Thursday, July 5, 2018
Is there anything better than a good friend? Or a whole family of good friends?? We had some of our very best friends, the Nelsons, come visit three weeks ago now (man time flies!), and I was thinking as I prepped for their arrival that we've reached that life stage where all of our dear friends are all over the country. They're in New York, Virginia, California, Texas, Utah, Arizona, Alabama -- those are the spots I can think of off the top of my head, and I bet if I took a second to dig deeper here I'd round up some more. Being soooo old (πŸ˜‰ ) is both exciting and crazy (but mostly crazy).  

Our weekend with the Nelsons was perfect. We love the Nelsons. They were business students at Darden, we were at the law school, and we've missed them so much. They're the chill kind of friends that rollerblade with you, throw cereal parties for their kids' b-day parties, and convince you to rent your house on AirBnB to make extra cash (yes we did that during law school when we lived away for the summers, and yes we have Reagan and Sam to thank for that one). We spent all day Saturday taking on San Diego together, and if someone out there in the WWW is looking for a good 24 hours in this city, read on and catch a drift of our day. It was the adventurer's dream! 

Here's the itinerary: 

Pre-lunch outing: Hidden Bridge in Hillcrest. If you ever search "things to do in SD" on Pinterest, this super randomly located, super cool suspension bridge will definitely pop up. For good reason!

Lunch: Hodad's Downtown. A wild spot! Its location cuts close to areas of Downtown that I'd normally keep a distance from, but with two dads in tow it was okay to go. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant is famous for its burgers and plastered-with-stickers walls.

Lunch Dessert (because mid-day dessert is what you do when friends are in town!): Hammond's Ice Cream in Pacific Beach. Their famous flights are yummmmy and the funnest way to eat some ice cream!

Pre-dinner outing: La Jolla Cove. The seals, Coastal Walk (on rollerblades and scooters, preferably. See below 😌), Tide Pools (if the tide is low and if you have time. If you strike out on both requirements like we did, just hang at the park on the cove and love your life, like we did). 

Dinner: The Taco Stand in La Jolla. Although we didn't make it to the Stand that day (SAD)! I forgot that I had a church meeting I had to get to, so we nixed dinner out that night. But without that meeting on the agenda, we would've gone to The Taco Stand for SD's finest tacos!

After-dinner outing: beach sunset at Torrey Pines. We struck out with this one, too, for the same reason above, but along with the Taco Stand, it was part of our initial itinerary for the day.

Now I'll let the pics do the elaborating, starting with the bridge!  

Hodad's (sorrrry, a pic of the sticker is all I got)!
I asked Claire to please show me her ice cream and she gave me this Lady Liberty mug. πŸ˜‚ Her expression is an inaccurate representation of how we all really felt about Hammond's. It was prime!
See, Reag's smile is steering y'all right...
La Jolla Cove!
I called her name - "Emmy!" - and she turned and started posing for me, which made me MELT. Emmy!!!πŸ’•
You're pretty, SD...
I love these babies!
This progression of pics killed me. Kids in, kids out, Moms on blades still doing their thang...
I love that Ry kept his blades on as they started playing games. Didn't even think twice about those bricks on his feet -- there were kids to please! Sam would have stolen this dads-on-blades show had he not been hanging back in the car with their sleeping baby boy. These lucky kids have two of the world's best dads!
Sam and Baby Rudy arrived!
Scooter Gang. 😍
DREAMY SD DAY with some dreamy people. Cannot wait for next time, Nelsons!! Life is good. πŸ’›


  1. Oof I am constantly missing San Diego so much. Lovely day, lovely pictures!

    1. The day you decide you're coming back for a visit is already the best day of my life. You let me know when and we will SOAK UP this finest city! xoxoxo!!!


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