We're off to New York City!

Friday, December 2

It's December, hooray! This past week Kevin and I put up our tree, decorated our house (of course with Christmas music blaring in the background!), and strung all the lights! It was so special decorating our new house for the first time:) I'm excited to show you some pictures. One of my favorite ways we decorated was picking up fresh green garlands at Trader Joe's and stringing them over my doors and windows. The house smells so fresh of pine!

Today we leave for NYC to visit Kevin's brother and sister-in-law. While Kevin and I have both been to NYC a few times and done all the touristy stuff, i'm excited to just experience city life with our family. We're going to an ugly Christmas sweater brunch, seeing the Nutcracker ballet (which has always been a bucket list item at Christmas) and of course seeing the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall.

Any fun places that are "must-sees" at Christmas time in NYC? Hope you all are having a lovely week, and cheers to a sweet holiday filled weekend:) 

San Luis Obispo and Big Sur

Wednesday, November 30

So in case you missed it, i've been recapping our little road trip up the California coast with our British friends. Having lived in California our whole lives, Kevin and I had so much fun showing Matt and Kate around our home state. We started in Southern California (Laguna and Newport) where Kevin's family is from, and then drove up highway 1 through Santa Barbara and into San Luis Obispo (SLO). 

Kevin's grandma lives in SLO and pretty much half of both our families went to college there, so we always love a good visit. SLO is a beautiful college town that was voted the happiest place in the whole of the USA. It's adorable and right on the coast. The first day there we met up with our friends Jarred and Lina and hiked Montana de Oro. The views were stunning! They graciously made us a delicious dinner that night, and we sat out on the porch for hours sipping wine (not me, i'm growing a baby!) and sitting by the home made fire pit that Jarred made! So fun! 

The next morning we drove to Pismo Beach, where Kevin's grandma lives. Since we are there a lot, Kevin's family tradition is to take a run on the beach and then eat at Old West Cinnamon Roll (a local legend). Kev and Matt took a jog, and Kate and Isaac and I walked (can't go too fast with a 1.5 year old, haha!). We then all got breakfast (Kev and Kate got cinnamon rolls, Matt got donuts, and I got a gluten and dairy free crepe, yum!) and we ate on a bench at the beach. It was so perfect! 

After we stuffed ourselves, we loaded into the car and drove up the iconic highway 1 towards Big Sur. We stopped off at the Elephant seal breeding grounds where hundreds of seals lined the beach, it was amazing! A local docent was able to fill us in on the elephant seal, they are crazy!! If you are headed up highway 1, it is worth a stop. It's a few miles past Hearst Castle in San Simeon! 

Leaving the elephant seals, we headed up to see the gorgeous waterfall on the beach (known as McWay Falls). Even though i've seen it numerous times, it never gets old and always takes my breath away! A few more hours north and we hit one of my favorite small towns in California, Carmel. We had coffee/tea/hot chocolate at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting in the downtown, and then headed to our last destination…Santa Cruz (or more specifically, Capitola!). But that will be another blog post! 

I'm always amazed at how beautiful and wild the California coast is. As we were driving along the cliffs of the coast, I put on a random CD we found in Kevin's uncle's car….it was old hymns sung to the most epic Disneyland sounding music. We were cracking up at how perfect the music was for the scenery we were viewing! 

Hope you are having a great week:) xoxo 
ps- Thank you for your prayers for my poison oak. As you can kinda tell in a lot of these pictures, I was still struggling with the healing of the poison oak (my face, specifically my eyes, were super puffy from the inflammation), but I can now say it's almost totally gone. So grateful for that!! 
pss- Now you can really see my baby bump, ha! 

Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 26

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving:) We had a lovely one filled with warm fires, amazing food, hilarious games, and good people. My parents had us for a big brunch today and we literally sat around all day by the fire talking and hanging out, it was perfect. Later in the evening, Kevin and I ran out to a few stores for black friday, and it was insane. I'm sticking with online shopping from now on, haha!!

Tomorrow we drive up to the mountains with friends to cut down our Christmas tree! We used to do this tradition as children, and i'm so excited for Kevin to cut down his very first tree:) It's supposed to be snowing all day, so it will be a bit of a winter wonderland…woo hoo!! I'm planning on making some peppermint hot chocolate to fill our thermos:) yum!

This picture has literally nothing to do with Thanksgiving (ha!), it was actually taken in Bora Bora this summer, and just found it on my hard drive and thought i'd share. I was about 2 months along with our baby, and all the old ladies on the cruise started asking me if I was pregnant. How they knew I have no idea (as I wasn't showing at all!), but they were so cute when they found out! A few of them offered to sew me blankets for the baby, ha! The dress i'm wearing is from here. 

I hope you all are doing well and had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Much love xoxo