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beachin’ it

July 24, 2014


Our time at home has calmed down. We don’t have any trips planned in the near future, and we won’t have visitors for a few weeks. Planning on spending a lot of time at the beach to soak up these last weeks of summer, to relax, and to hit the water surfing.

I had a weird allergic reaction this past week – broke out in hives – and am trying to figure out if I’m allergic to neoprene wetsuits or just a contaminated wetsuit rental. I’ve been doing some research online but haven’t found a clear answer. Any thoughts?





How is your summer going? I haven’t been able to get to everything on my list, but sometimes the funds just don’t support it. I’ve still been having a wonderful, sunny, California summer.

-wonderland sam

our big bear camping trip

July 23, 2014


Remember how I always have a few photos from an event on a roll of film that I have yet to finish or develop? Well, here are those few (or maybe a little more than a few) photos from our Big Bear camping trip with my brother and niece. Like I said, we just had to take a photo next to the Pacific Crest Trail head and at least walk along it a little bit.






This photo is grainy and out of focus, and I absolutely love it.


-wonderland sam


July 22, 2014


While my sister was in town, we made my annual trip to Disneyland and took our niece (see the past two years here and here). Again, we were at the park from the time it opened until after the Fantasmic show (always worth staying to watch, in my opinion). We were exhausted, but we rode all of the rides we wanted to and hardly waited in lines. Of course, churros and Dole Whip were had as well. I’m so grateful for these times I’m able to share with my niece and that my sister was able to make another trip out here.

(All photos taken on film. As it goes, I have a few more on another roll I have to finish.)








-wonderland sam

family reunion

July 21, 2014


This past weekend my whole family came into town to celebrate my grandfather’s 76th birthday. His sister, her kids, and her grandchildren made the trip out west too. It has probably been 20 years since we were all together (dang we’re old), so it was definitely time for a family reunion. Unfortunately one of my cousins couldn’t make it, but we did the best we could. We have a couple of spouses and little ones added to the mix now too. It was so great to have this time with the whole family, and I know my grandfather really appreciated it. Of course I brought along the camera and tripod to document this momentous occasion!



We brought our ladder ball game, and it was a huge hit. Like, the kids were obsessed. ;p


The cousins (minus Danielle)!



Grandparents, parents, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


A couple of puppies made an appearance too.




My Grandparents and their four kids.



My family. :)


Shiner and Zero.


My grandpa and his sister.






-wonderland sam

around here & life musings

July 15, 2014


Cooking more at home and using our fancy dishes for Sunday dinners. Because what is the point in “saving” things you have – we should use and enjoy them now. Excited to be back in the kitchen making new and good meals.


Finished the intro course at Anthony Meindl’s studio. Loving, loving, loving this safe environment to grow as an actor and as a person. So happy and grateful to have found this space.


In a constant mood to clean and declutter our small apartment. Making trips to Goodwill and selling items online. Tired of just having so much stuff, you know?  We watched a documentary about living small and not letting your things rule your life. Good stuff.

P.S. This is my happy wall, and it makes me just that – happy.


In the home stretch before our play, Cave, opens next Friday. Excited for breakthroughs and to be in the space and for people to come watch our work.

My entire family will be in California this weekend for a family reunion, and I am so excited. A lot of fun activities planned, so of course I’ll be sharing them here.

Have a wonderful week, friends. I’m trying more and more to just live and be present and enjoy the moment. Life moves too fast, and I want to soak up everything.

photos from instagram

-wonderland sam

things that make me happy

July 11, 2014


A dream catcher I picked up on our travels through Arizona.


An Indian tablecloth that drastically helps brighten up our eating area.


A Tierra candle I picked up while in Austin that smells heavenly.


A fresh planner to be filled.

-wonderland sam


July 10, 2014


I’ve really been in the mood lately to just get rid of everything we have. We live in a small one bedroom apartment (two people + a dog) and just have a lot of STUFF. I’m sentimental and hold onto things for far longer than they should be held onto. I’m also the worst when it comes to never wearing articles of clothing and keeping them around “just in case”. Well, I’m standing up to the clutter! The problem is I actually have some nice items that have hardly been used and would love them to not go to waste (they aren’t going to waste at Goodwill, but you know what I mean). I know consignment stores can be really picky and hardly give you any money for your items, so I thought I’d try selling some of my items online. I started a Poshmark account and will see where it takes me. Have any of you ever used it? Any tips/advice, or do you know of a better online resale site? I’ve only posted a few items so far, and I know I desperately need to take better photos, but I just wanted to go ahead and get some items listed. If you want to check out my closet, my username is “wonderlandsam“.

P.S. Anyone in the market for a digital picture frame or small iPod stereo? ;p Where can I sell home accessories??

-wonderland sam


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