Monday, April 30, 2012


Thank you so much for your encouragement on my last post. Love my sweet blog friends : )
We have been having lots of fun these last couple weeks. We enjoyed Easter with our families and the Continos here's a glimpse into some Easter treats for the kids.

Aaron and I took three of the Contino kids to Big Hat Days. We had so much fun riding rides, buying toys, eating snacks, and getting our faces painted!

Last weekend we celebrated Carlo turning three with a swim party and I got to hang with these girls.

On Saturday my friend Nina's daughter Athena had an Under the Sea Party. It was adorable of course!

We ended Sunday at the Rodeo, having lots of fun in the sun rooting on the cowboys! Leo also got to compete in the mutten-busters contest where he rode a sheep. It was the cutest thing! Yee Haw! We had such a great weekend filled with a home project (coming soon), dinner dates, sports games, and a BBQ. Its starting to feel like summer here!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Change, why does it seem so difficult sometimes? I have never been a fan of change. My girlfriends still joke with me about the night one of my best friends was moving to Rhode Island for college. A friend that I had gone to school with from kindergarten to Jr. College. I was not ready to see her go. I wanted to be able to see her face everyday, but I knew this change was going to be so fun for her. I just didn't see it then. She got to see the country and meet new people (and thank goodness she just moved back to California). But that night when she was leaving, she and my closest girlfriends were saying good-bye and all I could say was ,"I hate change" over and over again (while my girlfriends laughed at me). Because I was afraid of the change that would take place. I liked things just how they were. But it was good change, I love her just as much now, if not more, and life went on. We've grown-up (some) and are doing bigger, better things.

Our Rehearsal dinner night

The night before we got married

 Fast forward to March 26, 2010 the night before I was going to marry my sweet husband. I might have had a small break down (or a large one, you'll never know) but I was afraid of the change that was taking place. I was leaving the home I grew up in for over 20 years. Where I was tucked in every night, cuddled when I was scared, celebrated birth days, and first kisses. I wasn't feeling ready to leave that behind. Although I was so excited to begin my life with Aaron. Thank goodness for my fiancĂ© and best friends who ran to my rescue and helped me finish packing for my honeymoon and assured me everything would be perfect. And they were right. We had the most beautiful wedding, amazing honeymoon, and we continue to have a wonderful marriage.  I still have my family down the street and the memories we made in our home.

 Our families together

Honeymoon in Mexico

 On August 15, 2010 I experienced the most difficult change to date. I lost my best friend Jaimee Baker Renfrow to Cystic Fibrosis. This girl is unlike any you have met before. She is amazing. An angel. Her presence radiates joy. She will forever be apart of me. This is one I'm still working through (and may forever be). See this post.

Our last picture together

Bachelorette party in Vegas

As I reflect on our second year of marriage change is popping up in my head again. We have made a few changes this year that have really stretched me. Our first year of marriage seemed to fly by with all the new things (house, car, furniture, busy with jobs, and social life) but year two was a little more difficult. Definitely wonderful overall but had it's had moments of change that I'm still working on. Moments where I have slowed down to reflect on our marriage. Aaron decided he wasn't loving his former job last fall and decided he was ready for a career change. At first I was a little scared but we are young and I knew this is what he needed and the time to do it. He decided so study hard for his Real Estate test and become a real estate agent. He is loving it and is amazing. His personality is perfect for the job.

 The other change this year has come as we have switched Cystic Fibrosis treatment centers from USC to Stanford University. Both have amazing doctors and teams but we were ready to be a little closer to home and see what other options for treatments we could get up north. This change is also scary. We knew all the staff at USC. And Aaron really loved his doctor. But it was time for a change, time to try new methods, and to enter drug trials. In changing hospitals though it required hearing some harsh news and medical information, and trying to get the team to hear our story and where he comes from, and his past 30 years of treatments. Working hard to get to know each other to get the best care possible. Aaron has also been in the hospital 4 times since we've been married (and countless other times during our 5 years of dating) which has definitely caused me to have some low moments. It brings on some scary change that is sometimes a lot to handle. In these moments when my husband is sick I try to be strong. I last for a few days and then loose it. I let doubt and fear enter my brain in the moments when I should be the strongest on my husbands behalf. Thank goodness he is stronger than me in this area, and assures me we will get through this. He is so amazing. He has dealt with Cystic Fibrosis since he was born. He has remained faithful through countless surgeries and weeks of hospital stays, daily hour long treatments (and tons of people staring at him when he coughs. It's not contagious folks you're ok) Through years of doctors saying he wouldn't make it to his teens and he did, to his 20's and he did. He is now 30. 30 and strong. Never doubtful. Never afraid of the future. Never has he lost his vision that God will heal him. Never has he stopped praying. And he never will. For this and million other reasons I'm so so thankful the Lord brought him into my life to show me faith that I have never seen before. I vowed to love this man in sickness and in health. Daily I think about that. Daily I choose to love him. Daily I need to thank the Lord.

 What I'm trying to learn is that change is good. It's beautiful, it causes me to get pushed out of my comfort zone and into a place where the only thing I can do is have Faith that my God is in control. He is bigger than my sadness, fear, finances, and disease. Change will bring new discoveries. New discoveries may bring new medicine. Healing medicine. Life changing! I know He has a plan for our marriage. To hopefully have children, and grand-children. To lead lives that are pleasing to Him. To cherish time with our family and dear friends. We are so blessed by our loved ones. I know I post a lot about our trips and fun activities but I wanted to share some real thoughts about our journey. That's what's been on my mind lately. Change. Good change.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Second Anniversary Part Two: Newport Beach

Have I mentioned that Newport Beach is my happy place? It really is. I'm sure you're thinking, didn't you guys go there last year for your anniversary? We sure did! See This Post and This post. And we ate at many of the same restaurants. We just couldn't help ourselves. Our trip was amazing. The weather was gorgeous, and it was such a perfect getaway for us. So get ready for a bunch of pictures (I actually didn't take as many as I would have liked) but oh well we were busy!

We drove down Sunday and ate at Panini Cafe for lunch. Then we were quickly off to Fashion Island. We met up with my best friend Kaira who is living in San Diego and she shopped and went to dinner with us. It was so fun getting to see her. We ate filet mignon and shrimp. It was amazing. We sipped our martinis as the boats went by and chatted into the night.

We pretended we were in London

In the morning we were out of the hotel shortly after 8:00 so we could have a peaceful breakfast at The Beachcomber. We rode the bus over and drank coffee and ate by the beautiful ocean breeze. Then back to Fashion Island ( My hubby is fabulous because we shopped a lot.) 

At the pet store I may have fallen in love with this guy and was close to convincing Aaron to bring him home. He is identical of what Louis looked like as a puppy. He kept saying "We have him at home, I think you're just missing Louis." I guess he was right. Three dogs might make us crazy!
seriously though, that face : )

 After shopping we went back to our hotel to rest a little before we headed over to Balboa Island for riding bikes, and rides. I was so excited!

Gorgeous Balboa pictures to come of riding the ferry, the ferris wheel, bike riding, and dancing on the beach....

For dinner we ate at Javier's. We started with margarita's at the bar and the biggest serving of guacamole. Then moved to our table by the fire. 

In the morning one more trip to Fashion Island for some lunch at this fabulous french cafe.

Then we were off to Beverly Hills to go to the Grove so we could see Rascal Flatts. (Thanks Christina for the tip.) It was a dream come true. We saw Mario Lopez, and then anxiously awaited Rascal Flatts's interview with Renee Bargh (who was gorgeous)

As they came out they were close enough to touch. We listened to the interview and at the end I got to shake their hand and get their new cd. Although they didn't allow pictures, I was happy with my small moment of joy meeting one of my favorite singers.

We grabbed Sprinkles in Beverly Hills.

 Snacked at an Italian Bistro

 And then I got excited when I saw poparazzi talking to Gloria Govan reality TV star and fiancee of Lakers forward Matt Barnes. I haven't seen the show but she was extremely sweet. She even chatted with me for a minute. I just night have to tune in now.

That night we ate at Maggiono's for dinner and then headed for home

I'm so blessed to call Aaron my husband. He is such an amazing man that works hard to make everyday joyful. He always makes me laugh and keeps life exciting. I thank God for guiding our marriage. I'm looking forward to the many years ahead.