Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fall Road Trip

Outdoor Camping Lone Pine

Camping Outdoor Lone Pine

Outdoor Camping Lone Pine

Outdoor Camping Lone Pine

Outdoor Camping Lone Pine


Outdoor Camping Lone Pine

Outdoor Camping Lone Pine

Camping Sierra Nevada

Camping Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Style

Camping Outdoor Sierra Nevada

Outdoor Camping Sierra Nevada

Camping Outdoor Sierra Nevada

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park

Outdoor Hiking Style

Yosemite National Park


Outdoor Hiking Style

Outdoor Hiking Style

Outdoor Hiking Style

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Tjioes Adventure

Tjioes Adventure

Pregnancy Announcement

| Outfit 1: Cardigan, Stripe Tee, Boots | Outfit 2 & 3: Vest, Flannel, Tee, Leggings, Boots |

This past week was a particularly charged week, both physically and emotionally. At the last minute we decided to unplug, disconnect, and get away for a few days as a family and it ended up being the best decision we could have made. We silenced all the noise from the events of last week but more importantly, found the time to really reconnect as a family.

We decided to take a drive up to Mammoth and on the way we stopped and camped at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine. We stayed up late stargazing and were up bright and early the next day and headed up to Mammoth. We had initially planned to go up and play in the snow since the resort just recently opened, but much to our surprise the road past the resort was closed off. At the last minute we decided to take a day trip to Yosemite instead and it ended up being an unforgettable experience. If you've never been, I highly recommend putting it on your bucket list, it does not disappoint. There is so much to see and do that it's impossible to squeeze it all into one day, but I'm so happy we had the opportunity to glimpse some breathtaking sights!

As we enter a new era, it's so important to make sure we take a moment to really take a step back and appreciate the things that really matter. Arguing, protesting, whining, and lamenting won't bring about change. We are the only ones responsible to help bring about change by our actions, by loving each other, by respecting each other and our differences, and by exemplifying and passing on these values to our children. This weekend I was reminded of these verses:

'This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD."' - Jeremiah 17:5

'Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.' - Colossians 3:2

'It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.' - Psalm 118:8

As I contemplate these verses and their deeper meaning, I'm reminded of the importance of casting my hopes and fears in the ever mighty and powerful power of Christ. Putting our faith in politics or those who hold offices of power is not the answer. As the song says, "in Christ alone my hope is found." I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of relief and reassurance because I know that as long as we continue to put God first, He will not lead us astray. I believe this to be more true today than ever before.

And in case you missed my ever expanding waist line, SURPRISE! We're expecting baby #2! We've been sitting on this secret for some time and weren't quite ready to make the big announcement but after reviewing our vacation pictures we realized there was just no more hiding it - to say that we're excited for our new addition is an understatement! :)

Stay Sweet!



Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Roundup

Halloween Candy Apples

Halloween Candy Apples

Halloween Candy Apples

 Halloween Azucar by Alexandra

Halloween Azucar by Alexandra

Halloween Azucar by Alexandra

Halloween Azucar by Alexandra


Halloween Azucar by Alexandra

Mickey's Halloween Party

 Mickey's Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party

October seems to have come and gone in a flash! One minute we're putting up pumpkins and dressing up, and before you know it we're getting ready for the ever so quickly approaching Christmas season! Spoiler alert: I'm sooooo excited for the holidays this year! 

Although Halloween didn't pan out as I had planned, Bonnie and I still managed to have a good time making our first batch of caramel candy apples. Our kitchen was a wreck, and there was caramel literally EVERYWHERE, but the laughs and giggles made it all worth it. I followed this recipe for the caramel apples, and although they turned out pretty good, I think I might tweak a couple things next time, like quickly washing the apples in hot water to take the wax off (it makes the caramel stick better).

A few months ago I let Bonnie pick out her costume. It came down to either a cupcake or a donut. She excitedly picked the donut. After being super excited about her milk and donut costume, when it came time to dress up Bonnie had a complete melt down and wanted NOTHING.to.do.with.it. Needless to say, we called it an early night, had a really nice family dinner outside and followed our family tradition of snuggling up to a Halloween movie for the rest of the night :). 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen we visited Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland last week. This was the first Halloween we all really dressed up for since Bonnie was born. We kept it really low key but still fun. We went with my sister and brother-in-law who dressed up in Star Trek costumes, it was so much fun! Even though the day was gloomy and rainy we still managed to enjoy ourselves and walk away with bags full of candy, bonus! 


Hope you all had a sweet, safe and wonderful Halloween!