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Christina Hogewoning  🔹San Diego Native🔹Sister to 5🔹Aunt to 2 (almost 4)🔹LDS Temples🔹Traveling 🔹BYU🔹Mexican Food🔹Temple Square🔹Photography

And it was so fun to get to see the Clark's twice this trip!! (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #sandiego #lajolla #windanseabeach #windansea #family #ilovetheclarks #ilovesandiego #ilovethebeach #spontaneousroadtrip #lovethem #june2017 6.20.17

I loved getting to spend so much time with Ede too! (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #sandiego #lajolla #windanseabeach #windansea #family #sisters #ilovesandiego #ilovethebeach #spontaneousroadtrip #loveher #june2017 6.20.17

I got back in time from Mexico to meet up with this cutie and her family at the beach. She kept turning around and peaking at me. I could seriously watch her all day! 🏖 (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #sandiego #lajolla #windanseabeach #windansea #family #cutestniece #ilovesandiego #ilovethebeach #spontaneousroadtrip #canikeepherforever #loveher #june2017 6.20.17

I don't think it was a coincidence that we both had a week off before starting our new jobs! I'm so glad we got to spend so much time together last week! (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #family #siblings #spontaneousroadtrip #mexicocaliforniaborder #mexico #bordercrossing #usmexicoborder #waitingforever #lovehim #june2017 6.20.17

I know, this is an awful pic mostly because my car windows were so dirty (they still are 🤦🏼‍♀️). But this perfectly captures a snippet of the 2 hour and 15 minutes of waiting to cross the border. (And, Star Wars!!!) There were SO many street vendors selling all sorts of things including food. And a lot of them were carrying so much stuff! One guy even cleaned my windshield.

I told my brother that it is amazing to me how wealthy (overall) we are here in the U.S. But right next door, the people live in so much poverty. It was seriously so sad and quite humbling to watch these people for over two hours. Some were injured or disabled, and my heart broke even more.

I feel so blessed to have a roof over my head, food on my table, clothes on my back, a bed to sleep in, a car to drive, and a job where I don't have to be in the hot sun walking around begging people to help me. (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #mexicocaliforniaborder #bordercrossing #starwars #chewbacca #darthvader #stormtrooper #streetvendors #spontaneousroadtrip #sohumbled #sograteful #june2017 6.19.17

Getting back to the United States wasn't easy. I didn't think about looking up directions to get us back because once I go somewhere, I can usually find my way back. However, while in Mexico, it wasn't as straightforward to me. Between Corey and I, we were able to navigate back towards the border. But apparently we had to be in line. We didn't end up in the correct lanes, and the cops didn't let us merge into where we needed to be.
We basically had to find the very end of the line to cross the border. I think we drove around for an hour before we found it. I wouldn't say we were lost (Corey would) because I recognized certain things which helped me know if we were going toward the border or not. But I had crazy anxiety not knowing which street would take us where we needed to be.
We were both so happy to see this sight! A very long car line! And we were amazed by all of the street vendors! (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #mexicocaliforniaborder #bordercrossing #longestlineofcars #streetvendors #spontaneousroadtrip #june2017 6.19.17

On our way to the temple, I happened to look up for a second to catch this statue of Christ as we passed it. This was the best pic I got coming back. (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #statueofchrist #cristorey #spontaneousroadtrip #june2017 6.19.17

Seeing this temple was breathtaking! From the bridge (the last pic I posted), it literally looked like a rose among thorns. Tijuana looks so dirty, and then all of a sudden there is a gorgeous white spire! (That pic didn't do a justice because my window was so dirty.) And in person, I couldn't get enough! I seriously couldn't stop taking pictures. I only told Corey a bunch of times that we were leaving. (Thanks for your patience, bro!) The landscaping reminded me of parts of Balboa Park. (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #tijuanatemple #family #siblings #ilovetoseethetemple #roseinthethorns #june2017 6.19.17

I know this looks like a pic of a crooked light post, but it's not. If you look closely, you'll see the Tijuana Temple to the left of the light post.

Words cannot describe the joy that came as soon as I spotted the temple. I had saved directions before losing service on my phone. But the streets in Mexico aren't as clearly labeled as here in the United States. So following directions and getting to the temple was slightly more difficult than I'd anticipated. (And I'm good with directions.) And I had been wanting to go see this temple for quite a while. I'm so happy I finally got to go! (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #tijuana #bajacalifornia #ilovetoseethetemple #tijuanatemple #roseinthethorns #spontaneousroadtrip #june2017 6.19.17

My brother and I braved crossing the border. Going down took no time. Coming back was another story though. (📷 from 6.16.17) #latergram #sandiego #spontaneousroadtrip #californiamexicoborder #mexico #bordercrossing #usmexicoborder #june2017 6.19.17

Can't get enough of these cute nieces of mine! (📷 from 6.15.17) #latergram #sandiego #family #cutestnieces #bathtime #ilovesandiego #spontaneousroadtrip #ifellasleepnotlongafter #lovethem #june2017 6.19.17

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