Monday, May 23, 2011

saturday in pescadero.

driving along highway one.

taking a detour in santa cruz for a latte.

stumbling upon delicious carnitas burritos inside the town's only gas station.

hiking in pescadero's butano state park.

avoiding the banana slugs.

admiring the redwoods.

enjoying the great outdoors and chatting with my hubbie.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

isn't she lovely?

this is my niece and goddaughter, baby emma. she one of the coolest babies i have ever met. after jetsetting from california to texas and back, nicholas and I jumped on another plane to seattle to hang out with miss emma for her baptism. 
we also got to spend time with the rest of the family, including emma's big sister olivia. 
she is such a doll.

we are so blessed and excited to be such an important part of emma's life as her godparents. 
l to r (per emma): uncle cj, aunt janelle, big sister olivia, dad, aunt lacey, me, uncle nicholas, mom, grandpa, grandma, grandpa, grandma

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


after saturday's proposal, dave and justine decided to have a little happy hour/engagement celebration with everyone. nicholas was in dallas for work and, of course, i didn't want to be left out... so nicholas decided that i should fly down for the night and celebrate! he is so spontaneous, huh?! on monday, i talked to my manager and she said it was fine, so off i went!

it my first time back to dallas/fort worth since i moved eight months ago. and, we didn't tell justine i was coming, so it was a complete surprise.
i had SO MUCH FUN seeing everyone and enjoying a warm night (we don't have warm nights in cali!) on the patio at cedar social. the unassuming bar was so cool... it had a retro vibe, lots of delicious cocktails and food and great service.
geeze, i really miss texas.
crab cake sliders - yum!

i was sad to have to leave the next day, but so happy that i was there to celebrate. and, we get to continue the celebrations in barbados in less than a month!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

tiner and daver are engaged!

i have some exciting news to share...Photobucketmy friends Justine and Dave just got engaged!

i first met justine in line on our first day of sorority rush. we were in alphabetical order and she was standing right in front of me (our maiden names are Sha- and Shi-). we ended up pledging the same sorority and have been friends since!  she was even my maid of honor.

and, as i've mentioned before, dave was the only person nicholas knew when he moved from nebraska to texas for work. they ended up living together. so, without dave and justine, i may have never met my husband... which i can't even imagine.

although dave and justine and i were all friends in college, they didn't start dating until after they graduated. in fact, justine didn't want to date dave at first because she didn't want to ruin their friendship. but, she caved and now they have a wonderful foundation for marriage! they love all the same things.... food, dancing, good music, and tcu football. this is going to be one fun wedding!

congrats you two!!! i'm so happy for y'all!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

summer travel plans.


may - seattle, wa

our niece is being baptized next weekend and nicholas and i are the godparents. how sweet is that?

june - barbados

so excited about this one! we will be going for a week with two other couples...
we are staying in a ridiculously cool condo. i know this trip is going to amazing. my favorite people + sunshine + rihanna + crystal clear water = fun. (we've never been. if you have any recommendations, please share!)

july - south padre island/harlingen, texas

we're finally going down to see my parents! last time i was in my hometown was when nicholas proposed. i can't wait to see my mom and dad and brothers.

august - portland, or

nick's brother cj is getting married and the wedding is going to be a blast. cj and janelle are such a laid back, fun-loving couple. nick is a groomsman, and their sister melissa will be officiating!

september - georgia

my good friend allison is going to have a baby boy very soon and i'll be hosting a sip and see party for her in september. i can't wait to see her and meet her lil guy. :)

what about you? any fun travel plans for this summer?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

moms are the best.

happy mother's day to all the mommas out there! but, especially to my mom and mother-in-law.

i am so blessed to have such a loving, caring and beautiful mom. she taught me to be a good person, always told me i was beautiful, and reminded me that "pretty is as pretty does."
and, happy mother's day to debbie, my mother-in-law. the first time i met her, she gave me one of those hugs that makes you feel instantly loved and welcomed. thank you, debbie, for raising the man of my dreams, my handsome husband.
being a mom is the toughest job in the world and my mom is the best! even though i don't have any children of my own, the older i get the more i can appreciate everything my mom (and all moms) do for us. i love you so much, mom!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

cinco de mayo!

photo from last year's cinco de mayo celebration.

i hope everyone is having a festive cinco de mayo. i don't exactly know what we're celebrating... but, thank you mexico for the fun holiday! this year, we had a huge celebration at work with cervezas and mexican food. then, nicholas and i celebrated in los gatos on a patio drinking sangria. such a fun and relaxing day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

happy may.

guess what i just found out?! may is national bike month. so, i decided to partake in the fun and i just ordered this cruiser bicycle. (for a really good price, too!) it is mint green and i can't wait to ride it down to the farmer's market on sunday. i have to get a basket and a bell, then it'll be perfect! yipppeeeeeeee!