another anniversary in the books.

Nick and I just celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary! We have a picture of one of our wedding shots in our living room. The restful look in our eyes, hair, bodies, and overall look has shown me how much we have aged and matured, hopefully for the better for over 6 years now. 

We have a tradition where every other year we take turns planning our celebration. We do not exchange gifts but usually write letters together to each other and then read them to one another (oops, forgot to do this this year). It used to be a rule that we had to spend at least one night away from home but pregnancy, kids, and finances have kept us from upholding this rule one or twice. The beauty of marriage is that you get to learn communication and expectation over the years. Nick and I were totally content this year with keeping things low key but still meaningful. Our actual anniversary is November 26th, which is always a few days after Thanksgiving, 9 days after Nick's birthday and the day before Max's birthday. This year we spent our actual day with our kids riding ATV's and then went to our good friends Friendsgiving where actually some of Nick's groomsmen and our MC of the night were at. It was nice to enjoy a night away from the kids (thank you in-laws for babysitting) and also nice to spend time with friends we do not see often.

We still wanted to do something alone and intentional so we spent the day in Orange County this past Saturday. My mom watched our kids and we headed to the Anaheim Packing Disctrict thanks to the recommendation of my sister. If you know Nick and I then you know that one of our favorite hobbies to do together is talk, eat, and drink good food with good company.  We enjoyed getting the car valeted and then walked into the Disneyland version of a food court (seriously, if you love food and live in SoCal you need to go here.) Honestly, it was overwhelming to have to only choose a few places to eat at and Nick and I were totally ready to indulge for the day. We settled on French Crepes, an Italian piadina, boba tea topped with cotton candy (you heard that right), mint gelato, and fresh berry popsicles.

We enjoyed every bite and the rare occasion where we didn't have one of our kids asking for another bite of our meal. Our kids are foodies like us and would have totally loved this place. After eating we did the normal thing to do...napped in rocking chairs outside. See what I mean? It was all about the simple things. We ended the day by sipping on some awesome coffee from Portola Coffee Roasters and than did what every family expecting their third child does, checked out minivans at Carmax. The beautiful thing about being married to Nick is that we always seem to have fun together. Having kids has taught us to appreciate every quiet moment that we get alone and also has given us a deeper appreciation for each other.

These past 6 years have been anything but boring. I married someone who supports me in every aspect of life and is truly my best friend. My hope is that next year we can go somewhere fun for our anniversary (keeping my fingers crossed that this baby will take a bottle of pumped milk). Anyways, anniversary can be extravagant and they can be simple but the important thing is that they are celebrated because marriage is truly a sanctifying gift.  

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Coffee on Nitro  

Coffee on Nitro  

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Let's pretend I don't look like a cow here

Let's pretend I don't look like a cow here

our 5 year anniversary weekend getaway

Nick and I decided to postpone our week long wine tour to Solvang for another time but ended up having a wonderful weekend away. I am still nursing Max which is one of the biggest reasons I didn't want to be away too long. Since he still won't take a bottle. I ended up pumping a lot of milk and have a friend who can use it so she will be getting a fresh stash soon. We were only gone for about 36 hours and we enjoyed every second of it. There is no doubt how much we love being with our boys but at the same time having time to reconnect one-on-one is so special and something we look forward to. Our actual anniversary falls on Thanksgiving Day this year so being able to have alone time before that was awesome.

We started out our trip by getting a couples massage, body scrub, and facial. Thank you Groupon. We then headed to our place for the weekend. Nick booked us a sweet one bedroom condo through Airbnb. Have you ever used it before? Basically, you rent a room or home for a night like you would a hotel but the people who own the place are not there. The condo we were at seemed to only be used for Airbnb and we were literally right in the heart of Little Italy. Our place had a huge outdoor patio, walk-in shower, tea, coffee, Apple TV, and was right in front of the most amazing farmers market. We paid $141 for the night which was a lot cheaper than getting a luxury hotel downtown. 

We are both foodies and lovers of good drinks so we spent our time away doing just that. Eating, drinking, and enjoying one another's company. Our first food stop was back to our old stomping grounds where we ate at our favorite hole-in-the-wall pizza joint near our alma matter--San Diego State University, Milo's Pizza. The guys behind the counter even  remembered Nick. Two slices of pizza and a soda for $5.00. You can't beat it and it is the closest pizza to the East Coast that we have yet to have in So-Cal. The rest of the weekend we kept talking about how long it had been since we have ever had a soda. Sad I know but we just never drink it. But that Diet Coke hit the spot!!!!

After that we went to Hess Brewing Company in North Park to have a beer. Hess Brewery's building used to be our favorite theological bookstore when we were in college and the owners are actually reformed Christians so it is an awesome spot. While sipping our beers we got a call from our sweet babysitter that Calvin had locked himself in the bathroom (that lock does not unlock with a bobby pin). She tried for 30 min to get him to unlock it but after having no luck we were forced to call Nick's friend over to break the door open. All night now we keep hearing "Tim, came and he banged the door open and rescued me!". It was probably nerve-racking for our sitter but it gave us a good laugh and also opportunity to talk to Calvin on the importance of not locking doors without mommy or daddy...sigh

The rest of our time I will share via pictures below. We went to a crepe breakfast spot, helped a homeless woman who was severely drunk by getting the paramedics over to rescue her, went to Ikea, Target, Stone Brewery, Buon Appetito, Sea Port Village, and many more places. Not a minute was wasted.

My mom and sister took Calvin and Max for the remainder of our trip after our sitter left and basically spoiled them rotten. They went to Souplantation, Toys R Us (twice), Chick-fil-A, and the grocery store. When we got home they were playing outside with my mom and our neighbor and ignored the fact we even came home. I am so thankful that we live with family so that we were able to sneak away without having to worry about their well-being or safety. We don't know how long we will get to live with them after our lease is up so we are taking every opportunity they give us to watch our little ones. 

We both agreed these have been the best 5 years of our lives so far. We have moved 3 times, I graduated with my bachelors, Nick got his Masters of Divinity, was ordained, we had two boys, and all within a few years. I cannot wait to spend many more years beside this man and am thankful for his love and companionship. Cheers to the next 5! 

We were stoked to be at Milo's Pizza

We were stoked to be at Milo's Pizza

AMAZING!!!!!

AMAZING!!!!!

Hess Brewing Co. in North Park

Hess Brewing Co. in North Park

T.G.I.F.

T.G.I.F.

Our first Airbnb experience.

Our first Airbnb experience.

Pumped over 24 oz. over the weekend.

Pumped over 24 oz. over the weekend.

Dinner night out in Little Italy

Dinner night out in Little Italy

Such a delicious antipasto at Buon Appetito

Such a delicious antipasto at Buon Appetito

Headed out to the BEST farmers market we have ever been to, minus in Boise, ID

Headed out to the BEST farmers market we have ever been to, minus in Boise, ID

This stuff was so good I had to splurge and buy some to take home.

This stuff was so good I had to splurge and buy some to take home.

Still fighting a cold and needed a raw green smoothie to help kill all the germs.

Still fighting a cold and needed a raw green smoothie to help kill all the germs.

This jerky was so delicious and it even came with dental floss. Genius!

This jerky was so delicious and it even came with dental floss. Genius!

We found a great new alehouse and restaurant in Rancho Bernardo

We found a great new alehouse and restaurant in Rancho Bernardo

We spent the afternoon at Stone Brewing Co. where we spent many nights of our first year of marriage.

We spent the afternoon at Stone Brewing Co. where we spent many nights of our first year of marriage.

Ikea errands without kids was so easy.

Ikea errands without kids was so easy.

Fried olives, need I say more?

Fried olives, need I say more?

We bought the boys matching Christmas jammies and couldn't resist waiting until December

We bought the boys matching Christmas jammies and couldn't resist waiting until December

my love for november.

November is such a special month in our family. November 17th we will celebrate Nick's 28th birthday. November 26th is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, and is also our 5 year wedding anniversary.  And November 27th will be Max's 1st birthday. So yeah, November is a pretty big month for our family. But especially this year.  I almost wish that Calvin was born in November so that all of boys and biggest life events could all be compiled to one month. 

On Sunday morning when I woke up I could tell it was fall. And I am not saying that just because the time change happened and my boys were up a little earlier than usual or because I caught the nasty cold my boys had. But November has a crispness about it. It smells different. Looks different. Hey, it even rained in San Diego. 

Nick and I loved having our wedding in November because we were able to celebrate in so many special ways with our family in friends. Since our wedding fell on black friday we were able to sort of have a wedding week of celebrations since many people had Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. We had our rehearsal dinner, a huge Thanksgiving celebration, our actual wedding, and then our honeymoon. All in one week.  It was a once in a lifetime thing to have so many loved ones near us to celebrate such a special time in our lives. 

In a few weeks I will eat my weight in turkey and gravy, watch my baby boy take a few steps, and will have 5 years of marriage under my belt. I will always be thankful for November. 

Does your family have a month full of birthdays or celebrations? What is your favorite time of the year?

The day before I give birth last year on our 4 year wedding anniversary

The day before I give birth last year on our 4 year wedding anniversary

The turkey I birthed last year.

The turkey I birthed last year.

Exploring for rocks and ants

Exploring for rocks and ants

Sick boys on their birthday month, thankfully Max is getting better.