Monday, September 8, 2014

Long Beach - Birthday Week - Part 2

I already shared the Day in the Life post explaining that for my birthday, we spent a week at the beach in a house that belonged to a friend of OJ's. Bill, Elyse and I were there for half of the time, then Bill left and the girls came. I never got around to sharing the rest of the photos or telling the rest of the story.

It has been a crazy few weeks and I literally haven't had a moment to catch up. Here we go - a month later!

First, this was a proud moment. Elyse requested a unicorn pancake. If you can't see it - you are not my friend (smile).

The day Bill left there was just about an hour break where Elyse and I were on our own. I took her to the park to play while we waited for OJ.

That night, Anna and OJ arrived and our friend, Sandi, drove into town and met us for dinner at The Pickled Fish. We had a great time! If only you could hear these giggles behind this photo.

I had the most amazing dinner. Albacore tuna wrapped in bacon over corn salsa, blackberry relish and greens on top. It was absolutely delicious - not to mention gorgeous!

We stopped at the bakery and got Elyse a cupcake. She was so excited.

Sandi couldn't stay, but she did come back to the house for a gel manicure by OJ! I loved that she and OJ had just met hours before and it was like they had known each other for years. I love it when people can be that comfortable!

OJ's picture - Anna and her injured knee!

The next day we went to this awesome country store in a tiny town and Sue and I were so excited to find her favorite blue cream soda!

Posing in town.

It cost just a quarter. And it entertained Elyse. Enough said.

Love this picture!


Such a cool experience for OJ and Sue - they went down to the beach and saw these strange creatures all over the beach. They had not been there other days - and we didn't seem them since. They are "velella velella" similar to jellyfish. Every now and then, currents and winds change and instead of being pushed out to sea, they wind up on the beach (more here).

Sue got some this awesome photo with her camera phone.

Back at the house, Elyse worked some more on her cupcake from the night before. Can you say hyper?

OJ bought this amazing cake at the bakery and we did the Happy Birthday song (Elyse missed it - no naps meant on-time bedtimes!).

OJ was so amazing. She had handmade decorations, had thoughtful gift bags for all of us (even Elyse) and amazing birthday gifts. It was very cool.

OJ had Courtney is Fabulous at 40 on everything as well as this quote that she knows is my life mantra.

The amazing cake!

Sue gave me an amazing owl necklace. I will point it out in later pictures. Everyone was so thoughtful - it was overwhelming - in a good way!

Marcie came into town the next day. We did the horse drawn carriage through town. Elyse loved it - of course!

Carousel again - Elyse had the pleasure of doing this every day of our trip!

Our last day we headed to the beach. We had such a fun time. Just chairs and sand!

Sue was the only cold one. She was fine once she got all bundled!

This kiddo loves the beach.

I admit I balked at doing this, but the pic did turn out cute. You win on this one, Marcie! :-)

It was breezy, but all you needed was a sweatshirt. The sand itself was WARM. PS: Even after a few washings, I keep finding sand in the pockets of this sweatshirt!

Good fun wrestling...

Can you see my owl necklace/pendant hanging from my neck? Just after this photo, Sue noticed it wasn't on my neck. Had to have been from all that roughhousing with Elyse. All of us scoured the sand searching for it! We even planned who would head to town to find where to rent a metal detector! Leave it to OJ - she finds everything. She found the chain first, then the pendant. OJ saves the day!

Good day!

My favorite photo! Love how it turned out. Love these women!

I'm always kind of embarrassed when I see my tan lines at work when I'm wearing my dress shoes, but it also makes me happy. Sign of a good summer!

Great birthday with people I love and who love my family! So thankful!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Day in the Life - My 40th Birthday

For my birthday, we spent a week at the beach in a house that belonged to a friend of OJ's. Bill, Elyse and I were there for half of the time, then Bill left and the girls came. The home had a bedroom downstairs and the loft upstairs had three more queen beds. It was perfect!

Here is what happened that Wednesday of my birthday - such a good day.

6:00 a.m. Happy Birthday text message from my Dad. Bill is already up and downstairs. Elyse is still sleeping in bed around the corner. I roll over and go back to sleep.

7:30 a.m. Feels good to sleep in. Get up when hear the girl.

8:06 a.m. Cuddling with Libs and Elyse and a cup of coffee. And yes, I brought a Keurig!

8:24 a.m. Time to eat. Yummy breakfast. 

8:59 a.m. Coffee #2 and sit down to eat with my favorite girl. Love that our girl loves fried eggs over easy.

9:12 a.m. Time for a puzzle. Do you not love the "old-school"ness of this house? Everything was Great Grandma old, but sparkling clean. I was impressed by how well this house and everything inside has been cared for! Brings back memories of growing up!

10:00 a.m. Bath/shower time and slow get ready time!

11:15 a.m. Failed family pic. Keeping it real - don't you love these faces? The camera was propped on Bill's shoe on a chair outside. Bill was coming over to be in the pic just as the camera toppled over. And yes, it was my big camera. Dumb. (all was okay fortunately)

And a little better one before the camera fell. Just sad no Bill. Will remedy later with cell phone!

11:34 a.m. Head into town to the carousel and ladybug ride! Elyse got to ride these each day of the trip! PS: Does the carousel worker not look like Axl's roommate on The Middle?! 

11:50 a.m. Elyse's first time on a big horse! I cannot tell you how awesome this was for me! The best $10 spent of the trip. Her name was Bea and she was awesome!

12:49 p.m. Time for lunch. Can you say - teeny tiny place with an amazing chef and tasty menu? That is - Great Day Cafe! I took the girls back a couple days later - it was that good!

Family selfie.

These two!

2:00 p.m. Head into town to Scoopers - yummiest ice cream in town. Elyse picked the grossest flavor with some name like Bears in a Barrel - green apple with blueberry swirl and gummi bears. Disgusting, but she loved it. Do you like my SINGLE scoop of chocolate peanut butter. It was gigantic and yes, I did eat it all.

2:35 p.m. Our daily stop at the grocery store. This time for more eggs and bottled water and a package of bacon for when the girls arrive.

2:51 p.m. Back to house to drop off groceries and load up truck.

3:10 p.m. Left the house to head to the beach. Saw a dragonfly! Thank you for the visit, Mom!

3:15 p.m. Beach time. It was beautiful weather in the 70s and it was only supposed to barely hit 60. Happy birthday to me! We got all of our kites in the air. 

3:20 p.m. Some goofballs were driving a huge truck, pulling a utility trailer driving very slowly in the soft sand. Bill and another fellow helped get them un-stuck. It was actually all quite entertaining!

3:30 p.m. We spent another couple hours at the beach.

Serious kite flyer.

Man and his dog.

5:30 p.m. After leaving the beach, we weren't real hungry, but we headed to town to pick up a sandwich for later. We didn't want to get cake, but wanted something birthday-like at least for Elyse's sake. She picked out her own cupcake and I got coconut/chocolate chip bar.

6:10 p.m. Back to the house and bath time for the little girl!

6:30 Happy Birthday and cupcake time!

Happy 40th! from Courtney on Vimeo.

6:39 p.m. Laundry and dinner - Bill and I share a turkey gobbler from the Cottage Bakery. Yum.

8:15 pm Elyse goes to bed easy - tired girl.

8:20 p.m. Bill and I have good talks - play with Libs.

9:45 p.m. - Our makeshift bed for Libs next to my bed. Such a good day. Thankful. Goodnight!


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