This year for our anniversary, I wanted to surprise Justin by stealing him from work Thursday morning and taking him down to one of our favorite breakfast restaurants over in San Clemente, Fisherman's. The restaurant is on a pier and you can sit out on the patio, eating seafood eggs Benedict and watch the waves roll under the restaurant. So I emailed his boss two weeks ago and got permission have Justin miss that morning of work...
Little did I know, my Dad had a surprise for us. He had obtained a night at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel (Dana Point). So Justin asked his boss for the rest of that day off and we set off to Dana for our first ever (and hopefully not only ever) Ritz-Carlton experience. Everything was perfect! We had a breath-taking view of the ocean. We left the patio doors open all night so we could sleep to the sound of the waves rolling onto shore.
Another really cool thing about the Ritz in Laguna Niguel is that they have their own private beach. So it's never crowded with people. There are a few surfers in the morning, and a couple walking at sunset every now and then, but for the most part, all you can hear is the water. It was wonderful!
Really the pictures speak for themselves, we had such a wonderful time.
Happy 4 years to Justin, the man I love! Honestly it has been so much fun being married to you, that I would gladly do the four years over again! I wouldn't change a second!
Lets catch up shall we? Right before Halloween we went to the huge Pumpkin Patch out in Yucaipa. For Halloween Cade was a pirate, Tess a caterpillar. We went trunk or treating over in Rancho Cucamonga and on Halloween night we stayed home and carved pumpkins. From Halloween up until now it's all kind of a blur... We combined our families for thanksgiving, making it the best of both worlds and the day after that we were among the loonies to go black friday shopping. To get into the true spirit of Christmas we recently watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. "Where do you think you're going to put a tree that big?" (I forgot how stinkin' funny that movie is!) And there you have it. Pumpkins
Every year we have a family reunion at Carpinteria State Beach for a week. This year the camp was full so we went to Leo Carrillo in Malibu. It was so much fun because almost everyone was there! My sister Stacy who lives in Idaho and my brother Conrad on his mission in Russia were the only ones we were missing.
It was great for Justin to have some time off from work... he's been working super hard.
Thank Heavens I remembered Cade's dump truck! It was a "must" at the Beach!
Everyone who knows my dad, knows that he has magical powers when it comes to babies. Here he is burping Tessa!
Here is Cade with his cousin Ashley... and his other cousin, Ashley! (It's a very popular name in our family)
When my cousin Spencer was little, the big boy cousins always took good care of him and made sure to play with him. It's so neat to see him doing that with Cade now that he's the little guy in town.
My Malibu Baby Girl looked more like an Alaskan Baby Girl! (You know me, I am always afraid my babies are too cold!)
One picnic table and a pothole and you too can have a son that looks like this! He's tough though.
Caiden sure loves driving in a car. He wishes that Malibu was farther away just so that we could all sit in the car longer... Come on Cade! Tell us how you really feel! (I hate traveling too!) It was only 2 hours, but I felt the same as Caiden looks in this picture.