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Beth and I had the opportunity to get away for the weekend (Fri to Mon) and spend time “vacationing”. It was a great, much needed, relaxing time together in a beautiful place. We had lots of time to talk and laugh over some pretty amazing meals and in some beautiful areas.

It pretty much came down to either spending some quality time in beautiful Palmdale or Newport Beach. It was a hard decision, but we had to choose Newport.

Here’s the photo pictage… to see all the pictures go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/kenflower/NewportBeachVacationMarch2008

***Disclaimer… One of the coolest things was being able, thanks to a generous gift from family, to go and eat somewhere fun and unique for almost every meal. These times were great because we were able to sit in great restaurants and talk over some great grub. Because of this, many of the pictures are of us eating food, us eating desert, or the food itself. If we look a little chunky, its because Beth is pregnant and because I was usually wearing a fanny pack under my shirts.

Here’s the view from Balboa pier the first night with a full moon.

Dinner at the Newport Beach Brewing Company

Here’s Beth and I on the main street on Balboa Island.

Some amazing carnitas tacos from a great taco shop on Balboa.

And how ’bout those world famous chocolate covered frozen bananas on Balboa Island!

Easter Brunch at Ruby’s on Balboa Pier

The last day we went to a restaurant in Laguna Beach called “The Cliffs”. It literally was on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We got there about 30 minutes before sunset and got to watch an amazing sunset. Here is the view from out table.

And the food there was amazing too. I got the macadamia crusted mahi-mahi and Beth got the mango salsa halibut.

Sunset view

Our room had a huge balcony with a ginormous opening and an amazing view. Got to enjoy coffee and danishes here in the morning.

Here’s the view of the Newport Beach Back Bay from the balcony…

 

 

 

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Every so often we get special visitors at our home. They don’t come down the chimney, they don’t leave quarters under our pillows, and they don’t even hide Easter eggs all over the place. No…instead these special visitors leave 40 rolls of that which we so depend on every single day…double-layered, quilted, ultra-soft charmin…Toilet Paper. Unfortunately they did not leave it in its packaging on the step with a bow around the box for future use. Instead, it was beautifully unraveled all over our yard, trees, cars, and driveway (thankfully they didn’t go for the roof…that would have been a pain). What a gift! We definitely are feeling the love at the Flower home. I mean, I was really hoping that I would get to spend an hour outside on Saturday morning picking wet toilet paper out of the grass and peeling it off the cars. Thankfully, it worked out that my dreams came true and this is how I spent the first hour of Saturday morning.

Actually, we do feel the love. I think we would be doing something wrong in ministry if we never got Tee-pee’d. Also, it allowed me to meet my neighbor, Bob. We have been chumps and had not yet really met our neighbor on our left hand side. He came outside when I was picking up and said…”I know how you feel, I was a Jr. High principle for a while.” Enough said. Amazingly, Bob and his wife have been attending our church for a few months now (the joys of a growing church…you meet people who have being going there for a year and you’ve never seen them before). Hopefully, we’ll get to know them better in the future.

Here’s the aftermath (unfortunately, I didn’t have the foresight to take a picture of the amazing job done).