Friday, July 11, 2008

Sunshine & Summertime

California was perfect, thanks to the awesome Kerrs who adopted us for the weekend! They are such a neat family and we had such a great time playing with them. Hanging out in the L.A. area was also great because we there's a good chance we'll be living there in just a year (I grew up a NorCal girl but I'm pretty sure I could make the switch to SoCal just fine)... Oh, and just FYI--since our 4th of July has an entertaining story, it gets its own post. Which means this one covers every other day our our trip.

I flew into Long Beach on Thursday. Matt and I went straight to In-N-Out for lunch and then to Huntington Beach! It was a gorgeous day:

Matt had never built a sandcastle (shocking, no?), so after we constructed the world's best moat, we threw together this rather elementary sandcastle. The castle itself might not look that impressive but I'm telling you, that moat stood strong for at least 3 hours.

Fast forward to Saturday, when we went swimming with Jodie and the kids... Matt decided to sneak around the pool underneath his little floatie. Jodie pointed out that he looked like a pineapple picker. True.
That afternoon, we headed down to Newport Beach... we could get our Sprinkles cupcakes. The verdict: Cute? Yes. Yummy? Yes. To-die-for delicious & worth the cost? Not so much. Magleby's & Costco's chocolate cakes are definitely more drool-worthy.
That night, we all went to see WALL-E at the drive-in. Matt had never been to a drive-in before (I was starting to question his childhood) and neither had Taylor or Mason, so it was a lot of fun! And the movie was just as great the 2nd time around for me.
After church on Sunday, we hung out with Susie and Jodie and the kids and then went for a Sunday drive before Matt had to leave to get back to the base. How beautiful is Hacienda Heights?
Thanks again for having us, Gene & Susie & Jodie! Can't wait to see you in Colorado!


Ryan & Donna said...

I love Southern California! Every time we travel there we totally want to stay and live there. You two are having an amazing engagement! I can't wait to see where you go for your honeymoon. :) Lots of fun memories you are creating. Ash, you probably have that whole flight attendant "safety schpiel" memorized with your frequent flying these days. Can't wait to read about your next adventure in your next post...

Mills Family said...

Oh Ash! I am "living" through you...and all my other nieces and nephews blogs! When I was single, I used to think that my spontaneous drives to St. George (from Cedar) were TOTALLY wild and CRAZY!!!! I'm learning that there is a whole other world out there beyond Cedar City's Walmart! Oh, I can't wait to read about your next adventure! And..yep, Jay and I are going to be up in your neck of the woods on the 20th of July. We are taking the kids to Lagoon on the 21st!! Yipee! The fun of Lagoon! It will be great:)

Angie said...

love the pics! did you know we might end up in L.A. as well in a year? If we both land there, that would be awesome. i'd LOVE to have a friend in the area to hang out with and initiate me into California life. :) see you this weekend!!

Matt Jordan Tenesey said...

How fun! I love that you post all the time, its so fun to look at. Where do you two live in BC?

Jodie said...

I am catching up on the blogs! We had such a great time with you guys! Thanks for coming. I am happy you got to see each other and enjoy. My parents loved you guys, how could they not! Enjoy Matt's break from the Academy and we'll see you soon!

Sharla said...

Oh my goodness, courtship is so dang much fun. Enjoy every last minute of it!! Kyle and Michelle are in So. Cal right now in some beach house that her Grandma owns and nobody was using it this week so off they went. I say go for every opportunity to play that you can, it is what creates the memories for a lifetime. You and Matt are darling and we are all so excited to make him an official part of our family. Time is passing more quickly now that the count down is in months and not years. Way to go! I love reading you and Aprils comments to each other because there is so much love there. Sisters are Eternal and our bestest friends, way to go!!
Love ya, Sharla