Friday, April 18, 2014

sacrifices

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY! Today we have an Easter Egg Hunt event at work and it is seriously going to be the cutest thing EVER to watch all the little ones running around with their baskets, eagerly hoping to find eggs.
Oh my goodness y'all, yesterday I saw my first surprise homecoming. One of our families had dad arrive home yesterday, and during nap-time went back into the classroom to surprise his sweet daughter.

I do not work in the classrooms, but I was able to see the reunion over the cameras. The little girl was sleeping on her cot when her father sat down next to her and started rubbing her back until she awoke. She rolled over, and through sleepy eyes looks at him and rolls back over to close her eyes again. After a few seconds she realized it was her dad and immediately jumped up off of her cot and into his arms! I was boo-hooing in the front office, watching as it all happened. It felt like one of those compilation reunion YouTube videos.

April is the Month of the Military Child and after spending my days with children who currently have mommy or daddy deployed, loyally carrying around their mommy/daddy dolls, proudly showing them off every day they come to school; crying because they didn't want to leave mommy or daddy because they just got back from deployment and afraid they will leave again; my eyes are opened to the sacrifices these little ones make. They show resilience through deployments and separations; moving every few years and are a model example of  Semper Gumpy. Not having children at the moment, working with these families, I am learning so much about what it's like to raise a family in this lifestyle.

Wishing you all a happy weekend with those you love and remembering the reason for the this Easter holiday; the ultimate sacrifice and unwavering love of our Savior who bore our sins and shame so that we may be healed. Amazing love.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

bag it up

With my husband leaving just as summer kicks off, this girl will be spending the majority of her weekends at the beach solo. With friends, but only taking my essentials to the beach.

My towel, sunscreen, chapstick, music, water bottle shades, and I'm ready to roll. Okay...so maybe my essentials alone aren't much of a downsize, but one less beach towel does make a difference in bulkiness.

I'm thinking of a new beach bag for this season, one that would work on the beach and have the versatility to lug into a restaurant for a late lunch straight off the sand.

Here are the my top 3...
Ralph Lauren // Aeropostale // NONNON
Which one do you think I should pick?

PS. These Pants!!! Coveting.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

That time we found weed...

We just had a marketplace open up in the shopping center across the street from our condos. It is incredibly convenient, walking distance, just what we had been wishing for. A grocery store was the final detail our little downtown needed for the essentials to be within walking distance of where we live. The cons to living downtown is not all areas are the safest or most sheltered, and that marketplace has brought out just about every character this little town offers.

The other evening we were at the market, shopping for dinner, when we came across something not usually found at the grocery store.

Ben was pushing the buggy behind me, I had walked ahead, probably because I saw chocolate or something equally indulgent. I turned around and see Ben looking like he was smelling his hand, or something. Not sure what it was, but he looked like he was doing something weird. So naturally I made a stink face and asked what he was doing.
He called me over and said, "Look what I found."
"Wait is that?..." knowing exactly what it was. Sure enough, it was a little baggy of weed.
Two things come to find immediately.
1. Who just finds weed?
2. Who loses their weed? 
Ben took the bag up to the manager, while I stayed back...I had dinner on the brain.
Lo and behold, just minutes after Ben walked away, a couple comes frantically walking around the corner of the aisle, scanning the floors, looking for something...

Fast-forward 30 minutes or so and we're standing in the checkout line. We're notified by management that it's a happy reunion for the owners of the little baggy filled with grass, because it they came to claim it at customer service and said it was "a prescription."
Three things come to mind immediately.
1. I wonder what it's like walking up a store manager, asking if someone returned your weed?
2. It was NOT a prescription...how did you not ask for his prescription card? Or notice the "missing" prescription label on the unopened baggy...?
3. Can you stop talking to me so I can go home and eat dinner.

You smoke weed?...I don't care in the slightest, that's your business. That is until you make it my business and then I blog about it.
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But it's still technically illegal here, so with that being said, what in the halibut are you thinking just carrying it around in your pocket like it's chewing gum?! (Slaps forehead)

Just a typical weekday here for us on west coast.
And all that happened in this outfit, so here's an outfit post!...
[Earrings:Forever 21, Necklace: Forever 21, Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren, Top: Kohls, Purse: Coach, Pants: American Eagle, Shoes: Kenneth Cole]

Monday, April 14, 2014

First Race!

Y'all!!!! I did it! I officially ran my first 5k. I've done the distance before, but a race, no way! It was exhilarating, inspiring, and felt so good. I've never wanted to do a race, they have always been intimidating to me, but once it started, everything else faded away. I kept a 10 minute pace and finished feeling awesome! Not to mention, we had some sweet friends cheering us on as we bolted through the finish line.
(My bib says male by the way....ughhhhh blessed and cursed with a gender neutral name.)
Ben also finished the half marathon, making record timing for himself.
I am already ready for the next one! We've already signed up for another 5k in 2 weeks and I'll be working up for a 10k next. I've got the fever people! This was just the motivation I needed.
Oh! And in case you were wondering...I've already order my new workout outfit. It should be here by Wednesday...

Friday, April 11, 2014

inland empire staycation

Guess what we did last night? We booked a staycation for next weekend. Completely spontaneously. We were sitting on the couch, chatting about all the things we needed to still get in order for the coming months, and somehow in the midst of it all, we booked a staycation. I'm not sure if it's that he's deploying in less than a month, or we've both been crazy busy at work and just needed a break, or for once in a good while it's something we felt like we had complete control over to decide and plan, or all three, but we wanted a weekend away from our daily routine. We wanted a couple of days where we could go at our pace, be as busy or as still as we want. Hit the reset button.

So next weekend we're headed to the country, wine country that is. Napa Valley is well known around the United States for being the wine country, but here in Southern California there is another wine country, known as Temecula. We're booked at nice hotel just minutes away from all the wineries and Old Town Temecula, where history dates back to 1859. We have friends coming into town in a few weeks and we're hoping to dip our toes in and familiarize ourselves with the area before we bring them back.
Californians. Restaurants suggestions, must visit wineries? We're all ears! 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

stopped up

Let's be honest, when we open a bottle of wine in this house, we usually finish it. 
On occasion, when we're getting really crazy and start to open that second bottle, we usually ending up needing to cork it. 

I have 3 wine wine stoppers, and each one has a story. The first stopper I own is one that my mom and dad got for me in college. It's a beautiful, large white ceramic flower that pops so beautifully against a bottle of red wine. The second is a Charles Viancin product, a line that I recently spotted in Real Simple, but was earlier discovered in a winery by my dad a few years ago. I have the Sunflower which is of course, my favorite flower. They third, the newest to our collection was purchased as a gift by my friends who visited recently. We took them to our winery and in the gift area, they saw a door knob wine stopper similarto one they have in their home and purchased it for us as a reminder of them and home.

I've found some of the the perfect wine stoppers that pair nicely with not only a nice bottle of wine, but your own unique personality.
1//2//3//4//5//6

Monday, April 07, 2014

Cedar Creek Falls

I know I've said it many times, but we love hiking and we try to go at least twice a month with a small group of friends. We've seen a lot of fun areas in San Diego County, but after this weekend Cedar Creek Falls  is without a doubt in our top two for places that we've hiked here in Southern California. The Hollywood Sign hike would probably be the other, it's just such an iconic symbol of Hollywood history. The entire hike was picturesque, as we weaved through the grand mountains that stretched for miles and miles, down into the bank, following the calm stream until we were finally greeted falls in the end.

And as beautiful as it all is, you're also likely to be greeted by a few kids jumping off the rocks, swinging from the single unsteady tree just under the falls, and shaking your head in complete disapproval of their naive 18-year old minds and for yourself for feeling like such an adult and wanting to shake your finger at them scolding them that they could hurt themselves from jumping into such shallow, rocky water.
Hiking to the fall was fairly easy, 6 miles total and with such a gorgeous reward at the end of the hike. After the hike, I would recommend lunch at The Par Lounge.

PS. Don't forget to purchase your permit before you go. One permit is good for up to 6 people.