Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday's Musings

Describe your current mood.
Content. Satisfied. Inquisitive. Worried. 

How would you feel most loved and encouraged this week?
This is one of the weeks where I just want to cuddle. haha We're expecting a blizzard here in the next day, and I just want to cuddle. I don't really have an explanation-I think that snow just has that affect on me. 

What is one of your goals for this week?
Goals. I've been thinking a lot about them lately. I want to apply to a few jobs this week even though I have a couple of things on my mind at the moment. The good news is I am feeling very positive about my job search. Next week, I'll hopefully be able to report I'm on my way to finding something new. I'm on a mission! :)

What are you most looking forward to this week?
Today was my dad's birthday. I had a great time eating lunch and dinner with him and shopping at Target later in the day. Love you dad!

Later in the week, I am looking forward to the Super Bowl. It's always fun to watch and chat with friends. More importantly, there is a new episode of Glee on Sunday after the Super Bowl!! How exciting. :)

Day 14 of 30: My Earliest Memory

When I was 5, my sister 4, and my brother 3, I remember spending a brief period of time in daycare. I remember the smell of pancakes and syrup in the morning. The blue cots that lined all of the rooms during nap time. All the kids and toys packed into a relatively small room and so on. 

During that time, I remember my 5th birthday which was actually my golden birthday... My mom planned a special birthday at McDonald's. I loved McDonald's when I was younger so it was the perfect place. I adored playing on the slides there and exploring the play area they had there. For dessert, I believe I had a vanilla ice cream cone; I know there was cake, but I prefered ice cream, especially a vanilla cone from McDonald's. (Things haven't changed much since then in regards to dessert.)

It was a great birthday to say the least. I had the best time celebrating my birthdays when I was younger. I know, I was a bit self consumed when it came to my birthday. he. he. I used to tell my mom exactly how I wanted to celebrate. My poor mom. On a more positive note, I've grown up since then, and my birthdays aren't as big of a deal. Thank God.

P.S. Sweety, if you read this, I know what you are thinking about the daycare part. For the record, I agree with you. Daycare wasn't that great. I'm not a huge fan. 

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Love Diary: Spring Cleaning

A couple of weeks ago, I helped my boyfriend with some organizing in his house. He had moved into his current house 4 days before he met me almost a year ago, and he had a few areas of his house that he wanted to clean. It was pretty fun helping him. 

I had no idea how many video games and video game systems he had. There were at least a couple of shelfs that we dedicated solely to video games. :) We organized so many storage containers in his basement by labeling, sorting, and placing them on a couple of shelving units.

It's not often that I have the chance to do so much deep cleaning. I loved it. All of the cleaning we did took around 2 hours. Honestly, this experience has inspired me to clean my closet and go through some of my storage containers. I love the feeling of accomplishment I feel after I worked hard at cleaning something.

Do you enjoy Spring cleaning?

I wish we were closer to Spring...

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Day 13 of 30: A Place I Would Love to Visit

Sorry for the delay in posting, friends! I would really love to visit California; I've never been there before, and I think it would be awesome to swim in the Pacific. While I'm there, I would definitely visit Hollywood as well. 

I cannot wait to spend some time in California. So gorgeous. :)

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: List # 8

Thankful Thursday is my weekly post on Thursday where I list 5 things that I am thankful for in my life. It gives me a reason to consciously think about what I love about my life.
What are you thankful for today?

Making Memories

Pink Converse Shoes
(I totally want to wear converse shoes with a dress!)

Gummy Worms

The Ocean
(I got another taste of it at the wave pool this week.)

Being with the one I love.

Day 12 of 30: My Whole Day in Bullet Points

  • Woke up at 7:40 a.m. to a sunny morning.
  • Ate a English muffin with sausage with everyone who I went on vacation with this week. Yum. :)
  • Packed all of our suitcases and went down to the pool.
  • Went on the Mammoth slide and Hurricane slide with my sweets. So much fun. Also got hit by my some pretty rough waves at the wave pool or the pool of tears as Bill likes to call it. 
  • Walked through the sky walk for the last time and finally got everything ready to leave.
  • Made the 3 hour trip home from Wisconsin. Arrived at home around 1:30 p.m.
  • Unpacked my suitcase. Put everything away. Did 3 loads of laundry.
  • Organized my room so everything is all neat and clean like I like it.
  • Watched The Bachelor and read Julie & Julia.
  • Ate my mom's delicious chicken noodle soup for dinner.
  • And, right now, I am writing this post and thinking about how I can't wait to start running again. It will feel like heaven. For now, yoga sculpt will have to suffice. ;)

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Day 11 of 30: 10 Random Songs from my iPod

Hi all! I'm back from a relaxing vacation, and I'm ready to start posting! I decided that I would start with catching up with my 30 Day Challenge. Without further adieu, here are 10 random songs that popped up on my iPod...

  1. Something's Got A Hold On Me from Burlesque
  2. Express from Burlesque
  3. Halo Beyonce
  4. Smash Into You Beyonce
  5. Diva Beyonce
  6. Piano Man Brandi
  7. No Air Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
  8. Not Ready To Make Nice Dixie Chicks
  9. Just Dance Lady Gaga
  10. Long Live Taylor Swift

I don't listen to my iPod that much anymore except when I wake up to it in the morning. In college, I would sometimes walk to class while listening to it, but now the only time, I'm really listening to music is in the morning or when I'm in the car on the way to work.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Letters to my Lovely Readers: So Long for Now

Hello, my dears!

I am writing to tell you that I won't be posting that much for the next few days. I am going on vacation with my boyfriend and a couple of friends. I look forward to sharing it with you when I got back. Expect lots of pictures!



P.S. Don't worry, I will continue my 30 Day Challenge! <3  

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday's Musings: Vacation Time

I've been establishing a few new post series, and one of them is Monday's Musings. Every Monday, I will journal 4 or 5 questions. I think this will be really relaxing and reflective for me. The questions I answer might vary from week to week, but all of the questions will capture how I am feeling and what I am going through. I cannot wait to see what you think!

Here are my four questions:

Describe your current mood in 5 words.
Enthralled. Excited. Content. Antsy. Nervous.

How would you feel most loved and encouraged this week?
I know, after I return from my mini vacation that I am so excited about, I will
inevitably feel like I have to go back to the work week grind. I would love to have some down time set aside to regroup and prepare for work.

I love reading or writing for a few hours while I’m alone. What can I say? I adore alone time (every once in a while).

What is one of your goals for this week? 
I want to finish one of my books that I’ve started reading. I’ve been reading Julie and Julia, but I haven’t had the time to finish it.

What are you most looking forward to this week? 
I am so excited to leave for Wisconsin tomorrow. I haven't been there for a while,and I'm looking forward to swimming. Also, I cannot wait to hangout and relax with everyone. :)

(Image via: We Heart It)

Day 10 of 30: Discuss Your First Love & First Kiss

I don't if you remember my first Love Diary post? The one where I mentioned my last (also my first) relationship? I unashamedly admitted that I was glad that it was over. Well, I wasn't lying.

When I was 18, I met a guy through my best friend at the time. Her love had come to visit her with one of his friends, his roommate at the time. We all met at a ballet at her church and afterwards, we ate dinner together. I was young and naive. He was charming and sophisticated for my teenage mind.

We started talking and hanging out on occasion. When I say occasion, I mean occasion. We didn't live close to each other. I began to fall for him... He was also my first kiss. I don't believe in living with regrets, but if there was something I were to regret in my life, it would be my relationship with him. I don't want to be mean or rude. All, I want is to be honest.

Looking back, 5 years after I met him, I don't know if I truly loved him or if I was completely infatuated. I don't know how I could love someone like that. I wish I had something positive to say about it. Truly.

I want my readers to know that if my current relationship were to end, I would never say anything bad about my sweety. I respect him and his character. Do I think my current relationship will end? No, I really don't, but I wanted to clear the air. :)

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Day 9 of 30: What I Want For My Future

I don't believe in planning out my whole life. It's unrealistic, and I don't see the logic behind it. Should you have hopes and dreams? Of course, what kind of life would you have if you posses no passion?

With that being said, yes, I do have many aspirations for my future. Family, Career, Love, Wildness, Exploration are all words that come to mind when I think about what I desire for my future. 

I want to travel to countries I've never thought I would experience in my life. I want to love and be loved for the rest of my life. I also want nights where I all I do is read, talk, enjoy the company of my loved ones, and drink a glass of white whine. I'm not a big fan of being alone. Can I be alone for a night or two? Yes, but I'll admit, I would rather surround myself with people. I don't know if that is healthy that I don't like to be alone or not, but it is the way I am. I don't see anything wrong with it.

More specifically, I want to be a mom... I'm actually semi surprised that I feel this way but not really. I always thought I would be too overwhelmed with kids if I were to have a few of my own, but now, I can really see myself being a mom. It's weird. I'm not sure why. Maybe, I just watch all these cute little kids come in with their parents at work, and I can't help but think how fun and adorable they are. I know I am only seeing them for a few moments, and I'm not watching all the work that goes behind raising children, but I know that I really want little ones in my future. 

Today, I saw a mom with her daughter who had the same long brown curly hair and big brown eyes identical to her mom. I couldn't help but comment on the similarity of their appearance. The more I write about this, the more I realize, I would adore being a mom. Very rewarding. I don't just think about having kids when I think about my future. I always think, or worry, about my career. 

Will I like it, or more importantly, will I have one? I'm choosing to be optimistic. I figure I'll find something I like sooner that way. I haven't started a job in technical writing yet. I think, I am definitely going to start searching for a job in this field. I love writing instructions. It's clean. It's simple. It's structure. I love structure. My perfectionistic mind thrives off it. I will remain patient in finding a grown up job. Overall, I want to be content with the direction of my life 10 years from now. I hope I will be able to say that I made the right decisions, and I followed my heart. 

Ten years from now, I also want to live in the moment. Maybe, if I start living in the moment now, I will have that down pat by the time I am 33. Here's to hoping!

P.S. Cheers to you if you read this whole post!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Love Diary: Nick Names for My Boyfriend

Warning: Cuteness Overload & a Little Bit of Weirdness

I am such a dork sometimes. I give everyone, literally everyone, in my family nick names that I replace for their real names. I can't help it. It's so natural for me; my boyfriend is no exception.

My nick names/pet names for him have evolved for sure. Here are a few of them: 

Sweety Pea
Evil Pea
Loser Pea (He gave himself this one)
Lover boy

Do you see the progression? What nick names do you have for your boyfriend, friends, or family? Do you find yourself creating new ones all the time?

Day 8 of 30: A Moment When I Felt Most Satisfied with My Life

 There have been so many moments recently where I've felt satisfied....

When I graduated from college at NIU...

Chicago with my Sweety Pea.

Watching Phil's Track Meets. (Bundling up is necessary.)

This morning, I feel satisfied with my life...
As I am getting ready for work, and 
my puppy is sleeping with her head on my pillow.
How cute!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 7 of 30: My Zodiac Sign

Zodiac Sign: Gemini
know a little bit about everything
(they crave variety)

I will admit that some of the words do capture a glimpse of my personality but definitely not in its entirety. With that being said, I'll let you know, I am not really into zodiac signs that much. If I come across an article about them in a magazine, I will read it, because I am interested in things related to psychology. I really don't have many good things to say about it- it's not something I would live my life around.

 (Image via: here)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 6 of 30: 30 Interesting Facts About Myself

  1. When I was 8, I decided to try a zip line that went from a tree house to the other end of a yard. I fell on a tree stump from twelve feet in the air on my left arm. My left arm was broken clean through. My brother was there, and he was like, "That has to hurt..." I didn't cry or even scream so my parents thought everything was fine. They finally brought me to the doctor 3 days later after I had been feeling nautious. I guess feelings of nausea are common when you have a broken bone.
  2. I have a cockerspaniel poodle puppy who is almost 5 years old. I love little dogs they are so cute. Big dogs are OK too. :)
  3. I change the nail polish on my finger nails almost every week, and I probably have around thirty-five bottles of nail polish.
  4. I am running my first race this year at the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago.
  5. I've never ate sushi in my life. I never will. :)
  6. I could live off cheetos or cheez its for a few days if I had too. (Favorite junk food)
  7. I had a time in college, during my junior year, when I wore headbands all the time. I kind of miss them.
  8. Potbelly's was my favorite restaurant in college, and it is still one of my favorites.
  9. I have a collection of sticky notes. It's ever growing.
  10. Me, my brother, and my sister were all a year apart in school. Sometimes, I feel like we are all the same age. It's weird.
  11. I like to work and stay busy.
  12. I want to participate in a triathlon someday.
  13. I have a strong tolerance for pain but not for frustration.
  14. I went to Colorado 1 or 2 times each year on family vacations up until I turned 18-years-old.
  15. I could watch TV for a few hours straight without getting sick of it.
  16. Pretty things inspire me and brighten my day.
  17. I could spend hours searching through beautiful photos for my blog. I love finding cool pics.
  18. I'm terrified of roller coasters. This summer was the first time I rode a roller coaster at Six Flags.
  19. I'm obsessed with watching Damages, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation.
  20. This summer was the first time I watched a full season of The Bachelorette. I found Roberto and Ali endearing. (More on that later.)
  21. I am currently reading Julie and Julia. The movie was so interesting for me. I think that is where I got my inspiration to start blogging.
  22. I hate winter with a passion. Although, I love wearing thick scarfs and sweaters from Express.
  23. I have to have lotion in my purse during the winter. My hands get so dry.
  24. Raspberry lemonade is my favorite summertime drink. Actually, I could drink it all the time. 
  25. When I was 13 or 14, I started wearing make up, and my dad hated it. I was pretty persistent though, and I still wore it. 
  26. I always thought my brother was the only person in my family who looks anything like me, but some of my friends think that I look like no one.
  27. I thought college was stressful, and now that I am graduated, I feel like there is more pressure to figure out exactly what I want in a career. 
  28. I love curling up with an issue of Glamour at night and reading from cover to cover.
  29. I think animal print is awesome. My purse has a giraffe print. (It's gold and white-love it.)
  30. Oh, and I really really want to travel to Europe before I am thirty. I don't think I am asking too much. :)

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 5 of 30: A Time You Thought About Ending Your Life

Quick Answer: This doesn't apply to me.

I love my life so much even if I have had difficult things to go through. 
Who hasn't had hard times in their life?

There are too many wonderful things about living that I am so grateful for everyday.
Hanging out with the people I love.
Acting goofy.
Discovering new things.
Reading till my heart's content.
Writing whatever I want.
And SO many more. 
(I think you get the point.)

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Thankful Thursday: List # 7

Thankful Thursday is my weekly post on Thursday where I list 5 things that I am thankful for in my life. It gives me a reason to consciously think about what I love about my life.
What are you thankful for today?

I could seriously go for a nap right now.

A Clear Mind
(after a particularly big decision.)

Deep Breaths

Valentine's Day
I can't believe February is almost here. :)

Gorgeous Flowers
Spring is right around the corner. 

P.S. You might have noticed that a lot of the things I'm thankful for had to do with relaxing. :) This week I am feeling particularly drained. It was kind of a hard week. 
I am so ready for the weekend.

(Images via: here and here)

A Thank You!

I just wanted to give a big thank you to Brooke from over at Bright Wishes for creating the banner for my blog! I am really happy with how she designed it. I think it really personalizes my blog. You should check out her blog- I love reading it! :)

P.S. In the near future, I will have a few buttons on my blog that will link to these posts: Love Diary, Monday's Musings, Letters to my Lovely Readers, Relationship Do's & Don'ts, and Thankful Thursday. I cannot wait to have them on here. I hope you enjoy them. 

Have an amazing Thursday, everyone!

(Image via: here)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 4 of 30: My Views on Religion

My Faith...

 I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Baptist church for most of my life. I didn't have the best experience of my life there, but I did learn more about God. For that, I am forever grateful. I love Jesus more than anything. Although, I have had many stages of my faith. 

Right now, I am still apart of a Baptist church where I am attending regularly once again, since I no longer work on Sundays. Happy dance. I must say that even though I grew up in home where both of my parents wanted to raise me as a Christian, I have definitely claimed it as my own faith. I really do want to serve God and seek him daily. He is my Savior.

Sometimes, I picture what it would be like to meet God. I like thinking of him as a loving Father who wants the very best for me. How do you envision God?

Below is a picture of me from my 23rd birthday last J.U.N.E. I know my birthday pic don't necessarily have much to do with my views on religion, but every time my birthday rolls around I like thanking God for how many years I've had on this earth. Just thought, I would share that with you!

Me on my 23rd Birthday!

Even though, I am Christian, I am grateful for the people in my life who aren't Christians. I believe I would be missing out on some great relationships if I chose a life surrounded by only people of my faith.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 3 of 30: My Views on Drugs & Alcohol

For the majority of my life, I grew up in a household with no alcohol present. I never really thought much of it until I was in college. I was pretty resistant towards drinking, and I didn't have my first drink until I was almost 21. I wouldn't say I felt like drinking was wrong per-say, but I wasn't comfortable with it, probably from a lack of exposure.

Things have changed a little. I don't really drink on a regular basis, but my comfort level has increased. With that said, I don't like beer at all, and I prefer white wine over red wine any day. Needless to say, I'm not really a big drinker at all. That's not to say, that I've never drank too much. I have had a night or two like that. 

As for drugs, I have never tried any illegal substance. I've never felt the need or want to try anything. However, I don't judge anyone whatsoever who has. I am no one's judge. I know there are many reasons that people start using drugs, and I'm grateful that I never have.

 My overall opinion: Take care of your body. Treat it like a Temple.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Letters to my Lovely Readers: Letter # 5

Dear Readers,

How are you today? I have just had one of the best weekends filled with relaxing with the boyfriend, watching Step Up 3, attending church, walking my dog, and reading Julie & Julia. One of the biggest things that I am happy about is that I went to church. I haven't been there for a while if I am being completely honest. I had been working on Sundays for some time, and I finally decided that it wasn't worth it, and I switched my schedule around to allow for some much needed church time. I know I'm going to look back on this weekend with a smile. Anyways, I wanted to share a few things with you...

You may have noticed this Letters to my Lovely Readers post is riddled with gorgeous pictures of letters, a mailbox, and of course, more photos from Dear John. (I love that movie in case you couldn't tell.) I am feeling an incredible amount of inspiration bubbling up from one idea: letters. I know I have written about letters before if only briefly in a Thankful Thursday post. Well, today, I found an amazing blog titled, Todays Letters. While I was browsing, I discovered something really thought provoking...

 Every Tuesday, this married couple ask themselves 4 questions
 that they call, Tuesday Questions

Here are the four questions: 

1. How did you feel loved this past week?
2. What does your upcoming week look like?
3. How would you feel most loved & encouraged in the days ahead?
4. How would you best feel pursued in sex / intimacy this week? 

I thought these questions were really interesting. The idea is brilliant. As always, my mind wanders to what could I do with this? Could I implement something like this on my blog? I have been wanting to record more of my daily musings if not only for journaling purposes. I have found that I have decreased the amount of time I spend journaling, since I am always writing for my blog. After some thought, I have decided that I really want to plan another series of posts titled, Monday's Musings. I will develop my own 4 to 5 questions that I will ask myself every week. I honestly think this will be the best idea for me to record what is going on in my life from week to week. Plus, it will also help me hone my writing skills and further cultivate my writing voice. So, you might ask, how many regular post series do I have?

There are 5: Monday's Musings, Letters to my Lovely Readers, Love Diary, Wordy Wednesdays & Thankful Thursday. I am very excited that I am building up my amount of regular posts. That really was one of my main goals this year. Next week, feel free to look for my first post for Monday's Musings! Have a great week everyone!

(Images via: We Heart It)

Day 2 of 30: Where I'd Like to be in 10 Years

Where I'd like to be in 10 years...

  I would love to be writing for a newspaper column or magazine, and if that doesn't materialize, I would love to just have a job in my field.

I know I will most likely still be writing on my blog, because I think writing is absolutely one of the most wonderful things. When it come to family....

I would really like to have a family by then and possibly have kids. I think that would be very rewarding and fun. :)

More importantly, I would like to be content and happy with whatever I am doing with my life. Of course, that includes being with the people who I love.

The Fam ;)
Goofin' Around.
Me, my brother, Phil, & sister, Meg.
(Easter 2010)
Happy in Love.
(Summer in Chicago)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Love Diary: You're All I Want.

You're All I Want...

The first time I heard those four words from my boyfriend, my heart felt like it was going to explode with happiness. I can't remember the exact day or even month, but I remember how I felt. It was awesome. I felt as if nothing bad could (or would) happen to me. Realistic? No, but I felt so much adoration for him- it was incredible. He really is my best friend. I had thought for many years, I wouldn't have a relationship as good as this one.

Let me explain. I'm not the type of girl who has to have a boyfriend. I'm also not the type of girl who likes to have all the attention on herself. I didn't have many dates in high school, and I only really had one relationship (before this one) that I can tell you with complete honesty I am glad it's over. I'm writing all of that to tell you, those words "You're all I want..." were so wonderful coming from a guy who I really adore.

In all truth, I am glad that I didn't have many flings in high school and college. I'm glad that I didn't feel the need to either. I'm loyal, and I want to be with that one person. To me, it makes this relationship that much more special. After all, two of the main things I feel is really important in a relationship is love and mutual appreciation of each other.

 As women, I believe we all have a desire to be cherished and loved. I know I can't speak for everyone, but I know the majority of people I surround myself with would agree with me. The way we feel loved is another topic. My main love language is Words of Affirmation; that probably explains why I remember these words and others so much. 

I will be posting another Love Diary post (a new series I am developing) on the 5 Love Languages this week complete with a link to a test and my results. 
But, this is what I would like to know from you:

What sweet nothings or conversation with your boyfriend/fiance/husband do you hold dear? How did you feel?  
(Image via: Le Love)

Day 1 of 30: My Current Relationship

As plenty of you already know, I have a boyfriend, Bill. We've been dating for almost a year now. Well, a year on March 18th. It is hard to believe how fast time can pass. He has really become my best friend throughout these 10 months! 

He is one of the most sincere, smart, loving, outgoing, and fun guy I have ever met. I really enjoy all of our time together. Every moment. I can't wait for the Spring & Summer when we can run outside again together. That was honestly one of my favorite things we did besides going to the Brookfield Zoo, wandering around Chicago, swimming, hanging out with his family, and cooking/grilling together. 

I know this year will be awesome! Here are a few pictures of us.

At the Steam Show.

Night before Thanksgiving 2010.

At Concordia University in Wisconsin. 
The walkway & beach were so pretty!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

30 Day Challenge

Hello, my lovelies! 

I have found a number of other bloggers partaking in the 30 Day Challenge, and I thought I would join in the fun. I think it would be interesting to answer all of these intriguing and thought filled questions. Also, I think it would be nice to share  with you some things that define me.

Here is the list of questions that I will be answering over the next 30 days!

I hope you enjoy reading the posts from this challenge along with my regular posting. I would encourage you to participate in the same challenge! It will definitely be an adventure. :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Have a Relaxing Weekend

(Image via: A CUP OF JO)

Dear Readers,

I hope you have had a lovely week! What are your plans for the weekend? Anything special planned? This weekend will be more low key for me. I am looking forward to baking yet another pizza with Bill tomorrow (this time I didn't kill the yeast.), watching Step Up 3 for the first time, reading Julie and Julia, and attending church with my sweety. I cannot wait to have some down time. It's much deserved.

I hope you simply have a wonderful weekend!



Missing Denver

I've probably mentioned before that my sister moved out to Colorado earlier in the fall last year. Well, this week, actually Thursday, my mom left for Denver to visit her there. I am really happy that they are getting that time together! My sister took a bus to Denver, and for the first few days, they are spending some time with my mom's best friend Lisa and her family (friends who are more like family) in Castle Rock, and for the rest of the week, they are headed to mountains to snow board. How cool is that?! I'm not only jealous that they are getting to see the Adams (love them), but I have never had a chance to snow board. Lucky ducks.

With them in Denver, I am completely reminded of how much I miss Denver and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Maybe, I should just save up some money and go visit before she comes back home in April. We'll see…

P.S. Today, my mom texted me a picture of the rental car she is driving while in Colorado. I'm referring to it as The Grinch Mobile