Being a Host and Dinner Plans

Hello Friends!

A few weeks ago my down-the-street neighbor Michelle from Tahoe came to visit me and my new little place. It was my first time hosting someone for the weekend, and she was the perfect person to host. It was kinda a busy weekend, but full of all great things for the two of us girls to enjoy. On Friday my friend Maryah came to visit me at my new school. She was my first visitor to ND and I felt so proud showing her the campus and my office and classrooms. I feel so lucky to work at a school that is so amazing, and values the arts. She brought me Starbucks, and it was the perfect start to a great weekend.

Maryah and I

Later that day, I had her and my friend Robert over for board games at the new place. We had tons of cheese and crackers and played Ticket to Ride, which is this ridiculously fun board game that I kinda want to play every weekend. #nerdlife

Game Night

On Saturday Michelle was my sous chef and we made a delicious dinner for my girls small group bible study from a few years ago. Most of us are a little more spread out (think Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill & Sunnyvale) so it’s just not easy for the 6 or so of us to meet up weekly like we used. I might have gone overboard on the appetizers, but they were all so good!
Girls Dinner Girls Dinner

Amy, Maryah & Brandy came up to my parents house for dinner. Reece’s was a great helper in the kitchen as well.

My cooking assistant

On Sunday Michelle and I had a low key day hanging out at my house, she helped me meal prep for the week. She was such a fun person to have around for the weekend, I hope she visits me again soon! (P.S Michelle, if you are reading this I hope year #2 at college is going well, and I can’t wait for more game nights in Tahoe at Christmas!)



Life Lately

Girls Day at the Beach

So this is a few snaps from the last week! It’s only been one short week of summer, but I’ve packed a lot in.

Three beach days in one Week!
Sun Hats

A and I hitting up the beach on Tuesday. Sun hats are crucial to not ending up with a sunburnt nose!

Summer Sunsets

We’ve had some pretty amazing sunsets here in San Jose, and I tried to capture the gorgeous colors we got last week!


We had a lovely mellow Father’s Day in Capitola with the whole fam (including the dog!) at a dog friendly beach, followed up by yummy food at Gayle’s Bakery.

How was your week? Do anything fun or summery?



Girls Spa Day


Two years ago A and I went up to the city to spend a day at a Spa. We loved it so much that we booked another day there this year. We started off at Cocoon Urban Day Spa with massages, and finished with a mani-pedi’s. I felt so relaxed after it was all done, perfect for heading into the week before AP exams! The whole place is beautiful and calming, with tea and cookies while you wait. I went for summery colors.



We followed our spa appointments up with a delicious dim sum lunch at Yank Sing. We took some silly photos while we were waiting for a table.



I find taking a Sunday day off from babysitting and grading to be with a girlfriend is exactly what  I need heading into a stressful time at work. I feel like the week starts off so much easier!

How do you find time to relax and unwind?