Monday, April 27, 2015

A Weekend Away

Matt and I were able to go on a much overdue trip away together.  It had been close to three years since we've been away overnight without the kids.  We've been looking forward to it for weeks.  I was a little bummed  that the weather turned colder and cloudy, but it ended up being nice enough to enjoy. We stayed at a lovely beachfront place in Oxnard, and it was worth every penny.  It's one of the few beach front resorts that is truly on the beach that we could find.  We got a room that overlooked the ocean and it was so great.  We love being at the beach and find it so relaxing.

On our way to Oxnard we stopped in LA and had lunch and beer at Golden Road Brewery, which Matt wanted to check out.  We've bought their beer before.  The food was amazing and my favorite part was probably my dessert... a delicious croissant bread pudding with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream.  Worth
the splurge!

We then decided to swing by Griffith Park Observatory.  Neither of us had been there since we went for our first Valentine's Day together 15 years ago. It was fun and we enjoyed the view despite it being cloudy.

We got new phones and one of the features is that you can take a wide selfie, kinda fun.

And there's the Hollywood sign in the background.  

We got to our hotel and checked in and promptly walked on the beach.  We enjoyed the complimentary hotel happy hour, then we ordered pizza to our room, sat on our balcony and watched the sun set, and then sat in the spa.  So relaxing!

The view from our balcony.... ahhhhhh

The sunset from our balcony

The next morning we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, rented bikes and explored the area for an hour and a half, which was so much fun.  I haven't ridden a bike in a year and a half!!!  We then strolled around the beach some more, and then layed by the pool and relaxed in the spa. It was wonderful, just how we like to roll!

The morning view!

My view at the pool :)

My view at the beach :)  Although we did have sweatshirts on, it felt nice, but was a bit too chilly to take them off.

We went out for dinner that night and had THE BEST fish either of us had had in a long time.  It was so amazing.  It was a freshly caught sea bass with an almond crust, drizzled with a berry compote and some sauce.  Oh my.

I tried a spicy margarita.  It was SO yummy and super spicy, we both loved it.

The next day we had to check out and head to Modesto to pick up our puppy the following morning. We drove up the coast a bit, had lunch at the Firestone restaurant and brewery near Solvang.  Then we stopped in at Rabbit Ridge winery in Paso Robles, since that is one of our favorite wines that we buy from Trader Joe's.  It was fun to taste their other stuff.  

 We then headed to Modesto where we stayed the night (thankfully for free because we had a voucher), then headed out first thing Sunday to go pick up our puppy.  After picking her up, we drove straight home.

We named her Indy (short for Indigo), because she is a blue tri Rat Terrier. She's a sweetie and we love her!  As if my life wasn't crazy enough with a baby who's into everything right now, lol.  It's just been sad not having a dog.

The kids were so excited to meet her! 
 I'll post lots more pictures of the puppy soon, don't you worry!  :)

We were so so so grateful to be able to get away together.  We realized it needs to happen again this summer :)  It was so great to be able to actually relax, talk, do what we wanted, and just hang out.  We were so thankful to my mom and Matt's mom for helping with the kids!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Last week we got to attend a ceremony put on by the Loma Linda University Medical School.  Sid donated his body to the medical school, and the ceremony was in honor of all of the people who have donated.  They actually use the body for two whole years.  Crazy huh?  It was such a neat service, and so touching and Christ centered.  There were about 8 different medical students who spoke and gave such nice speeches, thanking the donors for helping them learn.  Annette and Dan both came out and so it was nice to have everyone there for the service.  Two of Sid's brothers came as well (the two who live in So Cal).  Afterwards we all went out to lunch at BJ's. 

Later that evening we all went over to Marlene's for dinner.  It was nice to spend some time together.

Alayna and I got our hair cut.  We got four or so inches cut off Alayna's hair.

Everett splashing in the fountain.  I'll post pictures of this area that we've been working on when it's finished :)

Everett was excited to discover some dirt the other day in the backyard.

 He was also excited to eat it, lol... yuck.  That makes two kids who have loved eating dirt.

Alayna and Taelyn in their matching kitty dresses at school :)

Teresa and Lea and I met up for lunch at Noodle 21 on Lea's birthday.

My big boy

A quick stop for ice cream after school one day.  Everett enjoyed a few bites too.

Happy hour that same evening.  Kelly and Lea's birthdays are actually on the same day, so we celebrated both of them :)  Love when we can get together sans kiddos.

A treat for my sweetie.  She's enjoyed getting spoiled on her days off this year.  I'm going to miss my one on one time with her!

And tomorrow we leave for three nights away without kids.  We haven't been away without kids since we went to Hawaii nearly three years ago!  So crazy!  We are VERY excited :) 

Cadet Campout and Morongo

Matt took Ethan to his very first Cadet Campout last weekend.  Ethan had built a rocket at Cadets, and they got to fire them. They also got to shoot pellet guns.  A family from our church let them have the campout at their dairy, so they were only 30 minutes away, and they had tons of space.  It worked out well. Precious memories were made, and I'm so glad Matt could take Ethan to do this.  Matt was involved in Cadets when he was a kid, so he has fond memories as well.

 Saturday I got to go to Casino Morongo with Faith.  Her girls babysat Everett and Alayna so that we could go. She will be moving to New Mexico in a few weeks so we had to take one last chance to lay in the sun together, especially since we never went to Glen Ivy for our birthdays this year.  It costs $30 to get into the pools for the day.  It was super fun and relaxing and the weather was perfect.  It's like a mini Vegas :)  We layed in the sun, floated in the lazy river, ordered lunch from the bar, had a couple drinks, and talked non stop :)  To say I'm sad she is moving is an understatement.... :(