30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 10-17

Installment #2 of 30 Days of Thankfulness. Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 10: No work today in honor of Veterans Day tomorrow! Sometimes it’s the small things that count. Today I’m also thankful for our amazing dog groomer, Claudia who is still grooming Emma & Dash even though we live in SB. She always finds the time to squeeze us and does such a great job on our babies! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Day 11: Celebrating my bestie all weekend for her bachelorette party!! Ashley and I have been friends since 7th grade and I’m so excited for her wedding in March! I can’t wait to see my best friend marry the love her life in Jamaica. We had a blast hanging out in Aptos/Santa Cruz all weekend and wearing matching flannel shirts. I’m so grateful to have a friend like Ashley. Love you chica! ❤

Also, a big thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom. Today we HONOR YOU and THANK YOU! HAPPY VETERANS DAYS!

Day 12: Sunday night movie night! Just what we needed after my bachelorette party planning weekend and the long drive from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara. Thank you Tof for doing all the driving and letting me pick the movies!

Day 13: Today I am thankful for JLSB Neighborhood meeting I attended. Back in August I decided to join the Junior League of Santa Barbara. I figured it would be a good way to meet people, get involved and give back to my community. During November, instead of having our usual large general meetings we have smaller meetings hosted by different JL (Junior League) members. These meetings take place at someone’s home and are more casual and social. It was so fun meeting more women in the league and getting to know them better.

I’m excited for my involvement with JLSB and what the future holds with this organization. Overall, JLSB promotes volunteerism, develops the potential of women and works to improve the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Apparently there are 292 Junior Leagues in four countries! Each Junior League has a Focus Area and ours is helping to improve the lives of at-risk young women by educating & empowering them to reach their full potential while working to prevent exploitation and injustice in our community. We do a variety of community projects (or “Impacts”) throughout the Santa Barbara community. Can’t wait to get more involved!

Day 14: Becoming an Aunt for the 4th time! Welcome to the world BRENNAN ANDREW CLINE. Big congratulations to the Cline Family who are now a party of SIX! I just know Colton, Kendall and Madison are going to be best big siblings to Brennan. Love you all and can’t wait to meet sweet Brennan! Here to becoming aunt and uncle again! LOVE our four niblings to pieces!

Day 15: Happy 3rd Birthday Dash! This little guy is our wild one and certainly keeps us on our toes! He’s also the ultimately snuggle bug and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We love you so much buddy!

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Day 16: Thankful to be living in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara. I mean I guess you can’t beat these kinds of views on your lunch break or around town…

Although I’ve previously lived in Santa Barbara for 6 years, coming back and making this transition has been harder than I thought it was going to be. I really miss my family, friends, old job (this is shocking to me), my old co-workers and the Bay Area. Moving, taking risks and starting new jobs is hard! I’ve only been back in SB for five months and am trying to be patient as everything settles. Sometimes it’s hard to be patient, but I’m taking it one step at a time and trying to enjoy those beach views because I CAN!

Day 17: My hubby. This guy is my best friend, partner in crime, love of my life and the one who makes me complete. I am so thankful for his continued support, encouragement, love and push to be the best version of myself! I love him more than words can describe and I don’t know where I would be without him! The end of 2016 and start of 2017 have been quite the adventure. THANK YOU Chris (Tof) for all that you do, for loving me unconditionally and keeping things moving forward for us despite all the craziness we add to our life. You are simply the BEST! ❤ ❤

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding.” – Alice Walker

TGIF everyone. Enjoy your weekend!

Xo

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Happy 3rd Birthday Dash!🐾💕🎂

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY DASH! 🐾💕🎂

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Dash, you are a wild one and certainly keep us on our toes…but you are also the ultimate snuggle bug. We love you so much and can’t imagine our family without you!

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Tonight we will celebrate with some new toys, lots of playing and maybe even some special homemade treats by Dad! I feel so very thankful to have two amazing pups in our life. They make our family complete and we love them more than anything.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASH! 🐾💕🎂

Xo

30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 1-9

Welcome back friends! Glad you are joining me for another 30 Days of Thankfulness. I first started this blog series in 2013 and am very proud to have kept it going. Bring on year #5! You can check out previous post from 20132014, 2015 and 2016.

We really have so much to be THANKFUL for in this life. I think it’s  important to take the time to count your blessing and just pay it forward. Thank you for letting me share with you!

Day 1: A new month and Day #2 of another meditation challenge with Depak Chopra & Oprah. Check out their 21 Day Meditation Challenge and join me!

Day 2: Wonderful evening having dinner and catching up with Paul & Lee D’Anna! I first met Lee (Shutterbug) at Diamond Crest Girl Scout Camp and ended up babysitting their two daughters (Holly & Claire) until I went away to college. Although I probably hadn’t seen them since 2003, it felt like old times. Loved hearing about retirement and van life on the road. Paul & Lee are both retired now, have downsized and are traveling all over the US in a van they custom built for their travels. Sounds like the life to me! I’m so very glad they stopped in SB. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels and seeing you both again soon! unnamed

Thank you Paul and Lee for the opportunity to babysit your girls and be a part of your family! ❤

 Day 3: Yay for a short work week! Soooo looking forward to having Friday off from work and getting a 3-day weekend!

Day 4: Spending the day (weekend) with Erin, Scott and Lucy! Erin and Chris met during PA school and have been really good friends since then. It was such a pleasure having all three of them in SB for the weekend. We had a blast just catching up, playing with Lucy and even going to the zoo! So glad to have friends that really feel like family. ❤

P.S. Lucy is probably the cutest little ever and was so easy all weekend! Can’t wait to see them again soon!

Day 5: Witnessed the most gorgeous sunset on our evening walk with the pups. We literally stopped and just admired the sky, watching as the vibrant reds and oranges took over the sky. It was amazing. I forgot how stunningly beautiful the sunsets are during the fall/winter in SB.

Day 6: Feeling the NODA love even though I’m not at the conference this year 😦 . Got a few texts from fellow colleges at the conference who shared that I was missed. Awww ❤ This certainly tugged at my heartstrings (I was really, really hoping to be there), but made me feel good that my presence was missed. Hoping some day to be back in the orientation world and able to attend another NODA conference. You can read about when I went to NODA in 2015 and 2016.

Day 7: The ability and privilege to VOTE! Last year was a little scary (can’t believe it’s already been a year)…but I feel very thankful to have this ability and hope everyone gets out there and VOTES!

Day 8: Glad to have a co-worker that has become a really wonderful friend. Lauren, I am so, so glad we started at L&S together. At the end of the day, this girl just gets me. I’m so thankful to not only have her as a colleague but as a friend! I’ve got her back and I know she has mine!

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Here’s to my work twin Lauren! ❤

Day 9: Huge CONGRATULATIONS to my husband who PASSED the PANRE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The PANRE is the Physician Assistant National Re-certifying Exam, which has to be taken every 5 years for him to continue being a PA. They are in the process of changing the requirements so it’s likely he won’t have to take it again for another 10 years! Way to go Tof/Chris!!! So incredibly HAPPY, EXCITED and PROUD of you for passing the PANRE!! Knew you could do it, way to go!!! Love you! ❤

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu

Xo

 

November 1st & 1000 Days of Meditation

Happy Wednesday and Happy November 1st! Hope everyone has recovered from the Halloween celebrations last night. We had a pretty low-key evening…pizza, movies and lots of trick-or-treaters! Of course I made sure we lit all our candles and soaked up/enjoyed all of our Halloween decorations ONE.LAST.TIME. 😦  #sadhalloweenisover

And like that…October is GONE and November is here.

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October seemed to fly by again this year, but we had a ton of fun and packed a lot into it! I say this EVERY year, but I get a little sad when the month of October is over. It’s may favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I guess it’s until next year October/Halloween…you will be missed!

Today is also an exciting day because today I have reach 1000 DAYS OF MEDITATING! Can you believe it?! 1000 days!

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I’ve been using the Stop, Breath & Think app and absolutely love it! Super easy to use and they have so many different meditations. I love being able to “check-in” everyday, list how I am feeling and then have meditations suggested for me. It’s also pretty neat to see your check-in/meditation streaks. Today’s is especially awesome with 1000 across the board!

You can read about when I reached my first 100 days of meditating here and my one year. Meditation has had a huge impact on my life and this is something I plan on always making a part of my daily routine. I’m so very thankful to have found meditation and am excited for the journey it’s taken me on.Be-Thankful-Print-Image

November is also the start of my 30 Days of Thankfulness series on my blog. For the past 5 years, I’ve been doing this series and plan to keep it going. 30 Days of Thankfulness first appeared on my blog in 2013. I also keep a daily gratitude journal on my phone, but really love this blog series during November. You can check out previous series post from 201320142015, and 2016. Please feel free to join me in this series/challenge. I will be posting a recap every 8-9 days or so, as to not totally inundate you with blog posts. My first post is scheduled for November 9th. Hope you join me and cheers to year #5!

Xo

Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🍭🎃👻🍭

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

Today is the day. It’s finally my FAVORITE holiday of the year!

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This is the first Halloween with my new office at UCSB. They seem to get pretty into it, but only a few people decorated their offices. Our theme was classic Halloween. Love it! We had lots of witches (including me), cats and a variety of other characters. We also had a potluck at lunch so that was fun.

 

Still really missing my old coworkers from SJSU…we did Halloween BIG! Can’t wait to see how their themed costumes turn out this year. Love and miss you guys!

 

Now for some pictures with my handsome hubby! Chris went as a Ghostbuster (classic and perfect) and I was a witch.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

Enjoy a spooky night with friends, family, ghosts and goblins! Be safe and have lots of FUN! We plan on passing out lots of candy, eating pizza and enjoying a scary movie or two!

See you tomorrow for the start of November. How can that be?!?! Can’t believe my favorite month and holiday are coming to a close….still time to enjoy a little more!

Xo 🎃 👻

Happy Halloween Eve! 🎃👻🎃👻

 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVE!!!!  🎃 👻 🎃 👻 

Tomorrow is my FAVORITE  holiday of the year…H A L L O W E E N ! 

I look forward to October and especially Halloween every year. We’ve been celebrating and getting ready all month. So excited my favorite time of year is finally here!

Wishing you all a spooktacular Halloween Eve. See you tomorrow for HALLOWEEN.

Xo 🎃🎃

 

Halloween Decorations 🎃

Happy Sunday!

Last weekend we went to the pumpkin patch, so last night we carved our pumpkins! I think they turned out really great. The pumpkins were super fresh and easy to gut/carve. Love that we always get pumpkins for Emma & Dash. Too bad they can’t help with the carving he he he.

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This is the first year decorating for Halloween in our new place! Waaaahooooo🎃🎃. It was a little hard getting started, but once we got going, we got it all up in no time! We also seem to have MORE places to put Halloween stuff = EVEN BETTER! Halloween is EVERYWHERE in our house. Here are a few pictures.

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This is my FAVORITE display for the year! Hubby built this table and boy has it come in handy.

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Our Jack-O-Lanterns set up ion the porch.

Don’t forget to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown tonight on ABC 8:00PM/7:00PM C.

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Getting more and more excited for Halloween!!! Have a great rest of your evening.

Xo 🎃🎃