• 2019,  Family,  Musings,  Weddings

    Musings: Family by L O V E

    In life, there are people we choose as our family. And then there are the humans who are technically family. I’ve never questioned or wondered about who was my family by blood. Most of them have been around my entire life. Some not always, but I’ve been lucky that almost all of them have been. I’ve seen weird tensions arise and I’ve seen strong sibling relationships. Our family isn’t perfect but for the most part, it’s strong and thriving. However, I’ve also been lucky enough to have two amazing parents who have brought more family into our lives. They have encircled us with more strong and loving adults, who we…

  • 2018,  Cancún,  Musings,  Travel

    City Girl Does Cancún

    It all started with a letter… …and continues with a beautiful and very memorable wedding on the beach of Cancún. Not, not my love story. HAHA! But the dreamiest of stories of the Wench meeting, falling in love and marrying Hotlanta in a whirlwind long-ish weekend in Mexico surrounded by love, family, and friends. I absolutely love the idea of a destination wedding. I love even more when friends decide that is how their wedding will go down. #LivinLaVidaThornton! We’ve been anticipating this trip for over a year and the calendar date finally met reality. There was definitely a little somewhat last minute rearranging I had to do since my plus…

  • Musings

    #CoachPAndLotTieTheKnot – 10.16.16

    When you’re girl marries her prince… Photo by Cristal you CELEBRATE! Even if it’s pouring rain, like buckets of rain. Flash back to a couple of years ago, lil Adri’s bday party was in full swing at Round Table. The Teacher (re: Lot) mentioned she had a date later that evening, “just for coffee” she told us. Obviously we poked and prodded for details, which easily came forth. She’d been FB messaging with an old co-worker, whom she used to work with back in the day and he also went to our high school. After the details were laid out, we all were really excited for her to have coffee…even…

  • 2016,  Family,  Musings,  Summer

    Musings: Every Summer Has a Story…

    2016  was the Summer of polarizing emotions, feelings, and life. More than anything, emotionally this was the hardest Summer I’ve ever experienced. Within the depths of deep sadness and anger, were moments of fun, travel, and good food. All culminated with happiness, but to get here was a struggle. I’m pretty sure I came across the saying “Every Summer Has a Story,” as I was scrolling through Pinterest one day. It stuck with me. It rings so true. Even as an adult, I still live for summers. Bikini’s, tans, vacations, and watermelon — summer is my favorite season, even in the sweltering Sacramento heat. Last year I wrote a post…

  • Musings

    Cinco de Ganeeban

    Hey, remember me… No prob-llama, I haven’t gone anywhere! I’ve missed blogging and it missed me. I thought I’d write a quick post about life lately…so yeah! Night Date, because Date Night is so overused. Last night J and I used two gift cards (werk perk) that were expired, but they let me use them anyways. Gracias, Il Fo! We go to dinner, or should I say grab dinner to go, more often than not. So what makes this different? We actually made a resie (so I could earn Open Table points), sat at a table for two, and ordered a meal to enjoy together. No phones, just us chatting.…

  • Musings

    Musings: That One Time I was a GroomsLADY

    I’ve always been one of the guys… G // Me // B …and I’ve always enjoyed it. You don’t see many of my guy friends on here, because to be honest, as we’ve gotten older I don’t hang out with them as much as I do my girlfriends. You did recently see my trip to Texas (Part 1 & Part 2) with some of them documented, but that is very rare as of late. The group of guys I’m speaking of were introduced to me during various times in my life, half of the friendships start in 3rd grade and the other half are from Freshman year of high school. Lucky…

  • Musings

    #LetsGetHayesed

    Best wedding hashtag. Ever. I might be slightly biased, but I’ve been swooning over their wedding hashtag in preparation of their big day.  My youngest cousin, of the oldest cousins, got married this past weekend. Did you follow that? My aunts youngest son, Micah, married the love of his life, Dallas. We already know I’m a lover of weddings, but family weddings are even better! I love celebrating love, but having my family there makes it even better — even if they are crazy…but the good kind of crazy! The wedding was at Leer Vineyards, which is about an hour and 20 minutes from us. The brides family lives near…

  • Musings

    Diamond Celebration

    60 years, that’s a long time… …to be with one person. Geez! HAHA, I say that in jest. I can only hope to have and cultivate what J’s grandparents have. This past weekend we celebrated their anniversary in grand fashion. I thought I was getting off scot-free (I just looked up this saying) this year with no weddings. Late in the game, two weddings found their way on into our calendars, both of which are family weddings. I love celebrating love. I love weddings. I’m pretty sure I’ve written this on here before. I love dressing up, I love the ceremony, I love the atmosphere. I just love everything about…

  • Musings

    Rose & Thorn [4]

    Over it… Sorry, I sincerely apologize for my lack of enthusiasm for today’s post. It was along weekend of good things and some not so good things. So I’m exhausted. I’d love to go about my normal ways of writing you into oblivion, but I won’t and you’ll get it all in the minimal amount of pictures I have from this weekend! But, I can’t forget my: Rose: Being present at the wedding and reception of two friends.  Thorn: Adult emotions and conversations… Friday “Get out of work early” Lunch celebration and girl talk w/ Jenn! It’s the Gel season again… You don’t eat this during a graduation?!? I’ve been…

  • Musings

    5 Things Friday – Listing it Out…

    I like lists, like a LOT… Thanks, Clare! I’m so neurotically overly obsessed with being organized, I even felt the need to apply it to this post! 5 Things Going on This Weekend: 1. Cousin’s Credential Program Graduation 2. Giants Game – Wine Fest 3. Champions League Final 4. Wedding 5. Memorial BBQ with the Fam 5 Things I Bought Yesterday: 1. Lulu Lemon – “We Made Too Much” sale section is my FAVORITE. I try to check it daily, but for my wallet sanity, I don’t. I hit the jackpot yesterday and ordered a new hoodie and shorts! Hurry up snail mail from Canada ‘oh Canada! 2. Abercrombie &…