December 1, 2017

happy december first guys! i’m going to pretend like my apartment hasn’t already been decorated for christmas for a month now. it’s fine. while i’m writing this, i’m currently on my second cup of coffee and third christmas movie of the day, and thanksgiving is next weekend..  like i said, it’s fine. it’s just my favorite time of year and i can’t contain my excitement! this season flies by, i just want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. aaaanyways. here are a few of my christmas favorites!
the santa caluse (funny story, i was sick a lot as a child and the nurse had me name my IV to make it less scary, and i named it charlie after the kid in this movie)
12 dates of christmas (it’s on netflix and definitely watch this movie year round)
christmas vacation
home alone
the holiday (not totally a christmas movie, but i watch it every year around this time)

polar express (tom hanks’ character in this looks EXACTLY like my dad in cartoon form)
merry christmas & happy holidays by nsync (OBVIOUSLY)
glow by brett eldredge
rockin’ around the christmas tree by brenda lee (classic!)
under the weather by chris young
i pray on christmas by dave barnes
christmas eve by dave barnes
actually this whole album by dave barnes
winter wonderland by bing crosby
home by michael buble and blake shelton
it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas by perry como

putting the angel on top of the tree with my dad
having matching pajamas with my mom
waiting at the top of the stairs to go open presents with my brothers
collecting mistletoe with family & friends
going to this place and eating freshly made candy canes
watching the santa clause movies with our neighbors
driving around looking at christmas lights
going on snowy jeep rides
filling my parent’s stockings with their favorite things
wrapping gifts in the most creative ways
buying all the christmas decor at target

sunday scriptures

November 19, 2017

i spent time this weekend counting my blessings. life isn’t always perfect, but even in the messy & harder times, it’s important to always find something to be thankful for. cause when you really sit down and think about it, there is so much good to rejoice in.

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you” 1 thessalonians 5:18

“i will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart, i will tell of all your wonderful deeds” psalm 9:1

“let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. for the Lord is the great God, the great King above all” psalm 95:2-3

“give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” 1 chronicles 16:34

“let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” psalm 107:8-9


November 13, 2017

I went to Montana over the weekend to visit my best friend Jolie! it was a quick little trip, but lots of fun, and Missoula is seriously one of the prettiest places i’ve ever visited. Jolie and i have been friends for 17 and a half years (and counting), i honestly have no idea what i would do without her in my life. no matter how much time has past, we can always pick right up where we left off as if we’ve never been apart. those are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime. we have a ridiculous amount of memories together, and this trip is going to be up there on the list of my favorites.

where otis goes

November 6, 2017

NOTHING (except maybe Christmas) beats driving through the mountains on a 60 degree fall day. i wish that fall lasted longer than just a month.. the leaves all fall too quick it’s hard to find time to enjoy it all. but i’m just thankful that i get to witness seasons like this. especially because some states skipped fall and went right to winter. speaking of which, i’m going to Montana to visit my friend jolie this weekend and I AM SO EXCITED! i just checked the weather and the high is 33 degrees and there is snow in the forecast each day that i’m there. i’m 100% going to freeze but it’s fine. good thing i just bought this carhartt. 

halloween at disneyland!

November 3, 2017

the school i work at is closed on halloween, so we took the little girl Chloe babysits to disneyland, and let me tell you that was the best decision of our lives because there was NOBODY there! we walked right on to haunted mansion, and were able to ride a handful of others in the few hours we were there. best place to spend halloween if you ask me. ALSO we spotted some places they have already started to decorate for Christmas!!!!! super excited about that if you can’t tell. unfortunately next time we visit, i don’t think we’ll be as lucky and will have to fight the crowds again.

happy halloween!

October 31, 2017

happy halloween!! if it weren’t for christmas halloween would be my favorite holiday. every year we invite family + friends over for dinner and a bonfire, but since halloween lands on a tuesday this year, we celebrated a little early and had everyone over on saturday. it was so nice being home and surrounded by so many of my favorite people, it was pretty cold too, which made it feel even more festive!

weekly rides

October 19, 2017

it was cold for a quick minute last week, so chloe and i took advantage of the weather, bundled ourselves up, and rode bikes along the beach. sometimes i forget how easy it is to do this, i think once it cools down for good we’ll be doing it a lot more often. on our ride we happened to run into some people that we knew from back home, such a small world! we sat and chatted with them for a little while and watched the waves. there was hardly anyone on the sand which was such a change of scenery from the crowds we’ve had all summer. then, even though it was a bit chilly, we stayed to watch the sunset, perfect end to the week. 

apple picking!

October 11, 2017

we went to riley’s farm to shoot some photos for maple boutique and then made a little adventure out of the rest of the day. if you’ve never been to riley’s farm, i highly suggest you go this fall! it’s so cute, lots to do; apple picking, pumpkin patch, there’s a corn maze up the road, and most importantly, THERE’S GOATS. but for real, it totally gets you in the fall spirit!

ghost of halloween’s past

October 10, 2017

2014| this year we forced my brother & the kids we babysat to dress up with us. our original idea was to be the lost boys from peter pan but somehow it turned into this instead, which i’m not upset about. we got tons of compliments on them which made us really proud cause we made/threw together these costumes with things we had laying around the house. this was one of my favorite halloweens, we took them trick or treating in a golf cart, our little fox lost her tail, i’m pretty sure i tripped and fell in someone’s front yard, such a fun night! plus, it was just absolutely FREEZING and eventually started snowing on us!2015|this year we decided to go to the river last minute. best decision ever made if i’m being honest. we had no intentions of dressing up but packed some cat ears just in case. couldn’t just let them go to waste. + + i found this palm leaf and started running around like a witch with a broom, 97 failed pictures later we got this gem. it’s still to this day one of my grandma’s favorite pictures of me.2016| i have to say that last year was my favorite when it comes to halloween costumes & festivities. although, we’ve been planning this year’s costume since july and i’m SO excited about it coming to life. but, sammi and i have called ourselves thelma and louise since carrie underwood and miranda lambert’s song, “something bad” came out. so it was only a matter of time that we dressed up like them for halloween. another diy costume that we put together with stuff we already had!+ this year sammi also painted my face like a skeleton. these photos will forever be some of my FAVORITE photos ever. the lighting & weather that day was just too perfect, i can’t get over how good they turned out!i seriously get so giddy and happy looking back at photos from past autumns. i love it so much and this year is going to be just as great! ugh, can’t it just be fall 93% of the time?? is that too much to ask!?

friday weddings

September 29, 2017

okay, when i first heard about weddings being on fridays, i thought it was kinda weird.. but after attending one, i think it was the best idea anyone ever had! the weddings themselves are cheaper, they don’t really take time out of your weekend, and it’s just a great excuse to leave work early! i went to the cutest little ceremony up in carlsbad a couple weekends ago and it was hands down one of the prettiest weddings i’ve ever been to. super relaxed and fun celebration!