ahlin’s perfect weekend part 2

sunday i gave a talk in church while sarah, danny, and colby were partaking in some of this: 
 after church i drove down to the beach and sat on a bench for a bit. it was so beautiful. then, out of nowhere, there were like fifteen dolphins just swimming right by the shore, for at least twenty minutes. it was so cool, i decided to just watch them and take it all in rather than try to get a crappy picture. it was definitely an awesome ‘i live in california’ moment.
 then i went home, watched some of ‘the office’ and then met up with sarah and danny at the boys’ hotel. they told me all about their disneyland adventures and we were starving so we got some taco bell. pretty much eating taco bell, chillin with my besties, watching ‘how i met your mother’ is all i could really ask for.
it was so great to play with them for a couple days and make fun memories. especially getting to be with sarah on the anniversary of our friendship. thanks for the two years of being the best bffl ever. youda youda best.

ahlin’s perfect weekend part 1

um how do you describe the best weekend ever? i don’t know.
sarah, danny, and colby came down for the weekend and we had such a blast. they got here friday evening and then we went over to the mcgrath’s for a bbq (fun and delicious, as always). then we hit up yogurtland #duh and called it a night.
the next morning we cruised down pacific coast highway to huntington beach. it was perfectly sunny, not too crowded and i even got to see anna! huge plus. bless twitter for it’s instant stalking abilities.
after we had lunch at cpk, we cleaned up and headed up to dodgers stadium. it was one dollar dodger dog night #awesome so we all had our first dodger dog! #epicnessinmymouth
mine bestie sm. please compare to the exact pic almost a year ago. #weheartbaseball
i don’t know what’s cooler, our super yummy frozen lemonade of my childhood…
or seeing bill nye the science guy sitting right by us. #forrealzzz
probably seeing bill. the man taught me everything i know.

cali instas.

my aunt gave me ray bans. i dub her awesome. as well as myself.
best purchase of my life.
this tortoise is obviously aesthetically pleasing and not random.
photo op for my feet. and the dead fish.
i think this is the rule for life. must post this everywhere.
rockin the stripes and florals. how do we like?
yogurtland just made it into my thank you speech for when i’m famous.

california haps.

sometimes it seems like all i do is wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to bed. but i do more, i swear! i watch jeopardy between dinner and bedtime. me and alex trebek be tight.
ok ok i do more than that. here are some haps over the past few weeks.
my dad took me to kobe, a really nice japanese restaurant. we had AMAZING food and watched one of his high school friends perform with his son. it was so fun! and they were fantastic.
my first time eating chipotle. delish. [i still miss cafe rio though…]
 my uncle went biking in laguna beach. it was so fun! and hard. but it was really pretty and quite the adventure.
 we made it! why yes there was an american flag at the very top #teamusa.
 my friends heather and todd got married in la so i went to their reception in valencia. it was so beautiful and they were so cute and happy. yay for love and marriage!
 so… yeah. my life is pretty happenin.


this fourth of july was kind of great. the night before i drove down to carlsbad and spent the night at my dad’s house. the next morning we woke up early and i dropped him off at oceanside harbor for his annual kayak trip up the coast. he’s so cool.
 since i was up i went for a nice run along the beach and on the pier. best run ever.
 then i went back to the house, took a nap, took my time getting ready and then drove down the to the beach.
 after some relaxing time on la playa, i drove up to dana point to pick up daddy-o. it was so fun to see everyone having fun on their boats, everyone just happy to be outside enjoying each other.
seven hours later and he’s still alive! insanity.
 then we had lunch at harpoon henry’s and i got some ice cream. and it was delish.
 after i took dad back home and napped for a bit, i went up to san clemente to hang out with my cousin and his wife for the fireworks. this was our view, don’t even worry about that gorgeous sunset.
 we could see four different fireworks shows! #perfection
basically my fourth was bomb. god bless america. and holidays.

momma turns the big [blank blank].

she’s not even that old. psh. and she doesn’t look a day over thirty.
happy birthday momma! yet another year goes by and i am not with you on your special day. lame. one day when i grow up and don’t have to be a super responsible student i will be there. and it will be legendary.
here are some of my favorite momma memories:
– the last week of early morning driver’s ed, she let me drive around a little bit. this is like at 5 in the morning people. and i was terrified of going over 30 mph. and my mother does not break rules. so it was kind of a big deal that i didn’t have my permit yet. omg we’re so bad.
– in elementary/middle school she used to blast this song every morning to wake us up. i’m pretty sure it was on one of my ‘now’ cd’s. she’s so hip.
– my junior year we were the only only two at home for thanksgiving so we just hung out in our pj’s, watched movies [we got really into ‘the work and the glory’ movies…yeah], and made a delicious thanksgiving breakfast! seriously, best thanksgiving ever.
last october she came up and stayed at snowbird for a week. it was so beautiful and so fun to be together. again, lounging around, talking, eating, shopping. what can i say, that’s how we do.
– one time when i was in high school she put up a pictures of me around the school and wrote “you can do it!” and other motivational stuff like that. i’m pretty sure i thought that was hilarious. [she’s always trying to embarrass me. doesn’t work.]
– when i lived at home she would come in my room in the mornings on the weekend/holiday/summer, open the blinds and sing “good morning, how dooo you do? the sun is shining, the sky is bluuue….” it was awesome. now she lets me sleep. because she’s nice.
– oh yeah, remember that one time she went to the brandon flowers concert with me in vegas? #bestmomever #nuffsaid

that one time my bestie came to visit me in socal. and it was awesome.

so my bff sarah… she’s awesome. and i love her. and she loves me. and we are a happy family. jk. but really. she’s the best of the best. she is the troy to my abed, the rachel to my monica, the jon to my stephen. 
her and her sister hannah came down and stayed with me for a couple days and played and ate and, oh yeah, saw the kooks. 
and it was freaking bomb.
the la temple! so pretty, it totally caught us off guard.
the kooks… were amazing. and it was so fun to see them live and to see them with sarah. the kooks are to sarah as the killers/brandon flowers are to me. so… yeah. kind of a big deal.
i had work off the next day so we slept in, had a yummy breakfast courtesy of mike and amy, packed up and headed down to carlsbad to hang out with my dad and hit up the beach. it was a win on all accounts.
most massive fish taco of my life.
just iphonin’ it up on the beach. #webecool
having sarah and hannah visit me was the perfect way to finish up my birthday and my first week out here. i honestly don’t know what i would have done if they were there to balance out all the change. probably would have drown away my sorrows with root beer and peanut m&m’s. good thing that didn’t happen…

birthday day.

on my twenty-first birthday.
i became an adult.
yep, i started my internship on my birthday. #superawesome
 got my own office. heyo.
my first thought when i saw the room number? ‘aw, sarah’s birthday…’ #besties
 after a long day of work i came home, went for a run [gotta start the year off right, ya know?], then my dad, gina and kylie came over to pick me up for dinner. and my dad gave me a flower! i’ve never got flowers before!
we went to super mex for some authentic and delicious mexican food #duh
 and kit came too! [kit, me, kylie and gina]
 oh this is where i live.
 of course yogurtland was across the street and of course it called to me.
 i just don’t think it would have been my birthday without some froyo.
and, can you believe it, the birthday celebrations did not end there…

ain’t no party like a griffith party.

i made it all in one piece to california and the next dat was father’s day. we went to my aunt missy and uncle ric’s house for a family bbq. it was so great, i hadn’t seen my cali family in forever. 
and when it comes to griffith parties, there is no disappointment.
my cute grandpa with his father’s day present.
my pretty present from missy and ric.
they made me a cake! coffee cake, yum yum, a family fave.
just chillin in perfect weather looking at orange trees, that’s all.
like father like son. my dad can sleep anywhere in any position.
dad, me, gina, and blake. love.
love my aunt missy.
i am a fan of my birthday, my family, and fathers. so pretty much this day was a win.