May’s Scenic Drive Through San Diego

It’s a tiny bit embarrassing to admit, but even though I have lived in San Diego my entire life, I have explored very little of my own city. To be fair, I relied on my parents to transport me anywhere for most of that time. 😛  So when I discovered a scenic drive all conveniently…

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Erica + Jesse | Proposal at Coronado

On this day, I saw a boy become a man. I saw a beautiful picture of love worked through long distance [he in California and she in China], differences in background and lifestyles, misunderstandings and personal failures. I saw this love grow and grow, from the seed of infatuation, then permeating the depths of who…

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March’s Piecing Together the Puzzle

Our March date was another stay-home date. Tiffany had the awesome idea of us working on a jigsaw puzzle together. Neither of us have that much experience with puzzles, so we thought it’d be a fun date to spend a lazy Saturday doing one together.

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Her Name Is Beloved

Walking the streets of Shanghai, one may notice the people bustling past in rich garbs of fancy coats, expensive boots, toting quality purses—emblems of their high status in a diverse city. On the same street, an amputee beggar jingles a small bowl of coins in one hand, pulling himself along with the other while his…

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Endora + Mark | Together Through Sunshine and Rain

Endora and I met in the odd, in-between stages straddling childhood and adulthood, when I had already tasted the harshness of the world and begun to shy away from genuine connections. And yet I found myself disarmed by all the bubbly excitement that her exuberant personality holds. I wondered at her sweet innocence, unsure how…

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February Cooking with Hellofresh

One of our first dates together was cooking a meal at home. Neither of us had much cooking experience at the time, so we decided on a nice, simple pasta recipe. As fragrant smells of basil and tomato sauce filled the kitchen, Michael decided that the recipe didn’t include enough sausage. He heroically took it upon…

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January’s Mount Laguna Hike

Our year of dates idea was such a hit with us that we decided to continue with the tradition into this year as well. I successfully deceived Michael into thinking that I was too lazy to plan a whole year’s worth of dates again, so when he opened that special box for Christmas and saw the…

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The Art of Communication

Before Michael and I got married, one of our premarital discussions revolved around how to create our own family culture. Together, we brainstormed different “traditions” we’d like to incorporate into our marriage. One of these was a regular family meeting, a practice which we hoped would keep our lines of communication open and free. It would be a…

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October’s Return to Childhood

Knowing that I love legos, Tiffany got us tickets to Legoland California for our October date!  I’ve liked playing with Lego since I have a kid, but I’ve never been to Legoland, even though we’ve lived in San Diego for so long. I still remember placing medieval knights on their castle and firing the canon on…

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September’s Harvest of Apples

After Tiffany’s cousins left, we were finally able to catch our breath and recover from the busy-ness. We took advantage of the free time and got back on track with our monthly dates in September. For September’s date, Tiffany planned a visit to Julian for some apple-picking and apple pies.

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