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Monday, August 27, 2012

Hello, Blog: Scenes From A SoCal Vacay

We've had a busy, full summer.

Ashlyn started soccer last week.

The girls start school this week.

Hope Kids had their New Testament Graduation ceremony yesterday.

The craziness of fall is upon us.

I'm excited.

I like crazy.

We took a trip to Southern California a few weeks ago.

It's an annual event.

Thanks to my generous parentals.

Hello, Newport Coast Villas coy pond.

I think the girls love the coy more than Disneyland.

The family's all together!

And eating.

With Princess Celestia.

So standard.

Poolside flirting.

Discussing if and how long salt water species could survive in chlorinated water.

Make it stop.

Sunset dinner at Ruby's.

Shirley temple shakes and Frito chili bags.

Poolside BBQ at the Burns residence.

Blog friend turned real friend.

Twin husbands.

Fun night.


Tinkerbell shades was excited.

Radiator Springs, Population 57.8 billion.

But worth it.

The new Cars ride was magical.

Our car raced my parents and Ashlyn and they won.

Ashlyn called us losers.

And said "you guys couldn't do it."

Thank you, Ashlyn.

My dad's Disneyland motto?

Just say no to food courts.

So we ate our monogrammed pastries and threatened our children to behave like the fancy people.

It's a Small Air-Conditioned World.

Our favorite.

With smoothies.

Also, our favorite.

Fun, full day.

We all slept well that night.

And spent the next few days relaxing.

Participating in poolside extracurriculars.

Rainbow tye-dye.

All kinds of hippie awesome.

Coke breaks in the shade.

Swimming is tough work you know.

Sneak-away Fashion Island shopping trips for the girls.

Mom doesn't understand selfies.

And beach days.

Building sandcastles.

Digging for sand crabs.

Heaven for my rainbow-toed girls.

Thanks so much, Mom and Dad.

We love you!


  1. I want to go back to Newport villas. I wasn't invited this year. I love the coy.

    I need the tinkerbell glasses for our d-land trip.

  2. Please teach Mom about selfies, I also "just say no to food courts" and I just realized this means I get to see you at least once a year! #breakdance

  3. your family vacays are off the hook. and so are your parentals. please let them know i'm available for adoption.

    as nice as vacays are, i'm glad y'all are back; please never move to socal. i'd go through some serious johnson withdrawals.

  4. Looks like a fun, memorable time!

    my husband has been to club 33 pre-me. we are not cool enough for it now.

  5. i love koi too! i dream of a koi pond on my backyard. someday...

    also, your mom's non-selfie cracked me up. how fun was your trip! i loved snippets on instagram & loving getting more of the story here...