Monday, April 21, 2014

you have been good to us, west coast.


words cannot describe what a special week this was for caleb && me.

possibly because our vacation got cancelled last year 
or because these days, we have spent more days apart than together. 

whatever the reason, it was a treasure, a gift.
so come back- 
time traveler, i need you... now.


after a long red eye flight, i have been reminiscing all day. almost like trying to get a taste back that has left your mouth after a really good meal.

"at this time yesterday... well it was three hours earlier... so we were..."

you get the point. 
well i am still wrapping my mind around all the fun we had. 
here are a few highlights. 
more to come!


it all began in colorado...


 ^^^ ski day, followed by... spa day





^^ what more do you want in colorado, besides your boy by your side. 

 ^^^ snowmobiling. no, that is not my jacket. 

^^ i am fairly certain, colorado has some of the best hot chocolate i have tasted.

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and after some fun in the snow, we cruised on over to san francisco. 



 ^^ golden gate park. we have this thing for row boats. 


 ^^^ twenty mile something bike ride later. "WE DID IT!!!" now where's dinner!?!?

 ^^ this is more my pace. napa && sonoma tour.

 ^^ && we all know how i feel about farmer's market.. ahh.. SF, you do not disappoint.

 
^^^ steamed dough, anyone??

 ^^^ the mission. yes, we went here three out of the five nights. 
let's just say "yelp" loves the mission && so do we :)

 ^^ gourmet cookies. no day is complete without chocolate, in my opinion.

^^^ i am fairly certain, the worst part about a trip is leaving.
until next time, vacation. 
i really, really enjoyed you.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

a lightning bug kind of visit

i feel blessed that i have two parents that not only raised me to be the person i am today,
but now, i call them friends. dear friends.
caleb has been gone for a month. my parents flew in on a weekend that i needed them.

it was one of those weekends, a series of moments, you want to capture and not let go of. almost like when you capture a lightning bug. you know it will die if you keep it overnight, but you so want to see it glowing in the morning.

we seized the city by storm, viewing the white house, watching a play at ford's theatre, zipping down the streets in a peticab, laughing over names of random candles in an old town boutique, smelling tobacco at a cigar shop, trying on a million new looks in georgetown, sampling different scones at paul's pretending we were in paris,  && viewing the lights of the city up high at the POV.

we saw so much
and yet,
we went so slow.

our average meal lasted two and a half hours (thank you matchbox for letting us keep your booth for over half the afternoon) && we lounged in our pjs until noon sipping coffee and making pancakes.
we talked about life && we laughed about all the little things that happen in daily life, yet never get resurfaced.

i am thankful for these two more than words can explain.
thank you for your visit. it meant the world to me.











Monday, March 3, 2014

kansas city, love.


kansis city, love. 
so many people i love live in kansis city && i rarely get to see them.
but during this valentine's day weekend, i got to see all of them :)
as i stepped off the plane, we found out my grandmother was admitted to the hospital. 
i got to hold her hand and hug her, something that was so special to me and
 something i so little get to do. 
my grandparents know what is important if you need to stay in the hospital, a night of cake and coffee (of course, provided by my grandfather)- i guess that's where i get my priorities.
...
my sister, leela and her husband russell, showed me a wonderful time in weston, ks. 
what i like to call the trifecta of a town. 
a brewery, winery && distillery (and the most adorable candle shop with flavors like pb&j, cigar shop, man musk, brown sugar, chai latte- i have had hours of enjoyment since my purchases)
needless to say, we had a great time. 
...
my weekend ended while dancing with my dear aunt at a jazz restaurant and dining on new orleans cuisine (in kc, right?!) not your typical fare, however, my family is anything but typical. 
but i love them with all my heart. 
thank you L and R for your kind hospitality. 
love, 
cal













Thursday, February 20, 2014

i love..

i love 
dove dark chocolate, 
shopping alone, 
very aged, hard gouda, 
new york city, 
sweet frogs,
grocery stores,
truffled cheddar, 
menage a trois red wine, 
heart shaped ravioli, 
dachshunds,
whipped cream (in a can), 
fresh mint orbit gum, 
diet coke, 
butternut squash bisque (whole foods is my fave.), 
rainbow sprinkles, 
sriracha sauce, 
sex & the city, 
parenthood,
samples, 
skinny peppermint mocha, 
everything extra hot,
back rubs, 
my family, 
caleb.

what do you love?
happy valentine's day. (a little late- typical)











oh, the places you'll go.

Ever thine. 
Ever mine. 
Ever ours. 
-Big

sometimes you just have to let go. 
forget the dinner reservations- don't even call ahead, turn left instead of right- get lost,  eat the extra bite of cake-and all of the frosting. 
caleb && i took a little trip together. 
we didn't have dinner reservations one night && it started to snow. a lot. 
so we decided to be very european && feast on nice cheese, meat, and wine. 
well, the snow turned into a flurry and we decided to go to the closest grocery store we could find. (our only option.)

and, there it was. a glorified gas-station-selection-kind-of-food grocery store. you know the ones that have deli sandwiches and you're thinking to yourself, "i don't dare ask how long those have lived on that shelf?" so we went on a stroll for the meat. salami. in a plastic sealed container... onto the cheese. velveta anyone. and don't get me started on dessert. ice-cream flavored oreos?! needless to say, i laughed until i cried. ideal? no. yet, through it all, one of the most hysterical situations i have been in.

soooo... we went home with our favorite cereal && the silver lining, i brought wine from home. 

so if the music is good (or not good), you dance. 
life you are too short not to dance. 

welcome back, friends. 

^^^ i wasn't joking.

^^^ i think this was some kind of pie filling.

^^^contrary to popular belief- we do NOT normally take pictures in a grocery store. 
unless that is, it's whole foods. 

^^^ the next day got a little better :)

^^^ oh the decisions of life. 



^^ i did get my cheese, meat & fruit plate. 

^^^ all in all a great, memorable... trip. 


Sunday, January 5, 2014

date 12: it's a wrap!

on my last date of christmas 2013, i wanted to share some of the festivities my family did during our week together. (i guess i had over the twelve dates originally planned. whoops!)
my family attended the south bend symphony, drank santa baby's at the chocolate cafe, painted our nails with sparkles, glitter & designs, hosted a christmas feast, visited breweries and wineries. we also laughed a lot, cried (some), ate && slept in. 

i learned quite a bit from christmas this year. 
i learned christmas isn't perfect. it can be stressful, and at times, tiring. it can mean missing someone you love. making the best of a situation & holding those who surround you close. it can mean loosing your temper & saying your sorry. 
it can also mean being real and totally a hot mess. 
christmas is about: not being perfect. 
nothing about it is perfect except for the true gift that God sent for each of us. 
Jesus didn't enter a perfect world, and yet, sometimes i try making this life perfect (an impossible task.) 
i am thankful i don't have to be perfect and the people in my life don't have to be perfect either. 
i am, however, in awe, taken back, speechless that a perfect God knows me, knows my name, and sent his Son to be born into this chaos to die for me, and for you. 

i can't understand why He would do this, but i am so thankful He did. && for this reason, christmas is so much more than what a picture, song, or movie portray. christmas is accepting this free, gracious, undeserving gift && loving on those around you because of this gift. 

merry christmas 2013. you have taught me a lot.