Friday, September 28, 2012

A Little Update

We are finally in California!!

We got here Wednesday and drove around to get the know the area a little bit before looking at places to live. We originally were going to try and live south of Camp Pendleton (Oceanside/Carlsbad/Vista area). But since Nick will be working on the north side of base, the commute was much longer than we expected. We did the drive on Wednesday and it was about 45 minutes without traffic. The pros of living south are the prices and sizes of homes and town homes, but the commute made us focus on looking north (San Clemente/Dana Point/Laguna Niguel area) for places to live.

Thursday, we woke up and went to a local real estate office around 9am. I'm only mentioning the time that we got there BECAUSE when we walked in we were told two different times: "You guys are up early!!". I might love this town if 9am is early :). The real estate office was super nice and they did the research while we enjoyed our day at the beach, a local cafe (best coffee I have ever had!) and pool. Lucy has never been to a beach so we took her yesterday. We didn't see the "Dogs Prohibited" sign, but Lucy got to rip around and play for about 2 minutes before the lifeguard at the pier came on the speaker and told us to leave... oops. Good news is that there are a few dog beaches she is allowed at so we will have to visit those soon.

It's so beautiful here, and we are staying at the Holiday Inn close to the beach in San Clemente, so it literally feels like we are on vacation (minus the fact that we haven't done laundry in over a week because of the drive and we are wearing random clothes). We are eating at some amazing local restaurants, and to say this town is dog friendly is an understatement (besides the beach). Lucy got her own menu today at lunch... and no we didn't order from it. She also got a desset menu at a coffee cafe we went to the other day. As if she isn't spoiled enough.

Today, we looked at a couple places and applied to a 2 bedroom condo in Laguna Nigel. We will find out soon if we get it, so I hope to have good news to share soon!

Thanks for keeping up with us on this journey. Pray that we find the right place and get settled in quickly.


  1. Yay! So exciting! I'm glad you're loving sounds like you 3 are having a blast :)

  2. Sounds like fun! Colby would loooove it there haha

  3. Laguna Niguel is a great town! You guys are going to love your new home... xo

  4. Glad you guys are there and trying to get settled. Laguna is heavenly. We would be so jealous if that is where you settle. Such a beautiful area. I will see what our schedule looks like next week and see if we can meet up. With the kids we are just winging it and going with the flow. We don't have set plans and are hoping the babies let us have some fun.

  5. So happy to see you are feeling the San Diego Vibe! I knew you two would LOVE the area! Lucy will love the new arrangements! Can't wait to see if you get your place. WELCOME HOME YOU TWO!!!!Love,Tamra-