Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Girls trip to LA!

You know how you always think of the best birthday gifts a day AFTER your best friends' birthday? Well, this year, I happen to be early... for the first time in my life. It was March and Amy's birthday was coming up in May and Jenn's, a month later in June. I started googling and found our absolute favorite artist, Adele, was playing in Hollywood the day after Jenn's birthday. I immediately bought 3 tickets and booked us a hotel room on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Meanwhile, I got pregnant, Jenn got pregnant 3 weeks later and 3 days before the concert, Adele cancelled due to laryngitis. Was it a sign that we were going to have to give up Adele? Nope. The story gets better! Adele rescheduled for August 17th in Hollywood, 2 days before Amy and I were scheduled to be in LA anyway for a wedding we were shooting in Malibu.. SO, we flew in, stayed at my friend Shawna's amazing house at the top of the Hollywood Hills and rocked out to Adele at the Hollywood Palladium Theatre. We had a BLAST! It is a memory we will never forget!
Swayze's first concert! I found out that she loves Adele too! She danced the whole time!

6 months pregnant on the beach in Santa Monica with absolutely no shame. I had no idea getting larger would be this exciting.
Swayze's first trip to the West Coast beach!

My San Diego Baby Shower: hosted by my beautiful sister, Sunshine!

This is my niece Grace trying to draw her best "baby girl" on the paper plate!
Her results.. she even tried to write her name! I give it an E for effort.
Tamra's interpretation :)
My cousin Katey was sure to indicate that those were "legs" not "Boobs" ....riiight.
Andi looking confident..
My second mom growing up in LA... the mother of my best friend, Cindy from grade school, came all the way from LA for the shower! Thank you, Marcia! I love you!!!
My aunt Deb (middle), came from Mission Viejo and my mom (right) came from Arizona!

These are our sweet friends, Linda and Kennedy that came all the way from Thousand Oaks to celebrate with me! What a blessing and a fun surprise! I had not seen my sweet friend, Kennedy in 10 years!!!
Tamra (my spiritual mentor and friend from AZ) and Sienna came from Temecula, CA (where they now live) and surprised me too! This shower was such a joy!
Kennedy and I having a very candid moment.

oh, my sweet first nephew.. Noah. Isn't he so big and handsome?!?
And the beautiful Sunshine that put this all together. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to make this happen. It was PERFECT!! I feel so blessed by you. THANK YOU, SISTER! xoxo

Sunshine closed the day with a beautiful prayer for my baby and my family.
My mom's precious gift to my little girl.. her first pearl. As she hits milestones in her life, she will give another pearl (signifying purity) and we will string them on her wedding day.

My sash of honor: Mommy to be!
My mama :)
My gorgeous cousin, Katey, who was sweet enough to come all the way from Fullerton AND snap all these photos from the day!

Thank you to everyone AGAIN for making the trip to celebrate with us. This is the best time of my life and I am so happy to share it with my friends and family from so many different seasons of life!! I love you all!

Love, Kacey and "Sway-baby" (Swayze Luvi) :)

Playa Del Carmen.. May 2011 with our best friends!

This was our second trip to Playa Del Carmen this year and it was better than we remembered! We planned the trip with our best friends (the same group of us that travel to Telluride every year the week before Christmas)! This time around, I was 11 weeks pregnant and Jenn was 8 weeks!

I cropped this image so it would be PG. The boys are in matching speedos. geez.