Thursday, December 31, 2009

See you later 2009



In case you missed out on the radio music scene, there's a quick mashup for you.

I've got a feeling, that's tonight's going to be a good, good night!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I miss Christmas already

Life isn't fair. I had to be back at work on Monday and the hubs is off this week. It took every ounce of maturity in my body to not dump a bucket of water on him this morning. Haha, yes, I'm mature and I didn't do it.

But really, I want to go back to Christmas because this looks like much more fun:

Christmas dinner at my Aunt and Uncle's farm in New Jersey. Yes, there are actually farms in New Jersey.


The wintry view outside my childhood bedroom window. That field looking area is actually a lake.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Whoopi!!! The Baltimore area was hit with a major snowstorm over the weekend and I couldn't be happier. Honestly, if getting 20 inches of snow on a Saturday isn't a blessing, then I don't know what is. Okay, I might be a bit biased on that one, but I love snow.



Cleaning off the cars, round one. Have I ever mentioned that on-street parking SUCKS!!!



Yeah, my car isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

In true fashion Jewels wanted absolutely nothing to do with the elements. Of course, Jax wanted nothing to do but to play in the snow.


video



Day Two:

I love snow when it's in that "fresh and clean" stage. It doesn't last long, but it's so beautiful.


Again, on-street parking isn't cool.

Can I interest you in a truckload of snow?





Can you guess which of our dogs slept like a baby all afternoon?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Office Holiday Party 2009

The hubs and I went to my office's Holiday Party in Annapolis a few weeks ago. I didn't bring a camera, but someone in my office just posted a few pictures on our company share drive.

Now, I normally hate having my picture taken. I think I suffer from "over analyze everything about a picture syndrome and never be happy." Yeah, it's fun. I also have a tendency to close my eyes in pictures, I still haven't figured out how to keep my eyes open when someone uses a flash. It's a work in progress.

Anyway, the party was a great time. I love my co-workers and they definitely know how to have a good time.

I think, just think, that this picture might just sum up the hubs and me.


We're happy people! We like to crack jokes and usually at our own expense! We're funny people!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's here!!!

For the past year the hubs and I have discussed at great length buying a new car. That's putting it mildly. We're not the type to make a rash decision on such a big purchase.

The research stage intensified over the past six months and became a daily conversation topic these past three months. Really there wasn't a weekend that didn't include some type of car research. Our starting point was attending the Motor Trend car show in Baltimore last winter. The hubs and I honestly sat and peeked around close to 50 car models.

Of course, when it came for each of us to write our prospective car list the two couldn't be more different from each other.

My top three cars:
1. Mini Cooper S
2. Toyota Prius
3. Ford Fushion Hybrid

The hubs' top three:
1. Dodge Challenger
2. BMW 328i
3. Chevy Camaro


See a minor difference between those lists??? I wanted optimal fuel efficiency and the hubs wanted lots of horsepower and speed.

So now, without further ado, here's a stock photo of my baby:


I love her! I'd sleep in her if that was an acceptable option in Baltimore. The hubs and I first took her for a test drive when she had less than a mile on her. Besides the car salesman, we're the only people to drive her!

I don't have any decent pictures of her yet because we didn't get home from the dealership until 9:30pm Friday night. Then, on Saturday we had a football tournament that took up most of the daylight hours. It rained all day Sunday and I don't get to see my beloved automobile during the normal workday daylight hours.

Hopefully, I'll take some pictures of her this weekend, but it looks like that might be difficult with the snow accumulations expected this weekend. Good thing the hubs and I have an SUV. Somehow I don't imagine a Prius earns its highest marks in the snow.

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!!


Everywhere you go!!!

We got a bit of snow over the weekend and that was just the thing to jump start the Christmas feeling in our house.

The arrival of snow means one thing- playing outside with Jax!!!


Monday, November 30, 2009

I love a good bargain! (and you can too!!!)

Thank you Cyber Monday!!!

I planned on buying someone a canvas print as a Christmas present this year. Oh, who am I kidding??? It was for my sister and she knows all about it. I wanted to make sure I got her a print she actually wanted. So sue me for taking away a bit of her Christmas surprise. I don't think she'll mind that I'm sharing my bargain shopping habits.

Normal price of a 20 x 30 inch canvas print at Shutterfly- $129.99
Shipping and handling- $19.99
= $149.98 (plus tax!)

Current sale price of a 20 x 30 inch canvas print at Shutterfly- $85.79
Promo code for an extra $10 off any order over $30- JOLLY10
Promo code for free shipping for any order over $25- SHIP25
= $81.95 (including tax!)

Then, throw in an Cyber Monday deal at Ebates and I'll receive 20% cash back for my purchase at Shutterfly.

Point. Set. Match.

Needless to say, now I saved a few bones and can buy my sister something and actually surprise her!!!

If you planned on buying any photo items I suggest you mozy over to Shutterfly before December 2nd. Those promo codes are only good until then. Happy Shopping!!!

(I didn't receive any freebies from Shutterfly for writing this post. I haven't reached that level of blogging power yet and I doubt I ever will.)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I got a new phone!!!

I went from having one of the cheapest phones on the market to the new and very cool Motorola Droid phone! I didn't even send text messages on my old phone because it was such a pain in the bum to type out each letter of the word. Add that in with my anti-text slang stance and I basically never even purchased a text messaging plan because I hated texting with such a vengeance.

Anyway, the Droid is awesome. Well, in the 15 hours that I've had the phone I've come to love it. It's crazy cool how far phones have come in the past few years. Hopefully, with such a nifty device I can update my blog a bit more often. Or, just spend all of my "free time" on Facebook. Whatever.

I am worried that my current reading rate of finishing a book a week on the train is going to suffer due to playing on my phone. Oh well, I'm sure I'll strike a balance at some point.

Any cool apps I should download to my phone????

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Coming home to this...

... makes even the most hellish day fade into the background.



Thank goodness for woman's best friend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Way to be a team player Jewels

I think once you become an adult and you start paying your own utility bills you begin to take on a whole different appreciation for certain things. When I was a kid I used to leave my radio on the entire day, forget to close my window in the morning, run the dryer an extra time to de-wrinkle my clothes, and take ridiculously hot showers. Now, I'm all about making things as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The hubs as come around to my perspective as well.

Especially now that the weather is taking a dips towards colder temperatures. Sweatshirts, heavy socks, fleece pants and the occasion knit cap are all cheap ways to keep the heat turned down a notch.

Even Jewels is getting into the spirit.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making Adjustments




I started a new job this past week and the adjustments to my daily schedule aren't as easy I hoped they would be. Basically, I now have a two-plus hour commute each and every day. That part isn't fun. Couple my new extended commute with the ever shortening days and I hardly get to see sunlight anymore. Well, that's not true, I do get to see the sunlight dancing by as I'm in that awkward phase of, "if I fall asleep now I may miss my stop on the train and that would be really bad, so I must stay awake."

It's really not that bad. I was just being overly dramatic. Actually, I love, love, love my new job. The only negative thing I can say about the job is the commute and even that is a short-term issue. The hubs and I are planning to move this winter and that will make things much easier.

In the meantime my blogging habits have taken a big hit. I barely have time to make it through my Google Reader once a day. Don't worry, I'm not just neglecting Blogger as I'm almost completely off of Facebook as well. It's terrible!

Hopefully, I'll adjust to my new schedule and I can learn to make more time for blogging. Having a super cool hubs who cooks and vacuums is definitely an asset. I'm also going to upgrade to a more advanced phone so I can be more productive on the train. Any suggestions?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall weather= baking time



I love fall, depending on the day of the week fall is either my favorite season or my second favorite. It's a toss-up with winter, but it's a really close race.

Anyway, the fall weather for the next few days in my area isn't the fun kind of fall weather. It's cold (temps are in the low 40s), rainy, mushy, gray, and just all around gloomy. Plus, the hubs and I had plans to head out to a haunted hayride with friends this weekend and those plans are now canceled due to the weather forecast. BOO!!!

There is one aspect of fall that I do love that the weather can't take away from me... baking. It's so nice to warm up a slightly chilly house by baking. I made these brownies today and they're tasty.

Peanut Butter-Swirl Brownies (from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/3 cup chunky-style peanut butter
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces or chopped peanuts

1. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat butter until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar and eggs. Using a wooden spoon, lightly beat the mixture just until combined. Stir in the flour. Remove 3/4 cup of the batter; set aside.

2. Stir the melted unsweetened chocolate into the remaining batter in the saucepan. Spread chocolate batter in the prepared pan. Set aside.

3. Stir peanut butter into the reserved 3/4 cup batter. Dot peanut butter batter atop the chocolate batter. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces or peanuts. Using a knife, swirl the batter.

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the brownies appear set on the surface. Do not overbake. Cool the brownies in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

5. Quickly eat a few brownies before you have any witnesses. Down the evidence with a glass of milk. Repeat until appetite is satisfied. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

October Baseball

I'm a self-described baseball fanatic. It's either charming or highly annoying, depending on your own personal likes and dislikes.

Unfortunately, baseball season ended last week in the Baltimore are. The O's didn't make the playoffs and finished the season well under .500. There's always talk of being a better team next year and hopefully next year is finally that year.

Of course, my beloved New York Yankees are in fine shape in the post-season. They're having a grand ol' time beating up on the Minnesota Twins in the first round, but it isn't over until the last out is made.

Back here in Baltimore the hubs and I had a great baseball season. We went to FanFest and Opening Day. We were there when A-Rod hit his first home run in his first game back from hip surgery. We were there for both Matt Wieter's first game and when he hit his first career home run. We were there for floppy hat night, crab mallet night, beer stein night and a whole host of other promotions. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary with a bunch of screaming O's fans. We were there for the last series of the year when the O's actually swept the opposition.

At the end of the season we went to 22 O's games. Not too shabby. Not nearly as many as we went to last season, but we were a bit busier this year and had to cut back on a few O's games. We'll be okay, no worries. Although, I think by time next year rolls around the hubs will most likely need a new dresser because of all the free O's t-shirts he's accumulated over the past two years. For the record, the O's give out XL orange t-shirts and they don't quite fit my 5'7" frame. Plus, orange isn't one of my better colors, so I gladly give my free stuff to the hubs. It's a fair trade, he gave me his purple O's hat (a cross promotion on NFL draft day to bring in a few Ravens fans).

This past baseball season was especially great for me because I was able to go to a few games with my family members.

May 29th with my nephew and sister. Aka Matt Wieter's first game in Baltimore.


June 13th with my brother.

Maybe next year I can finally go to a game with my mom and dad. Yeah, that was a public shout-out that you two should visit your daughter. No pressure or anything.

In this post-season the hubs and I are putting on a united front (he's grudgingly cheering for the Yanks), but we can't wait to be back to a divided house back at Camden Yards next year.

See you in 2010.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Whoops!!!

Okay, I don't normally receive a ton of comments on my blog. It's okay, comments are nice, but they aren't the main reason I blog. I did however notice that I went quite a few posts without receiving any comments. That struck me as somewhat odd.

Sure enough, the comment feature wasn't working correctly! Whoops!!! I uploaded a new blog template not too long ago and it seems I somehow disabled the comment feature.

So now, feel free to comment all you like. Or, don't comment, that's cool too.

Look! It's a bee

Normally, I'm not really a fan of bees. The whole getting stung aspect of bee interaction usually leaves me in a sour mood. Yesterday afternoon I was outside letting Jax and Jewels roam around when I saw a super bright red Cardinal hanging out in an oak tree. I ran inside to get my camera in the hopes of getting a picture of a cute red head (clearly, I'm biased), but the Cardinal ditched me before I could snap a picture.

I was minding my own business taking a quick picture of a cool looking yellow flower when all of the sudden a bee popped up and starting rubbing around in some pollen. Traditionally, that's when I would have freaked out and ran away from the bee. I'm a wimp when it comes to insects.

I resisted my inner temptation to run away and snapped a few pictures of said bee. He (I think) was a perfect model for thirty seconds and then he fly away to pollinate another flower.

Yay, bee pictures!!!


Yeah, that's Jax roaming around in the background.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cooking for one isn't fun

The hubs is out of town for this entire week and I'm left home alone to fend for myself. Okay, no, not really, it's not that drastic.

This week I get to do all those crazy little things that the hubs can't stand. For one, I get to wear my tie-dyed t-shirts while jamming to Dave Matthews. I'm also going to avoid watching any O's games! Ha!!!! I've already painted my nails a super dark purple color, which the hubs can't stand (but, that one I do all the time). I think I'm going to head over the library and check out a few classic movies to watch. I think curling up on the couch, with a bottle of wine, and enjoying a classic like "Gone with the Wind" sounds like a perfect evening.

I've got a girl's night planned for one night later this week with my best friend. I'm picking up her up from the airport and then she's going to gloat all about her ten day Italian vacation.

I'm going to get in some quality time in with my brother's girlfriend. We're going to head out to either a musuem, art gallery, or end up walking around a botanical garden.

Of course, there is one tiny aspect of all this single-girl lifestyle that makes me cringe- cooking for one. My grocery cart looked pathetic as I made my way down the store aisles yesterday. The hubs usually sustains himself on a diet of takeout, Mac & Cheese, ham, and chicken Alfredo when I'm away from home. Basically, he eats all the things I can't stand. He's not a picky eater, so he eats whatever I want to eat so I don't have quite the same lust for certain foods when I'm by myself. Plus, arugula is the one thing he can't stand that I love and the arugula selection didn't look so great at the grocery store.

It's going to be a challenge to not give in and survive on a Ramen and tv dinner diet this week. I'm going to attempt to cook a small meal each night and hopefully I stick to my plan. I did get myself a small treat at the grocery store and I'm banking on that to get me through the week. Yes, I'm 26 years old and I love Reese's Puffs, go ahead and judge me. Now, I just have to finish these before the hubs gets home or find a place to hide the evidence of my childlike snack habits.



What do you do when you're significant other is out-of-town for a few days?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

InStyle subscription for $5!!!




If you're a fan of InStyle Magazine then I suggest you hop over to Amazon and pick up a year's subscription for only $5.

Yup, five dollars. There are a ton of five dollar deals going on right now, but I'd prefer a non-greasy magazine that keeps coming for a whole year as opposed to a single sandwich or meal.

Here's the link. Enjoy!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pumpkin decorating ideas

I love Halloween. It was my favorite holiday as a child and I still love decorating for Halloween. The hubs thinks I'm slightly crazy when it comes to Halloween and I have feeling he'll object to any decorating I do this year since we had only ONE trick-or-treater stop by our house last year.

I would love to decorate my house in a manner similar to the amazing Mrs. Brooklyn Limestone, but the hubs would freak out and that's not a good thing.

But, the hubs is scheduled to be out of town right before Halloween, so that gives me a few days to decorate without hearing any of his objections. (Insert creepy Halloween laughter here)

There are plenty of ways to decorate pumpkins, but this year I'm honing in on a few of these ideas for a few interior pumpkins. An added bonus, most of these ideas call for fake pumpkins, so they can be stored and re-used for years to come. All links have more pictures and full directions.

Faux Mercury Glass Pumpkins from The DIY Showoff


Decoupaged Poem Pumpkin from Mrs. B


Decoupage Pumpkin from Everyday Artistry


Decoupage Leaf Pumpkin from BHG


Copper-Leafed Pumpkin from BHG

I think this one would look really cute with white pumpkins.

So there you go. Those are a few of the ideas I've seen that I would like to try this year for a few indoor pumpkins. Any other suggestions?

Monday, September 14, 2009

13.1 Miles


Yesterday, I ran farther than I've ever run before. I ran my first half-marathon. Yeah, I'm still tired.

The hubs and I left Saturday afternoon and headed down to my best friend B's apartment in Gaithersburg. Then, we got up early on Sunday morning and B and I joined 2500 other runners for a early morning run.

The weather was perfect. Yes, it was humid, but the temperatures were only in the 60s so it wasn't anything to complain about. I did feel bad that the hubs had to get up at 5:30 in the morning and basically stand around and do nothing. It probably wasn't the most fun for him, nor very tiring, but I still felt bad.

I had three main goals for this race:
1. Finish under my own strength. No stretchers or oxygen masks for me!
2. Run the entire time.
3. Finish somewhere near 2 hours. Yeah, a sub-2 hour finish was my real goal, but everyone and their mother told me to be a bit lenient for my first half.

B and I are somewhere in that grouping.

The hubs saw us gliding past him and he didn't have time to snap a picture. Of course I asked him to take a ton of pictures and that translated into thirteen pictures. That included the pre-requist pre- and post-race photos that I demanded he take. Yay, I'm still working on the hubs and his anti-picture taking stance. Seriously, I ran 13.1 miles and the hubs didn't take a single picture of me actually running. That's probably a good thing, because I'm sure I wasn't a very attractive runner yesterday.

Anyway, I made a few rookie mistakes. You know that expression, "less is more." That expression doesn't hold true for certain things, like Body Glide (an anti-chafing application). I have chafing in areas that a person should never experience chafing. Rookie mistake number 1. Then, B and I went out way too fast. I wasn't strong enough to tell her I had to slow down. I told her I had to slow down and then I didn't. Going out too fast really killed my energy and every step past mile 10 was a battle. My final rookie mistake was not slowing down during the water and Gatorade stops. For the first 8 miles I would just cruise through the aid stations and whatever liquid I was able to throw back was all I got. At the mile 8 aid station I tried to drink some Gatorade and it ended up going up my nose. For the last two aid stations I actually had to walk through them in order to drink my Gatorade and water.

I was thoroughly confused once we crossed the finish line. B and I saw the guys, yet somehow my legs weren't ready to make a turn. Basically I did what can be described as a drunken stupor over to the guys. Thankfully, I had a better excuse than being drunk at 9am.

I think I did pretty well. I've had a cold for the past week and I didn't run at all because I didn't want to risk making myself sicker by running. I took eight days off from running right before the biggest race of my life. Probably not the best idea, but I finished the race so it couldn't have been that bad of a mistake.

Back to my goals:
1. Finish under my own strength- Check! I'm not going to lie, those last three miles were the most difficult miles I've run in my entire life. I really, really, really wanted to start walking, but I just couldn't do it. I wouldn't have made it without B being there for me every step of the way. I kept yelling at her to leave me and run faster, but she wouldn't listen. I'm so happy she's stubborn and wouldn't listen to me.
2. Run the entire time- Check! I'm going to count a check on this one. At first I didn't because I walked through two aid stations and then a bunch of people told me I was crazy! One guy actually countered that since I started well behind the starting line and ran up to the start line, that made up for walking through two measly aid stations.
3. Finish somewhere near 2 hours- Check! Yes, I really wanted to get in under two hours and up until mile 9 I was on track to do so. Then, after mile 10 I fell apart. Everything hurt all at once and each step was a struggle. It was during these miles that I realized I had to re-evaluate my goal of ever finishing a marathon.



So, I did it! I survived to tell the tale and I plan on doing another half sometime soon. I didn't sign up for the Baltimore Running Festival because I wanted to see how I felt after my first half-marathon. Of course, now the half portion of that race is sold-out. I need to find another half for B and I to do this year. The hubs made a verbal commitment to run a 10k with us, so now I just need to keep him honest.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pro-pics are up!

Yay!!!! My sister's pro-pics have been blogged. If you want to see a few gorgeous wedding photos, then take a hop, skip or jump over to the incredibly talented Matt Ramos Blog.

Seriously, Matt is incredibly talented and I'm so happy my sister picked him to photographer her wedding. Anyone getting married in New York or the surrounding area should definitely consider hiring Matt and his wonderful team. You don't even have to take my word for how amazing he is, just look at his website.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Double decker puppies



There are three different dog beds in our house. There are also two human beds that the dogs like to nap on from time to time. Throw in an arm chair and another whole half of a couch and it seems like the dogs have plenty of space to nap. God forbid they actually sleep on the floor every once in awhile. Gasp!!!

No, instead they decide to sleep bunk bed style on the couch.

Really guys, you can spread out. Or not.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My sister got married!!!

My sister and I seem like complete opposites of each other.

She loves pink and I hate pink (the color, not the singer).

She has curly hair, whereas I have poker straight hair.

She has curves and I only have one (my bum).

She's shortish and I'm tallish.

She has a great voice and my only chance of getting on American Idol is to be one of those horrible people the judges make fun of in the first few episodes.

She's a girly girl and I'm a tomboy.

She snorts when she laughs and I make fun of her.

She loves strawberrys and I hate them.

She likes rap and R&B and I like rock alternative and country music.

She was a cheerleader in high school. I don't even have to dignify that with a response (I'm kidding!).

Even with all of those differences aside, we're totally related and there's no denying that. For her wedding over the weekend I sucked it up and just went with her pinkness overload. Seriously, she wanted to have her bridesmaids wear pink dresses!

The bridesmaids carried hot pink roses with bear grass accents. The bride carried Eskimo roses with pink crystal accents. All of the bouquets were hand-tied with satin ribbon. My aunt Ev provided all of the flowers.

see- pink crystals!!!

pink satin purse. Okay, I made that for my sister, so that's my bad. I didn't get a single picture of the ring bearer pillow that I made for my nephew. He didn't want any pink either because he was pinked out as well.

Ugh, the only picture I have of just the hubs and me is blurry. Go figure! That's what I get for not having my camera out at every possible second.

Most of the ceremony photos the hubs took came out blurry. It's not his fault. The lighting in the church was really dim and there was no flash photography allowed. Even it all its blurriness, this picture still tells a very funny story. See the red head guy second from the right? Yeah, that's my brother. He's a big guy. Normally, he's the biggest dude in a room. He looked small on Sunday, which is hilarious! Those guys couldn't move an inch during the ceremony because if they did they would have knocked each other off their respective chairs. It was so funny. During the rehearsal Rev. Chuck kept commenting that he didn't realize the Giants offensive line was present. Those are some very large men. The groom is 6'5", so I think that gives an indication of how tall those guys are.

Walking down the aisle in the historic church. Really, I'm thinking "do not fall! Do not fall! Whatever you do, don't fall! Goodness, why did I decide to wear 4" heels!"

They're married!!! Shaka is thinking, "how much longer do we have to sit up here?"


Hanging out in the church while portraits were being taken by the wedding photographers. Aunt Ev got in on the pink action.

My brother and I after the ceremony. At this point the bride and groom went off to the Vanderbilt Mansion for their portraits. I can't wait to see more of those photos!


Seriously, everyone had some pink!


My sister, nephew, and me hanging out in the bridal suite.


My new brother-in-law popping the bubbly.

My dad and his best friend, who stood up next to my dad at his own wedding nearly 32 years ago.

My Oma and my Grandpa Joe. More pink!!! Can you believe my grandpa is 90 years old? Ninety years young I say!

The maid of honor, the bride and me! I think we were all exhausted by pictures at this point.


Yes, the hubs was making fun of me because during the reception my sister's kick butt photographers put up a slide show of some photos they took earlier in the day. In essence I was taking pictures of pictures. Lame, possibly, but the photos were amazing (um, the ones the pros took, not so much on mine)

My picture of their picture doesn't do it justice. Seriously, it was gorgeous!!!

My nephew is such a ham.

I could post even more pictures, but I'll wait to reveal the pro pictures. Based on the few that I saw I know that they are going to be top notch and nothing I could share would do my sister's wedding any justice. The weekend was so crazy that I didn't even get a single picture with my mom. I can't believe that, but my SD card doesn't lie.


The next morning everyone who stayed at the hotel had breakfast together. I didn't even know that a Nintendo DSI could take pictures. Apparently, my nephew wasn't playing video games like I suspected all day. Instead, he was taking pictures of his mum getting married and wanted to show her the next morning. Seriously, how cute is that?


It only took me two showers to get all the hair spray and gel out of my hair! I was a little worse for the wear the next day and I wasn't happy about spending five hours in a car to get back home. Have no fear Aunt Ev, the pink flowers are still alive and they're in the vase you gave me. The hubs said the vase is really pretty and we should use it more often. I told him one way to get more use out of it was for him to buy me flowers more often. We'll see how that goes.

I will definitely be posting a link later in the week for the pro pictures. You'll get a pink overload when those photos come in!

Jean and Shaka, I hope you two are having a wonderful time traveling to and in Hawaii. D and I were so happy and proud to be a part of your wedding, but we're even more excited to be a part of the rest of your lives. I'm giving you a few months of non-baby talk and they you better start pumping out a kid so mom, dad, grandma, Oma and everyone else gets off my back!!!