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Friday, January 23, 2015

Tahoe 2015

Last weekend, Rickard and I headed up to Tahoe for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. My sister met up with us a couple days there too, and we had Teddy the entire weekend.

As I've gotten older, I have grown to appreciate nature more and more. I really enjoyed being up there in the fresher, colder and crisp air.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dinner Party, Board Games, and Prayer

Yesterday, Rickard and I hosted a dinner and game night at our place. I have had parties at my place, but I haven't ever hosted a "grown up" style dinner party with matching dinner plates and different courses for the meals unless you count our wedding. I loved doing this and I hope to host a few more of these in 2015. There is something about gathering around a dinner table with your close friends and sharing a home cooked meal - something so basic, but so special.

We homecooked everything, though I admit the brownies were from a brownie mix box. It still counts though, right? Cooking up everything was more work than I anticipated so I might go a little bit simpler next time, and use more shortcuts. For example, Rickard made the garlic butter mix for the french bread and he toasted it himself in the oven. These simple kind of steps made the food SO delicious, but it's just extra time - so I know to keep that in mind next time.

Meal Preparation!

My friend Gary and I had an exchange before dinner that is sticking in my mind. He said the table and the place looked great - and I responded that it was much better now since it was full of my friends. I really meant that.

We didn't have an occasion to really celebrate, but perhaps the start of a new beginning. 2014 was difficult for me for a few different reasons, but I think the cloud is passing now. A lot of the personal difficulties from 2014 have started to pass thanks to the power of prayer and my trust in God.

I want to admit that I have not been the most religious person the last several years, but when I face difficulties, I have often turned to God. And I don't think He has ever let me down.  Even when I didn't deserve His mercy.

After dinner, Rickard and I prayed together and said to each other what we were grateful for and what we hope for the future. It was so meaningful to pray with him which we had only ever done once before that I can remember.

So in ways that were not shown or said during dinner, I hope we showed that all this is possible through the grace of God. All glory to Him. 

This from someone who has not been "religious" before - sometimes I feel fraudulent even saying spiritual/religious things, as if I'm being fake. But I have felt the ability of faith to transform.

Here's to 2015 - I look forward to more beautiful days ahead.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Years! Welcome 2015 :)

Hi There!

I know I have abandoned this blog for over a year now, but something about the New Year makes me want to re-approach this blogging thing again.

New Years was low-key with my husband this year - we went to The Local Peasant in Woodland Hills for an AMAZING dinner. He had steak. I had salmon. It was beyond delicious, but maybe because we chose not to eat dinner till around 9pm so we were super hungry for waiting so long! And yes, that bread pudding (with chocolate not op) is really everything and more.

We skipped the club scene because I think after 3+ years of marriage, we are outgrowing that kind of partying and would rather skip the cover charges as well. My New Years Resolution is to actually, hopefully, buy a condo this year, so we need to save all we can!

We shall see how that works out and what God's plan may be for us this year.