Wonderful morning date with my lovely friend Shanny (who is a birthday girl this week!!). We sauntered around the cliffs with our Mr. Toots’ delightful drinks…
It was a gorgeous day, enjoy this unbelievable weather, friends!!
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 🙂
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.
Saturday was our day full with pumpkin-patch scouring, lunchtime beach explorations and a good ol fashioned pumpkin carving contest. James and I love the youth that we get to work with and days like this just reminds us of the little family we’ve become. These are just a few shots of our day.
We were here
, then here
, and finally back to the church for a big bowl of turkey chili and Swiss chocolates (YUM). And I am so. so. so. happy to say that I used our crockpot for. the. first. time. ever. in my life and it was a hit!
I used a super simple recipe from here
so it was pree-much as “surefire” as you could get, but for a 30-person dinner, first time jitters were abundant! For anybody who is respectfully afraid of their crockpot, use this recipe I tried and your fears will be replaced with an appropriately saucy confidence.
Hello Friday, I’ve waited for you forever it seems…
Here’s our list of get-to-do’s this weekend, we can’t wait!!!
And what are your plans??
Happy weekend, xoxo CM
We spent the day with our amazing/fabulous faraway friends (they’re from Switzerland) and had some much-needed time together hiking along the cliffs at Point Lobos in Carmel, scurrying up and down the rocks and through the tide pools…it was gorgeous! Then made it back up the coast for dinner and shopping! Aren’t they wonderful?
Homemade baby carrier (thanks to Mirjam’s African travels)