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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Family Outing

I am very excited to announce I won my very first giveaway in the blog world.  Katie J On Her Way, celebrated her 2 year blogiversary last week and had a special giveaway to celebrate.  I encourage anyone who hasn't visited her blog yet to stop by and check it out.  I find her strength, determination, honesty and success a great inspiration.  Her blog is one of my daily must reads.

Last weekend I decided to blow off chores on Sunday and have an old fashioned family day out to enjoy the sights of LA.  We decided to visit Santa Monica, which is the first time I had ever been in the 2.5 years I have lived here.  We walked, walked and walked.  Never stopped moving, except to have lunch, for 5.5 hours.  We walked the outdoor mall, Third Street Promenade, and new mall, Santa Monica Place, and walked to the the famous Santa Monica Pier.  In those 4 hours I burned a total of 1700 calories.  Woo Hoo!

Daniel and Holly in front of that famous landmark. 
This was taken at 3:30pm and it became super foggy as a storm system was moving in.

Holly's first view of the Pacific Ocean.

A rare picture of me.  Please excuse the crazy beach hair.  LOL! 
 It was a bit windy and a little misty that day.

Valentine's Day was a low key affair this year, since it fell on a Monday. I did get surprise flowers at work, which unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of.  Daniel agreed to go to the Glee 2011 Tour concert with me in May and I bought the tickets, so that was our V-Day gift to each other.  We gave Holly a few trinkets and traded lots of kisses between the three of us.   

My little Valentine. 

We are coming up on a long weekend and I find myself searching for another fun family outing.  And hopefully, another powerhouse outing where I can burn 1700 calories. 


  1. I saw that you won Katie J's giveaway. Congratulations! Awesome, isn't it? I know what you mean about rare pictures...I always hide. It's a good picture though ... nice smile. I love Santa Monica Pier. Your little Valentine is adorable - to say the least.

  2. I am originally from CA. We visited Santa Monica and the pier three weeks ago. We also rented bikes. Looks like it was a great day for you and your fam!

  3. Oh. My. God. Holly is one of THE cutest babies on earth. Seriously. She's so cute! Had to say!

  4. Let me know when you get the package P =)

  5. I just learned about you from Michele's blog. Good luck with your adventure. I'll follow it!

  6. what a cutie Holly is ! - And well done for winning the give-away