Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crafting: Hand Painted Signs!

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I went to a sign making party.
My friend found a local Etsy dealer (mycolorfullifeshop) who hosts sign making parties for $45 dollars a person.
We had our choice of 4 different signs to paint, and we both chose to do a floral monogram.
Each person attending the party got a sweet free little gift from Pink Robyn Decor.
The shop owner created our sign designs on a cricket ahead of time and printed them on to vinyl. We then had to put it on transfer paper and then stick it on to the sign to use as a stencil. With all of the details in the floral part, it was a little meticulous to get everything punched out and stuck down, but it was worth it! 
After all that work, we got to pick our colors and paint!
I love how my sign turned out!
Everybody's signs.
It was super fun, I'm so glad my friend foundthis and invited me to go with her.
We're both feeling pretty inspired to do more crafting now!
Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opal Creek Wilderness Hike; In the Rain & Shine!

A friend and I went on the Opal Creek Wilderness Hike late last August. We went later in the day by ourselves, and it was a little rainy. We made it to Jawbone Flats, but then we turned around because it was getting late, and we didn't want to be out by ourselves as it was getting darker. 
Jawbone Flats
We got rained on :) No umbrellas or jackets--We're Oregonians!
Flash forward almost a year later!
Joel & I went with some friends on a Sunny day and hiked past Jawbone Flats to the Opal Pool.
Opal Creek Pool
Everything looked a lot different in the Sun!
I love hiking, and I love Oregon!
What's your favorite Oregon hike?
Happy Tuesday :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

You've Only Got a Hundred Years to live

"It's the oldest story in the world. One day, you're 17 and you're planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life." ~One Tree Hill
My 10 year high school class reunion was this past weekend, so I thought I would share a my senior class picture in remembrance. Coincidentally, I also came across the above quote and I couldn't believe how perfect the timing was. My senior year I was voted runner up for most likely to be president, and runner up for most likely to be on Broadway. I was a princess on our town "Strawberry Court", I was a captain on my dance team, I choreographed our school musical and I taught dance classes at my local studio. I wanted to be a councilor at first, but then switched to wanting to be a high school history teacher before the year was over. I also discovered my spirit animal, the Hippo :)
Flash forward 10 years...I am married to a high school history teacher. I got a degree in dance and exercise science, and a masters in exercise science, and now I teach elementary P.E. I never in a million year would have thought that is what I would be doing. I still teach dance. My hair's a little blonder, and my face a little fuller. I moved away from the town I loved to be with my love. I miss it, but I am quickly building new memories and making my new town home.
I love my life.
Not very many people came to our reunion, but I had a great time reconnecting with some old friends that did come!
My "Sparkle Farkle" and I :) We were both captains on dance team together.
Not everyone made in the picture, because some left early and some came late.
It was great reconnecting with people that I grew up with. They're all still fun!

Class of 2006!
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

San Jose del Cabo Vacation: Downtown Art Walk & La Lupita

Alas, we come to my last vacation post.
Our last night in San Jose del Cabo we spent downtown at the "Art Walk".
We were lucky because it was the last one of the season!
The Mission of San Jose del Cabo is right in the town square.
 I regret that I did not explore a little bit more in here, and that I did not really read about the history.
 I will have to read up a little on my own.
 There are art galleries all surrounding the historic town square, and local artists set up shop in the town square as well.
 It was a feast for the eyes and I was in color heaven. 
 We went to dinner at La Lupita, at the suggestion of a local at our resort.
P.S. I highly recommend TOMS for traveling.
Not only are they super lightweight and easy to pack, but I have worn them all over Disneyland
 and Cabo and my feet never hurt or got tired.
 I loved all of the colors and decoration.
 I don't remember what they name of this cocktail was. I think it had Lupita in the name, but it was good. It was basically like a margarita. La Lupita has about 20 different types of tacos. I tried two, and Joel tried three. I don't even remember what all we had, but I do remember the "cheese crust pastor". It's a taco with a fried cheese crust and pork. It was very good, and also probably pretty unhealthy, but hey we were on vacation right?
You can't really tell in this picture, but there is a stage right below the sugar skull, and they often have live music perform. 
Joel and I were there to early in the evening though.
 They served us our check in this cool box! 
 Random cool car parked downtown. 
 We purchased most of our souvenirs at the shop pictured below.
 We bought ourselves this beautiful blanket, shot glasses, and a Christmas ornament.
 We didn't make to the glass factory that I posted about before we left, hopefully next time!
We pick out 1 special ornament to represent our year every Christmas. This will be our special one for this year to represent our first vacation out of the country together!
I love all of the random paintings and bright colors.
 Oh the colors!
 This art gallery had sensors hooked up to the stairs so that when you walked on them they made music.
 This was the entrance to a plaza of several shops. The most beautiful glass lantern shop. I would have loved to have taken pictures, in more of the shops, but I didn't think the artists would appreciate it. Here's just a small set of the glass lanterns,
 and this picture really doesn't do it justice. 
After we finished our shopping we watched a local dance troupe perform in the town square,
 and finished our night off with some churros :) 
 The next morning it was time to go back home :(
Our checkout time was a couple of hours before our airport shuttle pickup, 
so after checking out we went and viewed the Eiffel Tower...
We said goodbye to some of our friends...

We had lunch at Mama Mia's one last time.
 I had my first and last pina colada of our trip.
 We indulged in one last Pacifico...
and then we were off...
My $5 turkey says: Until next time Cabo!