Tuesday, February 21, 2012

girls trip 2012
*san clemente*

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so it has officially become an annual tradition
four years ago: new york, new york
three years ago: LA (i missed...so sad)
last year: viva las vegas
and this year:
HEAVEN

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a couple months ago we started talking about our options - vail, pheonix, etc. etc.
when suddenly mehrsa remembered that her parents recently bought a home in san clemente
and it's just sitting there
- empty -
just begging to host our girls trip

needless to say the very second she tossed out that suggestion we were ON!!

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these annual girls trips have become absolute therapy for me and this year it seriously could not come fast enough!!!
i started counting down the seconds two weeks before the trip - i needed a break!!
and it was perfect. perfect weather. perfect friends. perfect food. perfect everything.
and the very best part is that these girls are so chill. no drama. no stress.
just party time all the time
like the good old days

the weather was absolutely incredible
and, i hate to say it, but it made me miss CA something fierce
everywhere we went brought back memories of growing up there
and maybe i wanted to shed a tiny tear or two

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we took a few lovely morning strolls along the beach

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enjoyed the sunshine

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and put our toes in the freezing water

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the home we stayed in (THANK YOU to mehrsa and her family!!!) was in the hills
overlooking the ocean
*sigh*

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we spent the mornings lounging around the pool
eating all our favorite trader joe's delights
and getting massages!!!
that's right! shauna's dad (oops, i mean dad's friend) is a masseuse and he
CAME TO THE HOUSE
to give each of us an hour long massage
have you ever heard of such luxury???
see? i told you it - heaven!

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needless to say there was never a break in the chatting, chatting, chatting
i daresay some girls even lost their voices from so much chatting
but what can i say? we've got a lot of topics to cover
and believe you me - we leave no detail undiscussed and we cover every g-rated thru r-rated topic you can imagine.
but i'll leave those details up to your imagination

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and naturally we got our shop on like nobody's business
mission viejo mall

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anthro at fashion island

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and the cherry on top of the cake?
shauna's sister lisa organized the AMAZING RACE for us on balboa island!

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i think a few (read: ALL) of us thought this would just be a fun little jaunt thru the island
oh no. we were mistaken. this was no jaunt. this was a serious RACE! and it was ALL OVER the island
we're talking running, and biking, and surreying, and sand castle building, and stranger-terrorizing
and more running
this was no joke
it was, in fact, the AMAZING race!

my super hot team: amy, melissa r, yours truly and our honorary member, baby K
who, incidentally, was a super champ in the jogger the whole time, and it was no smooth ride! but she chilled and snoozed like the good little lass that she is

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clues were hidden all over the island
sometimes we had to find them, other times we had to complete tasks by delivering
random things to random people and they would have the next clue for us
or we would text in answers and pictures to shauna's sister for the next clue
intense, i tell you.

here we had to delivery yummy treats that we acquired on the roof of their house
to the firemen several blocks away

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we had to do a serious math challenge at the post office...

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get a picture in front of st. john's church
(we all know each other from john hall freshman year at BYU...get it?)

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getting a picture of ourselves in hats at fresh produce
what's funny about this picture is that we are in a grocery store here,
one that we mistakenly thought was called Fresh Produce.
in reality Fresh Produce is a clothing store down the road...
but hey we found hats so we called it good

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we had to buy a balboa bar for a stranger and get a picture of them enjoying it
this boy wouldn't take a bite
so we...

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took it back and instead gave it to this lady

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at one point we had to set up a little beach scene, complete with building a sand castle

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and have strangers pose as a family for a picture

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we had to get a picture of us in a photo booth
(incidentally, i had many a photo taken in this photo booth in my younger years)

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and that there is melissa waving from the top of the ferris wheel

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jo, jenny and shauna flying down the road on their surrey

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the sight from the ferry ride

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and finally taking a break on the ferry ride back

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jo looking hot!

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and all the ladies at the finish line
it was so so much fun! thank you to shauna and lisa for putting it on for us!
no doubt, it will take several years worth of girls trips to top this!

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ps - thank the heavens above, this is pretty much what kennedy did the whole time
even though we were literally running around like crazy people, weaving in and out of people on very crowded sidewalks
and just making hysterical fools of ourselves in general

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then we had dinner that night at CPK at fashion island

jojo and melissa

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i really shirked on my duties as photographer this year
no fancy pics, only phone pics, and not as many as i usually take
luckily jenny was on top of it this year - all the pics below are stolen from her
and are in very random order

melissa g primping for the night. mel was only able to make it to part of the festivities this year, as were allie and melissa r.
so glad we got to see your pretty faces ladies!
and trish we had a moment of silence in your honor - missed you!!

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jo and shauna buying salt water taffy - one of the amazing race challenges

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amy
running
running
running
during the amazing race

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hot girls delivering treats to the hot fireman

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amy displaying her MAC loot while shopping

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angel girl chillin by the pool

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and with tiff
i think this is my favorite pic of the trip

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shauna, allie, melissa and megan - shopping

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amy and tiff spreading the love

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tiff spreading the love to shauna

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and tiff lovin it up at anthro
this girl is clearly full-o-love

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another fave pic: intense moment during the race
these girls were not joking around

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merhsa, melissa and i chatting it up
don't worry about me looking so haggard. it's a look i'm sporting a lot these day

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a little z gallery browsing

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um, is it just me or does it look like amy is wearing a crown here?

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and lastly, some more glorious moments on the beach

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amy, shauna, jo and me

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thanks girls
i really needed that

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until next year
.the.end.