On Sunday we celebrated my grandpa’s 97th birthday (his actual birthday was on Tuesday).
Every year we celebrate another birthday with him I am so grateful. It’s been rough for him health-wise these past several months, so I’m glad I got to eat chocolate cake with him again.
After being gone the previous week for vacation, I had a lot to catch up on in the office; however my accomplishment of the week is I got my design both finished and approved for The Wire!
I’ve still got a few more comps to do as well as updating my style guide, but I am so pleased with how this turned out and can’t wait to see it in build.
This week with The Lovely Geek, I set up sites for my portfolio and wedding: thelovelygeek.com/design and thelovelygeek.com/wedding. I updated plugins and upgraded WordPress to 4.2 Powell, which came out on Thursday. I’ve also been working on some updated logo concepts for the new sites, which I’m really excited about.
We headed off to the beach in San Simeon last week to spend some time with Joshua’s family. Our annual family vacation came early this year because we celebrated the 50th birthday of Joshua’s adopted father.
Our first night we partied on the hotel’s beach (Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort) with extended family, enjoying homemade cioppino and reading heartfelt letters to the birthday man next to the firepit.
The next day we met up with the whole family and visited the elephant seals at the Elephant Seal Vista Point. They’re on vacation too. 😉
We had lunch by the pool and hung out there for the afternoon until dinnertime. We spent that evening and the next couple evenings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach where we had dinner by the beach and played on the pier.
The next few of days were filled with hanging at the pool, eating really good food, and exploring the beaches. Nights were spent watching the sun set and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves. It was the ideal vacation.
Our final day we had lunch at San Simeon State Beach where we explored the tidepools and watched the seals and sea lions.
We spent a few hours in San Luis Obispo to experience their Thursday Farmets Market, and then it was home sweet home!
I had a really nice Easter weekend. On Saturday, we went to service with Joshua’s family and out to dinner at Red Robin as per tradition. Sunday we went to church with my parents, and afterwards Dani, Joshua and I had yummy mimosa’s at Early Toast.
On Sunday I hosted Easter for the very first time! Joshua and I grilled leg of lamb and Dani made potatoes, both recipes which were from The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today’s Home Cook. I also made this delicious Skinny Broccoli Salad (minus the tomatoes and olives), and my dad brought sauteed spinach.
For hors d’oeuvres Dani provided an assortment of cheeses, and my uncle brought homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. It was a yummy meal, and we all had a great time!
Monday my splash page for the CGA Strategic Conference launched! In addition to that I made major progress on my design for The Wire.
Have I mentioned how happy I am to be designing lately? I haven’t had any designs to work on since last year because I’ve been doing a lot of project management, but now that changes have been implemented at work (for the better), I’m getting to do a lot more design. Not only that but I think my designs are getting better especially with the guidance I now have.
The blog didn’t get a whole lot of love this week, but since I am going on vacation next week I am hoping to have some down-time where I can really get to work on things. At this point I am not sure if a May launch is realistic. We shall see.
Monday we wrapped up our second round of teaching Financial Peace at our church. Joshua and I had full attendance for all nine weeks, and it was awesome to see everyone’s transformation during that time. Our next round is in September so we have a bit of a break until then.
Aside from that not a whole lot has been going on. We had a few visits from Joshua’s brother during the week, and then yesterday evening Dani and her friend Becca came up for the weekend.
This week I finished my splash page design for this year’s CGA Strategic Conference. My Design Director is also having us create our style guides before we even go into design, so it has been helping a lot with streamlining the design process.
On The Lovely Geek, I created a custom post type for my House Tour section. The three places I’ve lived in are categories and the rooms are posts complete with custom fields for showcasing images, source lists and the like. Back when I was living at my Nana’s house (second rental), I acquired a lovely book called Homeowner’s Record Keeper. I really like how it organizes everything, so I’m using that as my inspiration for how I will layout the different rooms.
Today I am happy to share that our backyard makeover is complete!
We started this makeover with an overgrown yard that we’ve let go since September. After several failed attempts at our yard we called in the professionals: Joshua’s dad and brother.
They weed-whacked, sprayed round-up, brought in new soil, tilled, added all new irrigation, plants, and grass. And now it’s a clean and beautifully landscaped space one that we can’t stop spending time in. The dogs love it too!
Originally our fire pit was in the middle of the yard. We had the garden beds pulled out and moved the fire pit down in its place. The garden beds were coming apart and the dogs wouldn’t stay out of them, so it was best to take them out.
By bringing the pit down here we’ve also opened up room for more seating on the wall and bench nearby. We have some plans to bring in some solar string lights, but I’m really excited to light a fire down there at our next get-together.
Back in September when we “started” on the backyard, one of the things we did was take out what we believe to be a fountain-turned glorified planter box. We turned the empty space into an herb garden. I have rosemary, cilantro, parsely and mint to start.
This side of the house used to be a dumping ground for debris and dirt. Now, the trees have been cleared (hello, natural light in my office!) there’s a nice path and gravel.
Joshua plans on parking his trailer back here, and maybe one day down the road an RV! #dreaming
We are so happy with how the yard turned out and so grateful that my father in-law and brother in-law were able to make it happen! We love being in the yard now, especially since we topped it off with a variety of solar landscape lighting scattered throughout. It’s a great space both during the day and at night. I can’t wait to entertain here!