Wednesday, March 31, 2010

200th POST

Well, ok, maybe this is 205!
I just wanted to thank everyone for
following our crazy life in here..
to 200+ more :)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

13th Annual Girls Weekend

This past weekend was my 13th Annual Girls weekend!
This year was a little different with being pregnant...
I just made it down for the day, not the whole weekend..
I have a feeling going out each night just
wouldn't be the same without cocktails flowing..
I made it down to see the girls on Saturday, where we
ate, shopped, got pedicures, shopped and ate some more :)
Abby and me on the deck enjoying the nice day!
Micah, Shannon and I!
13 years of girls weekends together :)
Micah has a little girl and
Shannon has 2 boys..
neither of them have EVER missed this weekend
so we have no excuses for No-Shows.. lol
View of the beach from our deck
Where it all happens, every year!
Fun times and many more girls weekends to come!!
Thanks Girls for a fun time :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Will baby W be a Girl or Boy {test 1}

Saturday morning we work up early for a busy day
Dylan and I were chatting in bed
for a bit after the alarm went off..
Dylan "Are you still thinking about that IntelliGender thing?"
Me " Ya, ....... are you?"
Dylan "Should we try it?'
Me "Well, YA!! but I thought you didn't"
Dylan "I'll go to the store"
Me "Ok!.. " {giggle}
About 15 min later Dylan came home with:
The test is pretty easy
It comes with 3 things
  • pee cup
  • syringe
  • test jar

The jest of the test is you take the first pee of the morning from

your pee cup with the syringe and insert 20 ml it to the top of your "test jar"

You then swirl in a circular motion for 10 seconds

and wait... 10 minutes

you will see the jar turn orange for a girl

or dark green for a boy

{as you can see below}

about 5 min later we could tell it was not orange...
So that must mean... GREEN! BOY, oh BOY!!

With all that being said..
we did this {$35} test
We aren't running out and buying
everything blue under the sun.. lol
We will find out {for real} in less that 2 months!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Know what you are having at 10 weeks pregnant!!

So my friend Juliana over at
mentioned to me that she took
IntelliGender at 13 weeks pregnant with
her son and IT WORKED!!!
I have been online Googling it
all last night.. and it looks legit!! lol

The way it works is you test your first urine
of the day after you are past 10 weeks pregnant
and it turns orange/red for a girl
or blue/green for a boy!
fool proof.. RIGHT??!!

I think we might go and get it this weekend..
I will keep you all posted!!

99 things to do...

I have seen this on a few blogs..
all I can say is WOW!!
I have done over 55 things on this list :)
I feel pretty good about my travels!
After looking at this and remembering
all the fun things I have been able to do
it makes me really happy
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo - In my car
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visit Europe
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty-
well I haven't been to the top but close :)
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby {by the end of the year!}
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I know its kinda early..
but I have posted a poll at the top of my page!
Please vote..
will I have a BOY or GIRL?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The past week..

Where do I start..
the past few days have seemed like a whirlwind
Between telling people were pregnant, work
and other events we have NOT stopped!
I cant start to explain how happy I have been and
the overwhelming joy that has been expressed
from friend and family, I was not expecting all this :)

We had my first doctor apt at 10am
It was almost 2 hours long
I LOVE my doctor!
He was great and very nice, epically with
all the questions I had..
We heard the heartbeat,
which made it a little more real..
{I think epically with my husband}

I had lunch with a friend Heidi at Pannera
{my new favorite lunch spot!!}
That afternoon I was surprised by my
Sweet friend Julia with these..

She brought me a dozen pink roses, 2 balloons
and a very sweet card from her and her husband!
{were trying to peer pressure her and her hubby in to trying soon! lol}
That afternoon we celebrated my pug
Jackson's 10th birthday!!
here are a few photos of him when I brought
him home.. he was 5 weeks old!
I was looking for a puppy cause I was about to graduate
college, when I saw this litter I fell in LOVE!
Jackson was the runt of the litter and had a straight tail
The breeder had to move in the next few weeks
cause she had been relocated for her job and
was going to discount him by $150 from the other puppies..
He had the best personality, how could I say no!
I took him home and bottle fed him with goats
milk for a few weeks.. till I weened him to wet food.
That, I think, officially makes him my baby :)
Was nice and relaxing day
Dylan took me out to Mexican food for dinner
Its been a long time since I haven't had a
Margarita at Chevy's.. lol
We headed to the beach to work for the first
official day of SPRING BREAK!
Its always a fun work day when I bring my hubby!
We headed back to Portland for a night out with
Dylans cousins that were in town for the night!
Another busy day at work..
We ended the weekend with a yummy 5 course
dinner made by my cousin at my Aunt and Uncles.
What a great way to celebrate!
They had flowers, cards, presents and sparkling cider
from France to toast to our little bundle of joy on the way.

This has been such an amazing experience..
Thank you all for the comments, calls, cards and to friends
who came and saw me at work this weekend!
is all I can say...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Its TRUE!!! Baby on the way!

yep, some of you were right on Wednesday!
This has been such a hard secret to keep..
we found out the night before Super Bowl
{That will be another post}
We were so happy to be able to hear the
strong heartbeat on St. Patricks Day

How far along? 10 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: probably gain 4lbs, I think it was all in the first week I found out! lol
Maternity clothes? Nope
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Yes! I have been sleeping about 9 hours a night
Best moment this week: hearing the heartbeat
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Movement: Nope
Food cravings: mostly when grocery shopping.. lol
What I miss: Having a Guinness on St Patricks Day!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! luckily I haven't been sick at all!
Have you started to show yet: No, just feeling bloated
Gender prediction: we both think boy but I have totally said SHE a few times
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy but Im kinda emotional..
Weekly Wisdom: Find your doctor early! I was fortunate to be able to get the OB I wanted! He is one of the best in Portland and hard to get.
Milestones: I guess looking for some classes to take with my hubby, lamas, parenting and exercise.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patricks Day!!

Happy St Patty's Day ya'll!!
I hope you are all eating plenty of Corn beef
and cabbage between your green beers!
My Hubby and I had THE BEST day off together
and celebrating some great news!!!
fun things are just around the corner for us!
details to come... lol

Friday, March 12, 2010

Favorite Friday

This past weekend I finally met up with
one of my good friend's Robyn
to pick up my birthday present!
She wins the award for the best card this year!!
Everyone know I love my pug
{who turns 10 next week!}

Thank you Robyn!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wedding Wednesday/ Wishful Wednesday

This week I'm participating in Kelsey's Wishful Wednesday!
'I wish' .... I could wear/could have worn _____ dress on my wedding day!

I have a few from then and today!
Well, lets start for the beginning..
{I was/am obsessed with Monique Lhuiller}
When I started on the hunt for my wedding dress I had
a few in mind that I really wanted to try on..
First was Christine Baumgartners dress
{Kevin Costner's wife}
I loved her dress but it was SOOO heavy!
{and a little out of my price range $12,000}
Next up was Pink's wedding dress
again I loved this dress but the top was the issue
a little too low cut for me and was going to take
about 6-9 months to remake the top.

If I was going to walk down this isle this year
I would love to have either of these dresses..
First up Molly from the Bachelors dress.
So pretty!!

But in all honesty..
I would DIE for Heidi's dress..

I LOVED her dress..
It just seemed so pretty, light and flowy

But with all that said

I loved my MY Monique Lhuiller dressI chose a style called Snow White

The dress was so soft and comfortable

I could have worn for another 12 hours :)

I switched it up a little by changing the sash

between the ceremony and reception

from a Champagne to Black!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Top 2 Tuesdays... Names

This week Taylor's pick is NAMES
she is pregnant expecting her second lil one :)

My picks for our future kids are
Girl: Charlie, after my grandfather
Boy:Dustin, after Dylan late brother
Brace, his moms maiden mane
but a very close third is Braylon
Dylan heard this name on Oprah,
I know, funny, right?
{Its Drew Brees lil boys name}

I'm sure when the time comes to pick out names for
our children our list will have many more names on it!

what are your favorite names??


Is the weekend over?

This was a fun weekend full of movies and friends

Friday night I was still at the beach so
I enjoyed movie night with my parents!
we watched

Law Abiding Citizen

super good suspenseful movie

totally recommend it!

Saturday I worked for a few hours at the gallery
then headed home to see my hubby!
I was home fairly early so we decided to
go check out a new movie!
The Crazies
We loved it!
it defiantly gave us a few good jumps in the theater

Sunday morning we woke up early
Dylan had a friend come over and pick up his fish tank
I was in disbelief when he told me he was getting rid of it..
{we had a 30 gallon tank with 10 African cichlids}
It is a big commitment and takes up a lot of room in our house
I will miss our little fishys but will be happy were not
stressing about them when were gone for our week long
vacations we take a few times a year :)
I know they are going to a loving home!
After we said our goodbyes
we headed out for a busy afternoon!
First off we had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen
{it was my first time eating there
It was ok, probably not my favorite pizza}
We then walked around the pretty, outside Bridgeport Mall
My husband thinks it was a first for me! lol

We then headed over to the movie theater to meet my cousin
where we saw..
Alice in Wonderland
at IMAX in 3-D
I have heard all my friend hype it up over the weekend
and say how wonderful it is...
I think I was expecting a little more.
I thought on a scale of 1-10
it was a 7.

After the movie I ran downtown to meet up with some
friends for mani's and pedi's at Dosha Spa :)
The boys had some beers at McMenamins while they
waited for us during our 2 1/2 hour appointment.

We ended the night at home catching up on our DVR
Celebrity Rehab, Modern Family and Real Housewives of NYC

I have the first part of the week off to work on a new project
for work.. I will fill you in on it soon!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

A B C's of Risley

I found this fun little thing on another blog a few weeks ago.
Sorry I have been so MIA but were running all over the place right now
things should be settling down soon and I will get back to all your
lovely blogs that I'm missing....

A - Age: 32

B - Bed size: King

C - Chore you hate: Laundry

D - Dog's name: Emma and Jackson

E - Essential start your day item: A nice hot shower

F - Favorite color: Pink

G - Gold or Silver: Platinum

H - Height: 5'4"

I - Instruments you play: {could play}Clarinet, Violin, Flute and Chlo.. but stopped in the 6th grade.. lol

J - Job title: Art Sales

K - Kid(s): Not yet ;)

L - Living arrangements: In a home with my Husband

M - Mom's name: Robin

N - Nicknames: Riz

O - Overnight hospital stay: Asthma attack with I was 21. Only had use of 1/4 of my lungs.. very scary! All because of a cat...

P - Pet Peeve: Rude people, bad drivers, and when people try to one up you {or one down you.. I hate people who are like "oh we wish we could do/have that" WELL THAN DO IT!!}

Q - Quote from a movie: "You wanted to be a member of the most powerful clique in school. If I wasn't already the head of it, I'd want the same thing." Heathers

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: Nope! only child and love it :)

T - Time you wake up: between 7-8am

U- Underwear: optional

V - Vegetable you dislike: Horseradish.. in all forms!

W - Ways/Reasons you run late: traffic. Otherwise I'm always on time

X - X-rays you've had: teeth, back, foot, leg.. lots of close calls but no brakes!

Y - Yummy food you make: Chicken Marsala

Z - Zoo animals you like: Monkeys!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This is where I live!

Ok, so my home is no longer in this zip code
but I still do work and play in Cannon Beach, Or!
is on its way here, check it out!!

If you are planning a trip to the
Oregon Coast
it is a MUST see town
click HERE to check out the Magazine
My parents are on page 63!

you can also call the Cannon Beach Chamber of
Commerce and request one be sent to you
(503) 436-2623
Happy travels!!