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California – We Miss You

Well well well. Javi and I just got back from California and I’m pining the loss of 65 degree weather. You better believe I enjoyed every minute of leggings-and-sweatshirt weather while we were there…and it was a great weekend to get away from Nashville since it was a record-breaking 109 on Friday! I doubt even hell is that hot. Our plants and doggos survived the heat while we were away, but I’m not sure I would have set foot outside had I been home. Instead, Javi and I spent a lovely weekend walking around Seal Beach, taking pictures of my pretty cousins and relaxing by the pool. Bueno bueno bueno. Javi y yo acabamos de regresar de California y yo estoy triste de haber dejado los 18 grados de calor. Que no les quepa duda que disfrute cada minuto de poder usar patas y polerones mientras estuvimos alla…fue un gran fin de semana alejados de Nashville ya que tuvieron un record historico de 43 grados de calor el Viernes! No creo ni que en el infierno hace tanto calor. Nuestras plantas sobrevivieron el calor y los perros tambien, pero estoy segura que no hubiese puesto un pie afuera si estabamos en casa. En vez de eso, Javi y yo pasamos un lindo fin de semana caminando en Seal Beach, tomando fotos de mis lindas primas y ralajandonos en la piscine.
Javi and I hadn’t been to California since January 2011 when we went out for the Chile / USA friendly game held in LA. I’ve gone to California every summer my entire life and last year I missed it – and didn’t get to go to the family “jam” party in my aunt and uncle’s garage. It was soooo depressing to miss it, and it didn’t help that my dad sent me a text every hour or so to remind me how much fun they were having without us. They hold the jam every year – the band sets up and plays til one of the three Seal Beach cops comes to shut them down (they have a permit this year so they are guaranteed a free party pass til 11!). It’s always a blast and my whole family usually comes out for it so it’s great to see everyone. Javi y yo no habiamos visitado California desde Enero del 2011 cuando fuimos a ver un amistoso entre las selecciones de Chile y Estados Unidos cuando jugaron en Los Angeles. Yo he ido a California todos los veranos durante toda mi vida y el ano pasado me lo perdi – y no pude ir al concierto de garage de mi familia en la casa de mi tia. Fue muy triste habermelos perdido, y no me ayudo que mi papa me mandara mensajes de texto cada hora recordandome lo bien que lo estaban pasando y nosotros no estabamos con ellos. Ellos hacen el concierto cada ano – la banda se arma y se pone a tocar hasta que los 3 policias de Seal Beach se aparecen para cerrar todo (sacaron permisos municipales este ano, asi que tenemos asegurado poder tocar hast alas 11!) Es muy entretenido y toda mi familia viene asi que es genial poder verlos a todos.

California 2011 - before the Chile / USA game

California 2011 – before the Chile / USA game

Anyway, that’s not why we went out this past weekend – the jam isn’t until August this year. My aunt actually flew us out last weekend so I could take my cousin’s senior pictures! She’s from WA and she’ll be the only girl in her school with beach senior pics, which is actually something I did too! My aunt took mine at Seal Beach. Too bad I didn’t have the great fashion sense in high school that my cousins do – but it’s funny to see the photos side by side! We took the photos on Friday evening and we had a total blast – Deanna is SO GORGEOUS, so it was really really easy to take great pics of her. All my cousins are total babes…it’s crazy. Pero bueno, esa no fue la razon por la que fuimos este fin de semana pasado – el concierto no es hasta Agosto de este ano. Mi tia nos compro pasajes para sacar fotos de ultimo ano de escuela de mi prima! Ella es de Washington y sera la unica chica con fotos de ultimo ano tomadas en la playa de su escuela, algo que yo tambien hice en mi tiempo! Mi tia tomo las mias en Seal Beach. Una pena que en ese tiempo no tenia idea de moda como mis primas hoy en dia – pero es divertido ver las fotos una al lado de la otra! Sacamos las fotos el Viernes en la tarde y lo pasamos genial – Deanna es muy bonita, asi que fue muy muy facil sacar buenas fotos de ella. Todas mis primas son preciosas…es de locos.
The rest of the time we were either drinking and catching up with my aunts Shelley and Regena, playing scrabble with my uncle Warren, playing music with my uncle John or hanging out in the hot tub with the cousins. Shelley invited a bunch of friends over on Saturday for a little dinner party get-together complete with music in the garage – and one of her friends brought a cake for my birthday! She didn’t actually know me and I’m not sure she knew it was for my bday, but they put candles on it and I wore the infamous birthday hat (everyone wears this when it’s their bday in the fam) – it was awesome! As you can probably tell from the photos, the cake was DELICIOUS. El resto del tiempo lo pasamos tomado algo y conversando con mis tias Shelley y Regena, jugando scrabble con mi tio Warren, tocando musica con mi tio John, or disfrutando en Jacuzzi con mis primos. Shelley invito un grupo de amigos a su casa el Sabado para una pequena fiesta/cena/junta donde tambien hubo una practica de musica en el garage – y una de sus amigas trajo una torta de cumpleanos! Ella no me conocia y no estoy segura si sabia que era mi cumpleanos, pero le pusieron velas a torta y me pusieron en gorro de cumpleanos (todos tienen que usarlo cuando es su cumpleanos) – fue genial! Y ustedes pueden ver por la fotos, la torta estaba BUENISIMA.
It was an awesome weekend – and a great start to July! And…I’m missing Seal Beach so much that I just booked tickets to go back out for the jam!! Javi won’t be able to go which is a major bummer, but I’m really happy that I won’t have to suffer through my dad’s text messages this year from afar. I’ll be able to see the family and soak up a few more days of Seal Beach time before the semester starts. Hallelujah…now if I can just get through July! Fue un fin de semana excelente – y una gran manera de comenzar Julio! Y…extrano tanto Seal Beach que saque pasajes para volver en Agosto para el concierto de la familia!! Javi no podra venir, lo que es una gran pena, pero estoy feliz que no tender que sufrir los mensajes de texto de mi papa este ano. Podre ver a toda la familia y absorber unos cuantos dias mas de Seal Beach antes de que el semester empieze. Aleluya….ahora a ver si sobrevivo el mes de Julio!

8 thoughts on “California – We Miss You Leave a comment

  1. Wowzee! What great pictures for an ancient Grandma to gloat over! Thanks, Javi and Les, and I am so glad you had fun. I heard about the Scrabble game, a move of Leslie’s (who was ahead) allowing Warren to play his holdout. I could actually feel as though I was there. Thanks. Grandma/Joan

  2. The cake appeared because Loren asked what to bring and because I had no plan for dessert I told her to bring chocolate cake or cupcakes:) ( I had just asked you what your favorite dessert was) I did not tell her why! But she thought it was funny I was so specific–Hey! I have to keep it simple!! loved the visit and SO excited you are coming for the jam!!

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