Thursday, December 31, 2009


2010 is going to be a great YEAR!
I can feel it..
1. I want to loose 10 lbs before my birthday!
February 10th
2. Make more time for my husband!
I'm always gone
3. Take more walks with my dogs!
4. Drink more water, less soda
5. Take my vitamins EVERY day!
I think this is a good list to start with...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wedding Wednesday!

I found this great list!

1.Live by herself for at least a year. well I tried too.. Mr Perfect and I met just after I got my own place :) but I did live alone for about 8 months
2.Live with someone else for at least a year. I lived with my cousin for a year and with Mr wrong for about 2 years..
3.Recover from a broken heart. See above..
4.Have a vacation fling.
I live in a vacation town..
5.Take a road-trip with a group of girlfriends. Palm Springs for 10 days! we left Portland at 4pm and got to sunny PS in time for dinner the next night! I will always remember that trip!
6.Relish sleeping in a queen-sized bed by herself. check!
7.Get her finances in order. Just before Mr perfect walked in the front door!
8.Learn to love her body. does any girl before she's 30? I have learned to love it now.. but I'm past the 20's..
9.Have sex with at least one person she’d never want to marry (or introduce to mom). hmmm
10.Find reliable birth control. Yes! Every girl should be safe!
11.Pay off as much credit card debt and student loans as possible. YES! I had NO debt when my honey and I married!
12.Spend way too much on a something frivolous.
That's when my amazing bag collection started!

13.Exorcise all past relationship demons. this is a must
14.Travel somewhere exotic.
I tagged along with my parents to Mexico! I laid by the pool 8 hours a day and ordered room service! ugh.. I was SO tan! and SO relaxed!
15.Establish a strong circle of friends. always keep your friends! Your future hubby might have friends that suck! lol!
16.Forgive your parents for not being perfect. what? they aren't?
17.Have at least one night she can’t quite remember.
College.. that's all I'm going to say!
18.Experience some really bad first dates. I still get nervous when I see a blue Dodge Ram... worst date EVER!
19.Find hobbies that fulfill her.
20.Celebrate her 25th birthday.
I started dating Dylan 7 months after I turned 25! but we DID know each other for 2 years before!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas '82

My mom decorated the kitchen with old photos
I had taken with Santa and the Cinnamon Bear
over the past Christmas holidays this weekend..

I guess you wouldn't say I was
"one of those kids" who was afraid
I always send out a text on holidays..
to wish all my friends the best!
this was attached this year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

NYC Help!!

First off I would like to thank all of you

who have given me great suggestions!

If you have any more last min words of wisdom

or suggestions that can make our trip to NYC better

Please tell me!!

we are leaving at 5am Wednesday!!

We plan on being in Times Square by 3pm on NYE..

Anyone have suggestions on where to stand?

Where to eat that day in Times Square?

What to take or what you CANT take?

I would love to hear about where your favorite places

to eat are and what touristy things are a MUST and BUST!



I think I have a pretty good idea of what were doing..

but I'm a OVER planner.. so too much info is better

than not enough!


Christmas recap

Hope you all had a great Christmas weekend!

We had a great weekend relaxing at the beach!

We had already done a "mini Christmas" in Mexico with my
parents in November, so not a ton of "presents" this year,
they had already given us the gift of a week in the SUN!

The Mr and I will be buying gifts for each other
when were in the BIG APPLE later this week!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hope you all have a great
Christmas and Holiday weekend!

we are spending the weekend in Cannon Beach!
I will catch up with you all next week!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wedding Wednesday!

My RINGS!!!!

ok, so this is kinda a funny post..

I have the ever changing ring!

when Dylan purposed to me it was a total surprise!


I wanted to pick out my RING!

we had talked about getting married

and spending FOREVER with each other

and I was very clear about this one thing..

So when Dylan came home one night with

a ring.. I was VERY surprised!

It was 2 days before HIS birthday

so it was the furthest thing from my mind

{I don't even remember if I got him anything that year!}

He wanted me to be surprised!

and I was!

after I calmed down, he told me we could go back

sometime in the next few days and I could pick

out my DREAM setting!

Well, it wasn't that week.. or month!

I finally picked out a setting 4 months later!

I always knew I wanted Sapphires!

I LOVED this setting!

different, original and very simple!

fast forward one year

A few months before we got married....

Dylan came to me and said

"I really need a new gun"

I told him

"I needed a new solitaire!"

he said

"OK, if I can get a new gun!"

I said "DEAL"

It seemed like everyone was getting a princess cut diamonds

so I upgraded to a brilliant round solitaire

It might have been a little bigger stone too..

{insert Honeymoon story here}

while on our honeymoon,

2 weeks in Cabo San Lucas,

our paths kept crossing with another couple from the south

same restaurants at night,

same days at the pool

usually wearing something similar!

They were celebrating there 10 anniversary!

She had the most amazing ring,

I could not stop talking about this ring!!

{ok, fast forward one year}

For our one year anniversary

Dylan asked me if I REALLY wanted that ring?

"UM, YES!"

I spent time with a jeweler designing my ring that year!

I still have my 1.75 brilliant round diamond

but I changed to having on each side of my diamond

2 sapphires (.8 ct. each) in a prong setting

Its very similar to the photo from above from Tiffany & Co.

I wear it with a ring my mom gave me for college

graduation and of course my wedding band!
Dylan and I both have

Platinum Wedding bands from Tiffany & Co.

mine is really small as you can see

and his 6mm, so pretty big!

to quote my mother on Dylan's ring...

"you know your married when

you have that sucker on!"

People always compliment me on my ring..

and I say "thank you!"

They say "he must have great taste!"

and I say "yes he does"

and smile.....


Sunday, December 20, 2009

the weekend...

Fun Fun weekend!!
We headed out to see all the pretty lights on Peacock lane!
I don't think I have been since I was a little kid!

This was a fun sight!
all the Santa's Downtown Portland at a Pub crawl!

Saturday night we headed over to our friend Elliott's Christmas party!
Katherine smiling for the camera!

Dylan and I

Photo op in front of his beautiful tree!
Katherine and Elliott

Everything always gets better with tequila.. right?

Sunday was a low key day!
my hubby to me out for a lunch date at Players..
We had yummy ribs and a few beers, then went to the arcade and played a few games!
to be a kid again!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thoughts for the day!

This was sent to me by my cousin!
I love it!!

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer's history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my damn neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to the ten-page paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.

15. I hate it when I miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!)but when I immediately call back it rings nine times and goes to voicemail.. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day.. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Favorite Fridays!

Today my pick for Favorite Friday is
I cant even start to tell you what a life saver
this product is~

From pet accidents, grease, ink to red wine...
oh yes, red wine that has even sat over night...
it cleans up everything!

I was even that crazy lady who would "accidentally"
spill something to see if it would work when I first
found this product!
I haven't found anything it WONT CLEAN!!
It is also GREAT on upholstery

With holiday parties in full swing I thought this
was a very appropriate post!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Extraordinary Measures

Earlier this year, you may remember

I went to visit a movie set for the day!

I saw this last night on TV!

The name of the movie is

Extraordinary Measures

When were were on set we were able visit

with {the real} Mr and Mrs Crowley!

Its such an inspiring true story!

I was there that day for the opening scene on the beach

**sorry, I just cant seem to center this**

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wedding Wednesday

Something Blue:

Today I return to the real world
after my fall {back to work}

So here is a quick post about my something Blue
I originally bought a few pairs of shoes
to wear during my big day...
I thought I had choose these Ferragamo's

Then someone had mentioned to wear Blue shoes!
I purchased these {Dye-able} as kinda a last min item
since I was already changing sashes I thought
I would do the same thing with my shoes!
And then a few days before the wedding I spotted these
at Victoria Secret when I was shopping at the mall..
No one says you can only have 1
something old
something new
something borrowed
something blue
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

National Cupcake Day!!

Today is National Cupcake Day!

I was looking at this article this morning..

What is your favorite Cupcake?

I love mini Dots from

St Cupcake In Portland!!

yummy, you should probably have one today!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Cards!

I have been trying to think of a "new"
cute way to display Holiday cards,
in years past we have put them
around our fireplace..

{This is a photo from about 3 years ago
I can tell cause our Bulldog is so little!}

I saw this cute display..

and why not..
everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen!
With all the time and money people spend on
sending cards out every year,
I love to display them as long as I can!

As more cards come in I will update you on
all the fun and different cards we receive~



My sweet hubby brought me Mistletoe last night!
He has been so nice to me through my ankle injury
I'm a {very} lucky girl!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dear Santa

I almost made my hubby cry!

he was laughing SO HARD!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Today I think my hubby could tell I was
getting a little stir crazy...
So the Mr. suggested {being all cute}
Lets take Bean and Monster
{our nick-names for Emma and Jackson}
to get photos with Santa!
*huge grin*
So with crutches and interesting maneuvering
we headed out to Petsmart!
sorry its so blurry, my scanner has
decided to stop working.. ugh!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Favorite Fridays!

On a lighter note..
My Favorite for this week is flowers


I love, love, love this flower!
They have great big peddles
and smell wonderful!
Depending on where you are..
they usually only bloom from May-June

I love them so much,
my florist had some flow in from Argentina
for my bridal bouquet!

here are a few photos of my bouquet
mixed in are roses, orchids and dahlias

Here is our head table!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

From Bad... To Worse...

Thursday started out as any other day
so It may have seemed..

Working in our office on the computer I noticed
one of our neighbors from a few houses down, pacing outside
of the house across the street from mine!
I started to watch him as he looked in the
windows and the garage.. what was he doing??

you see the people across the street moved out
about 10 days ago..
As my TV went silent for a few seconds
going into commercial..

I ran downstairs and out the front door...
{the fire alarm was very loud outside}
I yelled to the neighbor..
"did you call 911?"
"yes, I did" he yelled back "did you see?"
me:"see what?"
him: "the water!"
me: "what water?"
him: "look at the front door!"
then I saw the water...
me: "you know they moved out last week, right?"
him: "yep!"
I ran inside and grabbed my camera and took this photo
you can click on the photos to get a closer look
We told the fire men that it was vacant..
and then they broke the door down!
The pipes had burst inside!
{the night before our low was 9*}
They were able to turn off the alarm after the
water was turned off!
I guess with water going through the walls,
it short circuit the alarm..
If you click on the photo below you can
see all the water falling in the door way!

The firemen we were really nice!
I called our Homeowners Association President
and told her the news...

I wish that was the end...

About an hour later my bulldog Emma
{lassie would have been a better name for her}
was being very weird and crying at the back door,
I let her into the back yard and she started
jumping in the air and barking..
I walked into the back yard and looked around
The house behind us had water dripping from the windows
I called 911!
ran a street over
literally 3 min later they were here!
"long time no see," one of the firemen joked with me!
a lady who lives on that street came out and
filled in the firemen that the owners live most
of the year in California!
Another house with NO HEAT on
and more burst pipes!
UGH! I feel very sorry for these people!

on to WORSE!!
I was looking at the photos on my camera
as I was walking downstairs..
for some reason, I stopped for a min to look at one.
I'm pretty sure my brain thought I was at the bottom
because my next step, took me to the bottom
and I landed {3 stairs down} on my ankle!

My hubby came home from work early and
took me to an Urgent Care down the street..
Fractured Ankle!
So, crutches for at least week..
I should be walking without them in about 2 weeks,
I'm taking in easy, elevating it and doing everything
the Doc tells me..
NYC in 3 weeks!!!

So to top off the day..
we came home to our new addition to our fish tank
That was my {SUCKY} Thursday!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our Beer Has Been Bottled!

Now we play the waiting game..
We have been told to wait anywhere from
3 days to 9 months to try it!

We bottled 26 {22oz} beers last night,
so I think were going to try a few every now
and then, and see how it tastes along the way!

Bottling #1

I have found some fun label making web-sites
were still trying to decide on the name!
we have 2 were thinking of..
decisions, decisions!!