Archive for October, 2009

October 30, 2009

first year.

Hello friends and family!

We celebrated our first year of marriage this past Monday. We started the day with breakfast and coffee and then packed the car up for our eventful day. We drove about 20 minutes to a hiking area near by. We hiked up this beautiful mountain with our walking sticks and backpack full of food that Noah prepared. We stopped along the way and ate our fruit and chicken salads while watching squirrels scurry and listening to only the sound of a wood peckers peck. Being in the woods always reminds me of my childhood, building tree forts and raking the leaves off the dirt to sprinkle potpourri. Here I was all grown up with my husband and still enjoying it with the wonders of a child. When we  finally reached the top of the mountain there was a water fall, it doesn’t rain much in California so it wasn’t very big, but it was still beautiful.



We set up a blanket near the waterfall, enjoyed some delicious wine and reminisced what we were doing at that same time last year. What an incredible day it was with all our friends and family together, who knows when everyone will be together like that again. We layed in our past for a while and then as we began our hike down we dreamed of our future. What would our kids be like someday? What would there interests be? Enjoying our conversation, we wound up hiking a bit to far down the mountain and had to hike back up to get to our car!

After our hiking adventure we headed to the beach! Noah surfed with his cute wet suit on and I layed on the beach and soaked up some sun. After an hour we then headed to a sushi restaurant in the area where my parents had gotten us a gift card for. The place was beautiful and we devoured some delicious sushi! We tried sake for the first time and it was pretty good!


We came home to have our wedding cake, which by now was only a slice that had traveled with us across the country, so it wasn’t too tastey, Noah enjoyed it though! We popped some champagne and I frolicked around in my wedding dress!



It has been an amazing year, so much has happened. I’m thankful for each day we have together. thanks to all our friends and families for being along there with us this past year, love you all.

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October 15, 2009

california sunshine.

hello friends!

we are finally all settled in to our new california home! we had packed up all our life in to a 6 x 7 x 8 pod and began our four day drive from florida to california with a leap of faith. it was most certainly a long, long, long drive but we loved seeing some beautiful parts of this world together. noah drove the entire way, his second dream job was to be a truck driver, i’m not kidding! our kittie, roxie, was such a good girl and slept the entire way and our pup, clarity, was panting away the whole time and wouldn’t sleep a bit…. so eventually i had to give her a tranquilizer to calm her down, she fought it and wanted to stay awake, i’ll post a video later of her falling asleep standing up 🙂

but eventually we made it to cali! we had never seen our new apartment in person but we were pleasantly surprise when we saw it, it was bigger than expected…in fact, its the perfect size for us and we LOVE it. i will post some photos later of everything. we had our great friends pete, bryan, and ben to welcome us the first night.

nikki’s mom came to visit us shortly after we arrived so they got to do some exploring together. we went to our local farmers market, bike rides, shopping in downtown pasadena, griffith park, santa monica pier, newport beach, a Japanese surf contest, and the americana for more shopping. it was great to have her here to spend time together and for her to see our new home. we love the area, there’s always something new to do and the weather is beautiful!

noah has been busy working with an action sports production company in santa monica as well as working on editing projects with his company voda films. we are more than thankful that he already has work out here. he goes surfing almost every morning before work near manhattan beach so he is for sure loving that 🙂 i’ve been working from home on lovebirds film, which is our wedding film company.  i’ve been cooking, practicing yoga,  and adjusting to a slower paced life for right now. sometimes its hard to be okay with stillness and quietness when you are use to a fast pace lifestyle, but i’m trying to enjoy it because you don’t have many moments like that in life.

we’ve been spending time with some of our friends that we went to school with in florida that now live in california. noahs brother, luke, and wife, jenny live close by so its been great hanging out with them too. finally, the brothers are back in the same state 🙂

we are enjoying the chill in the air and embracing this new, exciting, scary adventure together. we are celebrating our one year anniversary on the 26th, its been an amazing journey this past year together. we’ve gone through a lot of changes in just one year but we’ve held on to each others hand throughout it all.  love you all.

nikki & noah

the carlsons.