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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cali Birthday Trip

For my birthday this year I planned a trip to Los Angeles to visit Andy and Jennie.  They had just moved into a new apartment and needed help with none other than decorating.  Who best to call than me! For Christmas Andy got my Mom a plane ticket to come at the same time as me. Party in LA!

Andy and I had to make a quick pit stop at In-N-Out before picking Mom up at the airport!

Amos and Oliver in the car at In-N-Out Burger waiting for Mom to land at LAX.

We spent the evening having dinner at a great Greek restaurant and enjoying the awesome birthday cake Jennie baked me!

The "Sock it to me Cake" Jennie made for my birthday! Birthday Dessert #1.

Puppies and cake! 

It turned out almost the whole family was going to be in San Diego at the same time we were in LA. On Friday we drove down to San Diego to hang out with the rest of the family and eat at our favorite restaurant Alfonso's. I have been going to Alfonso's since I was 4 days old. Therefore, it was decided we had to have an early birthday dinner there for me.  

In San Diego with Brandi drinking Uncle Dan's wine and enjoying the 70 degree weather.

Andy bought me a birthday tequila shot...before!

... after!

Thanks bro!

The family walking around La Jolla after dinner!

The main point of the trip was to decorate Andy and Jennie's apartment which we successfully did in TWO days! We spent the first day walking up and down Ventura Blvd. stopping in all of the furniture stores.  We happened upon an antique store that was having a huge sale.  We purchased a pair of modern red leather chairs that we all loved and a small glass top side table on a metal base.  Those purchases were and still are my favorite to this day! 

Back in LA. Brunch at Vivian's with the puppies!

After our successful purchases on Ventura Blvd. and installing them into the apartment, we headed to CB2.  CB2 stands for Crate & Barrel 2.  It is a cheaper and more contemporary version of Crate & Barrel.  They have great options for everything including table settings, dish wear, bath towels and accessories to furniture and lighting. We basically furnished the entire apartment from CB2. We even got some great pieces of art!

Taking a break from decorating the apartment! 

We purchased so much, Andy had to drop Jennie off at work before coming back to pick up my Mom and me. I had to sit on my Mom's lap in the front seat.  We spent the rest of the night assembling, installing and setting everything up. We finished around 11pm and headed to Sunset Blvd. to pick up Jennie from work and go to dinner at this amazing Italian Restaurant where at midnight was my birthday! That was birthday dessert #2. 

The next morning we went to The Abbey for my Birthday brunch! My friend Sara recommended it.  The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious, the service was awesome and the atmosphere was perfect.

Love that kid...most of the time.

Birthday Brunch at The Abbey!

Dad, we wish you could have been there! We missed you!

Birthday brunch snickers cake! Birthday Dessert #3.

After brunch we went to Bed Bath & Beyond to look for curtains, a kitchen floor mat and other small accessories for the apartment.  We purchased all new bathroom accessories, some small square shelves with empty centers to place chockies, curtains for the bedroom and living room and a few other items.  

After we stopped by Target for some organizational items for Andy's studio and then went to a frame shop to get the ORK Poster I bought, them for a house warming present, matted and framed. We also ended up purchasing a large piece of art for over the living room sofa. 

After spending an entire second day of shopping and installing, we finally finished in time to shower, pick up Jennie from work and make our 9:00pm reservation at Katsuya Hollywood for my 26th Birthday dinner! 

Jennie and Andy on Valentine's Day and my Birthday at Katsuya Hollywood! 

Birthday dinner dessert! Birthday Dessert #4. 

Jennie and Me at Katsuya! 

All in all the trip was amazing.  We didn't really have much time to sit and relax but we did accomplish our goals while having fun and getting along.  My Mom couldn't believe Andy and I did not argue once while putting up the curtains. She was so proud she wished she had a video camera to record it so my Dad would believe her! 

Maybe one day I will have begged Andy enough to where he will let me put the before and after pictures up. 

My Mom and I are planning another trip to go back and visit soon. This time the beach will be involved! Thanks to everyone who made my birthday so special and perfect. 

1 comment:

  1. Belated Happy Birthday...
    The pictures of Amos and Oliver are a gift to me, how cute are they in the back of the car...
    Regards, Carol Ann