Sunday, August 16, 2015

Another UCLA Wedding

Hello HOT weather. We are suffering but surviving this summer weather and feeling grateful for a bit of a cross-breeze in our apartment. At night we get a nice cool down, thank goodness!

Our weekend turned into a lovely one. On Friday we took a long morning walk to the mall nearby and found a small kids' section where Marshall played a bit. He "met" Bob the Builder! Despite the heat, we all enjoyed the three mile walk, and I'm excited to have a new little activity for Marshall on weekdays!

Saturday morning we met up with one of my close friends from college who was in town for a wedding (see below!). We ended up at brunch at Clementine and all loved our food. Marshall crashed for a nice nap afterward and I did a little yoga (dripping sweat in our hot apartment at noon, but oh well). Then we all got ready for the wedding!

We got to attend another UCLA wedding, this time for a close friend I've known more than half my life. We grew up in the same town and went to the same high school, but she was two years older. We also danced together, and her dad was my history and leadership teacher in junior high. Then, at UCLA, we lived together and were on the dance team together for a year. Lots of connections! I always admired her and was so thrilled to be there to celebrate the big day. And Marshall got to come along!

The bride was on the Dance Team, as I mentioned, and the groom played on the UCLA football team, so they played up the theme of "Fairy Tale Gate" and incorporated the princess-meets-prince plus UCLA alumni ideas. Totally cute and totally them.

The ceremony included some very touching vows from each side and was perfectly sweet. The couple seemed relaxed and we didn't even notice how hot it was, which is saying something. :-) After the ceremony we had a few minutes to meander around, so Terry caught a few pictures of our favorite little guy in our favorite place.

Later, the current UCLA Spirit Squad made an appearance!

I snagged a few of the girls for a photo with Marshall. They were so kind and sweet! Good to know the current team includes these exemplary young ladies (I'm allowed to say things like that now because I'm 30).

We also grabbed the bears, Joe and Josie Bruin! When he saw them from far away, Marshall did his signature roar, but up close he was terrified. 

Thankfully the professional wedding photographer managed to get Marshall to smile! (Thank you, kind stranger! We LOVE this family photo!)

We didn't really know what to expect at the wedding, since we knew we'd be out past Marshall's bedtime. But we wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and really wanted a few of our old friends to be able to meet him, so we rolled with it. Thankfully, Marshall had a BLAST! He mostly just wanted to walk around, play with the poms left on the table, and eat, so we had a happy camper on our hands!

But by the end of dinner Marshall had had enough. We said our goodbyes and headed home for a very late bedtime, but it was a lovely evening!

Today I realized we barely ate any fruits or vegetables yesterday, so I declared this week a vegtastic marathon. We started with lots of spinach in our scrambled eggs this morning, then enjoyed simple Caprese salads (heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, lots of greens, salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic. 

Then dinner was grilled vegetable taco lettuce wraps, with onion, zucchini, sweet potato, bell peppers, avocado. Yum. I also whipped up a loaf of bread and some granola, so I think we're ready for the week!

Workout plans (always tentative, because who knows what the week will bring):

Sunday: Short walk (~2 miles)
Monday: Leg day! Looking forward to lots of lunges...
Tuesday: Upper body
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Jog
Friday: Full body strength
Saturday: Intervals

How often do you go back to your alma mater? We live two miles away, so we can go anytime we want, but I often wonder how often we'd visit if we lived out of state!

Would you rather meet Bob the Builder or Joe and Josie Bruin?


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