Friday, May 30, 2014

(g)oldie but a goodie.

That's our girl.

You probably remember that we adopted this 6 year old, 70 pound ball of fur a little over a year ago.
She is a total mess.
And I'm still totally obsessed with her.

As an avid animal lover, it was easy to fall in love with London. She's sweet, quiet, timid.
She's 100% love. :)

She will never be the dog that plays fetch for hours on end. Or hike a 10 mile trail. Or howl at the moon. Or even bark, for that matter.

Not that Spencer or I wouldn't love her to do all of those things (and more!) but she's perfectly content not to. And try as we might, we can't change who she is. All she wants in the whole world is an empty seat next to you and a scratch on the head. She loves e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. To a fault, really.

I had no rhyme or reason to post, just wanted to share some more pictures of my best girl! Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Saturday, May 17, 2014


It's been nearly a week since a widespread handful of wildfires ripped through San Diego county, threatening and destroying dozens of homes and businesses along the way.

What began on Tuesday in a remote area as an electrical fire from a nearby vineyard, quickly began threatening bordering residences. Spencer and I watched the news in horror that night as fire crews worked around the clock to try and contain the quickly spreading mass.

By Wednesday morning, crews had worked around the clock, but the now widespread fire was only 5% contained. Unfortunately, the worst of it was not yet over.

On Wednesday alone, another SIX fires had broken out across the county; including areas like Camp Pendleton, densely populated areas of Carlsbad, and San Marcos near California State University to name a few. Note for the out-of-towners: Spencer and I first lived in Carlsbad when we moved to California almost three years ago. The news coverage was nothing short of devastating. Homes, business, and tens of thousands of acres of land burned for days.

Here we are on Saturday morning, and although containment for most of the fires has taken place despite the total number rising to TEN fires, crews are still working to extinguish the remainder. The most gut-wrenching part of all is that our local authorities are treating each case as a crime scene until ruled otherwise. It's disgusting to think about the intentionality to wreck havoc like that, but the belief (as of now) is that the fires were man-made.

Although we could smell smoke in the air since Tuesday, the fires never came close enough to our home to threaten an evacuation. On Wednesday, Spencer was released from work as the Carlsbad fire was inching dangerously close. All I could do was watch the live Twitter feed from my computer screen at work on Wednesday and be equal parts thankful and sad of the whole situation.

I took these photos of the Carlsbad fire from our condo on Wednesday evening, which was about 20 miles away. Many friends and family have called and texted to make sure we were safe, which is so appreciated. While the flames never grew close enough to reach our neighborhood, it was all a little too close for comfort as so many people didn't have the same fortunate outcome.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

for the dads.

Remember that time I ordered those ridiculously cheesy t-shirts for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom?

Sorry, Moms. 

I'm back again today to share with you the slightly less cheesy gifts I got for the Father of the Bride and the Father of the Groom. A little more inconspicuous than the MOB & MOG swagger, I decided on monogrammed cufflinks for the dads. I figured it was a somewhat useful gift that they could use on the day of the wedding and any day after that, really. 

I kept the packaging on these pretty simple: brown kraft paper and a handmade & handwritten gift tag. Nice and easy. Straight to the point. 

Just how I like to roll. (Haha).

I had fun designing these and surprising the dads. Plus, let's face it... I could not let an opportunity to monogram something pass me by. ;)

PS - Did I forget to mention that we have a date? March 27, 2015 is going to be my favorite day from now on!