In Real Life: Week 20

Hello, friends! We had a fantastic week 20… let’s take a look!

I’ve never felt so excited about socks before.

Llama face case!

I’ll take one of everything, please.


It’s a topographical map of the Bay Area bodies of water. Super cool!

The poppies have my heart right now.

They always make me think of Armistice Day, though.

Watch out for Joe Cool!

Left photo is from November… right photo is from this week. Talk about progress!


It took some serious willpower not to buy up all these adorable marine-themed plates. This whale would look so cute in the boys’ bathroom!

Work spoiled me with two screens, so now I also require an extra one at home. IT LOOKS SO GOOD and I can DO ALL OF THE THINGS.

Park day Friday!

I can’t get over how big and capable he is these days.

It made my Idaho heart very happy to see this car at our park. Idaho plates are enough to turn my head, but with a BSU sticker, too? Who are you, and can we be friends?

The Pro setting on my new Samsung phone is pretty damn great. This has almost no editing on it.

This little guy is actually a cutting that I took from West Cliff. I brought it home after a walk with my mom while she was visiting, let it scab over for a couple of days, and then planted it in my favorite succulent soil and hoped for the best. Well, a few weeks later and it’s ready to bloom! Score!

Playing around with my DSLR before my night photography class.

I learned so much from this class!

We went out right before sunset and spent a bit of time dialing in our settings. (I’ve done zero editing on the next several photos, btw.)

Check out that sun flare! (And the water droplets on my lens, whoops.)

Then we moved into the golden hour.

That reflection is so dreamy.

Then we started slowing down the shutter speed. (Which is why it’s brighter and softer than the previous photos.) And how lucky we were to have windsurfers to photograph!

Long exposure makes for gorgeous moving water shots.

Check out that waterfall effect on the rocks! Mmmhmm.

As it started to get really dark my stock camera lens started to struggle.

I had hoped to get some neat shots of the night sky, but I really need a better lens to get much better than this. Although I am quite happy with this shot as-is!

I learned a ton about how to take better photos in general, and now I definitely want to go back out and practice some more. Maybe I’ll even do some long exposure light painting!

Saturday I took the boys to the pool.

My heart! ❤

Bottoms up!

I hope I always remember him this small and sweet, with his chubby little legs barely sticking out from his too-big swim trunks.

Summer days are here to stay!

Have a great week 21, friends!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 20


In Real Life: Week 19

Happy Mother’s Day, friends! Let’s take a look at week 19…

Oh what I wouldn’t give to have a yard and rose bushes again.

I made the difficult decision to part ways with my saxophone last Sunday. Those of you who knew me in high school know just how big of a deal this is for me.

But as much as I loved this instrument, and as many wonderful memories are attached to it, I honestly hadn’t touched it once since we moved to California 4 years ago. And I hadn’t played it for many years before that. So it was time.

I made the decision to gift it, rather than sell it, and it went to a darling young boy who is just learning the alto sax and is very excited to pick up the tenor, too. His mom was so gracious, and offered to give it back to me if I ever change my mind. She also promised to send me a picture of him playing it one day. And that’s good enough for me – to know it’s in the hands of someone who will play and love it, and no longer simply collecting dust in my closet. I hope you enjoy it, little Alex, as much as I did. ❤

Hanging with Master Chief on my unexpected day off.

Remember that sunflower I watercolored last weekend? I made it the centerpiece of my little toy-corner collage. It makes me really happy.

Epic sushi date!

Evening light.

I love cheesy jokes.

I found myself with a random craving for some cake and in close proximity to this adorable little shop in downtown Los Gatos.

I ended up with 3 different kinds of baked goods, including a slice of carrot cake and a piece of funfetti pound cake.

My favorite, though, was this little fauxstess cupcake. YUM.

But it was their adorable displays that really charmed me.

Like seriously. Shut up and take my money.

I may or may not have come home with the matching saucer for this cup, and it may or may not be my new favorite jewelry drop spot on my desk.

So many gorgeous flowers in bloom everywhere right now!

No comment required.


We seriously have the best nanny. She surprised me by cleaning and organizing the boys’ room of her own accord, which was no small task! It looks so good and makes my type-A brain so incredibly happy.

Robbie stuck that little straw behind Jack’s ear and I just couldn’t deal with how much of a little man it made him look, especially with the plaid shirt.

Coffee roasting dreams.

My beautiful Mother’s Day gift from Robbie. Even better was that he had Jack give it to me. /melt

I love these two more than I can explain.

Pato brought crazy beer to share last night. This one hardly even tasted like beer… was more just like yeasty pineapple juice.

Jack was in bed, Rob & Pato were rolling dice, and James was with his mom. So I took some glorious alone time on the patio with my current audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

My happy window sill.

This one was… interesting. A neat idea, though not entirely what I had hoped for.

How was your week?

Have a happy Sunday!

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 19

In Real Life: Week 18

Happy Sunday! Let’s take a look at our week 18…

Am I crazy, or were Trix shaped like fruit when we were kids?

I’ve been playing with my watercolors more this week and having a lot of fun.

He’ll always be my first baby.

That light peeking through… mmm.

I imagine this is what a frozen lake looks like in the spring when the ice first starts to thaw.

A lunch break view.

Starbucks Friday shenanigans!

Now taking applications.

I could almost believe Jack wrote that.

Who smiles for their mugshot? I mean really.

The low-rider did not disappoint.

That… doesn’t actually sound good.


Friday afternoon vibes.

“FREE WEEDS: Pick Your Own” lol

The makings of a beautiful mess.

I’m really happy with this one! I think I may hang it on a corkboard collage I’m brainstorming.

Jack kept calling these gals “bok boks.” It was adorable.

Living that Santa Cruz life.

Sometimes even the debris of the ocean is beautiful.

Take it eeeeeeasy.

How was your week?

Take a look into the past… 

2017 Week 18

In Real Life: Week 17

Hello friends! Our week 17 was a little strange. I spent most of it sick, unfortunately.

I definitely channeled my inner house cat a lot.

Robbie had the bright idea to throw some sliced leftover chicken into instant ramen. I recommend.

Have I mentioned that our nanny is awesome? She drew this freehand!

She also helps us make sure we’re eating our old produce first.

Baby Warmachine does not wanna be awake.

I’ve been trying to spend my free time being more creative these days. This was a quick sketch before class one day.

I also played a little bit with watercolors! Not terrible for having no idea what I was doing, I think.

Don’t mess.

I liked that little sprig poking through the boards on the left.

James asked me to help him dye his hair red for crazy hair day at school. Derp!

I could almost believe that’s a diamond at the center of this little succulent.

I’ll take one of everything, please.

Inevitable nap on mom.

This arrangement has fantastic texture and movement, don’t you think?



Look out… we have a climber. Oh my.

Nature’s confetti.

And that was it for this week! But if you care to take a peek at some of the photos I took at last weekend’s airsoft game, let’s keep going. 😉

I loved the way these shadows were all lined up.

Locked and loaded.

(This guy is Asian, lol)

Better run through the jungle.

Like a shot out of a zombie apocalypse movie.

Have a great week 18, everyone!

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 17


In Real Life: Week 16

Hello friends! A day late with the photo recap this week, but it’s worth the wait, I promise!

Strawberry shortcake on Sunday.

I’ve never seen ice used a garnish before, but this giant cube was totally rocking it.

Hello, pretty poppies!

BBQ chick FTW.

My boys. ❤ (Also, James is totally against brushing his hair these days.)

Isn’t every week Doctors’ Week?

Afternoon doodlin’.

I sketched my lavender bush. Not bad for a first attempt, if I may say so.

“What? You moved, so it’s mine now.”

The highlight of our week was having Grandma come to visit!

It was perfect timing, as Food Truck Friday kicked off while she was here.

YOLO fries because, well, YOLO.

It was a gorgeous evening to spend at the park.

Gettin’ saucey over here.

Cheesin’ with friends.

…and making new ones.

Trying new things with Daddy.

Food Truck Friday is definitely worth a dab.

This reminds me of an old photo: “You been farmin’ long?”

Of course mom and I had to go down to the cliffs.

We were just in time to catch the sunset.

The ocean breathes salty. Won’t you carry it in?

Then Saturday, Grandma watched the boys while Robbie and I left for most of the weekend. We were so grateful to get away for a while! Sometimes mom and dad just need some alone time.

I got out the big camera and took photos while Robbie played airsoft. I am so rusty with this thing!

I love the post-apocalyptic feel of the field.

It really is the perfect place to play airsoft.

I got some good action shots with my Canon, but I haven’t had time to go through them yet. But I did get a few details with my phone.

The graffiti is prolific and awesome.

Never enough patches.

I definitely smashed this into my face.

Then I went and saw Ready Player One while Robbie played the afternoon game. I liked it, even though it was significantly different from the book. Have you seen it? What did you think?

Casual eats before date night.

Sorry, Robbie. There’s a new man in town.

We stopped in at this neat little cigar shop. Apparently their liquor license is coming soon. 10/10 would definitely come back.

There’s something so manly about a cigar to me.

This little sundae gem is called The Bee’s Knees.

Can you taste it?

Downtown Monterey.

I’m not sure what’s happening here.

I think he’s checking me out.

This was a fun photo to take while intoxicated. (Also a fun one to edit.)

I got so many compliments on my shoes.

Foggy morning breakfast views. It’s not every day you get to see a jellyfish swimming around while you eat pancakes!

Robbie said this guy reminded him of Oliver, with the begging for food and all.

When we finally got home, I took mom down to the cliffs one last time before we headed to the airport.

This beach house is living its best life.

Until next time…

…have a great week!

Take a look into the past:

2017 Week 16