Friday, April 22, 2011

LA Adventure

Sunday morning Aaron and I went to LA to see the Cardinals play the Dodgers. I know, were following them around California. It was such a fun game, because it was tied 0-0 most of the game until the 9th inning the Cardinals finally scored 1, but the Dodgers came back and got 2 runs to win it. Bummer that we lost but had fun in the hot sun! That afternoon we met up with our youth group for our spring break trip. We went to Camelot park Sunday night to golf and play games. Monday morning we loaded up for Disneyland! Then Tuesday we finished our trip on the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd street Promenade. Very fun but tiring trip. The high-schoolers wore us out!

Go Cardinals!

Mini Golf with the Richardsons

Me and Sarah

Disneyland entrance

The Richardsons and Waldrums

Girl leaders getting ready to ride The Tower of Terror (Ashley Me Maddy Sarah)

Toy Story 3

Taking the Monorail to Downtown Disney for dinner at ESPN Zone

Tuesday afternoon shopping in Santa Monica

I was so lucky to get to see my best friend Alese for a few minutes as we were leaving Santa Monica she was arriving with her Youth for Christ kids. So exciting!

So encouraging spending time with the youth group and seeing the kids getting fired up about Jesus, wanting to know more about him, and having fun fellowship together!

Friday Fun: Vintage Days and Wicked!

On Friday afternoon Aaron and I met my sister at Vintage Days at Fresno State to enjoy some treats. We indulged in tri-tip sandwiches and funnel cakes. It was so fun to walk around checking out the booths and relaxing in the shade eating our goodies.

My sister and I

 On Friday night we got tickets to go see Wicked! To top it off our seats were THIRD ROW. It was amazing! I had never seen the play before so I took in every moment. It was the most entertaining show I have seen. The singing was phenomenal.  Can't wait to see it again!

The stage curtain before the show

The dragon (before I got told no pictures) bummer

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anniversary trip part 2: San Francisco

So if you recall my anniversary present to Aaron was to see his favorite baseball team play on the west-coast. On Sunday the Saint Louis Cardinals were playing the on Saturday night we drove up to San Francisco for some baseball action!  Sunday morning we did a little cruising through Union Square shopping, and eating before the game. Then we met up with my best friend Whitney and her boyfriend Nate who are Giants fans! We had fun talking trash back and forth as our teams played. Luckily the Cardinals won! After the game we watched the Cardinals load their bus (which was super exciting for Aaron). Then we went to dinner the four of us at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. We had a blast spending the day with our wonderful friends. It was so fun catching up and enjoying time in the city with them. Love you both!

Heart pictures on all 4 corners of Union Square

take 2

 take 3

 take 4

Nate and Whitney

Before the game

This is what happens when a 12 year old boy takes your picture : )

Our view

Me and Whitney representing our teams

So happy after our cardinals win!

 The four of us after the game

My paparazzi shot of Daniel Discalso (a rookie) saying hi to fans

Delicious dinner
Our dessert

Beautiful day in the city!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Big Hat Days!

Last Sunday Aaron and I went to Big Hat Days in Old Town Clovis after church. We enjoyed walking around looking at booths, and of course eating lots of junk! Our friends Maddy and Cole joined us for the fun!
Snow cone break

Maddy and Cole

A & M

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

1st Anniversary trip

To celebrate our anniversary we headed down south to Newport Beach. This area is my favorite. All I wanted was the beach, shopping, great restaurants, and some time to relax with my husband. We got it all! Before we left I gave Aaron his gift. I decided to surprise him to go see his favorite baseball team, the Saint Louis Cardinals. With the help of my talented friend Nina we put together this little gift. I made baseball tickets and Nina baked adorable cookies for me. Aaron loved it and is so excited for the game!

The goodies

 Since we ate the top of our wedding cake shortly after the wedding, I had to order a new one. Frosted Cakery made us a beautiful and delicious red velvet cake and added some pink and orange touches!

 We left early Saturday morning for beaches and sunshine. We arrived just in time for lunch at Aaron's favorite spot the Panini Cafe. After eating we left our car and decided to walk through beautiful Corona Del Mar and to head to the beach to stick our toes in the sand. It was so beautiful.

 Aaron attempting to be artsy

 After our walk we headed to Fashion Island for some afternoon shopping. Then we were off to dinner at The Rusty Pelican. It was a romantic dinner overlooking the marina watching all the boats go by, and chatting about how quickly our first year flew by.

Out on the town

 Sunday morning our actual anniversary we went for breakfast at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove. It's very festive, you park your car and ride a shuttle down to the restaurant right on the beach.

The view from the Beachcomber
 After breakfast we headed to Laguna Beach for some more sun and shopping. We enjoyed some ice-cream and boutiques.

We headed back to our hotel for a room service snack before we took some anniversary pictures (coming later). After our pictures we ate dinner at Javier's in Laguna. It is a delicious Mexican Restaurant that is very "Newport" so fun to people watch. Oooh and they have the most fabulous margaritas!

Outside Javier's

Over the weekend we stayed at The Balboa Bay Club and Resort, which is a very special hotel to us not only because it is so lovely but it is where Aaron proposed to me.  On May 24, 2009 a surprise limo picked me up with a new outfit, a rose, and a note whisking me away from the beach house where I was staying with the Continos to arrive at this hotel. He booked a grand suite, covered it with rose petals, candles, and lights and got down on one knee of the balcony overlooking the water. It was so special and romantic. To top it off a few of my best friends were waiting in the limo after the proposal to surprise me and to go out to dinner and have some fun hitting some hot spots in Newport.  The night ended by all of us having a slumber party back in the suite. A weekend I'll never forget!

The balcony of the proposal

Highlights from the proposal

Will you marry me?


So excited!

Being surprised by my friends being in on the plan and waiting in the limo

Whitney me Alese

my sister

the crew outside The Montage

 On the balcony the next day ready to hit the pool

Dinner at Joe's Crab Shack with best friends to celebrate the next night

To top it off Disneyland

F is for Fiancee

On the last day pictures by the beach!

We were so blessed to revisit where our wonderful engagement began and celebrate our beautiful love-filled wedding and first year. I'm so lucky to have such an amazing husband. Can't wait for a million more anniversaries!