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

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: april

November, You’re so Beautiful

November, You’re so serene

Walk among the cloud and see that you and me were meant to be

November, Your bangs are cute

November, Your voice is a flute                      

November, Let’s pretend the sky’s for us

Let’s spread our wings and fly on a date

I wanna go on a date with you,

November

That is a song about APRIL.

If you watch Parks and Recreation…you will appreciate that song.

a1 Afternoon pick-me-up. :sigh:

a2Happy Easter at The Flower Fields with The Fields Church!

a3 Beach lovin. I never want to leave!

a4 Enjoying Easter in the best way.

a6Jocelyn turns 27! Welcome to the club, best friend. It’s going to be a great year!

a5Celebrating with delicious bakery treats.

a8Obligatory window seat pic. On our way to Orlando for The Gospel Coaltition and Disney World!!

a7This is joy! Look at that baby girls face with her uncle. Seeing family was a special treat!

a17Ready to get home sweet home. Life with this guy is never dull.

a9Came home to a blooming orchid. ❤

a10Replacing bulbs never looked so fun.

a18WHAT!? Yeah…those pizzas were huge.

a11Happy Birthday to my boss! Such a fun night with co-workers drinking good beer, eating yummy pizza, and celebrating our fearless leader.

a13$150 clogs for $10. Such a steal!!!!

a12Just being BFF.

a14Picnic lunch break. Alone time for an hour is quite nice.

a16Chicken curry smothered in sriracha.

a15Back at Mother Earth Brewery with my Community Group friends. Such a cool place!

How did your April go?

xo Sarah

our full life: week forty six through forty eight

I’m baaaaack y’all!

I apologize for being out of the loop for a few weeks. I guess Thanksgiving took more prep than I thought it was going to. Either way, I’m happy to share with you what our life looked like the past 3 weeks. Please enjoy!

puffsGod provides such joy in the sky above.

tabbyI had trouble getting him to stay still, but S’CUTE!

lake SMLake San Marcos at dusk. Just before going to sushi with a friend.

seaviewOcean view on the way home. Taking in the crazy beautiful sky…again!

brunchIced latte & toast at noon. Just what the doctor ordered.

community projectOur Community Group served a park in Carlsbad a few weeks ago by planting & beautifying. Also, some of the men built fences. 😉

RV CupcakeI had a gift certificate for a cupcake that was about to expire. RED VELVET!

sourBret made me a freshly squeezed whiskey sour while I made my DIY “Give Thanks” banner. I thought it was appropriate…and quite tasty.

CUTS practiceMusic men. Creating sets and making my ears glad.

the sauceCranberry-Pear sauce. My personal additions: lemon peel and a cinnamon stick.

the tableThe Thanksgiving Table. It was so fun to host this year and open our home! And the food was delicious!

fall saladFor example: A fall salad with homemade maple-mustard vinaigrette, homemade maple candied roasted pecans, gorgonzola, dried cherries & cranberries, and honeycrisp apples!

thanksgiving asparagusRoasted (and quite steamy) asparagus in a buttery-herby-garlicly sauce.

the birdAnd TURKEY! Brined for 24 hours then roasted while being basted with a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, butter sauce. We’re loving all the leftovers we got too!

the centerpieceWe had more food…but I only pictured a few dishes and just enjoyed the rest – like homemade white wine gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and more!

best everThe day after Thanksgiving, Bret and I had a mini “vacation” down in San Diego. We had to hit up one of our favorite places for lunch.

little houseWhen I see little shacks like this one, I envision the “first house” Bret and I might enjoy one day. We both love simple and small…we shall see!

balboaBalboa Park for stunning views and beautiful weather.

planesWe enjoyed seeing planes fly overhead and the jet stream rushing through the trees!

relaxI felt like I was in a storybook. It was lovely to relax with Bret here.

marshmallow tutus Marshmallows in tutus at a sweet 3 year olds b-day. ❤

cleaning dayBack to work today. Cleaning away and listing to APJ podcast. Now on to DECEMBER!

Hope you are getting ready for CHRISTMAS! Thanks for reading.

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 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 35, 36, & 37

Hello friends! Long time, no see (or should I say post)!

I have been avoiding posting…only because it’s been WAY TOO LONG. At the end of August we traveled to Alabama for 7 days, Idaho for 4, and then came home for 2 days before going beach camping in San Onofre for 3 nights!

First of all, I don’t want to overwhelm you with photos so I’ll try to keep it to the highlights. Second, I have procrastinated on keeping up with writing as frequently as I would like to so I feel pretty bogged down. All in all, I think it was great to have that time away and now I’m getting back into the swing of normal life. Slowly…but surely! Here we go:

ofl trip 1Pretty in Pink.

ofl trip 2 Baking with not a lot of success…but at least there’s citrus in the mix!

ofl trip 3I did some shopping before heading to Alabama. I had to prepare for the sweltering heat.

ofl trip 8 Window seat and loving every minute.

ofl trip 9 We arrived and it was as if our family never left. Back to family dinners and Lucy show!

ofl trip 10One of the many things I loved about Alabama: TEA from Piper & Leaf.

ofl trip 11 Summer thunderstorms, football, and coffee…all in an Alabama afternoon.

ofl trip 12 Ceilings at my brother and sister’s church.

ofl trip 13I loved this church! The community, the music, the meal, and the family that will soon belong to the Ladicks. ❤

ofl trip 14 Moss Rock Preserve hike. This trail was gorgeous!

ofl trip 15 Porch sittin’ outside of Cracker Barrel and suckin’ on peppermint sticks.

ofl trip 16For me, this single photo contains immeasurable beauty and grace.

ofl trip 17My favorite part of the trip was having baby Hazel fall asleep in my arms 3 different times. I love her so much.

ofl trip 18Love this photo my sister shot of us with the most beautiful nieces.

ofl trip 23Welcome to Idaho! Where the sky is always blue and the river is always rolling.

ofl trip 19 AND the cows are everywhere (not kidding)! 🙂

ofl trip 20 My mom and her Tom at the highest point in Boise County.

ofl trip 21Me and my Bret looking dusty and excited during our 30 mile ATV ride through the gorgeous Jerusalem Forest.

ofl trip 28Momma and me. Sun in our eyes couldn’t keep us from smiling. ❤

ofl trip 22 Road trip to Idaho City. This ice cream cone had a jelly bean at the bottom!

ofl trip 24 I loved the historic buildings and landmarks in this town.

ofl trip 25Getting to walk for miles and miles is one of my love languages.

ofl trip 26 This is called me hitting the jackpot with a mighty handsome-looking husband.

ofl trip 27I loved how you could see forest bordering all around you in this small Idaho town.

ofl trip 4We arrived safely at home and got right back into the swing of things with a Community Group Kick-Off BBQ. It’s amazing what calm a bonfire can create for the little ones.

ofl trip 5September work traditions going strong: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and budget planning.

ofl trip 6This lovely photo was taken by my friend Gina. We got to share a campsite with her family and that was such a blessing. I am so excited that beach camping will be a tradition for our family for years to come. We love you San Onofre!

ofl trip 7Last, but certainly not least, Wine & Cheese Night on the beach! Us and three other couples joined together for a glorious night of indulgence. Maybe this will become a tradition as well!?

PHEW! If you got through all that, thank you! I appreciate it and I am excited for normalcy to kick in here pretty soon!

Enjoy your week, everyone!

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty five

Week TWENTY-FIVE in 25 words: beach, goodbyes, Lucy, work, walking, Susan, goodbyes, friends, kayaking, BLTAs, praying, reading, memorizing, swimming, gold medal ribbon, guitars, coffee, shopping, beach, walking, mom, dad, & Freddy.

wedding walk.jpg Walking with Susan, seeing the place where we both got married (on different days, of course) and praying for each other. ❤

parent goodbye.jpgTissues + a glass of wine = an easier time with saying goodbye. It was hard holding back the tears. It’s surreal that this was the last time we got to sit with Bret’s parents in that house. 😦

friday with friends.jpgFriends. Tony & Tiffany are wonderful friends and a sight for sore eyes. Sitting, kayaking, and drinking margaritas with them was just what the doctor ordered.

martin taylor guitars.jpg Martins & Taylors.

martin taylor guitars 2.jpgI love him so.

car collection.jpgGoodbye also meant Hello to some of Bret’s childhood keepsakes and toys.

beach day june 22.jpgJr. High Beach Day/Scripture Memorization! We swam for hours, ate starbursts and popcorn, drank pacific coolers, and discussed Psalm 19. SO fun!

carlsbad.jpgPsalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork..”

Enjoy week 26, friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week 21, 22, & 23

Hi again, friends!

Here is what the past (VERY busy/overwhelming/sad/happy/blessed) three weeks looked like:

monday chores.jpgMonday = chores & 5 loads of laundry day. Little did I know that this one of my last Mondays at home for a while. I was asked to pick up more hours at work and while it keeps me away from what I love doing most (home-making), I am earning a little extra money for the future. 🙂

restraunt dinner at home.jpgThe picture doesn’t really do it justice, but this dinner was, in the words of my husband, “restaurant quality.” White wine braised chicken thighs, savory wild rice, and steamed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.

new starbucks.jpgStarbucks has been tempting me lately.

tues dinner.jpgDinner when Bret is gone: Eggs. Every. Single. Time.

neighborhood.jpgThe neighborhood.

dessert night.jpgI work within two (now three) separate youth ministries. Sometimes the same type of events fall at the same exact times. This time it happened with a Parent Dessert Night that I helped put on. Costco run to the max!

peets deal.jpgPeet’s always gets me with their coupons. Free vanilla macchiato? Don’t mind if I do!

mussels .jpgMussels in the Harbor. It was great to have lunch with our sweet Nannie.

nannie date.jpgChula Vista Harbor boat life.

peony season.jpgPink Peonies, take me away.

kettle date.jpgMy sister in Christ, walking pal, thrifting buddy, and beautiful friend Luanna.

taco tues.jpgTACO TUESDAY!!

granny's view.jpgI will miss this view. Not nearly as much as the people leaving it.

GBD2.jpgBaking Day with The Fields youth girlies! ❤

GBD.jpgThe “fruit” of our labor: chocolate pecan banana bread, chocolate oatmeal cookies, mint fudgey brownies. I just wish we had used more chocolate…

AND WE’RE (I’m) BACK!

xo sarah

our full life: week eighteen & nineteen

Blog burn-out. This is what happens to me when life is sad, confusing, and hard. I don’t feel like writing and sharing as I normally do. I know there is probably others out there that can relate.

If you read my last blog post you saw that my sweet student Katherine was really in a scary place with an intensive brain surgery and threat of brain cancer.

I felt like I couldn’t live life normally. My days felt sad. I wanted to hit rewind before all this happened. Still, I believed God is good. We were all waiting on Him. Here is some incredible news her father shared with us:

The oncologists called back…and here is what we learned. The mass was so unique, it shows up in less than one in a million, that they sent it to the top clinic in Boston for a second opinion. They are actually going to write an article on it. We are praising God that it’s not malignant. It was some sort of vascular malformation that they don’t even have a name for yet. We are rejoicing over this news! Thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying for her full recovery. They will continue to do MRIs on her, the next one in three months, to monitor her head, but they are projecting a full recovery. When Katherine got the news that it was not cancerous and the prognosis was good for a full recovery, she couldn’t stop smiling. Tonight when I prayed with her before bed, she actually thanked God for using this to grow her faith and trust in God. Wow! The first thing she wants to do when she’s all better is to go surfing.

Amazing amazing news. I was blown away and brought to tears. Our God is absolutely in control and deeply loves us! It was a joy to hear of her smiling. I love that smile! Now we continue to pray and lean on God for the days to come.

Here is a glance at what the past couple of weeks looked like for us.

crates and barrel.jpgWork errands at Crate & Barrel. Sometimes work errands are awesome.

Sweet Kathernie.jpgVisiting this sweetheart was a blessing. Her hope in God is inspiring and profound.

student bowling.jpgBurritos & Bowling!!! Our girls definitely missed Katherine.

porch sitting.jpgPorch-sitting in my new sun dress. Enjoying the heat. Giant glass of ice water in hand.

dads jungle.jpgMy dad’s jungle of a backyard. I think I have taken pictures of it before…but it sure is growing!

Dads flowers.jpgTake me away.

snack texture.jpgNight time snack. So many textures.

red fix.jpgNot my usual coffee order. Eliminating caffeine, sugar, and acid for a few weeks. Good thing I love all tea.

p&r marathon.jpgParks & Recreation marathon last weekend. We love Lil’ Sebastian.

That’s about it everyone. I think I’m slowly coming back into the swing of things so hopefully you will hear from me more.

I wanted to leave you with some of the lessons Katherine’s father has been learning that we can all relate to.

Here are some lessons we learned, or relearned that I would like to pass on:

  1. When Jesus says follow me, the story is about Him and not us. God has so graciously written us into that story, but it is His story.
  2. Our sovereign God is a good God and He can be trusted, no matter what may happen.
  3. He will always be walking with us, even if we are not walking faithfully with Him. It’s not so much that we are clinging to God, it’s that He holds on to us.
  4. The trials we face are never wasted by God. Therefore, let’s make sure we don’t waste those either.
  5. Those with a limp lean hard into God. We have been leaning hard!

AMEN!

Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

 

our full life: week sixteen

This was week sixteen of twenty-fourteen.

It was Holy Week on the Christian Calendar (the week leading up to Easter). During Holy Week we remember the most important week of the most important person who ever lived: Jesus Christ. Take a moment to reflect on this short quote:

“There was never any love like the dying love of Jesus. It is tender and sweet. It serves. It loves even unto death. Jesus had nothing to gain from us by loving us. There was nothing in us to draw us to him. But he loved us still, while we were yet sinners. At the Last Supper, in the garden, at his betrayal, facing the Jewish leaders, before Pontius Pilate, being scourged, carrying his cross, being nailed to the wood, breathing his dying breath, forsaken by God – he loved us.

To the end.

To death.

Love shone best and brightest at Calvary.” – Kevin DeYoung

easter greetings.jpgMaking Robin’s Egg Nests for neighbors with a friend.

luannas house.jpgAMEN! This was written by my sweet friend Luanna. It beautifully hangs in her dining room where she feeds and cares for her family.

fence walking.jpgWalking by fences and capturing the shadows.

home to me.jpgThis is home to me.

sunburst.jpgSunburst!

nordstrom date.jpgAn afternoon date with the man of my heart. Honey almond latte….say what!?

sunrise service 14.jpgHAPPY EASTER! IT IS FINISHED! HE IS ALIVE!

Here is Bret leading music with an amazing team at our Easter Sunrise Service at The Flower Fields. What a joy it was to sing praise to the King of love!

family easter day 14.jpgMarrying Bret was the beginning of all kinds of joy that I had never experienced. One of those joys was becoming a part of this incredible, beautiful, and loving family. Yet another example of God’s amazing grace that I do not deserve. Also…I love my brothers’ face in this one!!!

easter dinner 14.jpgEaster dinner at 8pm (after a LONG nap): turkey vegetable soup & buttermilk biscuits.

HAPPY EASTER everyone!

xo sarah

 

our full life: week thirteen

I’m three days late….

for posting my thirteenth week! Here we go again.

salad lunch break.jpgDesk lunch: arugula, wild rice, roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, chicken apple sausage, and lemon garlic vinaigrette.

best day sunset.jpgI threw my hubby a surprise party last Friday. This was the view that night.

surprise drinks.jpgSurprise party drinks.

smores brownies.jpgS’mores brownies! My secret: just triple everything.

surprise party plaid.jpgThere was no plaid requirement – just a funny coincidence. Also…look at the guy in the middle! My baby LOVED his surprise party!

surprise snacks.jpgMost of Bret’s favorite snacks: wasabi peas, Doritos, popcorn, and pretzel m&m’s.

little lovely.jpgCHEESE!!! ❤

surprise bestie.jpgMy bestest girl and me having such a blast.

cg beach lunchSaturdays are for picnics by the water with friends.

sub zero.jpgSUB-ZERO.

lu snuggles.jpgWatching Caillou and snuggling.

lu bathtime.jpgWhatchya doing pretty girl?

tsh date.jpgI met Tsh Oxenrider from The Art of Simple. She inspired me to read and write more as we discussed her new book: Notes From a Blue Bike.

nicole & me.jpgMy friend Nicole is something special. I love getting to spend time with her.

rear view view.jpgRear view view.

bday boy.jpgThis guy. I don’t deserve him and I am honored to share life with such an amazing man. Happy 28th Birthday to my one and only true love.

homemade cheesecake.jpgLastly, I made him the most incredible cheesecake. Thank you Stephanie Day for your perfect family recipe. And thank you for telling me my layers were fabulous.

Enjoy the week ahead friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week twelve

Welcome to OUR FULL LIFE! This is week twelve.

lu & granny.jpgWe threw a little birthday dinner at our place for our sweet Granny. And of course Lucy is way too cute for words!

beach view workout.jpgI just really like working out by the beach.

breakfast of champions.jpgBreakfast of Champions! Bran flakes and freshly squeezed tangerine juice.

bday lunch.jpgBrian and Willie turned 38 this week! We celebrated together at Tin Leaf.

sleepy baby.jpgBaby Eden.

cloudy evening.jpgCloudy evening with a silver lining.

treetops.jpgJr. High Photo Scavenger Hunt!!! Our teams were Girls vs. Boys.

pyramids.jpgPyramid in the sand…I don’t know why they thought me on top would be the better option! HAHA.

iced tea time.jpgBrewing.

balance.jpgBalance, right?

moiola girls.jpgElise is having a BABY! Over 13 years of friendship in this picture.

iced tea 1.jpgIced Tea recipe coming at you THIS week! 🙂

What were your picture-worthy moments from the week? It’s always fun to look back and remember them. I’d love to hear!

xo sarah

our full life: week six & seven

Get ready for A LOT of pictures! It was a FULL and wonderful last two weeks. The first week was filled with good friends and good food. The second included Valentine’s Day and my Birthday! Enjoy.

OSIDEDowntown Oceanside is so much prettier than I remember.

wall osideWhite as snow.

le petit bakeryTreats, almond iced coffee, and two super cute boys!

swings osideThis park is amazing: Swings, the Pacific Ocean, and the pier!

tower 1 osideFluffy white clouds on a gorgeous Monday afternoon.

set cloudsI love the sunsets and clouds I get to see when I am leaving work.

talbot nightVisiting Talbot while my hubby takes a test. I loved reading in the library and watching the sun go down.

KS dateKarl Strauss double date. I realized how much I like the Windansea Wheat. Yum!

tea partyThis was such a special day. My friend Paloma and I took a drive out to see our friend Brittan and had a tea party. Her place was so beautiful.

anthro lustI found the next books I’m buying (off amazon) at Anthro.

tea party 2There was a second tea party too! Visiting my friend Elise was such a blessing.

bakery goodsI loved this little tea/flower shop & bakery.

pj breakFresh squeezed pineapple juice break at work.

lunch time goodiesMy favorite lunch from this week: tuna salad, peppercionis, carrot sticks, potato chips, and iced green tea.

donuts valentineValentine treats for my co-workers.

blaze pizzaThis new place opened by our house – Blaze Pizza. We got the Art Lovers pizza. Pretty darn good!

la jolla seal dateValentine’s Day date to La Jolla Cove to see all the seals.

my valentineMy best friend and only Valentine.

seal shotRusted from many years of wonderful sea weather.

bliss cafeAny one ever heard of Pirch? It is a home design showcase and it’s incredible.

pirch complimentsThey serve complimentary coffee drinks. I got a caramel latte!

end of the bayThe end of the San Diego Bay…about to go see some Whales! More on that later.

SD cityDowntown San Diego. I love this city.

54 26 birthdayLast, but certainly not least, birthday lunch with my dad was a perfect end to a great Birthday weekend. He and I share the same birthday, so we always try to do something special together. He turned 54 and I turned 26. I think there will be some big things ahead for both of us this year. God is always good and works all things together so we can be transformed into the image of Jesus. I am thankful for all the years God has given to us both.

Until next week!

xo sarah

our full life: week five

Here’s was what our past full week looked like:

roasted pumpkinRoasted pumpkin with EVOO, S&P, and paprika. I also roasted the seeds on another baking sheet with the same oil and spices. Both are amazing in salads.

brinnerBad lighting…but when Bret is gone for dinner I always make eggs. Breakfast for dinner is not really his thing.

lulubugThe answer is yes. She is the most adorable girl you’ve ever seen.

lovely ladiesSweet love between mother and daughter. I am so glad I captured this.

hawaiihomeBret’s parents rearranged their Hawaiian art work and I really love it!

snack timeFriday snack of pretzels, Nutella, and honey iced chai.

staff stoneStaff get-together at Stone Brewery. I loved my beer…whatever it was called. It was a much appreciated blessing for us.

fruit juicing Prepping lime and pineapple juice for a possible recipe for you all!

turkey 1Post coming at you this week: Thanksgiving in February! Here is Bret carving our turkey (with the help of Pioneer Woman) and drinking a pumpkin ale. He is so good.

I hope this week is a blessing and one that points you back to your beloved Creator.

xo sarah