California Dreamin’

How can it be December already? It’s true what they say, that time only goes faster as you get older. I remember as kids when we would make our Christmas lists and then wait forever for Christmas to come. Now it speeds by so quickly one could miss it completely if not paying close attention!

So even though this vacation was months ago… it feels like it just happened. After my sister’s wedding this past June, we had a few days to enjoy California before having to return home. I was super excited for the chance for A to get to experience some of the places and things I enjoyed as a kid.

Day 1: We headed out to the neighborhood where I grew up. A wasn’t overly impressed with knowing where I lived as a kid. But he sure did enjoy time playing around the lake. We must have rode our bike to and around that lake hundreds of times over the years.

When we were kids mom was constantly telling us to “appreciate the mountains.” She had been known to pull off to the side of the road on multiple occasions to make us stare at them. She would tell us some day we wouldn’t live where there were mountains and we would miss them. We thought she was nuts! She was right.


We also got to take A to Ruby’s. He thought it was crazy awesome that we ate on the roof of the restaurant. And he was a huge fan of the idea of ordering a milkshake with lunch!


Day 2: We headed off to San Diego and made our first stop at Seal Beach, which is always a fun stop.


We spent day on Coronado Island. It’s funny that when I asked A his favorite part of the day, his answer was playing at this park! So funny, since we could go to a park any day… but glad he was able to enjoy himself.


We ended the day taking in the sunset off the coast. A was crazy for the sand and water. We had just changed him into warmer clothes as the evening was getting chilly. He was so soaked and dirty just a few minutes later. He sure loves the beach!


Day 3: We spent the day doing touristy things just the three of us. We took A to see the Hollywood sign in the hills. He has taken note of it in movies since then and remembers being there, so that makes it worth drive!


We also got Jesse his Pink’s hot dog he had been waiting for since the last time we visited California. A enjoyed his hot dog, but was way more impressed with the firefighters who sat down at the table right next to us to eat their lunch. He stared at them and asked us questions about them the whole time. They were nice enough to say hi to him and ask his name. And when we left lunch… the fire truck was parked out front. This was definitely A’s favorite part of Hollywood. Again, so funny what makes a special memory in his mind.


And we still had time to take in some perfect California sunshine before we had to leave the next morning.

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And one last huge hotel breakfast too. A was a big fan of having all these breakfast choices, but then… who isn’t?

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After being quite nervous about the airplane ride on the way out there, A had it all figured out for the way home. This being our first time flying with him, I was so relieved that he did so well traveling. He made sure to take full advantage on the airline drinks and snacks… he just soaked in the entire experience. It’s so fun to watch him enjoy new things when he has no expectation of how it should go.

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Well, that’s our summer vacation. A has already been asking quite frequently when we can plan our next vacation. I’m ready too!

Wedding: Ashley and David

What a fun and memorable day we had celebrating a second family wedding in the same month! My sister, Ashley, and her husband, David, had a picture perfect wedding day. We loved being a part of this day! Just a few (or a lot) pictures to share…


I had the idea to let A use my old camera to take pictures during the wedding. I knew Jesse would be taking pictures all night and figured A always loves to do whatever Jesse does. I had no idea just how entertained that would keep him… I guess I’m a genius. He was an adorable mini photographer!


Josh and I were the last ones down the isle before the bride. Without looking backwards, I could tell the exact moment when Ashley came into view by the look on David’s face. One of my favorite moments of the night!


And then the were married!


Look how pretty the colors and decor!


Aunt Cole and A getting warmed up for dancing…


The new couple!


I think it’s safe to say Mom and Dad enjoyed themselves!

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And this guy let loose a little too…



A big congratulations again to the happy couple!!

Here Comes the Bride

The morning of my sister’s wedding was here! Ashley was out getting her hair and makeup done before meeting all of us bridesmaids at the hotel to get dressed. She arrived looking perfectly radiant.

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I’m so thankful for Ashley’s friend who did an amazing job on my hair! And helped with some last minute touchups for the bride.


Having some time to kill and nerves to calm, the girls had some fun getting warmed up for the dance floor.


Now for the beautiful dress…

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The bride with the sisters…

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And with the best friends…

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The veil made the finishing touch.


And lastly the gorgeous bouquet…

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It was wedding time! The wedding coordinator came and got us and we all headed downstairs and down the isle. More photos to come soon!