We flew out to LA on Thursday evening and were so looking forward to spending the entire weekend with our close friends, Paul & Andrea (and Garrett) White. We met them through friends a couple of years ago (in SLC) and have only grown closer since they got married and we joined the same small group. In Salt Lake, we had some great get-togethers and Andrea played a HUGE role in the creative set-up for our wedding in January. Andrea and Paul moved to Los Angeles the day after our wedding for Paul's job so we've all used each other quite a bit for support as we've been in the same shoes for months now.
I was desperately looking forward to venting about the stresses of living in Reno to people who have felt those same stresses and Andrea has been a mirror to talk to regarding emotions, struggles with finding community/your place, and balancing priorities as a wife (and for her a mother). Needless to say, this weekend was the biggest gust of fresh air I had felt in a while. Aron was able to do 'guy' stuff while I was doing 'girl' stuff, all while being with people who really know and love us. We laughed and played games until 2 AM each night (err.. morning), made reservations for uber-fancy Mexican food, partook in an Easter feast at Paul's parents' home, went to an Easter pep rally, baked delicious goodies, observed a Vintage Dog Costume Contest, went to a street fair, saw a seal at Seal Beach, and loved on baby Garrett.
Here are some of the highlights: