Sunshine and Smiles

Sunshine and Smiles

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Smiles

Happy Earth Day my friends! Today I plan on enjoying the beauty of our wonderful earth outside and in the sunshine! Even though I believe every day should be Earth day, I especially love today because the weather is usually perfect, and it is a fantastic excuse to spend the day digging in the dirt and giving Mother Earth extra special love. It truly could not be a better weekend to spend playing with friends outside, and even though I happen to live in a bit of a concrete jungle, I was able to spend all day yesterday outside in one of my favorite parts of the city The Presidio. The Presidio is where you go to enjoy nature, hiking and breathtaking views of the ocean below. Here some pics:
Cute little gnome in The Presidio Community Garden
I may have spent some time swinging on this tire swing :)
Gorgeous view of the city at sunset
Made flower crowns out of these beauties :)
Community Garden <3
Surrounded by nature
Delicious little strawberries
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for." Have a Happy Earth Day friends! Give her extra love today and always. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Favorites

Hooray! It is Friday! I absolutely love Friday nights because I usually stay home to relax and catch up on my favorite shows and magazines. Tonight is no exception. I have had a great week back to work. I didn't realize how much I missed the kiddos until they came back and I could swear they all grew an inch! I hugged them tight and we had a lot of fun each day. Today during music class, I held a book for the music teacher while he played the guitar and sang along with the book. When we were finished I exclaimed "Wow! I just loved that book! That was so great," to which one of my students replied "Kelly, you love EVERYTHING!" I thought that was really special, and oh so true!
Beautiful blue sky in SF
Did some crossing off of my list this week. My dear friend Johnny was in town visiting so me, Britt, Cody and him went to Trattoria Contadina which is this adorable, quaint little spot on the cusp of North Beach and Russian Hill. The cable cars roll right past you as you enjoy dinner. They have delicious food and we all caught up over wine and laughs. I love when friends come into town because the sparkle and whimsy of SF returns to me and I just feel so joyful. On the way o the restaurant I hopped on the cable car and rode it down the hill to the restaurant. I took pics just like a tourist. I'm still so in love with San Francisco. Since I am trying to write more, I thought a little Friday Favorites post each week might be fun, just a little glimpse into the little things that make me smile throughout the week.
Happy drawing I found walking to work
Color in the Spring!
Planning vacations :)
Showing off my Spring attire- white skirt and loafers
Dinner with extraordinary friends
My mode of transportation Wednesday night
I will never gety sick of this view!

Hope all my friends have a fantastic weekend! It is supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny in the city. So very excited. This weekend is for a tan, new fashion mags, window shopping at Anthropologie, milkshakes, and brunch dates with friends. Lots of love to you all. xo

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Break

Happy Saturday friends! I have had a lovely week off from work spending time in San Diego! I could really get used to just relaxing, laying in the sun, and going to delicious dinners each night with Dan. I head home tomorrow morning and although I will miss SD, I am looking forward to being back with the bun and checking things off my SF fun list like crazy these next few weeks. I don't have to get on a plane until D and I leave for Belize May 2nd (and to me, that is a long time!) Thought I would share some of my favorite moments this week. It was a special one with lots of QT with family, friends and D. Truly the best things in life...

Dinner with Amira and Kandi in Cardiff. Love getting to be with them. :)

Lazy days in the sunshine

A night out to dinner with D where we did some wine tasting as well :)

Mini golf, grilling our own steaks at Turf Club, and relaxing over wine at sunset

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Parade 2012

We had a simply perfect Easter with the fam. After dying eggs together Saturday night, we arrived yesterday to tulips, bunnies, chocolate, B. Watson winning the Masters, and anticipation of an easer egg hunt fit for an adorable baby boy. We also celebrated my sister and dad's birthdays with cake and a bbq. Some pics from our lovely little Easter together.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Voyage upon life's sea, To yourself be true, And, whatever your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe...

It´s time to travel from my home and let the wind carry me elsewhere for the next week.
The ocean has been calling to me, and the thought of being with sweet family and friends makes me feel loved and cherished.
Sometimes escapism is needed and the ocean, colorful easter eggs and adventures in OB are just what I need to feel whole.
Being surrounded by loved ones sweeps away unhappy thoughts and blesses me with the hope of new dreams. Being with them makes me feel inspired and my heart will do all the talking.
I´ll dance in long dresses with flowers in my hair and make my whimsical wishes for a beautiful little life in Ocean Beach once again, I will take Obie for walks, spend time in the sunshine with my mom, laugh with my best friend D, and give bunny kisses to my nephew.
I will just be still in the loveliness of being content and full.
I´ll smile as soon as I arrive, as I can feel the love right away. It´s good to know my heart will always be there to guide me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My 90 Day Challenge...

90 days. 90 days!?! I just said that out loud and it shocked and inspired every bone in my body. 90 days until I leave this incredible, cosmopolitan, crazy, lovely, can't put into words how much I love it city and start a new adventure in San Diego.

When I started thinking all about the things I wanted to do before I left I thought documenting it would be so fantastic. To be able to look back and know that I was able to complete everything my heart desired in San Francisco is really special.

Three years ago when I moved here (Yes, three years! Can you believe it!?) and started my first SF Fun List I was on a mission to complete EVERYTHING on it. If you aren't familiar with my SF Fun List, it is a list on this raggedy old lined notebook paper of all the bars and restaurants I wanted/want to try. On the back, are all my favorite spots I have been organized by neighborhood. (Yes, I am little OCD.) I whip the list out to any and every one who wants to see and it, and it has been the source of so much entertainment for my friends and I who are always looking for fun, new things to do in the city. "Kel, get the list out!" I have heard hundreds of times. My friends are really good sports about me being a little bossy at times and wanting to be the planner. (Thanks guys!)

So with this new challenge, I have created a SF Fun List with the things I would like to do the next three months. I want to soak the city in through my heart and soul. A few times a week I have made a promise to myself to hang in different neighborhoods, take the MUNI to random spots in the city, take walks on streets I may have not noticed before and just BE PRESENT in what may very well be the last time of living so independent and carefree in my life. (Only time can tell, Dan might boot me after living with me AND Funny Bunny!) Kidding.

I decided on this challenge a few days ago when I was spending time with my friend Ben in Noe Valley. We played trains, trucks and baseball in his backyard. Did I mention he is three? After a few hours of playing, I roamed around 24th Street which is this precious neighborhood filled wth flower shops, bakeries, and coffee shops. I bought an Us Weekly and settled into a cozy corner of Starbucks with my laptop and my magazine feeling a lifetime away from my apartment in Nob Hill. (Really- 2 bus rides and 2 miles.) Just being in a new neighborhood made me feel excited and I knew this is exactly what I needed.

Adorable purple house on my walk in Noe Valley

Monday came and continuing with my challenge, I met some girlfriends who I had been so close with in San Diego and were visiting the city last night. Seeing friends and laughing like no time has passed is one of the best things in life. We went to a fantastic dinner at Zero Zero in SoMa, and ate our way through some of the BEST Italian I have had in the city. After wine, pizza, bruchetta and a lot of laughs I went home happy and content that this is where life has led me.

Sweet friends laughing <3

We truly wanted to check everything on the list for dessert!

I look forward to sharing with my friends and fam all of the fun adventures I will be on in the next three months, and the places my heart will take me. This city will be the hardest thing in the world to say goodbye to, but saying goodbye by living each moment to the fullest has got to be the absolute BEST way.