Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ellie goes west.. California part 1

Ellie's 1st plane ride! Heading to California.
We're back! To say our trip to California was awesome would be an understatement!!! We had such an amazing time and got to do so many things. We spent most of the week in LA with our dear friends Jeff, Ellen, and Caroline (and, Ellen is expecting their 1st son, Harris at the end of September). They are some of our very best friends who moved out to LA where Jeff is attending dental school at USC. It was so fun to see their home and to catch a glimpse of their life out on the west coast! Thanks y'all for being our tour guide (they knew all the best places to take us and the food to feed us- we know that's important!), cooks, chauffeurs, hostesses (they gave up their own bed!), and for providing lots of entertainment, laughs, and a time we will never forget! The best way to tell about our trip is through some pictures!

Ellen took us to some beautiful botanical gardens called the Huntington. Ellie got to see some fish.

We also visited Laguna Beach.


Ellie's 1st time in the ocean! It was also my first time in the Pacific.




Just in time...


The boys and their girls!

And yes, Eric was the only one crazy enough to get into the freezing water.

It was so fun getting to experience so many new things with Ellie. She was up for everything and could just go, go, go!
Precious family!


The only picture of all 6 of us! It is crazy to think that a little over 2 years ago it was just the 4 of us, heading out to Colorado on the best road trip ever (that's pretty much how we got to know Jeff and Ellen). Soon it will be 7!!!


We went to a place called the Americana where we ate dinner and watched a fountain show.
Caroline is not lacking personality, to say the least!
Friends

The ladies

On the day before we headed back to the south, Jeff got out of class early and we headed down to Beverly Hills. We went to the Farmer's Market and The Grove (where the famous people hang). We had fun driving around, Eric was even mistaken for a celebrity...
The girls cruising the streets of Beverly Hills car seat style.


To the right is the hotel from Pretty Woman.


Cupcakes please!

Big time



Well, we also spent a weekend in San Diego where Eric's buddy Skippy got married. I will post on that soon! Overall, it was so fun! I was a little nervous to travel across the country with a 5 month old, but Ellie was a champ! She did great in the plane, switching time zones, and staying in 3 different places! She is still such an easy going baby who loves to be around people and loves to laugh (we love to listen to her laugh!) She actually turned 5 months old while we were out there, so that is another post to come as well!

Jeff and Ellen, thank you for taking us into your life for a week! We miss you more than ever, but had the best time we could have hoped for! Thanks again for everything!

4 comments:

Matt and Kristen said...

Love these pictures!! Ellie is such a world traveler these days!! I cannot imagine how cold that water was!! And who is this celebrity Eric was mistaken for?? So glad you guys had such a great trip!!

Lauren Kelly said...

What a FUN FUN trip…. Great pictures. I just love California!!!! :)

DavidandSteff said...

First...can't believe Ellie is 5 months. Crazy! 2nd-Glad you guys had a great trip-it looks beautiful there. 3rd-Love your hair long-so pretty. call me to catch up soon!

Ellen said...

We LOVED having you here! It was definitely a trip we will always remember. Can't wait for Ellie and Caroline to play together again. Caroline misses her traveling buddy!!! Love ya'll!