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Happy two week wedding anniversary to Catherine and John!

It was a beautiful, whirlwind weekend, and before too much more time goes by, I want to be sure to remember it here.

I flew to DC Friday morning, excited for a fun trip to the city and ELATED to celebrate Catherine’s wedding. Christie and I both traveled solo, and it was so fun to enjoy a baby-free trip with a friend. Almost exactly two years prior to this photo being taken, we were DAYS away from becoming mothers-our babies were born five hours apart. Isn’t that wild?

The wedding hotel was the Mayflower, and arriving at the hotel, I felt so transported to classic DC-which was exactly the mood of the whole weekend.

Saturday morning, we all got ready and made our way to the church. The National Presbyterian Church was stunning.

Even more stunning? The beautiful bride! Everyone kept saying how breathtakingly lovely Catherine looked, and it was so true. The word that kept coming up over and over to describe Catherine was “grace.” Grace perfectly sums up Catherine. She’s a graceful person and was a beautiful, graceful bride.

It was so special seeing Catherine’s parents and their equally graceful excitement before the ceremony. Also, Jonah, the sweet ring-bearer is in the corner of this photo-he was darling!

After the ceremony, organ performance (!!), and sword ceremony, it was reception time!

One thing I LOVED: instead of a salad course, Catherine wanted a pasta course-genius. So, the evening began with delicious gnocchi :)

Catherine and her sister are incredible dancers, and their family always performs a sibling dance at weddings. This performance was pretty amazing:

Taryn and Jenna flew out for the wedding and it was so special to see them. I only wish we had more time to catch up, but I’m so grateful we were all together at the wedding.

The toasts were ALL great, and I especially loved when John and Catherine thanked their family and friends for attending and shared some more of their story. This moment is SO Catherine :)

I think I’ve used the word beautiful a bit too much here, but it truly was a beautiful day, full of so much love.

After a leisurely brunch on Sunday at the hotel, we all said goodbye to Catherine and John before they left for their honeymoon. How cool is this-John completely surprised Catherine with their honeymoon. As in she found out the destination THAT morning and they flew out THAT night. And he planned the whole thing. AND-they are honeymooning in Easter Island!! I can barely keep dinner plans a surprise, I can’t imagine planning a whole honeymoon. Incredible!

Christie hadn’t been to DC in over 20 years, and so, after the Farewell Brunch, we decided to do a Lightening Round DC Greatest Hits tour. The weather was miserable, and we only had 1.5 hour before she had to leave for her flight, so it was definitely a fast-track tour (with help from Lyft :)). We started at the Supreme Court, walked to the Capitol, walked down the Mall, picked one museum (American History), said hi to Julia Child’s kitchen, admired the First Lady exhibit, and took in the view of the Washington Monument (from the Mall). For me, it was a fun nostalgia tour, as I frequently walked that loop when we lived in DC, and a treat to show it to someone else.

(I love how Julia’s kitchen wraps around the kitchen table; you don’t see that much anymore. It’s so inviting.)

And-the best part-more best friend time! Katie and Dave kindly let me stay with them Sunday night in Alexandria. It was a delight to finally see their beautiful house and it was very special seeing Parker and Jack.

Meanwhile, at home…Diego kicked off March Birthday Month with a family party in Stockton. I love this picture of David and Diego. Excited to write more about all his second birthday festivities soon :)

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10 Moments in February

Even though we’re about a week in to March, it feels verrry February-ish, with the rainy, gray skies. That pretty much sums up February for us! Rainy, stuffy noses and colds, lots of soup and time at home. A few moments from when we left our little cocoon:

1) Free museum day at the OMCA: I’m no fan of Bank of America, but I do appreciate their recent initiative to sponsor museum’s with free admission every first weekend of the month. We spent a rainy Saturday morning at the museum, and Diego ran around all the exhibits, before brunch and a really good nap.

2) Weekday babysitting swaps: We love our daycare, but the early closing time is stressful. I’ve started trading a pickup day with another mom, and so we each have one day a week where we pickup the babies and watch them for an  hourish. I was most excited to have an early evening with a little extra time, and while that is wonderful, I actually really enjoy my day with the children. It is adorable watching them play-and they often hold hands walking home!!

3) Hualgar Super Bowl. The Huas hosted everyone for a Super Bowl party, and any opportunity to see these babies together makes my heart so happy.

4) President’s Day Weekend in Irvine: We stayed with my parents for the long weekend. We enjoyed a brief break from the rain and clouds, and Diego enjoyed lots of Saba and Abu Vero time.

5) Crystal Cove Beach Cottage: I’ve been trying to get a reservation for the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages for years. When I saw a room was available during our Irvine trip, I immediately reserved. And….it was an experience! The only available room was a dorm, which is definitely dorm-like. This is the whole room. But-outside that window-the ocean. A stunning view. David and I agreed that we wouldn’t stay in the dorm again, but I’m still on the hunt for a private cottage reservation. Someday! Because along with that ocean view, you have access to….


6) Dinner at the Beachcomber! This was so fun. We walked from the room to the restaurant on the sand and enjoyed a nearly three hour long dinner (did I mention Diego stayed home with his grandparents? :)).  We could only get a 4:45 pm reservation, so we stretched out dinner to enjoy drinks, dinner and an incredible sunset. Maybe next time we’ll actually ask someone to take our photo together-this split screen dinner memory is ridiculous. I’m glad to have at least have this, as it was all a delight.

7) Morning beach walk. No words necessary, just the memory of the thrill of waking up and walking outside to this view.

8) Diego cuddles. David is definitely Diego’s favorite parent. I would say it is a phase…but it’s been going on for months, so….we’ll see. When David is home, Diego wants to be right by his side, and he rarely curls up with me. So, I definitely treasured these cuddles.

9) Almond blossoms! On the train to Sacramento, we zipped by almond orchards, and it made me realize spring is almost here. I’ll always associate the blossoms with those painstakingly long last few weeks before meeting Diego. It was almost exactly two years ago that we went for a drive to check out the blossoms in Stockton. So beautiful!

Ok, February is a short month, 9 moments sounds good to me. Happy March!

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