Every year Newport Beach has a boat parade in December to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone decorates their boats with lights and Christmas decorations. We have gone for decades…Mom would dress us up in the fluffiest winter jackets when we were little. I would complain about looking like a Michelin man (think Ralphie’s little brother in The Christmas Story – I can’t put my arms down), but I was warm. We would drink hot cider and sit on a friends boat to watch the parade or some years we’d be lucky enough to be in it! This year our friends Monica and Evan invited us to watch the parade from their sailboat at the Bahia Corinthian. I love the Christmassy feelings when we watch the parade. I love our home sweet home and this fun Christmas tradition.
Pics from our weekend at the cabin. We were supposed to go camping in Morro Bay. The waves were good and the boys were excited to get some chilly surf in. I had visions of jiffy-pop around a campfire and wine tasting with Av, but the weather turned grumpy and tent camping in mud didn’t sound fun anymore. We decided to switch it up and head to the mountains instead of the beach. It turned out to be a magical weekend; with a hike to the grotto, the first snow of the season and an unexpected town center Christmas tree lighting complete with hot cider and caroling. It was a perfect way to kickstart the December feelys.
^Av, Dan and Kelsso leading the way to the grotto.
Made it to the top! What a view of the valley!
Lumberjack Dan (with boardshorts) haha. We hiked down to the grotto. In the springtime the snow melts and fills the grotto with icy cold water. It’s mostly dry during late summer and fall, so there wasn’t much flowing. It was fun to check it out and feel that cold breeze rush down the canyon crevasse.
Big dark storm clouds rolled in the next day and brought snow – perfect timing for the town Christmas tree lighting! Mike showed us how to play with flashlight photography.
On our way to the town center for some festivities!
Waiting for the Christmas tree lighting and huddling around the town fire pit, trying to keep warm and shield the kiddos from the wind and snow. Light that tree, light that tree! I can’t feel my feet.
We ran into the local grocery store to warm the kids feet and order hot pizzas for the walk home.
Happy, warm and feed.
Daniel and I had to work in Los Angeles over the weekend. We we’re busy most of the time, but had a few hours off during the evening for surfing in Malibu, exploring restaurants and a meet up with my cousin Emily and her main man Ben in Venice. It was a nice change of pace – a fun little get away. Here are our pictures from our weekend away.
^^^Malibu Farm has been on my bucket list for quite sometime. I heard great things about it…fresh food, healthy, great location right on the beach where Dan wanted to surf. We found $5 parking in a lot right next to the restaurant and spent the evening surfing and grabbing a bite to eat at the Malibu Farm Cafe on the end of the pier.
Fresh kale Caesar salad with watermelon radishes, apple spinach juice and a Steven Tyler on the side!
It’s beginning to look like fall! Look…not feel (like fall). It was 102F in the city today. Super Uggggh nasty.
On our way to work work work…
We picked The Butcher’s Daughter as our meet-up restaurant with my cousin – it happened to be the same night of the Abbot Kinney festival. Lots of vendors selling homemade goodies and vintage finds. Great people watching!
What a gorgeous place! The decor was A+! Fantastic vegetarian dishes, drinks and coffee.
^^^The Queens Tea – earl grey infused Lillet Blanc, pressed lemon and egg white
^^^Rosemary’s Cup – Contratto Rosso, rosemary, pressed ginger, cucumber, strawberry & mint
Wow! My best friend is having a baby boy! This is such a rad stage in life right now. Lots of friends are getting married and having babies. I love watching all of the puzzle pieces fall into place — this friend moves here and that friend moves there; he meets her and she meets him etc. Jobs, relationships, families…they’re all happening. It’s a fun/fast time of life.
Shan moved to VA with her Navy hub Justin a year ago. It’s been hard living without her down the street from me, but we’re learning to call each other more often. Facetime is fantastic! Last weekend, S and J flew out to visit, and My mom and I hosted a baby shower for Shan! I am so thankful that I got to spend the weekend with my best friend, feel tummy kicks and make her awkwardly sit there while I talked to the baby…
Me: “Who’s going to be the best Auntie? Yes…you’re right, I am.”
Shan: “Brittany, stop talking to my stomach you are so weird.”
Shan, it’s been such a beautiful/exciting/fascinating time watching you become a mommy. You and Justin are going to be wonderful parents and I can’t wait to meet the little bub when he arrives. Here are some pictures and a clip from the baby shower this past weekend. Love and miss you both.
^A woodland inspired baby shower for our Shan. We thought it would be a fun theme for an early fall shower.
^Shan and her mama Gene. Look at that cute little tummy!
To my superman, HAPPY 4th Anniversary and 14th year of life together! You truly are my best friend. You amaze me in all the things you do…from building the houses these past few years, to planning the details of a surprise b-day party. There is no task too big or small that goes unnoticed by you. You are a selfless man, always thinking of others and I love your acts of kindness – the way you love me and all of our friends and family. Thank you for holding my hand on walks around Balboa, the late night talks, the homemade breakfast burritos, for re-washing the laundry I forget about (all the time), for forehead kisses, silly names, fun trips, lazy nights, long hugs and for all the ways you make me feel safe, loved and cherished! I am one lucky lady to have found such an incredible hub. Every year with you is the best I’ve ever had. Cheers to you and cheers to us. I can’t wait for all the years of happiness to come.
Excited for dinner at Javier’s tonight! Woot woot! What a treat!