Merry Christmas Eve! 🎄🎄

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE EVERYONE!! ❤🎄🎅🎁🎄❤

Hope you enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones today/tonight. I have so many found memories of Christmas Eve as little kid…everything is just so magical this time of year! Really looking forward to spending time with my family and getting more into the holiday spirit! It’s going to be a wonderful day all around.

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I also wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas tomorrow and truly hope you have a wonderful celebration. I’ll be back here in a few days to blog about all of our holiday festivities!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! ❤ ❤ 

Xo

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HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY to my SISTER

HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY to my sister ARIANA!

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Wishing my wonderful sissy a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thank you for being such an amazing, encouraging, supportive, funny and loving sister. I truly feel lucky to have you as my sister and best friend. I love you Ari! Happy Happy Birthday!! ❤️🎂🎉 Enjoy your LAST year in your 20’s!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BESTIE! 🎉🍾

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLEY!

Wanted to wish my best friend since 8th grade ASHLEY LAWRENCE a very Happy Birthday! Ashley, I hope you have a fabulous day and an even better year ahead. I have a feeling this one is going to be the best one yet 😉 !

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So thankful for our 20+ years of friendship…you mean the world to me and I love you so much! ❤ ❤

Happy Happy Birthday Bestie!  🎉🍾 🎉🍾

Xo

Last Friday Before Christmas

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Happy Friday Friends!!!!! It’s finally the Friday before CHRISTMAS! Waaahoooo. I’m soooo excited! I think all the excitement that Christmas is around the corner has finally kicked in. Unfortunately, I’m working until 3pm today. I know kind of a bummer, but then I will be off work and on vacation until January 4th. I CAN’T WAIT!

Wishing you all a great Friday and start to the holiday weekend! ❤ ❤

Xo

Holiday Decorations 🎄🎄

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I thought I would share some of our holiday decorations. I hate to say this, but sadly we have been really distracted by the Thomas Fire…honestly it just doesn’t really feel like Christmas. Sad I know. 😦

This year we were super excited to be in our new place and to put up lights on the outside of our house. But with the fires, we just haven’t been able to get out there and do it. The air quality has been so unhealthy that you have to stay indoors and if outside, you must wear a mask. So this year, lights are not going up outside (#bummer), just on the inside. Don’t worry, we still got a TREE and managed to put our declarations up. Our house is definitely looking more festive despite how we are feeling. Ha Ha Ha

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This year we got our tree at Lane Farms. Such a cute place. Because of the fires (are you tired of hearing that yet?), we were literally the only ones looking at trees, masks and all. I think they stayed open just for us.

Since our new place has really tall ceilings, we opted for a 7-8ft tree. This is our biggest tree yet! Here are a few pictures of the whole process; getting the tree off the car, getting the tree into the house, putting lights on and getting it decorated.

Here are a few other festive decorations that we have around the house. I love all our Christmas stuff and look forward to growing our collection. This year it’s been fun finding new places to put all our stuff and making little Christmas “areas” around the house.

Last year I mentioned that my mom started collecting these ADORABLE Hallmark maxresdefaultMusical Snowmen and now we do too (proudly since 2010)! Each year, Hallmark comes out with a new musical snowman. Here is this years. So cute right?! Gosh, I just LOVE them! This website seems to have a bunch of the old ones so you can get the idea of what they look liked over the years. Found the perfect spot for our growing collection!

Thanks for taking a peek into our decorated house. Normally I love the way our home feels during Christmas, but this year it just feels off. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been making the best of it, but this year just feels different. It’s probably because of all the fires. They’ve been the biggest distraction and have made for a much more stressful month. We are still trying to enjoy all the twinkling lights, festive decorations and making our house as cozy as possible.

Xo

 

 

 

Updates & Things:

Happy Monday friends! Can you believe Christmas is just ONE week away?!?!?!?

This is also my LAST week of work until our winter break/2018. Waaaahooooo! Seriously can’t wait for that. So here are some updates!

12.12.17 SIX Months at UCSB

Today is our SIX MONTH WORKIVERSARY at UCSB! Lauren and I both started on 6.12.17 and man has time flown by!
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Cheers to six months and a new friendship! ❤

12.13.17 L&S Holiday Party

Today was our office Holiday Party! We had a really nice catered lunch in an event space on campus. Surprisingly, I was one of the WINNERS of our ugly sweater competition! I even got a trophy that I get to keep in my office for the next year.

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Don’t you just love our group photo with our masks on? The air quality and smoke/ash is still terrible, so mask are required outside. We also got good news that we were being offered some time off (administrative leave) because of the fires, so we actually got Thursday and Friday off from work. Waaaahhoooo! After all we’ve been through and for continuing to come into work, this was super nice and very much appropriated. Thank you Chancellor Yang (finally)!

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With no work for the next two days we packed up and headed out of town! FRESH AIR!!!!

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Got up early and headed to the movies to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi at 7:30AM. Yes, you read that right. We went to the movies at 7:30AM. I had Starbucks on the way there and then a mini bag of popcorn because, why not. OMG it was awesome! I wouldn’t call my self a mega Star Wars fan, but I have come to really like these movies. Of course we got all caught up by watching Rogue One and The Force Awakens earlier in the week. We went to the movie theater at Bella Terra and it was truly an experience. We had assigned seats and super fancy chairs. Each seat reclined so we could totally stretch out. Next time I’m bringing my blanket. I can’t imagine seeing a moving any other way now. #spoiled

 

 

12.15.17 Half Day at Disneyland

After the movie, getting lunch and hanging out with all the pups some, we headed off to DISNEYLAND! Gotta take advantage of those season passes ha ha ha. We did a lighter day at Disney meaning we weren’t rushing around like crazy people to get on all the rides. I guess that’s one of the best benefits about having season passes. You don’t have to go crazy each time you visit the park. You can just go for a few hours, go on a few rides and then head home. We did a few fun things that we don’t normally do too:

We of course went on some rides and finally tracked down some deliciously amazing holiday treats that we’ve been seeing on Instagram at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. See pictures below.

Beyond DELICIOUS! OMG can you say YUM?!?!?!?!

So the reason we didn’t do a ton at Disneyland was that we were going to be back there on Sunday with my sister in law Kristin and all the niblings. Sadly, when they arrived at Disneyland (from San Diego), both Kendall and Kristin go the stomach flu! Colton had it earlier in the week and they thought everyone else escaped it…apparently not. They literally had to clean themselves up and then drive back to SD. #sadface We were supper bummed to have missed them, but totally understood they couldn’t stay. Chris and I were both really looking forward to seeing the kiddos again and watching the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Hopefully we can see it next year.

Fire Update:

Things got pretty scary over the weekend in Santa Barbara with the Thomas Fire. The fire moved into SB County and Montecito was was under mandatory evacuation along with other parts of Santa Barbara. Sadly, some multi-million dollar homes were burned down. Check out this video. Part of 101 was even shut down because of all of this. The Thomas Fire is now the 3rd largest fire in CA historyand is looking to become #1! Since we were in Huntington Beach, we were keeping our eye on the evacuation map and general updates on the fire. Again, we got really lucky that our home wasn’t in danger and we didn’t have to evacuate. Not much we could have done anyway since we were in Huntington Beach. So far 270,500 acres have burned and it’s 45% contained. Here are several reports on the fire: NPR, CNN and Cal Fire. Please continue keep us, Santa Barbara and all those either working to stop/contain these fires or people impacted by the fire in your prayers. We need RAIN and the winds to die down. ❤ ❤

Wishing you all a great last week before Christmas. Hope you don’t have too much shopping left to do. I gotta get wrapping a bunch of presents and maybe squeeze in some cookie baking.

Xo

Happy 1st Day of Winter ❄️☃️

HAPPY 1st DAY of WINTER!

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Not that we will get much of a “winter” here in sunny So-Cal/Santa Barbara, but a girl can still dream/hope right?? Ha Ha Ha. We did however wake up to a freeze warning this morning!

One thing I really miss about living in the Bay Area is at least having a little more of “seasons.” I mean we still didn’t get a ton of that up north, but at least I got to wear sweaters/boots/scarves/jackets more. This year has just been really weird with all the warm/wacky weather (thanks global warming) and of course all the fires 😦 . I know I say this all the time, but I really hope that someday we live in a places with real seasons! Until then, I will try to embrace any cooler weather I can get. Happy 1st Day of Winter!

P.S. Check out this article all about the Winter Solstice!

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Xo