Sad goodbyes, warm hellos

For those of you who haven’t heard my story, I met my husband while we were at school in San Diego. He moved to San Francisco soon after college. I made my way around the world as a flight attendant for several years, and finally settled in San Francisco over ten years ago when we re-connected.

Out walking the dog. #SummerInSanFrancisco

My husband loves San Francisco, but I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with it. I love everything SF has to offer, our friends, diversity, culture, arts, and amazing food. But the one thing that has always made me shudder, literally, is the weather. I feel like I spend a lot of time in the fog. And I’m perpetually cold. Except for a couple weeks out of the year when the fog completely disappears and the sun warms up San Francisco just enough to thaw me out.

Summer in San Francisco
Bundling up for a day at the park. #SummerInSanFrancisco

I find myself standing around school pick-up each day, having the same conversation about the weather. It’s often cold and wet in our neck of the woods. It’s not uncommon to call a friend on the other side of the city to see if they have sun and 15 degrees more of warmth. Then you chase it for the rest of the day.

Hello sunshine! #WinterInSanDiego

Every couple of years, we make the short trek to San Diego for one reason or another. Usually, it’s for a college reunion or gathering with friends. It’s during those times when we realize how much we miss the amazing Southern California weather. Where else do you get to enjoy 75 degrees in November, and swim over Thanksgiving break?

An outdoor pool! #WinterInSanDiego

It’s with great anticipation (combined with some anxiety) that we have decided to move back to So Cal. We have a few more months before we’ll be packing everything we own and migrating south.

During the next few months, we plan to enjoy everything San Francisco has to offer. We’re putting together our “bucket list” of all the things we’ve said we want to do, but have never done for one reason or another. We may even find ourselves playing tourists and doing things or going places we’d swore we’d never consider as locals.

So, there you have it. Our big change ahead for this year. One thing is for sure though, I am going to miss our SF friends more than you can imagine. It’s been bittersweet telling our close SF friends that we’re moving away. This is definitely the hardest part about the move.

For those of you who have become our family here, I am forever grateful for your friendship, and our door is always open to you. This won’t be a permanent goodbye either. After all, we’ll have to come back for a Giants game once in a while, and we’d love for you to join us…


Disclaimer: In no way we will be converting to Padres fans. We are San Francisco Giants fans and bleed orange and black!


  1. Jessica Shafer

    We will miss you but I totally understand! We moved to Moraga because my Southern California born husband was practically allergic to the fog. It’s really nice to enjoy summer. Good luck with your move. At least it’s close enough, it’s always easy to come visit when you miss SF or need your Giants fix.

    1. Cam

      I think I have the same allergy Jes! San Francisco is wonderful for so many reasons, and it’s hard to leave. But I really won’t miss the fog.

  2. Brandi

    Oh, Cam! This is excellent news! The sunshine will be such a fun addition to your family! <3 I'll miss you for sure, but now I know I have a reason to get to San Diego!

    1. Cam

      Yes! You are welcome anytime! I’m hoping everyone comes to visit. Not all at once of course! ;)

  3. Soesiana Vogel

    I love the disclaimer! Happy Moving. Wishing you a wonderful home, life, friends and family in San Diego. We will miss you… But you will always be here with us through your blog and facebook. Thank you for touching our lives with happiness and your kind friendships. Keep in touch!
    Love from The Vogels.

    1. Cam

      Oh Soesiana. You will have to come visit. We will miss you terribly.

    1. Cam

      It’s all about the Vitamin D. It is. Now I’ll have to buy sunscreen in bulk! :)

  4. Jeannette

    CAM if I ever hit the lotto haha I would do the same thing as close to Disney as possible lol Is your mom moving with you?

    1. Cam

      She is moving too Jeannette. Now you can visit her anytime! I know she’d love it. You two can hit the Disney parks together and cause all kinds of trouble! ;)

  5. Sherri

    Well, my friend… obviously I am thrilled for you guys but BUMMED for me! You are always so fun to chat with and I have been lucky enough to see you more in 2014 than ever before. Best wishes for your move to paradise, and so happy we still have the old internets to connect us! You can’t get rid of me that easily.

  6. kimberly

    You know I hate this so much, but I’m really happy for you and am excited for your new adventure. Look at what a good friend I am, putting aside my feelings and all.

    1. Cam

      Ha! I expect nothing less. And look at what I’m giving you, a new travel destination! xoxo

  7. I’m going to come with her (Audrey Christensen) then. Definitely don’t see u guys enough as it is. Congratulations though! Sounds like it’ll be a good move :-)

  8. Audrey

    Well it sounds great and I will probably see you more now! Most of my family lives down near there! Congratulations on your next adventure!

  9. Amy Barseghian

    I am so excited for you! We LOVE SoCal and are a short one hour drive from San Diego. I hope we can get together and would LOVE to have you over for dinner and make you feel right at home if you are up for it. Congrats on chasing dreams, desires, and passions!

    1. Cam

      Amy I can’t wait. I’m so excited about being closer to all of my favorite So Cal friends! We’ll have to come up and visit you for sure!

  10. David Swearingen – never. Certainly not for the Dodgers. And rooting for the Padres is a waste of time. ;-) We’ll be at Petco Park when the Giants come to town, wearing orange and black like half the crowd.

    1. Cam

      Jennifer, that is a huge bonus. It really helps when you have season passes to be close to the park! ;)

  11. Rachelle

    i am so sad for us Bay Area folk, but as a native SoCal girl I understand this desire for sunshine 100%. Wishing you a world of happiness with the move, Cam. You will be missed.

  12. Yuliya

    I am so happy for you! Hello proximity to sunshine AND the happiest place on earth? This is going to be awesome! We shall all miss you a TON. Which is why we will probably have to come visit.

  13. Christine Byers

    Oh, Cam. San Francisco will be less sunny (is that possible?) without you and your adorable family. you have really influenced so many people in positive way. San Diego is such a friendly place, I know you’ll all fit right in and thrive. Promise me you’ll start a new Christmas Cookie Exchange tradition in San Diego. I’ll come! :)

  14. Donna

    We just moved back to Southern California in mid-2013 after three years away. Some things here will always bug me — I’m a weirdo, I grew up back east so I like seasonal weather (though too much cold gets to me) — but I will never leave again other than a vacation. I hope your move goes smoothly! (We made two cross-country moves in a three-year span…I should publish a book on moving tips LOL)

  15. Laura Lohr

    Welcome back to so cal. I’m in San Diego, maybe we’ll get to hang out some time. Good luck with the move.

  16. Julie

    Congratulations on making such a big decision! I’m a San Diego native and though sometimes I gripe and want to move elsewhere (it’s too busy, it’s too expensive), my heart is here! :)

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