Tuesday, May 31, 2011

one year.

I found my journals from the end of last May/beginning of June one year ago. It was very interesting to look back. So much has changed, but so much is still the same. Houses have been moved out of and gathering places have changed, but we're still a family. Some friends moved away, but they're back now. Some friends graduated and some friends got married and we all celebrated together. We've all changed, we've all grown, we've all been through a lot, but we're still the same. We're a little more dispersed now, but we're still just as close and that doesn't look like it's going to change for a long, long while.
And that, makes me happy.

I'm ready to see what happens in the next 365 days.


Sunday, May 29, 2011


i did this for laura's wedding, found at once wed. i think it turned look great.

(via once wed)

i am really loving the ombre look right now. especially for weddings.
and for everyday.
(via pinterest)

Friday, May 20, 2011

my nozzles.

This last weekend we made a girls trip to Palm Springs to celebrate Laura before she ties the know at the beginning of next month.

We stayed at the Riviera, which was a fun new place for us. On Friday, we just relaxed and had a few drinks before getting ready to go to dinner. After some delicious tacos and margaritas, we walked around town and headed to the Ace Hotel (a personal fave of mine) to see what was going on.

Saturday, we slept in, kind of then headed into town for our morning coffee and breakfast. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful desert weather. Take a look at her stunning ring!

We laid by the pool all afternoon easting snacks, listening to Lil Wayne pandora, talking, giggling, and soaking up all the sun we could. Then we took a nap, and boy was it a good nap. We got the bride all dressed in veil and garter and headed out for a night on the town!

yes, even karaoke-d
excuse the blurry pictures, but i just love them too much to not post them

Sunday was another day of laying by the pool before heading home.

I seriously thought that I had gotten away with laying out in the blazing sun for two days straight without getting a sunburn. But I was majorly mistaken and looked a little like a lobster for a few days. Well only my front half. Oops!

Congratulations Laura! We love you and can't wait to celebrate with you on your special day! Just 15 more days!


Thursday, May 19, 2011


My East Coast Excursion Part III.

We rented a car and drove from Jersey to Boston. We were originally going to take the train, but liked the idea of having the option to stop whenever and wherever we wanted, it seemed like such a good idea. But we didn't think about the face that it was Friday afternoon and there was major traffic. Ugh!

But we did stop at Yale to walk around and see what it was all about. I have a (another) cousin that is about to graduate from Yale and I was hoping we could see her and she could show us around, but she was actually back in California for a sailing regatta. Another bummer, what re the odds that the one weekend we're there, is the one weekend she's back at home? So we wandered around aimlessly as the sky turned dark, not knowing what we were really looking at or looking for.

We finally arrived in Boston sometime around midnight, got our new rental, and drove through the city on our way to Danvers. We stayed with Eric's extended family (which was a great money saver) outside of the city in the suburbs.

On Saturday we walked along the Freedom Trail and saw all sorts of historical Bostonian sights. Some of my favorites being the North Church and the U.S.S. Constitution. That night we hit up Cheers, just for fun and good measure. After that I had quite the sweet tooth. All day we had seen people walking around with these white boxes marked "Mike's Pastry's," so obviously we had to try it, best cannoli ever! All in all a great first day exploring the city and leaving me with very tired feetsies. Maybe boots were a bad choice...especially after walking all over Philly two days before.

the freedom trail. old north church. the franklins' grave. paul revere.

the old north church. one if by land, two if by sea.

the uss constitution.

cheers! (norm's seat)

Sunday, we went to the Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. It was truly breathtaking. There was one room with a clear ceiling and all the glass pieces were lit up behind it. All I wanted to do was lay on the ground and bask in its beauty, but they did not allow me to lay on the ground. After grabbing lunch and coffee we headed off to Harvard Square for the May Fair, a fun outdoor event with lots of bands and delicious smelling food carts everywhere. We also saw Harvard, and peeked into a few college parties secretly wishing that I was as carefree now as I was when I was in college. A quick change into warmer clothes before heading out into the night and it was back to Harvard Square for a yummy seafood dinner and drinks. I had crab and lobster cakes that melted in my mouth, I think I would eat them every day if I could. Our waitress recommended a little dive bar down the street for some live music and I swear we were the youngest people there by 15 years. The music was great and I could've stayed all night, but I wanted some more late night cannolis and pastries.

the amazing ceiling at the chihuly exhibit.

too many late night pastries. cannolis, tiramisu, red velvet pies, so good.

late night subway rides.

Monday we toured Fenway Park before going to see the Red Sox vs. Angels game. This was definitely a highlight for me, seeing as I'm a big Angels and baseball fan. We went to the Bleacher Bar before the game and watched batting practice through the window, ate fenway franks, and made friends with some locals.


All in all it was a great trip and I had so much fun! Seven days worth of walking and sightseeing and enjoying myself.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

princeton & jersey.

My East Coast Excursion Part II.

When planning this trip, our plans changed a lot, probably about 6 or 7 different times. Originally, the plan was to go to New York. Then we added Boston, and so on and so far. But as you can tell, we didn't go to New York at all, we cut it out altogether. And we decided to go to New Jersey/Princeton as kind of a last minute add-on.

One of my dear friends, Turpin, is going to grad school at Princeton seminary. And my old roommate, Tobin, just happened to be visiting him during the same time we were going to be on our excursion. So we obviously had to go out there too. And it was wonderful.

It was beyond good to see Turpin again (this is someone whom I used to spend a significant amount of time with during college who I don't get to see very often now). And Princeton was just gorgeous, especially because it's spring time and all the flowers and trees are full and colorful. We basically just spent our day wandering around in awe of the gorgeous buildings and architecture and wishing that we were going back to school at an ivy league university, feeling like if we went there it would automatically make us more studious and preppy.

a princeton morning

eric was in tree heaven

does this not look like hogwarts? the great hall, anyone?

that's turpin, and that is the building where he lives
a princeton lion, more pretty tulips, and eric enjoying the foliage

visiting students from korea that wanted to take pictures with us

me and a.turp

I definitely plan on going back to visit Turpin again. Next time, in the fall.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


today is the first day in a long, long time where i don't have to do anything.
i don't have work.
i don't have a wedding to prepare for (well not today at least).
i don't have things to catch up on, except for sleep.
i don't have to get out of bed all day if i don't want to, and i haven't yet.

i do have a small list of things i want to get done, but they are all "me time" things that I am looking forward to. and I am going to see one of my favorite pairs of sisters tonight. leah is finally home from florence, and i haven't seen erin in what has felt like months.

i'm feeling refreshed on this rainy morning.
[via pinterest]

today is going to be a good day.


Monday, May 16, 2011


This was the first stop on our East Coast Excursion.

My cousin Kelley goes to grad school there and she graciously let us stay in her studio apartment. unfortunately she had her final review the day after we got there and we only got to see her or about a total of 30 minutes. That was a bummer.

Since our flight was delayed, we didn't get in to the city til way later than we expected. So all we really did that night was get the keys to the apartment and find food because we were hungry bunnies.

The next morning, for a reason unknown to me, I woke up bright and early, even though my body should've been behind by 3 hours. We started off our day by getting coffee then headed out to do every tourist-y thing that we could think of in Philly. You name it, we went there.

delayed flights

happy to finally be in philadelphia after 12 hours of traveling

typical tourist picture at independence hall

LOVE park

coffee shop. philadelphia skyline. liberty bell.
rocky. ales of the revolution. independence hall.
the u.s. mint. pretty pretty trees. rocky x2.

eric's favorite part: the skyline

super excited to eat a cheesesteak!

delicious philly cheesesteaks.
top of the rocky steps. we conquered those bad boys.
just like we conquered the city.

I very much enjoyed everything that i experienced in Philly. Even all the historical sights.
Stay tuned for more pictures from my east coast excursion. Next up: Princeton.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

hot pink.

i survived another bachelorette weekend in palm springs.
we had a great time, the weather was nice and not too hot. we lived it up.
it was good to "get away" even if it was only for 48 hours.

laura. the beautiful bride to be. in 3 weeks!

i seriously thought i had made it through the weekend without getting burned.
ha, was i wrong. the whole front of my body is hot pink! and painful.
when will i learn my lesson?