Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Things I would rather be doing right this minute...

1. Getting a professional massage...oh, heaven!...

2.. Working on my little side project I've got a-brewin'

3. Playing with Claire (is it bad that's not #1 on my list today?...)

4. Hanging out on the beach somewhere

5. Snuggling under the covers with the hubby

6. Reading a good book

7. Shopping for new clothes with loads of money someone decided to give to me

8. Swimming and relaxing by the pool

9. Walking around NYC and eating at some fancy-schmancy restaurant

10. Watching a movie in an actual movie theater

11. Oddly enough, working out...

12. Sitting on the couch doing a whole lot of nothing

13. Roasting marshmallows in the mountains

14. Sleeping

15. Pretty much anything but WORKING. Blah....

Sunday, August 23, 2009

One more update...

I failed to mention in my last post that we also had another change in our lives, but a bittersweet one. About a week ago we sold Gertie. It was a difficult decision for us, but I had had this nagging feeling for a while that it might be the best thing to do. Once we found a new home for her, I felt certain that we had made the right decision, even though it was difficult. At this point in our lives we just couldn't give her the love and attention she needed, and I felt bad that she was living such a sad life. Between work, school, and family we couldn't do much more than give her a walk a couple times a week and a pat on the head now and then. And she is a dog that craves lots of attention, so obviously the arrangement wasn't working.

Her new family is awesome though. A single lady with lots of love to give adopted her. Plus, she had another English bulldog! So now Gertie has a little friend to frolic with all day long. Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, we've been able to see how she is doing and she looks just as happy as can be! I'm pretty sure she doesn't miss us at all. We do miss her, but we feel good knowing she is in a good home. And really, it has been good for us. Our lives are simpler now and our house is cleaner, so it was a win-win situation overall.
We'll miss you Gertie, but we wish you a long and happy doggie life!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Catch up

I know you're all heartbroken about my lack of blogging lately, so here is a summary of the latest:

Brady and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary.

To celebrate we decided to go camping just the two of us. It was a blast. We relaxed, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, went mountain biking, and enjoyed the scenery. I feel so lucky to be married to my best friend.

On August 1st my work put together a huge event for the employees and their families. This thing had to have cost close to $1 million, seriously. It was at Thanksgiving Point and there were all sorts of fun activities and food. At the end they did a drawing for TONS of prizes, including big plasma TV's, iPods, BBQ grills, and all sorts of stuff. They had 3 grand prizes that we knew about- Jazz lower bowl season tickets, a trip for 4 to Disneyland, and a trip for 2 for a Caribbean cruise. For days Brady kept saying that he was certain we would win something, to which I would tell him not to get his hopes up. I guess the power of positive thinking really might have some bearing, because WE WON THE CRUISE! How freaking awesome is that??? As soon as they called my name I started jumping up and down and screaming. I just couldn't believe it. That night when I went to bed my face hurt because I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day. We are SO excited. We have to take the trip within the next year, so we're hoping to go in March sometime. Heck yes!

Everything else has been crazy busy. I would love to have some time to just sit and do nothing for a while, but that will come later. All the stuff we've been doing has been good stuff- I wrapped up the class I was taking this semester, we've enjoyed lots of time with family and friends, Claire has been a busy little girl as always and is crawling all over the place. So all in all, good times. Today I'm sitting home sick with a fever and all sorts of yucky stuff, so hopefully that will pass soon, but I'm glad we've been able to have a good summer and to enjoy ourselves. Only a couple more weeks until school starts again- yuck! We'll have to make the most of the time we have.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer as well!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The big ONE!

Holy cow people, I am officially the mother of a toddler! Claire celebrated her first birthday this last Friday, which really was just another day for her, but a BIG day for Brady and I! We spent the whole night before reminiscing about her birth, her milestones throughout her first year, and all the little things we love about her. It's hard to believe an entire year has gone by. 12 months! 365 days! And we've managed to keep her alive and in one piece! And as an added bonus, we survived too! It's been a challenging year in many ways, but one of the best years of my entire life. I can't even tell you how much we love this little girl. She's changed our lives and our hearts so completely. We love her sweet little smirks and grins, the way she pats us on the shoulder when we pick her up, the way she jabbers while she plays with her toys, her wonderful chubby cheeks, her curious nature, her gentleness, and how she is always on the move! She is truly a wonderful child and I couldn't ask for anything more. Happy birthday little Claire-bear!

To celebrate we woke her up in the morning by singing Happy Birthday. She didn't know what was going on really, but she sure thought it was fun! We ate pancakes for breakfast, ran a bunch of errands, and finished the day with a party in the park with our family. She had a blast opening presents. She was totally hamming it up in front of everyone and putting on quite a cute show. She didnt' know what to think of her cake, I don't think she liked the feel of the frosting. She ate a little bit, but mainly spent the time trying to throw the cake or smear it all over herself. We had a nice dinner and started cleaning up when the sprinklers came on to let us know that the party was over right now! So that was fun. But overall the evening was very nice and we appreciated our family coming out to support us. Claire certainly is one loved little girl!

Some highlights: