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WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #31

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Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Mine was awesome, and family-filled!  We went to Ventura to hang with family and celebrate my brother's birthday.  So much fun!  LOTS of photos below...

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On Friday I took a half-day at work, and Charlie and headed up to Ventura (Greg came later after work).  Once there, a bunch of us headed to Brophy Brothers for a late lunch in the harbor.  It was hot all weekend, but absolutely beautiful nonetheless!  I ordered an ahi poke salad and a super spicy Bloody Mary.  Both were delicious!

Friday evening family and friends gathered in the backyard for dinner, drinks, and Cards Against Humanity.  So much fun!

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Saturday (my brother Spencer's actual birthday) morning we made cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos at home.  SO good!

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The birthday boy!

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After breakfast, my brothers, Aunt Kathy and I headed to The Collection.  The boys went to REI, and Kathy and I went to Charming Charlie.  That place has so many great accessories!  I treated myself and bought a dress, necklace, and earrings.  Super cute!

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Later that day, we all (both brothers, Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Auntie, Greg, and myself) jumped in our cars, and headed to Carpenteria.  Our friend other brother Curtis works at this awesome deli, and he personally made us the BEST sandwiches.  Seriously, I got the veggie sandwich, and it was amazing!

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Greg, my brothers, and I stopped at the beach for sun and swimming on the way home.  The beach is my happy place!  :)

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Saturday night we celebrated again!  We had tostadas for dinner, and for dessert Spencer's girlfriend made him the cutest the cake!  So sweet!

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Sunday morning we relaxed, and had more family time.  Greg and I went downtown, then met Em for lunch.  Em and I shared a seafood salad and gnocchi, and I had a jalapeño-cucumber mojito.  YUM, and so refreshing on a hot day!

It was the perfect weekend!  I feel loved, filled, and super grateful.  Primary food to the max!!  Hope you all have a lovely week!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #25

Happy Monday!  A little later than usual, but the post is here!  How was your weekend? Holy moly, mine was busy!  Such a filling weekend, though.  Full of family, friends, good food, yummy treats, and lots of outdoor time.  Yay!  Let's jump into it! I didn't take any photos of Friday evening, because I made it a point to turn my phone completely off (something I'm going to do more often).  Anyway, Greg and I had happy hour (cocktail for her, beer for him) at Roy's, followed by a stroll downtown.  We made it back near where we started, and shared a gourmet pizza at Settebello.  SOOO good!  Highly recommend it!

2 (2)Saturday morning we grabbed coffee, and hit the road to Ventura for the weekend.  These pretty flowers caught my eye outside of Pete's, so of course I snapped a photo.

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4 (2)Once we got to Ventura, I met my bestie Emma at Cafe Nouveau for lunch.  We hadn't seen each other in a month, and even though it felt like an eternity, we picked up right where we left off.  Don't you love friendships like that?  I am so blessed to have a few as special as that!  :)  I digress...we each has a super refreshing strawberry hibiscus mimosa, and I had the Thai Chile Chicken Wrap, sans chicken, with a side salad.  I was really craving greens, and I got it!  So delish!

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photo 4The photos above are from Saturday night.  My parents had a small gathering to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and I officiated a vow renewal for them.  It was very impromptu, but I thought it would be a fun surprise for the guests, and my parents agreed.  It was very sweet, and I am so glad to be in the presence of such love.

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photo 2Sunday we spent the day at the beach with family.  We barbecued, laid in the sun, went sea glass hunting, and had so much fun together.  Isn't the rainbow cloud beautiful?  #lovealwayswins

Alright my friends, have a great rest of your day!

xo.  Jen

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WEEKEND RECAP #2

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was great, and SO MUCH FUN!  It was Greg's birthday this past week, so we rented a beach front home close to where we live, and both our families were able to come out and celebrate.  We basically just lounged around, laid in the sun, and went in the ocean.  We swam, surfed, boogie boarded, body surfed, and paddle boarded.  It was a blast! It was so funny, because I pretty much had to be pried out of the ocean.  I've always been a water baby, but I forgot how much I LOVE boogie boarding!  It was so fun being one with the waves, and riding them in.  Ahh...

I didn't document any food this weekend, but I think you'll find that the views of the ocean are even better!

photo 4Greg couldn't wait 5 minutes to get down to his board shorts.  Ha!  Vacation time, baby!

photo 3Sunset our first night.  Seriously, I feel so blessed to live where I live.  Breathtaking!

photo 1 (2)You can't see, but my Mom made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (100% from scratch) for Greg's birthday cake. His absolute favorite!  It was DELICIOUS, and such a treat!

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photo 5My girlfriend Emma and I playing around.  Love her!

photo 1Farewell sunset on our last day.

photo 2 (2)My love, relaxing.  So happy he got to do this!

I know there are so many other photos that everyone else took, but I haven't received them yet. Hint-hint, family! Seriously though, this was one of the best weekends ever.  Full of relaxation, fun, and family.  Love that!  I went to work this morning missing the beach house, but super refreshed.

See you tomorrow!

xo.  Jen