gallamore west: The Best Day Ever

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Best Day Ever

My boys have this little saying that they use 
to describe a really, really good day...
"The Best Day Ever!"

I think it's actually a song from Sponge Bob, but whatever.  I'm going to pretend that my boys don't watch that show 
{just like they don't eat sugar and that they are actually sticking to their 8 PM bedtime this summer... haaa!}  
Yesterday it's Mama's turn... 
it was The Best Day Ever!


It started with brunch in La Jolla with two of my favorite college friends, and my red-headed, blue-eyed date who was adorable until he started choking on a Gerber's Puff {just a little} and projectile vomited all over his whole outfit, my cute jeans, and the floor... wow!  My expectations of a great day must be pretty low, right?  But don't worry, it gets better from here.  


These girls are precious to me.  We don't see each other as much as we'd like to, but that's okay because when we do get together, I'm reminded of how much I love them. These girls are REAL... we've seen each other through finding love, marriages, divorce, heartbreak, pregnancy, miscarriage, raising children, finding our careers {and me quitting mine to stay home} and more.  Hanging out with these two friends is a breath of fresh air and reminder that girlfriends are a true treasure.




After brunch, I hurried home to drop off my freshly changed, napping cutie patootie with Hubs who was installing new ceiling fans {wahoo!!} and headed out the door {no, I did not change my jeans... they got even dirtier later} to check out a couple of nearby shops I've had my eye on and didn't want to venture into with 3 curious boys.  Ohhhh, am I so ever glad I waited!  I only had about 15 minutes to spend, but I could've spent hours here.  These vintage/handmade/antique shops are just a mile away from our new house and they are serious goldmines for a vintage loving Mama like myself.  I didn't buy anything because I was in such a hurry... must go back sooooon {like tomorrow morning}.









Then I hit the road to meet my parents and my two "big boys" in the gorgeous mountains of San Diego, in the adorable town of Julian.  It was a Pioneer Day celebration for the Julian branch of the LDS Church, where my parents go to church.   Honestly, I didn't quite "get" why they love it out there until I saw their church and this event today.  We're already excited to go back next year... it was THAT much fun!
{Their church building is so cute and tiny... 4 rows of pews, plus some chairs in the chapel!}

While waiting for them to arrive with the precious cargo, I saw a Mama turkey and her eight little babies {turkeyettes?!} meander across the church parking lot.


Then my munchkins arrived, dressed adorably, and the fun started.  There were train rides on the little gold mine train through a Manzanilla Tree Forest...




panning for gold {they got to trade in their gold for 
Red Vines at the Trading Post!}...




walking on the rope bridge...




or the 4 year old stick version of the bridge...




pumping water in buckets...




horseback riding!...




bucket brigading...




pie eating contest...




and so many other fun things.  







{My personal favorite was the fresh scones... more like donuts or funnel cake, topped with homemade jam and powdered sugar}.


I couldn't believe how quickly the evening flew by and before I knew it, we were headed home at dusk, the perfect time for spotting deer.  And oh, was it the perfect time!  We saw 10 deer {1 buck, 7 does, and 2 cute babies!} on our way home.  


Seriously, is there a PAUSE button in life?  
Because I want to push it right now.


If you're looking for a trip back in history while in San Diego County, here's where we went {about an hour and a half east of downtown}: http://pioneerways.com/

3 comments:

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

That DOES sound like the best day ever. Minus the baby puke, of course. :) Wish there was an awesome store like that in my town!!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

Thanks Laurie. <3 You truly are a treasured friend and if I did my math right - has it really been 10 years???? Wow! And I absolutely LOVE that vintage antique shop you found!! Suddenly I need a teal scale and that matching blue stepping stool in my house. LOVE!! :):) {The pioneer day looked awesome too!} Glad you had such a great day! You deserve it! xoxo

Jen said...

WOW. That looks like fun! And I couldn't help but notice that Sam standing there with his hands in his pockets looks so much like his daddy! :)

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