to where I am now in the heart of the Gaslamp District Downtown, SD. It is 1am and this town is loud and very drunk outside my hotel window! A huge difference from our peaceful mountain home in the Rockies. Mace is sleeping quietly through it all and helping to restore my confidence in our parenting choices and gypsy lifestyle, he is fine, so smart and happy!~ It’s time for me to be too! We will be home soon enough and I know I will miss the traveling. For now I am finding a new balance and hope to pass on some tales of fun and adventure-stay tuned, sorry for disappearing!

~Christina

Liebster Award

I am new to blogging it is my first full month, and it’s a whole new World-Hobby! I have loved reading the many, many blogs I’ve discovered along the way as much as I have enjoyed setting up This aMACEing Life and finding it’s direction. In one month, I have meet people from all over the World by getting Freshly Pressed, and have been amazed and inspired by all of your interesting posts! It is very exciting and wonderful to meet such incredible people, exactly what I was hoping to find, when I decided to start this blogging journey!

This week, one of my favorite blog discoveries http://ourboler.wordpress.com nominated – This aMACEing Life with The Liebster Award! I was so grateful to accept and excited to pass on the Award, however I needed to do a bit of research to know what it meant…I had never heard of a Liebster!

Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

If you receive the award, you should:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favourite bloggers and keep it going!

It’s like a nice chain letter and I love the idea of paying it forward…here are my top 5 pics (I think with under 200 followers, please forgive me if I nominated you and you have a million followers, I was not able to find this info very easily, maybe I am missing something?) Anyway, I have greatly enjoyed reading the following blogs!

http://hennacornoelidays.wordpress.com …I love love love this blog!  Family friendly posts full of info about road trips, National Parks, camping and more!

http://ginger-snapped.com…great topics about food and travel with beautiful pictures-This blog will make you want to by a flight straight to Europe for your next vacation!

http://allimcginnis.blogspot.com..Alli, is good friend of mine also from Wicked, she recently became a full time blogger and posts beautiful inspirations about finding your inner beauty. I love her latest post about Spring fashion!

http://ishitaunblogged.com…Wonderful blog about raising two girls in Dubai, travel and food! Very creative food ideas on this blog!

http://theblissprojectblog.wordpress.com…A sweet blog, documenting a 30 day yoga challenge, very inspiring! I loved the Madonna Yoga post!

I hope you guys have fun reading and maybe discovering these new blogs for yourself! Thanks again to http://ourboler.wordpress.com for this Recognition!

Christina

Are you a Goonie?

If so, you would know exactly where we spent our day off!That’s right; it’s Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast! I might be dating myself, but I have always considered myself a Goonie. If you have no idea what I am talking about -go watch, this movie from 1985! You will then learn- that Haystack Rock is a clue to find One Eyed Willy’s gold! One of my favorite films from childhood.

Mitch and I were so excited to take the Super Nanny and Mace to this very special place, as a bonus we were surprised to find out that the entire beach is a leash free dog beach. Pure Doggie Bliss, for Jetson- and his best friend Seamus, who also came along for the day. The furry boys were able to run to their hearts content!I was able to play with my lensbaby a little more… the next two pictures were my favorite of the day!Seamus is a beautiful, FAST whippet! It was so nice to catch him in a moment of stillness.

My guys were so patient while I got lost with my camera; they had no idea I zoomed in with my telephoto lens. If I had to guess, Mitch was probably teaching Mace about something complicated and wonderful, like Quantum Physics.

Just 30 miles from Cannon Beach is a small town called Astoria, since it was “THE” town in the movie Goonies, we decided to add it to our trip. It was so dark and dreary I thought it looked more interesting to shoot a few pictures in black and white. Even though it was gloomy I felt very warm and dreamy roaming around town. Everyone was so friendly and it had a creative vibe to the city.Fort George Brewery is a great place to stop for a bite and a beer. Mitch ordered a sampler and loved the Emerald Pearl Brew made with green tea.I loved the chalk art menuOne thing I think I have gotten into the habit of doing while we have been traveling, is to city shop. I always ask myself, could I live here? Would I be happy here? Would Mace and Mitch be happy here? Is there enough creativity and progressive thinking for us here? What is the art scene like? Can I get Organic Veggies and Grass Fed Beef here? And although, we have been and lived in so many cities, my list is short. Astoria might be cool enough to add to that list! I liked it!

Portland Through the Eye of My Lensbaby

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

Reading this quote validates my happiness while we are here in Portland! It has rained every day since we arrived almost 2 weeks ago. I am trying to blend in with all of the complaints around the theater, but to be honest, I LOVE IT! It IS refreshing to me, besides my hair does this really fun curl thing, that only happens when it rains!

To add to my fun here, there is no sales tax, so I decided to take full advantage and buy myself a new camera lens I had been wanting for awhile. It is a creative lens that bends the focus, leaving only a small portion of your image in focus. It’s called a LensBaby- check out their website here! Kind of hard to explain, so I will just post a few pictures of what I have taken so far in and around the theater, Downtown Portland.Cherry Blossoms!Portland started the Food Trucks culture!I love the movement you can get from this lens! Mitch and Jetson walking the line of Food trucks!Jetson begging for…SPAM! From the Hawaiian Food Truck!Mossy Staircase!Portland Trees!Super Nanny and Mace having fun at the Theater!

Freshly Pressed

Thank you so much to WordPress for Freshly Pressing This aMACEing LIfe! It has been so fun getting to know everyone interested, I had no idea there was as many families as crazy as us!

We just recently traveled up to the Pacific Northwest and have settled in Portland for a month, if it ever stops raining I can get back to posting some more adventures. Until then, thanks for following!Image

The Bjorn Days

The Baby Bjorn has by far been the most useful product we received at our baby shower. Thank you, Kevin, Doug and Seamus! We have used it since day one and is an absolute must for active parents! When I was still on Maternity leave in Washington DC, I loved to walk around the city, Mace snuggled into my chest as close as possible in his Baby Bjorn. A stranger approached me one afternoon and said “Ah, how I miss The Bjorn Days. Cherish them always.” Not until recently have I really grown to understand what he meant. Mace is pushing 25lb now and getting a bit too heavy for me to carry him that way and I miss that closeness already. However,  Mitch is still strong enough to carry him in the Bjorn, and Mace loves every second of it!  You can tell by the following picture Mace will have his Daddy’s adventurous spirit! Mitch takes off up a mountain, and I am always left to catch up!  One this particular day, we were hiking up Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ. one of the most beautiful places in the west. I have been there twice since I have been on tour, once while with The Lion King and then again with Wicked, the first time the show came through Tempe. I love it, and was excited to bring Mace, so we could show him pictures later! If you have never been, you must go and take a Pink Jeep Tour, they are loads of fun and a great way to experience Sedona’s landscape.Pretty!Gorgeous! All of my boys climbing up, up, up….it was a really short, but intense 600 ft. climb up to the top. Here we all are, once I finally caught up!Joining us that day was our Tempe roommate Renee, or rather Nay Nay, which can be documented as Mace’s third word. “MaMa, DaDa, NayNay”! and of course Super Nanny, Bri who is still waiting for Mace to say “Be Be”xoxoxoChristina

524 Miles…From El Paso, TX to Tempe, AZ

This is how it works! We always close the show on a Sunday after a few weeks in one city, then raise the curtain the following Wednesday night in the next city. It all happens very fast. To me, it is like magic, because I am never there on Tuesday to see how, in one day, the crew unloads the 17 Semi’s then reloads our entire show back into a new theater. But, it happens without fail, and by Wednesday morning when I arrive along with Wardrobe, Hair and the Cast, everything looks and works as well as it did in the last city! Magic!

My Husband, Mitch is one of the magicians at the theater on Tuesday morning. Because of that he is never able to ride with us and always flies to the next location. Bri the Super Nanny, Mace, Jetson and I are on our own between cities. We love driving most of the time, but on occasion, we have had to drive many miles in only 2 or 3 days.  2300 miles to be exact from Cincinnati to LA, has been the hardest drive to date, but we did it thanks to a happy baby, caffeine and Tom Petty.

This trip, El Paso to Tempe was a piece of cake, only 424 miles in 2 days. EasyPeasy! So we decided to add 80 miles, a few hours and drive up to White Sands National Park in New Mexico! Joining us in caravan was Janet, a dear friend from the show, her dog, Rocco and cat, Maverick.

Here are a few pictures of our incredible day at Beautiful White Sands

Quite possibly Jetson’s idea of Doggie Bliss! All sand and NO water!

And No leash! (Since it was the off season the ranger allowed us to let the dogs off leash, we were the only people there and we promised to pick up poopies! Read this book to find out why we think SAFE off leash time is important to a dog)

Janet took these amazing pictures of her babies! They are so good she even entered a few in a contest. Vote for them here!I took pictures of my baby (and Super Nanny flipping around in the background)Mace sat for a while, fascinated with the sand flowing through his fingers. I hope in his lifetime he will always take the time to love and appreciate this wonder. Bri and Jetson did a little sand sledding.

Mace got some nuzzles and kisses from his Super NannyA little Mommy Love tooJanet got Kissy with Rocco waiting for sunsetAs we said goodbye to the sun we had to say goodbye to White Sands. Tired and happy we made our way to Tempe. It was such a great day!-Stina, Mace, Bri and Jetson xoxox