Backyard Dinner

Last night ryan & I had dinner with the Henkel Family. 
Mike & Debbie are my dad's college buds back from when they all went to Sonoma!
It was a lovely get together and go figure we have ALOT more in common than we knew!

Mike showed us around

Went to our first Taco Truck!

ordered delicious corn, rice, beans & tacos
we will be back for another order sometime

their backyard is very cute

dinner table
this reminds me of the secret garden


Dashel is a mini ryan!

I'm excited for our next get together with the fam


The Little Red Bike

I'm very excited to write that I am the giveaway winner!
One of my favorite blogs to read, The Rockstar Diaries, has random fun giveaways and this one was any photo of your liking from an amazing photographer artist Monica Shulman aka ciao chessa.
It was obviously hard to choose but my hubby & I ended up going with
The Little Red Bike.

I absolutely love this particular photo because as college students riding bikes is a main source
traveling from class to class. Not to mention it's fun.
On campus there are all sorts of cool colorful bikes ranging from mountain bikes, street bikes, cruisers and on and on.
Lately I am in love with certain cruiser bikes. They just appeal to that child inside me. I feel that when I look back on this photo which will be on our wall soon, it will remind me of those youthful college days my hubby and I spent on our many little adventures.




ahhh finally her new album has arrived =)
It was well worth the wait because she puts sooo much of herself into her music.
Her voice is so unique and almost hypnotizing.
would love to see her in concert one day.
This video is fun to check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbyFELkXBw
She is such an inspiring artist!



Make a wish!

It's my little sister's birthday today!

& these are clay cupcakes I made in my ceramics class as a senior back in the high school days.
Speaking of high school I can't believe ari is going to be going into high school this year! Crazyness. What happened to the little wacky haired baby running around in diapers?
Now she is 14!

This cute goof ball right here:

I wish I could celebrate with her today but when I come down to visit soon we are going out!
I'm really proud to be her sister. She's growing up to be such a beautiful woman and I love her dearly.

School bells are ringing

Today is the first day my hubby & I attend Sonoma =]
We are on our 3rd year of our college years and even though we will be ready to graduate in two years their is no desire to get out any day.
We're both studying to become teachers.
I think this is playing into the fact that I'm learning to appreciate and enjoy learning more than ever.
It's a dual effect really. I love so many inspiring teachers I've encountered who fuel my mind and heart with amazing advice and wisdom. And on the flip side I am enjoying the process of one day becoming that teacher.

On another note our little home is cute and cozy. We are really grateful for all the amazing family and friends who have been so supportive and strong for us. Later I'll be posting pictures of our wedding and honeymoon. Both we're life experiences that are molding us into a strong couple Our honeymoon consisted of a road trip in our little mazda 3 through nevada, arizona, utah (zion national park & salt lake city), Idaho, Montana (Big Sky resort), to Wyoming. This is where plans changed a little bit.... er okay A LOTA BIT.
This is where we hit a deer driving to out hotel at 3 in the morning (bad idea) and totaled our car. We spun out and once we hit the gravel at a decline flipped three ish times. What's crazy is everything was so peaceful and calm and then literally boom. In one second our world was upside down. But we are only stronger now. Not only did we come out with minor scratches a baby kitten would make, I understand even more what marriage really means. Someone said how this just comes to show that we are surely meant to be together in this lifetime. That really hit me hard. All I know is that this marriage, this time we have together will never be taken for granted.