When I got into San Diego, almost the first thing I did was go see my friend, and amazing hair stylist, Karen. She has cut my hair since 1996. To say I missed her while in Mexico (and all the other times I've lived abroad) is an understatement. She immediately got me feeling awesome again. Thank you Karen!
Next up on our must-visit list? My brother Rich. I love you Rich.
The reunion of Wes and Cora was sweet indeed. I missed our friends. Ella and Gray. We may be sailing around the world soon, but you are not going to be able to get rid of us for long. I just know it.
We got to introduce Lyra to one set of her grandparents, Eric's parents, Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Lou.
And then Lizz and Beau gave us our first "adult night" since Lyra was born. This was accomplished by parking Cora in front of a couple of episodes of My Little Pony, strapping Lyra into my Tula, and enjoying an incredible home-cooked meal, and a long night of conversation and drinks, coupled with....
Playing Cards Against Humanity. If you haven't played this game yet, strap on your big-kid panties, imbibe something potent, and play it with some whip-smart friends.
Reconnections with old friends. Lyra fell in love with my friend, Erin, from Point Loma High School (class of '97!)
My wonderful friend Kristine. One of the reasons why we came to San Diego was for Kristine and Jack's wedding.
Happy, happy day Kristine and Jack.
Our friends Dan and Renee have made us dinner several nights and always make us feel at home. One of the great things about having friends with kids the same age as your own? You connect on so many levels. It's a special bond of sleep-deprived parents of toddlers.
And last, but not least, much time with the girl's "Mimi," or, my friend Mele, Lyra and Cora's godmother.
(Please note how sweet Cora is holding Lyra's hand. She does this of her own accord any chance she can get.)
It feels so good to be back home. We've missed our friends. So grateful for this chance to see them before we go back to Mexico and then across the South Pacific.