life improvements

life has been quite exciting lately, hence the unintentional hiatus.  
first things first...
my mom had emergency eye surgery on tuesday due to a detached retina.  {insert "ouuuuch"}  this picture is about an hour after the surgery and she's still on her happy meds.  but isn't she the cutest? it's been a week now and the recovery is strolling along even though it means no traveling for 8 weeks, no looking up which includes she can't get her hair done or go to the dentist, and she can't sleep on her back and some other things. 

to keep mama company, my sister, bro in law, colton, john, and i spent friday night at moms house drinking wine, playing games, and taking care of the sweet little lady. now let's take a moment to look at precious colton's awesome hat, "fur" vest, and UK onesie.

i apologize for the bad iphone picture but john and i redid the entry way.  we (ok, fine, he) hung up the mirror that i'm loving and switched out the boom box ipod player thingy for some serenity feel of candles and things.  thoughts??  what else would you change? i'm totally up for advice.

when my roomie came home and immediately commented on how clean the sink was, i knew i had to share with my little blogettes this secret weapon i discovered.  baby oil on chrome... works wonders!  did you know that or am i last one to find out such magic??

please share your other quick cleaning secrets because the life of a stay at home girlfriend is a dirty one.  {pun kinda intended}

we are thisclose to finishing our basement and i am THISHAPPY about it.  consider this the brag book portion of this post.  on friday, i surprised john by painting half the basement (its a ginger ale color) and he surprised me with hanging the shelves in the storage room.  eventually, i'll have a total basement post but until then, i'll leave you with small pictures of semi-finished things.  

are you watching real housewives of new jersey and/or beverly hills? because i'm uhhhbsessed and figured i'd share my thoughts.
1. new jersey: teresa is crayyyyyyzzzyyyy. she used to be the reason i watched the show but now i watch it for mainly melissa. teresa needs to have a reality check. (reality check, haha, i didn't even mean that but that's funny)
melissa > teresa.
2. beverly hills: at first, brandi made herself look like a dumbdumb but i think i really like her now.  kyle & kim were so mean to her and brandi ended up having to take the blame. #lame
3. beverly hills: adrienne's spa day. if we're friends and you expect something like that from me, consider us not friends anymore.  kapeesh? kapeesh.

so my loves, game time.  take at least one topic from this enormous post and discuss it in the comments section. 



fairy godmother & pumpkins

i am so proud to say i am this little guys godmother.
my precious nephew was baptized yesterday and stole the hearts of every person in the church.

(he got bit by a mean mosquito hence his little bite under his eye. poor guy.
hey, mr. mosquito- pick on someone your own size!)

there's jessie and taylor on stage with myself and his godfather, rob, which is taylor's brother.

the four of us.  just 3 short years ago, rob and i stood on the same stage on the same sides next to jessie and taylor as their best man and maid of honor on their wedding day.  we're so blessed that we can both stand in the same position for their first born, baby colton.

my heart is melting.

after we had a delicious celebratory lunch and amazing cupcakes made by the ever so talent maggie from sugar mama's... we headed to hubers.

we drove this amazing scenery that i will never get tired of to pick out some great pumpkins and have a touch of wine tasting... since we clearly didn't get enough wine tasting last weekend in california. :)

there's nothing better than the season of fall.

the love of my life frolicking through the pumpkin patch.

we picked up some nice spiced apple wine, sat at an outdoor table, and enjoyed some nice live music.

and then drove home. i kept hoping john would get lost so we could see more amazing views like this but unfortunately, he's got a sense of direction like a hound dog.

absolutely loving fall.

between becoming a godmother and having my nephew baptized and spending the afternoon with my love at hubers and driving around on a beautiful day, i'd say yesterday was pretty successful.




mas vino

hoorayy for friday!  along with this being the last day of the work week, it's also the last day of the cali recap. bittersweet, i know.
sunday we headed out to a private tasting at an absolutely beauuuutiful winery where sean and brianna are actually members!

LEDSON.  the members at their home away from home.

this winery started out as a normal house but it was so huge and caught everyone's eyes that people would drive down the driveway assuming it was a winery and make themselves comfortable for a tasting.  it got to the point where the owner (steven ledson, i think?) finally gave in and made it into the whole tasting room and winery. 

someday, john and i will live in a home like this...

just check that out. it was perfect.

absolutely perfect. 

i secretly felt like lisa vanderpump because it was just screaming dolla dolla bills y'all and she's loaded so i felt like her. 

just so there are no questions of just how awesome my friends and i are, i'd like to point out our private tasting was even personalized with our names and foot massages and gold coins.  (only 1 of the last 3 things i said are true.)

the crew sitting on the upstairs porch during our wine tasting and overlooking the rose bushes and vineyards with a plateful of chocolates, cheeses, crackers, meats, and diamond studded air. 

that was our view. 

grapes. wine.

next we ventured out to imagery winery where we sat outside on the back porch, enjoyed a few glasses of wine and the cloudless sky and rested our little selves.

then we finished our wine (bottoms up!) and decided to go to sonoma square and treat ourselves to some delicious foods from the girl and the fig. 

clearly i got the grilled cheese.  yumm.

if you were following us that day, you'd next go to hawkes, another winery where sean and brianna are members of and you would drink plenty of vino there and enjoy the company and admire the house that is for sale right next to it for a lot of moolah.  

we ended the vacay at westwood winery for a tasting there.

we threw our feet up on the table, relaxed, took our time, and held on to every last second we had out in paradise before we had to come back to our real lives. 

which is your favorite from this day?! what's your favorite type of wine??



so much wine, so little time.

disclaimer: this post has a lot of pictures so please, kick off your shoes, turn on some music, and relax a little with your favorite glass of vino.

saturday, we got a driver named dan and took it upon ourselves to make the day just a sunny as the sky.  not a cloud in the sky, it was absolutely perfect.
taylor, jessie, sean, brianna, jayme, john.

we rode in this...

dan & the van.

to this...

and it was beautiful! 

we drank the wine in this library where they keep it at 59degrees.  the buttery breadsticks and wine were simply amazing.  behind the table is a ginormous barrel with the silver oaks logo which used to be a real barrel, can you believe how big they used to be?!

someday, i'll have something like this inside my personal wine cellar at my house.

photography at its finest.

between the color of the place, the color of the trim, the line of limos out front, the tasty wine, the exquisite landscaping and extremely nice tour guide, silver oak definitely won me over.

kim and shannon (the two lovebirds on the far left) live in san fran and came to hang with us for the day!  it was great to see them... kim and jessie and alyson have been besties since they were in high school.

next up, we went to ferrari carano which are the owners of our hotel!

the views were deece. nottttt, they were outstanding!!!


sean & bri.

john & jayme.

that's my hunk.a.hunk.a.burnin.love.

ow! ow!  kentuckyblonde photo shoooot!

4 leaf clover in california?! i'm a lucky gal!

so did you know corks come from trees? well, i didn't. but i saw this cork oak tree and when you feel it, its so squishy and feels exactly like a cork!  wiiiiild

after a lovely tasting at ferrari, we went to bella vineyards & wine caves

they had awesome live music, kadrillions miles of open fields and views like no other.  on top of all that, they have wine CAVES!!!   it was pretty cool to see the inside of the cave on the mountainside with barrels upon barrels on wine.


bella.  it reminded me of honey bee tees.  anyone else?

next up!!! and YES!  these were all in one day!  we went to a family owned winery called talty vineyards & winery.

that's jessie and michael.  michael makes all the wine there!  this other dude was pouring our wine during the tasting and michael walked in and the other dude said, "michael, hey buddy. you wanna pour the wine since you made it?"  it was pretty sweet to have the guy that made it pour it!  only at a small, family owned winery can ya get that service!


then it was time to push the grapes so michael put us to work!  each of us girls got a chance to do his heavy work and push the grapes. there's jessie.

and alyson with her huge biceps.  :)  we did great.  i think we all got the job offers.

the crew before we had to leave and head to dinner.  i guess some food after an entire day of drinking isn't a bad idea!  

we went to willi's wine bar for dinner and enjoyed millions of tapas. it was a great and pretty local joint which i say you should frequent if you're nearby! john and the rest of the boys are still talkin about the filet sliders.

are you ready for day three?!  comin right up!! 

which of the vineyards of the day is your favorite??

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