In Real Life: Week 4

Hello friends! Let’s take a look at week 4!

Sundays are for waffles. Mmm.

And lunch for two.

And movie dates with your favorite 11-year old.

Finally saw the new Star Wars. OMG it was so good!

Tuesdays are for tacos.

And getting back to the gym.

I met my 3-times-per-week goal this week, and felt so strong!

A short yoga practice on my day off was also really nice.

The magnolias at work are starting to bloom, and it’s the best.

We’ve had some gorgeous sunrises this week, too.

This peanut had his first ear infection this week.

We snuggled lots on my day off.

Apparently the froggy wanted goldfish, too.

Saturday I got up bright and early to go to a lung conference.

It was at a local country club, so everything was very fancy.

Even me!

I spent the day listening to some great lectures from doctors, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists about what’s new in the world of pulmonary care.

I enjoyed the scenery on our breaks.

Hey there!

Afterward, I was treated to an amazing sunset walk along the coast.

California is made for lovers.

Hello, deer!

Another great day, come to a close.

I felt a little cannibalistic eating calamari. But it was sooooo good.

And that mule hit the spot.

Epic fancy dinner, FTW.

Corned beef benedict, what?

The Monterey Bay never ceases to amaze me.

Always take the opportunity to explore a little.

My siren song.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Have a great week 4, everyone!

Take a Look into the Past:

2017 Week 4

In Real Life: Week 3

We had an amazing week 3 of 2018! Come take a look…

Always a kitten at heart.

Working out at 5am has its perks.

Wednesday was my birthday!

After complaining for years that I always wanted an ice cream cake for my birthday when I was a kid, but never got one because no one wants to eat ice cream in the middle of January in snowy Idaho… Robbie came home with this epic, cupcake-shaped ice cream cake. It was as amazing as I always wanted it to be.

That means you, too.

Such a sweet face.


Hi, buddy!

I’m a sucker for a pretty church.

The AARC approves.

LOVE can be found in strange places sometimes.

Believe it or not, there’s actually no filter on this photo. This rose was plenty beautiful on its own.

This year for my birthday, Robbie really went all out.

He took me to beautiful Napa, for a food tour and grown up getaway!

We started the tour with these adorable – and very tasty – lemon-ricotta pancakes, from Alexis Baking Company.

Then we sampled these bomb sliders at Norman Rose Tavern

…and were also treated to a house cocktail called the “Oh My Darling,” aptly named because it heavily features a clementine soda.

We also ventured into Molinari Caffe

…where we got to sample two different house-roasted coffees, including their now famous wine-infused coffee.

Next, we walked to Ca’ Momi for some truly amazing wood-fired pizza.

I loved this place for many reasons, not the least of which was getting to sit at the bar and watch this pro handcraft our pizza.

The owner is also apparently as obsessed with octopusses as I am.

So much so, that they even had a custom octopus tile mosaic done on their pizza oven. So badass.

Their oven also apparently reaches temps of close to 1000 degrees F. And they never turn it off. Like whoa.

Which is probably a big reason why their crust is so damn good.

I really enjoyed myself.

Over at Napa Palisades Saloon, we sampled these fantastic Reuben croquettes. A strange concept, but holy hell, I could have eaten an entire basket.

We walked through some lesser-known parts of downtown Napa, and were treated to views like these.

One of our last stops was The Fatted Calf, where we enjoyed a charcuterie sampler that was outta this world. The Spanish chorizo was so good that I bought an entire (very expensive) sausage to bring home.

We ended our tour at the Oxbow Public Market.

You could buy all kinds of amazing things there, including this local honeycomb that we very nearly came home with.

And these adorable tiny roses.

This is 29.

We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk back to our car.

It was simply stunning.

Then we checked into our hotel and spent our free evening being lazy and enjoying each other. It was bliss.

And later in the evening we ordered room service while we watched TV, because we could.

Bed hair, don’t care.

In the morning light, we finally got to see the true beauty of our little resort.

We stayed at a swanky hotel at a winery, and every detail of the place felt like Italy.

The crown jewel of our stay was the spa time and couples massage that Robbie booked for us.

Yes, it says “cave,” because yes, it’s underground.

Please tell me I’m not the only person who sees a face in that door.

After our luxurious spa treatments, we took a short walk up to the vineyard.

Gorgeous is an understatement.

Beauty is in the details.

Are we in California, or Scotland?

Good morning, Mary.

Out to pasture.

I am so grateful for this weekend away. We needed it more than I can explain.

Sometimes leaving home is the best way to remember that it is my happy place.

How was your week 3?

Enjoy your week 4! See you next Sunday…

Take a look in the past:

2017: Week 3

In Real Life: Week 2

Happy Sunday, friends! Here’s how our week 2 of 2018 looked…

Sunday started with a gorgeous sunrise.

We finally moved the boys in together! It’s been really, really good for all of us.

Drinking whiskey sour out of a mason jar, like a real redneck girl.

Sup, Poe?

I feel like I haven’t been well since before thanksgiving. Gratefully, chicken soup cures all.

I make this mask look good.

Things that are totally normal when you work at a hospital.

Jack “helping” with laundry.

Cardio is good for mucus clearance.

Bath time legs.

Bomb enchiladas, by Pato.

A week of rain makes for pretty skies.

The usual shenanigans on Starbucks Friday.

Our first real date in MONTHS.

I want one of these pork chops every day, please.

Life is short. Wear the heels.

Sunday morning nature walk with my boys.

It’s awesome to have such nice paths so close to home.

My church.

Good morning, God.

The redwoods are amazing.

There is beauty even in the decay.

He is my sunshine.

How was your week 2? Have a great MLK week!

Take a look at the past:

2017 Week 2

In Real Life: Week 1

Happy first week of 2018! Let’s make it a great year!

Mama definitely needed some introvert time after a week of heavy socializing in Idaho.

He’s always stealing my food these days.

This is what “winter” in California looks like.

And also this. Plenty of rain this week.

How you doin’?

Sometimes I think he wears more than he eats.

Flu season means work is crazy. But they were nice enough to buy us pizza on Friday.

Jack ate half my gyoza. Little thief.

Anytime is mojito time.

First time on the swings!

He thought they were pretty fun. 🙂

Winding down.

How was your first week of 2018?

Take a look into the past:

2017 Week 1

In Real Life: Week 52

Our week 52 was another crazy one!

Jack and I started it bright and early on a plane to Idaho.

And Santa delivered on my request for a white Christmas!

Snow in my hair makes me happy.

There were Christmas Eve shenanigans at my mom’s house.

We drank…

…we laughed…

…we played.

We left pumpkin pie and milk out for Santa, since we didn’t have any cookies. Santa didn’t mind.

The best gift any mama could ask for!

I gave my sister a hatchimal for Christmas.

She had twins! What a proud mama.

Then we got all dressed up like Elmer Fudd and headed to the boonies to my great-aunt’s house for Christmas dinner.

Christmas on the range.

When you come from a family of cattle ranchers, prime rib is usually on the holiday menu.

The last of the Foreman men.

But Foreman is this guy’s middle name, so he’ll carry the heritage for one generation more.

The Owyhee desert is in my DNA.

This old pioneer church holds so much history for my family.

We’re related, in case you couldn’t tell.


Ready to hunt rock chucks with Grandpa!

What’s this?

Both Jack and I kinda needed a day to lay low after two crazy days of Christmas. So we stayed close to home, and I went out for a little alone time to take photos while he napped.

Side note: aren’t these LuLa Roe leggings fun?

Aside from my family, snow is probably the one thing I miss most about Idaho.

I love the way it hangs in the trees.

And the way it sticks to even the smallest things.

It makes even the simplest details seem special.

Even things that don’t seem to fit with the climate.

And then you get to come back in and warm up with hot cocoa. That’s really the best part.

Jack struggled a lot with separation anxiety this trip. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t get as many snuggles as they were hoping for.

Trying to “play” ended up looking a lot like this most of the time.

But things did get a bit better by the end of the week.

I was even able to leave him with Grandma for a few hours one morning.

And he even decided that he actually wanted to crawl into Auntie Meggie’s lap!

He even made lots of new friends!

Shared racecars and food…

..and played with lots of new toys.

My lap looked like this a lot.

Baby boots! I die.

Stanley and I have been buddies from the beginning. Even if he is now a butthead three-year old, lol.

We spent time with Grandma Carrie and Uncle Mike…

…looked at pretty Christmas lights…

…(always best with snow…

…family, and hot cocoa)…

…and ate lots of good food.

We enjoyed a winter fire…

…and some of our favorite home comforts…

…and spent time with good friends.

Even normal, everyday things are more fun at Grandma’s house.

It was such a good trip.

But, just like 2017, it had to end.

Until next time, Idahome.

Have a great New Years Day, friends! See you next week. 😉