Long Weekending.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

And yes, it will include Easter. #sorrynotsorry

I know, I know. I'm sure you're all Easter-ed out, BUT since this blog serves as my memory book, I'm going to write about Easter. But never fear, this recap will be more weekend driven than Easter.

This past weekend, I had a long weekend. And it was AMAZING. My dad and step mom came down from Northern California for a visit. They drove down on Thursday and we met up with them first thing Friday morning. Since they don't wake as early as we do (read : don't have a Mason alarm clock), we decided to get some breakfast on our way to meeting them. I've been dying to try Sidecar Doughnuts and thought this was the perfect opportunity. And they DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

The maple bacon was my absolute favorite. Though I loved the other kinds we got too. Thankfully Sidecar isn't THAT close to my house or I would be going there every week. Or every day.

Also, you know the donuts are good when your kid who hates donuts (I KNOW!) actually scarfs some down. We always offer and he usually declines, but this time, when we offered (no matter what kind), he couldn't get it in his mouth fast enough.

When I posted about Mason hating donuts on Instagram, I had a lot of shocked people. Believe me, I was shocked too. I mean, is he my son?? But Seth is not an overly sweet guy (meaning into sweets, not personality wise) so that must be where he gets it from. There's no bribing Mason with Skittles or M&Ms, but you can bribe him with pretzels and goldfish!

After breakfast, we met Grandma and Grandpa and then headed to Newport Beach. We had a plan to be tourists and ride the ferry across to Balboa Island, walk around the Fun Zone, and walk down to the beach. Believe it or not, we barely go to the beach even though we live like 20 minutes away so this was a special treat for us too.

Mason loved the beach, although he wouldn't get too close to the water. There was a playground that he loved, he loved walking on the pier and looking into the ocean, and of course, he loved getting ice cream with Grandpa.

Saturday was Marcus' birthday party at Pump It Up. We were so excited to be able to join them in celebrating his fourth birthday! Mason isn't overly into bounce houses, so we were interested to see how he did. To our surprise, he actually initiated going on the bounce obstacle course, down the small slide, and into the bounce basketball court. But the big slides and the big bounce houses he avoided. Regardless, we had the best time and were so happy we could be there for the birthday boy. Clearly Mason thought it was his birthday (not quite buddy!) and tried to blow out Marcus' candle for him... We need to work on taking turns a little more apparently. Marcus' turn in March and Mason's turn in July.

While we were at the birthday party, Grandma and Grandpa met up with some of their old neighbors who moved down to San Diego and then we all met up for a picnic at the park for dinner.

Sunday morning we had brunch together, took some funny glasses selfies, and played a little soccer before heading over to Seth's mom's house for Easter with the cousins.

Once at Nanny's house, we took more funny glasses selfies, played with new bubble guns, and enjoyed being around tons of family. After everyone arrived, we made a little egg hunt for the kids and then ate way too much dinner and dessert. It was a crazy, hectic, amazing Easter.

I feel like Mason really 'got' Easter this year, which made it egg-stra special!

Hope you all had a great Easter as well! Hoppy Wednesday!


  1. Doesn't like donuts? Poor kid. Ha ha! Looks and sounds like you had a great time with your dad and stepmom. And a pretty awesome Easter too. ;)

  2. Noah does like the donut holes and will take a note of a donut but then usually loses interest. This weekend he ate an entire glazed donut at Easter brunch and I was shocked too. Something in the air this weekend huh? And I love how Mason and Marcus both had their Chase shirts on!

  3. Looks like a fun weekend! Shout out to Marcus - I've been following his mom's blog for awhile!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful Easter weekend!

  5. What a fun weekend. I'm so jealous of your weather! Yum donuts!


  6. Sounds like a fun weekend. :)

    By the way, I had to grab a granola bar & munch on it after seeing those pictures of the donuts...it was no delish donut but it had to do. Tee hee!

  7. What a fun outing with the grandparents!! You got the greatest pictures. So fun and awesome that you were able to celebrate Marcus’ bday. Pump it Up is such a fun place. Love the picture of your sweet family. Sounds like an amazing family and friend filled weekend.

  8. I love all of the Easter recaps! :)

    I'm with Mason. I'm not much for sweets either. You can bribe me with chips and popcorn instead of chocolates ;)

  9. What a great LONG weekend, those are the best. Then +Easter, so fun!! Love all these pictures, especially Mason with the bubbles. :) Happy Easter!!

  10. Such a busy and fun weekend you guys had! Russ recently had a maple bacon donut and he said it was UH-mazing. I need to try one pronto.

  11. I freaking love that bubbles picture!!! I was going to try and get one on Sunday and it just didnt happen! Give me all te donuts! I LOLd as you stated "not personality wise" for Seth! Brian's the same way, but of course the girls took after me and my GIGANTIC sweet tooth, sigh. Glad you had a great Easter weekend!

  12. Your Newport beach photos are fab!! And I love those adorable Easter glasses!

  13. Newport!! We love that beach community. Our neighbors used to have a house there (right on the water on the inlet side), so we were there quite often. However, we've never made it to Balboa Island. That needs to change.

    Thank you so much for joining us for Marcus' party! I'm so glad Mason had a good time. And I thought the candle blowing was hilarious! (I wish the laughing/crying emoji could be used on comments.)

    Your Easter sounds fabulous, and even better you were surrounded by so much family!

  14. Those donuts look AMAZING. Adding that to my must do list next time I make it out to California! So fun that you went to Mason's birthday party! I love the look on Marcus' face in that photo :D Sounds like a great Easter weekend!

  15. I love the pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful Easter weekend! XOXO

  16. You are really upping your picture taking skills!!! Donuts. Family. Birthday parties. Easter. Talk about the perfect weekend!

  17. egg-sta special haha, you went there! We never go to the beach either, because I f-ing hate sand. Loved all your pics on IG. Aria only likes frosting. She doesn't like cake or cake like parts of desserts. Ice cream might be her love language though.


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