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!!

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

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

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!  🇱🇻 🇱🇻

Daudz Laimes Vārda Dienā man!

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

Blog Update with Pictures: 3 of 3

Hi friends! We made it to Wednesday. Yippieeeee!

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Today’s the LAST installment of my pictures and updates. Here’s 3 of 3!


8.4-8.6.17 Fiesta with the Dahlins

Our FAVORITE visitors were baaaaaaack! Excited to have our friends Jess & Dan (Izzy too) back in town for FIESTA! Old Spanish Days or Fiesta is an annual event that provides an education of the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. You can ready more about Fiesta here.
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Our weekend consisted of more pool time, walking with our pups (they are the three best friends), drinks and dinner at our favorite sushi place, Arigato! After dinner, we walked down State Street  cracking confetti filled eggs (cascarón) on our heads and checked out all the FIESTA happenings. And of course, to get CHURROS!

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Mission ACCOMPLISHED!

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So glad to have had another weekend with Jess & Dan. These friends have really turned into family. Thanks for visiting us again! ❤


8.20.17 DISNEYLAND

Last year we went to Disneyland to celebrate the 60th Diamond Celebration and we went again this year to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. Looking at the dates, we were at Disneyland at almost the exact same time two years in a row ha ha ha.

Disneyland is one of those places that I will always just LOVE! Thank goodness Tof (Chris)  loves it just as much as I do. No matter when we go, who we are with or how long we are at the park, we always have a great day! ❤ ❤ This time, we got some sort of special pass with our tickets (we paid for this) so we got to take a bunch of photos in all the photo opt places around the park!!! Ahhhhh! So awesome! After, we got to downloaded them for free! Guys, I pretty much wanted to die! DREAM. COME. TRUE. I looooove taking pictures while at the park, so this was super awesome! Man my hubby knows me so well! ❤

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I’m so glad we were able to squeeze a Disney trip into our busy summer/start of the school year and got a chance to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade was SO GOOD and so worth seeing! Just like how I remembered if from when I was a kid! I have to say though, the best part of this trip was doing with with our NIBLINGS!!!! Kristin, Brian, Colton, Kendall and Madison drove up from San Diego and came to the park with us! At first we were just going to meet them for dinner at Downtown Disney, but they ended up getting season passes and joining us at the parks. We had an absolute BLAST with them! Colton is 5 and the twins are 3. Oh my, they are such little people now and are at such a fun age. They couldn’t get enough of Aunt Risa and Uncle Chris! It was awesome spending time with them and taking them on some of our favorite rides! They seriously made my heart so full.  ❤ ❤

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These pictures don’t quite do justice for how much FUN we were having! Love those kiddos more than words can express. We had such a great day together! ❤

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At the end of the day, we were there for 16+ hours, ~22,922 steps, walked almost 10 miles and managed to visit both parks! We had so much fun with our niblings and really hope to do another trip with them soon!

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Love this picture! Quick look at what life with 3 kids might look like…ha ha ha ❤

A big THANK YOU to Chris’ moms neighbor Amy who hooked us up with the park hopper tickets, AGAIN! Amy is the sweetest women in the world and any time she gets the chance, she gets us tickets. THANKS AMY! We had an extra magical and wonderful day at the Happiest Place on Earth!

To view our other trips to Disney, check out posts from 2016,  2015 and 2014.

P.S. Now that we’re back living in Southern California maybe we should get those season passes again! Hubby, please?! Apparently this is the 1st time EVER that CA Adventure has decorated for HALLOWEEN!!!! Um, we must go! I really, really want to  see the parks all decked out for Halloween. We both love Halloween so what could be better?!?!?!


8.27.17 Parents Visit

So excited to have my parents in town for the weekend along with their pups, Spanky & Rascal! We played it super casual and laid back all weekend. Walked our pups, went out for breakfast, got drinks at Beachside Bar Cafe and of course, had dinner at Arigato. My parents, especially my Dad LOVES Arigato. During dinner we were trying to remember how we first stumbled on this restaurant and couldn’t for the life of us recall. Regardless, we LOVE that place and it’s always a favorite dinner spot for visitors.

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On Sunday we had a delicious French breakfast at Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro and headed over to the Santa Barbara Mission to walk around before my parents headed back up north. Loved having them in town! So miss them and can’t wait for them to come back (next weekend) to visit again.


Ok friends, that’s a wrap (FINALLY) on all our updates! Hope you’ve enjoyed.

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Friday IS coming!

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures: 2 of 3

Ohhhhhhh Monday………..we meet again. Struggling today. Need. More. Coffee.

OK, back with more pictures and another update. Here is update 2 of 3, enjoy!


7.1.17 Beach Life

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Our pups, Emma & Dash are settling in just fine with their new life living by the beach! When we can, we love to walk them at the beach and let me enjoy going in the water. They LOVE IT! The only downside is after the beach it’s bath time ha ha ha. I also got a pretty sweet (used) beach cruiser. Now I’m really fitting back into the SB lifestyle.


7.4.14 Happy 4th of July

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HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!! Celebrated with Eva coming over for some pool time and a BBQ before heading to Girsh Park for the fireworks show. This year was a little more low-key and relaxed. In 2016 we were celebrating my sisters wedding with a full weekend of events and celebrations. Regardless, we still had a great day and love celebrating the 4th of July!


7.15-7.18.17 Sister Visit

SISTER VISIT!!!!! Ari & Brian (along with their pups Muddy & Hazel) came to visit for a long weekend! On Saturday Joleen (Ari’s college bestie) came up and joined us for a weekend of FUN. We spent a lot of time at the pool, eating pizza, drinking and just enjoying summa time in SB!

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7.17-7.18.17 Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl 

Night #1 7.17.18

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For my birthday, my sister Ari and her hubby Brian surprised me with tickets to see Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I was totally surprised and super excited to have tickets not only for one night but two! Funny story, I purchased tickets for night #2 with just Chris having no idea my sister go tickets for the first night. I had no idea why Chris didn’t want to go the first night of the show…now I know why! Ari and Brian were getting us tickets for my birthday!

Seeing Jack in concert is always a blast and seeing him at the SB Bowl just makes it extra special! Jack went to UCSB (GO Gauchos) and has a lot of songs that have to do with UCSB and Santa Barbara. Special guests the first night included ALO!!!! These guys are amazing and so much fun! You also can’t beat an outdoor amphitheater. Great atmosphere, awesome acoustics and just an overall awesome venue.

The first night we were in the general admission area. We were up front and ended up being super close to the stage. Ahhhh. So awesome and such a great experience. Really glad my sister and brother-in-law were able to visit in SB. Thanks for the belated birthday present! Love you guys! ❤

Night #1 7.18.17

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Who doesn’t love going to a concert two nights in a row?!?!? We clearly don’t mind! Ha Ha Ha. For night #2 we had seats. Not to sound too old, but we were really glad to have seats the next night. After having to stand the night before for so long our old legs were tied (we feel so old hehe). Jack put on another killer show and really rocked the house! So glad to have seen him and for two nights!


Ok that’s a wrap for my second series of blog updates. See you back here on Wednesday for the final installment.

Thanks for reading and have a great start to your week! Let’s do this Monday!

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures: 1 of 3

HELLOOOOOOO friends…TGIF!

We made it. Happy, happy FRIDAY!

I’ve been horribly behind in posting to my blog. Things have been busy (I know that’s not an excuse), but this seems to happen every summer ha ha ha. I just get behind, caught up with other stuff (lots of visitors this summer) and then BAM September comes and it’s like where did summer and my blog go?!?!?!?

Since so much as happened lately, I decided to do another update with pictures and quick blurbs. I did this last year and that seemed to work. Looks like there will be a total of three posts again for this series. Here. We. Go!


5.27-5.29.17 Memorial Day Weekend with the Dahlins

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VISITORS!!! So excited to have our dear friends Jess & Dan in town for the long Memorial Day weekend! Our weekend was filled with pool time, hikes by the beach with our dogs, lots of drinks and dinner at our favorite sushi place, Arigato! So glad to have Jess & Dan as friends and am so very thankful they could visit us! ❤


6.3.17 Ashley & Anthony’s Engagement Party ❤ ❤ ❤ 

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My bestie is GETTING MARRIED!!!!! So excited for my best friend to be marrying the love of her life. We couldn’t be more happy and excited for Ash & Ant. March 2018 seriously can’t come soon enough! Had a blast at their engagement party in Santa Cruz. So glad we could come up and celebrate with everyone. Got to catch up with so many HS friends. Let the parties/celebrations begin! LOVE you Ash & Ant.<3


6.12.17 NEW Job at UCSB

First day at UCSB in my new Academic Advising gig. Excited to be back on campus and to be working in the College of Letters & Science. Here’s being back “home” and to a new adventure!


6.24-6.25.17 Visit with the Gangais

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So happy to have have the Gangais in town and to show them Santa Barbara! Lilly and I met while I was working at SJSU. We became fast friends and our hubby’s hit it off too. Since moving to SB we’ve really missed seeing them/hanging out on a regular basis. Back in San Jose, we spent many a Friday nights getting dinner (Sushi 2-2 Train was a favorite) bowling, going out for drinks and having lots of laughs. While there were here we did it ALL. Even though we know SB, it’s still fun showing friends around and playing tourist in our own town. Love and miss you Lilly & Chris! Can’t wait for another fun filled weekend sometime soon.


Ok that’s a wrap for this first series of blog updates. Hope you enjoyed. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here next week for more updates!

Xo