Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Family Visit - From Texas

Last week Eric's parents flew out from San Antonio to come visit us. It's the first time in years that they've had both their kids in one place, so it was nice to have everyone together!

They have been to San Diego many times already since Alison has been living here, so they were mostly just interested in getting some quality time with everyone rather than site-seeing. We took walks, ate way too much, and spent a lot of time playing with the kids and just sitting around talking.

Originally when we asked what they would like to do when they were here, the only request my father-in-law had was to eat pancakes. So Saturday morning we made sure to have pancakes!
We were thankful to have them staying with us for the week so we could get as much time with them as we could. Sadly Eric and I still had to work during the week so they would spend the day with Alison and we would get to spend time with them in the afternoons.

During the weekend we all took the girls to Chuck-E-Cheese one day. I hadn't been in many, many years so it was crazy to see how it's changed!

It was actually a lot of fun for all of us. At one point I got a high score in ski-ball and it shot out 100 tickets (all the other rounds I got like four).

We celebrated Alison's birthday at Benihana - her favorite.

They got to see how we are living, which is a pretty sweet place if you ask me!

We also had one night where just Eric and I went out to eat with them at a place in Little Italy downtown. It was so much fun trying a new place and having our own time with them. Hopefully next time they visit we can take off a few days so we aren't working so much!

We had such a great visit with them and are so grateful they were able to come out. It's a busy season for all of us as they have also just made a big move from Virginia to Texas. We are so excited to get to go visit them in December!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekend in San Clemente

My aunt was so nice to offer to let us stay at their little vacation house in San Clemente for the weekend, which was much closer to them for their Halloween party. It was so fun to get away for a couple days and explore a new place. Eric had never been and it had been many years since I've been.

The house is in such a great location in the middle of everything, and it was so cute!

As soon as we got to the water, all the memories flooded back to me from the time I had visited many years before. This is where my sister and I tried surfing for the first and only time (hopefully again someday soon!).

We took a walk along the pier, which was lined with people fishing. I know Eric wishes he could have cast out a line or two.

We stopped to eat at Fishermans Restaurant on the pier. It's such a beautiful place, we could literally see the waves crashing on the beach through the boards below us.

And the food was fantastic - Eric got the fish and chips while I got the fish tacos.

After lunch we took a walk along the beach to look for something to add to our rock garden.

I couldn't leave without putting a penny on the train tracks - another memory I have from when we were here last.

Then we went to take a walk around town before it was time to leave.

San Clemente is such a beautiful, charming town. It is the best place for a weekend getaway. Thank you so much for letting us stay Aunt Janet!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Halloween Party in LA

Once we moved out here, Eric and I were very excited to get to spend time with family we haven't had a chance to see as much living on the East coast. One of the things we were most excited about was my Aunt Janet's Halloween party that her family throws every year. They've been doing it for 19 years and this is the first time we've had a chance to go!

This year was a medieval/Game of Thrones theme. I knew they would go all out for these parties, but I couldn't believe it when I walked in. It was so much more elaborate than I ever thought.

Eric and I didn't have a lot of time to get creative with costumes, but fortunately found these at Goodwill which fit perfectly with the theme.

It looked as though they had been working on this all year. Everything was so creative and impressively done.

The dungeon bars were made completely out of duct tape, there were lanterns made out of tissue paper, and the walls made to look like stone. It was incredible.

The chef was hard at work in the kitchen and there were still a few things to be done, so we got right to work helping where we could.

Believe it or not, all of their sinks had stopped draining earlier in the day so all the prep was being done without the use of the sinks. My aunt Janet said this is the most unprepared they had ever been - yeah right! If that was the case, it certainly wasn't seen by anyone else.

The plumber (above) was supposed to come fix the issue much earlier in the day, but didn't show up until right after the party started. He said to fix the issue that night, it would cause the kitchen to be out of commission for several hours and be a huge mess. Obviously, that wasn't going to be an option. So they scheduled a time for him to come back another day. The show must go on! They truly handled it like champs.

I jumped in the kitchen to help my Uncle Terry and was put right to work.

Soon the rush of people were arriving.

Soon enough, it was time to eat! We had a deliciously prepared feast of chicken, pork, green beans, and potatoes.

I got to catch up with my Uncle Johnny and his family, Tim, Pat, Melanie, Nolan and his girlfriend, my cousin Taylor and his friends, among others. It was such a great time!

I wish I had more pictures of everyone who was there but I was too focused on catching up with people and the time went so quickly.

Before we knew it, we saw it was 11 PM and we still had an hour drive ahead of us, so it was time to say goodbye.

Thank you Aunt Janet and Uncle Terry for the fabulous party! We truly had such a fantastic time and are so glad we got to make it this year! We can't wait to get together with you again soon.