December 31, 2014

December in a Nutshell

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December is always busy, but this was the busiest Christmas season I have ever had. A few days before Christmas, Jake and I were talking after a crazy day and I looked back at my calendar and realized it had been 3 weeks since we had a day or evening with nothing scheduled and no where to be. This little tree that we bought when we were first married somehow survived another year even though we ALWAYS say we are going to get a new one. Maybe next year we will try a real one!...
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Quad-State Trip Part 4: Outerbanks North Carolina/Thanksgiving/Jake's Birthday

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See part 1 of our trip here, part 2 here, and part 3 here
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^While we were in D.C. we heard there was a big storm coming in, and since we were renting a car and driving to the Outerbanks we decided to leave at 5:30 in the morning to get out before the worst of it. It rained the whole 5 hour drive, but we loved it, talked, and listened to Jason Reeves Songs are Silent Films. I'm so glad we had the chance to drive a bit through the East Coast. I want to re-live this...
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December 28, 2014

Quad-state trip part 3: Washington D.C.

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See part 1 of our trip here, and part 2 here.
We only spent one day/night in D.C. but it was one of the most beautiful days of the entire trip. Cold, but the leaves were gorgeous...
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December 4, 2014

Quad-State Trip Part 2: Philadelphia

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See part 1 of our trip here, and see my last trip to Philadelphia here

Sometimes you have to go all-out tourist and book a Big Bus tour. This was my second time  because last time Jake wasn't with me and I wanted him to see it all! My favorite stop is Reading Terminal Market. It's an enclosed public market with millions of food merchants offering everything you can imagine. 

My brother Josh and sister-in-law Ashley were nice enough to let us stay with them, and even though they are both super busy with school they went out with us for Mexican food and ice skating in City Hall! We were lucky to have perfect fall weather. Next up.. Washington, D.C.! 
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December 2, 2014

Quad State Trip Part 1: New York City Photo Diary

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First things first, New York City is the most delicious place on earth. Before Jake and I left for the airport we were discussing our "must-dos" and I'm not ashamed to admit that all of mine were places to eat. Each day consisted of dessert after every meal and 2nd dinners. It.was.divine. 

Ever since we got married we have been wanting to do a New York City/D.C. trip. I've been to New York a lot by myself since then but never with Jake. Three years later, it finally happened and then some. After my brother and his wife got married and moved to Philadelphia, we added visiting them to the "dream/future trip" mix. One night this past summer Jake had a brilliant idea to go at the end of November and extend it to North Carolina where my oldest brother and his family live and stay for Thanksgiving. We convinced my parents and other brothers to meet us in North Carolina for the holiday, and because there were too many of us at that point to stay in Durham, we all stayed in a house on an Outerbanks beach in Corolla. Here's a quick itinerary-summary: We flew into New York City, stayed for three nights, took a bus to Philadelphia, stayed for two nights with my brother, took a bus to Washington D.C., stayed for one night, and then rented a car and drove to Corolla, NC (~5 hours) and stayed four nights. In total, we were gone for 10 memorable days!

So back to New York. It was freezing cold. Yes I'm from Vegas and wear jackets in 63 degree weather but cold is cold and NY was coooold. We were freezing and bundled and happy. We visited the MoMa, marveled at the obese pigeons, walked everywhere, slept in the tiniest hotel room I have ever seen in my life, ate, ate, ate, visited the beautiful 9/11 Memorial, met up with friends, saw our UNLV Rebels play at the Barclay Center, strolled through the artisans market by our hotel, and saw If/Then with Idina Menzel on Broadway. <<< This was life changing. I laughed and then held back tears until I couldn't anymore and looked around and realized the entire audience was sniffling. It was emotional and raw and IDINA. *Insert hands up emoji*. I need to stop now or I'll be re-telling the entire plot scene by scene like I've been doing to everyone within earshot. 

Now we're home and I'm playing catch-up at work and crying a little that Levain's cookies are a five hour flight and thirty-minute cab ride away. Hopefully I'll finish all my real responsibilities tomorrow so I can work on posting the rest of our trip! Happy Tuesday.. Wednesday? I don't even know. Time for bed! 

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October 15, 2014

3 Years

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Today Jake and I are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary! It’s clichĂ©, but time really does fly and I’m sitting here reminiscing and slightly panicking because I want it all to slow down a little. It’s been almost five years since the day we met.  We talked for a couple of hours that night and he was so subtle about his interest that I was shocked when he wanted my number. Long story short, I was convinced we would never be anything but friends, he wanted more than that, so he stayed around, as my friend, for nine months.  Five months into that I had moved to Los Angeles and he finally moved back to Las Vegas, barely missing me (I think he moved back the day after I moved to California). Interestingly enough, we started talking a lot more when I moved. It got to the point where I looked forward to his texts every morning and jokes during the day. One of my best friends Brynn who was also my roommate at the time would always say, “Are you sure you’re not into him?” and I would say, “I’m SURE. It would never work.”  
During that summer that I lived in Los Angeles I drove across the country with my mom to help my brother move.  The entire 5 day road-trip,  I played games with Jake on my phone (mom was driving ;)).  I remember my mom saying, “You don’t play words with friends all day with a boy you’re not in love with!” I would brush it off, but after that trip things started to change. I think I started to become more aware of my feelings that already existed more than anything else. Jake would sometimes let some sweetness slip through our friendly banter and one night I remember saying to myself, “Are you the biggest idiot of all time? This guy is amazing.” After my trip, Brynn picked me up from the airport and I said, “So.. I’m in love with Jake.” 
“I KNEW it!,” she wasn’t surprised.
I went to Song writing school that summer and the only thing I could write about was Jake.  My old notebook from class is chock-full of lyrics that have everything to do with him. It’s fun to look through now and realize how consumed I was by thoughts of him even when I didn’t realize it.
After I was sure of my feelings, I didn’t say anything, but my tone changed, and he knew at that point that I had finally come around. Shortly after that I moved back home to Las Vegas to finish my last year of college, and after a picnic spilling our feelings , Jake said, “I waited a long time for this!” and we knew we didn’t want anyone else.
So that explanation was long even though I left out most details, but fast forward through calling Jake boyfriend, to fiancĂ©, to now, my husband of three years!  We’ve come a long way. I love him so much more than I did then. It's amazing how comfortable you can be in your flaws when you love and trust someone that never acknowledges them. Jake is always kind, always encouraging, always forgiving, and always gives the benefit of the doubt not just to me but to everyone else around him. He makes my life simply happy and full of peace. He is a peacemaker by nature and I will never take that for granted. 

I've never had more fun in my life than I've had in the past three years. I've never laughed more. There have been so many moments when we are in a group of people that Jake will whisper something funny in my ear and we will have to try to keep from laughing.  When we were on our cruise last year, our friends staying in the room next to us said, "We would hear Jake mumble something, and then hear Sarah's loud laugh." What was actually happening was Jake was saying hilarious pick up lines to me from across the room in different accents while I was getting ready for dinner. I'm so glad we have the same quirky sense of humor, because life would be really boring if we didn't. 

Anyway, there is clearly too much to even say, but I love this day and what it represents. I love what we've experienced so far and am grateful for a forever partner that gets me completely. Now time to celebrate! 

p.s. I recently organized all the photos in my photo bucket account. I was feeling super accomplished until I looked at my blog and realized that it messed up almost every single post. I don't have a ton on here, but it's still going to take most of my free time in the next few weeks to fix. so that's why it looks a little weird around here. womp womp. 
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September 2, 2014

La Jolla Photo Diary

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Let's just ignore the fact that I only take out my camera when I'm out of town and have little to no documentation of normal every day life. How do I change that?! Anyway…thank the heavens for long weekends. We spent ours in La Jolla with family and friends and it was the perfect way to end the summer. I don't think I'm fooling anyone with the surfboard pictures. We took lessons and I only got on my feet once. Jake was basically a pro and I wish I had evidence but you'll just have to take my word for it.  I like to imagine that summer is ending because fall is my favorite season but Vegas prefers to stretch it out as long as possible. Right around now I start frantically making sure we experienced everything on my mental summer bucket-list, but we have a few  more weeks to fit it all in. As much as I love sweaters and pumpkin-flavored everything, I'll gladly enjoy the sunshine a little bit longer. 
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