Southern California Getaway

Earlier this month we got invited to our friends, Linda & Sean's wedding in Orange County, California.  My sister & her hubs (the Riveras) were also invited, plus it was a kid-free wedding, can you say "Road Trip!" 

We left early Friday afternoon and made it in time for dinner out there.  Every time we're in the area, Jason and I try to make it out to our favorite sushi spot, Orange Roll and Sushi, and knew the Riveras would love it too!  It did not disappoint!  It was the perfect way to start our weekend! 

The wedding was on Saturday (12-13-14) at 4pm, so we got an early start to our day with a workout in the hotel's gym before making our way to Newport Beach & Huntington Beach.  The weather was perfect and we had a great time relaxing and enjoying the California sunshine and taking in the ocean breeze!  Before we knew it, it was time to get dolled up for the wedding.  I gotta say, as wedding photographers, being guests at a wedding was such a treat.  I got to dress up in a fancy dress, wear heals, and makeup!  We only took our handy little Fuji x100S point & shoot camera and enjoyed the evening drinking, dancing, and mingling!   

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Sunday was our last day before heading back home and I had scheduled a photo shoot in Laguna Beach while we were there.  I got to photograph a gorgeous couple in such a fun location, while the rest of the crew enjoyed the sights.  I caught up to them after my session and we all walked along the beach for a bit together before it was time to say "till next time" to lovely SoCal!  Ya'll know I love my kids, but getting away for a couple of days to recharge, is a must in my book!  I am so grateful we got to relax, enjoy uninterrupted adult conversation, and make some fun memories with friends and family.  


Wine Tasting | Temecula, CA

What do you do when your Spartan Sprint Race gets canceled in Temecula?  You go wine tasting, of course!  At least, that's what we chose to do and it was a ton of fun.  Not as much fun as running a Spartan Race, but a very close second ;) 

Paleo Breakfast Bowl for the win! 

Paleo Breakfast Bowl for the win! 

Jason and I started our day off with a yummy breakfast at E.A.T. Marketplace in downtown Temecula.  I was very excited to finally get to try it out.  I'd been following them on Instagram and swooning over their yummy organic, locally raised foods.  I especially loved that they offer Paleo-friendly options!  We met up with our teammates after breakfast and since we were all still bummed out - them about not being able to race at all that weekend and me about not getting my trifecta like I planned -we drowned our sorrows in wine tasting!  

We started at the hubs and mine's favorite winery in Temecula, Wiens Family Cellars.  They did not disappoint and we even became wine club members (again!).  Our next stop was Lorimar Winery, which we had not visited before.  The grounds were so pretty and the tasting was a ton of fun there too!  At this point, we all agreed some food was needed so we made our way to Ponte Winery's restaurant and ate al fesco & enjoyed fun conversation and a beautiful view!  Of course, we couldn't leave without trying some of their wines too :) 

Forgive the blurry picture, our wine pourer maybe had a few herself behind the counter ;) J/K hubs had the camera set on manual focus- FAIL! 

Forgive the blurry picture, our wine pourer maybe had a few herself behind the counter ;) J/K hubs had the camera set on manual focus- FAIL! 

This was definitely our motto for the day! 

This was definitely our motto for the day! 

Flor, how was that mediterranean wrap?!!? LOL 

Flor, how was that mediterranean wrap?!!? LOL 

Our last winery visit was Mount Palomar.  This of course, was after a lovely nap and freshening up for dinner afterwards.  We spent a long time in their cozy tasting room and were starving when done, so we made our way to a yummy Italian restaurant, Trattoria Toscana.  Thanks To Yelp for all the great reviews, this place was delish and the perfect way to end the day!  

Not Paleo. Not Sorry. So worth the indulgence!  Homemade pasta & pasta sauces!  Mmmmm

Not Paleo. Not Sorry. So worth the indulgence!  Homemade pasta & pasta sauces!  Mmmmm

So, yea we totally made the best of a not-so-good-kinda-crappy situation and we've got lots of wine to prove it!  It's not a Spartan Trifecta medal, but that will come soon too, I'm sure of it :) 

Family Traditions | Southern California Fun

I've been posting all summer as we check things off our Summer Bucket List and even though it's been an interesting summer with year round school, we've still managed to keep this tradition.  The kids talk about it throughout the year and we make a big deal about everyone contributing to the list!  I think family traditions are so important.  It is something very comforting and at the same time exciting for kids to look forward to each year!  We have a few family traditions in our house, from big to small, but one of our traditions has been to take a trip to Southern California every August.  It started right when we moved to Las Vegas and were just looking for a getaway at the end of summer.  Vegas summers are hot and the SoCal beaches are such a dream to retreat to!  We then added these trips to our yearly Summer Bucket List and they've become a back-to-school tradition.  I'm so happy we've been able to create this for them.  Usually, we'll go away for 3 - 5 days.  So far, we've taken back-to-school trips to Santa Monica, Disneyland, Legoland in San Diego, Newport Beach, and the Pasadena Children's Museum! So much fun :)

Like I said, this summer has been quite busy and we've tried to cram a lot in between track breaks, so we weren't sure how we'd get to go but we managed to make it happen, albeit it was just for the weekend.  We still had a blast and it was one of the most relaxing trips we've had.  There was no real agenda (I know, this is shocking for me!) We just went to Laguna Beach and let the kids play!  They also got to enjoy the pool at the hotel on Sunday morning before we headed north a bit to Redondo Beach pier for a yummy lunch by the water and a few more hours at the beach before heading home.  It was a quick, but much needed trip and we kept our back-to-school tradition!  Traditions are where memories are made and we hope we can continue to take these summer trips for many more years and we especially hope our kiddos will always remember these yearly trips!  

Do you and your family have any special family traditions? Any back-to-school traditions?