Tuesday, February 25, 2014

thank goodness for february & march.

The month of February marks two years since I moved from Utah to San Francisco, and next month marks two years since I first fell in love with my best friend.
February and March are special to me for that reason...because it was two years ago that my life changed in so many different, wonderful ways.
I'd just made the big move to SF, and though I was scared out of my mind--I knew my decision was right. I was overly infatuated with the city, its contagious energy and variety of people.
During those months, I had a rebirth of self. It was a combination of taking a huge risk, conquering my fears, and surrounding myself with a new scene and new faces...
Before too long, I was introduced to this 6'4" southern dream who swept me off my feet in a way I never dared think was actually possible. Truthfully, I did not believe that love could be so powerful and yet so painless.
All it took was that one, perfect first date...sitting at the quaint little Knob Hill Café. He told me about his childhood, college years, and what brought him to San Francisco. Looking back, I'm not sure at exactly what point it happened but by the time our waiter brought the check, I was in love.
It's crazy, I know. It's rare and you may say impossible, and before that night I would have agreed with you. I still don't know how or why it came so easy for us, but I thank my Heavenly Father every single day...every special moment when that face and smile of his bring peace to my soul...every stressful day when I look into his eyes and am reminded that our future still has to be written...
...every morning when the sun rises, because it is his existence that lights up life.
Thank heavens for February and March.
(Picture from one of our first outings--our favorite hike in the Muir Woods)

Monday, February 10, 2014

italy update!

We now have about one week left of our 2 1/2 week Italy adventure!
Thinking about heading home is both bitter and sweet. Traveling while pregnant has been exhausting and difficult at times. Sadly my morning sickness never went away after my first trimester and as it turns out, the battle against nausea only gets worse when you don't have the usual go-to food your stomach is used to. Big thanks to my husband who has been so very patient with me.
But on the other hand, the thought of going back to real life and leaving this European dream is enough to make a girl want to cry! I could overload on pizza and crepes forever (and you better believe I've been shamelessly enjoying the nutella and carbs out here) We travelled by train out to Siena and Venice this past weekend and both were an absolute dream-come-true. I can't wait to post more pictures!
We're now back in Florence for a couple days and will then be heading to Cinque Terre, Pisa, and Rome.
If any of you have suggestions or recommendations on your favorite things to do/see/eat in those locations--please share below! I love hearing from you!
♥/ kris
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
(One of my favorites)