Since the beach looked like this -
we decided to be locals and avoid the beach on Memorial Day.
We headed to a park overlooking Dana Point with James sister Katie and her husband Vonn.
We are so excited to live near them.
They planned a great BBQ for the four of us.
The Christensons are expecting their first little baby.
And I have a blast talking about everything baby with Katie.
She is going to be the worlds best Mom.
We laughed so hard with these two all day.
Sure do love them.
I couldn't get over this park.
Sometimes I make a fool out of myself here because to everyone else this is normal.
They act as if its completely normal to hang out at a park that overlooks a harbor.
As for me I could spend hours oowing and aweing over this!
The boys of course got the Frisbee out and had a blast.
If you ask me there is nothing like a good picnic and hamburger on Memorial Day.
Nothing more American.
After our picnic we headed down the hill to explore the Dana Point Harbor.
Passing this car along the way.
After filling up my car which maxed out at 50 bucks in Utah -
for 83 bucks here -
we have decided that our SUVs MUST go.
And we saw this puppy.
James wants it.
Anyone know where we can get one?
The man inside was loving us taking pictures with it!
It was fun to hit up the point where we took our engagement pictures.
And actually really get to see the harbor.
James and I now have a running list of things we want to try while here in California.
Sailing. Paddle boarding. Scuba diving. etc.
I was loving the patriotic feel around the harbor.
And I couldn't get enough of the boats.
I grew up boating on a lake -
and I must admit my little boating heart got so much joy out of this marina.
Here is a little glimpse into our day.
We dropped the Christensons off and then strolled around Balboa Island for a second
before heading home completely pooped.
We love nothing more than coming home to our place.
Driving into our neighborhood makes me so happy.
We have a little park across the street where neighborhood kids play
and have picnics with their dogs.
They have even had a few days of yoga in the park.
I am waiting to learn how to get involved.
Later that night we had the best part of our day -
my nephew Michael got home from his mission and we had a joint Skype session with some other members of my fam.
After two long years I was SO excited to get to see my brotha from anotha motha -
who just happens to be my sister.
We have had a special bond!
Happy Memorial Day to all of you!
I hope you also enjoyed a good ol hamburger
and a slow paced day to honor those who sacrificed so much for us to have this freedom.
I know we certainly did!