Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Girls' Weekend at the Beach

A few weeks ago, we found out my brother would be moving back to Palm Springs. I was so ridiculously sad, as he and his wife are SO involved in our kids' lives and it's been so nice to have my entire original Kirkpatrick family living together again. I was pretty upset about it and my husband just didn't know what to do. I cried and cried and just couldn't snap out of it. The next morning, after a particularly rough night, I came downstairs to find my husband on the computer. He told me had looked up flights for me to go to see my best friend and had found a couple flights that would work. "Will you call her and see if that weekend works for her?" he said as I looked on in shock. It was such a sweet surprise. There is no doubt I have the perfect man!

So, on January 24th, I headed off on a quick flight to see her!

We kicked off our weekend with sweets from a bakery, a walk down at the beach, lunch at Little Sister in Manhattan Beach (a delicious Vietnamese restaurant), and then Manicures and Pedicures! 
We ended Saturday with a dinner at Cha Cha's in Brea, with Jen's siblings. 

Sunday morning, we went for a 10 mile run on the Strand in Hermosa Beach. I am SUCH a wuss, but it was HOT. I am used to my 30 and 40 degree runs here in Northern California and was not equipped to handle the 75 degree beach weather. I will say, however, that I loved running to the sound of the ocean. A girl could get used to a view like that. 
I got in a lot of cuddles with these cuties below and got in a LOT of reading! I finished Bared to You (don't read this unless you liked 50 Shades of Grey). I have been reading the Travis McGee Novels and finished my second one Nightmare in Pink while I was there. I'm reading those novels in the order they were published. And then, the last night I was there, I started the first book in the Outlander Series, which is over 700 pages (since being home, I finished that one too!). Have I mentioned I love to read?!? 
I'm pretty hooked on the Outlander series and think I'll probably read all 7 of them! The first book was made into a TV series, which I am DYING to watch. Because Season 1 aired already, I can only preorder it on DVD, so I'll have to wait till March to see it. Boo!

And just like that, I was on my way back home!
A special weekend with special friends. I am so blessed!

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