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Sunday, November 25, 2012

:: it's beginning to look a lot like christmas ::

Our pup, Teddy @ the Christmas tree
I'm feeling very happy and jolly tonight because we just put up the Christmas tree! It is also Rickard's birthday today! (but we are celebrating it later this week with friends)

I can't believe it is almost December already and that Rickard and I have been at this apartment for over a year now. Time sure does fly by!

I would say 2011 and 2012 were really good to us - we got to married last year; I found a new job; we got a puppy; we traveled to Sweden, Norway and Paris; and we have another upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico! We have so much to be thankful for this year.

//feeling blessed

playing with aperture while photographing our x-mas tree

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving :: On Living Simply

ETSY :: GusAndLula
Can you believe another Thanksgiving has come and gone already? It seems just like yesterday when Rickard and I were celebrating our first Thanksgiving as husband, wife, and family.

This year, my parents were not able to make it up for Thanksgiving and we skipped the Black Friday madness. Therefore, we have so far spent this long weekend very low-key and at home. We have just been enjoying good home-cooked food and staying in and watching movies, and cuddling with our puppy.

Not only has this been very relaxing, but we've also been able to practice "living simply" (with a few small cheats here and there). We didn't want to do Black Friday because we have been trying to save money for a home and/or traveling. The thing is - material goods really don't make us happy in the long-run. Sure - we want what we see our friends to have (and how can you avoid it with all the constant Facebook posts these days!), or want the latest gadgets and clothes -- but for me and Rickard, we enjoy experiences much more than material goods. I think I realize this the older I get.

This is happiness to us.

Hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Teddy's Day at the Beach

Here are some snaps from Teddy's day at the beach to brighten up your Monday.

It was his first time at the beach (Leo Carrillo in Malibu) and my little pup was so excited and happy to be there!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Happiest Place on Earth

Me & Rickard with Mrs. Incredible
Yesterday, Rickard and I went to Disney Land and had such a blast! We felt like we were transported back in time to our childhood, with our favorite movie characters running around the place! I loved the nostalgic rides, and felt like a giddy kid on The Little Mermaid ride (one of my favorite princesses).

Half of the Christmas decorations were up, so you couldn't help but be in a jolly, good-spirited mood.

It was Rickard's first time ever at Disney Land so we got him a special "First Timer" button he wore around yesterday. Haha!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Geology Field Trip to the Angeles Forest

Devil's Punch Bowl
Last weekend, I tagged along with Rickard's college geology class for a field trip to the Angeles National Forest. We went to several landmarks that I wasn't even aware of until this trip to the San Gabriel Valley (and beyond).

While the class talked about different types of rocks and rock formations, I couldn't help but pick up a few interesting facts here and there. For example, did you know that you can find rocks in the Angeles Forest that are VERY similar to the rocks on the moon? Also, did you know that there are some rocks that are magnetic?

It was pretty cool, and I'm pretty happy to see teachers taking college students on these types of trips on off-hours. Makes me want to go back to school and keep learning. :)

Owl @ Devil's Punch Bowl
Tujunga Canyon Dam
Rickard and Teddy (far left) at Vasquez Rocks