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life is wild! there's so much buzzing around in my head - work is crazy busy, wedding planning includes so many trillions of details it seems (and the lessons i mentioned earlier aren't learned all at once!), the boy and i are headed to utah this weekend, and i am moving into our new place on tuesday. i am finding a center in the middle of this swirling, and i am really happy.

here's some things i'm loving lately:
-chocolate drizzled coconut luna bars. i'm kind of obsessed.
-bodypump classes. i am determined to be in the best shape of my life for our wedding, and i am feeling strong. can i just share some self-pride for one second and say that i have been doing ten minute planks at the gym? yes - ten straight minutes of planking (switching to side planks at different intervals).
-etsy. so many pretty things that are just what i want for the wedding.
-almonds and raisins. i've been mixing raw almonds with the jumbo mixed raisins from trader joe's and i just think it's the best snack!
-7th and 8th graders. the returning students who know me from last year - i just really love them. and there are some tiny new 6th graders that are so darling.
-strawflowers. i took some home from my city bridal shower, and they're still super bright and alive on my dining room table.
-dish n dash. it's the less-fancy take-out version of my favourite restaurant, and i am soooo into their chicken shwarma wrap, california style (added avocado!).
-green apple photography (our wedding photographer - so excited to work with lindsey!), rosemary card film and photography (our videographer who will come to all our wedding events and create a highlight film), and lisa rupp design (she created a wedding website for us that i adore!).
-npr. i love listening on the way to work and was particularly struck by today's "perspective." i totally teared up on my commute.

-the boy. i'm madly in love with him. 


showered, again

last saturday, some of the best girls in the bay threw me a bridal shower at katie's new building's seventh floor terrace overlooking the bay bridge. i certainly missed many of my beautiful san francisco and palo alto friends, but it was such a lovely little celebration. 

i do think it's pretty weird that i get parties and presents, just because someone gave me an engagement ring, but it is so fun to share and celebrate love with friends. it was pretty neat to be with friends from the both the city and the suburbs; from college, work and childhood that clear and pretty saturday.


thirty (and a little secret revealed!)

last week was the boy's thirtieth birthday!

we celebrated all week long, culminating in a party with friends and a huge chocolate cake with sparklers in it (which were a little too close for comfort in this picture...)
you also might notice from this picture that the boy's name! i first started calling him "the boy" on this blog because i wanted to be sensitive to his privacy in some way, and honestly because i wasn't sure at all how i felt about him, and naming him just seemed too conclusive, i guess! and "the boy" just stuck! and then it became a bit endearing to those close to us. and then i kind of enjoyed continuing the mystery :) (although there were plenty of giveaways on my sister and mom's blogs, and even a clue on the post about his birthday last year...) i'm probably going to keep calling him the boy on the blog...

and holy cow i am so glad he was born. i asked thirty people in his life to write him a little note of love, admiration and appreciation and compiled them as a birthday gift. as i read through what his siblings, parents, grandparents, friends and those he serves and serves with in church wrote about him, i was overwhelmed by what a remarkable human being the boy is. i wish everyone could know him - he is the most earnest, good to the core man i've ever encountered. he has a golden sparkly heart. and i am crazy in love with him. 

i am so grateful for how the boy spent the first thirty years of his life becoming who he is, and i'm so excited to spend the next thirty by his side (and the next, and the next). 
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