Hello! So many life changes since the last photos shared.
We moved from our apartment to a tiny cottage a few minutes drive from our last place. It has a backyard and so many windows and we are very much in love with it. More to come soon. Life is busy and holidays are looming. My head is exploding with excitement, ideas, etc.
For now, mostly taking photos with my phone. Just started posting them over here.
Our weekend included a spontaneous hiking trip after church that ended with a ridiculous sunset view over both mountains and ocean followed by burritos and beer. Hiking in the desert is a much different sport than hiking through forests laid with moss and mushrooms. The sun was hot on the way to the top but there were spots between the rocks that shot out cold air. On the way down when the temperature dropped and the sun fell the cold spots felt just like when you swim in the ocean and you come upon a part deep in the water that hasn’t been beaten by the sun. It was breathtaking and invigorating and made me feel like a Californian.
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It’s funny how holidays sort of become completely different when you grow up. And somehow parts of them stay exactly the same. Instead of spending all day laying around while people we love run to and from the kitchen with food and drink, we spent most of the day in the kitchen ourselves. Christmas morning, while we opened our presents we ate freshly baked cinnamon rolls from the oven, whipped up and rolled out the night before. We froze butter for pie crusts and are still eating pecan pie after every meal. We bought a half ham, baked bread in the dutch oven, cooked mashed potatoes, roasted green vegetables. We mixed prosecco with spiced apple cider…very tasty and festive. We took a break from the cooking to walk on the beach during the most magical hour. We drove to look at neighborhoods decked out with Christmas lights. We walked to the theater near our house twice to see two good movies. We laid on the couch and read and napped and sipped lattes. We watched It’s a Wonderful Life. I liked the way it turned out a lot, just us two, doing our favorite things. It was good for us to do, I think, to remind us that if everything doesn’t happen the same it has every year before, things will still be okay. Good, even.
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I’ve become an elf in the past couple of weeks. I made the star on our tree, Christmas cards, peppermint mochas, bread, pom poms, and other knitted goodies. There are a few secret surprise gifts I wish I could post here but I have to wait.
It has rained here off and on for a few days and I have been cozied up inside for the most part with sniffles watching Christmas movies while I make. I am getting used to the idea that Christmas this year will not be spent laying around while my mom and grandparents do all the feeding and taking care of everyone. We will have a California Christmas. Presents will be mailed instead of handed. It’s a little bit exciting and a little bit sad.
This weekend we held candles and sang Christmas songs and listened to the Christmas story read under twinkly lights in a park outside with new friends. We had free chili and cornbread after church. We went to a couple of Christmasy parties. It didn’t feel like Christmas very much in the beginning of December, but now it is all around.
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Two photos from today.
There are not a lot of places I’d rather be when the two of us are home. When I am alone, I prefer to be near the ocean.