Birthday Celebrations 🎉

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m a little late in posting about all the weekend celebrations,  so here we go!

2.17.17 (My actual birthday) 🎉 🎉 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME!

Like I’ve shared before, my office is really into decorating, especially for birthdays! When I got to work my office was completely decorated with lots of festive bday stuff. Cynthia does a great job decorating for birthdays and planning something for the birthday people. I  get to share my birthday with my work wife/bestie Ashley so it’s even more fun! This year there was breakfast and coffee for us. Such a great way to start a Friday! For lunch a bunch of us went to get pizza at Sammy G’s. This place is so much fun and reminds me a lot of some of the places in Isla Vista. If only we could have gotten pitchers of beer…we’ll have to save that for an after work happy hour haha. Unfortunately, we had a staff meeting later in the day but it turned out to not be very long and we had yummy bundt cake from Lilly! Score!

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My co workers made us both feel so special! Thanks for such a great day everyone! Love you!

After work Ashley and I went to get all of our free birthday treats! First we got free slices of cake from Susie Cakes. Then it was off to Kendra Scott to design the ring below that we bought for each other as our birthday present. And to end our afternoon of free gifts, we got Bubbly Bears from Sugarfina and our birthday gift from Sephora.  So many birthday treats! We really brought home quite the collection of gifts. Loved being able to spend some quality time with my work wife and bestie! Happy Birthday Ashley! ❤

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That evening, the hubby and I went out for sushi at one of our favorite places, Sushi 2 2 Train. Our friends Chris and Lilly introduced us to this place. The owner Sang is such a great sushi chef and we always have a blast when we go here. I even got a special birthday sushi roll with a candle. How awesome is that?! After dinner it was back to the house for that slice of cake and presents. Thanks Tof for making my birthday so wonderful! You and the pups spoil me! Love you!❤❤❤

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2.19.17 Wine Tasting at Bella

On Sunday we spent the day at our winery, Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves located in beautiful Healdsburg, CA. To continue the birthday celebrations, we decided to sign up for a tour at Bella and bring some of our friends with us. So glad that Chris & Lilly and Ashley & Erwin were able to join us on this trip! On the way up we stopped at our favorite place, the Dry Creek General Store. They have the best sandwiches, cheese selections and other yummy treats! Since it was raining, we had our picnic lunch inside the store which ended up not being that busy (probably because of all the rain). Our tour at Bella wasn’t until 1:30pm so we had a little time to relax, shop and enjoy some good food before doing our tour and wine tasting.

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After lunch we headed over to Bella for our tour and wine tasting. We didn’t get to do a lot of the outdoor part of the tour since it was so rainy. But, we did get to go deeper into the wine caves (yes!), hear more about Bella’s process and take tons of pictures! Bella has this private tasting room that I have always wanted to go into. Well guess what?!?!? That’s were we got to do our private wine tasting!! Not only did we have an awesome wine flight, but we also got to do a barrel tasting. Since it was my birthday, I got to remove the “bung” (cap to the barrel) and then use the wine thief to pour samples for everyone. This was so totally cool! Did you know that a barrel can hold 300 bottles of wine?!?!?! We had no clue. We got to taste from two barrels and they were so delicious. The first one was a Lily Hill Zin and if we could have rolled that bad boy to our car we would have! Seriously so good! I think it might be in our fall shipment, so we will be on the look out for that one! After we finished our tasting and taking even more pictures, we were actually able to stay in the private room and have more wine and the rest of the snacks we brought with us. Yes! We felt pretty special being in our own private room. Chris and I have always wanted to do a tour and be in the private tasting room, so we were beyond grateful to have finally done this! We had such a great time, that we ended up closing the place down (they close at 4:30). Here are a bunch of fun pictures from our day at Bella.

There is nothing better than a relaxing day enjoying good wine and spending time with really great people. Thank you guys so much for spending a rainy day with us at Bella. We had an absolute blast and love you guys so much!  ❤❤❤

After an awesome day at Bella, we then had dinner with my family to celebrate. So much good food, desserts (2 cakes!) and more presents. Love my family so much. Certainly felt the birthday love this whole weekend! Cheers to 33! 🙂

Chris was off on Monday and I took a vacation day. Thank goodness because we spent the day recovering from such a fun weekend. We were also hit with a huge rain storm so it was perfect weather for just hanging around the house and relaxing.

Hope your week is going well…Friday is almost here! Thanks for reading!

Xo

Holiday Updates 🎄🎁🎉🍾

I’m back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family/friends and celebrated the New Year in style! Isn’t it just crazy how fast the holidays come and go…and now it’s 2017.

We’ve been traveling a lot over the holidays, hence my mini-break from the blog. Here’s a quick recap of our holidays:

12.23.16 On Friday I baked a ton of cookies during the day (since I had the day off-yes) and then we made a little Christmas dinner with a small meat roast from Trader Joe’s, potatoes and veggies. After dinner we went to the Sharks game! Love when Tof gets free tickets from his patients! Can’t pass up a game when free tickets are involved.

12.24.16 Since we were going to be with my family later in the day and then in the car on Christmas, we opened our present today! Tof made a big breakfast (waffles) and we enjoyed a relaxing morning drinking coffee and opening all our gifts. ❤

We spent Christmas Eve with my family; just the six of us (mom, dad, Ari, Brian & Tof) oh and 6 dogs! For dinner we had our traditional Christmas Eve meal, which consisted of ham, Grammis potatoes, sauerkraut and plenty of mulled wine. For dessert we ate a bunch of Christmas cookies and then opened presents from my parents and our Secret Santas.

Our family sure is growing with the addition of Ari and Brian’s dogs, Hazel and Muddy!

I think Hazel and Muddy are fitting in just fine! Love all these sweet pups! ❤

12.25.16 Christmas morning we got up bright an early (like 6am) and got in the car to head to Southern California for Christmas with Chris’s mom. We caught a beautiful Christmas sunrise that was just stunning! The roads were so quiet that early, so it made this sunrise even more majestic. What a great way to start Christmas! ❤

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On our way down via Highway-5, The Grapevine had SNOW! Last year there was also some snow, but this year there was a TON. So much snow that we just had to pull over and let the dogs check it out! Check these awesome pictures! Emma LOVED the snow, Dash was a little hesitant at first but also thought it was pretty cool And yes, that would be y hubby in SHORTS and SANDALS in the snow haha.

Looks like we’ve got SNOW!

Funny how those oh so white mini schnauzers don’t look so white in the snow haha. Can’t wait to take them to the snow again because they really loved it!

We got down to Huntington Beach in pretty good time (around noon) and spent the rest of the day just relaxing. Later we watched Sully (love Tom Hanks), had our usual Christmas dinner of prime rib (so good) and then opened presents. I missed my family, but loved being able to spend time with my other family :). We took lots of pictures and then headed to bed.

P.S. Best gift from my hubby…t-shirt from the best movie ever!! Good job!

12.26.16 On Monday we went to San Diego for the day to visit with Tof’s sister Kristen and our niblings! I can’t believe how big Colton (5), Kendall (3) and Madison (3) are! Such cuties and so grown up already. They are at a really fun age and just wanted to play, show us their rooms and spend some quality time with Auntie Risa and Uncle Chris. During our visit we also found out we will be aunt and uncle AGAIN in June because Kristen is pregnant with baby #4! ❤ ❤ ❤

So hard to get pictures of these kids because they are so active! Can’t believe come June there will be FOUR of them! So happy and excited for the growing Cline family! ❤

12.27-12.29 On our way back from SoCal we usually stop in SB in order to break up the drive home. It’s always great to spend a little time in SB and see old friends! Thanks to Eva for letting us stay with her.

We ❤ SB

12.31-1.1.17 On Saturday we headed to see our friends Jess and Dan in Oakdale, CA. I think this is our 4th NYE that we’ve spent together…par-tay people! In the past, we’ve gone to these big NYE party, but for the past two years there have been no parties. I think the guy who throws them is done. No problem for us; we create our own party!

After getting to Jess and Dan’s, we hung out for a little, had a yummy cheese/meat plate and then took our pups to the dog park! Those pups had a BLAST and loved running around/playing with each other! Check out these awesome pics! Such a great way to spend the last day of 2016.

After the dog park we played Spades (for hours), had a delicious fajitas dinner and played The Voting Game (which I won during my coworkers white elephant exchange) before the big countdown.

Couldn’t imagine ringing in the New Year with anyone else. Love these peeps so much and feel very grateful for their friendship! Hope you all had a wonderful NYE filled with friends, family and plenty of champagne.🍾 🍾

So that’s a wrap of all our holiday celebrations! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I will you a fabulous New Year! All best for 2017!!

Xo

 

Happy New Year! 🍾🍾

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! CHEERS TO 2017! 🍾🍾

Hope you all had a wonderful evening last filled with friends, family and plenty of champagne. Here’s to a brand-new year, one that I hope is filled with LOVE, PEACE, HEALTH, PROSPERITY, and HAPPINESS! Wishing you all a fabulous New Year! All best for 2017!! 🍾🍾

Xo

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Lights

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Completed another one of our holiday traditions over the weekend…looking at CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!!

Looking at Christmas lights is something that I’ve been doing since I was a little kid. It became a tradition in my family growing up and now I’m doing it with my own little family schnauzers included! Last year I didn’t really blog about looking at lights because just the hubby and I went. I got a really nasty cold, so we had to cancel with our friends. But, you can read all about 2014 and 2013.

On Saturday 12.17.16 we got together with some friends and had dinner at Willow Street Pizza before looking at Christmas lights over in Willow Glen. I seriously LOVE all of the decorations in the Willow Glen area!  So totally charming! And the story behind it is even better! Just a little refresher, each house is given a small Christmas tree to put on their front yard to decorate. You can read more about the history of the Willow Glen Yard Trees, truly a lovely story. Seeing each house with a charming little tree on the front lawn in addition to whatever other decorations people put up is just magical.

The following pictures don’t even do this place justice! It is always so beautiful and so much fun. It was pretty cold Saturday night, so there weren’t as many people out there. Perfect for the four of us and our three dogs! I love that people get so into it and everything looks so festive!

Each street has a “theme”…this one had these adorable lighted Christmas trees you walk under. Too cute!

There is also a huge sleigh and this GIANT reindeer that are “pulling” the sleigh…this takes up lawns of multiple houses and looks super cool when you look down the street!

If anyone is still looking for places to look at holiday lights I highly recommend the Willow Glen area. Here is a map of the charming holiday lights. We will probably be taking a stroll or drive down Eucalyptus in San Carlos Christmas Eve with my family. CAN’T WAIT to see even more Christmas lights!

I’ve mentioned this before…but one of my goals/DREAM is to someday live on a street like the ones in Willow Glen or Eucalyptus in San Carlos. It would be just so much fun to go all out for the holidays. Someday…😀

Only FIVE more sleeps til Christmas and only TWO more days of work until break! Oh my goodness…so excited!

Xo

 

Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🎃👻

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

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

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Our office dressed up again this year…this time as SUPERHEROES! Not as many people ended up being at the office today, so our group was on the smaller size compared to last year. We still looked AWESOME and even had a few students who wanted to take their picture with us! #winning

Seriously love these photos!

Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy a spooky night with friends, family, ghosts and goblins! Be safe and have lots of FUN!

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See you tomorrow! Can’t believe October is almost at a close….

Xo

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Blog Update with Pictures: 2 of 3

Hi friends! I’m back with more pictures and updates! My goal is to get these last two posts on the blog today so here we go…2 of 3!


UCSB All Gaucho Reunion 4.29-5.1.16

Olé.., Olé, Olé, Olé

Gauchos, Gauchos!

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As many of you know, everyone in my family went to UCSB for college. Yes, that’s right we ALL went to UCSB; Mom, Dad, me and my sister Ari. The Gacuho line is very strong in our family haha. I also have an uncle and cousin who went there as well and Ari and I both met our significant others at UCSB. We both married these UCSB boys so the tradition of an all Gaucho family is continuing on!

Every year UCSB holds an alumni weekend that they call the All Gaucho Reunion. We’ve actually never gone down to Santa Barbara specifically for the All Gaucho Reunion. But this year we decided we just had to go because it has been 10 years since we’ve graduated from UCSB! Holy cow! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! Where has the time gone?!?!

We ended up not participating in any the All Gaucho Reunion events. Instead, we just did our own thing during the alumni weekend with some friends who joined us on the trip. Of course we had to visit campus, purchase lots of stuff from the bookstore and hang out in our old stomping grounds Isla Vista! I love this definition of Isla Vista from urban dictionary. Ha Ha Ha it is in fact “an almost too-good-to-be-true college student playground nestled in fabulous Santa Barbara.” We ❤ IV!

No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without visiting our favorite places such as UCSB, SB Mission, State St., the beach and of course  eating at some of our favorite places: Arigato-best sushi EVER, Daily Grind and of course FREEBIRDS.

I always feel so nostalgic when visiting beautiful Santa Barbara. That’s where I spent 4 years going to college and 2 more years working as a professional at UCSB. That’s where I made some of the best friends I have today and where I fell in love. It also happens to be the place where we got married and somewhere I hope to retire too someday. Santa Barbara and UCSB will always have a very special place in my heart! Proud to be a Gaucho and to have graduated from the best UC around!

GAUCHOS FOR LIFE!


Nisha’s Baby Shower 5.21.16

I had the pleasure of co-hosting one of my best friends baby shower! Nisha and I met when we both lived on the same floor of the San Miguel (5th floor) residence hall freshman year of college. We’ve been close friends ever since.

Love planning parties/celebrations for people, but this was my first baby shower. Luckily I had some help from Nisha’s mom. Everything came together so well and the elephant theme couldn’t have been any cuter! Check out my Pinterst page for your own ideas. Loved being able to create such a cute and fun shower for one of my dearest friends!

In 2014 I hosted her bridal shower (you can read about that here) and also had the honor of being a part of her wedding! Nisha is one of the sweetest people I know and someone who I feel so lucky to have as a friend. She and her hubby Simon are going to be and already are the most amazing parents! They welcomed their sweet baby boy ASHER AOYAMA on August 25, 2016 in NYC. I can’t wait to meet their new little man soon. ❤


Giants Game with Dad 7.29.16

Happy belated Father’s Day to my Dad! This year Chris and I got the three of us tickets to a Giants game! Waaahoooo! GO GIANTS!

One thing my Dad loves is BASEBALL so this was the perfect belated present. We had a blast riding the train to AT&T Park and rooting for our San Francisco Giants! Thank goodness I didn’t marry a Dodgers fan haha.

Happy Belated Father’s Day Dad! We LOVE you! 


DISNEYLAND 8.12.16

LAST Disneyland celebration for the big 60th diamond celebration! So glad that we got to squeeze a Disney trip into our busy summer/start of the school year. Chris and I both LOVE all things Disney! We used to have season passes when we were both living in Southern California…oh how I miss those passes.

Disneyland is one of those places that I will always just LOVE! I can’t get enough of it! There really is something that’s just so magical about that place. No matter when we go, who we are with or how long we are at the park, we always have a great day! This quick day trip was filled with lots of fun, laughs, minor terror/stress (hubby made me ride Tower of Terror), lots of water (it was pretty warm), endless rides on Big Thunder Mountain (it’s my favorite ride and the wildest ride in the wilderness!) and of course plenty of churros!

At the end of the day, I can’t imagine spending 15+ hours and 25,937 steps with anyone other than my best friend/love Chris (Tof)! We always have so much  fun together and I know we will always make time for trips to Disneyland!

A big THANK YOU to Chris’ moms neighbor Amy who hooked us up with the park hopper tickets! She works for Disney and knows how much we love going to the park. Any time she gets the chance, Amy gets us tickets. THANKS AMY for helping us have a truly magical and wonderful day at the Happiest Place on Earth!

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

P.S. We hope to make it back to the park one more time this year to see everything all decked out for Halloween. We both love Halloween so what could be better?!


Ok that’s a wrap for my second series of blog updates. Hope you enjoyed!

Xo