(All California photos here)
I spent my Spring Break last week in California, and had a blast! I stayed with my friend Lindsey in Pleasanton for a few days, then flew to Orange County to spend the rest of the week with my parents and brother's family.
Lindsey and her boyfriend Brent (our chauffeur,) took me on a quick tour (my favorite kind,) through San Francisco. Since I've been a few times, we by-passed Pier 39 and got to the good stuff:
Crazy cool townhomes
Golden Gate Bridge
We also enjoyed an over-the-top visit to In N Out...not just because the food was amazing (as always,) but because we stayed there for 4.5 hours! Lindsey and I met up with our friend Crystal; both girls came to my wedding reception in Lincoln City, and I haven't seen them since. It was so much fun to talk to the people that really know me (we all grew up together,) and obviously great to hang out at such a cool place.
Trip 1 of 2 to In N Out during Spring Break...oh, and the missionaries
Crystal, Lindsey and Britt
The rest of my time in the Northern half of the state was spent: visiting Joe's sister Carrie and her husband Benjy, shopping at the outlets in Vacaville, and asking each other "Whatever happened to..." to get the response "Well on Facebook, I saw they are..." about 100 times :) Oh, also I made BFFs with Lindsey's dog Geraldo.
Geraldo + Britt = BFF
I met up with my parents at the Oakland airport, and we flew together into Orange County to visit Jake, Carter and Asher. The main attraction was, obviously, my adorable nephew. Mom and I had a great time playing with bubbles, walking to the park, and listening to Asher talk...and talk...and talk. He had so much to say! It was really fun to set him up with things like:
Asher, are you a carnivore? "No, I'm a herbivore! I eat plants! [Something indecipherable about various dinosaurs and whether they were herbivores or carnivores...]"
Asher, what do you want to eat? "I want some water, and chocolate, and chocolate water, and carrots, and cereal, and pears, and toast...and eggs." He ended every list with "...and eggs."
I can't believe he will be 3 in a few months!
Other notable SoCal events:
Meeting up with Derrick Davis for dinner
Enjoying some HUGE French toast with my dad
Seeing my friend Holly...if only at the mall for a few minutes (she had just driven to town from Phoenix and knew that I was in the area from my Facebook status!)
A few weeks ago, Joe asked me what was on my Bucket List. I thought for awhile, then realized that I really don't have the desire to go to specific places to see certain things...I just want to spend time with the people I love. Totally cheesy, I know, but 100% the truth. We are so much looking forward to the other trips we have planned this year for family reunions and weddings! And you're all invited to the east coast for the holidays :)