Let me first start off this post by saying that I have the best husband in the world. He doesn't read this blog, so I'll have to come up with a creative way to show it to him - but I just wanted to publicly proclaim it to the world. After I write this post, you'll be on Team Mr. Howard too - but I wanted to acknowledge that I KNOW how blessed I am.
Before I can write about my weekend, I have to first say that this trip has been a long time coming. When my husband went to Canada for work on two separate occasions, I kept joking that the 17 cumulative days I spent by myself with three small children had earned me a stay in a hotel with room service and Mai Tais. I was joking, of course, but my husband responded by saying, "You SHOULD go take a weekend for yourself!" and so I did what any sane wife would do and quickly got on the computer and booked my flight before he could change his mind.
I was all set to spend a weekend in L.A. several months ago and then, shockingly, my friend Jen's mom got very sick. After a scary few days, they found out she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I know I sent out an email to some of you asking to pray for her and I so appreciate those prayers!! They spent the next several months fighting. Fighting for her life. Fighting through chemo. Fighting through transplant surgery. Fighting to kick cancer's butt and she is now in remission! Hallelujah! So, it seemed like the perfect time to reschedule my trip!!
I left for LAX on Friday morning and was so excited to sit in the airport and read gossip magazines. It's a little crazy that sitting in the airport is considered a vacation. It's just a luxury I'm not used to. I know Jen and Brett thought I was crazy for being so excited, but there is rarely a time when I can just sit.
That evening we drove back to Jen and Brett's house and got ready for dinner. We went to this little place called Okie Dokie sushi and it was so good! They had the most amazing sashimi salad that I am totally going to recreate for Mr. Howard. I just need to find a good salad dressing! After dinner, we came home and watched TV. Jen and Brett did a major remodel of their house and it looks AMAZING!
The next morning we woke up and went to the beach for breakfast. We had a paradise bowl in Manhattan Beach. It was this blended, almost sorbet-like texture, in the bottom of the bowl with acai, strawberries, peaches, and banana. And then on top of it was granola, chopped banana, and strawberries. Oh my goodness. It was so good! I felt like I was almost eating ice cream for breakfast! We came down to the beach and ate our breakfast with this view below! Ridiculous!Terranea. Oh my goodness! If you are planning a trip to Southern California and want a resort to visit, you MUST go to Terranea. It was spectacular. Absolutely breathtaking. We brought magazines and books and spent the whole day in our robes in the Jacuzzi and treatments. I was supposed to bring my swimsuit, but I completely forgot - so I was a free spirit under my robe. Haha! I read the book Gone Girl, while I was there. I literally devoured it because it was SO good. If you're looking for a book club book, you have to read it!
Nelson's (I linked to it, if you want to pin it!). I wish I could have captured how beautiful it was. There are a million people who captured it on their real cameras, much better than my iPhone could have captured - so google it. Jen and I met her friends Kathryn and Scott there and we all had dinner and drinks! My beautiful best friend Jen:
This trip would already be amazing enough if it ended there, but it didn't!! We still had a whole other day together.
Do you see why I said you'd be Team Mr. Howard after this post? Isn't he amazing to encourage me to go spend a weekend with my best friend doing nothing but reading, laughing, lounging, and talking?!? I am so blessed that he watched the kids without a single second thought. Everytime I called, he'd say, "things are so great! We miss you, but we're having a great time!" I never felt guilty or sad, because he was so encouraging for me to enjoy my time with my friends!