San Diego!

This weekend was the San Diego weekend! Woohoooo!
Almost 10 years ago I lived in San Diego (for 15 short, glorious months) and I was thrilled to go back and visit!

I felt like little orphan Annie singing "IiiiIIiii think I'm gonna like it heeeere!"

My first stop was the house of a family friend sweetly hosted me for the night! They used to go to our church in MD and moved out here 3 years ago.

All the pictures in this post so far is from their backyard. It's like a summer wonderland.

Back when I lived here, my best friend was a sweet girl named Ciera. Not gonna lie, we were both nerds and so so sooo dorky. I mean, were nine, but oof. So anyways, I surprised her at her debate tournament at Point Loma :D On the way, I saw a rainbow and almost cried it was so beautiful. I just kept saying "Oooh MY gooosh. OOh MY goosh."

Point Loma has an amazing campus (and that's where my mom went to college, so that was really cool to see!). God makes really amazing skies (and yourmom goes to college ;D)

The next day I went to my old church :D It was sweet times to see everyone again! I had lunch with a friend from MD who happened to be visiting as well!
Theeeeen, I went to Pacific Beach and met up with a new photog friend named Lisa!

She and her husband let me use a bike and we went all over the PC boardwalk. I could have stayed there for weeks, I think.

(I felt like this little girl - she was chattin' it up with her dad and pointing and squealing at everything!)

Um, yes. A thousand times yes.

It started to rain while we biked, but we didn't care. Everything is better in the rain.
Singing in the rain, dancing in the rain, playing soccer in the rain.
Also biking in the rain :D

After a few minutes the rain stopped. I don't think there are words amazing enough to describe how gorgeous everything was. Besides another rainbow, the light turned into this powerful, golden punch that made everything just glitter.

Truly breath-taking!

Headed home :D In 10 days I will fly home too!

After the rain the whole beach was almost pastel colored. It was soft and misty. I almost felt like I had to whisper.

ps. I look really awkward on a bike.

And this is Lisa and I in the gorgeous last seconds of sun :D

Check out the slideshow for more details on all this San Diego goodness!
Oh and funny story! You know how I mentioned my radical nerdiness when I was younger?
There is a plus side to being a child dork. You know there are some really good songs that come out, then they are just over-played so that everyone hates them?
Well, when you are a nerd, you never knew those over played songs, so when "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton comes on the radio when you are driving home from San Diego, you actually get excited and love the song. And use it for your blog slideshow :D *Click here* to view the slideshow.


  1. That slideshow was so much fun to watch!
    Thanks for the cute pics of me and my hubby. I'd love to get copies of all of us :)
    Hope to see you again sometime :)

  2. OH and that last picture is hilarious!

  3. Yes, you do look awkward on a bike. :P

    And I definitely am a nerd too, because I totally do that when an overplayed song comes on the radio. "Oooh! I know this one!"

  4. soooo incredibly beautiful...i LOVE san diego!! did you stay with the whites?! if so, i'm totally jealous...i haven't been to their new house yet :-/

  5. 1) i look even more awkward on a bike
    2) your mom goes to college
    3) i dont think youre ever coming back

  6. Anonymous13.2.09

    Dearest Kristen Leigh,

    My name's Megan and I'm from Pa..aaannd I stalk your blog. I originally found your site through Lydia Jayne's because I know David and Sarah A, who's wedding she photographed.

    My best friend and I love your blog and pictures. We frequently say "did you see kristen's recent post?" as if we know you personally. Then we look at each other like, 'whoa is that wierd?' Then we get over it and talk more about your amazing pictures!

    Anyway, I'm posting to ask if you sell any of your prints. I love your photos from SD and etc, but I don't want to just take them off of your site. I'd love to support your work and purchase some pictures as gifts for myself and maybe other people.

    Let me know!
    Megan W

  7. Hi Kristin,
    i found yer blog thru enjoyed yer slideshow of San Diego..
    what a coincidence...this TIME 10 YEARS ago we were living there as well...we were there for 10months!
    hope to meet u @ one of the GTG's

  8. Kristen KRISTEN!!!!!! L-O-V-E these San Diego images!!! They are so full of warmth and sincerity!!! San Diego is my favorite place on EARTH and you captured it SO beautifully!
    I'm so glad to have met you; I really love your work!
    - Jaclyn (the female half of your J* WPPI couple)


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