beach trip | santa cruz + aptos

 Alternate title: Scenes from the best Wednesday ever.

The only plans we had were to visit Natural Bridges State Beach, cook our lunch on the beach, get coffee at Verve, and hit up some bookstores. We played the rest by ear and had the best day ever. We left around 9am on Wednesday and didn’t return until nearly 1am on Thursday. This is what it looks like when 5 good friends head for the beach… Continue reading

scenes from valentine’s day

IMG_1307Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a huge thing in my family, though we definitely recognized it. My mom would make paper valentines for me, my brother, and my dad, and in recent years dad has taken us out of town for a special dinner. We don’t put a ton of stock in the holiday, but it is fun to do have an excuse to do something out of the ordinary for a day.

This year Meegan and I, both being happily and enjoyably single (seriously, it’s great), decided to take the entire day and get out of town in celebration/recognition of Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day. We picked Fayetteville as our destination (the major deciding factors being a particular coffee shop and the weather forecast).

It was a perfect, perfect day. And nothing says Valentine’s Day like cruising down the freeway with the windows down singing Sara Bareilles’ King of Anything at the top of your lungs, right? :)

WARNING: Lots of photos (21) after the jump! Continue reading

a rare january monday

IMG_0306Today it was sunny and 65 degrees. I’m told that weather like this is a rarity in this part of the country at this time of year, and I believe it. So because of that, and because tomorrow’s forecast is fully 10 degrees cooler, I seized the day. Continue reading

favorite moments | 2014

 Gosh, 2014 was a crazy year. I had a super wordy post typed out in which I reflected on the past year, but ultimately decided not to post it. Though I personally benefited from the exercise of going through my year and putting some of its major events into words, it was more than I like to share here.

So instead, I’m going to highlight my favorite moments of 2014, just like I did last year. Because even though 2014 was tough, it still had more beautiful moments than I can count. God is so good and gracious and faithful. I hope you know that.

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two on tue.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetMy friend Ruth and I had our last coffee date for a little over a month this afternoon, as I’m headed home soon. It was bittersweet; I’m going to miss her so very much! These little “Two on Tue” dates have been my favorite part of the week for almost a year!

This week we documented our time together with our iPhones, since we’re both currently obsessed with Steller. Continue reading

photo adventure 02

 There’s a fairly good chance that if you find yourself behind or in front of me in a long line, and if you appear at least moderately friendly, I’ll probably say something to you. Something like, “Hi” or “Lines at craft stores are always so long, right?”

I do this because I like to talk to people. Some people don’t like to talk to me, and that’s fine (singular, but fine). But if you’re cool with it, we could most likely have a great conversation that would make the line seem shorter for both of us. Continue reading

over coffee

IMG_4806It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an Over Coffee post. Honestly, I got a little tired of sharing a bunch of facts about myself without learning anything about you!

The original idea was that I would list a few questions, give my answers, and you’d share your answers in the comments. It would be a sort of Internet conversation… like you’d have over coffee with friends.

When my friend Sarah nominated me for the Liebster Award, I decided to use her questions for an Over Coffee session instead, since I’d already written two awards posts in the same week.

Below are 5 questions from Sarah… leave your responses in the comments! I’d love to read them! I’d even be happy with one-word answers :)

1 | Where is your favorite place to vacation in the summer?

I was homeschooled from K-12, which was awesome for many reasons- one being the fact that we were never restricted to summer-only vacations. Instead, we preferred to go down to Disneyland in early December (the BEST time to go), we’ve stayed at a friend’s house in Morro Bay twice in the off-season, we’ve been to Hawaii in October and November, etc. I always enjoyed doing vacation a little differently. Summer was for swimming in Grandma’s backyard!

2 | What is your favorite animal?

Dolphins. I’ve been fascinated with them forever.

3 | On what day of the week do you feel the most productive?

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday. Oh, and there’s a big difference between being school-productive and creative-productive… for me, at least. Usually those are inversely related…

4 | What’s one thing that makes you smile the most?

Only one thing? Cute kids, among a hundred other things. I smile a lot.

5 | What’s your favorite season of the year? Why?

I think I still have to say summer. Summer is warm and bright, and it feels free. It’s also the best time to swim, to eat ice cream, to drink lemonade, to wear shorts and flip flops, etc.