San Diego Fun!

After leaving our overnight cabin stay in Crestline, we made our way down SoCal to La Jolla, San Diego to visit Steve’s cousin, Frances and her family, Jeff and Jacob. We rarely get to see them so we were super excited to spend quality time with them, especially with their 2 yo son, Jacob. Jacob and Emma are the first two cousins in their generation from Steve’s dad’s side of the family living in the states. And it’s extra fun since they are the same age!


Frances and Jeff welcomed us with open arms to stay with them at their place in downtown La Jolla. I could not believe my eyes when we got there, they literally live on the beach. We woke up to the sound of waves and sea salt aroma every morning. It was heavenly.


First night, we had a delicious home cooked meal, surf and turf. Jeff dives and catches lobsters in the ocean, so you better believe it when I say the lobster was phenomenal. It cannot be fresher than that! It literally melted in my mouth.

Jacob and Emma hit it off right away, I’m sure Em was super excited to have another little human to play with 24/7. Jacob was such a sweetheart sharing all his toys with Em and always flashing his cheesiest grin! Whenever Em went to the bathroom or to bed, Jacob would call for her. How adorable is that! We had a lot of fun catching up and getting to know each other over our stay. They were the greatest hosts taking us around town to fun places and good eats. We went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where we took a tram to see all the animals roaming around the zoo. It was such an awesome experience! The parents also got to enjoy some adult fun visiting different breweries and catching up at night after putting the babies to bed. We ended our SD trip with going on a morning hike at Torrey Pines and grabbing our last meal at Duke’s.


breakfast @ the Cottage with our goofball ❤


cuzzo love ❤


listening to uncle Jeff’s heart!

after dinner fun @ Liberty Public Market
kiddos were super excited to head to the zoo! ❤
watching the bird show at the zoo requires a lot of concentration. 😉



big cuzzo love ❤


on the tram ride!


after zoo adult fun at Stone Brewing while babies nap in the strollers 🙂


ready for the hike!


Spending quality time with Frances, Jeff and Jacob was such a pleasure. Because we don’t see much of each other, it’s hard to connect and get to know one another. But I’m so glad to have spent a few days with them as they are such a nice, genuine, and down to earth family! We truly appreciate you guys inviting us into your home to share with us a bit of your life in La Jolla! We cannot wait to see you guys again, hopefully very soon in Raleigh! We love you! ❤ Also, Frances is a blogger mom too – check out her blog here. She shares her story of motherhood with a very demanding job as an anesthesiologist!



Fall Loving


The summer days are long gone and we finally have brisk fall weather! Hallelujah! And what’s fall without a trip to a good ole pumpkin patch? 🙂

The month of October was kind of crazy for us (what else is new? Why does it seem like every month since we moved has been so hectic?) starting off with Emma’s first birthday party (post coming real soon, I promise). Then came Hurricane Matthew. Thankfully no one was hurt around our area, but it poured the entire weekend! The following weekend, we had to travel to Baltimore because I had to be in the office so off to grandma’s we went! But don’t fret! We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take cute baby pictures with pumpkins and the whole shebang! We went to Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery in Perry Hall. It actually worked out great because Emma got to have another play date with one of her baby friends, Roy (remember their first play date?)


Our little pumpkin surrounded by lots of pumpkins! ❤



Way too cute! They even matched in their outfits (unintentional)!!!


The baby goat thought Emma’s foot was yummy 😉



She was obsessed with going through the tunnel! She saw the big kids do it and didn’t hesitate to try it herself. Such a brave little baby!



Best buds ❤


Because we were away from home, I didn’t get to decorate, let alone carve pumpkins like last year. 😦 But Steve and I plan on doing a little bit of Trick or Treating with Emma around our block then passing out candy sitting on our front porch with a beer or two after we put Emma to bed. I think we’ll even start a Halloween tradition of watching a scary movie before going to bed!

And just like that, October will be gone and November will come, last month of fall and another month of traveling for the SHwangs. This time around, Chicago for Thanksgiving! See you soon, Chicago! Go Cubs Go! 🙂