Toes in the sand

We just returned from a vacation in southern California.
It is so beautiful.
We ate and drank a lot.
And we relaxed.
It was the peace of mind that my mom was here with Matilda that really enabled the full relaxation. This was our first overnight without the baby and just one week shy of a year after her birth, it's time.

We spent two days in LA. Phil wanted to take me to the Farmer's Market. It really is a special place, I could've spent days there (and gained 100lbs!).

On our way out of town toward the coast we hiked up Runyon Canyon. We saw the observatory, the Hollywood sign and the Frank Lloyd Wright house. The views of LA were obstructed by smog unfortunately and we decided to turn around when we entered rattle snake mating territory - EEEEW!

The beach! Santa Barbara is just beautiful and I love being by the ocean. We rented a little apartment right by the shopping square so everything was in walking distance. I love living in Colorado and there is nothing better than all four seasons but getting your toes in the sand should be mandatory at least once a year.

Panoramic pier

The wedding festivities began and we were thrilled to be a part of a special weekend for a lovely couple. Plus, we were ready to party!!

The actual wedding was at Firestone Winery about an hour outside of Santa Barbara. So we boarded a bus and headed north. How handsome is my date!?!

Reception fun with our new friend Cesar!

Mr. & Mrs.Vaglio
We had such a great trip but there's no place like home.

Thanks again, Mom!!