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Keep Tahoe Blue

June 2, 2016

This post is way past due but I didn’t want to miss sharing the beauty that is Lake Tahoe. We’ve been in a drought for far too long and I lived in SoCal for 10+ years so I hardly ever visited the snow. Since this year there was much more rain and snow I planned a trip to the snow for my birthday before it went away. I hate to make things super complicated so we booked our timeshare and it was just my mom, sister, nephew and husband. We didn’t have anything planned. I wanted to ride the Gondola up to Heavenly and ride a sled but those were a bust – both were closed BUT I enjoyed spending quality time with my loved ones and that is what counts.


Our timeshare was on the Nevada side up on the hill so we got lucky with a great view of the lake. It really made up for the fact that the Gondola was closed.

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…and I got to see Matix experience snow for the first time. He didn’t love it but it was super cute.

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We had fun conversations over drinks and I got to see the lake up close. Overall as low key as it was, we had a great time just being in Tahoe together.

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It was a success. Tahoe is such a beautiful place. I’m glad we were able to make this trip happen. I’m with everyone else we need to Keep Tahoe Blue. It’s too pretty to mess that up…




April 11, 2016

I met with my friend Lindsey yesterday and we had a great catch up session. I think it’s been 6+ months since we last talked (IRL). We always have so much to talk about and pick up right where we left off but what I love most about her is that she is so positive and focused. Our conversation really got me thinking about life and friendships so today I’m sharing some quotes of friendship that really resonated with me.


I always knew this but as I continue to read about growth and goals and just live my life I know… it really matters the company you keep. I thoroughly believe:

“Be wary of the company you keep for they are a reflection of who you are, or who you want to be…”
Author: Kenneth G. Ortiz

As the years go by all of my friendships are about quality over quantity. It’s not that I don’t have a variety of friends. I have my best friends, my close girlfriends, my brothers (aka the guys I grew up with), my college friends, my work friends and acquaintances but it’s a small group that has become my family.


This quote is extreme but in the scope of the world my circle is small. Another hard lesson I’ve learned is who I can count on and who really cares. Most of my friendships that ended were because we’ve gone separate ways, not making the effort and moving from city to city but what I’ve discovered is:



As I get older and I’m now in a new area, it’s been a challenge to make friends in my area. I find that life and where I live hinders growing those friendships but I know that now I’m no longer willing to compromise who I spend my time with because really:

“Birds of a feather flock together so beware of the company you keep. Life has no rules that dictate that you have to be good friends with everyone – just respectful of them. You will either become like the persons you are closest to or they will become more like you.”
Author: Calvert Jones


You know that Drake song “No new friends,” I’m the opposite…”need new friends.” Taking applications. haha

Honestly, I’m writing this late in the day so this was more of a stream of consciousness piece. Sorry if it’s all over the place.

Family Life News

Big Things

April 4, 2016

Over the past few months or so, my sister and her husband were in the thick of buying and selling homes and this weekend they moved into their new home. I couldn’t be more happy or proud of them for such a HUGE accomplishment. 2016-04-03 21.21.24

A big part of the reason we moved home last year was to be closer to family. My sister living in Livermore and her pregnancy were my personal reasons for wanting to move home when I did. Looking back I’m so glad I did because I got to spend a lot of quality time with my sister (also my best friend) and see the first year of my nephews life. Family is so important to me. We spent 11 years in SoCal (2004 – 2015) so to get that year was great. At one point I lived with them while Peter was looking for a job up here.

SIDE NOTE: My nephews first birthday just passed and our DIY efforts made it to Catch My Party: Matix’s Wild One.

When we finally settled in the Bay Area, we moved to Dublin, which is about 10-15 minutes from them. We were able to hang out often and babysit my nephew, things we always talked about all those years ago when me moving back to NorCal was just an idea. While we are still living in Dublin, they purchased their home in Mountain House a suburb just outside of Tracy before the Altamont Pass. They discovered they can get a lot more home for less than anything they could find in the the East Bay. Now that we live up here we can understand why. It almost feels like home ownership is out the of the question for us since we’re particular in our location. At this point we aren’t looking to relocate outside of the Bay Area, which we know are choices we’ve accepted.

All that to say, I wrote this because I’m so proud of them for being great with their money and being able to buy such a beautiful dream home for their family. Crazy to think my baby sister is not only a mommy but a home owner. I need to step it up! I’m not competitive at all with my sister so I say it all in love and respect but I’m definitely slacking in both of those areas.

While I’m sad I won’t be seeing them as often. I see them a couple times a week now (and I literally miss my nephew after a day haha), I’m excited to see how she builds her home for her family. If you know her, she has impeccable (and expensive haha joking but not Ash) taste.

I can’t wait for the house warming and the new memories our family will make in their home.


Faith Life

Happy Easter!

March 27, 2016

We had a great weekend. Spent it with family, which is why we moved back to NorCal last year.

Started our day at BOSS Church with a great message by Efrem Smith. As I wrote on Good Friday, I’ve been wanting to reconnect and this was the right message for me.

After church we visited my mother-in-law and nieces, then headed to the park. I made Easter egg nests – both sugar cookie and cheesecake because I love baking. I don’t know if it was because I’ve been on a diet but man they were good! haha

I made my nephew, Matix, a Disney themed basket again this year. This was actually his second Easter. Last year, despite him not even being awake for most of Easter I couldn’t go without making my only nephew and Easter basket so I made him a Disney themed basket with Tsum Tsums.

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This year I was able to Easter egg hunting at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure. So I got Matix a Mickey, Minnie, Woody and Jessie Easter eggs.

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I made Siah a little basket for his first Easter and for fun I bought the boys bunny ears because they are too cute.

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It was a great day but most of all I can’t forget the reason for Easter. “He is risen.”

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” -Matthew 28:6