Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I love blogging because it allows me to share my life with family, friends and strangers who live far away, because I can express myself however I want, and because it's a way to document my life.
I love that I can look back on everything I did in the past year... go to broadway shows... go to civil rights rallies... travel to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Oregon, Washington, Canada... get promoted... turn 23... get engaged... host Thanksgiving... it's all there for me to look back on and remember!
Those were the exact reasons I wanted to start my blog. Happy blogiversary!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
My secret santa was my sister Samantha, so I got lots of stuff from Thailand! She and her husband spent 3 weeks there recently. I got jewelry, a jewelry box, a key chain, a cute little buddha, pillow covers, candle holders and placemats.
Later more family came over and we played games, like always.
The day after Christmas I went wedding dress shopping again with Mom and Victoria. I ended up ordering my favorite dress from last weekend [final choice is a secret]! I realized that I compared every dress to that favorite, and nothing could compare. I love it! It'll be delivered in March.
That day we also went after-Christmas clearance shopping and got some cards and ornaments for next year, and tons of white lights for our wedding reception! 50% off woo hoo!
Now we're relaxing at home. Aside from this cold I've had all weekend, Christmas 2009 was a success. Happy holidays!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
However, a long weekend is SO needed right now! It's been a long, anxiety-ridden week at work. Nothing I can't handle... but I'm welcoming the short break.
Tonight we're going to James' mom's house to exchange gifts. Tomorrow we're leaving early in the a.m. to go to my parents' house 100 miles away. Christmas presents will be exchanged first, then probably games (We love games! I got a new one - Last Word - at our white elephant party at work), then my dad will cook a fab meal for dinner. Saturday is another round of wedding dress shopping with Mom and Victoria, my brother's girlfriend.
I'm thankful for all the time we get to spend with family.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Brother-in-law Andre, me, Rose & Uncle Lee
Heather & Mom
Rusty, Mother-in-law Rita & James
Our third annual barbecue will be scheduled sometime next summer :)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I was hoping to wake up to snow this morning, but sadly I was disappointed. It was just rain.
There was quite a bit of snow about 20 miles to the east of us – where the elevation is just a little higher. I SO wish I could have seen it!
I will say that although snow once a decade is exciting, I’m very glad that I live in a place where it doesn’t snow all winter long. That’s just too cold for me! I was only looking forward to it because it’s so rare here.
All images from weheartit