I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!! I'm not exactly thrilled the weekend is already over since it was a busy one and I could of used a little more time to relax but it is what it is and so off to face the week I go.
Toward the end of January we headed up to the beautiful mountain town of Big Bear Lake with a group of friends and family. We had a blast with everyone and it was a nice getaway. We played in the snow, shopped, ate, played games, watched movies, and hung out. It was a no drama, relaxing, lots of laughs type of weekend.The only real bummers were the fact that a few of us were dealing with bad colds and at the time they hadn't had snow in a couple of weeks and so there wasn't nearly as much snow on the ground as we would of liked. The lack of snow however did make for some hilarious sledding moments because we of course being the people that don't see snow often still went sledding on the patches of snow that were left.
(All the girls having fun in the park that we found that still have quite a bit of snow.)
(Staci and I at dinner.)
(The whole gang after lunch in town.)
FRIDAY: We went over to one my best friend/coworker, Kristine's house to celebrate her daughter's 3rd birthday. Kristine is Armenian and she is an amazing cook so aside from having wonderful company, we also ate amazing food. Kristine and I hit it off pretty instantly when we started working together and she has really become a part of my life outside of work. I am more than a little sad and depressed because my school informed her last week that since she has an elementary credential they are not going to be able to renew her contract in the fall. They need someone that can not only teach the Middle School stuff that she is currently teaching, but someone that can teach a High School class as well. Due to budget constraints we aren't able to bring a separate person in for that class. In some ways this will most likely be a blessing in disguise for her as she didn't really want to teach Middle School in the first place but it does means losing a person that really makes work a better place to be. I know we will stay close and so I really just pray that she finds a job and figures things out for next year.
SATURDAY-We started the day hiking at Runyon Canyon with my brother, sister in law, father in law, and all the pups. After that we went to my brother's final basketball game. They lost unfortunately but on a happy note my brother shot and made the last basket of the game. After the game my sister, Joe, and I met our friend, Maggie (who we hadn't seen in a while) at Chipotle for a quick catch-up lunch. Once lunch was over we spent some time over at my best friend, Julie's apartment hanging out with her, her boyfriend, and her son. And then we wrapped up the evening trying a new sushi place with my friend/former coworker, Kristin, her boyfriend, Ryan, and Kristine. It was a nonstop day but worth every minute since we got to spend it with so many of the people we love and have such good times with.
SUNDAY: We threw my Grammy (my Dad's Mom) a surprise 80th birthday party. She is really into the history of the British Royal Family and so the party theme was "High Tea for our Queen Mum". It was a perfect party and she was surprised to literally tears. It was a lot of hard work helping my wonderful Aunt Joanne plan, shop, set-up, and clean-up the party but it was so worth it. Lots of my family and my Grammy's close friends came to the party and so it really was an unforgettable day honoring a very special Woman. Finally as if we hadn't been up since 5:20am to get ready for the festivities of the day, we met one of Joe's best friends, Erick and his family for dinner since they live in the same area as the party and we don't make it that way as often as we like. Dinner was great and it was so nice to see them. But I have to say I literally fell into bed utterly exhausted at the end of the night because it was a very looong and busy weekend/day.
(My Grammy--our Queen Mum--and my Grandpa--or Captain as I call him--at her surprise tea party. FYI: They have been married 56 years in June and are an amazing couple. I lived with them in college and they are not only the most supportive and loving Grandparents a girl could ask for, but they are also super hilarious and fun to be around. I am a very blessed girl for that reason and so many more.)
Sending you love and the hopes of a great week!!!