Monday, July 11, 2011

California Road Trip

Hi, did you miss me? Ha ha, I've been M.I.A. for the last few weeks, but with good reason.
Heinz & I made a little road trip down to southern California for some family time and some 4th of July celebrating.

Unfortunately, I never got a shot of the entire crew. We are missing a few VIPs here.

Normally we fly down to California, but this trip we thought it would be fun affordable to drive. I guess fun isn't the right word when you are driving hundreds of miles on a limited amount of time. Even with our limited time, we did make the best of it.


Shots from the drive of southern Utah.








We had a wonderful time with everyone and were spoiled rotten by family.
When we got into California, Heinz's folks took us to the local pizzeria for some of the best pizza & beer around.

 
Momma & Papa King (Heinz's mom & step dad)



You know you are in California when you see a zillion lanes on the freeway.

Besides visiting with family, our number one mission was to get in as much trouble beach time as possible.




"Hey, that's my hat!" I bought this huge floppy hat to shade myself from some of that sun. Heinz wanted to try it out for himself.

SMOOCHES

Nice and sunny. Perfect beach weather.

Next we had a fun family BBQ at Heinz's sister's home. Good food, great drinks, and a lot of silliness.

Heinz is pretending like he's helping, but Dave is the real grill master here. (Thanks Dave & Gina for specially getting me veggie burgers. Delish!)


Heinz with his sister Gina. Watcha got in those cups?

Heinz making funny faces with Ryan & Katie (nephew & niece)


Heinz with Momma & Papa K

Just one of the many beautiful sunsets in so cal.

Me & Katie jumping on the trampoline. This brought back great memories from when I grew up bouncing around on my family tramp a long, long time ago.

Ryan looking stellar as the sun begins to set.


Katie with her perfect lines. Did you know that Katie is a State Champion gymnast with oodles of endless talent?!


And then there was the 4th of July Extravaganza.

First things first - Pool Party!









And then it was time for some grub.


Momma K is slaving away for the fabulous 4th of July BBQ bash. (Thanks for making a special effort and grilling me up some very tasty portobello mushrooms. Yummy.)

Ribs, specially for Heinz. (His fave)


I snagged one of these scrumptious cupcakes by the end of the night. Sugary goodness.

Lets not forget, firework's galore.




To top a fun trip, Momma & Papa K treated Heinz & I to a fantastic dinner down at the beach.
 The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove is definitely a favorite place of ours. Crystal Cove is a beautiful beach with old beach shacks along the shore. It really has an old school feel to it. The Beachcomber Cafe has amazing tasting food and is a real hot spot. No wonder it is always packed to the gills.






So Rosy isn't one to let a little DO NOT ENTER sign stop her.





You have to go through a long tunnel to get to the beach. It's pretty cool because there is a bunch of artwork from the 70s, 80s & current decade, celebrating Earth Day and decorating the tunnel walls.


We even lucked out with a gorgeous sunset.



Simply breathtaking.

You can really tell that Heinz got his share of sun on our trip. Luckily I had my big hat to give me a little coverage.

So in the end, we had a great time. The only downfall was that Heinz & I were both sick at some point during our trip and we really needed more time to spend with family.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful time. We love you and hope to make more memories in the near future.