Sunday, February 28, 2010

Virgin Skyper No More

Skype = Fun For All

I have entertained the thought of Skyping (I think that's what the cool kids are calling it) with my family in Texas, and tonight we made it happen!  I am no longer a virgin skyper, and I am in love already.  It seriously took 3 minutes to download, sign up, and voila the next thing I know my brother and his wife were on the computer screen.  It was so fun, and I am hoping this will be a regular thing for us!!  Too bad Griffin was already in bed for the night because that would have been even better to see his cute little self on the screen.

After Gabe and I logged off from our fun video chat,
our convo went like this ....

Hubby:  "You are just like Oprah!"  
Me:  "Why is that?"
 Hubby:  "Because she Skypes with people on her show"
Me:  "Haha, JUST like Oprah .... is right!"

Next, I am going to Skype with my bestie whenever she gets home from Wal-Mart :)  I can't wait to see Colt.  Will it hold a 1 year old and 2 year olds attention?!??!  It better!  Now, I am wondering what took me so long to figure this out.  Better yet, IT'S FREE!!! 

Do you Skype -- If so, to whom?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hose vs. Tights

First off, I hate pantyhose.  
They are a pain and definite inconvenience during the day.

I stay clear of all my favorite skirt suits and dresses in the winter because my little chubby legs would freeze!!  After seeing my cute friend, Kate (who can pull off all sorts of new trends) .... wearing fun teal tights as well as purple ones under her skirts for work, I figured I might have to try it out.

Mollie and I made a stop at Nordstrom Rack before cleaning out her closet last night, and I am excited to say I purchased my first pair of tights.  I started with black, boring I know ... but it's a start.  I am thinking that once I can find things to wear them with, I will then expand my horizons and venture out to the gray and different subtle patterns!

Hey, one day, I may be fancy like this model ...

HUE's tagline:  
A wardrobe must-have for every woman, Hue Basic Opaque Tights can be paired with every look from casual to career.

Well, that's everything I want in a pair of tights, so which me luck on my new wardrobe addition :)  I am hoping I love their durability and thicker material that won't run like hose.  Do you have a pair like this you love?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wishful Wed ....Novel

'I wish' .... I could play a character's role in a book and it would be Mrs. Tuohy from The Blind Side!

How can you go wrong with a #1 New York Times Bestseller in the category Paperback Nonfiction!  Not only did I LOVE the movie, but I enjoyed the book.  

Mrs.  Tuohy was a evangelical Christian, raised by a racist father, and took a huge stride through society to change the life of one special guy, Michael Oher.  She gave him a second chance in live and thrive in life, and boy did he take advantage of an opportunity given!  It was inspirational story line, left me in tears, and was incredibly touching. 

This was based on a real story, and Mrs Tuohy told the author, "God gives people money to see how you are going to handle it," and the author, Michael Lewis, put it, "She intended to prove she knew how to handle it."

This helped put things in perspective and encourage me to think about things differently.  I want to be remembered for impacting others in a way that is unforgettable.  I hope when all things are said and done, I will be proud of the life I lived without regrets and walked by faith the entire step of the way!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

One Blessed Auntie

The only thing better than one nephew in the family ...

is adding Berkely to the family ....
She just turned 3 mths old!

AND, we just added another niece to the mix,
Paisley is almost a week old ....

"From the fullness of his grace
we have all received one blessing after another."
John 1:16

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wish Wed Topic ....Novel

Without further adieu,
I am so thrilled to introduce you all to the new 
Wishful Wednesday button this week!!!
Jenn just outdid herself :)

AND, I am even more excited to share this week's WW topic!  

Courtney at Chaos Theory happily contacted me to see if I was serious about offering suggestions for future topics, and I am so glad she did.  I throw that out there each week hoping ya'll will help me out because after six months of weekly topics ... we all know I know I need it!!!! 

This week's topic is ....

'I wish' .... I could play a character's role in a book and it would be __________!
Include the fictional characters name and novel too!

I love this topic because I just finished a few good reads in Mexico, and everyone can play along!!!  So get those creative juices flowing and give yourself something fun to blog/post about on Wednesday.  All you have to do is come back on Wednesday, attach the new fancy button, and link up your web address with MckLinky!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Slightly random tidbits?!

-  Olympics, Olympics, and more Olympics!  Is it odd that I only really enjoy watching the Americans and want to fast forward through the other countries?  I would be watching 100 hours of TV if I didn't.

-  This weekend was a tease for spring .... gorgeous 55 degree weather and not a cloud in the sky.

-  I have recently re-fallen in love with Ritz Crackers and JIFF extra crunchy peanut butter!  I ate this for lunch growing up since I wouldn't eat turkey for lunch unless it was really cold and right out of the fridge

-  My best friend had a brilliant idea to clean out each of our closets, but little did Mollie know what she was getting herself into.  I went first, and apparently I am embarrassed to say I haven't really (top to bottom) cleaned out my closet since college, and a few items had even sneaked in from high school.  We only made it through one of my closets.  Yes, I sadly have multiple closets since the clothes have just stocked up.  We had five stuffed trash bags full of clothes to giveaway and others to sell at a consignment store.  Mollie was a huge help, and we even pulled out the video camera to document a few lovely items that were just priceless.  It feels so great to have one closet knocked out, but I still have a whole lot more to do!  It's so sad since I know how much I paid for it all ..... That's my excuse of why I still held on to so much even though it was oh, so, out of style!  Thank goodness for friends to be honest and say, "heck no" when I tried to justify it -- hah!!!!

-  My brother, sister in law, and nephew are coming to Seattle in exactly two weeks!!!

-  I got the new Blackberry Tour and am in love solely because it has Sudoku on it!!!  It has a ton of other additions that make it a notch above the Curve, but Word Mole and Sodoku make it worthwhile!  

-  My cousin, Gaylen, had a baby just a couple days ago and was a total trooper.  Her cute itty bitty self delivered a 10 lb baby, yes you read correctly .... Paisley is just adorable and a blessing to us all!

-  Ethos water from Starbucks is my favorite.  The shape of the water bottle makes drinking water easy :)

-  Harley and Willis need haircuts SOOOOO bad, but I am rebelling and waiting till it warms up since I don't want them to be cold without their winter coats.  It's still slightly too chilly for a real haircut!

-  Gabe tried to make me see Shutter Island, and I told him I would "tee tee" my pants in the theater if he made me go!  I hate horror/scarythriller movies and even scream when I get scared no matter where I am when I watch it.  I am one of those people that feel like I am the one running to survive .....

-  I miss my extended family and hope one day my grandparents can visit me in Seattle!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


BIG stretch ..... 
and yawn after an exhausting week!

Why is it always that I need a vacation following vacation?

I have so much to share, pictures to show, and updates ......
So, be sure to come back tomorrow!  

Also, Wishful Wednesday is resuming this upcoming week.  I am ready for life to be back to normal because I have really missed my "bloggy" time and all of you lovely ladies!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Vacation Bound

I am lea-ving, on a jet-plane .....

AND, I will be back in a little over a week!

This is going to be really weird for me
1. no phone
2. no email
3. no blogging

So, there will be a lot of relaxing and reading!!!  
It couldn't be more perfect timing.

See ya later alligator.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I have an entirely new look by the fabulous Jenn
at Munchkin Land Designs, and I just love it!!!  

I told her I didn't have a preference on the design and asked what she had up her sleeve .... I figured this way she could be creative and not hold back.  I am first off proud of myself for letting go of the "control" and secondly glad because she was able to run with it and come up with a lovely look for spring!  Speaking of spring, Seattle was 55 and gorgeous today, Ohh how I love spring!

Thanks Jenn -- It is always such a pleasure working with you.  
You are !!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wishful Wednesday... 'I Wish'

'I wish' .... I could have stolen Celine Dion's spotlight in the Michael Jackson's tribute at the Grammy's! 

If you happened to miss the Grammy's, check out this clip with Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Smokey Robinson.

WARNING:  It's in 3D and can hurt your eyes ... 
sooo don't forget to blink - hah!

1:00 is her intro and then it all gets exciting at 3:15.  

Celine Dion is FABULOUS, has some killer legs for almost 41, and is just overall so talented.  I regret not seeing her in Vegas!  If I couldn't BE Celine Dion, I just wish I could have seen this tribute in person!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sweet Nephew

This little big guy ....
sent me the sweetest card :)
and the most beautifully colored piece of work .....
Isn't being an aunt the best!!!

My brother, Arrie, and Griffin (23 mths) are coming to Seattle in a little over a month -- YAYA!!!

***Thanks Arrie for making my day

Monday, February 1, 2010

WW Topic ....Spotlight

'I wish' .... I could have stolen ______'s spotlight last night at the Grammy's! 

What performance did you love?
Which portion did you wish you could have experienced?
Or who's voice do you wish you had ......!

So, copy the button and post your response to the sentence above on your blog this Wednesday, as well as come back and add your link to MckLinky so others can hop on over and read your response!  Try and visit at least two or three others on the list :)
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