our full life: march, april, may

Hello again!

I’ve missed this. It’s been a while since I have posted and I am looking forward to writing and sharing some things here! Finding time to keep up with blogging is difficult, but I recently had a surgery that has forced me to rest. So, silver lining, folks!

In March we enjoyed lots of celebrations:

March Collage

  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite 12 year olds
  • Started two very different, but very good novels: Landline and The Nightingale
  • Went to dinner and a Jose Gonzales concert with one of our favorite couples ever
  • Celebrated 5 years of marriage with my sweet, handsome, enthusiastic, funny, strong, kind husband
  • Spent a weekend away in Las Vegas on the lake, enjoyed a Gordon Ramsey burger, and the best breakfast I’ve ever had at Bouchon Bakery
  • Bret treated me to some shopping and I ravaged the Anthropologie sale rack
  • Date day at VGs, Zumbar, SD Zoo, and El Indio
  • Celebrated EASTER SUNDAY at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
  • Celebrated my husband turning 30 years old! Whoa…good thing he has the best baby face I’ve ever seen.

In April we enjoyed:

April Collage

  • Co-Birthday 30th Birthday Party for Bret and Steve
  • Beach walks and runs
  • 2 Fountain Valley girlfriend dates
  • Fun celebration work dinner
  • Guy and Girl hang outs with our Jr. High kids
  • Candle making class at Mr. B’s Necessities shop
  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite sweet 16 year olds
  • Broke my pinky toe playing beach soccer
  • Spanish themed Cooking Club – I made olive tapenade toast and mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine
  • Spike ball Sunday
  • My mom came to visit from Idaho! We had a beach day, watercolor night, Community Group, and dinner together at Benihana (her first time hehe).

In May we enjoyed:

May Collage

  • Bret traveled with one of our Pastors to Reno for an Acts 29 Conference
  • Primos tacos and gelato with our Community Group
  • Date Night at Target and The Flying Pig
  • Mother’s Day dinner at my oldest and best girlfriend’s house
  • Book Club meeting for The Nightingale with the best french food spread ever
  • Said goodbye to the palm tree outside our front door…I loved that thing
  • 8th Grade Graduation party with our Jr. High kids – SO fun!
  • Lofty Coffee with Jocey
  • In home massages (late Christmas present for Bret)
  • Memorial Day appreciation and BBQ with friends

Something else that happened in March and is just now beginning to wrap up is an unexpected health update. My GP looked at my neck back in March and she thought my thyroid gland looked enlarged. She ordered an ultrasound which revealed that my thyroid was normal size but they could see there was a mass growing on the right side. I was then sent to a specialist. He did a biopsy and recommended I get it removed due to its large size. The biopsy came back a few weeks later as negative – PRAISE THE LORD! But I still had to consider surgery. I felt the most peace with moving forward with surgery and I am sure glad God directed me that way. Just this last week, they removed the mass and the Doctors laughed to each other when my husband asked how big it was. They said, “That thing was impressive!” So the mass is gone, it’s not cancerous, and I still have most of my thyroid intact. Recovery isn’t fun, but I am so grateful for God putting good doctors around me and for helping me to get healthy. I’m also so grateful for all the people who have prayed for me – God heard all of those prayers. And for those who have brought me flowers and food and cards and blessed me with your company. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My body is in pain but my heart is full.

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Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.

xo sarah

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i love lists: a day in carlsbad village

I love where I live. I really didn’t think I’d end up here, but I’m sure glad I did! Today’s list will consist of the typical Carlsbad life Bret and I are blessed to experience. Some things are a weekly occurance and some things are an every-so-often kind of thing. For me, it’s the little things that make you love where you live. Enjoy the list and get out here for yourself!

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  1. Tower 30. Our favorite tower for meeting friends, swimming, surfing, and bonfires.
  2. Breakfast at Cafe Topes. They won an award for the best cinnamon roll….so, yeah.
  3. A walk down Garfield. On the south side is where I got married and on the north side is where my friend and I share dreams of owning the cutest little yellow duplex.
  4. Knock Out Pizza for the best garlic knots.
  5. Walking the Sea Wall. Carlsbad Blvd. at it’s finest.
  6. Secret sushi guy. Best poke bowls I’ve ever had, but you have to get there EARLY.
  7. The train track trail. I just love walking it with a friend and hearing the train go by. Then ending the walk at Garden State Bagels. It’s called balance.
  8. Cafe Elysa has great apricot iced tea and a few fire pits outside to sit and stay for a while.
  9. If you like antiquing, there’s a great little shop on Grand.
  10. For mexican food, we always end up at Senor Grubby’s.
  11. El Coyote Bar & Grill…simply because it’s fun to hear the live music and see the regulars dance it up.
  12. A new addition to the village: Gaia Gelato! It’s our new regular spot.
  13. Witch Creek Winery does a great tasting experience.
  14. Grab a coffee at Vinaka and then peruse Spin Records.l across the street.
  15. And you gotta love when there are street fairs, farmers markets, and art shows.They close a bunch of streets down and you can enjoy walking through downtown.
  16. Another new place for Bret and me: Blue Ocean. I liked just sitting in the lounge and ordering a bunch of small things.
  17. I know every town has one, but I really like the local  Carlsbad Library. Sometimes it’s fun to just sit in the aisles and peek in on your favorite authors.
  18. Last, but not least, Carlsbad Lagoon. Whether you’re just laying out with a good book, paddle boarding, or jet skiiing…it’s a great local favorite.

These are all so fun and there’s many many more not on this list. You can walk and bike almost everywhere and the best part is running into all your friends. It’s touristy at times, but ultimately a “small town” where you’ll always run into the people you know and love.

See you all tomorrow! #write31days #31daysofwriting

xo sarah

our full life: july & august

Welcome to the last two months! Holidays, birthdays, beach bashes, family, community, and work celebrations…big months! I will be posting again this week about some other news from August, but until then – Enjoy these little snapshots. This is our (VERY) full life.

j1 Our annual Red, White, & Brunch party went off without a hitch!

j2 Four girls in red, white, & blue…and a photobomber!

j3 A Wednesday latte, crumble, and good read before dinner.

j4 We went to Disneyland with our family this July. So many good memories made!

j5 Jr. High photo scavenger hunt in The Village. This was worth a lot of points so they had to strike a pose and flex.

j6 Just a normal day at Moonlight…just kidding! The Switchfoot Bro-Am brought out crazy amounts of people. It was a good day.

j8 Bro-can at the Bro-Am.

j7 Sun, surf, and clear horizons. :sigh:

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All kinds of FUN-FETTI up in this birthday party.

j10 Sweetly reading together about spiders.

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Summer salad: romaine, blueberries, cucumbers, tomato, and goat cheese with a homamde creamy herb dressing.

j12 This cutie was in trouble. He was having silent time and looking quite adorable to me.

j13 Friend time at Tower 30 Beach Night!

j14 Breakfast is served on a late Saturday morning.

j15 Enjoying a staff dinner at Bagby’s in Oceanside. Good friends, food, and drink for the win.

j16 Gelato with the Fandeys. We were all trying to decide which is better – this place in The Village or the little Florida shop we go to every other year.

j17 My cute date at golden hour. Let me tell you…this is guy is so good to me.

j18 Youth Summer Camp never looked better.

j19 My watermelon fell apart into this heart! The kids were so amused. ❤

j20S’mores and chats and waves crashing in the background. Summer at its finest.

a4 Succulent love.

Childrens Hunger Fund 2015 - bPacked some huge pallets full of food for the hungry in our San Diego neighborhoods with my coworkers. Great day and a great cause!

a1 Enjoying a margarita and waiting for all our Family Fun Friday guests to arrive and events commence. :deep breath and exhale:

a10 Looking fancy dancy at Agave Del Mar for the annual work dinner.

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Splashing around in the Carlsbad Lagoon at PCO’s Family Fun Friday. It took ALOT of planning to pull this day together, but it was SO fun and one I won’t forget! (photo by R.Helms)

PCO FFF 15-96-bPCO volleyball! Again, SO fun! (photo by R.Helms)

a2Much needed relaxation after a crazy couple of days.

a3Better Buzz coffee drinks on a lazy Sunday. I got a honeybee latte…YUM.

a5Finishing up Bread & Wine at Pannikin in Encinitas. If you are looking for a good iced tea, the sport tea there is my favorite.

a6I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a7I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a8 Little cutie Lucy! She is so funny! I have missed her so much and her and her family is visiting from Alabama this week. Trying to soak it up where I can.

HEY – Let’s start this full month of September right! My recommendation: 100 days with Jesus. It leads up to Chirstmas time! Let’s do this together and be encouraged. Sign-Up HERE.

Until next month for more fun photos!

xo sarah

our full life: june

Here is what June looked like for me: restaurant tours, softball, friends, Jr. High Ministry, hubby dates, and summer fun.

Be warned…there is lots of foodie pictures this month. I am surprised I didn’t gain 100 pounds from all the yummy food.

j1Softball! A first for me, but work put together a team and I joined in. Pretty fun!

IMG_8807Blurry but besties. I love dates with this guy. ❤

j2 Talking about joy and soaking up the sun down at Tower 30 with the cutest Jr. Highers.

j3 Beach life. Living the dream.

j4Fine Dining in La Jolla. The view was so beauiful.

j5Fine Dining in Downtown San Diego. Eating shrimp and enjoying another gorgeous view. Yes…I love my job!

j6Bacon wrapped stuffed dates. Like whoa.

j7Mayyyybe, just maybe, the best poke I’ve ever had. Thanks Pacifica.

j8Summer time means ceviche. Salmon ceviche to be exact.

j9Special treatment with a cappucino and tiramisu. PCO, you spoil me.

j10 Red, orange, yellow, green, blue…

j11First time at Lemonade! I loved it. Bret ended up getting me their cookbook! Also, how cute is this guy!? He is always smiling and excited and I LOVE that.

j12For sure ice cream.

j13 I wish I could have taken them all home.

j14 Earl Grey, Strawberry Buttermilk, and Lavender & Honey.

IMG_8913Loved our sweet and fun family time in LA. ❤

j15 Bret is good at accessories. Please and thank you.

j16Girls night at Compass. I ate a million roasted shishito peppers.

j17 All of us have been friends for 8 years!! So much love.

j18Our parents took us out to the ballgame! VIP seats baby! 🙂

j19Cooking Club June! Theme: French Food. Outcome: Complete & Total Sucess.

I do have to admit…June looked pretty fabulous. And it was! But don’t let me fool you. It had it’s hard moments too. Really hard, actually.
I will be writing more about that this week. I am going through a season that I know a lot of people face, but it’s new to me and hard to walk through.

We are already 6 days into July and I’m taking pictures getting reading for the next full life month. I’m sporadic, but sticking around. I am SO grateful and give many thanks to you faithful readers. Much love!

xo sarah

our full life: may

I started May in the best way.

m1On the beach, with my friend, and some good books. ❤

m2Friends Forever. Thank you for celebrating me, girlies! xo

m3 Best Drink Ever? Should have used whole milk. Loved the little drive thru though.

m4 Foggy mornings call for a frothy cuppa in pajamas.

m5 Best lunch ever. So happy Bret liked this place!

m6 Wine & Cheese night with The Lists. Long overdue and more than worth the wait.

m7 Good reads & coffee. If only I made it habit to start every morning like this…

m8Rainy day = Pho for lunch.

m9 Girls be shoppin’…the sale rack at Anthro.

m10Happy Birthday Naomi! xo

m11“Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the game!” (another P&R reference)

m12Resort life. My kind of errands.

m13My favorite Hotel and I still haven’t had the chance to stay a night here. I can dream…

m14Raspbery mint lemonade with a side of love-birds.

m15Omelette & frites for lunch. Still thinking about this meal.

m16Coffee & Tea Collective stop for the office.

m18Wedding planning with the future Mr. & Mrs. Tarpley!! Bret is cracking jokes, I’m taking pictures, The Crandals are keeping everyone on track…sounds about right.

m19 Scattergories & Bananas Foster. Goodnight!

m20Walk to the beach, walk on the beach, dinner by the beach, I love the beach.

m21The last Friday in May included danish, softball practice with my office, and lots of to-dos getting crossed off the list.

m22Burrito Bowl Fixings.

I ended May in the best way.

Now it’s my goal to post again before June! Who’s going to hold me to it? Hehe!

What was your favorite part of May? Graduations? The gloom? Trader Joe’s Peonys? What?

xo sarah

our full life: march

Long time, no blog, huh? I’ve missed it. I guess I’ve been behind and a bit crazed with lots of life lately. No time like the present to dive back in and enjoy.

Here’s what life in March looked like for us!

m5Fruit platter at work with PB yogurt dip!

m1Take time to capture the blossoms.

m2Strep throat round 3…

IMG_8358Enjoying a walk and the flower fields with my sweet friend.

IMG_8374Waves in front of me and palm trees in front of me. I love California!

IMG_8372Married this guy 4 years ago…best day ever.

m8Seared duck. We made this at a Sur La Table cooking class. Thank you so much for the gift of a “Date Night in Paris” Mom & Dad!

m11Having a blast on our Aniversary date!

m9I made my first chocolate souffle. Whoa, mama!

m7Taking a break at work with a good sit and great book.

m14The drive home.

m12Nerf gun wars are just a regular Wednesday here…

m6Ironsmith coffee run.

m15We visited Pasadena for our Anniversary trip and I found my new favorite coffee shop: Lavender & Honey.

m16This shop is dedicated to selling used cook books!! A little piece of heaven.

m17Gardens of Pasadena.

m18A chair big enough for two!

m19We enjoyed homemade coca-cola, french fries, and a slice of pie at Burger and Pie. MMMM!

m20True fact: God makes beautiful things.

IMG_8510Just being young and in love at the Los Angeles Arboretum! Thanks to my friend, Brittan, we were blessed to walk the grounds and soak in God’s creation.

m22Soft, fluffy, delicate petals. :sigh:

m23Baby Gracelyn eating some snacks. Those pigtails though!!

m13Easter music planning in our living room. I love opening our home. Especially for sweet, sweet music.

It was a while ago, but how was your March!?

xo sarah

our full life: january

Hello friends, readers, loved ones,

I have missed you. I have missed posting and writing and sharing life here. Here’s a good start though. I hope you enjoy and relate on some level to what my January looked like. I started a new job, had some fun, got sick, drank lots of coffee, and made sure to take in creation every so often. Here we go!

cookie breakThis sugar cookie was visually irresistible! But to be honest…not that good. I took it back for the snickerdoodle.

drops keep fallingI ❤ raindrops.

goodbye waffles My old office took me out to a goodbye breakfast. I indulged and it was DELICIOUS. It was a wonderful morning with great friends, good food, and bittersweet goodbyes.

goodbye deskGoodbye student ministries desk. I hope my old office is still enjoying my tea cabinet.

baby silas The things that amuse little ones: blanket fringe.

bb graceyToo much cuteness. I can’t take it.

pco day 1 First day as the new Office Manager at PCO.

market dateDate Night at Market. SO fancy and SO worth it.

you mule That Mule though.

pho sho Getting strept throat was really terrible. 102 degree fevers are THE worst. Having friends who bring you soup is the best though.

2015-01-22 17.22.16 The picture did not do it justice.

2015-01-24 17.46.30So glad we stopped to take this. I never want to live anywhere else.

sortingBuilding shelves and sorting lots of…stuff. Three days of it helps you understand the band-aid and coffee. Necessities people.

it's a boatI see a tugboat.

it's saturdayMy Saturday just got better with this cup of joy.

squirrel Hi there Mr. Squirrel. He was so close!

the bandThere’s my man and the team. Making beautiful music in a potentially beautiful place.

now at new buildingPraying for and singing with The Fields.

January was an interesting month because it meant finding a new normal for our family. I am so excited to see more of what God will do in this next season of life.

What was your favorite thing about this January?

xo sarah

our full life: week forty four & forty five

Here’s how the last two weeks have gone:

bridies & surfersJust us, the birdies, and the surfers.

pastry breakPastries and coffee. Oh…and some wonderful family to share them with. ❤

nannie timeReading with Nannie.

soccer timeFall and soccer games just feel right.

feeling fall Boot season has arrived…at least in the evenings.

sleepy timeMr. Sleepy Head.

doodlesWorking on doodles and discussing goals.

lunch timeLunch date with my man.

italian sodasItalian soda bar. Yes…you must make this happen!

dinner partyA beautiful fall table setting. I loved these olive plates and folding chairs.

train stopI’m just a penny on a train track.

That’s all folks!

xo sarah

our full life: week forty three

Here’s what our past week looked like:

Date LWC Date Night! Land & Water Co. in the Village. sashimi Umami Bowl. Not my favorite, but Bret was a big fan!

FT chat Blurry FaceTime from Austin, TX.

bran dinner No husband at home = cereal for dinner! 🙂

evening palms Evening walk home. I don’t know about you, but I love power lines and palm trees.

vining Helped my dad work on his garden on Friday. Wrapping vines and hoping for the best.

big gulps Iced tea Big Gulp after lots of yard work.

sunset colorsIt’s just too good. Carlsbad sunsets for the win.

bnf 3Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

bnf 1 Hello Birdie. I want to pet them…and at the same time stay far, far away.

bnf 2BAAAA.

bnf 5Beauties in a wheel barrel.

bnf 4BNF is a magical place.

bnf 6The crew. ❤

Enjoy week 44…live it UP!

xo sarah

our full life: week forty two

Here’s what this past week looked like:

lunch dateMy first pho experience. It was pretty much what I expected and I enjoyed it; especially with one of my favorite people there to talk to.

oh what JOYOh what JOY! It was a good mail day on Tuesday. Can;t wait to make so many of these recipes.

the habitWe finally got to try out The Habit with my dad. This was the aftermath.

pandemicDouble date game night. So fun to see the boys get really into it.

good day AHHHHHHHHH.

good old days Foot shot with some of my favorite peeps.

watercoloring Water color projects and flower tea with sweet Tiffany. ❤

aliyaYes, this baby is really that cute. She is such a doll!

Have a wonderful week and make memories, readers!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty eight

Hi friends,

Happy first day of fall! Here’s what our past week looked like:shakinEating shakes to beat the heat wave. I always let Bret have the maraschino cherry.

rollinThunder clouds rolling in! I saw a rainbow later that day.

pierinHangin’ pier-side with some handsome dudes.

grillinSaturday grilling with dad. It was a trio of meats – pork chops, brats, and chicken.

creaminJust a mile from dad’s house…and worth every penny! I got apricot goat cheese.

churchinGetting to church early to enjoy a cup of tea, my homemade shortbread, and praying with Susan was incredibly refreshing.

Enjoy week 38!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty four

ONE MORE WEEK OF AUGUST. Live it up people!new chapel Looking up at the future chapel.

eliies Really fun latte art at Ellie’s Table.

sc parkSouthern California for the win.

drink station Cooking Club starting with a bang!cooking club 1Preparing the toasted cous cous veggie salad…and some mascarpone dip for dessert.

cooking club 2 Megan making some DEE-licious bruschetta.

cooking club 4Cooking Club friends. ❤

sunset strollI love where we live.

stone fruitsGrilled stone fruit.

communitySunday beach day with friends & baby JUNE! There were tons of blue jelly fish in the water today…eeek!

Enjoy week 35! Rejoice and be glad in it!

xo sarah

our full life: week 31, 32, & 33

Slacker! Yup, that’s me. Summer has been a wonderful season of busy. Please enjoy our full weekS!

bread sd raisin Sourdough six grain raisin bread.

katherineMilkshakes and smiles with this girl. ❤ Praying for Katherine everyday. She is 14 years old and just had her second brain surgery to remove a tumor that keeps growing. Praying for the tumor to be gone, safety, successful proton therapy, wise doctors, complete healing, and for her heart to stay strong and at peace. We are all trusting in God and have hope in his glory.

rubys dateRuby’s with some of the sweetest girlies.

budsMac & Samantha: Best Buds.

san o sunsetSan Onofre Sunsets are my favorite.

s camp 2014 Boys rule!

s camp 14Summer Camp 2014! Rejoice!

steak nightNY Strip and balsamic roasted veggies.

surf seshOur Tuesday surf spot.

adams skySmiling about these clouds.

tin leaf lunchFree Tin Leaf lunch! I was really into the little side of basil mayo.

Costco Run 100Yeah…so I’m not even done yet. Work errands at their finest.

sushi date Sushi date night. Boom!

DP 2 Dana Point Marina.

DPOh to set sail.

adams streetDown the street and up above.

raw cumbleRaw Strawberry Nectarine Crumble.

bpkNew breakfast place by work.

bulletin boardReorganized my bulletin Board at work.

IMG_7415I love eating outside.

IMG_7416One of my oldest friends is PREGNANT! ❤ Katie is such a beauty!

Here’s to getting back into the swing of things!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty

Hello Friends,

Week 30 was pretty great. I don’t have pictures of every wonderful moment, but sometimes that’s okay. It meant I was just LIVING. Enjoy!

thai night.jpg Thai for dinner. This was such a great recipe!

roasry.jpgAt a stop light admiring the shadows. My mom gave me a cross to hang in my car years ago and it’s been there ever since.

home.jpgThis is home. And I never want to leave.

luke.jpg Community and babies. ❤

birthday celebration.jpgBelieve it or not, this was someone’s birthday party! I mean 3 chandeliers…whoa.the del.jpgThe Hotel Del from below.

palm streets 2.jpgMy happy place: Coronado at sunset.

Have a great week ahead. What is one summer thing you want to do this week?

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty six

Happy Monday Friends!!!

This week was the week of yummy drinks, I guess? It was also the week of being TREATED to yummy drinks…so fun!

work treat.jpgI picked up my coworker from her mechanic and she treated me to Lofty Coffee. SCORE! I got a delicious whole milk latte with honey.

miguels date.jpg This week I had to take a computer test. Excel, Word, and Tying…blerg! Bret said I deserved a margarita after that. I didn’t argue…that much.

lofty friend time.jpgThird yummy drink of the week. ANOTHER Lofty Coffee treat from my sweet friend Nicole. She got their famous salted caramel latte and I got an iced chai.

brody time.jpgThis is Brody. He is seriously cute and seriously sweet.

word burning art.jpgWood burned latte art. Pretty.

stamped.jpgStamped concrete all the way.

new digs.jpg A new place opened up and their going to serve affogato! The view is pretty great too.

pot pie saturday.jpgChicken pot – chicken pot – chicken pot PIE!

rwbyear2.jpgPlanning our 2nd annual Red, White, & Brunch by reviewing last years notes and consulting The Pioneer Woman.

Have a wonderful week! Enjoy this last day of June, make something magical happen on the 4th of July, and spend time with those you love.

xo sarah