Yeah I haven't blogged every minute of my waking life lately, but this'll make up for it! ;) Much of my March was spent back in SoCal where I came from and where we all belong! ;) We all had a wonderful time spending time with our awesome extended family and friends plus making some new friends... It was a wonderful time and I can only say that I'm way radically blessed!
So hope you all enjoy this summary of our life back in SoCal!
So we did a bit of a bonsai run down there... It's the Strang way! I spent most of the night talking with my dad and listening to music with him to help keep him awake while everyone else slept... It was great though! This was right we before hit the grapevine.... all Californians will know exactly what that is!
So here we are about an hour and a half outside of LA and Eden is totally sleeping behind me..... I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist!
This was our big rig.... We tripped down in a rather large RV. Yep. 32 feet of craziness on wheels. Let me clarify: We were the craziness inside! LOL And too true... we sang, danced and jammed our way all the way down the I-5. It was some serious awesomeness! And yes... that is me on my email in the lower left corner. No need to try to see who I was emailing! ;)
We had some amazing times for sure... soon after getting back down to the old stomping grounds, we went by our next door neighbor's house as a surprise.... so fun to spend time with them! We all grew up with them... so it was awesome to hang out!
And of course we went by our old house which unfortunately hasn't been kept up like it used to be when we lived there... but still.... amazing to go there. I have SO many great memories growing up there as a child... God has blessed me from the time I was born and brought home to Costa Mesa, California... I can't think of any other place I'd rather have been raised!
Eden and I styling and living it up in SoCal!
So day after getting there we went and visited a church we'd visited years ago.... It was fun to meet some new friends there! And then we went back to my grandma's who just happens to have one of the most awesome pools ever.... I say that cause of all the times I've swam there over the years! Anddddd... She has a diving board. So we went at it and got back up to all our old tricks! I revived my backflip that I first learned at probably about 6 or 7 years old.
So yeah... That was fun for sure!
After that it was even further south to my other set of grandparents... We spent a great few days with them hanging out in the desert and living in the sun! ;)
Usie in Soup Plantation.... No. Not Sweet Tomatoes! This is California, baby! LOL
Just two random dudes who grabbed a phone and took a picture.... really no idea why I'm posting this anyway! JK
Doing iPhone gymnastics.... or something of the like.
This is arguably the best picture of the entire trip.... for us as a group of swim teachers and life guards, it sorta made sense. Said no one ever!
Now this is awwwwkward. (Inside joke!)
All of us on my dad's side... taken with the self timer which is slightly less technical than the usie, but what can I say? Taking good usies is a gift, people!
After visiting my dad's parents, we headed back to my mom's mom's house. Call it confusing, but sometimes you got to do this in Cali, and we've all got the SoCal savvy to get crazy with scheduling!
After parking our RV in my grandma's driveway, it quickly became my job to find us a suitable car to use for our "on the town" outings. Per our family's road trip motto (another inside joke, everyone!) I went looking for something quick, cheap, and good... I think it ended up being one of those "bottom of the food chain" Hundais on paper. Not to hate on Hundai at all...There's been Hundais we've rented that I really liked, but I'm just saying it's not exactly the coolest car ever made!
Anyway.... My dad and I show up at Downtown Disney to pick up a car (We're in SoCal, remember!? ;)). I'm still thinking economy.... little did I expect to end up with........
Yeah. A red convertible mustang which just happened to end up with us secondary to a long wait time at the rental car office. haha... God does work in mysterious ways! And BOY was it fun to drive!!!!!!!!
My policy for driving Mustangs in Cali: When I get in the driver's seat, the top comes down. PERIOD!!!!!!!!
Apparently it's my dad's policy too..... cause we did 80 mph on the freeway together with no top.... and LOVED every minute of it! Even went an extra ten miles out of the way just for fun!!! :P
I even got to spend some time at the ballet studio I used to practically live at. LOL... not quite true, but I spent a lot of time there just hanging when I was little so I went back for nostalgia's sake.... and met awesome new friends and saw awesome old friends..... so much fun!
We did cousin hangout at Downtown Disney to see fireworks and plain old have a good time... ironically we ended up running into friends there too.... big coincidence but really fun!
Right before my marathon to go and see if someone was someone else.... confusing I know, but it made sense in my mind at least!
Rockin' the shades at Downtown Disney!
Cutest guy ever in front of one of those SoCal destinations.... Rainforest cafe.
Us Strangs with some of the best people ever.... This is my adopted aunt and uncle. Gotta love them!
It was great to have my friends, the C. boys over to swim and play basketball... we had lots of fun!!!!
My mom, Mark and me. (Aliterations are awesome! ;)) Our family bond runs DEEP I tell you!
And more cousin pictures, just cause I miss then so much and the pictures are so awesome!!!
And one more cousin pic.... this time with one of my uncles who happens to best uncle EVA!!!!!!
It was a beautiful week and a half and none of us can actually wait to do it again!!! Like the saying goes, "Once a Californian, always a Californian!!!" We're living, breathing and walking proof of that!
Andddd... Eden and I obviously did it right in this picture, right Eden!?!?! I believe this may have been directly before our famous "TOUCHDOWN" move! ;)
And last but definitly not least: We put oodles of great dance clips together for you in one of our Happy dance videos... if you know what I mean by Happy dance vid, then great, if not, then get ready!!! This includes everything from 1950s swing, to salsa in the middle of the night at downtown disney to some sort of 80s going on while I was asleep....!