Like we mentioned last week, I left Wednesday to go hang out with my cousin Andrew and his wife Joanna in San Diego. They are 2 of the coolest people I know and I was so happy I got to hang out with them, see where they live and do “San Diegoan” type things. Katie and I are blessed with fantastic family members and I wish we all lived closer to one another (but then you don’t get to take trips to CA in the winter to see them…).
I alluded to this on Tuesday, but Andrew taught me how to surf when I went out to California. It was actually not as difficult as I thought it would be and minus the water temperature being freezing cold it was so much fun. Andrew gave me a Surfing 101 class on the sand…
…and then took me out in the water and helped me surf. He was an amazing teacher and super encouraging which made it that much more fun. I was surprised at how calm I was in the water when I’m usually a Nervous Nancy. Maybe it was knowing that Andrew was going to help me out or maybe it was the fact that if I just stood up the water level wasn’t higher than my neck. Either way, I was pretty calm!
I love this picture of me catching my first wave mainly because of how excited Andrew is that I actually some-what rode the wave in.
And here I am in the middle of standing up! I think this picture looks sweet (even though I’m riding a teeny tiny little baby wave…).
I love trying new things so this was a blast. By the end of day I was able to catch waves all by myself…it was really exciting. Be proud of me.
After surfing, the three of us chowed down on a huge, amazing burger and then cruised around town checking out antique stores and thrift stores. I love hanging out with people who actually like to shop at second hand stores and not think their gross. While we were at Goodwill, Jo and I found a sweet CA lifeguard sweatshirt for $2.49 and Andrew found me a Pacific Beach (the beach where we surfed) tshirt for $0.89. I think from now on I’m going to check out Goodwills on vacation. You can find just as cool shirts there as a “normal” store and pay 1/16 of the price. I did this while in Denver as well and found a sweet Denver tshirt at a Goodwill and paid only a couple bucks for it. Amazing.
I have a picture on my fridge that says, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” It’s a good reminder for me to get out there and try something new…even if that means failing miserably.
Have you tried anything new lately?