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Friday, November 11, 2011

Engagement pics!

A couple weeks ago we got our engagement pics back and I'd love to share some of our favorites! We took the pictures at our wedding venue, Walnut Grove (you can see pictures from when we went to their open house here) and I think they turned out great! I cant wait to take more pictures here in 9 months when we officially will be married!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Love Sweet Love

On Saturday Bret and I celebrated our 2nd year anniversary! We woke up and exchanged a few little gifts, lounged around a bit and eventually drove down to Long Beach to go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. It had been years since I'd been and Bret had never been there at all so we thought it would make the perfect day-date for our anniversary!

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my new COATT necklace from Bret. It reads "I will always love you" in morse code!

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At the aquarium

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jellyfish

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so many little Nemos and Dory's!

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petting the sting rays and sharks

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apparently he felt he wanted to be a hipster...either that or a grandpa

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we ironically parked in 4D which is ironic because we met working at a company that sells/produces the software Cinema 4D. Kinda funny!



After we walked around for a few hours we drove back home and went to a Hookah Bar in the next town over. I hadnt been there since I was probably 20 and boooy had it changed. It turned into a "night club" and was basically ridiculous, especially since it is in the middle of a strip club with a Sherman Williams paint store right next door! We still had a good time and enjoyed our hookah!

This was the last anniversary we will have as a non-married couple! The next anniversary we will be celebrating will be our 1 year wedding anniversary on 8-10-13!

and I leave you with this picture of me in the bird aviary...as seen from a pic my mom took of me in Seattle: I am REALLY scared of animals (yes even butterflies : / ). I dont like them in my business, anywhere near me and i'm always scared they're going to attack me! This pic is one of many candids that I have that look very very similar

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend recap

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This weekend marked our measly 2 year anniversary! It seems like we have been together for SO much longer so admitting that we've only been together for 2 years is embarrassing! We were really good friends for over a year before we started dating so I guess that adds some time to things ;) We spent our anniversary at the Long Beach Aquarium (pics to come!) and the rest of the weekend was basically spent in bed watching tv, being lazy, doing housework and finally hanging our new shelves in our kitchen. Thats about it!

pics: a wedding decoration I made for us to use somewhere, Maebel helping her daddy animate, a gluten free cider with some gluten free chocolate pretzels, sneaky kitty learned how to jump up to the FOURTH bookshelf shelf in attempt to eat my flowers, writing down our bills is so depressing, our dinner last night...SO not fair!, our new shelves that will hang seasonal decorations in the kitchen!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween at the Ranch

So...I have bad anxiety..sometimes really bad anxiety. I love knowing whats going to happen ahead of time and I love game plans and planning and just knowing what to expect. Crazy, yes, but at least I know I am not the only one who is like this! Praise the internet gods for coming along and giving me thinks like Yelp, Google and Trip Adviser! So..before we went to the Ranch I of course went on their (ghetto) website to see if any events would be happening the weekend while we were up there, and surprise, they were having a Halloween fest! Pumpking decorating contests, costume contests, trick or treating etc. I quickly told Bret to call his mom so that his mom could grab the kids Halloween Costumes before they left... but, being a guy, Bret never got clarification weather or not she actually knew about the costumes/grabbed the costumes and by this time they were already up in the mountains with no cell phone service.

Thats when their Aunt Libby's anxiety comes into play...no way will my (future) niece and nephew be the only kids at the Ranch without their costumes! I was on a mission to find them both a super cute costume and luckily the family I nanny for had a big dress up box I could search through!

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Too cute! I taught Alice to say "yee haw, welcome to the ranch!" and Liam to say "Arrrg Mateys, welcome to Rrrrrrr-Ranch!". Grandma had indeed brought their costumes up but it was good that I brought these because it was hotter than heck outside and their real costumes are definitely more for night time. So they wore the costumes I brought up for the day's festivities and Grandma's for night time trick or treating!

At night we got the kids ready and went from cabin to cabin Trick or Treating. It was crazy how much people decorated the cabins they were staying in! We found out that this was R Ranch's 3rd Annual Halloween Event and that each year people go all out with the decorations and costumes..we were so lucky to be up here for this!

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one of the MANY decked out cabins

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Liam LOVES dinosaurs

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little Octopus :)

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My In-Laws!

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some of the decorations outside of all the cabins

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Alice and her daddy at the camp dance after we had all gone trick or treating...sooo cute!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

R Ranch with the Bays

As a little girl I spent weekends up at R-Ranch with my dad and our close family church friends on the Kern River. R-Ranch is an RV/Cabin camp up in the middle of no where and it's membership only..basically nobody has ever heard of it. Ironically Brets family also belonged! When Bret and I both found out that we each had been to R- Ranch we were shocked because seriously..nobody has heard of it!

2 weekends ago Bret and I drove up to Kern County to meet up with his parents, brother, niece and nephew for a weekend up in the mountains. We got there late at night and went to bed in our little tent that was already set up for us. During the day it was in the high 80's and at night it was in the 40's..it was freezing!! We woke up and spent the next 2 days playing with our little niece and nephew who we adore so much. We went on mini hikes, fed the ducks, went out on the paddle boats and the boys had a water balloon fight while the girls sat inside the RV!

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Tomorrow I'll post some pics from the Halloween bash they had up at the Ranch!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy belated Halloween! This past weekend we had a rugby tournament in Santa Barbara and the boys decided to all dress up as lumberjacks! Short shorts, flannels and some scruffy beards and they were set. I have been sick since last Tuesday but I packed a ton of meds along with some tissues, put on my best flannel and shorty shorts and cheered our team on with the other girls.

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After the tournament (they won 4/5 games!) we went home for a bit and then met up with the team at a new bar in Moorpark. Everybody was in costumes and it was so fun to see what people came up with!

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Brownie and a Weblo! I handmade our sashes and handmade each one of Bret's "merits" and arm patches. Some of mine are also handmade but some are from ebay. Our backs were all patched out too!

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mis amigos Lucero y Lupita!

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i LOVED the quail man idea!

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my friend Gina wore a mustache necklace instead of wearing an actual mustache ;)

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Gina, myself and Brenna :)


On the actual Halloween we wore our costumes to work. All the people in the sales office with me said they'd wear their costumes too but surprise surprise, I was the only one in the sales office with a costume on! Luckily Bret had a ninja back in tech with him ;) We ran some errands at the mall (where I got a terrible "fever" after I saw all of the dressed up babies and all the weiner dogs at the pet store!), grabbed dinner to go and had our date night at home. We were going to carve pumpkins but realized it makes too much of a mess. Oh well!

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And have you heard all this talk about changing Halloween to the last Saturday in October instead of 10/31? I am kinda for it! What about you guys?

Monday, October 31, 2011

New York- part 2

I was going to share more pics but I realized they werent all too interesting, so I leave you with 1 little pic...

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Me and Bret in Central Park

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New York-part 1

Alright, here are a few pics from our trip to New York last week! I got in on Wednesday night. I went up to Bret's hotel room, got ready and met the boys from work downstairs. We had a delicious dinner at Marseilles and then decided to randomly go bowling. The next day I accidentally slept in til 1:30! I got ready, toured Times Square (a bore) and then met the boys for dinner. We then went to our work's party we were hosting at Spin NYC (owned by Susan Sarandon!). We had some drinks, played some ping pong with a handful of our users/demo artists and then at the end of the night Bret and I went off on our own to a little corner bar for one last beer. As we drank our beer it started to pour rain and while running back to our hotel room we missed a bit of the rain by ducking into a 99cent pizza place for a little bit to eat before bed :)

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On Friday Bret was done working so he and I were on our own. We slept in, took about a billion subways throughout the whole day (god bless my iphone Itrans NYC app!)! We went to Serendipity for some frrrozen hot chocolate, went to Dylans Candy Bar, went to Ground Zero (aka you couldnt see anything and it was no different from when we went last year, boo), had some more yummy pizza, and we waited in line for the Shake Shake for over an hour and it was 100% worth it. Soo delish and Bret said he thought it was even yummier than In n Out!

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(fried portabello mushroom stuffed with gruyere cheese.....ah-mazing)

On Friday night we went to Brooklyn to stay with my friend Mallory and her boyfriend Zach. We stayed there 2 nights in their awesome apartment and on Saturday they played tour guide for us and walked us around Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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(street hot dogs for lunch!)

Sunday rolled around and our flight wasnt until 5pm. We slowly got ready and Bret and I decided to make one last trip to Manhattan for another round of Shake Shack..yes, it is THAT good. We took a few subways, came back to Brooklyn to say goodbye and headed off to the airport. Got back to LA at 9pm and quickly got home so we could see our sweet baby kitty that we missed SO much!

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