Oct 26, 2014

Thirty Two

I've always known that God's hand is in all of our existence here on earth, but through extreme trials and blessings I've learned that he is truly orchestrating the most beautiful song that is my life.  This year has been a tough one in many ways, but as I reflect back (or even glance back at the year through my blog) I am reminded that the trials fade and the blessings stay.  I am constantly needing to be reminded that things are good and that I'm loved, but I think that's pretty consistent of  us humans – especially the woman kind. 
I want to remember those good things and the love I felt on this birthday.  I also want to thank those who made it memorable  – my peeps, oh how I love you.  I woke up early to a chorus of 5 Boyd boys belting out Happy Birthday in their loudest and most enthused voices.  I stumbled after them down the hall as they yelled, "look Mommy!!!" – Sean had stayed up all night cleaning the house and doing laundry (my number one love language) and then after catching a couple hours of sleep, he woke up early and made me homemade crepes for breakfast.  That Seanny Nonny is a keeper.

I did all my favorite things on my birthday (food-family-friends-fun).  I went shopping with Erin and Indy, had shrimp tacos for lunch at my favorite place, and then had dinner with my bestie and our boys at Fleming's.  I really wanted steak for my birthday.  Forget diamonds - bring me a steak!

Throughout the day I received phone calls, texts, Facebook messages and emails. Each one made my heart swell with love.  I received an email with this poem written by another bestie (I have endless besties - you can do that, right?).  My Lizzy Lou  – she always writes the best cards and says the nicest things.  It makes me want to be better at telling people how much I love and appreciate them.  
Some friends are funny,
Each laugh is a treat. 
They make life a party
For all that they meet. 

Some friends are wise
Their words all inspiring. 
Whatever the trial
Their support is never tiring. 

Some friends are givers
Of warmth, food and family. 
The way that you feel with them
Makes living life happy.

Some friends are talented 
At so many things. 
From decorating, cooking and
Parties with "(angel) wings".

But sometimes...

You're blessed with a friend
Who is ALL of those things. 
Who makes your heart happy
And makes your heart sing. 

She's fun and she's smart
And gives all of her heart
To loving and caring and 
Creating works of art.

She's a friend and a sister
And the closest confidant.
Her loyalty and friendship is 
Your dearest constant.

You know that she'll love you 
No matter your weakness
And laugh as you show your most
Appalling inappropriateness. 

She is humble and kind
And doesn't realize her impact
On all that she touches
(She can't help, but attract)!

She's the BEST kind of friend. 
The kind who brings out the best.
Happy Birthday, Lela Love!
Being your friend makes me blessed!
Thirty two is going to be good. LOVE YOU ALL! 

Oct 21, 2014


Do I ever stop talking about how wonderful my friends are?  I don't think I do (sorry, not sorry).  I know with all the fibers of my being that God blessed me with great friends because he knows I need them.  The truth is, "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."  – and my friends... they bring chocolate. 

My sneaky besties surprised me with an early birthday party spa night last weekend and man was it fabby!  My friends know me well.  Very well.  They knew they'd need a solid sneaky plan – which they had. They know I love chocolate cake, dirty Dr Pepper and party decor in mint and gold – which they had.  They also know my favorite things to do in life are to eat, hang out and get pampered – which we did. 

Erin made her famous chocolate cake with blue ombré frosting. 
Stephanie brought the drinky drinks and set up a DP bar. 
Kristi hosted, decorated and made me this giant birthday card. 
We stayed out all night like a bunch of wild Mormon moms – drinking soda with no bras on while waiting our turn for massage.  How we roll, guys. How. We. Roll.  

I can't leave out that my friend Christie was in on the fun.  She is a massage therapist (the best I might add) and brought her mobile spa up to Kristi's house for the partaaay.  If you live in San Diego and want to hire her to come do a spa party, girl's night, couples massage or just have her all to yourself  – let me know!  You will not be disappointed! She's the bomb, yo. 

I wish all the world could have friends like mine.  You just can't have mine... cuz they're mine :)  Thank you so much Lovies!!  

Oct 19, 2014

The Beck Villa

We spent Saturday up in Temecula visiting our sweet friends Jason and Christina Beck and their four beautiful kiddos.  The Becks lived here in San Diego over three years ago, before taking their twilight Navy tour to Rota, Spain.  They are back and here for good now and you guys, these guys are the coolest.  I am so in love with this wonderful family and I'm thrilled we will finally get to see them now that they are close by.  They sure found a stunner of a dream home.  I guess they loved Spain so much that they decided they belong in a Spanish Villa — complete with a Vineyard.  A VINEYARD!  So very dreamy.
 Christina made us a spread of Spanish tapas including chorizo chips, manchego cheese and the yummiest prosciutto bread.  My kinda gal I tell ya.  It was all delish!  She also made us virgin Sangria.  I didn't even know there was such a thing — annnnnd, now I'm obsessed. 

 She let me wander around taking pictures of the Villa.  I didn't get enough pictures to do it justice, but you can tell it's the place dreams are made of.  So beautiful and serene. 

  We had the best food all DAY! Flatbread pizzas, Christina's homemade Albondigas soup, and lots of other good stuff.  She even got me a cake for my birthday — I'm ready for you to adopt me now Mama!

 Kids. Were. In. Heaven. We all were. Now we just need to count down the days until we can visit again!

Thank you for the amazing day guys!  Love my girls!

Oct 5, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

We met up with friends at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch this weekend.  We decided to all get there early because it was supposed to super hot, which it was.  October man!  It always seems to be the hottest month in San Diego.  

We let the kiddies run around while taking pictures and then let each minion pick a pumpkin and some candy from the country store.  We made it a quick outing before the crowds and heat got too crazy to handle.  It really is the best pumpkin patch in San Diego.  Just feels like Fall y'all! 

While out amongst the large pumpkins, the guys decided to start picking them up like strong men ...because you know - they're guys.  This next little sequence is of them doing overhead presses -which I'm sure was mighty impressive until Sean's slipped and broke.  Of course, that was the perfect pumpkin that Erin had planned to take home. 
 The perfect Pumpkin before Sean killed it.