I just got home from a lovely staycation. You know, the newly minted term for a vacation close to home. A small smile broke across everyone’s lips when we told them we were staying in Laguna Beach from Irvine…which is just next door! It’s hard to get away during wedding season, but sneaking away from the busyness of our lives was so incredibly perfect for our anniversary. Very much like last year, JD and I simply wanted to check out and de-stress together. With gracious help from Jaime Puffer, she aligned a perfect stay for us at Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach and we loved every minute of it!

This morning, we slept in until 8am, hit the gym, and then darted to the beach to soak up the last few hours of serenity. JD and I spread out beach towels and we used a few more to shield us from the overcast skies and sea breezes. We layed in silence, listening to the sound of the ocean along the shore, and felt incredibly overwhelmed with what could have been the most perfect day. Perhaps it was. No, no, perhaps it is. I mean, really, we have everything that ever mattered (healthy families, amazing friends, living passionately, and own a perfect dog) and resting by the shore was simply a thick dollop of creamy sweetness.

While I realize every day cannot be perfect (and, trust me, I’ve had more than my share of pretty awful days), I am content savoring these moments and storing the memories.

I’m sad to say I forgot my camera, so JD and I made sure we used our iphones to help us remember the details of our fourth year together as husband and wife.

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  1. Nicole Meyers

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You are so sweet! I am glad you are having such a wonderful day- you deserve it!

  2. B

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Oh my word! Did you go to Nick’s? It looks like it. Jealous!

  3. Debbie H

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Did you run to your computer the minute you got home? I was reading your blow from yesterday and up popped your new post. I’ve been a blog-stalker of your for years and now out in the open. You are an inspiration!

  4. Lauren Bauer

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    You guys are so cute! Congrats on your Anniversary and perfect Staycation..those are the best. Ironically, my husband and I usually spend our staycations in Laguna as well. It truly is the perfect little getaway–or as we call it a "minibreak" lol.

  5. Debbie H

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Happy anniversary! You two are so cute together! 🙂

  6. Brian Fletcher

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    "Forgot" your camera? Blasphemy! ;P

  7. Jessica Shae

    September 29th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Happiest of Anniversary to you two! Y’all are so adorable, God bless you with so many more wonderful years together!

  8. Lydia

    September 29th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I love Nick’s! Thanks for recommending it when I was there! I feel doubly special because it looks like it was awesome enough for you to go when celebrating! Happy Anniversary!

  9. gina amin

    September 29th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    It only gets better!

  10. Sue M

    September 29th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Forgot your camera???? Isn’t that like forgetting an appendage?? Happy Anniversary and I am glad that you and JD had such a nice and perfect day!!

  11. Sandra

    September 29th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    The two of you are very cute. Enjoy your time together.

  12. Rebekah Tillotsong

    September 30th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Maybe the fact that you forgot your camera is somewhat symbolic, dontchya think? 🙂 Like maybe you *needed* to forget about any and all photographic devices for a little while and just savor the memories!

  13. Bobby Earle

    September 30th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    You used the grossest word ever!!! Dollop 😛

    Lindsay and I are so happy for you two.

  14. Michelle O

    September 30th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Congrats you two! It only gets better!

  15. Marisa Schibilla

    September 30th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    It’s nice to leave your camera at home on the rare occasion, isn’t it? Thanks for a wonderful post as usual! 🙂

  16. Stephanie Castillo

    September 30th, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Happy Anniversary!! 🙂

  17. abramichelle

    September 30th, 2009 at 3:30 am


  18. Brandon M sweet

    September 30th, 2009 at 3:34 am

    I love that! Great day it sounds like. I wish I could express my feelings in words as well as you do. I have always had a problem with that. And my stuttering issues have never helped 😉

  19. amanda thiessen

    September 30th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    yay! you guys are so cute!
    i feel you on leaving your camera at home. My husband and I went to the SD Zoo for the first time and didnt charge the battery so the first picture i tried to take it died. Then we bought a disposable one for like 20 bucks and of course, at the end of the awesome day.. we took a rest on a bench and totally forgot it there! so someone has our zoo pictures somewhere out there! haha

  20. cassandra m

    September 30th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Ahhhhhhhh. Bet it was nice to take a moment to relax & breathe….Glad to hear you did. Happy Anniv again :))

  21. Carmen W.

    September 30th, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Congratulations Love Birds. You two are so adorable.

  22. Fiona andersen

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:32 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY… not sure if I spelt that right?? RIGHT on you two beautiful people… right on!!!!!!

  23. Heather-

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I like this idea of a stay vacation! Sounds great after such a busy summer. Cheers to you-one inspiring and very cute couple! And here is to growing old and wrinkly together-!!!

  24. Paul

    September 30th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Hope you have many more happy years Jasmine..! Happy Anniversary…!

  25. Sakura Hasegawa

    September 30th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    You are an amazing writer. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as well as posting gorgeous photographs in your blog. More power to you and your husband. Happy Anniversary to the both of you.

  26. Paul C

    September 30th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more. Thank you for the blessing and inspiration you are to so many.

  27. Alexandra

    September 30th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

  28. Bong

    September 30th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  29. Cory Hydar

    September 30th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats on the 4 years and many more, J* and JD, I have been reading your blog for years, wish I had the tools, experience and personality that you have. Thanks for all your advice and all that you do. Cory from Omaha, Ne

  30. erin fults

    September 30th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    so sweet! my husband and I will celebrate 4 years in december. 🙂

  31. arielle joy

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Awww so very sweet!! I love you guys! Happy anniversary to ya’ll.

  32. Stephanie Stewart

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Glad you had a perfect day! You 2 are soooo freakin’ cute together!

  33. Katie Whitcomb

    September 30th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    You guys are so cute! We will be spending our anniversary (October 11th) at the Lemon Creek Winery in Michigan. Woot Woot!

  34. Amy Wenzel

    September 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    i love you guys.

  35. Elizabeth

    September 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    congrats — we will be celebrating this November our 10th year and it has not even felt like 10 years which is good. I hope you two enjoy many more years of happiness!!!

  36. jamie delaine

    September 30th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    YEP. cuter than life itself.

  37. melissa oholendt

    September 30th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Pretty sure my is perfect day is the beach on an overcast day with a breeze and a big group of friends. I am in need of a day like that.

  38. Cecile

    October 1st, 2009 at 12:01 am

    How do you FORGET your camera?? Hahha.. Happy 4 YEARS! I enjoy both your work! Thank you for sharing. HUGS!

  39. Pol

    October 1st, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations on four years together 🙂 May your future be filled with smiles, laughter, hugs and tons of love.

    Somehow I think you took a photo in your heart of everything you felt on this day and will remember it always!

  40. Nicole Benitez

    October 1st, 2009 at 2:29 am

    So Cute!! Happy Anniversary. Sounds like the perfect start/end to another year of wedded bliss.

  41. Nicole Glenn

    October 1st, 2009 at 4:32 am

    A much deserved break for sure. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of fluffy dogs, sandy toes, wonderful moments, and love.

  42. Events by Evonne

    October 1st, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Happy Anniversary, Jas and JD! I can’t believe you guys forgot your camera! 🙂

  43. Life with Kaishon

    October 1st, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Happy, happy anniversary! : ) I am glad you had a perfect day.

  44. Amanda Carlson

    October 4th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate.

  45. Chris

    October 8th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many many more 🙂

  46. laguna beach hotel

    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Nice pics..but um, why arent you both photographed TOGETHER..??