Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Trips



2010: A Year In Review

Before moving on to a new year…let’s reflect on 2010.  (I know, so zen of me!)  There were many good things that happened during 2010 and I am so grateful. 

1.  I celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary with the love of my life.

2.  God showed His mercy when my niece survived being hit by a car. 

3.  Our family was blessed with the birth of my 4th!!! niece. 

4.  My fur daughter turned 1!

5.  I received a pretty good promotion at work, which allowed Jeff to leave his job from Hades.

6.  Jeff and I went on an all expense paid cruise.

7.  I started running again and enjoy it more than I ever did in the past.

8.  I celebrated my last birthday in my 20’s.  Actually this is sort of sad.

9.  Jeff and I made the spontaneous decision to purchase Disneyland passes and have already gotten our $ worth. 

10.  I am one year closer to paying off my car. 

Am I forgetting anything??? 

I’m still deciding on if I’m going to be making any resolutions.  I think new year resolutions are a little sad because they are generally always broken.  I might make some easy ones to ensure success.  Haha!  That is so me. 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 364 of 2010

The work week after Christmas is always the hardest.  Especially this year since New Year’s Day lands on the weekend, I had a whole 5 days to work. 

The drive in to work was made a little more bearable with the view.  The rain these last few days has left a nice covering of snow on the mountains. 


I decided why not prolong the inevitable a few more minutes and stopped for my last red cup of this year.  Only one more work day to go!


Once I got home, Jeff and I went for a run.  Right before we stepped out, I glanced at my phone and realized it was 42 degrees!  Yikes.  Good thing I had on one of my new long sleeved running shirts on!  It kept me warm and dry the whole run.  I also took my new Garmin and loved it!  It really kept me motivated to slow or increase my pace.

Check out our stats below. 


Another sub 12 min/mile.  I’ll take it! 

We are still debating whether or not to sign up for the Disneyland Half Marathon.  Registration opens 1/3/11 but fills up quickly and is pricey.  They have a 5k that also runs through the park but is that shooting too low? 

Decisions, decisions…

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Our Next Race?


Today I received the above flyer in the mail.  I’ve been checking out upcoming races and looking for one close to home.  This may be the one…

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Series of Events

Sometimes in the morning I wish I had less responsibility at work so I could call in sick and not be afraid of my desk when I returned.

This morning was one of those mornings.  You know – THOSE MORNINGS.

Those mornings where it takes just a bit longer to make your bed.

Those mornings when the shirt you wanted to wear needs to be ironed. 

Those mornings when you can’t find your cell phone that you literally had in your hand seconds earlier.

Those mornings when the house phone is dead so you can’t call said lost cell phone.

Those mornings where your coat is upstairs and you are downstairs and have already gone up and down the stairs 4 times.

I had a mini temper tantrum right before I walked out the door (late).

It’s just wrong when a 1 year old puppy looks at you and puts you in your place. 

My temper tantrum disturbed Chloe so much, she stopped mid breakfast and stared at me with a look that said “seriously?  SERIOUSLY?”

I looked at my dog, did a self check on my attitude and realized, yes this morning could have been much worse. 

I laughed, got in my car, stopped at Starbucks and arrived 10 minutes late to work. 

Seriously?  Not a big deal after all. 

When life gives you lemons…really big lemons…take a picture and post it on your blog. 


Only 3 more days left of 2010!

Please Forgive Me

for being a day late…taken yesterday, posted today.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Part II

What???  Christmas is not over?  Well, at least not for us.  Winking smile

We were supposed to go to Jeff’s mom’s house in the mountains, but at the last minute we had a change of plans and instead had everyone over to our house. 

Jeff picked up his brothers and Libby picked up Railynn (Andrew’s girlfriend) and Juan Pollo (the food, not a person, lol). 

After we ate, we opened our gifts.  Libby gave Jeff and I a green gift bag filled with goodies. 


Inside it had a cute 2010 Christmas picture frame, some Body Shop soap, popcorn and candy, and movie tickets for Arclight Theater.  I have never heard of it before but I guess it’s similar to dinner theater but instead of a play, you see a movie.  I’m pretty excited to use them! 


Collin and Andrew bought me a Barnes and Noble gift card to use with my Reader.  I cannot wait to spend it and have a list of books I’m looking forward to buying.  They got Jeff a Big 5

I hope they enjoyed their cards that Jeff picked out personally.  Let’s just say one had a reference to Santa’s beard and the other had poo. 

And now…my Christmas is over. 

Christmas Evening 2010

Our Christmas celebration started off with the below Christmas tree…



So many presents…but don’t worry, so many niecies to open them!

Jeff had made a delicious Christmas dinner and we ate before moving on to presents.  He smoked the turkey and it tasted just like the turkey legs at the fair.  My husband is such a good cook!  I’m glad I married him!  Our baby nieces were the first to arrive AND the farthest ones coming!  (They live in the OC-so far!)


We let Hailey and Noellie open their stockings first. 



Mommy kisses!


Then it was our fur daughter’s turn! 



Chloe wanted to share her stocking gifts with Noellie.  You can see Hailey petting her.  Usually Hailey is not a fan of dogs.  For some reason though, she decided tonight was the night that Chloe was okay and started petting her and letting her lick her hands. 


Then it was on to the big girls and their stockings.


Present time! 


Poor Noellie pooped out mid present opening.  She is so angelic looking when she sleeps.  Oh, except for the fact she left a huge drool spot on our couch.  Don’t worry niecie, it will dry!  :)


We let the girls open a few of their gifts and they both enjoyed stabbing treating their puppies that were sick. 


It was a fun night and I’m sad Christmas is over! 

Thank you everyone for your gifts!  I love them all and cannot wait to wear/use/spend them all!  Only 6 more days left for 2010.

Christmas Morning 2010

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!  We celebrated early in the morning and then did our traditional Christmas dinner celebration in the afternoon. 

There were so many pictures so I’ve decided to split the posts into 2 different ones.  Here is Christmas morning with Danny and the girls. 

Jeff and I got up early to make breakfast and spend some time with the girls before they went down to their grandmas.  Danny, my dad and the girls came over around 10am and we all enjoyed Jeff’s yummy breakfast of chorizo, eggs, tortilla and bacon while Christmas Story replayed in the background. 

We then allowed the girls to open up their big gift from their ‘dadda’. 


As soon as the wrapping that was on top was removed, Kalea exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, thank you!” and put her arms across her chest for emphasis.  She was so sincere it was so cute. 


They dragged it out of the bag, a big deal for 2 little girls, and then inspected their new kitchen.  I know they will love playing with it!



Once they were done enjoying the box, they moved on to a small gift from Santa.  What could it be?


Rapunzel chapstick! 


It’s funny how long  one gift can entertain the girls.  Each enjoyed opening and smelling the different scents and then applying them.  Kalea especially enjoyed applying the 4 different chapsticks continuously  on her lips over and over and over again.  She had a good layer of wax on her lips by the time we decided to take it away. 


We then let them open one more gift, this time from Jeff and I. 




The girls got a princess jewelry bag and opened it up immediately to try everything on. 

They played for a bit longer and then went to their grandma’s. 

Next up…Christmas dinner and even more fun!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter and lots of presents. 


Jeff, Dione & Chloe