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Monday, August 4, 2008

L.A.- Gone Country

Yesterday was a day that will go down in history as THE day Emily went to her first DOLLY PARTON CONCERT!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is something I have wanted to do for quite some time and the day finally arrived! :) The tickets were an anniversary gift from my wonderful husband. (NOW THAT IS TRUE LOVE!) The concert was indeed wonderful. She sang some oldies like"9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You" as well as some of her newer hits. It was a night of Dolly delight. :)IMG_1313

Since there were no cameras allowed in the venue a picture of the ticket is the best I can do. :(  I promise we were REALLY there!

The concert was at the Greek Theater in L.A. and Josh and I ended up making it an over night get away. We sent the girls off with my parents for the night and left right after church on Sunday. Our first stop was Philippes, the home of the original french dip sandwich. YUMMMM! IMG_1306This place is crazy and to say that it had a line would be an understatement. The place was literally bursting at the seams with hungry people. I had been there (I think) as a kid but didn't remember it in it's entirety. If you are ever in L.A. it is worth the stop!  (However, I told Josh several times...." I would HATE coming here with the kids." F.Y.I. Strollers would be impossible!!!!!)

After a yummy lunch we made our way to our hotel to check in and get ready for dinner and THE concert! Thanks to Josh's skills at working priceline we scored a great deal on a room at the Sheraton.  Once we got all "dolled" up and ready we headed out for dinner at an Italian restaurant near the Greek. Both Josh and I found the food to be........ hmmmmmm.......... well, not as fantastic as lunch, but the chance to sit down to dinner alone together cancels out any bad reviews we may be tempted to give the restaurant. (They DID have really good bread)

After dinner was DOLLY! This was my first time at the Greek Theater and it was a night under the stars. Perfect weather, no need for jackets. The place was packed! We will just say Dolly draws in quite an eclectic crowd. She IS quite the performer!

So this morning after allowing ourselves to sleep in a little bit we headed over to the famous Farmer's Market and enjoyed some yummy crepes.


We had high hopes that after our breakfast we would have a day full of culture by going to a museum like the Getty,  but when our top two choices ended up being closed on Mondays we resorted to a walk around  The Grove where I purchased my first pair of CROCS. Poor planning and vanity contributed to me bringing a very uncomfortable pair of shoes for our mini-getaway. By the time I re-squeezed my aching footsies into my shoes this morning, walking was torturous and it felt like I was attempting to stroll around in Bekah's dress up shoes. I have heard people RAVE about CROCS but never really cared for the "style" of them.  Little did I know that the brand has made some great strides in the  "cute department", and let me tell you when I put them on it was as if my weary, blistered and swollen feet were getting massaged with every step! I'm sold!

So realizing that our day of art, history and culture would have to be postponed we decided to do one more thing that screams L.A.

IMG_1310Lunch at Pinks!








There is NOTHING health conscience about this meal!





But you all have to admit....... it looks like good eats!


IMG_1318And it was!:)

After lunch we headed back towards home and with half of a weekday, not to be wasted, we decided to grab our kiddos and head to a matinee showing of "WALL-E". Bekah especially found the movie to be funny! Anna actually sat through a good portion of it, and if there weren't 30 minutes of previews I would bet to say she would have sat for the whole thing. :)




And that is how we did L.A. with a little bit of a country flair! 

Sadly a wonderful weekend comes to an end. :)


  1. Sounds like fun! Hope it was enough of a mini-vacation for you, just like you've been achin' for:)

  2. Ahhhh...there is nothing like a night away from our little beloveds. I'm still on a high from ours. =) I'm so glad you had fun.

  3. I love that you saw Dolly - she is one of my favorites and I still remember singing "Joleen" at the top of my voice in 3rd grade.

    It looks like a great anniversary time together - I am proud of you!