Update: Anniversary Addition 💕👫💕

Happy Friday!

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Sorry it’s taken me all week to get this post up…it’s been a busy one.

Over the weekend and on Monday we celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary! Yay! 10.02.17 ❤ ❤ Hope you caught Monday’s post about it.

On Saturday we decided to not only go to Disneyland  but to also get SEASON PASSES!!!!! Ahhhh…YES! As you may know from this post and others, I love Halloween, but I’m also a huge Disney fan. We try to visit Disneyland as much as we can. One of the things on my fall bucket list (#14) was to see the Halloween decorations at Disneyland. Check! 471603924

This is the first year California Adventure has gotten into the Halloween spirit and decorated. Let me tell you, the decorations did not disappoint! The park was pretty crowded and since we knew we were getting passes we didn’t stress about going on all the rides. The main goal was to get passes and see all the Halloween decorations. Check out these sweet pictures below.

We also turned this trip and getting season passes into our anniversary/Christmas/both birthdays/every holiday you can think of presents! Ha Ha Ha. We even made a Disneyland COPPER penny to get that “copper” 7th anniversary theme in. 😉

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Can’t wait to go back again soon!!! Yay for Disneyland and season passes!

For our actual anniversary, we decided to take the pups for a walk along the beach downtown and walk through Chase Palm Park where we got married seven years ago. It ended up being super sweet and rather romantic. We took a bunch of pictures and reminisced about our special day. There’s a fountain in the park that we got married in front of (well it used to be a fountain) so we sat down, took more pictures and ended up reading through our wedding vows. We both got pretty emotional when re-reading them. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever really re-read our vows and we certainly haven’t re-read them together. Awwww it was so very sweet. Seven years and we both still “I DO!” ❤

Like I mentioned before, since our first anniversary we’ve been following the “traditional” anniversary gifts. This has made each anniversary so much fun. The theme for this year was copper/wool (more details about that here).  As usual, my husband went above and beyond but I think this year might take the cake (at least so far). My wonderful husband LEARNED TO KNIT and knit me not one, but two WOOL SCARVES! Now who does that?!?!?! MY HUSBAND…mic drop!

The funny part about all of this is that I typically go for the funny/joke side of whatever the theme is and Chris always goes for the more romantic/sentimental route. I’m trying to pick up my game and over the years I really have ;). But, the whole point was for this to be fun and for it to not be about the gifts. This is true; the gifts make it fun, but it’s still about US and honoring/celebrating our anniversary. ❤

In terms of gifts, here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Year 1 = Paper — I gave toilet paper (funny right?!). He gave me a leather bound journal with our wedding vows written throughout the pages. Chris wins.

 

  • Year 2 = Cotton — I gave him cotton scented candles. He gave me “cotton lingerie” as in the Fruit of the Loom socks/underwear/socks from Target. Funny Chris, very funny. He still wins.

 

  • Year 3 = Leather — I gave him a leather USC key chain. He gave me a handmade (from someone else) leather luggage tag and a leather bracelet with my favorite DMB quote engraved on it. Chris wins.

 

 

  • Year 5 = Wood — I gave him a “wood” cheese plate with a slate inlay with our names & wedding date engraved on it. He gave me/us a tree, a necklace with 5 interlocking rings for 5 years and a wooden card that said “I love you.” I think the playing field was a little more even this year…

 

 

  • Year 7= Copper/Wool — I gave him copper collar stays and a handmade wool bow tie. He gave me a penny from 2010 that says “I still Do” and learned to KNIT. And then of course he KNITTED me TWO scarves. I’m calling this one a TIE.

I know it’s not a competition on what we get each other for our anniversary, but I do feel incredibly lucky to have such a wonderfully romantic husband who loves and spoils me. Clearly I won the lottery with this guy! At the end of the day he knows I LOVE him more than anything and we have such funny stories from each anniversary. That wraps up our anniversary update.

Hope your week went well. It’s FINALLY Friday and the weekend is just hours away. Waaahooo. I’m excited because we’re headed to Colorado for a weeding! Enjoy friends

Xo

 

 

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Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary! 10.02.17 💕👫💕

HAPPY 7th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to my AMAZING husband CHRIS!!! ❤

I feel like each year our anniversary sort of sneaks up on us…and here it is already! When I really stop and think about it, it’s hard to believe SEVEN years have gone. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday we were getting married in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Now we are living in Santa Barbara! If you want to read all about our wedding, you can do so here.

The past seven years has brought us all kinds of ups and downs (marriage isn’t easy friends), new jobs, multiple moves/relocation’s and of course, lots of FUN! Marriage is hard and takes work, but I can’t imagine going through life’s ups and downs with anyone other than my hubby Chris. He’s caring, supportive, loving, funny and my best friend. At the end of the day he gets me and I get him. He’s my biggest cheerleader and always wants the best for me. Chris puts us first and makes sure we are creating the best life together. I LOVE YOU TOF and feel so lucky to call you my husband! THANK YOU for everything that you do and for always loving me unconditionally! ❤❤❤

Since our first anniversary we’ve been following the “traditional” anniversary gifts. This has made each anniversary so much fun and very entertaining. Ha Ha Ha. The theme for this year is copper/wool. I was reading up on the 7th wedding anniversary and found that copper has had the traditional meaning of prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. We certainly have had good fortune, especially in terms of finding one another. Wool represents the comfort, durability, security, and warmth that couples married this long give one another. Aww well that’s certainly sweet. I do feel comfort and security not only in my marriage, but in our relationship. Chris and I have been married for seven years and together for eleven. Can’t wait to see what the hubby does with this theme! He keeps teasing me that I am going to be blown away…I’m ready!

Today we are sadly both working and I have a nasty head cold. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better and we can do a little celebrating tonight. Last night we were supposed to go to dinner at Stella Mare’s (this is where we had our rehearsal dinner), but I was feeling too under the weather. We both wanted to enjoy our dinner at such a special restaurant, so we will go another time. It was so very sweet of Tof to make reservations for us and I felt terrible we had to cancel. But last night would not have been as much fun. I’ll be sure to do a follow up post of how we celebrated later this week and of course to share how our copper/wool themed gift exchange went.

Cheers to us on seven years of marriage! Here’s to many more years together filled with LOVE, LAUGHTER and HAPPINESS! ❤

Xo

National Coffee Day! ☕️

TGIF and Happy National Coffee Day! ☕️☕️☕️☕️

I do love me some coffee so I just had to post! For the longest time I was a big Starbucks girl. My drink of choice was a SKVL (skinny vanilla latte). Now it’s a Soy Vanilla Latte with 1 pump vanilla syrup. Prior to this I was NO coffee at home person; Starbucks only ha ha ha. Back in 2015 or so I switched  over to coffee at home. This in the end cut back my Starbucks visits, saved more money and created a new and fun ritual.

Every morning my hubby makes coffee at home from the french press. When I get downstairs, it’s ready to go. He’s so sweet and I really love that he does this for me everyday. During the workweek I take my coffee to go and drink it at work. On weekends, we usually have leisurely mornings drinking coffee and having breakfast. Don’t worry, I still make visits to Starbucks! This happens mostly on Fridays or sometimes on the weekends…gotta keep up that Gold Card member status!

Case in point, my coffee today!

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How you do like your coffee? Milk, sugar, creamer? French press? Drip? Espresso? Where’s your favorite coffee shop? Favorite mug/place to drink coffee? Coffee has become a real need/part of my everyday life ha ha ha. Not sure if that’s good or bad…<3 it either way!

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy FREE coffee today…I hear lots of places are giving out stuff!

Xo ☕️☕️☕️☕️

Happy First Day of Fall 🍃🍁🍂 & Happy Names Day to Me! 🇱🇻

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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Today’s a BIG day because it’s not only the FIRST DAY OF FALL, but it’s also my NAMES DAY!!! 

If you know me or have been reading this blog, you know that:

  1. I LOVE fall
  2. I am Latvian
  3. There are going to be a lot of posts these next few months because of this!

🍃🍁🍂 HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL EVERYONE!!! 🍃🍁🍂

Fall is by far my absolute favorite time of the year! Now that we’ve moved to Santa Barbara I’m not sure how much “fall” we are going to get. It’s not exactly sweater weather yet…the high today is supposed to be 73*. To be honest, I can’t remember what Santa Barbara is like in the fall ha! It’s been some time since I’ve lived here during fall, so we will have to see how the weather turns out. All I have to say is that I’m ready for boots, scarves, pumpkins, cool/crisp weather, baking and enjoying the “change in seasons” (not that we get much of that in CA). But, I’m excited either way to be entering the fall season because I love everything about it!

This is SO me!


Next up, today is my NAMES DAY!  🇱🇻 🇱🇻

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That’s Latvian for HAPPY NAMES DAY TO ME! According to the Latvian calendar, September 22 is my names day! A few years I did a blog post all about being Latvian and my names day. You can check it out here.

Growing up (especially with Latvian grandparents) celebrating our names day was a big deal. It’s days like today that I really miss my Latvian grandparents. I also miss my Grammi’s klingeris (or yellow bread as we called it). For the past few years, my Dad and sister Ari have been working hard on perfecting Grammi’s yellow bread recipe. Each year they get closer and closer to her recipe. Hopefully this year will be it!

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Hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! TGIF

Xo

Happy Father’s Day!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to this amazing guy that I get to call DAD! 👔👨🏻

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I seriously can’t imagine life without my Dad. THANK YOU for everything you’ve always done for me. You are simply the greatest Dad anyone could ever ask for and have taught me so much about life. Mostly to have FUN, follow your dreams, never give up and love baseball. Hope you have a fabulous day. Ari and I are so very lucky to have you as our Dad! I ❤️ you Daddy-O! 👔👨🏻

Happy Father's Day 2017

 

 

And a very Happy Father’s Day to all the other dads out there! More and more of my friends have littles now and its been fun to see them in this new role as parents. My girlfriends have all found amazing men to share their lives with and now I get to see these guys become even more amazing as Dads. You all are rocking this whole parenthood thing. Keep it up.  💕

Xo

We’re MOVING!

Exciting news…we’re MOVING!!!

I (we) can finally share the exciting news that the McConnells are moving to Santa Barbara! Chris (Tof) actually already moved down to SB and started his new job as a PA in the Student Health Center at UCSB back in March. This Friday will be my LAST day at SJSU 💙💛👌🏻and then I will be joining the rest of my family! It’s been a great 4 years at SJSU and an even more fabulous 7 years living back in the Bay. We are going to miss our friends and family dearly, but are really looking forward to this new adventure and chapter in our life as well as all the future visitors. Thank you all of your love and support these past few months! It’s been quite a whirlwind since the start of 2017 with the selling our SJ condo and then buying a new one in SB. None of this could have been possible without the endless support, patience, encouragement and LOVE from my AMAZING husband. Tof, I love you more than words can ever express. ❤️❤️THANK YOU for leading the way for our family and for making the past 3 months apart not feel that way at all. Here’s to our next great adventure in SB!

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Will be sure to do a follow up post about selling our SJ condo, buying our SB one and just more about our MOVE!

Xo

Happy Mother’s Day! 💕

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to this amazing lady that I get to call Mom!

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I seriously can’t imagine life without her. She’s so caring, loving, full of wisdom and tells the best stories! I hope that some day I can be just as good of a mom as is.

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THANK YOU Mom for everything that you do! I love you so much and feel so lucky to have you as my mom! 💕

And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the other moms out there! More and more of my friends have littles now and its been fun to see them in this new role. You all are such ROCK STARS and truly fabulous moms! Motherhood looks good on you. Proud honorary auntie over here. 💕

Xo