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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Anniversary Getaway ~ Day 2 ~

………Who doesn’t like good food?………

On our second day of our anniversary getaway we rented bikes from the hotel and rode to one of my absolute favorite breakfast spots! If you are ever in San Marino, California you have to come to Juliennes. It's a girly (thanks babe for making the sacrifice), quaint, gem of a restaurant that makes scrumptious food! My favorites are their:

  • hot chocolate (it's simply the BEST EVER!)
  • bittersweet chocolate waffles with honey vanilla cream topped with shaved chocolate and strawberries (is your mouth watering yet?)
  • Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, corn tortillas, pepper jack, avocado, red onion, and sour cream (brings both my husband and I back to our honeymoon in the Mayan Rivera)

Getting ready for our bike riding adventure!

Breakfast at Juliennes

.....Who doesn’t like bike riding?.....

After breakfast we continued our bike ride through the tree lined streets of Pasadena. We critiqued the huge mansions and took turns pointing out our favorites and deciding which would be our future home (of course in our "pretend" world).  Later, Steve and I found a cul-de-sac with speed bumps and we attempted to show off our bike speeding/jumping skills. It was so much fun, I actually felt that "kid like" joy that  some adults seldom feel. All in all we had a blast!

Who doesn’t like Father of the Bride?

 Do you recognize the house below???  One of my favorite stops we made while riding was at the house from the movie, Father of the Bride. It is dreamy and looks exactly the same as it did in the movie. I have driven and walked by it many times, but I still always get a HUGE smile whenever I get the chance to see it again!

Standing in front of my house The Father of the Bride house
....Who doesn’t like giving/receiving presents?....

Last but not least we also exchanged gifts to celebrate our 1st year! I love traditions and wanted to follow the "gift guide" for Anniversaries (I had to explain the "gift guide" to the hubby before hand) :)

..Anniversary Gift Guide for the 1st Year of Marriage .. 

Traditional = Paper     Modern = Clock

So, you can either choose the traditional or the modern gift. Some require more creativity than others for example paper could also include wood since paper comes from wood ect...

For Steve, I ended up going with the modern gift (clock) and was looking for a casual wrist watch that he could wear both at work and on the weekends. I was excited when Natasha over at Schue Love (one of my favorite blogs) posted this watch on one of her gift guide posts. It was the perfect gift and he loved it!

For Him

   For me, Steve chose to go with the traditional gift (paper). However, before I share my gift from him I have to say that Steve is always VERY creative when it comes to gift giving. I consider myself creative, but when it comes to gifts he always wins :) 

So, when I opened his gift this is what I saw... a book. 
I made sure I had a big smile on my face but inside I was thinking, "What is this?" 
He told me that he had heard this was an excellent book and thought I would really enjoy it.

For Her

Then he told me to look inside and this is what I found!

A rectangular box cut into the pages of the book filled with a little piece of paper that said, "I chose you!" (in response to the book's title) and 2 tickets to the Blown Away Carrie Underwood Concert! 
I told you he was sneaky!

Whew! There you have it. That is the end to our Anniversary Getaway! 
Such wonderful memories that we will both treasure.

Happy Wednesday.... Hump Day! ....


  1. WOW!!! Sneaky hubby! And sooo clever. What a gift God gave you!

  2. Oh my gosh. That is adorable!! Good job, Steve! And I feel like we were meant to be friends because 1. I love Juliann and 2. Father of the Bride is one of my very favorite movies and I love, love, love that house!

    1. We need to get the girls together and plan a Julienne's breakfast date sometime soon!!!

  3. OHMGEEE!! totally jealous of you in the picture in front of the FOB house.. That house is gorgeous and i always imagined/dreamed when I was a little girl that I'd live in a house just like it.:)


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