Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

BABY SMITH ARRIVING DECEMBER 2016

After years of being poked & prodded, countless blood tests, two surgeries (on my part), we are thrilled to announce that a sweet little baby will be joining our family in December! We are so excited, and so blessed.

Friday, March 18, 2016

COCONUT ACAI BOWL

Around two years ago, I was out and about with my little buddy Lexi, after a morning at Sea World. We were just meandering around the Mission Beach area, and stumbled upon a smoothie shop that sold acai bowls. We were in need of a mid morning snack, and at the time, Lexi loved smoothies. I purchased a yummy strawberry banana blend for her, and settled on trying my first acai bowl, with fresh granola & coconut on top. From that moment, I was hooked on this delicious and tart treat. I have spent time to re-create the most delicious and yummy bowl I can make at home, for days when I want a change from my normal protein smoothie in the morning. It took a while, but I have completely converted Derek into this trend. On busy days, we like to whip one of these up, and share it on the couch, dreaming of a tropical location and beach. We are ready for a vacation, and to kick these years of residency behind us! 
You can see where to purchase the Sambazon packets in your area here!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO

Last weekend, we flew down to our favorite city for a weekend away. The weather was beautiful and perfect, minus a rain storm Sunday morning, and we enjoyed fabulous company, food, and sights. It was almost as though we hadn't moved away, but we definitely were in vacation mode. Friday morning was spent wandering an empty Balboa Park, and enjoying the cool morning, We enjoyed lunch at our favorite Con Pane in Point Loma, and met friends in Old Town that night for dinner. Saturday morning we went to our favorite farmer's market, and ate copious amounts of samples, and pizza in Little Italy for lunch. As the mist rolled in that evening, we played a competitive game of mini golf with my family, and had the best time! For our final day, we met friends for breakfast in La Jolla, and enjoyed the crystal clear sky and water, fresh from the storm, and one last early dinner with family before heading back to the airport. It was a wonderful weekend, and perfect timing. We have been so busy with everything, to escape for a few days was exactly what we needed! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TUBING IN TAHOE

At the end of January, we were able to take some youth from church up to Tahoe for a day of snow tubing and sledding! We ended up at Soda Springs in Truckee, and it was a beautiful day! The sun was shining, it wasn't too cold, and the hills were empty! After a few hours of riding the hill down, we took a break for lunch, and then headed back out in the late afternoon for a few final races. The youth had a wonderful time, and as a leader, I was enjoying it as much as them! We raced down, and up, trying to beat the magic carpet, and chose the fastest lanes for our final runs down. It was such a wonderful way to spend a Saturday, and I was definitely sore the next day, after spending hours lugging my tube up the hill! Derek & I will be coming here for a day of fun in the near future!

Monday, February 15, 2016

VALENTINE'S DAY SALMON


I have always, always, ALWAYS, loved Valentine's Day. There is something about pink glittery hearts that just make my heart pitter-patter! Besides decorating my home, I enjoy cooking a yummy and fancier dinner each year for Derek and I. This year, I wanted to incorporate salmon, because it's pink (duh!), and something we love, but don't eat quite enough. I oven roasted this salmon and served with grilled asparagus & crispy fingerling potatoes, for a yummy and light dinner. We kept the meal fairly light and simple, as to not interfere with our dark and rich dessert of Sees candy, and fresh berries with whipped cream. We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday together, and although Derek's pager was the third wheel (he was on-call all weekend), it tended to stay fairly quiet! We ended the night on the couch, cozied under blankets, a crackling fire, and "The Walking Dead". It was a wonderful low-key and lovely night!