While there were a lot of tears and pains, it was also filled with good experiences and people I’ll never forget.Maggie and I celebrated our friendship anniversary with a picnic and day in Locke (blogged here and here). The day involved peanut butter on toast at a bar, hiking with Sara and a Chinese festival.This is Connie King’s toilet garden in Locke. Sadly, she died this year and all of the toilets are gone.At the beginning of the year, I was Jen’s second shooter at a wedding in San Francisco. The lights and people were pretty.And I just messed around a little too. Ok, a lot.I also started soldering pretty regularly at the beginning of the year. These are two of my favorite pieces. The second one I gave to my grandma for Mother’s Day. I wonder if she wears it.Maggie and I really are the queens of day trips. It’s great. Earlier this year, we walked around her neighborhood in Midtown and I took pictures while she tried on dresses. I was really drawn to the orange curtain.We made really good nachos and chili for SuperBowl.One of the best events at the beginning of the year was our musical Valentine’s Day at Grant and Laura’s. It was just good friends, great food and lots of laughs. This was before Laura was diagnosed with cancer, before we knew how awful things would turn later in the year. Laura made Jen’s lemon cupcakes, but dyed the coconut pink for Valentine’s Day.Laura hated this picture of her, but I love it becuase she always laughed big like this.Play it!
WELCOME!I’m Lauren — a gentle wanderlust who lives in a little valley nestled between Sacramento and San Francisco. I embrace life’s littlest and most poignant moments, and share them here.
FOLLOW @theurbanhippie ON INSTAGRAM!April 1 // Morning view // Finally spent some time giving my plant babies much-needed TLC. Bloom, my pretties. #succulents #aprillove2018Let’s let a new month be a reason to take pictures everyday. You in? #photochallenge #AprilLove2018Love is being willing to look like a clumsy goofball for the friend and coworker who wanted to spend her final day’s celebration by floundering around trampolines! We all know you’re an Olympic gymnast @auntiesarah97! We’ll keep trying @janelle_meyers! Scroll for our video in which I just basically fall a lot. #skyzone #trampoline #CoworkersWhoJumpTogether... #IUsedToBeCool #IHaveBlueMatFear #HelpThis sweet face. She was the perfect patient today during her a very long and complicated surgery to remove a 3-pound fatty tumor that was mingled with layers of muscle. Though she’s my old lady teenager, the docs say her labs look like that of a puppy. Thankful for this sweetness. #My13YearOld #WellBeInTheDogBedIfYouNeedUs #dogchild #aussiechow #coneheadAlways fun with these girls. Happy birthday to my lil adventuring friend, Andrea! I hope it’s a year filled with boundless ski slopes, hiking trails, tent dreams, hot tub soaks, wine & cheese savoring and paddleboard naps. #happybirthdaySWIPE for some pretty greenery 🌵😍>.>.> Spent the afternoon in the sun roaming one of my favorite nurseries and pretending summer is with us. They have a great greenhouse restaurant, but make sure you get there before 3. #highhands #nursery #succulents #plantsGetting in my weekday steps, vitamin D and color fix. #afternoonwalk #theothercoffeebreakThat time when you’re ranting to God about life’s crazy, and how all you want is to get away and feel some ocean air and your friend texts to say the car’s leaving in 20 minutes. #AnsweredPrayer #APrettyClearConnection #SoThankful #BodegaBay #PacificPrescription #Blessed #RoadtripAnd then there was wheat bread - like six loaves of it! So thankful for friends who teach me how to turn wheat berries into flour and then into bread. #baking #breadbaking #wheatbread
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