L.A. Times

So, we’ve been a bit quiet lately. We haven’t been DIYing and remodeling as much as we have in the past. We’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, we really just need a break from all the hard labor. We’ve been crafting a bit, which you’ve read about (and will soon read about again) and we’ve been handling regular maintenance type stuff around the house, but we have no major projects in the pipeline at the moment.

With that being said, we recently took a much-needed break! We went out to L.A. to visit some family and friends and it was a GREAT time.

We had been to L.A. 2 times before, but this was the best trip yet. We’ve done all the touristy things in the past and this was the first time we had a rental car for the entire trip. We spent a lot of time visiting with people, walking (lots and lots of walking) and just soaking up the CA sunshine. Elysian Park CA California vacationEven I managed to get a little color (I’m practically Casper otherwise).

We ate at In-N-Out Burger (obviously).

In N Out Burger CA

We visited the Getty Center.getty We had drinks at the Dresden in Los Feliz, the bar from the 1996 classic, Swingers. Check out these sweet lights… dresdenlights We went on a self/friend-guided brewery tour.Southern California Brewery Tour

We had fun.

funAll in all, it was a fantastic trip! So while we are cooking up some more posts related specifically to this Fresh Nest of ours, please enjoy some more snap shots from our vacation. And don’t forget! …You can connect with us on a daily basis by following/Insta-ing/Pinning with us! Click here to see all the ways to connect with us. Now enjoy the rest of the photos…

Dunder Mifflin, The Office

Scranton Business Park, A.K.A. where they shoot NBC’s The Office. Had been here years ago, but pleased to see the signs were still up even though they are wrapping the show!

Dolby Theatre Hollywood, CA

A view of the famous Dolby Theatre from the hills

Hollywood Hills CA

A view from the hills, where we were staying

Hollywood Sign

The Oh-So-Famous Hollywood Sign

Zuma Beach Malibu CA

Zuma Beach out in Malibu, CA

Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA

Lifeguard stand and a gull at Zuma

Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park, spent the day hiking here

Eagle Rock Topanga State Park CA

The view from our hike to Eagle Rock at Topanga State Park

Hiking Topanga State Park CA

Made it up to Eagle Rock at Topanga State Park! Not a very far hike, but quite steep and hot at times. Definitely a nice vacation challenge.


Road Tripping (to Cape Cod)

This past weekend we took a road trip up to Cape Cod. For us this is a 6 hour drive and we didn’t have much time so the emphasis was more on the road rather than the destination. We left super early to avoid the rush hours into and through New York City and Connecticut. The plan worked and we were in Hyannis before noon.

Sandy Neck Light

That’s a picture of Sandy Neck Light, on Sandy Neck, a spit of land not to be confused with Sandy Hook. This view comes courtesy of the Long Pasture Nature Preserve, a very cool park run by Massachusetts Audubon.

Hyannis Harbor Anchor In Hotel

That’s a view from our hotel, and yes, it was that dreary the entire trip. That didn’t stop us from visiting the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory!

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

On the way home we decided to make a few stops, one of which was Jamestown, Rhode Island. Jamestown is on an island in Narragansett Bay, and was the filming location for films such as Dan in Real Life and Moonrise Kingdom. The latter was the reason we wanted to check it out. Check out a few pictures.

Moonrise Kingdom Coming Soon

That’s a still from the Moonrise Kingdom trailer and below is the way we saw it that day at Fort Wetherill. Fort Wetherill is a former fort turned park and was one of the more iconic settings in the film.

Moonrise Kingdom Fort Wetherill

So, this post didn’t really have anything to do with the house, but we’ll be getting to that. Stay tuned for some interesting things we found at an antique shop on the trip.

Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom

We’re Baaaaaccckkk

That’s right…we’re back from our vacation and we’re married. #1 Question: What’s married life like? #1 Answer: The same!

Andrew and I have been together for over 6 years now, and it’s great to make this legal, but other than my last name, nothing’s changed. We spent our “honeymoon” in Playa del Carmen Mexico. Most people are shocked to learn that we actually found this trip to be a bit boring! It rained more than we would have liked and we’ve come to find out (as we suspected) we’re not “all-inclusive” people. We’re more like all-adventure people who want to see and do as much as possible while on a vacation. I always say that I work harder on vacation than I do while actually at work. Needless to say, we’ve had better vacations. Lucky for us, we were together for all of them.

Here’s a little look back at all of our adventures and some snap shots from Mexico last week. Coming very soon…wedding photos!

London

Study abroad in London - obviously the best "vacation" ever. We Traveled all around Europe and had the best time ever!

L.A.

Los Angeles, CA - We've visited L.A. two times now and we always love it there! We have a ton of friends out there, so we'll probably be heading out West again very soon!

Lake Placid, NY

Upstate NY - A quick weekend getaway, but a fabulous trip nonetheless! I grew up vacationing in Lake Placid at my family's 2nd home there. As corny as it is, it is truly a magical place for us!

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park - In 2010, we went to Las Vegas and from there we explored the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. We love big adventures!

Us in Mexico

Xel Ha in Mexico - A quick snapshot of our time in Mexico. We mostly enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and experiencing Mexican nature!

Iguana at Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico - Iguanas in Tulum, Mexico.