It’s astonishing how quickly life slips into the rearview unless you slow down and look back. Here are some photos from the past few months.
During one beautiful sunny weekend we stayed in Carlsbad near the beach and spent a few days bodysurfing the shore break and relaxing on the beach.
While the warm weather lingered into Fall, we enjoyed occasionally having dinners on the font porch.
The freakishly warm autumn also called for a pool party in Jamul.
Everything is in the details. This is the key and welcome guide our Airbnb guests receive upon checking in.
As part of a long standing tradition, Sarah and two of her college roommates, Kat & Leann, get together twice annually and rotate between their respective homes in Ventura, Portland, and San Diego.
One of our favorite features of our home is the built-in bookshelves surrounding the french doors in the second bedroom.
This year we threw our first Halloween party and enjoyed decorating the house and dressing up like pirates.
Denny, assembling the new Ikea patio furniture.
For one of Sarah’s schools where she practices child therapy we built a simple teepee for the children to play in.
When we started looking for a home, one of our goals was to be moved in by Christmas so we could savor the joys of decorating our own home. As soon as we reasonably could, we made the long drive out to Potrero to select a live tree for the house.
Unfortunately the tree farm has gone downhill since our last visit and we left empty handed. However we were able to pick some fresh mistletoe on the drive home.
This winter has been full of good surf with the presence of El Nino weather patterns. Here’s Denny finding a small barrel on a fun day in Mexico.
Shortly after moving into our house we decided to build a large dining table. Here you see the bottom of the table and supports.
Once the top was pieced together we finished it with 1×3 trim and attached the hairpin legs.
Denny, applying sealant to get he table ready in time for our Christmas party.
San Elijo State Beach, where we spent Denny’s birthday.
Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative so a lot of time was spent hiding out in the tent.
Who wouldn’t want a new splitting axe for their birthday.
Sarah made a lovely birthday breakfast feast.
This tastefully wrapped gift was waiting on Denny’s desk at work.
We celebrated Christmas morning in our house the weekend prior to the holiday as we would be in Orange County with Sarah’s family on the actual day.
Sarah, trying on her new down jacket.
Denny, enjoying Sarah’s made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, which are just one part of the Moody Family Christmas Brunch. The other traditional foods are Denny’s Cowboy Quiche, coffee, and mimosas.
Some of our very favorite times in our home have been hosting gatherings of friends and family, and our Christmas party may have been the best occasion to date. Everyone contributed delicious food, there were warm drinks and cold beers and lots of laughter and jovial warmth. We had a blast exchanging some ridiculous white elephant gifts and even enjoyed some time around the fire. It was a special evening with truly wonderful people, and I hope it becomes an annual tradition.
We had loads of fun with the two selfie sticks that were in the gift exchange.
Sarah and Ashley, caroling their hearts out.
Fawkes was a bit tuckered out from all the Christmas excitement.
The Moody Family Christmas Photo.
To cap off the Christmas season we went to Naples with Sarah’s parents and sister and spent an evening walking along the canals, delighting in the many extravagant light displays.
In mid-January we left San Diego for a surprise birthday getaway to celebrate Sarah’s 26th birthday. We flew to San Francisco where we were picked up by Sarah’s aunt and uncle. They not only picked us up and took us in for the night but also let us borrow a car for the weekend.
On our drive from the airport we made a brief detour to check out the lights on the SF Bay Bridge. The lights change and move in endlessly varying patterns and are mesmerizing to watch.
From SF, we drove to Napa where we spent 3 days wine tasting.
The first winery we visited was Castello Di Amorosa, an incredible castle/winery built in the style of ancient Italian castles.
One of Sarah’s favorite special treats is room service breakfast.
One of our favorite wineries was Deerfield Ranch where the tasting room was far underground.
An endless array of specialty bitters at the Oxbow Public Market.
Back in San Diego we wanted to throw a small birthday party but our own house was occupied by Airbnb guests on Sarah’s actual birthday so we rented a quirky little house on a canyon lot in Hillcrest. We had a taco dinner and margaritas with close friends to put the finishing touch on Sarah’s birthday week.
This is the view we woke to the following morning. The home was 3 levels with the bedroom on the top story. It had a lovely view overlooking a peaceful canyon.
Sarah enjoyed some reading time on the balcony before checking out.
If the first month of 2016 is any indication, this year is going to be a great one. We can’t wait for what’s ahead.
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