I just love newlywed life. Well, scratch that, I love life with James. It seems like everyday we are making new discoveries about each other. Somedays we learn about our food preferences, for example: James’ staples on the grocery list are beef jerky, laughing cow cheese triangles, and crackers (vegan, but he doesn’t really know that, cause then he probably wouldn’t eat them).

Other days we are learning how to communicate, and sometimes that’s not the easy way, it’s the hard way, no- scratch that, often the hard way. Which is totally OK. It’s actually wonderful. What’s so amazing is that we’ve been learning this awkward walk together since the beginning, and so the difficulties and misunderstandings don’t hit us as hard as they once did. Do they still hit? Doy! But it’s a little less painful, and there aren’t really any bruises like there used to be.
I think part of what makes those misunderstood moments go by smoother is realizing that God has totally set us up for success- total. and. complete. success! That’s why I want to start counting, no not counting, more like “realizing” all the blessings we have.
Every night when we plop/shimmy/scurry into bed and I automatically get the giggles in excitement for the cuddles that are about to commence. James [a morning cuddler] laughs, i mean loves, and expects it now.
Getting to spend lunch dates at my mom’s house and [still] eating her food and [still] popping in without a word and [still] allowing her to treat me to a nail salon date on Saturday.
Spending afternoons and evenings out of the week at games (volleyball, football, basketball-FAVE [notthatihavefavorites], and more!) for youth in the youth group. love!
People at work, who I’m more and more just absolutely adoring. and when they buy me Mexican food for lunch. And when they think of me on a Staples run and pick out the Cars-themed tissue box, instead of a regular ol’ tissue box. Cause they know I’d actually love that!
And mornings like this. fo. real. Bahaha..
Thanks for reading! Happy weekend 🙂

hello, wednesday?

It’s hump day! But I’m still feeling like it’s a groggy Monday morning…
Today I put on my super favorite print dress inside-out. Yes. That’s right. Inside-out. Luckily, I noticed as I was walking into work this awkward flap flipping out onto my neck as I tromped across the parking lot with my breakfast in one hand, macbook in the other, and purse about to turn on it’s side (but isn’t because I’m leaning wayyy to the right to save it from spilling all over the asphalt). Yes, that was when I discovered the dress was. inside. out.

Home remedies

After a long hard kickboxing class yesterday, my body went “ouch” and asked me why I did mean, cruel things to it. I replied with a relaxing movie on the couch (with lots of cuddles in between), an interlude of James reading aloud “What’s your poo telling you?” (with lots of giggles in between) and a cup of tea…

This is my favorite relax drink
(aside from my “calm” tea…)

1 cup milk
1 teaspoon honey
2 drops vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon

Heat milk in microwave safe mug
Cook on high til milk is hot and starts to foam
Stir in honey and vanilla and sprinkle with cinnamon

Family day

Yesterday we caught up with some of our family that lives over the hill (since you have to travel through forests and valleys and mini mountain ranges just to leave Santa Cruz county- heh, but seriously..) and they came to our little neck of the woods.
By catch up it means that we ate Tacos Morenos (I. drool. for. this.). Side note: if you are looking for a great taqueria in santa cruz area or are wanting to visit capitola. stop by tacos morenos (off of 41st avenue) and you can thank us later. my favorite are their corn quesadillas that they serve like a taco with all the fixins on top. so good! they also have incredible salsa that comes in the squirt bottles because that’s how bad you need it- in squirt bottles for easy access!
and side note number two: Polar Bear ice cream from Cafe Violet in the village (or capitola village that is). they have some of the best ice cream in the county with big waffle cones that are fresh and delicious. polar bear ice cream flavors can do no wrong. i’m serious people.

There was also lots of posing, and talking, and looking, and even a shark!


Yup. That’s a shark.
We love our little village
Thank you cousins for making the trek over the river and through the woods for us! And there wasn’t even a grandmother on the other side, you guys are amazing.

The Dinner Guest

Dinner parties. We’re still hitting our stride…

The evidence: A meal that consists of very disconnected side-dishes and tons of protein. IE: a delicious lemon-pepper chicken, accompanied by black beans, roasted potatoes, mushroom risotto, sausage, and a broccoli/carrot dish that came out 25 minutes late that I shamelessly gobbled up as everybody else was already full.

Then we ate ice cream.

There’s nothing wrong with this meal (it’s food people!) but I would love more “flavor harmony” that rolls together, say, like two cinnabuns doused in sugary frosting packed into a glass dish cause they’re tight like that!


All this to say that I’m going to start posting dinner party ideas. I have like a thousand more on my Pinterest and dog-eared through my cookbooks, but I thought I’d jot this one down first…
The Meal:
This pork made in crock pot in AM
Corn tortillas (I love TJ’s)
Roasted Salsa
Cilantro to taste
Blue-corn chips, roasted corn and some beans on the side
The Beverage:
Pellegrino & Cranberry juice
 Limes or Mint for the fancy people
The Dessert:
Strawberry-Rasperry Sundae
(like this one, sans the sugar)
The Game:
Mexican Train, of course!
Happy three-day weekend! xoxo, CM


Just came back home for a monthly meeting at church, where we got to hear from a very dear-to-our-heart pastor from a sister church..
It’s so good to remember how generous God is. Matthias shared a picture of a girl with a torn (broken) dress, who was looking at with such desperation because she knew she had no resources to repair it, or buy a new one. I can so feel like that…like I have no idea how to fix things…
He encouraged us to ask God for even the little things because God cares for us and doesn’t want to hold anything back. I totally could think of some things I haven’t asked for because they seem so pathetic, but I’m going to start asking…and stop thinking that they’re not important, cause they are, to me, to my family, but most importantly- to God.
xoxo, CM

Happy Autumn!

Status today: “extremely excited for fall”…here is our fall love list!
Have a Harvest par-tay…finding inspiration from this one in Sweet Paul Magazine
Run through the sunflowers and eat jam at Swanton Berry Farm
Actually decorate with a little fall in our home
Find some perfectly chestnutty-colored boots
Brew some apple cider
Bake a pie
…Autumn tidings!
xo CM

And so we begin

A time-line to catch you up on the story of US…
See there’s this boy named James, and yes, he’s really handsome. So much in fact, that his sisters call him “handsome man”…that’s pretty stinkin handsome. He loves Jesus, baseball, people, and he’s Italian (amongst many other qualities not able to be listed at the moment). And let’s be clear- he’s not Jersey shore Italian, he’s more of the speak-with-your-hands-and-loves-Grandma’s-raviolis sort of Italian, capiche?
Sorry, but we all need a little model-pose. Exhibit A: James.

And there was this girl (cough-me-cough), Casey. She was just a small-town girl (living in a loooonely world…but not really) who loved Jesus also, her rocking friends, school (no but seriously), and so many more things.

Well, they basically became best friends and then there was a little of this…

Followed by a little (or maybe more than a little) of this

Then, ohmygoshkeepbreathing, some of this

And then, BA-BOOM, on May 14 2011 there was a whole lot of THIS

Cue: wedding march.
And now there’s a lot of this

And so much more to come…
xoxo, CM