Thursday, February 24, 2011


It was December 9th 2010, a Thursday evening and Travis picked me up at work. We were suppose to run a couple errands, but Travis "forgot" to bring the items. "Let's just go home" he said. We pull up to the apartment and I walk up to the porch. It was covered in tea lights with a wreath on the door. I say to Travis, "Hmmmmm the neighbors must be home or something".  I have absolutely no idea what is going on and walk up to the door. In the wreath there is a note that said, "An engagement wish". Finally it hits me and I slowly turns around. Travis was already on his knee and said, "Will you marry me". I think I said yes. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Marine Corps Ball

Happy 235th Birthday Marine Corps. This year the ball was held down in San Diego at the Hilton Bay Front Hotel. We had a great time celebrating and seeing everyone from CLB-5. Welcome Home guys!

So handsome.

Thanks Trav!

Marines like to have a good time.

One of our favorite things...

So the week Travis got back we made sure to head to one of our favorite spots with some wine and cheese to watch the sunset. The views from the cliffs down the street in Carlsbad are incredible. Here are some of the pictures...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vacation in California!

The boys exploring. 

We had a fun week planned with Travis after he got home. The first day included beer and the Packers game and an early night to bed. Monday we got a chance to explore San Diego. We hit Old Town to visit the Whaley House and some delicious Mexican food. Then we walked around La Jolla and visited the harbor seals and grabbed a coffee.

Mr. and Mrs. Tufte (Doug and Gail) at La Jolla

Tuesday we got a chance to head down to Coronado for some walking, a great lunch at an Irish pub and a wine tasting at the Hotel Del. Here are some of the pictures!

Crossing the bridge!

Hotel Del!

Mmmmmm Wine and Cheese.

 Trav and I!

Gail and Doug! (That's for you guys)

On Wednesday Travis and I took off for Santa Barbara. Before he left for deployment we had a chance to eat at this incredible restaurant called the Stonehouse located at the San Yisdro Ranch. We absolutely loved it so much that we promised if we had the time or the money it would be a wonderful opportunity to go and stay at the resort for a night or two. So over the deployment we talked and thought it would be the perfect time to go back and visit and actually stay this time. I have to say if anyone is looking for a little vacation or something to do, I have to say go to the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara.  There is so much to do and discover. There are miles of hiking trails, wineries, a pool, shopping, golf, horseback riding and the most insane food you have ever had. Also not to mention it is where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned! (I love that part). We had the BEST time there. We eat and were treated like king and queens. The day we were leaving room service actually brought us up some of their infamous homemade mint gelato. We had it every night we were there and just wanted one more taste of it. It will blow your mind, I promise! This place was such a treat and one I will always remember. Thanks again Travis for everything. 

Our welcome message.

Trav standing in front of our bungalow.


Out door rain shower.

Private hot tub.

Travis relaxin poolside with the paper.

Lunch is served!


The beautiful gardens. 

Sunset from the hills.

We love hiking.

Most insane view

Dinner on the last night.

At the Stonehouse.

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