Sunday, May 24, 2015

sunday notes.

dear bestest friend: happiest of birthdays to you!! my life is abundantly blessed because you are part of it!!! you are the definition of love and loyalty and I could not ask for a better best friend&soul sister :) i hope today is full of all your favorite things!! can't wait to celebrate you :)

dear blog: i'm sorry for neglecting you :( i have some fun posts coming up!! promise!!!

dear husband: work travel has been taking you away lots recently, but you are so awesome at keeping in touch between texts, snapchats, and video calls :) thanks for taking me to seattle with you last week!!

dear seattle: you were showing off in all your glory during our visit!! we love your city and hope to be back soon!!!

dear june: you are right around the corner and you are bringing so many fun events!! the best of them all: our 4th wedding anniversary + a mini vacation we have planned to celebrate!!!

dear wedding coordinating: you are so much fun! how can i even consider you work?! cannot wait for more weddings aka "jobs!" ;)

dear trip planning: we need to start buckling down and researching the details involving you! october will be here before we know it!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

march goals.

i've noticed recently on other blogs i follow that they post about their monthly goals. i thought this is an absolute brilliant idea!! by doing this, i feel like i can hold myself more accountable ;) i'll check back next month to see how well i did.

1. spring cleaning, organizing, and purging.
spring is the perfect time for a clean and fresh start!! also, it really is time for D and i to go through our things that we've accumulated these last couple of years and do some major purging.

2. start blogging consistently.. 2-3 times a week.
i LOVE our life. seriously i am so blessed with the best friends and family and sweetest husband. we are always busy with so many fun things going on and i want this to be a space i can look back on and remind me of this amazing time in our lives. 

3. get our "yearbooks" started. complete thailand album. work on two previous eurotrip albums.
i'm incredibly behind on ALL our photobooks :( as in, i haven't even started them :/ i need to do some serious catching up this month.

4. read 2 books.
i'm about a quarter of the way into "the andy cohen diaries," but i'd like to tackle 1-2 more books this month. i have a pile growing on my side table :/ there's something about buying new books that makes me happy; now i need to get back in my habit of reading daily ;)

5. go to barre 4-5 times a week.
i am determined to make 2015 the year i commit to living as healthily as i can. turning 27 in january gave me quite the quarter-life crisis and i just want to improve upon every area of my life beginning with exercise. going to bar method is easily my favorite workout and the membership costs a pretty penny, so i want to go as often as possible plus i feel so accomplished after each class!!

6. 2 nights per week = no phones for hubby and i.
we picked wednesday and sunday nights. we are both so busy, especially D with the demands of his job, studying for an engineering licensing exam in april, and not to mention training for 2 half marathons and a full marathon. it's nice to have specific days during the week that we can disconnect.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

sunday notes.

dear MARCH: i can't believe you're already here!! 2015 is already flying by too quickly :/ time to get started on our spring cleaning and purging!

dear lazy weekend: you've consisted of barre, hiking, delicious meals, board games, and lots of snuggling. with our hectic schedules, i embrace every one of you that comes our way!!

dear dutch baby: hubby has made you two days in a row for breakfast this weekend and i couldn't be happier!! like i've told D, i'd rather eat a dutch baby over french toast, pancakes, or waffles any day!!! ;) {recipe coming soon.}

dear bar method: i am ever so slightly ADDICTED to you!! to the point that i make plans around class times so i can fit in a class beforehand. i suppose it's the perfect kind of addiction ;)

dear san diego restaurants: there are so many of you that it's always hard to decide where we want to eat. from the hole in the wall (hawaiian homestyle), to the perfect happy hour location (the patio on goldfinch), to the uber fancy (juniper&ivy). you make us so thankful to live in a city with so many delicious options!!

dear puzzalarium: i CANNOT wait for this double date night this week!! is it friday yet?!?!! sooo excited!!!

dear handsome husband: you are so busy with work, studying for the biggest test of your career thus far, and training for your half BUT you are the best at making sure we still have quality time together and for that i am so grateful!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

winter wonderland.

first day of january, you were such a gem!!

we spent our very first day of 2015 in julian, which is a local mountain town just an hour and a half away. well, 90% of the time julian is an hour and a half away BUT when an unexpected snow storm comes and turns this already darling town into a winter wonderland, that manageable drive more than doubles! we loaded up dan's man van with 3 of our friends + my mom at 10am, stopped for some gas and starbucks and arrived at 2pm!!! {insert appalled faces!!} but you see, it wasn't so bad!! we all really enjoy each other;s company and the time went quickly enough. the ladies even got out of the car while we were stuck in traffic to jump around in the snow ;) snow like this is rare in southern california, so to say we were excited was an understatement!!!

love these ladies so so much!!

family love <3

i wouldn't want to spend 3.5 hours in the car with any other group ;)
ps- praying i get my mom's gracefully aging genes!! she blends in pretty well with a bunch of mid/late-twenty year olds!!!

bestest friend + winter wonderland + sunset.

yup this was southern california.

nye 2014.

new year's eve 2014.

new year's eve 2014 was ten-folds better than the previous year which was spent at the airport in puerto rico :( husband and i celebrated with a fun party with some of our very best friends. it was an entertaining evening filled with good conversation, lots of laughter, and mixed with just the right amount of debauchery!! we sent off 2014 with a BANG and i am determined to make 2015 an even better year!!!

^^ notice the matching grey suits on D and Anders? custom made from our trip to thailand!!^^

love that our monthly dinner crew is growing ;) there's 7 of us in this picture!! 

glitter champagne bottles to ring in the new year? why not?!! ;)

2014 you were pretty good to us, but we are so ready for you 2015!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

sunday notes.

second annual friendsgiving beach camping.
dear friendsgiving beach camping: you were the absolute perfect weekend with our best friends!! so grateful to have amazing friends to "do life" with. we had too much fun talking around the campfire late into the night, ate delicious food all weekend long, and the guys got up as the sun rose to hit the water saturday morning. it was pure heaven and i can't wait to do it again next year :)

dear vacation: we are in desperate need for you!!! we've only had short weekend getaways this year; definitely looking forward to some solid time away!!

dear amazing race: we religiously watch you EVERY week & EVERY season and we always say, "oh we can totally do that detour, roadblock, etc!" maybe 2015 will finally be the year we send in an application ;)

dear christmas/holiday decor: we will be getting you out in the next two weeks before our departure. i'll be happy that we decorated ahead of time once we get home tired and jet lagged from thailand!!

dear trader joe's: you always have the best seasonal treats (pumpkin mochi ice cream?! yes please!!). your easy & yummy dinners are also our fav :)

dear books: i have been neglecting you these last couple of months & my unread stack is piling up :( time to change that asap!

dear photo books: you're another item i've been neglecting!! :( my goal is to get some of you started before we leave for our trip & to immediately work on the thailand photo book upon our return!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

halloween 2014.

happy halloween!!
this year we dressed up as kevin (dan) & russell (me) from one of our favorite movies, UP! guess who sewed our awesome costumes?! handsome hubby of course!! ;) my mother-in-law is super talented when it comes to sewing; she made her own wedding dress, hubby and his siblings' clothes when they were growing up, and beautiful award-winning quilts. luckily, dan picked up some of her talents and made my vision come to life!! lucky wife!!! i assisted in design, hot-gluing and painting his hat ;)

^^kevin loves chocolate from russell ;)^^

 oh and i can't forget that hubby also made a dug the dog costume, also from UP, for one of our best friends. his talents never cease to amaze me!!!

hubby and I dragged our friend to the neighborhood where I nanny. if you live in san diego, bressi ranch is the place to take your kids for some good ol' trick-or-treating!! i wish i had taken pictures while we walked around. houses go all out in their halloween decor; more so than they do for christmas!! there is even a street that has about five consecutive houses that are all pirate-themed. AMAZING!!! not to mention everyone we know who lives there buys bags and bags of candy for the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who come by. it was definitely fun to experience and see the cute kiddos I nanny for :)

^^hubby helped pass out some candy while we were there. only photo i got while at bressi ranch; bummed about that :/^^

after carlsbad, we headed north to temecula to continue the festivities with some of our monthly dinner friends. love this group of people and look forward to every dinner each month!!
^^darling friends we got to celebrate halloween with!! so much fun with them always.^^

now onto november!! we've been waiting for you all year :)