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January Recap


During the first week of January, one of the bloggers I follow did a recap of 2010. I thought that was a great idea and decided to do one myself. Problem was, there were so many things I couldn’t remember! I couldn’t remember which month I started working for One Step, or which month we started our small group, and apparently the month of October was really boring because I don’t remember doing a single thing in those 31 days. That was unacceptable, so I decided I would do a little recap at the end of every month. In December I can actually look back and feel like we have accomplished things! So here we go, a recap of the Alexanders’ life in January 2011.

  • I started the year off with a cold. Boo! But we made the most of it and tried a new restaurant on New Years Day. It was called the Beachcomber cafe and I blogged about earlier in the month, so if your curious, go check it out
  • Joe started school at the end of the month. Woot! Only 18 more months and he will be HVAC certified and ready to transfer to In N Out’s maintanance department.
  • I successfully blogged on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the month. It started to get hard towards the end because my self confidence started to dwindle which resulted in writers block. But did you read my last post? Its pretty funny, right? I’m a good blogger, right? You love me…RIGHT?!?
  • Joe spent the last weekend of the month in the mountains with the guys from our small group and had a total blast. The wives and I went to dinner, saw a comedy show at a local church and the next morning served at a homeless shelter in Santa Ana
  • We got lots of storage things for Christmas so we reorganized the kitchen and our bedroom closet. Everything stayed clean and wonderful for a whole week!
  • My dad turned 50. We celebrated with some close friends and family at Farrells. Mom and I made the mistake of ordering two Zoos. Two giant bowls of icecream with 30 scoops each for only 15 people=bad idea. But we had a ton of fun nonetheless.
  • My parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary
  • I’ve been to the beach more times this January than all last summer. I love you 65 degree California winter!



My family and I finally got to eat at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant located the Shops at Mission Viejo. It was amazing! The highlight of the meal was their strawberry ice cream. I’m not kidding, they serve the best strawberry ice cream I have ever tasted. They somehow managed to make it taste like fresh, sweet strawberries without putting actual strawberry chunks in it.

The five of us (Joe had to go to work before we got seated) split two “Pig’s Troughs.” The Pig’s Troughs are giant banana splits with two scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The vanilla ice cream is smothered in sweet strawberry sauce, the chocolate is blanketed with pineapple sauce (something I personally did not enjoy but my sister devoured) and the strawberry was coated in a decadent chocolate syrup. Of course whipped cream, nuts and three cherries topped it off. We got ribbons for finishing the troughs and had to stand up and sing a song about being piggies. I thought it was great, but I think my dad could have done without the song.

Great food is even better when accompanied by great service. All the servers at Farrell’s were smiling, energetic and helpful. Once we actually got seated the service was very prompt. There was one server who’s only job was to go around and entertain the guests. He interacted with all the customers, got kids to get up and dance with him, made fun of the dads, complimented the moms and joyfully announced birthdays, piggy awards and the entrance of “The Farrell’s Zoo.”

Along with the amazing desserts, the fun family friendly atmosphere made the experience worth the two hour wait. However, we all agreed that we wouldn’t ever endure that wait again. Next time we will get a group of 10 people, make a reservation, and split one of those giant “Zoos.”