My California Birthday Weekend: Hollywood Sign, LeBron James, & Baseball

For my birthday weekend, Ryan and I headed to sunny California. My little brother goes to school outside of LA, and my parents were flying down from Washington to meet us. We kind of had a wrench thrown into our plans when my dad had to be rushed to the ER the day of the flight, so my parents had to stay home (he’s okay, don’t worry!). Honestly, my husband and I think he is avoiding us because in January, when my parents were coming to visit us in Colorado, my mom is the only one that came because my dog had to go to the ER, too.

My birthday weekend was now just going to be the three of us. It was okay, though. A bummer, but okay. We should be seeing them in April for my cousin’s wedding, only if no one goes to the ER.

We were visiting California to celebrate my birthday but also to see my brother play baseball. On my birthday, we went on a hike near the Hollywood sign! The boys put up with it because I just kept repeating, “It’s my birthday!”


After our hike, we drove down Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive since Ryan had never been. While driving, we were all talking about if we were going to see a celebrity or not . . . AND WE DID. This is kind of how it went:

Me: “Holy crap, that’s . . . what’s his name . . . gosh, what’s his name . . . oh, LeBron James!”

My brother: “No, it’s not.”

Me: “YES IT IS!”

My brother: (Actually looks) “That’s LeBron James! Holy crap, we just saw LeBron James!”

During the conversation, my husband didn’t say a word. But, he did snap this photo! It’s the best we could do since we were driving down the street. 


If I’m really honest, the celebrity I was hoping to see was someone from Vanderpump Rules, Real Housewives, or if I’m really lucky Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars. But, I guess LeBron James will have to do.

For my birthday dinner, we went to Pono Burger in Santa Monica. And oh my gosh, if you live in the area or are visiting . . . it’s delicious! It’s a pretty small restaurant, you sit in something that looks like a greenhouse, but it is the best burger and fries I have had in awhile. Definitely worth the visit!


We also got to watch my brother play some baseball, which was awesome! And . . . I hate to break it to you . . . I have seen more baseball games than you. And, I know more about baseball than you. This isn’t the life I chose, it chose me! Haha, but seriously, I’ve watched more baseball games than I can count, and it’s always great to see the “little” guy play. He is up to bat in the picture below.


For my last birthday adventure, we were going to go to Magic Mountain. But, it ended up raining when we could do it, so that didn’t happen. Instead we went and saw Zootopia, which I would probably rate like a 6.5. I felt like they showed most of the funny parts in the previews, plus I’m still on that Frozen bandwagon.

It was a great vacation to see my brother’s school, celebrate my birthday, and just have a nice little getaway. Only three more weeks until our next adventure in Phoenix! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated.

– the Helm Household


Birthday Week: 24 things about me

It’s my birthday week! I’m going to be 24, and let me just say my 23rd year of life was quite crazy. I’ve moved, sold a house, celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary, traveled, and started a blog. This year, we will be celebrating in sunny California, so I’m excited for a weekend away!

That being said, I thought I’d give you a 24 random facts about me–one for each year.

1. I look really young for my age like really young. Most people think I’m a senior in high school, so that’s always fun.

2. I graduated college at 20.

3. My husband and I met in Mexico on vacation.

Me, My Husband (Not at the time), and My Little Brother

4. In a group of friends, I would be considered the blunt one. The one that you wish would have shut up five comments before they do.

5. I hate custom license plates, so dumb. I don’t know why just so dumb.

6. I was a vegetarian for three years because someone told me I couldn’t do it . . . I’m stubborn.

7. I’ve lived in three states in the past three years: Illinois, Washington, and Colorado.

8. I believe I have the cutest dog in the world.

Koda aka “The Fluff”

9. I have an obsession with ears. I hate dirty ears, it totally grosses me out. And, yes that means I clean my husbands.

10. I watch a lot of TV: reality tv, crime shows, supernatural . . . you name it, I probably watch it.

11. My favorite color is yellow.

12. I didn’t like beer until I worked at a Brewery. Don’t say you don’t like beer until you taste good beer, not college beer aka Busch light.

13. I’m a morning person. No matter weekend or weekday, I will be up at 7 AM the latest.

14. I don’t like to cook, so I eat a lot of popcorn for dinner.

15. I have 4 really close friends, not including family, and they live in Seattle, Colorado, Boston, and Florida.

Florida, Me, Boston – We met studying abroad in Costa Rica
Colorado – Roommates in College
Seattle – Same Dorm in College

16. I’ve been on two mission trips: Guatemala and South Africa.

17. I’m working on my MBA, and let me tell you . . . I just want to be done with it.

18. I honestly have the best family in the world. If you could think of the perfect family, I’m willing to bet that is mine.

My Fambam

19. I love to travel! And, my favorite city I have ever been to is probably Nashville.

20. My husband is literally my best friend. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Est. 2014

21. I don’t like to swim, especially not in the ocean.

22. My favorite season is fall. Bring on pumpkin spice everything!

23. I struggle with being content in where I live. I tend to always want to move somewhere or think there is somewhere better I could be living.

24. My favorite holiday is Christmas, but after that it is Halloween! I love haunted houses and spooky things. I just have to convince my husband to come along with me.

Cheers to me being nearly 24! I can’t believe it.

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– the Helm Household