California Dreamin'--pt.2

Nick and I made a quick trip to California (again) this past weekend to visit my Uncle Scott & Aunt Patty and to see the Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney concert. To say that our weekend was a blast would be a huge understatement.

We got into town Friday afternoon and headed over to Scott & Patty's GORGEOUS house in LA. I'm so sad I didn't get any pictures of their place..we loved it there!
That night they took us out to a nice restaurant called ZENGO in Santa Monica. It was a mix of Latin and Asian food.. sounds strange but it was so good! The best part about the restaurant was the location. We sat on the rooftop over looking the street and cute little shops below. Fancy. I totally thought I was going to see the Kardashians walk through the door.



 After our yummy dinner we took a stroll down on 3rd Street through the plaza and walked by all the shops. We saw some very crazy interesting people and street performers...even a skateboarding bulldog! (((I was looking for Rob & Big everywhere hoping it was Meaty riding the board.)))

We love Uncle Scott

..And beautiful Aunt Patty

Then they took us to their favorite (and according to the long lines, EVERYONE in California's favorite) frozen yogurt spot-- Pinkyberry.  It was sooo good.

>>Lauren Herman--I now understand your obsession.<<
The next morning we got up early and headed to Six Flags-Magic Mountain to meet my mom and little brother & sister for a day of roller coasters. 

What a fantastic theme park. I haven't been there since I was probably 10 and I forgot how fun and huge all the rides are. We had to leave the park around 2:30 for our concert so we are planning on going back soon for a full day of fun. Who wants to come with us?? :)

Goliath. The name of the rollercoaster speaks for itself. HUGE.

This was taken right before the ride "Tatsu". I literally thought this would be our last picture before we died on that ride. Crazy. P.S. I know we look rough--It was a very hot and humid day.
We left the park around 2:00 hoping to stop by the house to change and freshen up before the concert at 4:30 but thanks to the super convenient LA traffic that didn't happen. We had to go straight from Six Flags to the concert. Gross. So we stopped at a Carl's Jr. to eat, where I tried desperately to comb my fingers through my messy hair and fix my sweaty make up in their nasty little bathroom. Lovely. 

But we made it to the concert just in time and once we were there I didn't think twice about my ugly hair or boy-ish outfit. All I could think about was watching my two favorite country guys sing their hearts out while holding the hand of my very own (and #1 favorite) country guy. I had the time of my life.

Our seats weren't the best but I didn't mind. We had a perfect view of the jumbo screen and I could hear those beautiful voices perfectly and that's all I cared about.
Tim McGraw ♥

**My favorite part of the concert was when Tim came back for his encore and sang my absolute favorite song--Cowboy in Me.** Would you judge me if I told you I teared up a little? (I would post the video but I'm just singing & cheering way too loud...embarrassing.)

Nick left during a little break and came back with this...

Tim McGraw t-shirt! I love it. My husband is just too sweet. ♥ ♥


Kenny Chesney!

>>>Please try to ignore my singing.. this was the only video where I'm not sounding like a complete fool the entire time.<<<

Top 3 best nights of my life. I think I was the happiest girl in the whole stadium.
{{Like I said, we had the best weekend ever! Thanks again to my wonderful Aunt & Uncle for letting us stay with them and taking us out for a night on the town. Thanks to my mom and little siblings for sharing a fun day with us at Magic Mountain. Thanks to Tim & Kenny for putting on my dream concert. And BIG thanks to my amazing husband for taking me to it. :) }}



>>I think it's the simplest way to describe the week/weekend I just had.<<

All the fun started on Wednesday **4th of July** If you know anything about me, you know that I love all things patriotic. So it is no surprise to anyone that the 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays.  We celebrated by going to a parade, swimming all day in the rain, and ending the night with a barbeque & fireworks. Sounds like a good American time right? It was. :)

Patriotic Hey Reb.
Don't ask me why, but I loved this little music box thing.

The fun continued on Friday when I completed my last day of work at DJP! To be honest it was kind of a bitter-sweet day. I got a very nice card, the sweetest e-mails from co-workers, and even a couple of thoughful "goodbye gifts"I was VERY ready to be done with my job but I have met some great people there and have absolutely LOVED working with my dad. I'm going to miss coming to my desk and finding little gems like these...
A cookie that he saved just for me. :)
A picture Dad drew of me, while he was bored in a meeting...flattering.

Then on Friday night Hayley & her boyfriend came into town for a quick visit. Justin (Hayley's bf) is basically a pro mountain man. He brought all of his mountain man gear and Saturday morning we headed up to Red Rock to do some repelling. It was really really a little bit scary and my two little sisters may have shed a couple of tears but we all repelled down the cliff and everyone had such a great time! Who knew hiking and doing mountain-y things could be so much fun?! Not me. Thanks again Justin!

It's hard to tell but Hayley & Nina are up there too!

I know what you're thinking..how could this weekend possibly get anymore fun?? Well, to top things off, on Saturday night Nick & I went cosmic bowling with our great friends-- Chase & Destiny and Andrew, Michelle & Addy--

We LOVE our date nights with these cute couples.

This wonderful weekend ended with a big family dinner and lots of laughs with my beyond adorable nieces & nephews. I love all my friends and family and I am really really going to miss all of them once we move to Spokane(in THREE weeks!). But until then, let's keep this fun coming! :)


Fievel Goes East

A few weeks ago Nick's wonderful parents came into town to visit us aaand to take Nick's car --Fievel-- up to his new home in Utah. We decided that we'll only need one car up in Spokane and by the time we are done with law school it will be time for a new car anyway... sooo since Nick's cute sister, Kirsten, has been needing a car my sweet husband decided to give his to her. Talk about an awesome big brother right?? So Fievel has gone East but we know he's in good hands.

Nick is going to miss his good old Pathfinder.

Yes, I know my eyes are closed.. but it's a lot better than the other picture when I look completely bald.

 Jim & Angie's visit was way too short but we were so glad that they came and had so much fun hanging out with them. I just love the time that we get to spend with Nick's parents...I couldn't imagine anyone having better in-laws than I do. 

A night out at Cheesecake Factory

We love you and miss you Jim & Angie! Can't wait to see you again very soon. :)