This weekend, I went out of town with some good friends (Keren, Kez, Joy, Eric, Ate Jem and Maemae) to Carlsbad for Legoland. I was the only one in the group who had never gone yet, and for me, going anywhere new was exciting. The day started early for someone like me who sleeps in til way too late on Saturdays. Eric swung by to pick me up and we headed to the Olivar's to get the rest of the gang, then stopped by Starbucks to get our (their) fix of coffee -- my fast from coffee has been inconsistent, but I'm trying! Instead, Kez treated me to some tea. Hopefully that'll help me wean off of coffee for awhile.
When we reached the oh-so-colorful Legoland, Maemae was so excited as expected. So were we! I think I was excited just to photograph and spend time with my friends, but probably most excited to try the apple fries that they were hyping up. Spoiler: the hype made sense cause those were pretty dang good. Also worthy to note was Miniland (miniature cities built with Leggos) -- it made us want to travel so badly, but made us all the more excited for our Portland (and San Francisco?) trip that we're planning for springtime.
After the theme park, we stopped by the closest Costco, Ate Jem got a box of pizza, and drove to Carlsbad Beach. Living in San Diego, beaches are just a handful of minutes away. I've been to a a few (Coronado, Mission, Silver Strand), but Carlsbad probably had the most beautiful view of them yet. We walked down to the rocks, ate some pizza, watched the sunset, and enjoyed the company. They all went down to the shore after awhile, but I stayed sitting on the rocks alone just watching the vast waters. Every time I find myself surrounded by nature views like the ocean or forest, I can't help but feel overwhelmed by God's creation -- I'm reminded that I, too, am His creation, as are all my loved ones and even strangers walking by. It was one of those moments where you just realize you're alive, you know? You stare at your hands or look in the reflection and you trip out just knowing you're you, you can think, you can feel, you can communicate, you can experience emotions. Anyway...
Overall, it was a wonderful time spent with wonderful people. Most of my weekends have consisted of being with them and it's been lovely. I've been feeling the differences and the effects of being around positive people and healthy relationships, compared to the past who-knows-how-long-it's-been. I've been realizing how important it is to treasure friendships that are truly built on Christ, just as you'd treasure a marriage/relationship with Him as the foundation (something I'll patiently hope for my future). But someday, years from now, I'll miss these days. I won't be able to see friends all the time, or we'll all be married and moved to other cities and states with busy schedules. All I can do is enjoy these moments and be thankful to God for bringing the right people into my life -- I can only wonder who and what else He'll throw into my life eventually.