Monday, June 1, 2009

Coronado

A few weekends ago we headed out to Coronado with our good friends, Doug & Steph along with their daughter Ella. The next picture shows the view of Downtown San Diego from the East Side of Coronado where we started our day.


After eating way too many french fries, we decided we needed to walk it off. In flip flops, we ended up walking the entire width of Coronado. The neighborhoods were so cute, before we knew it we were almost to the other side. I think we walked 5 miles round trip. That is pretty far in flip flops and with 3 little kids!I am bummed I didn't take pictures of the houses right along the water on the East side...some were so amazing. We looked at a flyer for a smaller house (not as cute as the one you see below) about 1600 square feet with an okay size yard around it for only 11 million dollars! I can only imagine how much the bigger, more amazing homes were that were on the same street. One after the other, dreamhome after dreamhome. I want to know two things. How can that many people afford these houses and what do they do? Because I want in.I finally thought to take some pictures when we walked by the more traditional homes in the neighborhood. I loved these houses. Every one was different and all the yards were kept so well. In Coronado there is some sort of team or commitee that grades all the yards. If you have nice landscaping, they place a blue ribbon by your front door. All it takes is a little blue ribbon and the neighborhood looks beautiful.








Getting closer to the Hotel Del (Hotel Del Coronado) we saw this sweet ride.
We stopped into the Hotel Del for a drink on their sun deck. We sat there for sometime enjoying the people watching and the weather. Then I, being somewhat nosey, noticed a large group of people sitting at the table next to us. They were talking about when to walk up and how to surprise the person they were walking up to. I asked if it was someone's birthday. It was not a birthday...it was going to be an engagement. This groups brother/son/cousin was about to propose to his girlfriend who had just graduated from law school. Siblings, friends, Aunts, Uncles, Moms and Dads from all over the country had all gathered and were showing up at the couple's table in small groups. Steph and I quickly made our way near their table so we could witness the big question. How could we resist?!
As each group made their way over, the girl would jump up with glee and excitement and give them a big hug with lots of laughter and surprise. She thought they were all there to celebrate her graduation. Once her parents arrived, the thoughtful boyfriend who set this all up got up and gave a little talk before getting down on one knee and popping the question. It was too cute to describe and Steph and I both cried and were so happy to get to witness it. One of the brothers immediately jumped on a chair and shouted to the entire bar, "She said Yes!!!!!"
It brought back all the excitement, surprise, love and joy I felt when Keith proposed to me. Who doesn't love a happy moment like this?! Even with total strangers. Love is so fun to witness.

3 comments:

Mara said...

Loved the post. We have lots of sweet cars like that in Athens, GA. In fact, I think most of them look like that:)

Jen said...

This made me teary... so cute!!!!

Blahbitty Blahbitty Blahbitty Blah! said...

I really liked this post. Those houses are so sweet and quaint looking. It reminds me of some of the neighborhoods in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. By the way, I gave you a Kreativ Blogger Award that you can find on my blog site. I hope you enjoy! Congratulations and again, I love your blog! The pictures are always wonderful.
The award is on the post, "Kreativ Blogger Award" from May 30. http://blahbittyblahs.blogspot.com