Monday, August 15, 2011

In Greece people love to drink Fanta from a pretty glass bottles, sitting at a table looking out on the street. I was describing this do it yourself vase project from The Colorful Living Project to my mom as we sat at a table just like this and we realized the Fanta bottles we had been looking at all through Greece and Turkey would be perfect for this project. The problem was getting 10 glass Fanta bottles into my carry-on and through three airports and three plane rides. My dad said I was out of my mind but I was determined to bring them home. In the end I may have over packed, pulled a few stitches out of the handle of the bag Sarah lent me, and cried in airport security but I now have 10 Fanta bottles sitting on the table in my apartment, waiting to be painted!

Happy Birthday Abby

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Today Abby turns two and I feel as surprised as I imagine parents feel about their own children getting older. I have been watching Abby she was a month and half and I can't believe Sunday I am going to her second birthday party, complete with pony rides and a petting zoo.

At the end of August I start working in the classroom to finish up my teaching credential and that means the end of my full days with Abby. I am happy to get started teaching and doing a real life job but I can't imagine days without playgrounds and picnic lunches and grilled cheese three days in a row. Just look at those little hands, she is so cute I don't know how I will leave.

Weekend Details

Monday, August 8, 2011


:: Friday ::

- got my bangs cut so I can finally see clearly -

- quick road trip with Lizzie and Mitchell to Santa Cruz to see my grandparents on their summer trip to the beach -

- At 4:00 I realized I forgot my clothes for our engagement photos at 4:30 -

- Cried and called my dad -

- Met my dad exactly half way to my house, got my clothes, made it only ten minutes late -my dad is the best -

- Slightly cold, but very fun photo session on the beach -

- French toast and a chocolate malt at the Santa Cruz Diner to end the day-

:: Saturday ::

- Banana pancakes and eggs at Stacks with Mitchell and my dad -

- Back to Santa Cruz for the day-

:: Sunday ::

- Sat on my balcony to eat breakfast and soak up the sun -

- Second breakfast/lunch with Mitchell's sister and parents -

- San Francisco to get a tour of the Presidio by our fabulous caterer -

- take out Chinese - the best way to end a busy weekend -

The only way to sum up this weekend is by saying, I clearly eat a lot of breakfast foods...

Lucky Winner!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I am here to announce the lucky winner of the stamp (or mini stamps!) from Cupcake Tree - chrissy from The Perfect Palette!

Thank for entering everyone!

Photographer Love

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Even before I got engaged I knew one of the most important things at my wedding would be the photographer. Everyone says the day flies by so it was important to me to have great photos I can look back on to remember the day. As soon as we found our venue and date I started doing excessive research into photographers and met with a few in the area. I was hesitant to commit to any of them until we met with James Moes and instantly fell in love with his photos.

We are so excited to have an official photographer and to take our engagement photos this Friday! Here are so more of James' amazing photos so you can see how easy it was to make the decision to have him shoot our wedding day!

P.S. I know I said I would pick the winner for my stamp giveaway today but I am giving everyone one more day to enter! So if you haven't entered yet, hurry up!

All About Us

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I gave Mitchell this funny little book a few years ago for some valentine's day or anniversary or another and we have had so much fun filling it out since! It is a 113 page book fun of questions you and your loved one can fill out and laugh at each others answers. We haven't finished filling it out yet because every time we start I have so much fun I make us stop after a few pages so we have more to do later! Here are some questions and our answers:

What would you like to outlaw in your relationship?
Mitchell: crying
Julie: cell phones

What is happiness?
Mitchell: no worries
Julie: chickens, pizza, Mitchell, my mom, cats

Thing or person you would like to be in your next life
Mitchell: pro-athlete (quarterback for the SF 49ers)
Julie: Penguin

Weekend Details

Monday, August 1, 2011


:: Friday ::

- lunch with Mitchell and his friends at work - Abby was the life of the party -

- two year olds are the best because sometimes they sleep three hours and so can you - 

- tried my first oyster shooter, chased it with a few glasses of champagne - 

:: Saturday ::

- morning walk to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast - 

- talked about our future dream house during a trip to the pottery barn and restoration hardware - 

- Winnie the Pooh with Abby -

- Pizza my Heat for dinner -

- too many episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras - those girls are crazy -

:: Sunday ::

- woke up early and made a healthy breakfast of oatmeal with soy milk - 

- went to my parents house and ate a second breakfast of not as healthy, eggs, bacon, and croissants with my family-

- engagement photo outfit shopping with Sarah with no luck finding just the right dress - 

- wedding dress shopping with tons of luck finding just the right dress!! -

p.s. how do you all like my new big, yellow buttons over there on the right? The fabulous, Jillian from cornflake dreams made them for me :)