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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oceanside | The Ocean

I think that I could easily argue that the ocean was the best part of this trip.
I could probably easily argue that the ocean is one of my favorite things in this life.
It's not like I thought about going into Marine Biology or anything.
Or like my First Love "song" was "The Ocean" By Mae
No, nothing like that.

This was my first real sight of the ocean. We finished breakfast and then walked down to the beach and this was on the way!

The Captain got a little too close to the waves. Also I apparently take a lot of secret photos of him. I whittled these down considerably. You're welcome :)

I really loved the sand. The black and the white striated together. I almost brought some black sand home, but I forgot... It's all good though, I'm not really sure what I would have done with it. Do you guys take sand? Seashells (I took some of those)? What do you do with them once you're home? Pictures I can work with, I'm not so good with actual souvenirs.

This was the sunset on the first day. I don't know if you can really beat beach sunsets.

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ryThe Little Prince

I feel like in at least that first picture, George here (I name a lot of things George. Apologies in advance), wanted to kill me. He just kind of chilled there and let a bunch of people take pictures of him. Whilst maybe plotting our deaths. No big deal.

 Did you know that you can skip seashells? You totally can. I didn't attempt because I have yet to become confident enough in my skipping skills. I always get brave and then totally botch it.

We both went swimming not long after this picture was taken. I admit that The Captain had to convince me a bit... the water was cold! But it was fun anyway. I think that's the farthest out into the ocean I've ever swam. We chased each other and raced and sat in the surf, unfortunately I don't have a waterproof camera so you'll just have to imagine how adorable we were ;)

I've now been in the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean within a 6 months thanks to The Captain's parents living in Florida.

It was a great trip and I loved being so close to the beach! It was only about a 15 minute walk from our hotel (by the way I walked home from swimming in my wet swimming suit and a t-shirt on top and everyone gave me the weirdest looks! I have got to get a cover up!) so we went all the time. We will definitely be going back to Oceanside again!

Have you been to Oceanside? What is your favorite place by the Ocean(side) ;)?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oceanside | The San Diego Temple

Oh the San Diego Temple....
It had been my life goal to be married there. Just me and my husband and our parents and maybe our best friend in the world (outside of each other of course)
Draper was the next best thing.

But it stayed on my bucket list because...
have you seen it?
It's basically a castle!
I always wanted to be a princess as a kid (Belle and Cinderella mostly, now Rapunzel too. Although I always liked her for her hair, that and the fact that her mom liked some weird vegetable called Rampion (which I also just learned was also called a Rapunzel plant) and having an "R" name made me like a lot of "R" words for obvious reasons ;)  )

These pictures don't even do justice to how beautiful it was. And being inside was even more magical.
Plus it was only about a half hour drive there from Oceanside :)

The Captain is a little sensitive to the sun ;)

We did sealings there (since I'd always wanted to be sealed there) but we got to explore the temple a little bit.

My favorite was being able to see the Celestial Room there.
And the Atrium.
If you go make sure that you ask to see them! :)

It was the prettiest temple that I've seen, although smaller than I imagined it! :) I feel like a world traveler of Temples now that I've been to San Diego and Florida (it's ok, I know the two temples doesn't exactly qualify me as a world traveler of temples).

P.S. I linked to to explain a little about temples. You may have to scroll a tiny bit to reach the part about the word linked!

I hope you enjoyed some pictures of the San Diego Temple!

What is your favorite temple? Have you had a chance to visit it? Do you have a bucket list for temples to see/visit?

Let me know in the comments! Also if you have any questions, I'm here :)
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oceanside Trip | The Food

So obviously not all of this food is from Oceanside directly, and some of what we ate there you could get here too, but still :)


We got In-N-Out on the way down in St. George. The Captain insists that it is better in St. George than Salt Lake and even better in California than St. George.
I thought it was fitting since In-N-Out originated in California (where are my fact-checkers?)
Also I've still never had In-N-Out in California.


Ok, so we had Denny's for breakfast (also fitting since I discovered Denny's for the first time while IN California on a different trip) and we all know that I'm head over heels for their pancake puppies, but I needed some real food. Ya know?
It was pretty delicious! Although the Captain didn't love his Salmon, those fries were pretty great.

Red Robin

We hit Red Robin after our trip to the San Diego Temple. I must say it was my best Red Robin experience. Those lemonades were great and the chicken actually arrived hot. Anyone else have that problem when they order buffalo chicken? Mine usually arrives cold!

This salad was basically the best salad that I've ever had outside my home.
We make good salads :)
I've basically memorized the ingredients so I can try to recreate it.
Apples, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Craisins, Golden Raisins, Pecans (I'd leave those out), and a pomegranate vinaigrette.


Also, if you get motion sick, please note that you may feel the pier swaying. I did. Luckily it wasn't too bad!

We got the Lightning Roll and Orange Crush.
I must say, I like Sushi express here better. The atmosphere at Harney's was nicer, but I like the Sushi better at Sushi Express.
Of the two rolls that we got, I liked the Orange Crush better. Whatever fish was on top of the Lightning Roll was too tough for me. 
Although I did like that they only sold fish from sustainable sources!

Del Taco

The Captain was glad not to have a burger. I am in love with their epic scrambler breakfast burritos. They are on my Dream About food list (maybe I WILL do a blog post on them ;)   )
It was a pretty good way to end the trip.


Not pictured. Partially because it wasn't pretty. Also because it was the worst hamburger I've ever had. The end.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Moments

So, as some of you may know, I went on a trip to Cali over the weekend. In an effort to not overload you all with pictures (there were like 77... I whittled it down to 47 before deciding to split it into separate posts...)

So instead this is the regular weekly version, with the rest following in the next few days :)

My little sister asked if I would do some covers for her binders for school, so I did these for her :) It was fun and a good excuse to do some floral borders and practice my hand lettering


The Captain and I went to the Provo City Center Temple Open house, if you get the chance I definitely recommend it. It felt like a castle in there. I was wearing this floor length skirt and so I kind of had to hold it up in one hand as we walked through so I wouldn't trip. It made me feel like a little girl wandering a castle in her nightgown. It was pretty magical :) 
It's totally open to the public, so if you aren't LDS and you've ever wondered what it looks like inside a temple, you should go! You won't regret it!

Thanks for reading! If you make it out to the open house, let me know what you think! :) Can't wait to show you all our trip! :)

Sorry for all the smiley faces and exclamation points this post. Sort of ;)

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Writing journal #53

This started out as a prompt, a secret my mother asked me to keep, but ended up being about my parent's divorce.

They were at odds. Mom. Dad.
two halves of me that were moving toward opposite horizons
she was the light side of a fading sky,
pulling the matter all around her into the explosions that blew silently beneath the water
we could all feel the concussions, the stronger push of the tides on the shore
they were building toward tsunamis
toward the crashing waves that would tear down castles, breaking the stone to sand.
Filling the foundations we dug out with our hands,
no more than moats around our hearts

We told ourselves we were lucky
as our throats filled with mud
to see the ruins and the wreckage.
We clogged our lungs and shut our mouths to hold it all inside

The waves were silent when they came.

We were silent when they left.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey everybody :)
Welcome to a new week! I am so glad that we have today off. Long weekends are the best for little adventures :)

Lately I'm obsessed with White Hot Chocolate. 

As part of my resolutions I want to get better at a lot of things, one of them being watercoloring. One of the funnest parts (even though in this particular instance the picture was a complete bust) is watching the water change colors as you wet your paints. For seriously though.

I'm also maybe a little bit obsessed with Frost this winter. How does it make such cool patterns? I took this just before church on Sunday. I really enjoy having 9 AM church now. I've had 1 PM church for 3 years and it is so nice to have a change finally. 

We went up to see The Captain's little sister up in Idaho on Saturday and this is the only picture I took ha ha. Although I finally figured out how to selfies on my Instax! 
The drive there wasn't too bad, but the drive home was SUPER sketchy. We were driving with the roads completely covered in snow, while it was still snowing, for 2 hours straight. In the dark. 
Yup... maybe not our smartest idea ever. But we lived! And it's a good story since we're not dead or maimed in any way.

That's all for this week! Thanks for reading! What are you doing for your long weekend (if you get one, feel free to rant bitterly if you didn't get today off)?

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dear Married Rachael | A Poem

I should probably preface this poem by saying that I wrote this when the Captain and I had been dating... like 2 months? Less? It was either just before or just after we started talking marriage. And by the way the first time we talked marriage it was basically, "I'd be ok if we ended up together." "Me too." Anyway, preface over :)

So you do exist, eh?
I hope you have poems
I hope they run rampant through the air
through your skin
I hope they still rip you up

Brutal, right?

We always wanted that happy ending
the fairytale
and I guess we got it

but we always kind of liked the pain
liked the bite of it
the way it made us feel past our apathetic heart
yes, I'm still liking apathetic

We liked the beauty of it
that something so horrible
could bind us tight like laces with someone else

That through being broken, 
we became whole

How does that work?
Figured it out yet?

Me neither. 

I wish you more happy endings
I wish you more happiness than I can say
But I can't say that I don't wish you pain
and I can promise that you'll get it

I hope you sew up that pain tight into poems
but I hope that you share them too
help some other people sew up their pain

maybe our pain will help someone some day

can't wait to be you
maybe I can

Your masochistically wonderful self 

Thank you all for reading! These words mean a lot to me, and it means a lot to me that you all take time to read them. It helps me be brave :)

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Moments

We're over a week into the New Year! 

Before I really mention New Year's Resolutions, I would just like to rant for a moment. It doesn't matter if you don't keep it 100% of the time. You can still make progress. So even if you've already "broken" your resolutions, that doesn't mean that you can't still "keep" them. 
You don't have to be perfect. Don't give up guys, you've still got this. 

Ok, moving on :) 

As you can see I got another adorable nephew this last week. His older brother isn't really loving his new brother yet, but he'll warm up to his brother soon enough.

Have I told you guys about Raul's Apple Pie Parfait? Remember how I mentioned that I have a mental list of foods I dream about. This is one of them. It's literally Carmel, ice cream, a whole slice of apple pie, then more ice cream and more Carmel. There is nothing bad about that. Nothing. And the pie is still hot. You should probably eat it as soon as possible. It's at Leatherby's :)

I actually pulled out my real camera this week for that lighting. It was perfect. That is au natural. No tampering. It was just too good to pass up. 

Why do I love snow drops? But I do. A lot.

I hope you all had a great week! Thank you so much for reading. Don't give up on those goals guys. You're doing great!

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