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: 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 twenty-six

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Ready, set, LIVE! That’s what this week had a lot of…living! Living in community, in forgiveness, in friendship, and lots of coffee! I hope you like that. I did. The best part of this week was our San Diego day lovingly planned by my sweet husband. Enjoy!

LOFTYLofty Coffee breakfast: Poached eggs, toast, tomato, avocado. Lattes on the side!

wednesday skyThis is real. God…You make beautiful things!!!

cocktailsJamie is muddling watermelon & basil. LOVE the smell of basil.

sesslinsAmazing summer cocktail: check!

onion rings 1Jamie is making us homemade onion rings. Dang…they were good. Bless her!

lofty 2Friends in from OC = lunch date at Lofty Coffee. Iced Salted Caramel Latte & a spicy Chai Latte.

pool partyJr. high pool party for the win! Five minutes later we played the game, “Attack Bret,” and the girls won. (photo credit: Gina Thomas)

C&C 1It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

C&C corndogsAnd what’s on the inside of these mini corn dogs from Craft & Commerce really does count: bacon-wrapped-bratwurst. Cheese fondue & whole grain mustard to dip.

CTC 3Sipping some San Diego brew tea from Coffee & Tea Collective in San Diego.

CTC 2Husband: americano. Wife: hot tea.

CTC 6Mi amor enjoying his americano. Cute & silly…the complete package. Love him.

True kitchen HerbsAwesome outdoor herb Gardens at Fashion Valley’s True Food Kitchen. Cant wait to try that place out!

CLICK HERE to find out more about our San Diego day. Recreate it for yourselves!

Here’s to week 26! It was a goodie.

xo sarah

san diego, i love you!

Ever curious about where to go for yummy food & drink down in San Diego? Well…I’m not an expert, but I am excited to share with you a few of our favorite places.

My wonderful husband planned a San Diego date for us last Saturday and it was SO fun and truly felt like a mini-stay-cation. He really spoiled me and put so much thought into every part of the day. He knows how much I love food, so taking me all over town for treats was absolutely fantastic.

Hopefully you go check out these spots for yourself! You won’t regret it!

Craft & Commerce for a delicious and classic menu with very cool atmosphere.C&C 2C&C 3

Coffee & Tea Collective for the perfect cup of coffee, espresso or tea.CTC 5CTC 4CTC 1

Sicilian Thing for fresh and crispy deep dish pizza. OR Pizzeria Luigi for the best (in my humble opinion) pies in San Diego! sicilian Thing

Starlight Lounge for my favorite Mule ever and the prettiest ceiling I ever did see.Starlight

We noticed a few places while we were out and about that we want to check out  for next time:

We will be back. We will tell you all our recommendations. It’s happening.

Until we meet again San Diego…I will always love you!

xo sarah