I'm pretty sure I've promised you, more times than I can count, that I was going to post pictures from the Bridal Shower - but I want to post the food and for some reason I didn't snap any on my camera (so I'll have to snag those from my sister). So instead I'll catch up on my weekend.
When I got there on Wednesday we spent the day in Laguna Beach planning the celebration service, went to lunch at Ho Sum (a FAVORITE from college! Hello combo salad...I've missed you so much!), and then headed home to snuggle some furbabies. Mali is in the cone of shame because she won't stop licking her poor paw:
Jen came up with several things that were such beautiful ways to celebrate and honor her Mama. The first was frames filled with quotes. We had a painting party one night with wine and friends. I definitely think Sue would have approved!
When Mr. Howard got in town, we headed back down towards Laguna Beach and went to dinner in Newport Beach at the Spaghetti Factory - which brought back SO many memories. We had LOTS of sorority birthdays and dinners there in college.
We spent the night at the Surf and Sand Hotel with Jen and Brett, because that's where the celebration was being held the next day! Wasn't the view amazing? This was from the balcony!
These photos were taken before we took showers and got ready, so it was probably at about 7am and the light was so perfect over the ocean!
Sue's celebration service was beautiful! Jen planned a morning that really focused on celebrating the life she had led. My favorite story of the day was when Jen said that two of the custodians at Sue's school in LAUSD had come (Sue taught in Los Angeles Unified for 35 years!). They had walked her to her car every evening, when Sue had stayed to get everything perfect for her students' day, to make sure she was safe (she worked in an inner city school) and they told Jen that they were just so in awe of Sue's dedication to working with students in inner-city schools. The celebration service was nowhere near where these men lived, which meant they drove VERY far to be there. If that's not a testament to how Sue lived her life, I don't know what is. Jen really wanted us to wear bright, happy colors and I am pretty sure Sue was smiling at that! I wish I got a picture of Jen; she looked beautiful!
After the service, we called the kids. Isabella was NOT impressed by my excitement.
We spent a little time just sitting and talking on the pier!
10 bonus points if anyone can figure out what Mr. Howard's standing next to and what movie it's from! I passed by it and literally gasped. "Is that what I think it is?" I asked my hubby. Lucky for him he also knew what it was. A few google searches later and it looks like it's either modeled after the one in the movie or it's the original one! So funny!
We got one last picture next to the water before heading home to our babies!! Don't worry. They didn't miss us one bit.
I am so thankful I could go out and be with my friend and celebrate her Mama's life with her. Jen is literally the absolute best friend a girl could ever ask for.