Saturday, November 24, 2007


I seriously feel like I am on vacation.

So...after San Diego we headed a bit north and settled in the O.C. (thats Orange County for you non MTV or Fox TV watchers). I have a very kind family member that was nice enough to let Eric and I stay at their swanky beach house for the time the show is in Costa Mesa.

We did not even know what we were in store for. The house is amazing with a fabulous kitchen and a housekeeper that comes once a week! And the view...I mean...I am never going to want to leave. Our front porch overlooks the ocean and on clear days you can see Catalina in the distance.

Not too shabby eh? We can take a golf cart down to our private beach everyday. We are really being be honest it is a bit ridiculous. But...we are savoring every second of it and will be really sad to pack up and leave in less than 10 days.

So what have we been up to? The first weekend we were here some of my friends from Michigan came out to visit. It was so nice to see my friends since I had not seen them since our wedding. It was a pretty relaxed weekend. Just some hot chicks playing lots euchre and catch phrase (I know...pretty crazy!!!).

Friday we headed out to this fabulous fondue restaurant in San Juan Capistrano called La Fondue. It was amazing. I know, fondue is fondue right? Wrong! First of all the place was decorated it a super cool hip way. Every area of the restaurant was different. Leopard print wall here, praying guy there, velvet booth over there...we loved it. The food was amazing. They had so many crazy choices of meets with your main course we did not know where to start...and the chocolate...oh the chocolate. I have been to many fondue places before...but this place had peanut butter and cream cheese balls to dip in the chocolate ... it was out of control. So now you are probably wondering: Hey Sarah, so this place sounds really cool...where are all the fun pictures of you and your friends eating fondue? I bet those would be some great pics!

Well...yes...they would be great pictures I am sure of it...sadly...out of the 4 of us...we all forgot our cameras. Sad but I guess you will just have to imagine 4 hot ladies dressed to the nines....out on the town.

Saturday they came and saw the show and of course loved it....

Sunday we met up with some of my friends in Newport Beach for football Sunday. I felt like we were back in college. We spent at least 5 hours in the bar (while Eric was off at work) watching various football games and eating crappy food.

Of course the day had to end on a high note when I got a parking I really felt like I was back in college (remind me later to tell you the story of how I had so many parking tickets in college that there was a warrant out for my story...please note the sarcasm).

Sadly on Monday my friends had to leave the beautiful state of California and head back to the snowy state of Michigan. Thanks for coming out ladies....I miss you already!!!

So I guess that takes us up to this week. Thanksgiving and my hubbies birthday.

So...Thanksgiving. It was a special thanksgiving this year. We had a freaking show. The company was nice enough to give us a thanksgiving dinner before the show. It was a nice thought but it was a sad example of a thanksgiving dinner. It was at a it was hotel food. In the back of my head all I could think about was the humongous feast that my dad was serving back home. Eric and I both love thanksgiving and were both kind of sad that we were not spending it at home with our families.

BUT! Everything was redeemed the following day.

Friday (the day after thanksgiving) was Eric's big 30th birthday. My friend Kim and her husband Vipe (they live in the area) were kind enough to prepare us a REAL thanksgiving dinner for lunch. Eric and I thought we were just getting leftovers. Instead...Kim prepared us a full meal. She cooked a turkey, made yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing..the whole sha-bang. It was out of control and exactly what we needed. We stuffed our faces until we could eat no more! We were so thankful for Kim and it totally made Erics birthday.

After the HUGE meal we all walked down to the beach with our respective dogs and let them frollic in the ocean before treking back home.

Once home we brought out the birthday cake. Since Eric was getting costco cake (his favorite) at the theatre I decided to make him something different. A few days ago my friend Emily posted a fabulous pumpkin cheesecake recipe. It looked declious and I thought now was a perfect time for me to make my first cheesecake. I was super nervous about it...but I gotta tell you it turned out great!
So...I guess that catches you up on us! I have many a new merchandise stories for hopefully I will get back on the blog bandwagon.

Finally...I just want to once again wish my handsome husband a very happy 30th birthday!

Happy Birthday Eric!!

You mean the world to me and I feel so lucky to have you in my life! I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays in the future with you! I Love you!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah - Glad to hear that you are enjoying your stay at our cousin's beach house - I figured it would be nice but I guess its more than that - It was really nice of them to invite you to stay but thats how they are - great people - We sure missed you & Eric - Cheri & your Dad outdid themselves - I can only say that nobody's sweet potatos can compare to your Bubi Sally - hers were always the very best - Aunt Nancy made a new dish - corn pudding - very good & Aunt Carol's cheese cake was perfect I think it was with Kahlula - Your dad bought a Costco pumpkin pie that he didn't even bother to serve as there were so many desserts - hopefully we'll all be together next Thanksgiving
Love you both,

Sarita said...

Wow, looks like your cheesecake came out amazing! And happy birthday to your other half!

MrsPresley said...

that cheesecake looks amazing! glad to hear you are enjoying your time in the OC! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Sarah! That cheesecake looks amazing and I love reading all of your blogs.. although, they make me hungry! I'm sorry to hear about your Thanksgiving, but it looks like you have incredible friends that made up for it! My sisters and I were at the show on Sunday and we were trying to keep an eye out for you.. but sadly you weren't there. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in beautiful Orange County and hopefully you will have safe and exciting adventures with the rest of the states!

Mary M. said...

Happy 30th Eric! Here's to a wonderful year!

shelby said...

That view? That cheesecake? Ok, I'm coming to visit!

Christy said...

Beautiful beach house. Enjoy every minute of it!