Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Farewell to an Amazing Mama

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.

On Wednesday, I flew to LA to be with my friend and spent through Sunday with her. Mr. Howard drove out on Friday, so that he could come to Jen's mom's memorial service on Saturday. I had to be at the airport at 6am on Wednesday morning, but the nice part was that I was in LA by 8am.
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:
 Thanks to technology, I was able to facetime my littles from afar. I am so thankful for this technology. What did working and traveling parents do before video chatting? They were home with Mr. Howard on Wednesday and Thursday and then with their Aunt Becca and Uncle Colin for the whole weekend.
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!
 The next morning, we woke up and went and got manicures and pedicures for the service the next day. I never tire of those!
 I loved the pink, below, I chose for my nails. P.S. This is the last "action picture" I took of my engagement ring (haha...can a ring have an action shot?!)...but I didn't know that when I snapped it! Mr. Howard and I left my ring at our original jeweler to have something added (we were actually shopping for our 10 year wedding anniversary - which is 3 years away - and were trying to get a few different options priced out - so that we could add it into our budget and start saving, but instead, decided on doing something immediately!!!). Coincidentally enough, while we were sitting there, signing paperwork, etc. we realized that in 3 months, it will actually be the 10 year anniversary of our engagement. So I guess I am actually getting something added to my ring on a 10 year anniversary of sorts. I should have it back in several weeks and I can't wait to show you what it looks like! I got to keep my wedding ring; so I'll be wearing that by itself for the next 4-6 weeks.
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!
 And here was the view from the balcony at 7am the next morning. This was the morning of the Celebration. We thought it may rain, but it was literally just the most beautiful day. I'm pretty sure Sue orchestrated that for us!
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. 
 Sunday morning, we woke up and went to Paradise Bowls in Manhattan Beach. This was Mr. Howard's first time and he's sold on pitaya and acai bowls. I told him I'm going to start making them on the weekends. I just need frozen acai or pitaya. I'm going to try Whole Foods this weekend. Acai bowls are all the rage in Southern California. If you don't know what they are, google "smoothie bowls." They're amazing with the right toppings.
After breakfast, we said our farewells to Jen and Brett and headed up the coast a little before heading home. We decided to stop at Santa Monica Pier for lunch. I don't think I've ever been to Santa Monica before and it wasn't what I was expecting. I really wanted to go on a rollercoaster ride, but they were having some sort of event.
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!
 After the pier, we walked around Santa Monica a little. I love this view of the pier:
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. 


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I believe the movie is BIG.
Looks like you had a wonderful weekend celebrating a lovely lady.

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Ding Ding Ding Ding!!! You win yourself 10 bonus points. Good job! =)

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BIG! one of my favorite movies growing up! Beach pictures look amazing! and love the bright colors for Jen's Mom. We did the same for my Grandma!

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Big was one of my favorites too!! There are just so many funny scenes from it! =)

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