Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jammed packed July

 4th of July we spent at my cousin's house on the lake for their annual party.
We always have a good time but it's best when we have great weather like we did
this year!  It's been at least 2 years since we've had a dry, nice 4th of July!
 Michel and I take advantage of all the nice days we can!
We love to go into the city and explore.
We took a day one weekend to kayak Lake Union and exlpore Ballard.
It was a beautiful day and soaking up that vitamin D the natural way!
 July 9th brought my Dad's birthday.
We had my Mom and him over for a birthday dinner with a blueberry cheesecake for dessert, homemade by me!
 Mid July brought our vacation!
We planned a trip for us all onto a business trip that Michel had planned.
We vacationed first then he did the work portion of his trip.
He said next time we need to do the reverse.
We boarded the plane, upon our arrival to the LA area we had an In & Out lunch
prior to dropping Bailey off at his friend's house for 4 nights.
After operation drop off, Michel and I headed for a walk along Hermosa Beach.
 Our second day in town we headed to the Happiest Place on Earth, aka Disneyland.
It truly was the happiest place on earth for us that day, as we enjoyed the park, kid free, with our good friends we were staying with.  We packed a lot into that one day at the park and had a fantastic time!
 Day three our host played tour guide and drove us around Orange county a bit showing us the sights.  We had a great lunch al fresco in Newport Beach.  After filling our bellies we headed south to Laguna Beach for the Sawdust Art Festival.  We saw a lot of fantastic art pieces.
We then headed into town for a cupcake treat while perusing the galleries and shops there.
 We walked along the beach to our afternoon cocktails destination, Las Brisas, on the patio with amazing ocean views.  Michel and I fell in love with Laguna Beach and can see the appeal of living  here!
 The morning of our fifth day we headed out to pick up our son.
On our way inland to the hotel and to drop Michel off for the work portion of his trip, we drove through Beverly Hills and stopped for brunch at Jack & Jill's and a quick walk around Rodeo Drive.
We parted Michel late in the afternoon, he headed off to work while Bailey and I headed to a friend's for dinner.  I still kick myself for not taking photos while I was with her! 
By the time we got back to the hotel, Bailey fell asleep almost as soon as his head hit the pillow!
 Our sixth and final full day was spent in fabulous San Diego with my good friend Michelle and her daughter.  We enjoyed a relaxing time at Mission Beach, we enjoyed the art work along the water front near Little Italy and had a great dinner at Five Guys, ending our visit with sometime at her house relaxing on the sofa and talking.  It was a fabulous visit and look forward to doing it again!
We really love Southern California and enjoyed this trip greatly!
The end of July brought a backyard family reunion with my Mom's side of the family.
It couldn't have been a more perfect, sunny day! 
It was a full month full of some great memories to last a lifetime!

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