Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Surprise Kellen! We're going to LA for your birthday!

Kellen was extremely surprised when I drove him to the airport at 5am on his birthday. He had no idea what was coming!

Except that's false. He found out the day after I booked the trip to LA that we were visiting our friend's Meghan and Aaron for the weekend.  Let it just be known that I have a horrible poker face :/.

The trip was action packed- we probably covered 1-2 weeks worth of stops in three days (2 and 1/2 really). Either way, we had a blast, and are very thankful to our wonderful host and hostess!

Venice Beach: Stop #1

Malibu Beach- had a strong urge to learn how to surf here. If only we had more time...


Excited to see each other, I guess. :)

I found the cast of Harry Potter. Kinda addicted since I read all 7 books between Jan. and the end of March,  this year!

Will Smith has pretty big feet!


Do you see the Hollywood sign in the background?

Thai food in Hollywood for Kellen's Birthday. The Ruby's neighbors joined us- but I don't have any pics :(
Free dessert #1 of the weekend. We also got free chocolate covered strawberries and champagne in the hotel room!

San Diego
About to eat the world's best burrito. Now who wouldn't smile at that thought?

We took about thirty of these and this is the closest we got to all doing something neat. Although my favorite is a tie between the one where Kellen looks like he is stuck on the toilet or the one where Aaron's feet are glued to the ground. ....They have to forgive me for posting this one instead of those two :)

3rd Free Dessert of the Weekend


Full circle back to Venice! These pictures are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we did this weekend.

Birthday Boy Celebration= Free Meals!

Kellen and I sign up for different "fan clubs" of local restaurants. As a reward they send you free meals on your birthday- or during your birthday week. We lovingly name the week free birthday meal week. I think it turned into free birthday meal month this year- we got so many! Red Robin is always a favorite though.
Beautiful night for a birthday celebration dinner!

Kellen wasn't too happy when I ate his whole burger...

Alright, I didn't, but I wanted to!

Pretty sky- I think a storm was moving in this night...
Kellen and I sign up for different "fan clubs" of local restaurants. As a reward they send you free meals on your birthday- or during your birthday week. We lovingly name the week free birthday meal week. I think it turned into free birthday meal month this year- we got so many! Red Robin is always a favorite though.

Spring Has Sprung! Yippeee!!





Kyle and Natalie are in Town!!!

One of Kellen's old roommates and groomman, Kyle, and his lovely wife, Natalie came to visit the Rocky Mountains- and us!- in March
Beautiful rock formations

Hiking buddies for the day!

Hello Bambi! The deer along the path seemed to have no fear of us.

On our way up Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway

We didnt make it to the top- too cold up here still. Too much snow in the way, stopped us from seeing the Big Horned Sheep :(


The tracks kind of disappear, the incline was very steep at a few points.

Heading back down...

Our second National Park (Rocky Mountain was first)

"Garden of the Gods"
Incase we get kicked out of our apartment, we have a new home :)

"Garden of the Gods"
Wishing I had, had my new camera here- but if you look closely you can see Pike's Peak in the background.

Amazing view...

Balanced Rock

A Little Behind... (Mike comes to visit!!)

Hello Pike's Peak!


Once upon a time in February, Michael came to visit...

We did a little snowboarding at Loveland!






Took a side trip to Red Rocks- ended up coming to the amiptheatre via a back road. Sweet new view!


Visited the U.S. Olympic training center. Michael and Kellen attended tryouts for the bobsled team. We are still waiting to see if they made the team...


Enjoyed the fine cuisine at the amazing Casa Bonita- a Colorado Original. With cliff divers, live entertainment- basically anything you could imagine, it is probably here!