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About Our Family

Don’t mind me, I’m just updating my “About Me” page. Rather, I’m adding a new “About Me” page so that I can keep the old one buried somewhere in my blog. Every now and then I’ll go back to it and remember who I was at some point in time. :)
My name is Erica. On the other side of the world, I’m a newbie lawyer who graduated law school and passed the bar with a baby in tow. Here in Tanzania, I’m a stay-at-home-mama to a pretty rad toddler named Evita Pilar. My husband and I love to travel, but we don’t just want to see the world- we want to live it. Saying goodbye to Hawaii was difficult, but it has definitely been worth the experience so far.

Throwback Thursday: Mt. San Jacinto

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes it back to when we were living in 29 Palms, CA. My mom was visiting for her last week of summer vacation (she’s a high school english teacher), and we thought it’d be fun to go up Mt. San Jacinto. She actually took me there when I was a kid so it was our second time up there together. Mt. San Jacinto is located in Palm Springs, which is about an hour from 29 Palms. The summit is about 10,000 feet up, and there are aerial trams that take you up the mountain (if you don’t want to climb that high). The tram is pretty gnarly and not for people afraid of heights, haha. It shakes and grinds and has big windows so you can look hundreds of feet down into the rocky mountain. When you reach the top there are a bunch of trails to hike and faces to climb. We sort of just explored the area, sticking to some trails and venturing off others. The last time we were up there it was completely covered in snow so this time was a very different experience. My favorite part about the scenery was all the fallen trees. I took lots of pictures with my little point-and-shoot that nobody would be interested in, except maybe fellow geography nerds, so I’ll only share a few. The view was also pretty spectacular. The mountain is known as “an island of biodiversity” and when you look around the reason is pretty evident. All that can be seen surrounding the mountain, all the way to the horizon, is miles and miles of desert. 

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About Me

Hello!
My name is Erica.

On March 10, 2012, I became a mother to Evita Pilar.
Two months later, I graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law.
I passed the bar in July, and became a lawyer in November.
On December 12, 2012, my family of three moved across the globe form Oahu, Hawaii, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
We found out we were expecting #2 in September 2013.
On March 17, 2014 we moved to Quantico, Virginia where we’re currently anxiously expecting his arrival.
How did I get here?
I grew up on South Padre Island, Texas. I had big plans for after high school.
I was accepted to the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
A few weeks before I graduated, this Marine I knew from back-in-the-day came home on leave and swept me off my feet.
I spent an amazing summer with him in Hawaii and decided that I could never leave;
however, my first semester in college was already paid for and I needed to get my ass back to Texas before it began. So I did.
I studied patiently in Austin and kept the long-distance thing going as I secretly filled out a transfer application to Hawaii.
On Christmas Day after my first semester at UT, I said goodbye to Texas and Aloha, again, to Hawaii.

Six months later, on June 10, 2006, Daniel and I eloped on beautiful Kahala beach.
It was a last-minute thing, and we didn’t tell anyone until after the fact.
Some people speculated that I was pregnant; others were convinced we wouldn’t make it a year.
They were wrong.

However, after only one year of life on the rock, Daniel got orders to Camp Pendleton.
We packed up our things and moved to Oceanside, CA.
I was homesick for Hawaii, but made the most out of Cali life.
I became a certified personal trainer through NCSF and worked at gym in Encinitas.
I continued my college education at San Diego State University, but by that time my major had switched to Geography.

I had realized that Geography was my true passion.
I enjoy learning about cultures, rocks, plants, and the ocean.
I love the world and have an intense desire to see it all.
Some call it wanderlust but I think its wanderlove.

After a year in So Cal, it was time for Daniel to deploy again. I returned to Hawaii to finish up my degree.
I spent the summer he was deployed studying abroad in the Galapagos Islands.
After graduating, I returned to California to reunite with Daniel, this time in 29 Palms, CA.

Living in the desert made us miss Hawaii even more, so we fought to get stationed there again.
I applied for law school at my alma mater, the University of Hawaii, and was accepted.
I left in the Fall of 2009, not knowing where Daniel would get orders.
Thankfully, he was able to join me in December.

We spent the next three years in Hawaii.
Besides all the work I had to do in law school, and another one of D’s deployments… life was good.
The summer before my last year of law school, I found out I was pregnant.
And that’s when my blogging life began.

This blog began as a modern baby book, a way to keep family and friends updated on my pregnancy journey.
It has expanded into a way to document life and hoard memories.
To give advice and take advice.
To say, “I was here.”

Sometimes I have a lot to say.
Other times I let pictures do the talking.

This is our story from two pink lines and beyond.

Hobbies: surf & skate, hiking, travel, random adventures, guns, painting/crafts, mixed martial arts, fitness

Music: mostly 80s/90s/00s era punk (Pennywise, Bad Religion, NoFX, etc.), hip hop (Sage Francis, Wu Tang, Living Legends, Atmosphere), some hardcore (Circle Takes the Square, Bring me the Horizon), old school country (Patsy Cline, Hank), and even some hippy shit (Jack Johnson, Jarabe de Palo, Slightly Stoopid).

Pets: two kitties, Sofia Mulonavich and Selena Quintanilla
Places Lived:

Palmito Ranch

Oceanside, CA

Contact:

Feel free to e-mail me: erica@totheseablog.com 
I’m also on facebook and twitter.