food, friends, and family {personals from LA}

I am continuing our L.A. trip on the blog this week because frankly, who was I kidding that I could finish it in one week.  We took A LOT of photos.

So, the main reason we made the trip out to Los Angeles was for the amazing west coast light and to see Brett’s brother Jason of course.  He was so excited that we were making this trip…or should I say, he was so excited that OUR KIDS were making the trip out. :)  (He is kinda crazy about his niece and nephews, and it makes our hearts mushy that he’s this way.)  We arrived on a Wednesday evening and the following day was Jason’s birthday.  Normally he comes home for his birthday every year and the kids really look forward to it, so it was extra special for them to be in L.A. this time.

Our first day we had an amazing breakfast at the Griddle, which is the BEST breakfast, but I didn’t bring my camera.  Bummer. Then Jason and Brett made a small journey to a Sri Lankan restaurant called Wadiya to pick up food for a party we were hosting at our rental house.  (It made me laugh that we had a party in our house the first day in L.A.)  J invited some good friends, most of who we were meeting for the first time, and it was such a great evening with really AMAZING food.    Day #1 we scored on some food goodness!!!

Loading the car with the Sri Lankan food….

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A small taste of what we had…mmmmmm.

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Uncle J could almost always be found with one of the kids in his lap. :)

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With the help of some of J’s friends, we secretly got him a cake from the wonderful Sweet Lady Jane’s Bakery.  I wish I had taken a better photo of how pretty it was, but it even tasted about 200x better than it looked.  Seriously, it is so good I don’t live in this town.

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The next day Uncle J had to go to work at the The Recording Academy, but we came to his office to meet him for lunch.  He warned the kids that they would feel like celebrities because of how many people knew them from the blog/internet.  I just laughed.  But wow, it was really true. :)  People were coming out of the woodwork to meet “Jason’s family.”  It was so stinkin cute.

Adin is making sure Gabe’s head is pointing the right way. Priya’s doing her “normal” face.

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Goofing around at the Grammy’s.

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Here are two of Jason’s friends we met that were just awesome with the kiddos.  Christina on the left, and Suzy on the right.  HI GIRLS!! :)

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Kids. Sometimes they are so cute, you just can’t help yourself.

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We scored on some new hair care stuff. :)  Riah rocked it out.

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That night we went to dinner with more friends at a fantastic Lebanese restaurant.  Some of you may know that Brett used to live in the Middle East, and he speaks Arabic, but you may not know that Brett and Jason are part Lebanese.  We had such a HUGE dinner that night, but it was so good.

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We were all laughing because they wouldn’t quit bringing food out to us!

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By chance right before we went to LA, Brett found a long lost college buddy from the University of New Mexico, Amery aka “cabron.”  They quickly figured out that Amery had been living about a mile from Jason for years and never knew, also less than 1/2 a mile from where we were staying.  Brett was so happy to reconnect with his old pal, and I loved meeting and getting to know him and his beautiful wife Felicia.

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We also met a great little family.  In this family is an adorable sibling trio rock band called Lynhurst consisting of Jake, Matt and Mari.  Two brothers, with a baby sister who works the drums- Meg White style.  These three were so ADORABLE!  Go have a listen to them…

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Mari, 18 yrs old, singer and drummer.  I can’t wait to see where these 3 go. :)

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Thanks for looking…Stay tuned for the next couple days coming soon….

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March 24, 2009 - 12:16 am

Kylee - I’m super jealous of your trip! And I love that your kids have such a great uncle, very cool! :)

March 24, 2009 - 12:25 am

Abra Morris - Looks like you had a blast. Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

March 24, 2009 - 3:37 am

wrecklessgirl - WHAT.IN.THE.HECK.IN.THE.WORLD.IS.YOUR.BABY.DRINKING?!?!?! :)

{ love ya } and yah, your brother in law loves your kids, but have you ever thought that maybe i love them more…? and i’ve only talked to them for a half an hour. so there! :)

miss you guys!

March 24, 2009 - 3:37 am

wrecklessgirl - ps. eating the boy’s face: priceless.

March 24, 2009 - 11:14 am

Maya Laurent - Those food photos might have just changed what I want for lunch. Yum!!! It looks like your kids are so lucky to have a loving uncle!

March 24, 2009 - 11:24 am

Barb - Fantastic photos, as always. I also think that your wavy haired boy looks just like his Uncle J. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

March 24, 2009 - 2:40 pm

Suzy Ann - Love the photos! You guy’s are so talented. It was a pleasure spending time with the kiddies and getting to know Brett & Jessica. I hope to see you soon! Besos, Suzy Ann

March 24, 2009 - 11:06 pm

gina@kiwistreet - jess, these are too fun. kind of an international visit!
love the one of priya ‘having fun at the grammy’s’ and who
could resist a little ‘love bite’!!!!

March 25, 2009 - 12:30 am

Leyla - Uncle J, don’t eat Ai-dy, eat salad!

March 25, 2009 - 8:25 pm

sara - Jess, these are awesome…looks like you guys had an incredible time and I can honestly feel the love in these photos.

March 27, 2009 - 11:03 am

Mama - The kids will NEVER forget this trip….Wish I could have been there with you all, but I needed to go see about my Dad in TN. There will be another time….BTW my Dad is the Lebanese-part of the family tree for my three sons!!

June 24, 2010 - 8:14 am

Wanda - Jess, is that the Elijah Woods and Dom from Flash Forward TV show???

November 13, 2009 - 7:02 pm

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