Our date in LA

 It has been a few months since I have updated the blog, so there's a lot of catch up to do.

Nicholas and I made our drive back up to Santa Barbara from San Diego
after Christmas into a date extravaganza.
It was really wonderful!
First we stopped for some yummy kabobs at a little restaurant off santa monica blvd.
Then we went to the Getty Center, which I had never been to.
If you are ever in the LA area you have to go it is amazing!
view of LA from one of the decks at the Getty.
although I posted a lot of pictures of the grounds, we did see a lot of gorgeous artwork, this was one of my favorites.
We left the Getty when it closed and found ourselves in major traffic on the 405

But our night ended with a drive on the 10 to Venice Beach 
where we got Intelligentsia coffee. 
The picture above is of the outside of the shop, 
it was a really unique coffee shop. 
In my opinion, the best coffee there is, but the most uncomfortable seating imaginable (inside there were just concrete slabs in rows to sit on).


Christmas fun.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ (idea found here)

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? no kiddos, no Santa
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? white only white!
4. Do you hang mistletoe? ALWAYS.

5. When do you put your decorations up? the weekend after Thanksgiving
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Amber's Potatoes (family recipe) and tamales
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? listening to the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas CD and decorating the tree with my mom and dad.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember if I ever believed in Santa or not.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? OooOoh YAH!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? white lights, homemade sea glass ornaments and a few randoms from mom.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it, probably because we don't get it here in Santa Barbara...
12. Can you ice skate? Ya.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Nicholas made me a log cabin stocking hook for our first Christmas married and he wrote a poem on the bottom that told me he was taking me to the mountains for a weekend-- so romantic!
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? enjoying Jesus with our family and friends.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? pecan pie has always been my favorite. I haven't had one since we found out I'm allergic to wheat though.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? hum... reading Luke chapters 1 and 2 on Christmas morning.
17. What tops your tree? a silly wood star that is attached to a metal hanger, haha, we need to do something about that... 

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? both. I love receiving gifts! I feel so loved when someone has spent time thinking about what I would like (love language?? I'd say YES). But I also love that in our family we make each others gifts. It make giving really special because you have put so much thought and time into it.

a homemade Christmas gift from my sweet friends Brandon and Nikki

19. Candy canes: yuck or yummy? the original ones are yummy the fruit flavored ones are yuck!
20. Favorite Christmas movie? The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
21. Saddest Christmas song? umm... strange question, I don't know.
22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Silent Night


the cutest way to stay organized.

I stumbled across this today and really wanted to share it... its so cute. Not totally practical (printing one for each day. Eh.) but really cute! Maybe you could print a bunch, bind them and give them as a Christmas or Birthday gift?
first found it on pinterest, but here is her blog, and she has a link for this printable.



Maybe your tired of looking at them but I'm not... He's just so dang HOT!!
Geri put up more of our 
Apple Picking-Spider Dodging-Bumble-Bee Swatting-Adventure Photo Shoot
up on her website here.



Seen this on a few of my favorite blogs and thought it was fun.

Obsessing over: TJ's peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream, all the beautiful brown boots this season, white Christmas twinkle lights, fried egg and cheese sandwiches.

Working on: our Christmas card, my last two finals for Fall quarter, a few crafts for this event!

Thinking about: my dreams for next year, Nicholas, where we will live when I graduate, when we will have little ones.

Anticipating: wintery date nights, giving meaningful gifts, more quality time with our families!

 Listening to: Hotel Cafe (so good).

Drinking: coffee.

Wishing: I was better at slowing down, I had more time to experiment with meals, we had more to give to others, next quarter wont be as busy as I think it will, Nicholas was not so tired when he comes home from work. 



If I ...
1. didn't feel guilty when I bought myself things I don't need
2. had a lot of cash
I would have a closet filled with boots.
Here are the ones I would have bought on black friday or cyber monday.

But because I...
1. don't have rain-boots and it's going to start raining soon
2. I don't have much cash
I used a gift card to buy these on sale at Nordstrom for $40!!

1. Steve Madden Troopa 
2. Steve Madden Cablee
3. Steve Madden P Lakke 
4. Steve Madden Tsunamii


the light at the end of the 2 week long tunnel.

I can see it.
My 2 papers will be turned in by Thursday at 2, 
then I have two finals next week and I will be done until January!
That's my light... it's so close!
Until I'm basking in that bright happy vacation light, 
I'm hanging on to the hope that is found in the comfort of these Christmas-y, cozy pins.


Fall Photos by Geri!!

I have no words.

We had so much fun taking these photos up in Solvang with Geri, she was a riot!
If you remember, I won a giveaway photo shoot on her blog me and him a few months back.
Between trying to avoid the bees in the apples and the spiders in the trees,
she captured quiet a few special moments!
Thank you sweet friend! You are seriously gifted.
Her lovely website can be found here.



Look at some of the wonderful things I've found of Pinterest this week.
I can't want to be done with fall quarter in a few weeks so I can get started on my crafting!

Source: etsy.com via Kristen on Pinterest

What do you think? Would you make any of these thing?
Are you crazy about Pinterest like I am?
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