3.04.2020

Oh, wow! Nick is 40!




Nick has finally caught up with me and is officially 40 years old today! We got him some stuff to make his car a more enjoyable place to spend all the commute time that he has and Scarlett wants to take him to a treetop ropes course for a fun day of scary heights! 😳 I'll be spending their ropes day happily reading with my feet planted firmly on the ground. 

Happy Birthday Nick! I hope this year is your absolute BEST yet! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa





2.27.2020

this is 40



Yesterday, it finally happened...
I.TURNED. 40.

How is that even possible?? I'm fairly certain that I'm technically still in the 17 to 21 age range. Adults are 40 - and I'm no adult. Although, I did buy myself a Roomba yesterday and I'm kind of insanely happy about that, so maybe I'm starting to grow up a bit. 

I spent the day on my own while Scarlett was at school and Nick was at work and I loved it. I refused to feel guilty for spending most of my day on the couch, catching up on all of my shows on Hulu. It was glorious. Scarlett had AWANA last night so Nick met up with me at The Hangar for some yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. It was perfect. 


Here's to my best year yet! 

love & cupcakes,
elissa



2.13.2020

Scarlett Cooks - Cheesy Camping Dogs!



Scarlett made us dinner again the other night and she chose to make easy cheesy camping dogs! It was pretty fun helping her make them - rolling the pizza dough around the skewered dogs was a bit tricky for her and she needed me to cut the dogs in a spiral but other than that, she made them herself.  We decided to bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (flip halfway through) since we weren't actually camping, though. She added a side salad to round out the meal and she was done! Super quick and easy. 





Stay tuned for future meals by Scarlett! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa




1.29.2020

Disney Days (and Nights)!



We have been really taking advantage of Nick being a Disney employee for the time being and we've been going to California Adventure like crazy! Scarlett talked us in to going on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! and I surprisingly LOVED IT! I've gone on the Tower of Terror twice before and I absolutely hated it and was scared out of my mind so I never even wanted to go on the new iteration of the ride but we watched a documentary on Disney+ that explained that the Guardians ride was supposed to be fun and not scary. It said that it was supposed to remind you of being tossed into the air by your dad when you were a little kid and how much fun that was and honestly, I think that made the biggest difference in how much fun I had. Plus, the awesome music didn't hurt one bit. 



Nick, unfortunately, did not enjoy the ride at all. Drops are just not his thing and he's probably never going to go on it again. But I'm happy to go with Scarlett any time she wants - as long as I haven't eaten yet. 

I totally recommend checking it out - especially if you've been traumatized by the Tower of Terror before! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa



1.28.2020

It's COOKIE TIME!!



Yes, you read that correctly: Girl Scout cookie season is upon us once again! Scarlett is so excited to sell cookies this year. Her troop's goal is to sell enough cookies so that they can go to Knott's Berry Farm after cookie season and Scarlett is feeling pretty motivated so far. We went out to the local night market last night just to check it out and grab a bite to eat and Scarlett took it upon herself to put on her Brownie vest, grab a suitcase and a backpack and fill them each with cookie boxes so she might be able to sell a few cookies while we were out. She ended up selling seven boxes of cookies! She was so happy and she's more motivated than ever now. We're heading out for dinner tonight as a family and she's already talked about how she wants to bring MORE cookies and even make a sign to hold while we walk to the restaurant so people will know that she's got the goods. 

She and her dad are going to make a video to promote cookie sales so keep your eye out for that in the near future! In the meantime, if you'd like to help her out on her cookie selling journey, please click this link to visit her online cookie shop and you can get your fix! Enjoy and Happy Cookie Season! 


love & cookies, 
elissa




1.23.2020

Scarlett Cooks - Pizza Bombs!


Scarlett cooked us dinner the other night and she decided on pizza bombs! She found a recipe video on Tasty and had an absolute blast working on the meal. 






Once she was done cooking, Scarlett was happy to kick back and enjoy a nice glass of apple juice in her fancy glass. 


Stay tuned for more meals by Scarlett! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa



1.17.2020

Peace


New year, new word, right? For 2020 I really feel that my word is meant to be "Peace." 


I'm going to try and seek peace this year. Especially peace for myself as I have a tendency to pour too much of myself out for others and put myself into a state of stress and anxiety trying to make sure everyone else has everything they need. I know that in trying to find more peaceful moments for myself it's going to inconvenience others a bit more and make me less available than I have traditionally been, but I really feel like this is something I have to do for myself and for my household. It's definitely going to be a journey and a challenge sometimes, but I feel really led to embrace this word and all the potential change it might bring me this year. 

Do you have a word for the year? 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


12.05.2019

An Epic Thanksgiving Road Trip...


For Thanksgiving this year we drove all over the state to visit family and friends and had so much fun. We somehow managed to spend countless hours cooped up together and didn't even make each other (too) crazy!








We started off our trip heading from Long Beach up to West Sacramento (with a required stop at Bravo Farms in Kettleman City, of course) to see our Southport Church family and friends. Scarlett was so excited to get to see her girls and we got to enjoy a hilarious dance routine that the kids choreographed as well. So many laughs!



Nick and I even got to sneak away for a couple of hours to visit our favorite tiki bar (outside of Trader Sam's) and have some super delicious drinks and snacks. If you ever find yourself near Sacramento, you should definitely make The Jungle Bird a required stop on your trip!





We also made sure to grab some of Nick's absolute favorite Chinese food from Peace Cuisine followed up by some yummy brews from Jackrabbit and the grand finale - ice cream from Devil May Care! So good!






After we bid a fond farewell to West Sacramento, we headed up the mountain to Lake Tahoe to spend time with family for the night. We had originally planned on spending two nights up there but with a blizzard heading that way, we decided to cut our trip short by a night so we could head back down the mountain without getting stuck in the snow. We barely made it down before the snow started really coming down behind us.









Once we got (safely) down the mountain, it was off to the Bay for Thanksgiving! We grabbed our nieces and went to see Frozen 2 and get a little mall time in before the craziness of the holidays really took over.




Oh! I almost forgot! On our way to the Bay, we stopped in Vacaville for a few hours so Scarlett could hang out with a friend of hers from school and Girl Scouts and while we were there, she decided on a whim to finally get her ears pierced! She was super brave and she's been taking such great care of them so far. She's looking forward to New Year's Day so she can finally change them out and wear different pairs.






Okay - back to Thanksgiving. We had so much fun with the family! My parents cooked like crazy and everything was delicious! My mom's charcuterie board was so yummy that we all almost filled up on it before the turkey was even ready. My brother even made this original red wine blend a while back that we finally got to open and try and it was surprisingly really good! 






On our way home on Black Friday we had to stop by Bravo Farms again - as usual. And on the summit of the Grapevine there was snow! Like, enough snow to get out and play and have a snowball fight and even make a snowman! Scarlett and Nick thought it would be super fun to throw snowball after snowball at the windshield of our car while I sat in there trying to keep warm. Flip flops, while great for road trips, aren't the best unexpected snow attire. 




Once we finally made it home, we started in on the many, MANY loads of dirty laundry that needed to be washed and enjoyed the comfort of our own beds. The next morning, we got the chance to meet up in Downtown Disney to hang out with some more of our West Sacramento friends and Scarlett was over the moon! She missed Kennedy so much! The girls got henna tattoos and Scarlett's is still going strong. Plus, Scarlett got to taste her very first beignet - and I'm fairly certain that it's going to be a new staple of our DTD trips from now on. 








It was such an awesome trip. I'm still a bit tired from all of the travel and craziness, but I'm so glad that we went and did so much throughout the week. 

Now, on to Christmas insanity! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa