Living free because Jesus Christ chose me. Wife to Anthony, mom to Samuel. Love reading, blogging, crafting & cooking! Sac State MA alumni, passionate about life.


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8 Years Ago...

I married my best friend.

I thought I loved him then! I didn't know you could grow to love someone more with time's passing. The weeks have turned into months and years. The time we've spent together causes my heart to grow more in love than I'd ever imagined.

We met a long time ago and started hanging out a lot in 2002 or 2003. The timeline is fuzzy, because it's hard for me to recollect being an adult and him not being around.

Our relationship has been through instant messaging, text messaging, emailing, phone calling, instagramming, and facetiming. We've been there for each other through marriages, deaths, moves, breakups, infertility, babies, and so many other things. We've been around for short hair, long hair, soul patches, clean shaven, beards, faux hawks, weight changes, and more!

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't talk to him. He's the first person I tell when something is good or bad. He's seen the best of me and sadly the worst of me too.

There have been Christmases and birthdays, steaks and cakes, feasting and eating, and coffee and coffee and coffee.

We've travelled along the entire West Coast, across the midwest, and down the East Coast. We've been on trains, planes, boats, bikes, ferries, and cars. We've walked and talked along the streets of Sacramento, San Francisco, Monterey, Portland, Seatte, Vancouver, New York City, Washington DC, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham.

There have been many, many trips to the Happiest Place on Earth.

There have been sleepless nights and long conversations into the wee morning hours. There have been prayers prayed, songs sung, tears shed. And there has been a lot of laughing and joking and smiling.

We've started and finished school. We've gotten into debt, we've paid off debt. We've saved up for things we needed to buy.

We've seen job: changes, successes, resignations, and hunts.

This last year has been our best and hardest one yet. Our family has grown!

We've stared together at our sweet boy and just smiled.

I can't imagine a life where Anthony wasn't in it and I'm so glad I don't have to!

Happy 8 years to my wonderful Hubster. I love you and can't wait to see what's up next.


Five Minute Friday: Home

The word home evokes many images and sayings. 

Two that I immediately thought of were: Home is where the heart is and Home Tweet Home. The second saying hung above Tweety-Bird's house and is a throwback to my cartoon days.

Home also brings to mind houses. As I thought about houses, they aren't always needed for some place to feel like home. This week I was travelling for work and in doing so, I was keenly aware of what home means to me.

Home means comfort and security. It represents love and a feeling of care. 

To me home doesn't mean the nicest house on the nicest street in the best area. It's a place that's familiar. 

Lately, the thought of home is simply complex. It's people and the person that most represents home to me is Anthony.

What is home for you?

Linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday, where one word is written about for 5 minutes. 


Grace - easy to receive, difficult to give

I've had a little trouble figuring out what to write here lately. Yesterday, after the Hubster and I had a long conversation, I found myself remembering this painting

I realized I love receiving the grace of God and having grace extended to me by others. But giving it, that's another story. Anthony brought up a situation where I was in the wrong. I admitted I was wrong, but knew I wasn't ready to do anything about it. 

As I sat in the car thinking about Jesus and the grace he freely provides, my heart softened. Friends, I didn't do anything to make my heart change. I sat there staring out the car window thinking about what Jesus did for me. I thought, I can't withhold grace from this person or situation. I've been given a lot more grace and forgiveness and I need to extend that to others. 

So, I closed my eyes and asked my Father to forgive me and help me to be willing to forgive and let go of anger and hurt. Amazingly, I know He did and, today, I feel a little lighter.


Friday Faves, Coffee Date, & InstaFriday

If we were to sit and have coffee today, I'd tell you that this has been a busy week.

Last Saturday, my sister-in-law, Brianna, got married. The wedding was beautiful and the food, primarily made by my mother-in-law and her family, was delicious. The cake was gone in no time and was heavenly. Brianna was a beautiful bride and Chad (her new hubby) is a wonderful fit for her and our family. 

photo credit: Benton Studios

Their wedding helped me realize that I'm not perfect or in control of really anything. If it weren't for Jesus, I'd be nothing. I'm so grateful for the people in my life that love me and stick around as I learn to become more like Jesus. 

Instagramed pictures from the wedding: 

Like my mani/pedi? Tonya (PC's wife) came to the rescue and painted them for me! P.S. Big, curly hair is an all-time favorite.

The Hubster & Me

Anthony & Donna (his mom, my mother-in-law)

Scott (my father-in-law) & Me

If we had coffee, I'd tell you that Scott & Donna are the most wonderful in-laws I could have ever asked for. They are my faves.

The Bridesmaids: Elise, Me, Chelsea, & Kourtney

I'd also tell you that I have a really thoughtful and incredibly sweet Hubster. Whenever we grocery shop together, he always asks me if I want flowers. This time, accompanied by our cousin, Brittany, I said yes. She helped him pick out a beautiful bouquet. 

When I Instagrammed the picture of the flowers, I said "I love pretty things." Anthony thinks cards are a waste of money. However, he replied to the flower picture and said, "I love pretty things too. That's why I picked you." Pretty much the best online "card" I could get. 

As we drank our coffee, I'd probably be wearing a striped shirt or pants. I'd say I might be needing a stripe intervention. We went to the mall on Tuesday and I bought 4 striped items. Add that to the growing collection and I think I now have 75% striped clothes. 

My coworker and I have become good friends. Her nickname is Sissy (real name is Stacey) and mine is Missy. Sissy gave me the prettiest top and earrings for my birthday. They were the only non-striped outfit I wore all week. 

In fact, I wore them to the SacTweetup. Where I met Donelle in person.

Donelle is such a fun lady and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better. She also started a really cool blog, Seen In Sacramento, where she talks about how awesome our town/city is.

One of my favorite things things about working downtown is the horse police. They are awesome, especially when they cross the street like pedestrians do!

Please don't stage a stripe intervention on me, I have a few more striped outfits I have my eye on!

What have you been up to this week? 

Linking up with Rachel, Alissa, and Jeanett!


Public Libraries ~ An Invaluable Resource

I grew up going to the library. In fact, as soon as I got my driver's license, I would take my sisters and brother to the library in downtown Sacramento. I navigated two freeways, one way streets, and a multi-level parking garage to go to Central Library. Central Library is one of 28 locations in the Sacramento Public Library system.

(If you'd like to make a fabric flower like I'm wearing, check out this tutorial!)

Last week, when Anthony and I went to the Concerts in the Park and saw the Gypsy Boutique, we stopped at Central Library first. I walked over to the nearest computer, pulled out my iPad, and started looking up the books from Anne's Ultimate Beach Reading Guide. Much to my surprise, the library had 3 of the books on her list available to check out that day.

Having previously set up my online account, I was also able to request a number of other books from Anne's list and have them sent to Central from other Sacramento area libraries. As the week progressed, I got 4 emails that books I had requested were waiting for me!

Sunday, we stopped by the library and I quickly found my requested books. I walked right up to the counter and rented the books in less than 5 minutes.

All of this for FREE! Obviously, our taxes go towards funding this community resource, but it didn't cost me a penny to get my library card or check out books. Our library system also has an eBook library that you can download an application and read books digitally.

As I wrote this post, I saw that the libraries are trying to get publishers to allow them to access more eBooks. Check out this video for more details. And if you're interested, you can sign a petition to send to the publishers.

Have you ever used the library? If not, why not? If yes, what is your favorite thing about your local library?

Linking with Alicia for Try New Adventures Thursday!


Summer Manifesto

I got this idea from Mandie, who got it from Elise, who got it from Ali, who saw the idea on her friend's chalkboard last summer!

The Prices' Summer Manifesto:

Backyard BBQ once a month with neighbors

Buy flights to London for Fall

Go camping

Weekend on the coast

Read a book together

Bike more, car less

Attend local events

More dinners at home 

Have you ever written a manifesto? What would you include on your list? 


Speed Dating ~ Blog Style

Confession: I have never speed dated. I've also never been on a blind date. I only went on one date before dating and marrying my Hubster. That guy is now my brother-in-law, Caleb. It's actually a pretty funny story. Maybe I'll tell it here someday. 

I was thrilled when I saw Mariah (aka Thee Fire Wife) talk about Speed Dating on her blog. Mariah linked up with Nicole (aka This Little Momma) and I thought it would be fun to do the same.

photo credit: anthonyprice

  • I'm a perfectionist that tries to be creative and make stuff. You can see how this can be a problem.
  • When I cook, experiments abound. 
  • Headbands and even pony tails give me a headache. Always. 
  • I can't stand clipping my finger nails with clippers, but I still do it.
  • I haven't bit my nails (I know, bad habit...) since February when I started painting them with polish. Thanks Jessica (aka Polish & Pout)!
  • Sometimes I feel like I'm the plainest person in the world. Like Sarah, Plain and Tall. 
  • I have light blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, which means I look tired or sick if I don't wear mascara/draw in my brows.
  • I have never gone to the Grand Canyon and I really want to.
  • I've never felt as hipster as I do today: maxi skirt, Tom's shoes and a scarf. 
  • I have always wanted to travel to some of the European & Scandinavian countries (Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, etc.) 
  • We might go to London this fall! WOO HOO!
  • I can't stand the phrase: nom nom or om nom nom when talking about food. It disgusts me.
  • I am easily amused, especially by commercials with animals in them. 
  • I am the oldest of 4 kids in my family and the oldest of all 15 grandchildren in the extended family. 
  • I'm pretty much late wherever I go, which is a pet peeve of mine. Go figure.
  • I love the old cartoons: Flinstones, Meet the Jetsons, Yogi Bear, etc.
  • I'm really picky about movies I like. Pretty much if I stick with Disney or "family friendly" films, I'll like the movie. Get outside of those parameters and I probably won't like it.
  • I like meeting new people.
  • I love asking people questions, even though it can seem like I'm interrogating them.
  • I have been known to have engaged in an activity for the primary purpose of blogging about it. In fact, that's how Nicole got me to watch Downton Abbey!
  • I have a challenging time remembering the faithfulness of God and that He always, always knows what's best for me.
  • I am learning that my timing does not coincide with God's. Pretty much all of the time.
  • I'm also learning that Jesus freaking rocked it. He was and is so amazing. 
  • If I read a book, I feel compelled to finish it even if I hate it. 
  • This summer, I'm permitting myself to not finish a book and move on.
  • Last week we went to the library to check out a bunch of the books, Anne (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy) shared with her Ultimate Beach Reading: Summer Reading Guide. And I had a wonderful time. 
  • I just finished Julie and Julia and enjoyed it, minus the cussing.

What about you? What would your speed dating list look like?

Linking up here

This Little Momma


Guest Post: Haven's Kitchen, NYC

I'm thrilled to have my hubster, Anthony Price guest posting for the first time today! Although, he helps with the majority of my posts, he has never guest posted. We both had a wonderful time in New York City and Washington, DC and he has been documenting our trip on his blog. When I saw this post he wrote about Haven's Kitchen, I asked if he would share it here. A giant welcome to my husband and go check his site out when you have a few minutes. He takes some amazing photos!

One of the days we were in NYC we happened walk by this shop called Haven's Kitchen. We stepped through the door and Malisa was in culinary heaven! While we were at the counter ordering a little cheese biscuit, we found out this space hosts cooking classes, private events and sells speciality foods and tools. We would have ordered coffee but we had Blue Bottle not long before.

Malisa spent a while looking at all their kitchen gadgets while Michael and I sat at one of the tables to rest. There were many things she wanted to buy but knowing the weight/space restrictions we would have flying back to Calfornia, she walked out with only a fancy little jar of rock salt. 

We weren't there long but it was good to see Malisa excited over something she loves to do, cook!

Here are a few photos, enjoy!


Weekly Roundup

Hello Friends, 

It's been a while since I've done a weekly roundup, so I thought today would be a perfect day to do so. Here are a few posts that I've enjoyed recently. Click on over to the posts, you'll be glad you did!

  • Anthony has been blogging about our trip to New York City. He posted 3 different coffee shops we went to and enjoyed. The first shop Blue Bottle Coffee is here on the West Coast, specifically San Francisco. The second post is about Stumptown Coffee, who are in Portland, OR. And the third, Caffe Vita was our favorite find. And guess what? They have stores on the West Coast too! I think it's really funny that all of the coffee shops we loved in NYC were West Coast based. 
  • Rebecca wrote an article about "Helping a Friend Through Pregnancy Loss or Grief" and I cannot express how much I appreciate this post. When a dear, dear friend of mine had a miscarriage two years ago, I did not know what to say. So I did what I thought was best. Nothing. Looking back, I know this was not the best idea. I've always been afraid to say something dumb or insensitive, however Rebecca's thoughts have given me a few tools to use in the future (sadly, if that happens again to someone).
  • Alicia shared a recipe for Morning Glory Muffins that sounds super healthy and delicious. I can't wait to try them! A side note: each week she hosts Try New Adventures Thursday and it's a way for her to be more interesting and help others along the way. 
  • Ashlee is a local Sacramentan. Recently, I was flipping through a magazine and saw a two page spread highlighting her maternity fashion. Very cute! She wrote about Comparison and how she's planning to take 24 hours a week to unplug. Yikes. I wonder if I could even do this? She challenged her readers to do the same. 

What have you been reading lately? I am in need of some crafty ideas, do you have any suggestions?


Blogging Meetup

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a small blogging meet up. As you know by now, Jodi Ink and I have met up IRL (in real life) before. We gathered once again at Cafe Yesterday and formally met Joyce.

(L to R: Joyce, Jodi, & Me)

Joyce blogs at Keeping up with the Moys and lives in the Bay Area. Joyce is such a sweet person and I can't wait to stalk her blog and find out more about her and her family.

I was really looking forward to meeting Claire but she wasn't able to make it this time. I suppose there will just have to be another get together!

After the meet up at Cafe Yesterday, Jodi and I left for her house. Josh and Anthony were at the Ink's homestead entertaining, rather, being entertained by Judah and Jacob. We have been trying to get together since before Christmas and finally, after much prayer, crossing our fingers, and hoping no one would get sick, we enjoyed a lovely evening. 

The men folk picked up Burma Superstar (which we are officially addicted to) and brought it back to the house. They also stopped by Trader Joe's for some root beer and cookie dough. 

After our tasty dinner, we sat around and talked and laughed and ate cookies. Lots of cookies. Feeling right at home, I also did my nails at their kitchen table (I promise, it was after we ate). 

(image completely stolen from Jodi's Instagram feed)

Oh, and Jodi gave me this adorable purse!

Yippee for belated Christmas gifts!

I love that because of the internet, we have met friends who are dear to our hearts and we love being around. It feels like we've known Josh and Jodi for many years, wonder why that is. 

How was your weekend? 

P.S. In the picture of my new purse, you might notice two stacks of tiles, these are not ordinary tiles though! They are handmade coasters. And tomorrow, I'm sharing a giveaway for them. YEAH!