Last weekend in T-town

Our last one “living” in Tucson, for now πŸ™‚

Friday, the Pilot took my brothers, Livi and me to fly the A-10 simulator.

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Livi loved it and I did two full rolls before crashing.

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Chicken salad, picnic-style on the patio. Photo on a tile that the movers broke :/

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Tiny fishtail:

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Saying “see ya later” to a place we dearly love.

So many memories inside these walls.

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It was our first house together as a family: where we brought Livi home from the hospital,

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had countless parties and get-togethers with our Tucson friends,

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and where our tiny baby grew into a full-up kid.

I took the dogs with me to pick up some lunch while the Pilot and Liv went to my dad’s to borrow his trailer. I beat them home, and ended up sitting on the cold tile with Bell for a good cry. I’m thankful for all of the beautiful memories, but it’s still hard to see a place that’s so full of love so completely empty.

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We’ll be back one day <3

On a lighter note, the burrito roll from Sushi Garden:

Burrito roll

Snuggles during Sunday brunch:

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We went to Ventana one last time before leaving, and it was just as glorious as ever.

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Where else can I get oysters AND grilled salmon with my eggs?!

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The mimosas are magical, too; somehow they keep refilling themselves.

Espresso mousse:

Espresso mousse

and grilled watermelon from the chef πŸ˜‰

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It was perfection.

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Hope you had a great weekend, too!

See ya in San Diego.



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  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on April 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    <3 <3 Lots of love sending you to your new adventure!!

  2. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on April 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    It’s so hard to leave a home behind–especially one with as many good memories as you have there! There’s so much more good stuff to look forward to in San Diego!

    I love Livi’s long hair and her cute teeny little ponies and pigtails you do for her!

    And espresso mousse sounds and looks amazing!

  3. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    It’s certainly tough to leave a house that has been a “home”, but I am sure that you have many good times, memories, and adventures ahead of you in California! πŸ™‚

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on April 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Safe travels to California! Livi looks so big in these pictures! I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to leave but I’m sure you have awesome things ahead of you!

  5. Jenn on April 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm


  6. Brittany on April 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    That tiny fishtail is the cutest thing i have ever seen in my life!
    I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your home. You will make memories in San Diego as well. But it wont be the same. Your house in SD will be your house but this will always be your home! Sending lots of love and good thoughts your way!

  7. Kaylee on April 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thinking of you Gina….moving is so hard and so bittersweet. But it sounds like you appreciated every single moment you had in Tuscon because you knew you’d have to leave and so many people forget to live that way. I hope California is everything you want it to be!! x

  8. Megan on April 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I wish I would have found you sooner so I could have enjoyed your Tucson posts (I spose I’ll just have to stalk old photos). Tucson is my hometown but the Army has us in Alabama now. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been back to AZ!

  9. Emily @ The Swallow Flies on April 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Oh, Gina. Your comment about the empty house broke my heart. Sending you lots of love, a big hug, and oodles of happy thoughts. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2014 at 1:04 am

      thank you <3

  10. Tracy on April 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    How sad! You should go shopping and buy lots of shoes
    to make yourself feel better

  11. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Safe moving! Thanks for sharing your life with us πŸ™‚

  12. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    It’s hard to leave a home behind. I remember when we moved up to where we are now on the last walk through of our old apartment I broke down. It was a tiny apartment and I wanted to move away from it but there were so many great memories there it was hard. You will be back πŸ™‚ Have a safe trip!

  13. Julie on April 7, 2014 at 1:07 am

    What a fantastic way to end it all! I always get super sappy having to leave. My last move was rough and I miss it terribly. I only get to visit once a year or less.

  14. Pua on April 7, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Beautiful photos! What a great way to end your time in Tucson. I hope you and your family have safe travels! p.s. I’m drooling a bit over that burrito roll. πŸ˜‰

  15. Courtney Bentley on April 7, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Safe travels to California, I sure do miss the states but living abroad has its perks! Lots of Love C

  16. Lucie@FitSwissChick on April 7, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Good luck with everythingn Gina!! Memories will last forever.

  17. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on April 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    oh sweetie!!!!!! i just want to hug you. please know how much i love you and all of the love and hugs i am sending you <3 you have such a beautiful family and it is so amazing that you get to move WITH you two most favourite people <3 seriously Gina, you inspire me to be a better person. You are so real. Love you

  18. Cara's Healthy Cravings on April 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Looking forward to “meeting” you in San Diego!

  19. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    So bittersweet. I hope your wonderful memories will sustain you during this time as you look forward to making new memories in your new home.

  20. Livi on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Mimosas and espresso mousse? My kind of brunch!

  21. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on April 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Awww, good luck with everything in the upcoming week Gina! I’ve been in your shoes, and it’s so so hard. Looking forward to hearing about all of your new adventures. Isn’t San Diego’s slogan, “Where Happy Happens?” That sounds promising πŸ™‚

  22. Roselyn @ Sass & Shenanigans on April 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I cry every time we leave wherever we’ve been. Good luck to you & see you in San Diego!

  23. Gina on April 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh Gina!! I was getting teary as I was reading your post.

    Who know’s what shenanigan’s you and your family will find in San Diego!

    Hugs! Gina (from MA)

    *Livi’s smile is adorable!

  24. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on April 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Moving really is bittersweet. Glad you enjoyed your last weekend and best of luck in San Diego! Hopefully your boxes will arrive soon. πŸ™‚

  25. Kara H. on April 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thinking of you guys! I can’t imagine having family close and then having to move farther away. But what a great next adventure to start on. Hugs!

  26. char eats greens on April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Great memories are just around the corner in San Diego now :). Sounds like a perfect last weekend living there though πŸ˜‰

  27. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Hi Gina,

    Moving can be so sad, especially when you look at the place you lived and it is empty. I went through that a year-and-a-half ago when I left Florida for California.

    The highlight of this post to me is the tiny fishtail braid. I LOVE fishtail braids, but have not perfected it yet. Can you do one in your own hair?

    On the Country Music Awards last night Miranda Lambert had a huge fabulous fishtail, and it was so cute. I’ve got to give it a try.

    Happy Monday!


  28. Eileen on April 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I so understand your feelings of leaving your house where your daughter was born with so many good family memories. When my daughter was 3yrs, we moved from our home (in AZ) and away from my family. I remember sitting in my daughters empty room and had a melt down after the movers left. Happy & sad tears. Wishing you many more beautiful memories in California!

  29. Bri on April 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Love her little hair braid!

    And, that’s tough to leave a house that has so many memories! Praying you have a great week.

    BTW, that last picture of Livi and her grandpa is PRECIOUS!

  30. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Ventana canyon is so lovely! Good luck with the move. I’m sure everything will work out as it is meant to be.

  31. Dede on April 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hey, the brother with the sunglasses looks just like you!

    Good luck on your new adventure. I know you all will love it. : )

  32. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on April 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Best of luck with the move! I’m sure you will create many fond memories in SD!

  33. Stephanie on April 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    You are a strong mom and wife for supporting your husband’s career and moving. I feel for you because I am currently living the dream of being 10 minutes from my family and my daughter adores her grandparents (and vice versa) and sees them daily. Both of us wouldn’t have survived the first year of parenthood without their help and support. I hope you can make frequent trips and that Livi adjusts well. And you too. Thoughts and prayers for you all

  34. Tracy on April 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Oh wow! Such a heartfelt post. Good luck in your new amazing adventures in SD!! So many memories to make in the future πŸ™‚

  35. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on April 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Oh man, I bet it can’t be easy saying good-bye, but you have so many more memories to be made ahead in CA!

  36. Katie on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Hoping you guys have safe travels to Cali! I know it must be hard, but new adventures await for you! Love you!

  37. Crystal on April 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, reading this totally made me tear up! It was always hard for our family every time we had to move. I remember being stationed in Germany where my mom had family living nearby, and then leaving…SO hard. I admire my parents so much for always holding it together for us kids during each move. Good luck with your adventure πŸ™‚

  38. LisaG on April 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Aaaaw that’s all I can say!! But, excited for your adventures in Cali.

  39. Michelle on April 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Thinking of you as your family settles into a new home. I noticed you wrote we’ll be back some day. Are you guys keeping your Tucson home?

  40. Jackie on April 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Good luck!!!

  41. joelle @ on a pink typewriter on April 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    San Diego is warming up (80 degrees means “spring” has arrived) and ready to greet you. πŸ™‚ Yay for new chapters!

  42. Shelly Hookimawillinne on April 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Love the last photo! Reminds me of the old Anishnabe grandpas where I live. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  43. Alex @ Kenzie Life on April 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    It must be so hard to leave a place with so many important memories, but I hope that San Diego will be a place for some even better ones! <3

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2014 at 1:25 am

      thank you, we are loving it so far πŸ™‚

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