Friday, February 28, 2014

From My Front Porch ~ February 28, 2014

Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  

Have you missed our front porch chats?  I have! The last two Fridays found me on a trip to California enjoying a grand adventure!  (Well, it was a pretty big adventure for me, because I'm very much a homebody and not a world traveler!!)  Today I'm hoping to catch up!  So, get ready for lots of pictures!  :)

On February 14th, I flew into Los Angeles so I could attend the first ever Lilla Rose convention. You can read all about that fabulous event here.  

It was hard being away from those I love on Valentine's Day, as I always make one or more special meals for my family.  However, Tiffany stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with this yummy breakfast!!

Then, Alan donned his apron and made a special dinner for the family. I hear that Hannah made an amazing chocolate cake and set a beautiful table!  So, my family still had a special Valentine's Day celebration.

Alan ("Coach") got to enjoy some Sarah time!  (Can you believe she is already 3 months old??)

Back to California ~ after the Lilla Rose convention, I hung around Anaheim for a couple days waiting for Alan to join me in California for the second part of my adventure! He had a board meeting in Santa Monica Thursday through Saturday, so he flew into Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, and I met him at the airport, and we took a taxi to beautiful Santa Monica!

This is the gorgeous view we were able to see from our hotel.

Santa Monica is a fascinating place -- Such a beautiful city featuring a diverse population and a very active lifestyle.  I don't think I'd want to live there . . . but it was very fun to visit!  :)

This is famous Muscle Beach.

We happened upon a beach wedding!

I loved this giant chess board on the sand at the International Chess Park, which is located by the Santa Monica pier.  My boys would have loved this, as they used to compete successfully in scholastic chess tournaments back in the day!  In the background you can see "pick-up chess games" being played.

One afternoon we were taken on a tour of the city by the City Manager of Santa Monica.  This is the beautiful place where he gets to go to work each day!

This is a view of an innovative open air "mall" in the center of downtown.

Walking through Picturesque Palisades Park.

Sunsets over the Pacific can be stunning! Here is one we got to enjoy.

A stroll down Santa Monica Pier, which used to be where famous Route 66 ended.

We ate dinner here one evening.

Sunday morning I boarded the plane in Los Angeles in the fog, excited to be going home!  I met a fascinating lady on the flight home!  Perhaps I will share about her in another post!

I had a Great Trip . . . but there's no place like home!  

Thanks for stopping by my front porch for a visit! I'd love for you to take a moment to "sign my guest book" (leave a comment!) so I can know that you stopped by and enjoyed your visit!  Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!  


Serving A Generation for Jesus said...

I really enjoy your blog.:) I think it's so neat that you've created a culture in your home of celebration that your family carried on.

Angi said...

I certainly missed not reading "From My Front Porch" the last couple of weeks. I always look forward to reading it.

tealady said...

Sounds like a lovely week.

busymomof10 said...

Nice to know I was missed! And thanks for stopping by for a visit and for "signing my guest book!" I'm always encouraged by positive feedback! :)

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