Monday, February 28, 2011

san diego

Our new, beautiful, fun and (most of the time) sunny life. Top 10 things we love so far...

10. Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Everywhere we go is dog-friendly. Seriously, certain beaches, our favorite breakfast restaurant, coffee shops and even the Apple store. Sebastian is in dog heaven.

9. Roppongi. Our favorite seafood restaurant in La Jolla. Last night, we feasted on dynamite crab, a Roppongi roll, herb-crusted mahi mahi with mango chutney, sirloin with gorgonzola mashed potatoes croquettes and a delicious bottle of Shiraz. But the best part? Sticky english toffee pudding. With caramel gelato. I am normally a nice person, but this dessert brings out the worst in me. I eat defensively, trying to elbow Preston out of the way so I can get as many bites as possible. Pathetic...but so worth it.

8. Visitors! We love that all of our Vegas, Seattle and Texas friends and family always want to visit us. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the warm sun, beautiful beaches and great towns...

7. Our apartment. I thought I would miss living in a big, spacious house. But I realized after moving here I 100%  love, love, love small cozy places. Our home is perfect for us and it is going to be so hard whenever we have to leave it. (As soon as a finish my spring cleaning I will post pictures.)

6. Walking....everywhere! I love being able to walk almost everywhere we need to go. The beach, Starbucks, grocery store, restaurants, shopping, everything. I'm sure we will like it even more when we get beach cruisers and can bike everywhere!

5. The local library. I don't think Preston likes this quite as much as I do; but being the geek I am, I love living a couple blocks away from the library. I am there at least weekly and can't get enough. Right now I am reading a couple Jane Green novels (don't judge me), next I think I will reread one of my favorites The World is Flat. I'm always looking for suggestions :)

4. Our jobs. Preston is an awesome possum and is loving his new staff and doing a great job with them! I am loving my position in Sales and Marketing and have a terrific team that I work with. It is also only 10 minutes away from our home which makes it even better!

3. Farmers Markets. Being a Seattle girl, grocery shopping in Vegas was a little painful for me. Luckily, Southern California has TONS of farmers markets, local bakeries and terrific local grocers. These markets also have incredible flowers, so our home always looks and smells great!

2. Building new traditions. So simple and goofy but I love getting to experience new things and making new routines. Every Saturday morning we take a walk (weather permitting) to a little cafe and enjoy a long breakfast. Whenever we have visitors in town, we do brunch at Americana in Del Mar. Last week, we discovered a cute little pizzeria in Solana Beach that will surely be a date night favorite.

1. Seeing this every day...

View of the sun setting over the ocean from our deck

Friday, February 25, 2011

venue, check!

P and I found the world's cutest chapel and most beautiful reception venue and have reserved it for our wedding! August 11, 2012... Mark your calendars!

Freezing, but oh so happy to have found this precious gem!

I can't even imagine how much better this sweet church will look sans decorations and snow. August is the most beautiful month in the Northwest and the Church and Pavillion Center (reception venue) both overlook the gorgeous water of the Hood Canal. I got happy tears in my eyes when we came to visit this venue, thankfully my sweet pa is used to my over-the-top-I'm-so-excited antics!

Let the planning begin...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

making a comeback

Yes, it's true.

The world's worst blogger is making a comeback! So what the heck has been more important than blogging the last few months?

Welp, for starters... WE GOT ENGAGED!

That's right, he liked it so he put a ring on it!

Preston popped the question the night of our graduation party, with all of our wonderful family and friends there to celebrate with us! I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. Our graduation itself was also wonderful...

Proud Papas

Preston graduated with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and I with my BSBA in Marketing. We had a wonderful luncheon at Brio, a party at our house and an overall amazing week with our sweet families. Then, we made our way up to Seattle to celebrate Christmas with my family...

We went sledding, got into a few snowball fights and froze our bums off!

I couldn't ask for better sisters/ best friends!

I must have been on Santa's very very VERY good list because I sure got spoiled this Christmas! My sweet parents got me a new MacBook (I couldn't imagine ever living without it now!) and a GPS that gets my everywhere. I was sure my only present from Preston was an engagement ring, because, well that could have lasted me for the next 10 Christmases. But nope, he (and his sweetheart mama) surprised me with an I-pad Christmas morning! My sisters also got me beautiful necklaces that remind me of them every time I put them on. But the best present was getting to see these faces on Christmas...

How hilarious/ goofy is this picture?!

Waiting for my momma's world-famous-Christmas-morning-strata to finish

As if we hadn't had enough excitement to last us for years, when we got home from Seattle it was time to pack up and move to San Diego! We have always wanted to live in this beautiful city and a work transfer for Preston made our dreams come true. So here we are. Experiencing a new city, new jobs, new life and loving every minute!