Epic Easter

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We had such a fun Easter this year. We got together with some of our new friends in the ward and decided to throw an Easter bash together.

We started our evening with peep wars. Essentially you put two peeps on a plate and stick a toothpick in each one and whichever peep stabs the other wins. It was quite the battle.

We followed that with dinner out on the patio with an amazing spread of food. We were quite proud of ourselves with our line up. Shish kabobs, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, asparagus and little bundt cakes for dessert.

Afterwards we had an egg roll competition. We dyed easter eggs and then would roll them across the floor and the first one to crack would lose. This was probably the funniest event of the night and we are definitely going to have to carry forth the tradition.

After a few more games we called it a night. It was definitely an Easter to remember. We are so thankful to have formed so many great friendships and are excited for the new ones we are making. Hope you all enjoyed your Easter as well!

Sandwich Of All Sandwiches

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today has been such a beautiful day we couldn't help but spend most of it outside! Tim and I were excited to finally be in town to check out the Redwood City Farmer's Market. We stocked up on a whole bag full of produce goodies. I love that you don't have to buy things in bulk like you do at many of the farmer's markets that I've been to in the past.

Afterwards we walked around downtown a bit and decided to finally try a sandwich from Ike's Lair. Oh my word. It was insane. We ordered the kryptonite to share and it was the biggest sandwich I've ever seen. It had roast beef, pastrami, turkey, ham, salami, bacon, onion rings, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, green pesto, pepper jack, and avocado. WOW. It is definitely a must try if you are in the bay area.

^^ Can we all agree that eating pictures are the weirdest?^^ 

Tonight we are heading up to Oakland to watch an Easter celebration and then attempting to cook an Easter meal with a broken oven tomorrow. Wish us luck! Happy Easter! I feel so blessed to have a knowledge or the Savior and His sacrifice for us. What better thing to do than to celebrate Him. 

Bay Area Bucket List

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Since moving to the bay area in March 2014 we have been determined to see and do as much as possible. I have spent endless hours searching through lists of things to do in the area and decided to come up with my own list. Items in bold have been completed and the rest we are hoping to complete soon! This list doesn't include food because if you know me, you know that deserves it's own post. :) Coming soon!

Bike or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Treasure Island
Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito
Santa Cruz
Seymour Discovery Center in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Twin Peaks
Giants Game
Ride in a cable car
SF Zoo
Sutro Baths
Land's End 
Angel Island
Ferry Building 
Movie & music on the square in Redwood City
SF Moma
Tour Stanford campus
Golden Gate Park & see the bison
Coit Tower 
Lombard Street
Pier 39 & Fisherman's Wharf
Sailing in the bay
Hike Bernal Hill
Japanese Tea Gardens 
DeYoung Museum
Drive down Highway 1 to LA
San Francisco public library
Winchester Mystery House
Big Basin to see the giant redwoods
Ride a ferry
Conservatory of flowers in Golden Gate Park
Napa Valley
Half Moon Bay
Whale watching
Union Square
Yosemite National Park
Painted Ladies
9 Mile Drive
Hot air balloon ride in Napa
Seward street slides
Farmers markets all across the bay area
Half Moon Bay pumpkin festival
Berry picking on the coast
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Año Nuevo state park to see elephant seals 
Muir Woods 
GoCar Tour
Palace of Fine Arts 
Tour a tech company campus
Gilroy Garlic festival

How We Made Moving Simple

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just a little over a month ago Tim and I packed up our belongings and headed out to the bay area. We hadn't found an apartment yet and decided to bring just what we could fit in our car. These are the things we learned from the whole experience.

We first evaluated what we had and decided if it was worth it to bring it or sell/donate/give away/throw away. Most of our furniture was either thrifted, a hand me down, or IKEA/super cheap so we figured that it really didn't make sense to get a U-Haul. Plus we really weren't all that attached so we didn't mind!

Next came the sorting process. Anything with emotional value we kept of course and after that we found our items with the highest value and smallest size. My oh so adored BlendTec blender got to come but our old lamps, broom, etc didn't. We still had a few large items to bring with us Tim's beloved guitar but we were able to make it work.

I utilized facebook online yard sales, craigslist, and local online classifieds to sell what we could. We first sold things we wouldn't need and sold things like our bed and couches last. It definitely made those last few days on an air mattress more tolerable. Another tip is to advertise your items stages. Nobody wants to look at a pile of stuff. Things tend to sell much quicker when they can see them as is. This was definitely helpful.

This is probably a no brainer but don't leave your expensive things on top in the car. I didn't want anything to look tempting while our car full of everything we owned was parked at a motel in Reno on our drive from Utah to California so anything near windows was mostly blankets or backpacks.

We have not regretted this decision at all. It has been so nice to start fresh and get rid of clutter that we had accumulated. You don't realize how much stuff you have that you really don't need until you have to get rid of it all. Oh and it was even better not searching for an apartment with a huge moving truck in tow.

What approach did you take to moving? Have you ever regretted that decision?