Sunday, July 18, 2010

La Jolla Vacation - Day 5

Yall sick of La Jolla yet? If so, check back in about 10 days. Because we're here for a while.

Caroline and I took a kid-free outing yesterday. We got in the car and I said, "Do you hear that?" She smiled and we didn't say a word for the rest of the day. Kidding. But, it was lovely.

We drove a mile down the street into downtown by the sea. I love this town. Everything is about a mile away.

The ice cream man plays "It's a Small World" from the Disneyland ride. Blissful.

We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was awesome. Truth be told, Caroline and I could go to a goat farm and clean out the stalls and still have fun. But, this really was cool.

Dined at their cafe. Egg salad and chili for Caroline. Asparagus and wild truffle grilled cheese for me. Carbs don't count on vacation, remember?

We spent most of the meal eavesdropping on a conversation nearby. This lady was the main attraction. Esther. With an H. We heard all about her life. And, her friend Ester without an H. The coma she was in. Her friends. She was a hoot. A picture.....disguised, of protect the innocent:

It is my opinion, after this lunch, that everyone should own a feathered hat.

More on the museum.......super cool inside and out.

We shopped afterwards. Everything about La Jolla is cute.

What? You don't go to libraries on vacation? Look at that card catalog! (Sass, that's where you used to look up book locations. Before that app on your IPhone.)

Next up, Cups for dessert. 100% organic and green. Impressive. And, delicious! Doesn't Caroline look pretty here? I know she's sick of me telling her, but I haven't seen her look this good in years.

Which makes me not want to sit by her in pictures, but I do anyway.

Looks like a place for cocktails. Hip music and sweet sugary deliciousness filled the air.

The damage. I tried old school vanilla because I'm boring like that. Caroline? Chocolate milk. Then, we got some more minis to take to dinner at Merrilee's. The kids don't know the difference between gourmet cupcakes and the Target brand, but they were so cute. I couldn't resist.

We returned to the beach house to find semi-naked kids and a shirtless husband out on the balcony.

We clothed the children and headed to Encinitas for dinner with old friends.

Carrie, Merrilee and me. Love these girls!

There were 6 kids running around their darling house. Craziness. Here is Dane.

Left to right......Jack, Dane, Hagen, Ellery and Lainey.

Lookin' like his Pa.

The band. They work for cupcakes.

We all fixed our plates and gave the kids their treats in hopes of 5 minutes to eat. Nearly successful.

Had a fabulous meal! Carrie, Ryan, Darin, Merrilee and Blake.

Some history......most of us went to high school and Merrilee and I went K-12 together. Merrilee was Blake's first love. We told this to Carter and squealed with awkwardness. Then, he told me to wear my heals that night. In case we got in a scrap. Nice.

Their house is precious.

Carrie bugged Carter a good portion of the evening.

And, he liked it.


Weird ripple effect on this one from the flames.

Mer busted out this chocolate goodness.

And, Carrie's pregnancy cravings took over. She earned it!

We left around 1:00am and headed back to La Jolla. And, I was up at 7am with restless toddlers. 'Tis the life with little ones!

Big day planned with our California family. Farmer's Market, lunch, surfing, etc. Can't wait to see the crew!


Pam Bowers said...

Your whole day sounded lovely...but seriously, that chocolate cake!!! NOMNOMNOM...

Brittny said...

again. jealous. i want to go to california. i've been to camp there as a teenager, but only saw the camp. went to san fran when pregnant with #2 and fell in love. thought i'd never want to live there until that visit. but are only convincing me even more how beautiful it is!! glad you had some time alone with caroline. she's so cute!!!

p.s. - LOVE the story about carter and the heels!!!

Brittny said...

always forget to comment on something on here b/c there are so many photos. but had to tell you i thought that blake had an arch tattoo over his bellybutton in the photo of the family on the balcony. was going to say awesome.

Jodee said...

Sick of La Jolla? Never! 10 days? I am soooo J-E-A-L-O-U-S! It looks like you and Caroline had a fabulous day together! The restaurant story is a hoot and the picture is even funnier! I can't wait for the scoop on Day 6! Bring on the sun and fun!

Kristen said...

I don't think Caroline looks pretty... but I do think she looks beautiful :) And you do too Casey! What a great pic of the two of you!!

Some of my favorite pics- Jack and his flaming marshmallow and Jack sitting by himself with his little guitar...

I wish I was on vacation where you are... it looks magical.

timmonstimes said...

So glad ya'll are having fun :) Enjoy!

Monica said...

I'll never get tired of reading about a California getaway.

merrilee said...

The picture of you and Caroline is great. Love that Carter wanted you to wear heels....tell him no need to worry(love that kid, by the way). Yesterday, Ellery told me that she misses Hagen and Lainey. She loved having a little girl to boss around!

Sara said...

So fun!! I'm loving all these updates.

Hattie said...

Sounds like y'all had a great kidless outing!!! I just love all the pics! LaJolla seems like a cool place to visit! Love that lady's feather hat too! Ha!

SASS said...

Harhar. That dumb card catalog looks like a good place for my jewelry. There is NOT an app for that.

That Esther story is great. And I think both of your lunches sound and look absolutely delish. I'm extra hungry now. Egg salad, chili, asparagus and wild truffle grilled cheese? YUM. And Cups is just darling. Even moreso with you and Cawowine gracing that little place.
Half naked family upon return? Could have been much worse. I'm sure you know this.
I love the pics of the visit with M & C! Merrilee is just so dang cute, Carrie is presh preg, and all those it. Jack and the working for all of this, Case. So glad you're updating while you're there. Keeps me busy.

Merry Mack said...

I need that feather hat! I also need a sister I love to hang out with, your vacation, that chocolate cake and your photography skills.

Merry Mack said...

Oh, and I need the pink guitar.

The Lenzers said...

that food looks scrumptious!! i wanna see you in that hat!

Heather said...

good gracious! a farmers market on vacay!!! seriously.

You are gorgeous too! You and Caroline both!

I will never tire of the La Jolla posts.

Carrie's so cute prego.

You and Caroline are precious together. Such a neat thing to be so close to your sis. I always tell my girls that one day they will be best friends, so there is no need in wasting your time fighting. I hope I am right.

Please do not ever bring up egg salad, chile, and truffled grilled cheese in a post again. Sick.

And Merilee - I need to stalk her a little more often. She is so dang cute and a cute fam to boot.

The Soladay Family said...

I am just now catching up on all the fun! What great pics you are getting. Are you mentally checking off your list of what pics/moments you wanted to capture? =)

Finally I actually get to see who Merilee is! She is precious, as is her fam, her home, that chocolate cake. Awesome.

Keep the updates coming!

Clare said...

I just caught up on your vacationing, it looks like you are having so much fun!! You look great, relaxed and fresh.

LOL at your stab at Sass, she's right that could be a good place to store jewelry.

High heels, that's great, Carter is hilarious.

I love the relationship you and Caroline have, it makes me wish I had a sister.

Becca Jane said...

Wow, how fun! LOVE the balcony family picture. And the pink guitar lainey picture!

Glad you're having fun!

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