Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Our friends Rachel & Amy hosted us for Christmas dinner. The food, the decor, the beverages, the entertainment – down to the detail, it was such a warm and jolly celebration. I thought I’d post a few snaps of the table and appetizer spread before the main event. Many, many more to come. xo

 

xmas morning in OAK

An Oakland Xmas Morning | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning  skyping the family| the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning skyping the family | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning funny gifts | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning opening gifts | the original mb

Christmas morning was a bit unglamorous this year. We stayed up late partying on Christmas Eve so when the 9 am alarm sounded it was bittersweet. Jackson traditions are strong though, and it was time to open gifts while skyping with the fam bam. Our gifts were all so thoughtful and cute [see the Dr. Bronner’s gag gift above fr/ my mother-in-law!]. No pinterest-perfect shots here but it was a nice morning. Immediately after, of course, we went back to bed and slept ’til 3 o’clock. Because we can! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas morning! More pics of our xmas evening to come…

tree chop 2014

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - saw naw | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - injured Rachel | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

A couple of weeks ago a few of us drove to Half Moon Bay to Santa’s Tree Farm & Village. We were seeking that Christmas-y vibe that you tend to miss when the weather is a consistent 64 and sunny. Also, we wanted to chop down our own tree! New tradition? Me thinks YES.

Rachel was sweet enough to push through the pain of a injured foot and snaps some shots of us. She’s a good friend, y’all. The farm was huge and their selection was pretty impressive. Fresh, crisp air and the scent of pine trees is enough to put anyone in a great mood. Towards the back of the farm there was a lot at the base of the hill that held two species of trees that I’ve never seen before – REDWOOD christmas trees! Made me wonder if these types of beauties were a strictly-cali type of offering? They took my breath away and we knew immediately that we wanted one! We found our perfect little guy and got to choppin’. It took some elbow grease but like many things in life it was much easier to accomplish with 2 people sawing away together. We lugged it over to the rugged men working the farm and they fed the tree into this machine that spins it around and binds it in a matter of seconds. Pretty cool! After loading our darling tree up we drove back to the City and feasted on deep friend dungeness crab. This was such a fun little trip. Damn near-perfect day. We’ll be back next year!

*THANK YOU to Rachel Hall for the pics. Check her out at www.rachelreneeboudoir.com

wifey. pizza. shoes.

holly custom pizza vans

holly's custom pizza vans

There’s a definitive list of things that my wife worships. Somewhere in the Top 5 sits pepperoni pizza and Vans Slip-Ons. For her birthday this year I decided to enlist an Etsy artist to combine the two things. This was the result and they. fucking. rock. I wish I’d gotten more close-up shots of these babies. So much incredible detail – down to the little specks of oregano! Of course, these were a hit with H and she’s (we’re!) looking forward to building up a collection of these specially-made kicks. Tommy of Bear Gallery made the whole process so much fun and his enthusiasm for this project was a huge plus. I’m thinkin’ for the next pair I’d like to combine some of my favorites: Converse sneakers and pho! Oh the possibilities!

self – help

mya and books | the original mb

mya and books | the original mb

mya and books | the original mb

Not since Twilight, years ago, have I really picked up a book for recreational reading. I’m not sure why but fiction has never really been my thing. I did read the Sookie Stackhouse novels after our last move; we didn’t have TV or internet so it was a natural choice. But when it comes to literature I’ve always preferred the kind that will teach me something about the world, about myself, about money. Suze Orman’s taught me some things and I love her for it. I like to feel smarter after I finish a book – an old sage in the making. Lately, it’s been all about mind and body. How can I prepare myself and my body for pregnancy? How can I continue to improve upon my relationship with my wife while boosting my own wellbeing? How can I improve my people skills at work? Evolution occurs when my brain has food to chew on. I’m a conscientious gal. [read: serious, sometimes un-fun] As much as I appreciate a good love story, I’d much rather learn how to increase my credit score thankyouverymuch!