A few weeks ago, we headed up to our favorite farm to pick strawberries and picnic with the rest of the people we live on our campus with. It was foggy, as it is in our town, but it was pleasant, because company outweighs weather in my opinion! I don’t “get out” into too much nature, but considering the nature I do get myself into, fields of fruit seem to be at the top of the list.
last weekend, we—along with a huge group of friends—took a double-decker tour bus through san francisco as a ‘christmas outing’ of sorts. how fun to see the city this way! it was also an easy way to be together and in the midst of a busy month, that’s pretty much the top of my priority list.
i must say that i now highly recommend taking a tourist tour of your local city! even if it’s your hometown (while sf is not, i would never think to take a tour), it’s amazing to see all the interesting historical facts that lie around every corner (we went with ‘big bus sf‘). here are a couple of my favorites!
we saw the snow and boy was it wonderful! these are a few snapshots from the weekend before halloween. i must mention the fact that there’s snow in october in certain places is just shocking to my california coast dwelling self. i don’t know if i could ever live in the snow, but it sure is strikingly beautiful. the temperature was just right for james, who has a deep love for the coldest of temperatures (i say this as i’m bundled in a mess of blankets and humongous sweatshirt with our windows wide open.. he’s in a tank top of course).
we were on a jaunt to visit friends in nevada to begin planning for our 2014 youth camp (woohoo!). i’m hoping we get another chance to travel over these mountains again to see them, it was so refreshing—and not just that cold mountain air 🙂 we love being able to connect with other youth pastors and band together on behalf of our youth groups. it’s powerful to remember that we’re all in this together, serving the students and our churches but apart from all of that, our god. i am grateful for the innumerable blessings we’ve seen while serving in this capacity, it is such a joy! and we have some pretty bomb youth leaders along for the ride, so glad they came with!
we stayed at the same hotel we visited on our honeymoon, the hyatt regency in ka’anapali, which is just above lahaina. if we didn’t want to, we needn’t even leave the resort, but we did for supplies (let’s just put it out there.. rice crispies, milk and barbara’s puffins! yum!). if we were adventuring, we would’ve left many more times.. but we came for rest, which for us means no schedules, no expectations (except the relaxing ones) and no rushing. i wasn’t really familiar with vacations of this nature until my husband came along. and for that i am very thankful, we needed this one my friends 🙂
do you like spam musubi??? james thinks i’m crazy but there’s something so satisfying about spam, rice and nori all wrapped in a glorious little package! hmm..
this is our favorite pool hands down! the hyatt does it up when it comes to the pool. that waterfall leads to a grotto and another pool once you swim through. the pool itself is humongous with little shelves all around that we were laying on, and therein burning our tushes but you know.. it’s alllll good.
on saturday we went with a few friends up to los altos hills to the most lovely poolside shpot! it was sooo hot and beautiful and my first official pool day of the summer. i’ve been swimming laps again a lot more lately but let’s just all agree now that that doesn’t constitute having a pool day! ok people! the property was incredibly lush and amazingly landscaped with a view of the bay from various corners. oh! and the beautiful garden oasisi (oaisises..?). i couldn’t post too many other specific house pics but i assure you it was also an absolute dream. and those comfortable poolside chairs? so worth it. these chairs were way more comfy that our couch and dare i say bed!! can i move in already!?
ooh and they also have this very fun wild animal area where you can see the lions, tigers, elephants and even feed the giraffes! one young lady we were with had never been to the zoo, so this was amazing to be able to see them all up close.
while our feet were dog (dog!) tired and our noses a little more red than we prefer, and our brains were a little fried because sometimes our group is a little bit like herding cats (in the most loving way possible, and ourselves included, hehe), it was so fun to have a day away with our youth like that.
^^ my favorite picture from the weekend 🙂
we’ve been back for a day or so now but we’re still doing laundry, sleeping extra and trying to detox from all the in-n-out + the abundance of peanut butter filled pretzels we’ve eaten (and by detox i mean, miss thoroughly).
i love doing camp with our youth and it always comes at a cost for us (and our team). taking time off, sleeping a lot less, and sometimes maybe stressing out a little bit (and that’s my area to growwww!) but it’s always worth it. always!! to be a mouthpiece or vessel to help a young person receive understanding from god, or something hopeful, or something affirming, it’s the most amazing feeling in the world. so much so that i’d do it again in a second, but i suppose we’ll have to wait for the summertime!
and actually only two or three of these pictures have our youth in them! most of them are us or our silly and wonderful leadership team, aren’t they fun!