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a beautiful day

April 22nd | adventures, family

last weekend we went to avila beach for the afternoon.

it was the first day of spring break and the weather was so beautiful! about 85*!

{isn’t that aqua cottage so cute?!}

someone was having a celebration–we weren’t invited, but i loved the paper lanterns!

it was making me long for summer!

and more free time.

more time to play and feel the sun on my shoulders.

and lounge under an umbrella near the water. that sounds like heaven!

and ice cream. both steve and i choose cookie dough. david likes berry {non-diary} and matthias likes rainbow sherbert.

matthias and david would like to know–what’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

78 Responses

  1. kristen says:

    Lisa, your days are always filled with love! So sweet!

    Tell your boys that I love chocolate peanut butter – but my six year old son like cotton candy. 😉

  2. Sara.arrigoni says:

    I am missing ice cream so much! My little guy is allergic so as long as I’m nursing I can’t eat it. I love salted caramel ice cream best.

  3. hmmm…ANY kind,really! I love it all. I scored a $5 Cuisinart ice cream maker last summer at a neighbor’s yard sale and we made all sorts of yummy homemade flavors for the rest of the summer.
    Ive got a terrible migraine today. And its my birthday. Hubby & I were supposed to have a date out today since he’s got the day off but Im stranded on the couch. Ice cream sounds purty good right about now:) “Honey!…I think I need some ice cream!” :)
    Have a blessed Easter, Lisa!
    sickie Sarah

  4. Leigh says:

    Pistachio here!OR Butter Pecan
    Your so lucky to live near the beach.

  5. Nancy Lefko says:

    Matthias & David, I love coffee ice cream. Always have, always will! And what a lovely & glorious day at the beach. I’m jealous of 85 degrees and sunshine. Here in NH it is still so chilly and we may even get more snow. :( I, too, am really yearning for summer.

  6. Amber r says:

    Your pics really make me feel like I need a vacation right now! My fav ice cream is peanut butter spiral! My nana used to take me to this one place for it. Such fond memories!

  7. JD in Canada says:

    I’m not sure I ever met an ice cream I didn’t like 😀

    I think my favorite kind is either banana with miniature peanut butter cups (otherwise known as “Monkey Business”), or Grape flavored, which is incredibly rare, I’ve only ever had it twice.

    I have WONDERFUL news for you, Lisa! **giggling** You no longer have to long for summer, you have it!!! 😀 85 degrees is summer, really! I’m gearing up to go for a 10K run this afternoon, it’s beautiful and sunny, but with the windchill, it’s 23F. I’m not sure summer reaches 85 here more than a half a dozen times. Hmmm, if I start running now, how long would it take me to reach California? LOL

  8. Kathryn says:

    Chocolate Malted Crunch from Thrify. Best EVER!! My little guy and I had an ice cream date on Wednesday! I long for Summer, too! Living in So Cal and close to the beach… It is all about Summer here! Hope you have a great Easter!!

  9. peachgirl says:

    I love moose tracks especially when I get a chunk of fudge in my bowl!

  10. Erin says:

    Chocolate with peanut butter, and my boyfriend loves mint chocolate chip. Since he’s from Vermont, whenever we see Ben & Jerry’s, we get it. :)

  11. Amanda says:

    Mint chocolate chip, for sure! It’s my dad’s favorite, too. We’re the only ones in the family who like it, but I never get anything else. It makes me feel special.

    • Kelli says:

      Same exact story here, Amanda! In fact, the only eulogy I chose to impart at my dad’s funeral was that my dad always told me life is too short to eat crappy ice cream! ha! I grimace that that is what I shared with everyone, but it was genuine! I love Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip above all others. It’s so airy.

  12. Whitney says:

    Mmmm! I LOVE mint chocolate chip and my little girl, Hope. likes root beer floats!

  13. kerry says:

    Such dreamy, lovely photos. I can almost hear the ocean! I’m with David, berry and cherry flavors are my favorite. Combined with chocolate and then you have a real winner!

  14. OH, so many types of icecream to choose from!! I would have to say… eeh… I’m having a really hard time deciding! Green Mint Chip, or chocolate fudge brownie… yeah, I’m gonna stick with those two.

  15. Mary Beth says:

    Lisa, your pictures of Avila are gorgeous! I too long for the sun on my shoulders and more free time. I love coffee ice cream–yum!

  16. Shannon says:

    I was just there a couple of days ago – your pics make me want to go back :) And ice cream – please – I would not say no to any!!!!

  17. Kara says:

    The way your husband is looking at you in that third shot of the family is so precious, it brings a tear to my eye. :)

    Favorite ice cream- most definitely Butter Pecan from Graeters in Cincinnati! Oprah loves it so much that she gets it shipped to her on dry ice. :)

    • Jani says:

      Black raspberry chip from Graeters is AWESOME, especially if you have a contest to see which one of you has the biggest chunk of chocolate in your bowl :) If you are ever in the Cincy area you have to try it.

  18. Amy K. says:

    I have to pick just one? :) I’d say I’m on a chocolate/p.b. kick right now. But rainbow sherbet is definitely nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood. My son likes all kinds even though i mostly give him vanilla or rainbow sherbet.

  19. laura says:

    I just love your blog! it makes me happy :)

    My favorite ice cream is cherry cordial! yum!

  20. Emilee says:

    love the pics of your day trip! our weather here is rainy and cold still, can’t wait for summer and trips to lake michigan. there is a wonderful ice cream place in south haven, michigan (beach town) that makes the best ice cream. we can’t go to the beach without a stop there. i get mocha almond fudge, my little ones always choose cookie dough or superman. :)

  21. Lola says:

    Love the pictures–cold and gray here in No. California…hoping ofr some sunshine but not too much. It’ll be in the 100’s soon enough!! Tell David and Matthias that I love plain old vanilla (I know, how boring) with peppermint a close second.

    hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Easter!

  22. Carol says:

    Mocha Chip and Mint Chocolate chip for me
    My daughter likes Panda paws
    Love your photos . . . . . ahh summer . . . .

  23. Laurie Ann says:

    Such beautufl pix from my homestate that I miss and love so much (I’m a sad relocation wife stuck in Alabama) tell your boys that I love anything from 31 Flavors — especially Daquiri Ice and the waffle cone sundaes.

  24. Renae says:

    Dear David and Mathias,
    I love the Chocolate Fudge from Baskin Robbins. Unfortunately there isn’t one where I live. Boo. At the grocery store I like to buy anything Vanilla Bean and put lots of the Magic Shell chocolate on top. Yumm.

    Hope you boys and your mommy and daddy have a blessed Easter!

    Lincoln, Nebraska
    (have your mom show you where that is, it’s the state capital)

  25. Ruby Girl says:

    oh my goodness, what a perfect day and what a darling family! great photos. beautiful memories. wish i could just go to a nice warm sandy beach for an afternoon :) <3

  26. sarita says:

    ben and jerry’s cherry garcia. and i just discovered pecan praline at baskin robbins! oh my! it WILL warm up here in the southern california desert – ad then we’ll complain about the heat!!
    I hope that you and your family have a blessed Easter.

  27. Susan says:

    As boring as it sounds, chocolate is my most favorite flavor of ice cream. I love it’s simplicity.

  28. liz r. says:

    Great photos, especially as where I am it’s raining and about 50 degrees!

    Tell Matthias and David that I’ll eat just about any ice cream, but lately Baskin Robbins’ daiquiri flavor is a favorite. My husband likes rum raisin! And my kids like all of them.

  29. Melissa says:

    Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream :) Soooo delicious!!

  30. Nicole says:

    Lisa…i LOVE your family pictures. Can you PLEASE tell me how you take them so close up?! Like the three in this collage? What camera do you have?? I’m desperate for some adorable family shots..we have so few :(

  31. Priscilla says:

    COFFEE!!!!!! Trader Joe’s Coffee Bean Blast is the B.E.S.T!!!

  32. Nancy says:

    Thumbs up for cookies and cream! And double thumbs up that I just got confirmation that my molded heart bracelet just shipped. No waiting for mothers day to wear this baby. It will be worn right out of the box after the mail comes. Happy Easter!

  33. Brittany Johnston says:

    Lisa, what a beautiful family you have. Enjoy your day!

  34. Donna says:

    Um, unfortunately I don’t think there’s an ice cream flavor that I don’t like. Ice cream seems to be a staple in our house. But my go-to favorite is chocolate peanut butter. And now they serve it at Rita’s Italian Ice…..delish :) Have a wonderful Easter.

  35. Vicki says:

    I love Jamoca Almond Fudge – or anything with chocolate, coffee and nuts in it!
    Love Avila Beach too – haven’t been there in years – thanks for sharing your day with us. I have lots of fond memories of that wonderful little corner of the world!

  36. Kelly says:

    Hi Lisa, great photos as usual!
    Tell your little sweethearts my favorite flavors are pistachio & butter pecan. I really LOVE Gelato too. Raspberry, Lime, Pistachio, Bocio, Lemon <3, Yum to them all!

  37. Kelly says:

    I have morphed over the years from mint choc. chip being my fave, to Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheescake.

  38. Jennifer says:

    Chocolate Malted Crunch from Rite-Aid (formerly Thrifty) is my all time fav!

  39. Lisa says:

    You are so blessed to live in such a lovely place!

  40. Charla says:

    My favorite is mocha almond fudge. My hubby’s favorite is chocolate peanut butter. My boys’ favorite is cookies and cream. Yum! Happy Easter, Lisa! HE IS RISEN!

  41. kelly says:

    Plain old chocolate is my favorite, then anything else that contains chocolate. :) Beautiful photos. I’m longing for summer too.

  42. Cilla says:

    I am not sure if you have Friendly’s in California, but my favorite is Butter Crunch from there!

  43. Rebekah says:

    I’m not sure if you have it over ther is in the US but my favourite is Hokey Pokey which is like a creamy vanilla ice-cream with chucks of honeycomb through it. My boys favourite is anything cold, sugary and wet. They love just about every ice-cream flavour :-)

  44. Denise C. says:

    Hmmmmm, coffee, chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla bean, I really try not to discriminate when it comes to ice cream! 😉

  45. Salted Caramel from Bi-Rite Ice Creamery or Bailey’s Irish Cream with chocolate sprinkles {store bought}

    Happy Easter Lisa and family!

  46. monique says:

    I love Avila Beach! My husband and I went there for the first time in February as an early anniversary getaway and we fell in love with the place. The beauty, the tranquility, the little shops, all of it. Wish we could move there.

  47. Debbie says:

    Please tell David and Matthias that Cole and Sienna love mint chocolate chip and Maya and Logan love bubblegum! Their mom loves coffee bean! Have a wonderful spring break and Easter! Many blessings!

  48. Noelle says:

    You take gorgeous photos! I just started following you about a week ago and already love your blog. I see so many other people do too – just saw the giveaway on LMM for your shop!! So excited!

  49. Becky K. says:

    Ice cream is probably my most favorite dessert! So one flavor is hard to choose…but tell the boys that today I’ll go with Cookie N Cream! Yum!

    My sis lives in Atascedero and every time we come to visit she says we have to go to Avila Beach, but we’ve yet to actually make it there. Now I’m inspired! Next time we’re going for sure. :)

  50. Dawn says:

    Hey Matthias!

    I ♥ moose tracks!!!

  51. Brie says:

    Visiting from Little Miss Momma…I LOVE ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM!!!

    Love all of your jewelry btw!!! can’t wait to order some goodies :)

  52. Cindy says:

    Rocky Road :)

  53. Kirsten W says:

    Mint Chocolate Chip, yum! I ate it every night during my two pregnancies!

  54. Jen C says:

    Chunky Monkey by Ben and Jerry’s is my favorite. Unfortunately, I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t eat ice cream. I have to settle for black rasberry chocolate chip yogurt from Newport Creamery. It’s still very tasty and definitely hits the spot on a summer night. Yum!

  55. Amy T. says:

    Chocolate and all versions of chocolate. The darker the better…yum!

  56. Sallie E. says:

    blue bubblegum. :)

  57. Misty says:

    Matty & Davin,
    My new favorite, because of allergies and other intolerances, is the 5 ingredient vanilla bean.

  58. Leah says:

    chocolate chip mint! Yum!

  59. Cait says:

    I go for the dairy free, too. My absolute favorite is Lime Raspberry sorbet, but I’m also a fan of mango sorbet. Last week I found a pink grapefruit sorbet with candied orange peel mixed in. Yum!

  60. Kristin says:

    So jealous of your 85 degrees, Lisa! Here in New Hampshire, we woke up to SNOW this morning! Crazy!

    My ultimate weakness is ice cream, and lately has come in the form of black raspberry chocolate chip yogurt from Giffords! Yum!


  61. Susan says:

    Rainbow sherbert on a sugar cone. Yummy! Looks like everyone is enjoying!

  62. Elizabeth H. says:

    Hi Matthias and David! :)
    I LOVE chocolate malted krunch {thrifty’s ice cream} @ rite aid…..totally reminds me of being a kid! My 2 1/2 yr old loves plain chocolate. He’s simple, hehe! :)

  63. Mina says:

    we have a local grocery store that sells a light waffle cone ice cream. It has bits of chocolate coated waffle cone, a swirl of brown sugary sugar-cone-flavored yumminess, and light caramel-vanilla ice cream. I lose all control when this is in my freezer. Happy Easter, Matthias! (and the rest of your family, too!)

  64. kelly says:

    mmm my favourite ice cream is peanut butter chocolate from baskin robbins – that’s a real treat!

  65. Aubrey Gideon says:

    the beach looks wonderful!
    my favorite ice cream is anything chocolate!
    sent by LMM!

  66. debbie says:

    so nice that you can spend an afternoon at the beach (ANY BEACH!). not the case here in ohio.

    I like homemade brand peanut butter chip ice cream – my 8 yr old daughter chooses mint chocolate chip, and my 4 yr old daughter, chocolate – every time.

  67. Brittany says:

    I absolutely love your photography, among all the other things you do. Great blog! And, I am very glad to be a new follower. And, of course, I was sent to you by LMM!

  68. IndiviJewels says:

    Great pics, how do you get that vintage feel to your photo’s. I would have to say my favourite ice-cream is strawberry shortcake.

  69. Rissa says:

    I must say my favorite ice cream is ICE CREAM!!!…except vanilla and mint
    I just love the color scheme for your blog and your photos. I was also wondering too, how you get that vintage feel to your photos

  70. Teri M. says:

    I am an orange sherbert girl. Love it!!! Your blog is so amazing. I love the vintage feel of your photos!

  71. Kelly Cook says:

    I LOVE Chocolate! AND I love Avila Beach……my parents grew up in San Luis Obispo, but somehow we ended up in TX!! LOL

    Great pictures and I love your blog!
    Keep up the amazing work.

  72. Sarah-Anne says:

    moose tracks, pleaseandthankyou!! love the little reese cups and the brownie bits too… :)

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