Jun 27, 2011

Santa Barbara/Beautiful Bride/Brendan Free Weekend

Josh and I had our first weekend away together without our adorable Brendan boy. We traveled to Santa Barbara for one of my best high-school friends’ wedding.

What a BEAUTIFUL place to be. It was wonderful to travel without having to worry about schedules, naps, feeding a toddler, and figuring out how to best get him from point A to B. We missed him dearly and were ready to go home—but time traveling just the two of us again was very nice. Brendan had a wonderful time too getting spoiled by his Grandpa and MiMi. We are very thankful for their help that made it possible for us to get away!
We flew down to Burbank (what a great airport to fly in and out of…I highly recommend it if you every fly to the LA area) on Thursday morning. After renting our car we made an important first stop at In & Out before driving the quick drive to Santa Barbara. Once in Santa Barbara, we were able to explore all the shopping on State Street—WOW! We had read about a really good authentic Mexican restaurant called La Super-Rica Taqueria that was loved by Julie Childs…it didn’t disappoint. It looked pretty sketchy as we pulled up but was by far THE BEST Mexican food we had EVER had; homemade tortilla’s are amazing! After filling up we drove up the hillside to see Westmont College…beautiful! And of course ended our day with a little FroYo.

Friday morning I talked Josh into running with me on a 3 mile bike path that followed along the coast line/beach front in downtown Santa Barbara. We also walked down to a hidden beach down what are called “Thousand Steps”—unfortunately the weather wasn’t warm enough to stay and explore. (That was the only downside of our time in California—we brought the colder weather with us—it was only 65 degrees and overcast…but we still enjoyed it!) After getting cleaned up, we went back down town and walked up to the top of the Courthouse for a 360 degree view of the ocean and mountains, it truly was breathtaking beautiful.

That evening was the wedding. The wedding was at an exclusive Santa Barbara resort called the Bacara. This place was incredible. Josh and I were in awe. The ceremony took place outside overlooking the ocean. Alison was a BEAUTIFUL bride! We had amazing appetizers on a veranda and a four-course dinner on the roof top followed by dancing in an elegant ballroom. Both Josh and I had a great evening. The sun even came out for the whole event. It was wonderful to catch up with dear friends and to celebrate Alison and Jono…we are excited for both of them.

Saturday we finally got some fresh fish for lunch at a wonderful spot in the harbor called Brophy Bros. Then we loaded things up and made our way back to Burbank. Josh found a great deal at the really nice Marriott right next to the hotel…by far the nicest hotel we have stayed in just the two of us (besides the davenport). We enjoyed a little time by the pool and found the best bakery ever called Porto’s—AMAZING! We then went to a shopping area called the Americana at Brands in Glendale. We ended our time by eating again :) at a great Mexican Restaurant.
It was a special weekend, a wonderful weekend, and a fun weekend. Thank you Alison and Jono for sharing your weekend with us. Thank you Mom and Dad for taking care of our little man and thank you Josh for being the best husband, such a fun person to travel with, and my best friend—I love you!

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