9.29.2016

Zachary's Birthday Surprises

Yesterday was Zachary's 30th Birthday! The Big 3-0. Whoop! We had an awesome day of being sick. the. whole. day. A case of head colds has swept through our house leaving us both coughing, sneezing and gasping for air after a few sips of coffee or kisses (it's real sexy) because we can't breathe through our noses! We spent most of the day yesterday snuggled up on the couch and napping. 
 
But that didn't stop me from giving Zachary presents to open! 
For his birthday, in true Pinterest fashion, I gave him 30 presents all marked with a number. Unfortunately,  I felt so terrible I wasn't even up to taking a picture of it. But it was still fun & he enjoyed it. :) 
 
Some of his gifts included camping gear, books, treats, new pants & shoes and money for our dinner reservations later that night as a surprise! :) We didn't leave the house all day but I forced us to make the reservations. We had to eat dinner anyways, right!? 
 
We had a lovely dinner at The Melting Pot that left our bellies full of fondue & feeling all warm and cozy.
 
It was a good day, despite us being sick, because it was his 30th. 
I love you sweet husband. Thank you for all your love. So thankful for the gift of you.
Happy Birthday, love.
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7.26.2016

Sophie's a Dancing Queen! // 4-Year Old Dance Recitals

3 to 4 year old dance recitals are kind of hilarious. They're precious but hilarious. Earlier this year Sophie had her Dance Adventures recital and we all went. Parents, grandparents & some siblings, too. She's blessed with a HUGE group of people that freaking adore her. How could we not? See below. ;) We packed in to a small room with about 40 other parents and friends of her class, to watch her small dance class of 8 perform their dances from the semester!
Sophie had dance class once a week for the fall semester and I'm pretty sure the recital was reminisce of her weekly dance classes. (Mostly, kids jumping around doing their own thing to music.) Haha. There were some kids chatting with each other (instead of following the dance teacher). Some doing their own dance, some dutifully trying to follow the dance teacher but getting frustrated when their friends were dancing in their area. Some were just staring at the ground wishing they weren't in front of a huge group of people or running back and forth to their parents, completely oblivious that they were supposed to be putting on a dance show. It was quite a show. But not necessarily because of the dancing. hehe.
(I love her pouty face^) Sophie was full of funny faces and eye rubs (poor girl! Something was going on with her eye that night!) but mostly, she tried to stay focused on dancing. She loves dancing! She'd also occasionally get fixated on one move and keep doing it as the teacher had moved on, which was my favorite. It must be a 4 year old thing as many of the kids did this! It was ridiculously adorable. 

Poor baby! Must have been allergies. The allergens in Texas were terrible this year!



She LOVES the little boy in her dance class. They're good friends and have tons of fun together.


Pure 4-year old bliss! Cheesing it up while dancing. LOVE her!
Aren't their little outfits cute?! The parents provided the leotards, tights and shoes while the dance company tied ribbons in their hair, gave them cute little arm bands & matching tu-tus.


We love you Sophie and are so proud of you and your awesome dance moves! We're beyond thankful to be apart of the little & big moments of your life and praise God for you!

Here's a little video for your viewing delight;
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7.02.2016

Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles // Mexican Market


 
While in L.A. we stopped by the famous Phillipe's for their raved about french dipped sandwiches. They're sandwiches are named the "best french dipped sandwiches in L.A." I don't know if there's a huge amount of competition for that title, but I will say that they didn't disappoint. They were delicious. The shop is also in a perfect location for exploring the Mexican market in downtown L.A.. After we had our sandwiches we were able to walk across the street and wander our way down to Olvera Street. The street is in the oldest part of downtown L.A. and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. While it's mostly a tourist attraction now, we did appreciate the history & architecture of the street, and the added artisan crafts & little quaint shops. 
 
  


 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 We also timed it perfectly, by luck, that we arrived just before many of the shops were closing soon. This meant that they were open long enough that we could peek in or wander through, but that it was late enough that there wasn't much of a crowd. This helped make the place feel even more beautiful & gave us time and space to appreciate our surroundings. We walked around to the main entrance so we could start from the beginning and had a peek at the plaza that the street was off of. I loved this little, quiet plaza. I especially loved the cobblestone streets and the huge tree in the middle that's probably as old, if not older than,  Olvera Street.
 
 
At the entrance of the street, there's a giant cross that almost welcomes you to the market.
 
  
 
 Many of the inside shops had adorable step down store fronts that added to the historical ambiance of the place.
 
Chara, of course, enjoyed walking through the market & stopping for pets from passerby.  
We stopped in to buy a churro from Mr. Churros. Because we're suckers. And I read somewhere online that they had "amazing churros." Also, when you're at a Mexican market there's something in your head, well maybe not yours or Zachary's, but something in my head, that says, "Hey, you should be super cultural & get the whole experience. Obviously, that means get a churro." So we went on a hunt to find this Mr. Churro's I had read about. After much searching, we finally found it & got our caramel filled churro. While it was good, it wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted and I guess, I didn't know what the big deal was. But that's not the point though, is it? The point is that I had a churro at the Mexican market and that I'm very cultured. ;)
And just in case you think that they don't even have churros in Mexico, (I questioned it myself after writing the above paragraph. I thought,  'Have I been hoodwinked to believing churros are Mexican? Like fortune cookies to China and pizza to America?" Well, upon a little searchy, search I discovered that they do in fact have churros in Mexico, though the paragraph that comes up first from Wikipedia would make you believe otherwise.
After our churros, we headed back outside to the plaza for some beautiful lights & a serene, perfect night. We walked around a bit enjoying the weather before we made our way a few streets over to China Town. China Town had less to offer as all the shops were closed & my pictures came out blurry, but we still walked through.  
We had a lovely evening at the market. I wouldn't say it's a "must see" in L.A. but if you're there for a leisurely trip, like we were, have an evening to kill,  or just want to walk off your Phillipe's sandwich, I would recommend it. 
 
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