Southern Cal

Our California trip kicked off as we flew into LA to spend a few days with Brandon’s aunt, uncle and cousin in Venice. I remember coming to Venice a couple times when I was really young, but it has changed so much over the years, that I barely recognize it! (or maybe it’s just been too long that I don’t remember!)

We have wanted to make it out to LA for years! Brandon spent his college years out here at Loyola Marymount, and I grew up spending summers at my Grandma’s house in Orange County.. but never have spent time here together!

Our first morning, we headed to downtown LA with Brandon’s aunt to the flower market. Growing up I remember not caring too much for flowers. I remember for school dances I always told my dates to not get me a corsage because I thought it was a waste of money….. fast forward 10 years, and now I just love flowers! I think they are such an easy way to brighten up a room. The flower market had so many different kinds and I only wished I could have taken some home with me!

We spent the afternoon down in Hermosa Beach to meet up with my brother and watch some of the AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament. B and I have been playing in a “beach” volleyball (if you call sand imported to a big open area behind a local bar a beach?) league back home in Kansas City and its our favorite sport to play together, and even more fun to watch the pros smack it down in a way we only wish we were capable of!

Our final day we wandered around the boardwalk and along Abby Kinney Street into all the shops and boutiques. We also stopped in a couple of the coffee shops just to take photos because the spaces were so unique! There were so many coffee shops! Los Angelan’s have no excuse but to be properly caffeinated with so many options to choose from!

Next up, driving up the Pacific Coast Highway!