a perfect sunday afternoon is...

4.29.2012

Having a long, relaxed dinner with your closest family and friends...

Especially when it is to celebrate one of us who is working hard and reaching her goals... We love you XOXO

craft beer brewing: an art form



Every year my parents take us on a surprise anniversary day of celebration! This year was the Art Walk in Little Italy and then beer tasting in and around the greater San Diego area. Ballast Point and AleSmith were two of our stops. Favorite beer? Ballast Point serrano pepper pale ale. Perfection. Afterwards, back to the house for dinner with our grandparents. Thanks Dad & Mom for a great anniversary day!

just like most girls...

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4.10.2012


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tell me, where did the time go?

4.07.2012

My family moved to California from Michigan when I was 6 months old. I am a west-coast girl. I love California: the weather, the beaches, my family and friends. However, there is a big piece of my heart that will always belong in Michigan. Every single summer of my childhood my mom took me to Michigan to visit my family. I can't express how grateful I am to her.

I am the youngest of 9 cousins. The 3 next up from me are my mom's younger sister's boys... My cousins, but more like brothers. Even though a year passed in between each summer it was like nothing had changed, time stood still. They lived on a large property with a pond to swim & fish in, a vegetable garden, a greenhouse, a treehouse, a zipline, chickens to raise. We would play ping-pong, have bonfires, make "hobo" pies, tell stories, play with sparklers, play hide & seek, go for night swims, catch fireflies, and my personal favorite: stargaze for hours in the nearby sod field. I wish I could hit rewind on my life just to live one of those days over again.

Where does the time go? You are always told that as a child-- "enjoy your youth -- it flies by." You don't realize how true those words are until you've grown up and it's gone. It makes you understand why Peter Pan wanted to stay in Neverland... and never wanted to grow up...

The inspiration for all this reflection is that I just found out some happy news, my cousin (closest in age to me) and his wife are having a baby. Weren't we just laying in that sod field? Where does the time go? Congratulations to them ... we can't wait to meet that little baby ... to slow down and enjoy every minute, every update, every milestone, so we don't have to ask "where did the time go?"

today i met the boy i'm gonna marry...

4.01.2012

12 years ago, those words were true... Today my husband and I have known each other for 12 years. It feels like yesterday I saw him for the first time outside that restaurant on the end of that pier. He held the door open for me. I think I loved him then... or certainly had a huge crush on him at the very least. We have been best friends since that day. So in honor + celebration of that friendship + romance, we spend time together and plan a special date each April 1st. Today we are going to a cute little nearby mountain town for some hot apple cider. And then onto to another year together... I wonder what's in store...

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