I usually post about my travels and adventures. I’m on the road so often that I never lack content ideas, but it’s rare that I show our daily life at home in Southern California. This weekend was typical for us. We went to a birthday party, attended the ballet, and hit up the beach as a Sunday favorite. It wasn’t extreme and I didn’t cross anything off my yearly list but it was beautiful. We try to make our daily life just as fantastic as our vacations, which isn’t too difficult when you live in Southern California.
Our weekend officially began with a birthday party for Athena’s good friend, Declan. We spend a lot of time with the entire family and you might have read about our trip together to Loews in San Diego last week. Declan turned three years old and his mother planned a superhero party with Batman, capes and masks, and fun games. Even though Athena was a superhero, she couldn’t leave her princess side behind. She was a superhero princess – just one of the things I love about her so much. It was 100% reflective of her personality. She wasn’t too keen on seeing Batman walk in the door and spent most of the time sitting on my lap while the other kids played games with him. That’s not to say she didn’t have fun. She still managed to win a few prizes and eat delicious, blue cake. Surrounded by friends and laughter, we had a wonderful afternoon.
The fun didn’t stop there for Athena or us. Athena’s babysitter came over to take care of Athena and Darren and I were off to the ballet. Festival Ballet Theatre offers some of the best productions I’ve ever seen in my life so any time they have a performance coming up, I’m usually the first person to get tickets.
Luckily I was in town this week because Festival Ballet Theatre presented the opening of Swan Lake. I had never seen it before but it will now be a yearly tradition. Yuan Yuan Tan was mesmerizing. I’m convinced she is actually a swan. She made it look easy. She spent so much time on her toes that it looked like that’s the way we were made to move. I wanted her to stay on the stage for the entire production. I can only image that every women in the theater longed to move like her. As stunning as she was, it was the Jester, Lex Ishimoto, that impressed me the most. He officially gains the title of my favorite dancer of all time. How does someone get so good? How does such a young man move with such distinction? I want to learn more. Is he one of the dancers from Festival Ballet Theatre? Is he in any upcoming productions? I honestly enjoyed his performance so much that I’d plan to stay in town to see him again. I’m going to do my research. It’s worth finding out.
I was still dreaming about the ballet when I woke up this morning. As we drove to Dana Point, I imagined walking on my toes and moving like Yuan Yuan Tan. My greatest wish for Athena is that she finds something that she’s equally passionate about. Traveling and writing give me that kind of joy. It would be a dream come true for Athena to find a rewarding career when she gets older. We spend too much of our time working not to find something we love. Hopefully I will always encourage her to follow her passion regardless of what it is.
Her passion today was building sandcastles. We spent the entire day at Dana Point Marina. Free parking, gentle waves, and a family-friendly atmosphere make it our favorite spot to relax. We’re thinking about buying a paddle board and a kayak to take to Dana Point. Seeing other kids on boards and in kayaks is encouraging. Spending quality time with Athena near or on the water is why we moved back to California. We want to make the most of it every day.
A typical weekend here in Orange County would have been my idea of a dream vacation a few years ago. I’m grateful for everything that we’ve accomplished in life and I look forward to what’s to come. We are dreamers.