Thursday, July 20, 2017

Our 15th Anniversary

Matt and I celebrated our 15th anniversary on July 13th.  I can't beleive it's already been 15 years... it's crazy. I am so blessed by this man.  15 years feels like a milestone. We wanted to do more than just go out to dinner, so we booked three nights in Newport Beach at the cutest little cottage we found through VRBO.  Praise the LORD my mom stayed with the kids.  I was so thankful.  We had not gone away alone together for almost 2 1/2 years!! It was so perfect, and only two blocks from the beach.  Once we got there, we didn't get in our car again until we left... we walked and biked everywhere :)  I cannot even explain how wonderful it felt to have three whole nights to ourselves in one of our favorite places.  It's amazing the things you appreciate getting to do once you have kids.  Things like be spontaneous, only bring a towel to the beach, hop on a bike whenever you feel like it, paddle board, take a nap on the beach, have tons of uninterrupted conversation and go out to eat wherever sounds good!

Reading a good book on the beach... bliss for me....

This was actually the only time we went out to dinner... the other two nights we brought food back to our house and ate on the patio.  By the way, as we were eating I noticed Slade from the REal Housewives of Orange County eating a few tables over... for anyone who cares LOL.  It was my D-list celebrity sighting 

The food pictures are mainly for my friend Kelly... hehe, because she just loves seafood ;)  Our goal was actually to eat different seafood from a place we'd never been every single day... and we succeeded!

 Coffee on the pier...

The cottage we rented had the most beautiful succulents all over.  I loved them.

 We rented paddle boards for two hours and went really far.  This was the first time paddle boarding for both of us and it was so much fun.

More seafood!  Shrimp ceviche and fish tacos.

And look... on a different day... ono ceviche... YUM.  Also not pictured were the lobster burritos we ate one day .

Pizza and yummy wine on the patio one night.

 It was SO much fun to be able to walk to the beach whenever we wanted.  It was about a five minute walk to get down there :)

Thank you SO MUCH mom for allowing us to do this and taking such good care of the kids. 

Trip to Healdsburg

We decided to take a trip up to Healdsburg before summer is over, because we don't know when we'll be able to get up there again, and we really miss our Flores'.  The weather was so nice while we were up there and we enjoyed our time so much.  The best part about visiting them is that the kids are just as excited as we are, and they all love being together so much.

 We got to explore a few of Healdsburg's parks... which are really pretty, actually they are GORGEOUS. 
 Everett and Evie walking :)
 Alayna gathered flowers and Jolene helped her make a flower crown...

  The big boys riding scooters at the skate park

The big boys set up a tent in the backyard and ended up sleeping in it three out of the four nights we were there.  It was so much fun for them.

Danny holding the littles

We drove out to the Sonoma Coast which was really neat.  Matt and I had not been to a Northern California beach before.  It was gorgeous.

We ended up finding the best sandy beach in Bodega Bay and were able to hang out for several hours on the sand.  It was chilly, but the sand warmed us up and the kids had a blast playing.

Sonoma wine on a Sonoma county beach... pretty perfect!

The kids had the best time playing and building with the driftwood (something we don't really find on our So Cal beaches)

These two littles actually ended up sleeping great in Evie's room together... Everett was in his pack and play and Evie in her bed.  They even napped together, it was perfect!  This was adorable... she was "reading" to him.

Camping out
 Alayna lost a top tooth while we were up there... only her third tooth so far.


Another beautiful park....

 It was such a nice visit.  We sure do miss having our dear friends nearby... it's been hard getting used to not being able to see them. I'm so glad we were able to make it up there again this summer.  The older we get, the more we just really treasure friendships like the one we have with the Flores family <3 br="">