our full life: oct. nov. & dec. yikes!

Hello all!

Wow…I haven’t logged on since October! Maybe 31 days of writing really wiped me out or something? Haha! ūüėČ

I think I have been behind in writing and enjoying the blog for lots of reasons. I think the main reason is that this has been an especially hard season of life. New challenges, new fears, and lots of teachable moments.

2015

However, I am nothing if not OCD. It would drive me crazy to have October, November, and December go unrecorded or unacknowledged. Yes, life has been rough – but, as always, it’s our life and it’s very full. In other words, an abundant life! This post would take FOREVER if I posted all the pictures so I will just give you my favorite highlights.

In October, we enjoyed:

  • Southern Cooking Club with friends
  • A special double-date down in La Jolla
  • A Whiskey Tasting 30th Birthday Party
  • A movie night with friends to watch Willow
  • Sunday Church
  • Fields staff bowling night & Bull Taco
  • Our planted palm trees growing by the bedroom window
  • Florence +¬†The Machine concert! Woohoo!
  • 2 pumpkin carving contests
  • Temecula corn maze with our community group
  • A new haircut – bangs!
  • Beach walks and iced tea
  • Youth Group Costume Bowling
  • Boss’s Day at K1 racing
  • Costume contest at work

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In November, we enjoyed:

  • Disneyland!
  • Garlic knots from Knockout Pizza
  • Idyllwild fall getaway for just the two of us
  • A breathtaking hike
  • Book Club to discuss In the Unlikely Event¬†
  • More moving into the new building at work
  • Homeless bag packing and note-writing with our Jr. High kids
  • Happy Hour Cooking Club
  • Thanksgiving!
  • Star Wars Marathon – Episodes 4-6
  • Mediation by the beach
  • A busted lip and ruined shoes

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In December, we enjoyed:

  • My company held its annual retreat¬†for 2015. It’s my job to plan and execute the weekend and I am so blessed that it all went smoothly. I am glad to hear all my co-workers enjoyed themselves up in Los Angeles. You can read about it here:¬†https://get.planningcenteronline.com/2015/retreat/
  • Some of the things we did: Queen Mary, murder mystery dinner, Universal Studios, Wolfgang Puck buffet, Samba, and too many great conversations to count.
  • 1/2 a dozen holiday parties
  • Christmas Under the Stars with The Fields
  • Christmas Shopping
  • Disneyland again!
  • Staff breakfast potluck
  • Lots of traveling to ALABAMA
  • Our first tornado scare, taking cover in the basement
  • Sweet time with parents, grandparents, siblings, and our beautiful nieces
  • Visiting family churches
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Sweet Tea and TV
  • Railroad Park and Steel City Pops
  • Alabama Biscuit Company
  • Bass Pro Shop (my first time)
  • Beach walks & Mexican food at home
  • Ringing in the New Year with our bestest friends in the world.

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I will be back on¬†this January, friends! ūüôā

So far in January I have done more exercise, tried to eat less sugar, and am reading a lot more of my Bible…you know, your typical New Year’s good times. I love resetting and making the good things priorities again. What have you been up to?

Goodnight from here!

xo sarah

i love lists : 5 favorite wedding details

Hi friends,

Better late than never! It’s day 29 of write31 at 9:30pm and I’m throwing together a post as quick as I can. This has been a wonderful challenge for me for sure! Today I’m talking wedding details.

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Pinterest wasn’t a thing when I got married. There were blogs, and catalogs, and magazines, but no Pinterest. I can’t decide if all the endless and amazing pictures of weddings¬†would have been a good or bad for me in the wedding planning process. Nonetheless, I loved our wedding day and I think it would have been Pinterest worthy! So many incredible moments and memories, but like I said, today I’m talking details. Specifically, 5 of my favorite details from our wedding day.

  1. My Wedding Day Attire: I loved my dress! I wore a bracelet my dad gave me when I was 16, I was gifted a pearl necklace by my granny, I borrowed earrings from my sister in law, and I wore a blue vintage garter and blue suede shoes. It was all so special and beautiful to me. Bret’s Wedding Day Attire was SO handsome and dreamy too!¬†attire 2attire 1attire 3
  2. The Flowers.¬†Bret and I do youth ministry together and one of our students’ mother offered to be our florist. She is amazing! Especially because I was such an indecisive bride when it came to picking just one flower.¬†flowers 1flowers 2
  3. The Music. Bret and I sat down one evening and picked all our songs. I can still rmember that night so vividly. We both were teary-eyed that night imagining what it would be like: the procession, the ceremony, the first dance, all of it! Bret is a musician so I can see why this was so important to him.
  4. The Espresso Cart and Donut Bar. Enough said, right!? It was amazing and people still comment on it. coffee 1coffee 2
  5. The Balloons. I loved these big yellow balloons I saw in a magazine. I am so glad I made the splurge.balloons 1balloons 2

There are so many more, but I decided to limit myself to 5. I could spend much more time telling you about the pinwheels, the hair barrettes my MOH made, the candy bar, dessert table, ice cream cart, the wedding wishes tree, the guest book, more of the decor, the venues, the invitations, SO MUCH MORE!

But I hope you enjoyed these 5. None of these details would have been captured without our amazing photographer, Jessica Davins (formerly Hannon). We are forever grateful!

Okay, okay…one last picture. The Kiss! Best Day ever ever ever! ‚̧

the kiss

p.s. can you see all the handmade pinwheels?

#31daysofwriting #write31days

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: 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! ūüôā

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 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