california love!

okay, pauly and i know all the lyrics to ‘california love’ by tupac……..truth. and it’s pretty amazing. i’ll try to post a video soon. but you can listen to it here while you scroll through this post. (FYI: if you right click on the link and then hit ‘open in a new tab’ you can play the song in a new tab and read my post at the same time….aaaand that’s as tech-y as i get, folks. ya welcome).

a few weeks ago we had the incredible honor and pleasure of attending (and participating in) the amazing wedding of our friends josh and hayley. we met josh while at school in AZ, and he quickly became one of our absolute best friends. there are not very many people in this world more generous and fun and encouraging to be around than josh……. and then we met hayley.  it’s so so SO cliche to say, but they are LITERALLY perfect for each other. hayley is SO fun, loving, kind, and hilarious….we told josh after we first met her “well…we choose her. if you guys break up…we choose her. so don’t screw this up!” :) needless to say, their wedding was incredibly special to us both and we are so excited that they are married now!!

the wedding took place in newport beach, CA right on the ocean and it could. not. have been more beautiful. the sun was just starting to set, the weather was PERFECT, and having the ocean as your backdrop…i mean…..come on……

so, by the power vested in me by the state of…my blog… i present to you, for the very first time: some california love. (in no particular order, because..i’m too lazy….)

on the flight! ready. set. california!

on the flight! ready. set. california!

this is as crazy as our bachelor party got with josh. brownie dessert. at true food kitchen. it was wild.

this is as crazy as our bachelor party got with josh. brownie dessert. at true food kitchen. it was wild.

rehearsal dinner. don't they look like a disney prince and princess??

rehearsal dinner. don’t they look like a disney prince and princess??

pauly was a groomsman, along with these lovely ladies' husbands...we gals got to hang out the whole time, and LET ME TELL YOU: i LOVE THEM!!

pauly was a groomsman, along with these lovely ladies’ husbands…we gals got to hang out the whole time, and LET ME TELL YOU: i LOVE THEM!!  we called ourselves the ‘groomie-gals!’

at the end of the night we lit and sent off over 70 chinese lanterns. it was such a beautiful ending to a truly beautiful wedding day.

at the end of the night we lit and sent off over 70 chinese lanterns. it was such a beautiful ending to a truly beautiful wedding day.

handsome groomsmen. handsome groomsmen.

truth moment: i BAWLED when hayley walked down the aisle. to be fair, it was because josh was crying. HOW COULD I NOT CRY AT THAT?!

truth moment: i BAWLED when hayley walked down the aisle. to be fair, it was because josh was crying. HOW COULD I NOT CRY AT THAT?!

beautiful bridesmaids

beautiful bridesmaids

yep. the ONLY pic we took of all 4 of us...at the end of the night...all sweaty...after a night of dancing...cuz i'm good like that...

yep. the ONLY pic we took of all 4 of us…at the end of the night…all sweaty…after a night of dancing…cuz i’m good like that…

father/daughter dance. i LOVED her family. her dad called me "minnesota" the whole weekend.

father/daughter dance. i LOVED her family. her dad called me “minnesota” the whole weekend.

groomie-gals dancing it up!

groomie-gals dancing it up!

one last pic of the three amigos. we love you kraak......but are so thankful for our hay-bop addition!

one last pic of the three amigos. we love you kraak……but are so thankful for our hay-bop addition!

oh yeah...we got down with our bad selves....

oh yeah…we got down with our bad selves….

who gets wedding pics like this?? stunning!

who gets wedding pics like this?? stunning!

what a great gift! (not given by us...have we met?)

what a great gift! (not given by us…have we met?)

pre wedding pic! let's do this!

pre wedding pic! let’s do this!

magazine. unreal.

magazine. unreal.

campers paradise

as most of my posts start, i have, of course, been meaning to post this for a while now…. but right now i am avoiding all forms of housework so it’s the perfect time for me to ‘get serious’ about my blog…

last weekend pauly ran (with our good friends caleb and libby) in his first triathlon! i was outrageously proud of him…..and significantly more nervous than he was about it. let me be clear: i had my signature *ahem*  “nervous bowel issues” for him, and i didn’t sleep well at all the night before….this also solidified my decision to avoid races for myself whenever possible (which….unless you are being chased….along side several hundred other people….it’s pretty easy to avoid races….)

but with the completion of each event, my ‘constitution became much more fortified’ and i was thoroughly enjoying myself by the time he crossed the finish line. before the race, pauly asked me “any last thoughts?” to which i, as the loving, selfless wife replied, “well…just don’t throw up at the finish line. that would really embarrass me…”

after the race, it was an amazing day of beach lounging, amazing food eating…(lets not talk about the 2 solid extra pounds that came home with me from this weekend…*cough cough*…), and general hanging out and getting to be together with friends and family. my parents and sissiebear and bro-in-law came down for the event and it was so fun to get a whole day of fam-bam time.

so here are the highlights, and i’m not going to write about each one like i normally do….too many….too lazy….

and he's off! 400 meter swim done!....i would have drowned...or just given up, which then..would result in drowning...

and he’s off! 400 meter swim done!….i would have drowned…or just given up, which then..would result in drowning…

finished! and didn't throw up!! how nice of him to think of me like that...

finished! and he didn’t throw up!! how nice of him to think of me like that…also: i didn’t get any pics of his biking because he whizzed by too quickly!

i love this pic of him finishing because it kinda looks like he's doing the 'running man' dance move! haha!

i love this pic of him finishing because it kinda looks like he’s doing the ‘running man’ dance move! haha!

this girl. i mean. second year in a row doing this tri with no other girls doing it with her! she is so strong and so capable and i am in awe of her. honestly, libb...way to go!!

this girl. i mean. second year in a row doing this tri with no other girls doing it with her! she is so strong and so capable and i am in awe of her. honestly, libb…way to go!!

this guy. i didn't even get a chance to take a pic of him finishing because he's so fast! AND he finished SECOND. SECOND!!! WHAT?!! #stud.

this guy. i didn’t even get a chance to take a pic of him finishing because he’s so fast! AND he finished SECOND. SECOND!!! WHAT?!!i mean, he obviously takes this very seriously. just look at his face.  #stud. 

way to go pauly pocket!

way to go pauly pocket!, my manly manish man! 

unbeknownst to us, paul's best childhood (and adult too!) friend justin ran the race! he and his dad did it together in a relay and finished FIRST!! way to go guys!

unbeknownst to us, paul’s best childhood (and adult too!) friend justin ran the race! he and his dad did it together in a relay and finished FIRST!! way to go guys!

team libby, caleb, paul!

team libby, caleb, paul!

fam bam. boom shaka-laka

fam bam. boom shaka-laka haha look how far away my dad is standing from pauly! he was a bit…how shall we say… ‘ripe’ by the end…..

stud. muffins.

stud. muffins.

husband and wife triathletes. that is true love. i will never love paul that much.

husband and wife triathletes. that is true love. i will never love paul that much.

after the race all the runners get free ice cream...and the rest of us? "well...since we're here...."

after the race all the runners get free ice cream…and the rest of us? “well…since we’re here….”

a baby with ice cream. nothin' cuter. plus a cute mom? win. win.

a baby with ice cream. nothin’ cuter. plus a cute mom? win. win.

race done. beach time!

race done. beach time!

beach baby

beach baby

okay...this is just so cute i could puke.

okay…this is just so cute i could puke.

super sandy hugs from noah! when we got home and i was literally shaking sand off myself for 2 days. no joke. worth it.

super sandy hugs from noah! when we got home  i was literally shaking sand off myself for 2 days. no joke. worth it.

i'm guessing oliver was shaking sand off for a few days too....

i’m guessing oliver was shaking sand off for a few days too….

some of my favorite girls. missing one!

some of my favorite girls. missing one!

one last group shot before the fam left!

one last group shot before the fam left!

okay so i guess i did write on all these….i think it was just too overwhelming and i had to give myself permission to be lazy…..(give myself permission?…who says that……oprah would be proud….)

alright, off to sleep on my giant pillow-topped mattress and drape myself in loads of down blankets, as the A/C blasts in my face. with a fan running. after i take a hot shower.

but i do  love camping :)