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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Back to Cali!

Well, we've been back in the states after an overnight layover in Hongkong, a 24 hour layover in Korea and then one last 24 hour layover in Shanghai.  We had plans to get out and see Korea one last time and check out Qibao in Shanghai, but I was sick as a dog and spent 48 hours in bed.  Luckily that sickness went away as soon as I stepped on American soil at LAX almost 2 weeks ago and we've settled right back into life in the good ol' US of A.  We bought phone contracts the same day we arrived and started car shopping a couple days later, then there were visits with lots of friends and quality family time with my parents sprinkled in between.  We didn't take our camera out as often as usual, but here's a few photos of our last 2 weeks.

We saw Jess, Carlos and baby Joa while they were spending a 24 hour layover in Los Angeles.

...and we got to meet Carlos's cousin Eddie and his adorable girlfriend, Jessica!

We spent the whole afternoon basking in the sun and rubbing our toes in the grass, which is obsolete in Korea!

We loved Griffith Park...

...and getting to spend time with this little schmooch before he flew away to Chicago!

Does Aaron look like a natural or what?!

Aaron and I took a little side trip up to Griffith Observatory and to see the Hollywood sign, which is tucked into the mountain behind me.

We had a 4 1/2 hour dinner and closed down a restaurant with one of my closest college friends, Stephanie, and her husband Adrian. 

I spent a lot of time with this guy, which is always great! :)

One of my closest friends in High School contacted Aaron and I and asked if we would come over and do a photo shoot of her new baby boy Roman!  We jumped at the chance, especially for me  to see and hang with her again!  Doing a photo shoot of her ADORABLE baby was just icing on the cake!

We even got to meet her husband as he was leaving for work... Now, is that a GREAT looking family or what?!

Introducing baby Roman!

I made the mistake of accidentally waking him up when we got there, so instead of sweet, serene, sleeping baby photos, Liz got "the many faces of Roman" shots, which ended up being pretty funny, like this one here!  Luckily she loved them, and so did we! 

We've spent the last 2 weeks hanging at Main Street in Huntington, shopping at South Coast Plaza, eating lunch on the grass at the park, dining at Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Laguna Beach, driving Pacific Coast Hwy, eating dinner at our friends Rick and Sherry's place, going to my old church, meeting friends for Coffee, driving back and forth an hour out of town car searching, test driving at least 10 cars, eating WAY TOO MANY donuts, shopping at the Asian Market, cooking at my parents, having lunch dates with A and my dad, eating dinner - catching up - and watching sports/movies with my parents, playing catch with the lemons off my moms lemon tree, hanging at the dog park in HB and enjoying HGTV again!  Man, I love that channel.  It's been a week of relaxation (I love waking up without an alarm), frustrations (I hate car dealers!), indulgence (my mom's made 2 pecan pies!), and a little bit of California sunshine to top it all off! 

We're staying in CA till next week, waiting on the title for a 4runner that we love!  I don't wanna jinx anything, but hopefully early next week we'll be proud car owners!

Tomorrow we're off to Disneyland, thanks to my dad, who coerced us into staying longer by offering us a free day at Disneyland!  He knows us well.