When we moved to California, about a year and a half ago, we knew that our time here wouldn’t be very long. My husband’s job requires a few more moves over the next five to ten years until they put us in a long term position, which just means more adventures for us. We’re okay with that. So although we have no idea when the promotion will come or where it will take us, we think it will probably come in the next year, so we’re taking advantage of our short time in California and trying to fit in as many fun local things as possible. Last week we sat down and wrote out a California Bucket List for our family, and we’ll slowly be checking them off so our weekends aren’t wasted!

This weekend we packed up early on Saturday morning and headed down to Exposition Park at USC where there is a cluster of museums. We’d been to the science center a few months ago, so this time we tried out the museum of natural history. Philip and I are both museum lovers, so we get a total thrill out of sharing our love of them with our babies, and watching them get excited about learning. Here’s a few snippets of our day.

^^this is pretty much how the whole day went. Benson reading every sign and exhibit, and Foster climbing on top of them.^^ 
 ^^ watching a video about gems and minerals — thrilling! ^^
 ^^ he was completely enthralled by all the stuffed animals ^^
 ^^ the baby chicks were his very favorite, and he spent about 10 minutes just watching and laughing at them ^^ 
 ^^ making a thumbprint fish together ^^

Next up on our California Bucket List is a day of traveling across Southern California on the train! We can’t wait!

my outfit:
boden skirt (sold out, similar here, here (on sale!) and here)

benson’s outfit:
DIY cutoff shorts (from our favorite old navy jeans)

foster’s outfit:
similar sandals here and here


  1. Demi Spehar says:

    They had baby chicks there?? That’s adorable! (Were they alive? Your previous sentence was about stuffed animals so I wasn’t sure..)

    Dinosaur exhibits used to be my favorite when I’d visit museums–it’s just hard to imagine that there were land-roaming animals that damned big..

    Hope you have a fun train trip!

    Demi |

  2. Looks like a great day with your boys!

  3. Christina Storm says:

    Such great family photos! And I love your look! That tee paired perfectly with the floral skirt and i love the hint of leopard print! You have incredible style!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. Sarah H. says:

    I would have been enthralled by the baby chicks too!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

  5. Omg these pics are adorable! I am loving that skirt!


  6. sara walk says:

    ahhhh Fos’s FACE in that one pic kills me!! Such cute boys

  7. Julie says:

    I love how excited your boys look! It’s amazing for you to foster such a love of museums and learning in them so young.
    Oh, and I love your shirt for a day out with your kids!


  8. Mads | Its a Mads Mads World says:

    Foster has gotten so big, and he is adorable, blonde with brown eyes is always a striking combination. And Benson looks so much like you ! You are the cutest family, I love seeing what you get up to as a family

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  9. Meghan Hayes says:

    Moving can be hard and stressful, but what a fun way to approach it! There’s always new things to see and enjoy!

  10. Happinessatmidlife says:

    I’ve lived in SoCal for 10+ years and just went to see the Endeavour last year and need to take our son to the Natural History Museum. We have not even gone to the Discovery Science Center yet.The boys will love a train ride!


  11. Marie B says:

    It seems your kids really liked that day at the museum.
    I like the outfit you have for that day. Really casual, comfortable and classy !

  12. AJ says:

    that’s awesome. Soak it up while you can!!


  13. Chrissy Floyd says:

    I’ve lived in Southern California all of my life and have yet to make it to the Natural History museum there (I have been to the Science Center, though) – I really need to go! Especially, since I’ve never been to a museum where they have dinosaurs! Since you love museums, you should go to Balboa Park in San Diego (if you’ve never been there) – there’s several museums there and it’s also next to the San Diego Zoo. It’s great! I can’t wait to see where you’re off to next. That’s one great thing about Southern California – soooo much to do!!

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