Welcome to July!

I could not be more excited to welcome July.

JUNE. WAS. AWFUL. Good riddance, sixth month of the year of our Lord twenty-fourteen. I am glad to see you gone!

Patriotism and Chick-fil-A :: two of my favorite July things!

I do not know all that July will hold, but there are some fun things coming. First up, my parents are in town for the month, which is always exciting. My Mom is taking me out for lunch and a shopping date on the 3rd, which I am really looking forward to. What better way to celebrate Branch’s 7 month birthday than with lunch?!

Second, I am looking for a job! Gasp! I know — it’s thrilling! I have a couple of leads and am really hoping to hear sometime at the beginning of the month. Who knows, I could be EMPLOYED in July!!! That would be very exciting!

Third, I have started hiking Torrey Pines somewhat intensely and plan on doing so for the rest of the month. For those familiar with the area, I go up the big hill, down the beach trail *almost* to the beach but not quite, then turn around and go back up the trail and then down the big hill back to my car. When I did this for the first time last week, I wondered if it was a good idea or if I would regret it.  I am loving it! I feel strong and it definitely gives me a good workout.

What will you be doing this July?


Open for Business

Our restaurant opened!!! I think most of you know that we have been working with Chick-fil-A for the past few years with the goal of opening our own restaurant. And it happened — on Thursday!!

Last week involved lots of emotions, lots of excitement, and lots of delicious chicken. Here are some of the highlights — if you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a handful of these.

The official “passing of the baton” from Rachel to Glenn. One of the only moments I teared up during our dedication dinner. It was such a special and symbolic moment, and brought the hard work, craziness, and gratitude of the past five years to the forefront of my mind.

Our “executive team” — Kimberly and Matt {do they look familiar?!} — running excitedly through a tunnel of people cheering on their start at Chick-fil-A Encinitas.

Glenn receiving a custom “Chick-fil-A Encinitas” surfboard. He is determined to actually surf on it.

Waking up at 4:30 on opening day to be there to welcome the First 100 guests and tear up, once again, as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace. What IS it about bagpipes? I cry every time I hear them!

Seeing a line of cars go through our drive through — even though it was a rainy day {which we all know is a death-sentence here in Southern California}.

We are elated to be open for business, and can’t wait to serve YOU. Please come say hello if you live in the area! You can find us, six days a week, at 194 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA.

See you soon,




I haven’t really talked about this much here on the ol’ blog — but I’m in the middle of marathon training. At some point last year my Mama convinced me to sign up and train for a marathon that is now only three weeks away. I have done one marathon before — six years ago. It was brutal. And yet, this time, I’m looking forward to it. It will be a huge accomplishment and I’m really excited for the time with my Mom. She turns sixty this year and I turned thirty, and honestly I don’t know many other sixty year old women who are interested in 26.2 miles on their feet.

Training for a marathon is a lot like training for a half marathon, just a lot longer. Thank you, Captain Obvious.

This week I did twenty miles {my legs are still feeling that one…} and last weekend I did fifteen. From here we “taper” until race day so I have a twelve miler and then an eight miler and then TWENTY SIX POINT TWO. Phew.

On my fifteen miler I had the foresight to take photos along the way. I took my very first step as the sun was rising over the bay.

I have been convincing various friends to join me for my walks {or portions of them} to give me something to look forward to. Piper and Chloe joined me from miles three to six. Aren’t they presh?

I was alone and excessively hot {it was over 90 degrees this day – yuck!} from miles six to twelve where Jessica and Reagan met up with me. I could NOT have been happier to see them. Jessica brought me ice water and grapes and gave me a good pep talk to help me make it through my last three miles.

When I finally hit mile fifteen I was just so happy to be finished, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a Chick-fil-A sandwich.

I don’t have any photos documenting the twenty miles, but my lovely friend Emily joined me for the ENTIRE thing. She is a true champ and a true encourager on these long distance walk/runs!

Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday. More fun to come this week on the blog!


Dinner Date in Encinitas

Last weekend we had dinner in Encinitas.

We love our future home! Look… here is our future restaurant. Great foundation, wouldn’t you say?

Evenings have still been rather cool, so I decided to turn my maxi dress into a maxi skirt by wearing button-down over it.

Dress: H & M, Shirt: Gap, Necklace: Invisible Children, Handbag: Longchamp, Shoes: Frye.

Until next time,