Another Great OC Weekend.

We’ve had some great visits to Newport Beach but last weekend’s might have been the best one of all. The CE convinced Phyllis to pile in the car with us for the trek to the OC to visit Tina, John and those three adorable girls.

 

Evie is so grown up!

Evie is so grown up!

 

Viv discussed her recent visits from the Tooth Fairy.

Viv discussed her recent visits from the Tooth Fairy.

 

And Caleigh amazed and delighted us all!

And Caleigh amazed and delighted us all!

We were so busy having fun that I didn’t take many photos. We shopped: first stop was Roger’s Gardens, where we had our choice of trinkets for either Halloween and Christmas. It is worth the trip to Orange County just to visit this store!

Rooms and rooms of spooky pleasures for purchase at Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar. (image from ghouliegirls.blogspot.com)

Rooms and rooms of spooky pleasures for purchase at Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar. (image from ghouliegirls.blogspot.com)

Christmas shopping is splendiferous at Roger's. (image from rogersgardens.com)

Christmas shopping is splendiferous at Roger’s. (image from rogersgardens.com)

 

Tina introduced us to the Michael Nusskern (I think that should actually be Nu$$kern!) boutique and to Juxtaposition Home, and we made the obligatory pilgrimages, of course, to Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza.

 

Loved this store! (image from yelp.com)

Loved this store! (image from yelp.com)

 

All that shopping made us hungry and lucky for us, there is no shortage of fine dining in the OC.  Tina introduced us to Bearflag Fish Company and I am still dreaming about their Seafood Rice Bowl. Can it really be healthy if it tastes that good?

 

The fish is uber fresh at Bearflag (image from http://newport.bearflagfishco.com

The fish is uber fresh at Bearflag (image from http://newport.bearflagfishco.com

 

For our next meal, we headed to the dock of the bay. Ever since Tina and John moved to their new home on the water and a Duffy boat materialized at the end of their dock, we have enjoyed so many wonderful moments cruising around Newport Harbor. John set the scene for our dinner Friday evening by serving up his new signature drink: Moscow Mules in frosty copper mugs. The secret, he says, is in the abundant use of fresh-squeezed lime juice. And he topped each one off with a ginger candy – what a treat!

 

Icy, gingery and limey. The best! Thank you, John!

Icy, gingery and limey. The best! Thank you, John!

 

A toast to John and Tina!

A toast to John and Tina!

 

After our Moscow Mule toast, we said goodbye to the little girls and boarded the Duffy to putt over to The Dock for an elegant grown-up dinner.

 

It's even more fun to eat here when you arrive by boat. (image from eatatthedock.com)

It’s even more fun to eat here when you arrive by boat. (image from eatatthedock.com)

 

The next evening the girls joined us for a Duffy ride and a kid-pleasing pasta fest at Pizza Nova.

 

Viv and Evie know their way around the Duffy.

Viv and Evie know their way around the Duffy.

 

And miss Caleigh knows her way around a plate of pasta!

And miss Caleigh knows her way around a plate of pasta!

 

The family joined us for an al fresco Sunday brunch on the terrace of the newly renovated Island Hotel.

 

The Island Hotel has done a great job with their recent renovation. (image from realweddings.com)

The Island Hotel has done a great job with their recent renovation. (image from realweddings.com)

 

Giggles were on the brunch menu.

Giggles were on the brunch menu.

Family pic.

Family pic.

 

Since John was leaving on a business trip, he bestowed his Ducks tickets upon us – it was my first hockey game ever and I loved it!

 

The Ducks made the St. Louis Blues look like dodos.

The Ducks made the St. Louis Blues look like dodos.

Great family weekend! Thanks you guys, for showing us such a wonderful time!

 

Viv and Evie

Viv and Evie

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to Another Great OC Weekend.

  1. Phyllis says:

    such a whirlwind time, more fun than I could imagine. Thank you two so much for taking me with you. The family time was super.

  2. Katherine says:

    It’s amazing watching these beautiful gals grow up. Seemingly so fast! (Maybe not as fast as “chicks” but still!) Looks and sounds like a wonderful weekend.

  3. Ang says:

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. dizzyguy says:

    The little girls are such a joy to be around. As the CCL says, it was our best trip ever. Evie, Vivie and C. Rose did their best to entertain us and they succeeded wildly. Can’t wait to get back to the O.C.

  5. tdevir says:

    Thank you for coming down and visiting us! It was a big treat for us to spend time with you and show you around our ‘hood. Glad Granny made the trip this time! I still have that imagine of Caleigh on her lap in the Duffy on our way home from dinner…. so precious.
    Thank you for the wonderful post full of pictures- we love that you love the OC! Come back soon! xo

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