another great james family vacation!

we spent the weekend after thanksgiving in southern california and had the best time :] we know our family is very blessed and we are so thankful for each other and the time we were able to spend together! we truly feel watched over and blessed every single day.
we had the most DELICIOUS hot cocoa, thanks to kris, on the way over to california. full of creamers of all kinds, it truly was divine. AND we got a free one, almost stolen, but the worker knew, so free... :)
my california boy wanted to get up early and go to the beach so my dad and i followed along and we discovered the most beautiful historic beach with old beachfront homes they are restoring... it was beautiful! see more pics on my 143photographie blog/facebook page :) okay fine, here's a couple....
that little speck out there is danny :) he went bodysurfing! it was the coldest.

twwwwo birdddss....
califoRnia!!! Rachael!!!!
our favorite water ride! the line was so short we went on it twice. do they look a little bit squished and maybe a tad uncomfortable? it's because my dad was sitting by LURCH on his other side [not pictured, although i wish he was] yes, my dad LITERALLY said after we were all talking about how squished it was... "well, if i didn't have LURCH over here..." to his FACE... a stranger!! a strange stranger, but still... he was a little offended. tried to get back at my dad, it just didn't work. it was by far the FUNNIEST. and then right when we were about to go up one of the climbs the ride stopped for like 5 minutes and we couldn't figure out what the hold-up was.... when a worker came around and scolded jared and kris for switching seats mid-ride... we were the hold-up!!!
we weren't complaining about the two person to a seat THANG.
we loved our delish mickey pretzels :)
ALLL smiles!
tower of terror... soo hilarious! my mom is the best i think.
me&my boys :) lovelovelove!
cutest. newlyweds.
newport beach temple photo shoot. it was the windiest, but so beautiful. we loved that little boy who was standing outside and asked his mom "where's Jesus?" oh, also, how handsome is my husband?! he's a movie star.
i know, they are the best....
seriously?! they are THAT CUTE!! i love them sooo much, best parents ever.
how cute are they?! LOVE!!
my mom posing with the towel puppy. possibly one of my favorite moments along with her trying to get a picture of my dad posing with the puppy, who was not complying... :)

looking at the sea lions in la jolla! they were soo hilarious itching themselves and blubbering around. we were totally in love.

i think it might be love....
this is what we do on vacation... twirl around and grin at each other on the beach, isn't it nice?
did i mention we went to la jolla?! dan was the giddiest, giddiest thing when we got there. he was down on the rocks by the time i got out of the car. cutest boy.
a riveting game of skip-bo as you can see. the best!!! we loved our little villa thing.
don't worry, dad is going to get the cart.... MINI CART!!! no big deal. we almost got kicked out probably from all the rukus. anywho... have you ever had those real fruit bars?! they are incredible and delicious. we bought several boxes all in a row but on separate trips. and be careful with the tangerine flavor... they will make your whole mouth/lips/lymph nodes tingle and burn and hurt even. more than one at a time is not recommended.

this is adventures in the grocery store. krissy kept count of how many times we went to the grocery store in one day, it was like seven or something. don't mind them kissing back there... just the usual...
the long awaited family picture. thank you mom for making it happen... it is beautiful!

thank you mama and daddy for a wonderful week and an amazing trip!! we absolutely love, adore, and look up to you in so many ways. can't wait for our next adventure!


  1. I'm so jealous! I love California! It's been so long since I've been there! That Rachel R pic is adorable!

  2. JEALLLLL!!!!!!! so fun. everything looked the best. you in the picture with you BEAUTIFUL hair in the braid across your head? the best and most beautiful. needs to be framed and stuck on your wall. loved EVERYTHING!!! so fun <3

  3. really. the braid is SO WONDERFUL. what a fun vacation. it made me jealous. very jealous. lots of love deary.

  4. How do I get adopted into this family? Say Hi to your folks.