Monday, January 5, 2009

MMMM California...beautiful

Well, unfortunately all things must come to an end. We are back from our much needed trip to California. Josh and I had the best time with my family. I miss them all so much already. I also miss the gorgeous weather Southern California provides. When we were about to take off on our return flight, the pilot announced that it was "currently 7 degrees above zero in Salt Lake City." Seven degrees, are you freaking kidding me? Needless to say, I haven't been thrilled to be back in freezing cold Utah. I really have to try to have a good attitude about living in Utah during the bitter winter months. Anyway, our trip to CA was amazing. We got to see family and friends, go to shows, eat yummy food, celebrate two holidays, and relax. I was able to go to my best friend Ashley's Pilates class. She is an awesome instructor and got me soooo sore!

This is the view from my parent's back yard, not bad.

Oh how I wish we could afford to live in this neighborhood!

We love taking walks around the lake. The weather was between 65 and 70 degrees the whole time we were there. It was absolutely perfect!

Me and my cute Mama

There were several 'important' games on while we were down there. This was not an uncommon scene in my parents' living room:

We went out to King's Seafood in Calabassas with Chris and Mari, and Kevin and Lindsay Ten Eyck. We love them all and wish we could play with them more often!

On Saturday we went to Santa Barbara again, this time the whole family came. We rented Segways and beach cruisers. The boys all want Segways now. Too bad they are about $5000 each!

The weather was beautiful. The sun was out and it was warm with a light breeze. It couldn't have been a better day.
Me, Mares, Mom

The men and their toys:
Chris, Patrick, Daddy, Josh, Luke

The Segways were a little awkward to ride at first but after a minute they felt completely natural. To go, you just lean forward, and to stop you lean back as if you were going to sit in a chair. They are completely stable and you actually feel really safe riding them.
My mom couldn't figure out how to turn around for the picture.
Thank you Mama and Daddy for such a wonderful trip. We enjoyed every second of it and we can't wait for the next time we get to make our way out there. Hawaii can't come soon enough, we are eager to see you all again!

This week Josh's brother and sister had birthdays. Happy birthday Dan and Rebecca!
Here are some things we love about Dan:
  • Dan is very funny. He thoroughly enjoys potty humor and so do we.
  • He is a very unique gift giver. You never know what you are going to get when he gives you a gift. It could be a Tom Jones greatest hit collection, a massager, a prosthetic leg, or a box of Cheez-its. No matter what it is, it will almost always make you laugh.
  • He is a good dad to beautiful Abigail. She adores him.
  • He laughs a lot, and his laugh is contagious.
  • He has really good hair
  • I don't know if I love this but he looks like my husband. One time I almost put the moves on him thinking he was Josh, that would have been interesting.
Here are some things we love about Becca:
  • She is a very good aunt. She loves to play with her nieces and nephews.
  • She is a hard working school teacher.
  • She is naturally thin and beautiful, and her legs are 8 feet long.
  • She is very considerate and thinking of others.
  • She is a very good gift giver. Josh ALWAYS loves the cards Becca picks out for him.
  • She understands good dry humor.
  • Becca is very loyal to her family and friends.


Chris and Mari Spiker said...

Santa Barbara really is so beautiful. And Segways ARE fun! Happy Birthday to both you Alvords too!

Marianna & Trevor Eckman said...

i totally agree with you and the presents that dan gives. for our wedding he gave us a very soft throw....with a gigantic harry potter on it. It's my favorite. it sounds like you had such a great time in CA. Its too cold in utah.

becca said...

thanks for the b-day shout-out and gift card! my best dan present was a box of nutrigrain bars wrapped in tighty-whiteys. nast! aw, i miss lu sucking her thumb! i want to be adopted into your family-you guys have way too much fun!

becca said...

and i love how kennedy is about to climb into the cake!

Spiker said...

I love Santa barbara!!! Retirement here we come! But i am happy on our lake too... can't complain at all! We loved having you here. Dan does have great hair. More interesting than you putting the moves on him, would have been his reaction! Hmmmm.... and Becca, legs 8 feet long... wish i knew what that felt like! Happy birthday to both! hawaii in April!

The Ten Eycks said...

We had such a great time with you guys! We really wish we could hang out more often. P.S. I did not even notice you took that pic of us watching the game, ha lol. I guess I was really into the game! Hope you have a great day!

Brandon and Melissa said...

Word of advise, STAY IN CALIFORNIA! Don't get on the plane! It is freezing here, AHH! What were we thinking?! =)

Brandon and I fly home next Friday and I can't wait to enjoy the warm weather there!

Adam & Samantha said...

looks like a you had so much fun! santa barbara is the cutest city ever! if only we had money to live there. . .:-(

Rachel said...

Sounds like you guys had a fun trip! And I have come to the conclusion that you hate Utah. You beach babe! I wish I could ride a segwa! Is that how you spell it? Anyway, everytime I see one it reminds me of the best show ever, "Arrested Development." Give me a GOB! If you haven't seen it, then nevermind. I miss you!

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

YESSSS! Arrested Development is AMAZING! And I miss you guys already, come back!

Rachel said...

I guess we need to borrow your first season of Arrested Development, eh? See what all the hype is about.

I about peed my pants reading that you almost put the moves on Dan. Too funny! I agree, I want to be adopted into your family. You guys know how to have a good time for sure.

Rodela Family said...

Courtney, looks like you guys had fun in Cali. We were there too for a few days, hard to go back to the snow. We need to get together!!!

CASEY & NICOLE said...

SO fun!! I love seeing family. You guys must of had the best time! We need to get together soon!

Julie and Tyson said...

I'm jealous! This was my first time EVER not going home during the "winter break" and I am dying for some sunny weather!

the organic kitchen said...

rach Courtney doesn't hate Utah! She just likes Cali better. And we are Arrested Developement addicts!