Thursday, October 24, 2013

Week in Camarillo, CA

We flew straight from Bermuda to LAX to be with the Maddux Family for a week. Time with them is always a party. I think we had a planning meeting in the kitchen our first night there to ensure we would cover all kinds of ground. Our first full day was spent at the outlet mall - wouldn't be a trip to Scott's hometown without it. We take FULL advantage of those deals. Scott even found some nice suits for his new gig. We had dinner at Andrea's that night on the marina with family. It was so wonderful to catch up with relatives -- some who we hadn't seen since Christmas or our wedding. 

We even made a special stop at Dave and Linda's to see Scott's cousin, Julia, her husband, Kyle, and their newest addition -- Bentley the Bulldog! And thus continues our obsession with these pups. Twins, I tell you!

The next day was full of visits with family. We did lunch at the country club with John and Laurie and spent time with Grandpa Jim and Bija. I love our chats on the couch with them. 

Later that night, we made our way to Pasadena to see our dear friends, Dave and Karly. They were sweet enough to meet us after their long days at work. We did dinner at La Grand Orange Cafe and ice cream at 21 Choices. Both were fabulous! Also, can I just say how charming Old Pasadena is...I was loving Colorado Blvd. Scott was born there and his family lived in La Canada for a few of his younger years. Beautiful area. D+K we love you! Thanks for showing us around your town!  

Grandpa Jim was on our case all week to get up early and go work out with him. He goes to the country club gym three times a week and does personal training with his ever-so-patient trainer, Pam. I'm telling you, this guy is a hoot -- he reminds me so much of my dad. I swear they both go to the gym for social interaction. When we showed up -- I was shocked to find that he was also wearing a neon yellow shirt. I shouted, "Twinners!!!" but he was less than amused. I mean, the guy was already hard at work on his TRX routine and didn't have time for my jokes. Scott and I had never seen a TRX and didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. Not to worry, Grandpa Jim was happy to show us how it's done. I think we passed his fitness test. Phew! And we were definitely sore the next day. These are some of my favorite pictures of the trip. I hope I have his energy at 80. He is just too cute. After our workout, he introduced us to all of his gym friends. I was dying. This quickly turned into an even larger family affair when John and Laurie showed up to play tennis and Bija came on her morning walk with William. I love these people. 

Later that day, we headed up to Santa Barbara with J+L. They're building a home up there and it was so neat to see how it's coming along. It's close to the Bacara Resort so we had fun checking out the area. We did dinner downtown at Carlito's, a Maddux Family fav. Scott took me there two years ago right after we graduated from BYU, on my first trip to Santa Barbara. I still remember that Mexican meal. I never do forget a good guac.

Scott's good friend, Jessica Needham, got married the week we happened to be in town. We were so thrilled we could make it. Her and Matt make the most beautiful couple. The ceremony and reception were incredible and we had a blast catching up with all of Scott's good friends from high school. It felt like a reunion. Long live the Oaks Christian Class of 2005. 

Not pictured: Later that night, we went over to Scott's brother's home. Austin, Kim, and Mackenzie were kind enough to have us over for a yummy barbecue at their new house. We had so much fun catching up with them, playing with Mackenzie, and seeing their new place! 

The first time I ever visited Camarillo, I was so surprised to see all of the farmer's markets on the side of the road. I had no idea there were so many fruits and vegetables grown right near Scott's house. Laurie gets fresh produce there a few times a week. Talk about convenient. But for whatever reason, Scott had actually never picked his own produce. Seriously? I couldn't believe it. The boy grew up right next to a raspberry field and never even stepped foot on that soil. So, I was determined to change that on this trip. We went to McGrath's Family Farm one morning - a hop, skip, and a jump away. We picked our own strawberries and brought them home for the rest of the family to enjoy. Those berries may be small, but they sure packed a punch. So full of delicious flavor. Thanks for cooperating, babe. 

That night, J+L treated us all to a Dodger game. There's nothing more American to me than watching a baseball game on a summer night. Brings me right back to my childhood. I hadn't been to Dodger Stadium in years so it was fun to think blue for the night - but I still love my Diamondbacks. We ate ice cream and Scott got a classic Dodger Dog. The home team beat the Rockies and Zack Greinke pitched a complete game shut out. It was a good time had by all! 

On our final day in Camarillo, Laurie planned a big family dinner in the backyard. She is quite the hostess! The weather was perfect and the sunset was insane. We enjoyed one last night with wonderful company. Scott even had some friends he hadn't seen in years come over. We chatted for hours outside by the fire. It was a beautiful ending to a wonderful week. Thank you J+L for everything! We loved just spending time with you. You are way too good to us.  

1 comment

  1. That trip looks like it was so fun! I can't believe you crammed all that into just one week!


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