catching up

when we went down south a couple weekends ago we were in desperate need of some family time, which is often hard to find when you’re visiting relatives.

thankfully, one night we were able to get out, just the 5 of us.

we headed to the irvine spectrum, which has changed a lot since we had last been there (its a huge outdoor mall type thing – great for people watching).

the weather was incredible and we so enjoyed being together with just our little family.

we ate at a long-time favorite, wahoo’s, and were silly trying on hats and sunglasses.

loved the display in this store of the umbrellas and light bulbs!

and this flooring – aaahh!  its made of recycled leather belts – brilliant!

we finished off the night with a quick teaser of anthro.

love the book spine chandelier, beautiful latte bowls (i begged for more unnecessary latte bowls), and spiraled napkin towers hanging from the ceiling.

never disappointed there.

the next morning we were up bright foggy and early and headed to our favorite breakfast joint in our old town (*tears*).

then a stroll down the pier and some hang time at the beach.

unfortunately, sean forgot his surf board – now that would bring back memories… early mornings in san clemente, watching sean surf… ah to be young again!

just past the first point was where we lived – seriously beautiful.

what more does a boy need at the beach than a rock and some seaweed?

i am so thankful for our time to catch up, slow down, and relax!


  1. 1

    glad i’m not the only one who likes to people watch ha :) looks like a lovely day!

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    LOVe the last pic on the beach! We really could use a vacation:)

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    ahh the beach, looks just beautiful…

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    Oh I miss Wahoos! Their fish tacos are so yummy!! There was one down the street from us when we lived in Beverly Hills last year (we moved in June to Texas).

    You would laugh if you knew how many times I took pictures of the inside of Wahoos. I love the crazy way they decorate. Oh, and I’ve got a stack of little Wahoos bumper stickers. I would take one (or three) every time we went. Now I just need to attach them all to a surf board or something for my sons bedroom!

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    precious. I love it.

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    Love the pics!! I just walked/ran the beach trail yesterday!! we’re thinking of moving and I know how much I will miss S.C.

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    oh how i miss s. orange county! i moved to Montana 2 years ago and i miss the spectrum and wahoo’s and the beach oh and anthropologie!!! looks like you ad a good visit :)

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    Chelsea Forsythe says:

    I have always loved you and your blog and now I know why. I was born and lived in Laguna Beach for 18 years before I went to college in Utah and now that is where I live. Wahoo’s was a staple in my diet and sand and surf ran in my blood. It was fun to see pictures of our old stompin grounds. Thanks for sharing!

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      Becky Kinney says:

      Hey Chels! Not sure how or why I stumbled upon the Pleated Poppy’s blog, but I, too, love the little reminder of what home is like :) Hope all is well out in Utah! P.S. Love the Pleated Poppy’s shop, too! Such cute stuff.

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    Aw, the beach :) I miss it there

    Just Better Together

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    Lauren Ashby says:

    Your girls are so pretty! And little Silas is such a handsome little gentleman!

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    I just wanted to let you know that the FaveCrafts blog is hosting our first blog hop tomorrow. You should link up your homemade pillows! Here’s the URL, if you’re interested:

    The post will be live tonight at midnight central time. Hope to see your link!

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    Fun. Wish we lived close to the beach.

    Just thought I would let you know I just ordered some of your poppy pins from (in)courage-dayspring…the ones with words on the petals. soooooo cute. i’m very excited to get them. :)

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    Your girls have the kinds of faces where you can see what they’ll look like as women. They are so pretty. I miss the beach. The Midwest has a serious LACK of beach so it was fun to live vicariously through your pics!

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    so glad you got some “slow down” time. i love love love my latte bowls more than anything in my kitchen. :)

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    What a wonderful time you had together, I love all the pictures and they made me smile!
    Have a joyful weekend!

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    I love everything San Clemente!! It is my favorite place to go!!

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    We were just in that neck of the woods last week! I had to laugh at this: “…early mornings in san clemente, watching sean surf… ah to be young again!” …because my almost-81-year-old father-in-law surfs at San Clemente about 3 days a week. EIGHTY-ONE!!!! Gotta love it!

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