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Girls Beach Weekend & Something Inspiring...

Thank you so much to all who participated in Feathered Nest Friday this week!!
I found so much inspiration in your posts and met so many new friends!
If I haven't gotten over to visit you yet...give me a wee bit of time... I was out of the area for the weekend and left my computer at home- I will get over to say hello soon!

So here's what I did this weekend that kept me from blogging -
My sister, daughter and I headed to Pismo Beach for a girls trip!
We LOVE the beach and it is the first place we thought of going for our girls weekend
but had a few other things we were planning on doing as well.

My sister wanted to drive somewhere on the freeway
other than the local areas where she lives.

The freeways in California are insane...
 if you have ever been to L.A. you can understand.
So she has been a little shy about getting on the freeway and going too far.
For our girls weekend, she decided to notch off that goal and she was planning on
driving half the way to Pismo after we got through busy San Jose.

(Taylor looking a wee bit unsure about the whole 'driving on the freeway' thing...)

(my daughter Ansley looking a wee bit frightened by Aunt Tay's driving...)

Well...Taylor did it!
She drove half the way down to Pismo,
the whole time we were in Pismo and ALL the way back
even through San Jose and up to the Bay Area!

We had some crazy fun in the car and on the trip- lot's of laughs... but I can't go into details!
(My mother would have a fit if she reads this!)

Let's just say I spent a lot of time holding the roll bars of Taylor's jeep on turns...
and we discovered a new phenomenon- every time Taylor talked while driving-
she pressed on the gas and the speed increased.

We did some shopping while there
My daughter found a book she had been searching for and discovered a new flavor of fruit smoothie she loves
We saw strange sights on the fwy over and over again..

(We thought these twin cars were insane.)

We found ourselves getting on or off on the wrong roads,
running out of gas (What?! Someone must've siphoned it ! )
and missing our turns more times than not
but hey, we saw a lot of things we would have not seen so it's all good.

We looked for a restaurant that should have been there...but was not.
(about the 5th time around the block we discovered it had closed.)
and we found ourselves in places we really had no intention of visiting
like the auto-mall parking lot that just kept going, and going, and going.

Avila Beach was a bit cool and overcast while we were there but we loved it nonetheless.

(yes...we took pictures of ourselves)

Adorable little shops in Avila Beach

Swings on the beach!

I also had something I wanted to do while we were there.
My friend Sandy from Tattered House in Northern California was selling at a great flea market going on in the area.
She talked about Remnants of the Past flea market and how fabulous it is and how many fantastic finds there are.
I knew there were lots of treasures and delightful things to be found and I was looking for
something in particular.

Here we are ~ looking bedraggled after a long day...
up at 4:30 a.m. people!

I walked in and looked around with my daughter and sister & mom-
who came along just for the day in search of a treasure of her own.

My eyes scanned the little booths,
the beautiful pieces, furniture, linens, salvage,
so much for purchase and so many people everywhere.

Warming up too much in the sun,
we ventured inside the barn and rounded a corner...
and look who we found!

Read more about when I met the Queen of Shabby Chic~  Rachel Ashwell


  1. What a fabulous sounding trip. So much fun, except for the rat who siphoned the gas, who would have done such a thing (ha ha). Can't wait to find out what, or who you found.

    I love the little shops/houses at Avila beach, so quaint and beautiful. I felt like I was in the car with you girls. Tons of fun.

  2. What an utterly FUN trip you ladies had! And to actually meet a fellow blogger! Wow! I have seen pictures of highway congestion in California but can't really relate except to say things are pretty bad here in the Toronto area during rush hour. Thankfully I live close enough to work that I can avoid the highway. Your photos show alot of fun and I can't wait to see what it is you found!

  3. I love road trips!!! How much fun you gals must have had!! I have never driven through LA but I am wondering if it is a lot like Chicago, ugh, i get white knuckles driving through there!! :)

    Kind wait to see what or who you found!!!

  4. Hi Courtney! I've been to Pismo Beach! And, I used to drive on LA Freeways every day so I know what you mean! Trial by fire driving! :-) What a fun girls weekend and I just have to say that you look waaayyy too young to have kiddos that age!
    Can't wait to see your great find,

  5. That sounds like such a fun road trip! Those shops are so adorable. I've never been to California, so I really enjoyed seeing it in your pictures. Can't wait to see what else you guys did and found!

  6. so nice to follow you! ;)I too am a stay at home mom of 3 and aspiring designer! see you around!

  7. I think driving up the coast is one of my favorite roadtrips, The scenery is gorgeous! Pismo, Big Sur, Monterey....I can't wait to go back! Love your pics, thanks for the b-day wishes!

  8. Sounds like so much fun...I wouldn't love the driving part either. Can't wait to see what or who you found :)

  9. Hi Courtney,
    How fun! I love road trips...Sounds like you gals have a super duper time. So many adventures. Sweet memories were surely made. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful new week.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  10. That just looks like too much fun! And you all look great!

  11. I have been wanting to do a 101 road trip for the last couple years.....*sigh* still hoping to someday. Nice to see a picture of you on here! I can put a face with the Courtney now! :)

  12. I love all the photos and what a fun trip for all you gals! I love to visit Southern California but to live there again would take some getting used to, lol. I'm used to slow Oregon driving now, not fast California. When we visit our daughter in the Sacramento area I hold on, hold my breath, and pray for safety because she drives like we are on a roller coaster. Love the girl, hate her driving :)

  13. Such a great trip... we need to start planning the next one!!! Love you!

  14. Hi Courtney, What a fabulous road trip. Aren't they just so much fun? Love the picture of you and Sandy and hearing all about your adventures.
    This is fun having a local blogland friend. I'm sure we'll be crossing paths soon.