Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!!*

Aren't these little owl guys so cute?!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, and delicious food.  We are so sad that we can't be spending this Thanksgiving back home with our families.  Holidays just aren't the same without family and friends nearby.  But at least Brett and I have each other!  We're planning on cooking our own mini Thanksgiving feast and then heading out on a little road trip down to San Diego for the rest of the long holiday weekend.  It's not home, but should be fun!

Family, we miss you!
Get ready for a whole bunch of facetiming coming your way! ;)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Back Bay Biking

I have always loved biking -- from a leisurely cruise with my mom to a hardcore mountain biking ride with Brett.  And ever since we bought our road bikes, I have become even more obsessed!  The Back Bay trail is by far my favorite out here in California.  From our apartment, we can ride bike trails all the way down to the back bay and straight on towards the ocean.  I finally took some time to stop and snap a few pictures along my ride this past Sunday...

The views are just awesome.  I'll do a 30 mile ride and barely even notice that I'm tired because I get so caught up in the scenery.  Biking, you're the BEST.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

Sweet Mexican joint in LA

Checking out the view from the Griffith Observatory

Hey there, itty bitty Hollywood sign

Hi, we are adults

Beer tastings at Eagle Rock Brewery
2nd from the right was my faaavorite!

Seeing the Black Crowes at the Wiltern Theatre!

The Black Crowes (plus Jackie Greene!) rocking out!
Favorite song of the night... the awesome version of Thorn in My Pride, so good!

A little Sunday afternoon biking along the Back Bay

Heyo, Selfie Sunday!

Great weekend full of awesomeness!
And now, only a 3 day work week...
Bring on turkey day!*

Friday, November 22, 2013


Some random things for your Friday morning...

1.  Tomorrow, Brett and I are heading up to LA to see the Black Crowes play at the Wiltern Theatre.  They are one of our favorite bands and we haven't seen them since 2010!  It's been too long.  Excited!

2.  We actually experienced some rain over the past few days.  Living in California, I almost forgot what rain was.  I miss it (and all the other changes in weather, for that matter...)!

3.  We won't be going home for Thanksgiving.  We so wish we could be back on the East Coast with our families, but flight prices are insane.  So instead we are planning a little road trip for the weekend.  Maybe down to San Diego?  Still trying to decide...

4.  Speaking of Thanksgiving, I cannot believe that it's the end of November and we have hit the holiday season already.  It doesn't even feel like the holidays.  All my life, I've associate so many things with the changing weather, and now my brain is just all confused.  Living in California is weird...

5.  We've got some excited changes coming up in the near future, but more on that later... ;)

Happy Weekend!!*

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hiking in the Cleveland National Forest

Brett and I have been wanting to hike in the Cleveland National Forest since we moved here.  It's the set of mountains that we can actually see from our apartment.  We attempted it once in the summer but the temperatures were over 100 degrees, so that was not happening!  So we quit and decided to wait until late Fall when it wasn't so hot.  Well, we finally got around to going back this past weekend and the temperature was perfection.

We did an awesome mild 9 mile hike and caught some pretty great views.  We got back to our car just as the sun was setting (at like 4:30pm... ugh, daylight savings!!!).  I love hiking with my guy.  Always a good time!

Cheers to the outdoors!*

Monday, November 18, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

Stumbled upon an awesome bar in Costa Mesa Friday night: Goat Hill Tavern
Then met up with our friend Brandon for dinner and drinks - fun times!

Saturday morning breakfast on the beach!

Headed up to the mountains for a hike in the Cleveland National Forest

We made patatas bravas!!
(An authentic Spanish dish that we ate almost every night while we were in Spain - so delicious!)

A leisurely Sunday walk around Irvine Regional Park while Brett mountain biked

Sunday afternoon beers at Noble Ale Works!

And winding down from the weekend with some tasty snacks, delicious wine, and our owl friend =)

 Lots on the agenda for this week, so here we go!
Happy (?) Monday!*

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sunset Snaps

Happy Friday!*

Not sure what we've got planned for the weekend, but we're going to make it count!  We really want to check out Joshua Tree, but I think we'll save that for another weekend (maybe early December!).  We shall see... As for now, I will leave you with a few sunset snaps that I took last weekend down in Encinitas.  Ah, no matter what setting, sunsets just never get old to me.

Happy weekend!*

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

3 day weekend edition!

Caught the sunset in San Clemente
before dinner at the Fisherman's Wharf on Brett's parents' last night

My mom and sister face-timed me during the Hanson concert in Pittsburgh
since I couldn't be there!  They are the BEST!

A leisurely bike ride to lunch on Saturday

Headed down to San Diego (Solana Beach) for a concert
and felt the need to snap a pic with this awesome tile

Keller Williams at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach!

Headed down to San Diego again on Sunday for another concert
and found another awesome tile in Encinitas

Encinitas sunset before pizza & beers at Pizza Port!

And more beers at Culture Brewing Co. - Cheers!

Greensky Bluegrass concert at Belly Up Tavern!
SO fun!!  AND they covered The Band!

Roaming around Downtown Disney on my day off...
they're getting all set up for Christmas!

I had off on Monday for Veterans day, so it was a nice long weekend!  Brett's parents left on Saturday morning and the rest of our weekend was full of live music!  So good.  I would go see live music every night if I could.  We especially loved seeing Greensky Bluegrass.  Ah, bluegrass music reminds us of home and the East Coast.  You just don't get that kind of music out here in California.  They just don't understand!

Happy short work week!*

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Ju!

Happy 28th Birthday to my awesome sister-in-law, Ju!

I can't believe we are almost 30...
I can still remember our good ol' high school days
hanging out with Something Corporate at the Warped Tour. ;)
Where has the time gone...
I hope you have the best day!
 Wish we could be there to celebrate!*

Friday, November 8, 2013

El Matador!

This past weekend, we stumbled upon one of the coolest beaches near Malibu: El Matador State Beach.  There were tons of cars in the parking lot when we got there, so we figured it must be pretty good.  And it was!  This beach is scattered with these awesome rock formations and caves that you can walk through.  So cool!

We got there right at low tide, so there was so much beach exposed.  There were tons of sea critters all over the beach that didn't flow back into the ocean with the tide.  My favorites were all the awesome starfish!  They were everywhere!

Such a cool beach!

Happy Friday!!*