[Thanksgiving 2016]

We began Thanksgiving morning with a cup of coffee and breakfast while watching the Oceanside Turkey Trot on TV. (Crazy to think Thanksgiving 2015 we were running that 5K by 8am). It felt cozy to have a quiet breakfast with C before ‘the storm’ began.

Before we knew it, I was on my morning run at the park while C worked out in our garage. There were actually a good amount of people with their dogs at the park. Probably trying to exercise prior to pigging out on turkey day.


After my run, I headed home and baked pecan pie, followed by my creamy corn casserole.


There wasn’t much time after both of our dishes were complete. We got ourselves presentable for the day then headed to our first stop of the day; Uncle Chris’ house.



Around 530p we headed to my Uncle John’s house to have dessert with my mom’s side of the family. Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures. I’ll try to get some from my family to add to this post 🙂

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving is important, however; counting blessings daily is a daily goal of mine.


[creamy corn casserole]

Each year, my best friends parents host ‘Thanksmas,’ a dual celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The night consists of appetizers, Thanksgiving dinner and desserts (in which everyone contributes).

I brought my favorite Thanksgiving dish: Creamy Corn Casserole 🙂


We received 5+ compliments on this dish – and within minutes it was completely gone. I am already looking forward to making it again in a few weeks for Thanksgiving.


1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn

1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, butter, creamed corn, kernel corn and corn bread mix.
  3. Pour into a 9×9 inch baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes.
  4. Be prepared to say ‘Thank you’ to a handful of compliments!


[TGI weekend]

I left work Friday with a debilitating headache, which I’m about 95% sure was due to not drinking enough water. We picked Zodi up from daycamp (along with sushi to-go) and were home by 6pm. I immediately went upstairs, changed into comfies and crawled into bed. C was amazing (as usual) and brought our dinner upstairs while we watched movies. It was quite fun, actually. Friday night? CHECK. Dinner? CHECK. Babe and pup? CHECK CHECK. After relaxing and food, my head felt better.

…Better enough to go on a run Saturday morning 🙂 With our new move to Scripps Ranch also means new running routes that are beautiful yet packed with hills. (Lucky me).

I enjoyed a challenging (but much needed) run. Side note: I saw a shirt on Etsy last week that said: ‘RUNNING SUCKS the evil out of me’ which made me laugh! I will literally be in the worst mood ever, go on a run and come back happy, positive and refreshed.

One of my favorite running shirts: Netflix & Treadmill 🙂


View of Scripps Ranch

The rest of Saturday consisted of chores, some down time with my mom and a Costco run. After watching TV on a 30″ screen in our apartment, we realized how much bigger our master bedroom is due to how much smaller our TV looked. We upgraded to a 48″ for our master, which C mounted on the wall last night.  Afterwards, we went for a frozen yogurt treat and watched a movie in bed before getting sleep.

A big thank you to my momma who came with us so we could reap the benefit of her company….and her Costco card 🙂

Watching The Green Mile on our *much larger* TV

Sunday, we will focus on the garage, yard and guest room. We’ll also go grocery shopping. This weekend has been a good one and I’m really sad to see it go. xo.

[excited for the future; grateful for past]

Yesterday after work, we returned the keys to the leasing office of the 2 bedroom apartment we moved out of on Saturday 10/29/16. Although content with our decision to move, a feeling of sadness overcame me because of the happiness we shared while living there. Memories of our little apartment will always mean something special to me. I am grateful for the memories made there – we were truly happy, content and comfortable each night.

Tonight will be our 5th night sleeping in our new home. After a whirlwind of events, checked off lists and hard work, we are slowly starting to get back to ‘normal’ life. Cable was installed today, wall dĂ©cor needs to be hung and grocery shopping is in our near future. Our new home feels like an actual house with more square footage, full kitchen, laundry room, 2 car garage and a dual master sink! (Just a few of our favorite characteristics). Can’t forget to mention we each have our own closet; mine being able to walk into and easily fit 3+ bodies 🙂

We both agree we already feel happier here and are excited to spend the next 5+ years enjoying this rental we get to call home 🙂

Signing off with a grateful heart and an appreciation for this life xo