Happy May, y’all! It was definitely a busy April for us!
Our Boogie is doing well! She quote enjoyed having all of the kids around for Spring Break — an endless supply of ear scratches, belly rubs, and snacks. Once Spring Break was over, Boogie had a little slumber party with the vet to get spayed.
I had expectations that it may be a difficult recovery, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Boogie got picked up from the vet the day after, and she slept most of the day. The following day, though? Not so much. She wanted to go outside, wanted to go walk, and wanted to play with everyone. It seemed that she was back to her original rambunctious self. No complications from the surgery, so we’re good to go. Baby factory is shut down!
The cone of shame stayed on Boogie for … well, barely any time at all. Shortly after we got home, it came off. I felt pretty bad for her because she kept running into everything, and since she had four sets of eyes on her for most of the day, we could keep tabs on her. Surprisingly, she never really tried to lick the incision. Glad for that!
Perhaps Boogie’s favorite part of April was her monthly BarkBox. This month, she got an absolutely ridiculous ruff collar along with her treats + toys. Doesn’t she look stunning?
Three new fonts released in April! Yasss!
Jam Jar was my first release of April! It’s a cute, stout font. Truthfully, some of the fonts I work on, I start to dislike while I’m programming. Jam Jar was one of those fonts, even though I didn’t really have a reason to dislike it. Once I started branding it, though, it was a totally different story! I began to like the font again in the branding process, when I realized how diverse and fun it was to work with. I really dig how it looks in branding!
Reynolds Square was my next release – it’s a feature-rich duo that includes a fun, all-caps sans font, and a beautiful cursive font that has so many flourish and swash options! I think that Reynolds Square (inspired by Savannah) is a really great fit for feminine projects, whether it’s branding, or wedding invitations.
Delish was my final release for April! I love that I was able to squeeze three in this month! Delish was fun to letter; overall it’s a really simple font, with clean lines, and cute little serifs, which isn’t super common on cursive fonts. Delish will be perfect for whimsical projects, or something that is kid-centric.
I’m SUPER excited about my upcoming releases for the next few months — I’ve got a lot of signature scripts coming up, and I’ve really been enjoying the design + programming process for those, and let me tell you…the brands are on point!
We spent our Spring Break in Big Bear this year! We happened to find an Air BnB that allowed animals — we were all pretty thrilled to vacation with Boogie. Autumn, Kate, Boogie, and I drove up on Sunday; Jeff, Ethan, and Kirsten drove in Monday night after flying from South Carolina. And Lily drove in on Tuesday night to spend a few days, as she just started her classes for a new school term!
The rental we stayed in was great. It really felt like a home away from home because of all of the conveniences. It’s so trivial, but not having to pack a hair dryer is fantastic. And not having to improvise in the kitchen because all of the normal kitchen utensils are there? That’s awesome.
We spent a bit of time driving around — there was still a little snow out, just not on the property we stayed on. Boogie had her first taste of snow — more like icy-snow, or as Auttie called it, “snice.” She wasn’t entirely certain what to think – I think she was more interested in all of the new smells everywhere.
The big highlight of the trip — apart from being out of the city and in a place with a lot more green and clean air — was a helicopter tour!
I initially said, “NO!” straight up because I’m not a very good flyer. I don’t have a problem admitting that it causes me a lot of stress and anxiety, and that I often cry because of turbulence. It’s really that, and not so much the actual flying, that bothers me.
After sleeping on it, my fear of missing out got the best of me, since I really wanted to be there with the younger three to see them experience it, too. I’m really glad I did, because it was a really cool tour and a very neat experience. I suppose helicopter tours are readily accessible to a lot of people, but it’s not something you really hear about folks doing too often. I wouldn’t say it was a Beck List item for me, but I feel like I accomplished something by committing to it and being open to enjoying it.
And here’s maybe the coolest thing: I’d do it again!
After the tour, we took the kids up a dirt trail on one of the mountains. Jeff and I found it the day before and found a decent amount of snow. It wasn’t fluffy or powdery, but it was relatively untouched, so we figured that they’d enjoy it. The drive itself was enjoyable, but watching them slide down the mountain was the best. We had no sled or anything of the sort so they slid on their butts. The squealing and giggling was absolutely the best.
The kids and Jeff went to the Alpine Slide the next day — according to the kids, this was the highlight of the trip!
Overall, Spring Break was a total success, and we’d definitely stay in the Air Bnb again!
San Gabriel Mountains
Jeff and I hit the mountains a week or so after being back, this time up to the San Gabriel Mountains for a hike. The weather was beautiful – warm, but not too hot. We’ve done the Bridge to Nowhere hike a few times before, so we opted to do the Heaton Flats trail this time.
Let me tell you. Heaton Flats is not flat. It’s all uphill. The scenery was lovely, but it was miserable going up. We walked for quite a while, with many breaks for me. Apparently, this Florida flat-lander can’t hack it, haha! We finally turned around after passing one giant scat pile, and further up the trail finding a mountain lion print.
Definitely not what we wanted to encounter, so we headed back down the mountain. Miraculously, downhill was much easier.
Since the hike was cut a little short by our mountain lion evidence, we decided to hike a bit of the Bridge to Nowhere. We’d initially decided not to do this one because of the snow melt + river crossings we knew we’d need to make. We did hike up to the river, and sat to watch other folks cross. It was more entertaining than it sounds, believe me.
Here are a few snaps from the hike!
Jeff and I also hit Laguna Canyon for a hike on another Sunday, and it was equally as beautiful in totally different ways. Jeff said that this hike was more difficult than the Heaton Flats trail, but I thought it was a little easier. The best part of the hike was the tall mustard weed. I don’t really care if it’s a weed, the flowers make me happy.
Perhaps the biggest travel tidbit I have for April is … I went on a cruise!
My mom surprised me by showing up one day, from Florida. As if that weren’t enough, within hours of her being here, I had cruise paperwork handed to me to let me know that we were leaving in a day or so! The cruise was a short weekend cruise out of Long Beach, and we stopped off in Ensenada, Mexico for a day.
It was my first time on a Carnival cruise, since all previous cruises were through Royal Caribbean. I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect (mixed reviews) but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I might even say that I prefer Carnival! The ship was smaller, so there were fewer people. We didn’t have to fight anyone for a seat next to a window in any of the spaces we were in, nor did we have to reserve/save seats. There weren’t as many activities for kids on the cruise, but realistically, this should only be an issue if you have smaller kids. Teens would have no trouble on the ship wandering and eating their way through the ship, as our kids would. The food was great, as well.
Whenever we arrived in Ensenada, we opted for a local tour of the area. We joined up with a group and went to see La Bufadora, one of three known marine geysers in the world. It was…well, rock & water, and spray, but it was pretty. The coastline was gorgeous, as well. We went through the market, souvenirs for everyone, and made our way back to the ship after a few hours. We spent the majority of our trip exploring the ship and walking — so much that I never ruined the diet I started once we got home from spring break! (My diet is simple: eat less, move more.) I even lost weight on the cruise — I sure wish I’d enjoyed more tacos because of it, haha!
Here are a few snaps from the trip!
Apart from all of that goodness, Autumn Lane Paperie signed a lease on office spaces toward the end of April. It’s a big move for our company, and everyone seems to be super excited about it. We’re hoping to see some very positive changes by opening our doors to local clients. Never in a million years did I think 5 years ago that we’d be growing like this. It was a little hectic (mentally) to know that we signed the lease, and the office is still not “complete” with furnishings, but we’re getting there!
I think May is going to be an awesome month. We’ll be one month closer to summer break, for starters. I’ll be taking Autumn to see Heathers – The Musical in Fullerton coming up, and Jeff and I will be going to see Corey Taylor & Friends down the road from us! We’ll also be prepping for our next Big Bear trip, scheduled for June — we’re really looking forward to being back in the mountains!