Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday To Me

What an incredible year thirty-four was.  Unbeknownst to me, it would be the year I'd get engaged, married, and leave the burb to be a city girl.  It's a little daunting to realize that I'm officially in my mid thirties.  Truth be told, I've always been an old soul so it's somewhat welcoming that my age is finally catching up to me.   Thirty-five brings wisdom, experience, and fearlessness.  I can't wait for the adventure that awaits!

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Our Honeymoon // Spain - Greece - Italy

We are so thankful for our family and friends for contributing to our travel fund. Our three week vacation was nothing short of spectacular.  From the decadent meals to the picturesque scenery, from days swimming in the Mediterranean sea to evenings wandering down cobblestone alleys, we soaked up every sunset and over indulged in too much foie gras (yet still never enough), vacations will never be the same again.

Here's a glimpse from our photo journal.  More to come!

   

San Sebastian, Spain

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Barcelona, Spain

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Athens, Greece

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Santorini, Greece

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Our DIY Engagement Photos

Our DIY Engagement Photos

Between planning a wedding, packing up for a move, and selling a home, I decided why not try to do my own engagement session too! :)  It's something I've always wanted to do but wasn't sure if Dannie would comply.  Much to my surprise, he agreed to it... as if he already knew he didn't have a choice (haha).  

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Escape to Alpine County, CA

Escape to Alpine County, CA

We headed for Alpine County over the July 4th long weekend.  As much as I enjoy lazy Saturday mornings photo editing in bed, weekend getaways are what fuels my creativity.  Between my full time job a the hospital, per diem job at Stanford, and my weekend photo sessions, these free weekends have been hard to come by.    So when they do, I pounce. 

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Long Weekend in Oregon

Long Weekend in Oregon

When it comes to picking a travel destination, shallow as it may sound, I have two mandatory criteria:  I must love what I'll see and what I'll eat.  Portland, by far, exceeded my criteria and even threw in a bonus - tax free shopping.  Makes me wonder why it has taken me so long to visit this beautiful city.

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Italy - Rome

Italy - Rome

Rome was as bustling as I remembered it to be.  But it didn't seem to bother me so much this time.  I found solace in our cozy AirBnb apartment at the end of every day.  While Dannie loved the historic sights, I enjoyed walking the cobblestone streets and taking in the city and relishing every bit of this wonderful vacation.

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Italy - Venice

Italy - Venice

Our Italian adventure began in Venice.  For anyone thinking about visiting Italy but wonders if Venice is too touristy or too crowded to be worthy of a visit, please go anyway.  Admittedly, my first time in Venice wasn't the best experience.  I visited Italy as a part of a multi-country tour so that was tiring in itself.  Having just a day to explore Venice, I only remembered the long lines, hot sun, and rude vendors.  This time around, I skipped the tour group and saw Venice very differently. 

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Live to Shuck

...and I wouldn't have it any other way!  I took my family to Hog Island Oyster farm to celebrate my Mom's birthday.  My family are oyster virgins who don't particularly like to eat anything raw.  I'm the opposite of that.  I've been known to eat a few dozen fresh oysters on my own before.  The shocking thing isn't how much I could consume but how fast I'll crave them again. 

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The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies

Weekend getaways are my mental reset button.  Unfortunately, they are never long enough and always leave me craving for more.  Not to mention, when your traveling partner is a workaholic, the planning process usually requires strategic negotiation and skillful bargaining tactics to actually make the trip happen. 

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Toronto

Toronto

I got to visit Toronto for the first time this past winter.  Immediately upon landing, I was treated to a Chinese seafood restaurant that served fried Alaskan king crab legs and lobster piled up tower high with crispy garlic chips and fried anchovies.  Needless to say, that is how I like to be greeted at the start of a vacation. 

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