we had the opportunity to spend the month of june in california. the month was sort of a whirlwind, the first week was insanely busy but it was all fun. the reason i stayed for the entire month was because of a bachelorette party the first weekend & then the wedding to follow was the last week of august, so it just made so much more sense for me to stay rather than drive/fly back & forth so many times in a short period!

austin & i drove down at the end of may & kicked off the trip with a james taylor concert with my family. it was honestly one of the best concerts. i love james taylor, he reminds me so much off my childhood & seeing him live was seriously amazing & i maaaay have cried just a tiny bit. while we were there we celebrated our 6 year anniversary on june first by spending a day at the beach, just the two of us, went to a movie & got dessert. it was mellow & just what i was hoping for after feeling so busy for the weeks leading up to it.

the next day i went on a bachelorette weekend to the Madonna Inn that was so much fun! if you haven't been, the madonna inn is definitely worth a visit. the hotel is in san luis obispo & is so unique. each room is decorated differently with different themes & the details are unreal. we stayed in the pink rose room & it was adorable, everything was perfect from the rose chandeliers to the pink couches & carpet, it was amazing. we stayed for one night & spent the day lounging by the pool before going out to dinner. it was the perfect girls weekend.

i got home from the bachelorette weekend the night before cedar's 5th birthday (still in denial that i have a 5 year old). we woke up on his birthday & made his favorite breakfast, opened presents & then austin & I took him for a special day allllllllll about him to disneyland while my mom kindly watched milo. it was really cute & fun doing a day with just him, the last time we did that was my due date with milo! we let him literally pick everything we did. our first stop once inside the park was for a bag of jelly beans & from there we zig zagged our way around the park while he picked what rides we went on, where we ate lunch & dinner, snacks & everything else. we even got him to agree on going on guardians of the galaxy for the first time with slight bribery of a toy at the end of the ride. gotta do what ya gotta do. the next day we had a little party with a couple of his friends in california. the kids played in the backyard, had a dinosaur scavenger hunt & did a little dinosaur painting craft (all cedar's idea).

after the first week back (we did so much in that week!) austin had to head home while the littles & i stayed behind. we filled our days with friends, swimming, & a lot of the beach. it was so much fun. i think we all missed the beach & milo definitely missed the sand. the first few of our beach days he would just sit & play with the sand right in front of me without moving, it was the funniest thing! i started to think about it & realized that none of the parks we play at in utah have sand so he literally hasn't played in sand since moving away from california, how weird is that!?

austin came back for the last leg of the trip so he could be at my friends wedding with me. the wedding went beautifully to every last detail & it was so nice to have austin there with me after so long of being apart! we also celebrated my sisters 40th birthday with a surprise party at a bowling alley. her husband managed to convince her that they were taking the kids to see the new incredibles movie which led to her wanting to embarrass her kids by wearing a mrs. incredible costume (which she had on hand, btw), so she showed up to her party dressed as mrs. incredible which was pretty funny.

such a fun & busy trip, the time went by so fast even though we had so much of it. watch the video below for condensed look at the trip :).

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