Living

Some snippets into the life of Beccachelle, her husband Tad and their little mutt Dakota – outside of their on-going DIY projects.blog-to-view-blog-posts

 

 

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Last weekend I was in Arizona, and our flight back to California was delayed 2 hours.

I decided to grab lunch at the airport, and after researching all our food options, my husband and I decided on McDonalds.

Was craving me some chicken nuggets and fries.

Imagine my shock when I ordered my McNugget Meal and was told something I’ve never, ever been told by a McDonald’s employee E.V.E.R….

“I apologize, but we’re out of fries…” I didn’t initially hear the rest of the sentence, because I assumed he meant they simply needed 5 minutes or so to make some more.

Wrong!

“Out of fries” meant just that. McDonalds was Out. Of. fries.

For the first time in over 30 years of eating McDonalds, I had McNuggets without fries.

And it just wasn’t the same.

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My husband felt the same way, and our first stop between the airport and our house after touching down in Oakland, was McDonalds.

Better late than never:

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I live in a child-free home. By choice. (Please don’t take that as cold, I just don’t want children of my own! I truly believe God has another calling for me.)

In the last year, 5 of my girlfriends have given birth to 5 beautiful, healthy baby girls and I love them all so, so much.

Here I am welcoming one of my childhood girlfriend’s daughter:

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We’ve been friends since the 3rd grade and watching her dreams of becoming a mother come true has been one of my greatest joys.

My fifth mama-to-be friend was due this upcoming May 2017 and was expecting a beautiful baby boy. So perfect for her (a gorgeous tomboy, sports fanatic & fitness-oriented woman) as I couldn’t see her raising anything else as her first!

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Are they not the cutest expectant parents ever?! (I just love these people!)

They recently took a Babymoon to Maui. Extra fabulous since she was so sick during her first trimester that her 1st wedding anniversary went nearly uncelebrated.

But just look at her at 22 weeks!

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Many hearts were broken this week as she was induced far too early to deliver her stillborn son. My heart included.

I believe there are no words to comfort a friend experiencing this kind of loss – as no one should ever have to experience the death of a child. (I believe that’s the hardest grief one can experience…and I’ve experience many other forms myself.)

There’s this amazing Etsy store called BlessingAndLight that makes awesome memorial stones and I can’t wait for Louis’ stone to arrive.

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I know it can’t possibly ease their pain, but I hope it will be a special keepsake of the moments they cherished awaiting his arrival and the short time they spent with him once he was here.

This is absolutely where my faith comes into play. I believe everything happens for a reason. Good comes from everything. And God’s plan is always right. Even when we don’t like it and don’t agree with it.

I know she’ll have a rainbow baby. And we’ll all embrace him or her so much harder when he/she gets here. Girl or boy, we no longer care. God, please send us another Baby Richards.

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We have survived the drought! I mastered the art of the Drought Shower (turning the water off while shampooing, conditioning, soaping up, and shaving). And I’ve gotta say, during these cold winter months it’s ROUGH shutting off the hot water.

Every trip I’ve gone on out-of-state the past year, I indulged in long, hot showers and baths – guilt free!

But, it’s been raining non-stop here in NorCal these past couple months and we’re officially out of the drought! I’ve resumed soaking in the tub and I am loving it!

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The whirlwind of Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations has come to a screeching halt. Today the Boy Scouts come to collect our discarded Christmas trees and I’m so sad to see ours go!

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Already wishing we could have kept it one more week!

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Was Christmas a whirlwind for anyone else? I was just getting used to the month being December when BAM! Christmas was here.

For Christmas, we got a brand new bed – the finishing touch of our Master Bedroom makeover (to be revealed soon!). That made shopping so much simpler since my husband and I didn’t really get each other any other big items.

I did get him this amazing Christmas themed suit from Shinesty because I knew how bad he wanted one. He wore it all day – to Christmas dinner at my parents and then bowling after with friends.

The dog wasn’t too disappointed with her gifts this year either.

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I celebrated my December birthday with a fun day out at the vodka distilleries in Alameda, CA. We visited both Hangar One and St. George Spirits for vodka tastings – something we’d never done before.

(Props to St. George for the free flight tasting since it was my b-day!)

I think it’s meant for the more serious Vodka appreciators because we were drinking Vodka straight with no chasers!

I’m a Vodka girl all the way, but no chaser?! It was a little rough.

But how amazing is the view of the San Francisco in the distance? It was a very rainy day but we lucked out and didn’t get wet.

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Visited Oklahoma City recently and if you’re ever in town and wanna see something you can’t see everyday, go to Cowboys and check out the live bull riding that takes place – inside the nightclub just to the side of the dance floor.

They also have the mechanical kind, but it’s not near as fun to watch!

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Ugly sweater season is here! I got this hideous sweater for my husband in an after Christmas blow-out sale last year at TipsyElves.com. My sweater dress was a recent Amazon purchase. (Side note: Not exactly sure why it’s “pink” since the option I chose was “black and red”. But, it’s all good.

We got to bust these out last week when the neighboring town had their ugly sweater event in their cute little downtown area.

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Fall has arrived!

My dog has mastered the art of not stepping on a single leaf during our twice daily walks.

Not today, though. No today. (This is the sidewalk!)

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Is it seriously October already?! We attend at least 1 Oktoberfest celebration every year. This year we took a trip up to Chico State and went to Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Oktoberfest and it was a blast! Prost!

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We spent Labor Day weekend at the lake and Dakota wore herself out swimming.

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Our summer nights are filled with a lot of back yard wine-sipping and darts with the dogs.

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My dad got a flight simulator and (and race car simulator) installed at his new house this week. He’s a real pilot too but I guess this is the kind of video games you play when you’ve outgrown X-box lol!

He had us over to show us how to play and we had a blast!

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My husband’s work got these awesome electric bikes for its employees to use during their lunch break. So the other day he rode to meet me for lunch. He let me take it for a little spin around the parking lot and it was So. Much. Fun!

Now I want a Pedego sooooo bad! Wish they weren’t so darn expensive!

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I don’t usually miss it when Kenny Chesney rolls through town and this year was no exception. We took a party bus and had such a blast gettin’ our country on!

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For my girlfriend’s birthday a big group of us spent the day in Livermore Wine Country aboard the Wine Trolley. We visited 4 wineries and the weather was total perfection!

Can we do this every weekend?!

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This weekend we ran a 5K called Insane Inflatable. Last year we did Rugged Maniac (my first ever 5K) and I definitely thought the Insane Inflatables was much more fun!

It’s basically a bunch of inflated obstacles and you get to run through and feel like a kid again! My husband and I loved it!

As you can see in my Rugged Maniac pic below, there was a LOT of mud and muck involved! We enjoyed getting in our car much cleaner this year!

(Don’t judge the fanny pack – I don’t go anywhere without Immitrex and chapstick.)

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That’s my Frog of a husband leaping from ball to ball.

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And this was Rugged Maniac – crawling through muddy water under barbed wire was well worth it for the “photo opp” haha!

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