Friday, March 29, 2013

Jared's BDay

I have always been a lot little jealous of my brother's birthdays.  Jared (March-Spring Break) and Clint (December-Christmas Break) always get to celebrate their birthday when the family is all together.  Uhh....AWESOME!!! (For them).  ;)  I've really loved being able to celebrate their birthdays for such a long time.  And, so, we continued that 'tradition' when we got back from California to celebrate Jared's birthday.  Victoria and I made a brownie/peanut butter cookie cake for his birthday cake.
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She decorated with a little help from grandma.
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But Victoria kept watching to make sure her daddy wasn't peaking.  This was a top secret mission.
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Don't worry...they were definitely pre-occupied.  ;)
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Photography by Victoria:
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Photo bomb by Grandma:
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Photo bomb by Grandpa:
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Checking out his new binoculars from Angelica and Victoria.  He loved them!
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Sweet girl...
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Then a little kite flying!  Love watching the little kids 'fly kites'.  Their definition of flying kites is to run as fast as they can and hope the kite does it's job.  hahaha!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Back in Texas

Although Hubs & I had the time of our lives out in California we were glad to be back on Texas ground.  Just something about this good ole' state and these good ole' country roads!  :)
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I know someone else who was excited for us to come back too!  My niece Victoria was bound and ready to play school.  This girl is destined to be a teacher!  She. Loves. School!  :)  This time around we had to pretend as if it was picture day.  She had all the right poses.
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Right down to this one.  Straight up perfect yearbook pose.  I can hear the photographer now...Lean your head a little to the left...okay pick up your chin...turn your eyes back towards me...Am I the only one that always felt completely awkward in those pictures??  Sheesh!
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At least my niece can look completely adorable no matter how she poses.  Like even with this plant.
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She totally rocked it!  Oh...and...gotta love some grandma lovin' in the background.
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I love that little girl!  Can't wait to see her again.  :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

California in under 4 minutes.


Here's a little video of most of all of our travels and places we stopped while in California.
All in under 4 minutes.  
Make sure to watch until the end.  
That's my favorite part! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

San Fran Day 3

After San Fran Day 1 & 2 Hubs and I both needed to start the day with a big cup of hotel coffee!  Love me some forehead wrinkles in this picture.
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We were bound & ready to make the most of our last morning in San Francisco before we headed back on our long trek to the airport!  We looked up a couple of local hot spots for breakfast and settled on Pat's Cafe.  It definitely kept up with Mama's breakfast!! And for half the price and half the wait.  We were loving it.  But in Mama's defense...it's partly an experience in itself.
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We were starving and couldn't quite make up our minds on the things we wanted to try so we went with 3!!  We got the French toast made on in house sourdough bread.  Delish!!
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Banana pancakes.  These pancakes tasted more like a banana nut batter and had nuts mixed into it.  LOVED them but definitely different that Mama's Banana Pancakes.
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And the California omelette.
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When we ordered all 3 the waiter looked at us like we were crazy and just said "wow, thank you!" hahahaha.  We actually did a good job of clearing out our plates.  Guess the food was just that good!!
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And since we never made it out to the Full House houses...we decided to take a picture in front of these.  They looked close enough to me!  So here ya have it...us in front of the Full House random people's houses!! :) :)
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Worked for me!! And saved us a lot of time on a trip outside of the city to see them.  :)  We walked around the block a little and then headed back over to Fisherman's Wharf to get a few souvenirs.
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This bird was making me laugh because I kept getting closer and closer to him and he was not scared at all.  He kept opening his mouth to make a noise along with the other birds but something was wrong with him and no noise would come out.  :/  Poor guy!  But he was loving his little photo shoot with me.  hahaha
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The city view from the bay.
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We were very sad to leave.
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So we hopped on the Muni to the Farmer's Market one more time instead.  :)
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We tried our first ever macaroons from this place and Hubs got a cappuccino from Blue Bottle Co.  Both were sooooo good!!
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Yummy!!
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The Farmer's market was a little more active this day and outside they were selling all kinds of flowers and produce.
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They had a section off to the side that had all sorts of varieties of food for lunches.  It was very crowded with local workers coming over on their lunch break.
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This time we had to get on the Muni for reals to head back over to the Bart to take us to the airport.  It was time to head back home.
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At least Hubs found his happy place.  Overlooking the runway while working...
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I found my happy place too.
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Bye Bye San Francisco!!!!  Next stop...The Lone Star state!  In the picture below you can see a small clip of the Golden Gate bridge at the top middle and the Bay bridge right in the middle.
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 And I leave you with this...
< insert Muni joke here > 
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Is this thing not hilarious???  A convertible Muni!!!