Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Huntington Run/Ride.

The other day my brother and I were browsing Instagram. Particularly, lurking around the profile of our cousin, Rachel, who is currently making her way through Italy. "Look at this!" Nolan said, regarding a gorgeous photo of one of the canals, "Can you imagine how amazing it would be to live there?" I sighed longingly at the picture. "I bet the locals take it for granted," I replied. I didn't mean it in a skeptical way, but I think many people stop acknowledging beautiful things in life once they've experienced them frequently enough.

Example? Nolan and I had this conversation on a gorgeous, 70 degree, sunny day in January.
We are clearly not immune to a lack of appreciation for our home. 

Now, don't get me wrong. California is no Italy… But it has it's moments. 
And sometimes, it hits me how much I love it here and I try to take advantage of what my home has to offer.

A couple weekends ago, Weston and I went down to the beach for one of our favorite pastimes - he runs, I ride my bike to keep up, and we rack up a few miles together. The sun set as we rode on the nearly empty trail - a path with sand on either side. The sound of the ocean and salty air in our faces.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Overheard

"Miss Kelle, What are those clips for?"
"They're to hang up our crafts!"
"Oh yeah, we have a lot of crap hanging up in my class too."

"Here Miss Kelle! I drew you a picture! It's you, holding a potato!"

"I don't have a crush on her! She's just my best friend! But she's pretty cute. And a lot of times I just really want to hug her."

me : "So, when you finish your paper, it should have 3 Dd's on it."
5-year-old : "Woah, our papers are gonna be 3D?!" (sorry for that letdown, kids.)

"Oooooh, potty-mouth, I'm telling! You said 'Andy!'"

me : "Please stop pretending you have a gun in your hand, that makes me sad!"
5-year-old : "Alriiiiight, I'll stop pretend shooting…… But is it okay if I make an explosive device to destroy my imaginary gun first?"

"For you, this probably seems like just a regular day. But it's really not. It's my birthday."

me : "Can you please apologize for accidentally kicking his face on the playground? If someone kicked you in the face, wouldn't you want them to say sorry?"
5-year-old : "Nah, I'd probably be fine. I have a really hard face."

"My favorite Christmas song is Feliz MommyDad."

"OH MY GOSH, MISS KELLE. LOOK AT THAT CONSTELLATION!"
"There aren't any stars out yet, are there?"
"No.. In the cloud! It's a turtle shape! I can't believe my eyes! That's the most beautiful constellation I've ever SEEN!"

"Man, I really don't feel as smart as I used to. I lost a ton of brain cells watching TV last weekend."


And in closing, here are a few excerpts from the Christmas cards for their parents. 
I asked what they wanted to say to their family for Christmas, then wrote their words, verbatim….


"Dad, Mom, Emily,
Merry Christmas. Happy Junior. Happy New Year. Happy Halloween. I love you.
Love, E."

"Happy Christmas. Christmas Party. Christmas Joy.
Love, S."

"I like rainbow lights. I love you. Surprise Jesus' birthday. I want a lot of gifts. Happy Christmas.
Love, J."

"Dear Mom and Dad,
It's going to be a wonderful Christmas! Jesus is the star of the Christmas and we will all have lots and lots of gifts from Santa. Everybody will get gifts. Even my family.
Love, A."

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014.


Traveled to Palm Springs, Big Sur, Portland, Seattle, Carlsbad, and Lake Tahoe.

Got promoted from Assistant to Teacher.

Checked an item off the bucket list when I went to Paul McCartney's concert.

Raised awareness for endometriosis (and felt more supported than ever) when friends worldwide went #yellowforendo in March.

Celebrated a sixth year in love with Weston, my 24th birthday, Mom and Dad's 30th year of marriage.

Saw fireworks from an airplane on the 4th of July, my name and blog mentioned on the Huffington Post, three new doctors, snow falling, Hard Days Night in theaters, Pomplamoose stage diving, many gorgeous sunsets and a whole lotta love.

May the next one be even better.
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Snapshots.

This is a hefty catch-up post. 

I didn't realize it'd been so long since I shared about the little stuff, but these pictures go all the way back to October! 

I never really mentioned anything about my birthday here, but a few days before turning 24, I got signed into Disneyland to spend a marvelous day running around the park with Weston. I was not feeling well on my actual birthday, but celebrating beforehand definitely made that less disappointing. Just gotta seize the good moments! The following weekend, my family took me out to a fancy movie theater (by accident, haha). We had driven out to Newport Beach to visit one of my favorite restaurants for a belated birthday meal and afterwards opted for a movie at a local theater which ended up being one of those places with leather reclining seats, wine service during your movie, ice cream at the concession stand and mints handed to you on your way out… I think it was the best accident ever!

please excuse the creepy lip biting going on below. teacup spinning is serious business.

On Thanksgiving, my family joined Weston's for our 3rd year at the annual 5K Turkey Trot. It is always my favorite way to kick off Thanksgiving morning before Weston and I start cross-town dinner hopping. This year, Weston's family celebrated at Mountain Lakes which was a beautiful setting for our first Thanksgiving meal of the day.

Everything was so bright and yellow! :)



The day after Thanksgiving, my family met up with Weston's again to see The Fab Four - a Beatles tribute band. I didn't have many expectations about the show but they blew me away! You can really tell how hard they've worked to master each of the Beatles' mannerisms and characteristics and they sounded great. I feel like I kept wanting to rub my eyes to be sure they weren't really up there. Loved it!

And the next morning, as you know, we left for Tahoe. I've already shared plenty of pictures from our trip but here's a few more iPhone shots just for good measure… 
loved our hotel! the decor was just too cute.

After a rough endo flare earlier this month that kept me in bed for a while after our trip, my life has been Christmas shopping, baking, wrapping, parties, teaching, diy projects, and fun traditions. Going-going-going! But enjoying (almost) every minute of it. ;) 

Have a wonderful rest of the week!
// follow along on instagram : @kelleoh //

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lake Tahoe : Part II

On our last morning in Tahoe, we ventured into the State Parks to get a closer look at the lake. Our internet searching and people inquiring led us to Emerald Bay. There was a breathtaking view from the top of the mountain and after a short but steep one mile hike, we found ourselves on the beach.


Apparently, this place is a hotspot during the summertime, but we were two of the three people on the shore that morning. It was probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Just so vibrant and peaceful. The water was incredibly clear and tempting, but way too freezing to even dip my toes in! 

That island is the only one in Lake Tahoe. Out there is a "teahouse" which was constructed by the owner of the Vikingsholm Castle in the late 1920s. Occasionally she and her guests would take a boat over to the island and drink tea next to a fireplace inside the stone structure. You can't get to the island or the teahouse, but the "castle" still sits in great condition just feet away from the shoreline. Talk about a dream home...


Sigh...
It was the perfect way to end our trip.

When I am overwhelmed or feeling a lot of pain, I try to breathe and as cliche as it sounds, imagine myself in a calm and happy place. Usually when I meditate, I imagine myself in the ocean and every inhale, I imagine the waves lifting me in the water so my toes can't touch the sand, and then exhaling brings me back to the ground. But this week, I've been falling back into this moment as much as I can. It was pure bliss.

If you ever want to use this place when you're overwhelmed, please do! 

"Okay fine, use my happy place. 
I'm just gonna have to ask that you don't move anything…"  ;)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

For The Endo Girls : Battling Shame


Often times, I think I'm shameless when it comes to endo.

I'm very upfront about having it. I don't embarrass easily when discussing it. I'm honest when people ask questions about it. And while I may spare them a few of the more gory details, I'm not ashamed of having it. And I'm not embarrassed to talk about it. Not at all.

But then pain happens. In front of people. Unexpectedly. And suddenly all the shame I thought I was incapable of feeling comes rushing over me and I would give anything in that moment to just disappear.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lake Tahoe : Part I

In an effort to take advantage of a few mutual days off work during Thanksgiving weekend, Weston and I road tripped up to Lake Tahoe. We both went into it with no real ideas about what to expect since Weston had never been there and my only previous visit occurred when I was 4 years old, but the town was even more beautiful and refreshing than I had imagined it would be.

We stayed at a cute little hotel in South Lake called Basecamp. Our first night in town was spent exploring the little shops and restaurants in Heavenly Village. Pizza, wine, and chocolate truffles in our bellies, we watched people circling an outdoor ice rink, admired the christmas decorations, and visited every firepit we came across for at least a moment or two.

The next morning, after breakfast, we took the Heavenly Gondola up to the top of the mountain. We had no idea how high this thing was actually going to take us until we were at the top… and then realized we were only halfway to our destination, haha. This was something that got recommended to us several times when we were planning our trip and afterward, we agreed it was worth the hype. After a scenic stop halfway up the mountain for a breathtaking view of the lake, we got back on the lift and continued all the way up to the ski lodge. We sat inside drinking hot chocolate and watching skiers and snowboarders make their way up and down the slopes for a while before heading back down to the snowless foot of the mountain.


Afterwards, we headed to lunch at Sonney's BBQ. I mention the name because it was seriously delicious and if you go to South Lake Tahoe, you should try it out. Weston said that if he could only eat one meal for the rest of his life it would probably be their pulled pork sandwich.

As we pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant, little snowflakes slowly started to fall. I was really trying to contain my excitement until one of the guys who works at the restaurant came out and exclaimed, "Yes, awesome! Snow! Woohoo! Nice!" If the locals can geek out about it, SO CAN I.

They seated us inside, next to a cozy fireplace and a nice big window so I could stare longingly outside in between starting at Weston, silently willing him to please-eat-faster-because-in-case-you-didn't-know-it's-snowing! This is probably a funny thing for you non-SoCal friends to read about, but I have only seen snow fall maybe once in my life and before this day, Weston never had! So we were thrilled to our cores.

After lunch, we crossed the street to venture into a forest of trees and explore in the snow. Trying to keep my camera dry was a funny process, but by the end of it, we were such pros that we even threw together a contraption that held my umbrella over the tripod so we could get a few pictures of ourselves via self timer - just like the locals do! Right? ;) 


I also got my first pair of rain boots for my birthday and this was my first chance to use them 
so there may have been a significant amount of puddle-jumping while in Tahoe.
^ This picture was right after Weston slipped off of a branch he had been standing on. Outtakes are usually my favorites and this is not an exception. :)

It was pretty magical. I wish I could have put some of that snow in my pocket and saved it forever, but these pictures do a really good job of taking me right back to the happiest moment of our trip. 

More of Tahoe to come.