Join us for our next adventure?

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I’m a dreamer. I love thinking about our next adventure, investment, or event, so much so that I struggle to stay in the present – I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve started a conversation with Kristina about our next vacation in the middle of our current vacation. Now this dreaming often leads me in some pretty crazy directions, which is why I got married (kidding). But seriously, 80% of Kristina’s job in our marriage is keeping me grounded and moving in the right direction. Continue reading

Our house, Our story.

The quest for our first home together, or the home itself for that matter, weren’t at all what we expected when we started hunting for a house. It started shortly after we were married in 2008. We were renting a small apartment in Northridge. After one too many fights in the hallway, after more than a few contact highs from our generous next door neighbors, and after countless parties raging on until 3 and 4 in the morning, we knew it was time to move on. We had our down payment and a good idea of where we wanted to live. Three years, more than a dozen rejected offers, and tons of frustration with the process, we finally decided to expand out search to included Kristina’s childhood home of Simi Valley.

Within a week, we were in escrow on the gorgeous beater you see up there. Obvious landscaping issues aside, we knew that we were looking to put our own stamp on place, and that if we could find a decent blank slate, we could make something pretty special.

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Cajun Kitchen

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While neither large nor fancy, the Cajun Kitchen is one of the best spots for brunch we have ever been to. Perhaps because of its size, or its laid back decor, it doesn’t get the same publicity as trendier spots in LA. But what it lacks in pizzazz (I’ve always wanted to use that word in writing) it more than makes up for in incredible food.

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As you can see, it looks far more like a roadside diner from the eighties than a brunch spot with the best beignets outside of Louisiana. That’s not an exaggeration. And if I could, I’d like to take a minute to describe to those of you, dear readers, who have never tried a beignet. Do it. Right now. They are like the delicious love child of a donut, french toast, and funnel cake. It’s remarkable, really, that some genius had the intuition to make such a delightful concoction.

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When things go differently than expected……

Part of the reason we’ve been fortunate enough to travel like we have, and why we’re able to make this move up to Ventura, is because we don’t have any kids yet, but not for lack of trying. We’ve been working on making a baby for about three and a half years. And as fun as the trying to make process has been, we’re ready for the fun/misery that actually having a baby brings. While it isn’t easy, we’ve been trying to trust that God has us in this season for a reason. We both believe that we will be parents, though how that might happen and what form it may take, is still a mystery. So being content is the name of the game right now, and I would say that, for the most part, we are both very positive about the process and trust that it’ll happen when it happens and it will look how it’s supposed to look.

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