Sunday, August 21, 2011


My cousin, Vanessa, recently posted a picture of her, her sisters, and their adorable children. It reminded me of picture of our moms and us as babies.

The 80's:

Aunt Sue holding Whitney, Nana holding Natalie, Aunt Karen holding Joseph, and my mom holding me. Sue is mom to Vanessa (who is not pictured), Natalie, and Whitney. Karen is mom to Joe. After this picture was taken we also had Stephanie (to Karen) and Ashley (my sister).

(We also added a whole other set of lovely cousins and aunt, but that's a different happy story...)

Natalie holding new baby Jack, Whitney holding Annabelle and Ainsley, and Vanessa holding Quinn.

I love that this picture is so similar to the one of our moms. It's exciting to have a new generation of babies in the family. I'm glad that these little baby cousins will get to grow up living close to one another. Somedays I wish we all had all grown up that way.

Can't wait to see what happens with all of us cousins and our future kids.

(cousin photo taken from Vanessa's blog).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Things I reminded myself of today:

1. i can choose to be positive

2. everything happens for a reason

3. don't watch the news

4. let go of jealousy

5. count my blessings

(photo from pinterest)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lake view

The view my sister is looking at right now...

I really hope it doesn't distract her from returning home!


Today I tumbled into Tumblr. I am obsessed. I spent two hours scouring this site.

It is everything I want to be (design and fashion-wise) and some of what I am. Love it! This site led me to a few others, which I also enjoyed. I now have some more websites to add to my blog obsession.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dear Amy: Nikki's wedding

Dear Amy,

Our lovely Nikki got married this weekend. It makes so much sense and seems so surreal all at the same time. Know what I mean?

This weekend was not the same without you. I missed you and we all talked about how you should have been there!

So, the highlights... The Bachelorette party was a ton of fun! I really thought I wouldn't like it, because you know me and public embarrassment, but it was great. A large group of us went to a fun wine bar that is Alice in Wonderland themed and then on to the Shout House (a crazy piano bar), followed by dancing at Whiskey Girl (all three in the Gaslamp).

At the wine bar, Ashley and I met a hilarious drunk woman in the bathroom. She was eating dinner upstairs at The Melting Pot (the two places share a bathroom) and she was giving all this "free advice" about marriage and growing up. Then, she wanted to meet Nikki and tell her congratulations. She was a hoot! And, she probably doesn't remember it at all. haha. As random as it sounds, meeting Kim was probably one of the highlights of the night for me.

The Shout House was super fun. I actually loved it because you know me and music and singing... plus, one of the piano players was pretty cute. ;) Nikki had to do a few embarrassing things on stage, which of course we have many videos of! One thing involved getting on all fours on top of a piano and "woof-ing" like a dog. Yes, it was as crazy as it sounds. Then we went dancing after a couple of the girls convinced the bouncer to let us skip the line and come right in. However, some of us - meaning me and a couple others - are getting old and bailed after about 45 minutes to go back to the hotel room. Friday involved mani/pedi's at a spa in Encinitas, which was a really cool place. Then the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

The big day was full of make up and hair. The make up lady was hilarious and I adored my hair. A woman I don't know came up to me at the wedding and asked to take a picture of it. :) The dresses Michael's mom, Tammy, made were awesome and we all loved them. Amy, from the dance studio, performed the marriage ceremony, which was very sweet since she's been around for their whole love story.

Michael cried the moment he saw Nikki and then continued through out the ceremony. It was incredibly sweet. You could totally see how much he loves her. All the bridesmaids got a bit choked up (some way more than others). The reception was a lot of fun. I loved that Nikki arranged the bridal party to sit with their friends and not at a bridal table. I think all wedding receptions should let friends sit with friends. I sat with Anna and her bf, Charlie, and Chris, Sidney, Ashley and her Chris (with a few other wedding party guests). We had a good time and laughed a lot.

In the end, I loved spending time with our friends at the reception. I was glad to be in Nikki's wedding. I met some really great women, which was a nice surprise for the weekend.  But I think my favorite "Nikki wedding weekend moment" was in SD before the Bachelorette party started and Nikki joined Ash, Sid, and I in our room. It was only for about 20 minutes, but for that short time it was just us, ya know? Just four good friends, who have known each other for a very long time, hanging out for a bit. I wished there could have been more of that this weekend.

Gosh, this post is WAY too long! I mean, other than you, who reading this blog really cares at this point? So, I will tell you more during our phone date.