July 17, 2017

hydrangeas & the sound of music.

+ i was having a conversation with my sister yesterday about enjoying this season of life instead of wishing it away or pining for another time. it kind of evolved into ways that we can make our lives happier, things we can appreciate, etc. she made a poignant point - that God could have made our world dull, gray, unimagined. instead, He created green mountains and beach sunsets, golden hills and changing seasons. He did that because He loves us and He knew that these beautiful scenes would add value to our lives. idk maybe this is obvious but i had never thought of it this way before? this art was unnecessary - it's just because He loves us that much. i love that. i want to appreciate it more.

+ on a similar train of thought, i am currently reading "the nesting place" by myquillyn smith (seriously thought she must be mormon with a name like that) and she focuses a lot on our need, as humans, and especially as females, to create art. art means different things to different people - but there is something about creating something beautiful, or even just experiencing something beautiful things that just makes your heart soar, you know? it's a god-like quality, because God loves beautiful things. anyway, her book talks about how you can make your home a place of beauty and refuge without spending a lot of money or having everything be perfectly clean all of the time. i love the idea that you can use your limits as creative challenges, because chances are you are never going to live in a perfectly "designed for you" dream home. i love to decorate and i think i've made our apartment pretty cozy. but is my home as inviting as i want it to be? am i appreciating all of the purposes it serves for me? are there inexpensive DIY projects i could take on to feel like i am actively creating a home for myself? yes yes and yes. i am feeling a few spray paint projects comin on!

+ jordan is going on a work trip to utah in september and we decided weeks ago that i would tag along. well the dates were just finalized and it's over my birthday! at first i was like "crap, do i want to be there over my birthday?" and then i kept thinking about it... guys i am S T O K E D out of my mind!! i didn't realize it until moving to SF and starting real life, but utah is my comfort zone. utah is home and utah is nostalgic to me in a way that going home to their parents is for most. i get to see family and spend time in the mountains and i wish that we could skip right over august and GET THERE already !!

+ last week i went to a sing-a-long of the sound of music at the castro theatre with my friend april. this has been on my bucket list for as long as i can remember - and i don't know if it was the anticipation, or the fact that sound of music is incredibly nostalgic to me, but that night KNOCKED it out of the park !!! it was one of my favorite things i've done in the city so far - and i've covered a lot of ground. (and yes, it is just like it sounds. a theatre full of adults singing along, laughing, cheering loudly, etc. some people even dressed up!) i sang until my throat was hoarse and cried every time they sang edelweiss. (my grandfather, who passed away years ago, would sing that song to me as a child and so it is incredibly tender to me.) would 10/10 recommend that everyone do this. WHAT A NIGHT.

+ the hydrangeas are in bloom in SF !! they are colorful and fluffy and make everything so beautiful.

July 13, 2017

a post dedicated to my sister.

ashlyn came to visit last month and we had THE most fabulous time. i need a place to dump all of the pictures we took, so i'll just take a second and tell you all how amazing she is. SRSLY THO. 

ashlyn is funny and sweet and understanding and easy to talk to. she is the perfect combination of "going with the flow" but also taking charge of situations. she goes back and stalks me on instagram and twitter and facebook and re-likes all of my posts to make me feel loved and also to remind me of all the dumb things we used to post on each other's walls. ashlyn is real and honest and raw but still upbeat and happy and a total straight arrow. she is such a good example to me of working hard and doing your best, day in and day out. it's SO easy to be proud of her. she listens to me complain and cry but always makes me laugh and she is maybe the only person on planet earth that i would invite to live with jordan and i LITERALLY without a moment's hesitation. she is one of my life's greatest blessings and i love being related to her!

July 7, 2017

a weekend away.

we (finally) took a weekend away! jordan and i drove to palm springs for a few days over the fourth of july. it started with a little hiccup (our room at the saguaro hotel wasn't ready when we arrived, so they told us they would call us when it WAS ready. well...they never called?) but once we got that resolved it was smooth sailing. so smooth, we hardly left the hotel. we predominately slept and laid by the pool. we sprinkled a few other activities in - golfing, a cactus farm, going out to eat, a movie - but it was incredibly low-key. i only have like 10 pictures to show from the entire trip (very unlike me.) 

our time together is so limited and we have been spending so much time with friends and family and guests - just the two of us was so needed and such a reprieve.

we drove home on the fourth and got in with enough time to maybe catch some fireworks with friends. instead we opted to stay in, order dinner, and cuddle because we weren't ready to let go of our little one on one bubble just yet. (lucky for us we didn't totally miss out on fourth fireworks - our neighbors one block up off a string of highly illegal fireworks that we were able to enjoy from our balcony. thanks, guys!)