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My Baby

Warning: this post MAY be a little sappy!!! 🙂

Over a year ago, I started dating the most amazing guy. No really….HE IS. He is the smartest, hardest working, funniest, most generous person I know. I’m sure all girls say those things about their boyfriends, but mine actually IS all those things. How many 27 year olds do you know who have owned their own (successful) company? I admire him so much….he has a job he loves and has people practically knocking down his door, wanting him to work for them. (Seriously, he gets emails all the time, from people who have seen the code he has written online. He’s happy where he is.) He gets frustrated that he doesn’t own his own company anymore, but he will again….I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt. When you’re as smart and qualified as David is, you tend to get what you want eventually.

I love that he’s intelligent. I love that I can have a deep or philosophical conversation with him about all kinds of subjects. I feel like I have learned SO much, since we started dating. I love that he feels like he can talk to me about deep things….he thinks I’M smart too. I love that. We’re nerds together and that makes me happy.

He is seriously so generous and has the biggest heart. It’s one of the things I like most about him. If he has the ability to help someone out….he will….no questions asked. I have seen him help many people out, when he really didn’t have to….it just wasn’t an option to him. My family has mentioned this trait of his to me as something they really admire about him. I’m not saying he gives handouts to everyone in sight….but with the people he is close to, he is generous.

I always ask him: “Is there anything you CAN’T do?!” The guy has a pretty amazing list of skills: pitcher, artist, pool player….to name just a few. He’s one of those people who’s good at pretty much everything he tries. Failure isn’t an option to him….he knows he can do anything he sets his mind to.

And the dimples….the dimples are my favorite. He is the cutest thing ever and I am so glad he is mine.

I’ve wondered many times what I would do without him (cheesiness alert). He has come to mean so much to me. For the first time in a really long time, I feel like I have a place to belong….with him. With him, I know I’m safe. I can trust him completely and just be myself….that’s a really good feeling. He’s seen me at my best, but he’s also seen me at my very worst….and yet he STILL loves me! It’s safe to say I adore that guy. Words can not express how much I appreciate everything he does and everything he is.

Happy birthday, baby! I love you mucho. 🙂

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I have decided to participate in “Show Us Your Life” fridays, over at Kelly’s Korner (one of my favorite blogs, by the way….you should check it out if you never have).

Today’s theme is “Things that you love/that make you happy”. I totally have “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music, going through my head right now! 🙂

So, let’s get started! I’m going to try and only use pictures I have taken with my camera….no googling!

First off….this guy makes me happy (obviously).

How cute is he?! I also love this pic of us.

My family makes me happy as well. The picture below is of me and my sister Lindsey.

I also love my crazy relatives. There is never a dull moment with them around…..I love that! The picture below is where an ongoing family joke began: “Chips in the air.” You had to be there….

My cute little cousin.

Friends make me happy.The pictures below are from my birthday this year.

We can’t forget King (aka the coolest kitty EVER)…I love him too!

I love books! David is seen here at my favorite store: Border’s. 🙂 It totally looks like I posed him that way, but I actually found him like that. We can’t forget my love of coffee: usually Starbucks.This is a pic of the Starbucks offices in Seattle. , I also love music (and yes, that is me!). I guess it started early.

Mariner’s games on a nice sunny day, make me happy.

Leavenworth (pictured below) is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s only a couple hours away, but it feels much further. It is the CUTEST little town. It’s fun in the winter AND the summer. Oh, I love it.

I love taking walks…whether it’s at a park, trail, or just around town….it doesn’t really matter. I just like to be outside and walking around. It de-stresses me and calms me down (if I’m upset). I always feel better after I spend time outside. Plus, it’s good for you!

I love Karaoke with the crew in Kingston. I am very excited for more fun times this summer! The picture below is of David and his friend Joe….singing away.

And me and David at the Alehouse in Kingston….where we go to karaoke.

Christmas is my favorite holiday of all time. I love everything about it, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. The cheesier, the better.

I also love baking, bargain hunting, my city (Seattle), and movies….but I didn’t have any pictures of those things.

Stay tuned for a special birthday tribute to my David (it’s his birthday today!).

 

 

 

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Work is supposed to be really busy this weekend….since it’s Memorial Day Weekend and all. (I say SUPPOSED to be busy, because I’ve heard that before, and then it wasn’t really that much busier than usual.) We’re having a “potluck” on Saturday and I volunteered to bring cookies….shocking. Of course, I don’t have all the stuff to make cookies. I’m seriously considering going back to get the mixer….I don’t want to break any more wooden spoons….the cookies I’m going to make have really thick dough (but oh my goodness, they’re yummy!). I bought a cookie sheet (a Kitchen Aid one for 5 bucks!) at Ross earlier, so I’m good in that department.

I tell ya, if I could have anything it would be a well-equipped kitchen with all sorts of gadgets, a Kitchen Aid mixer, expensive pans, stainless steel appliances, etc. Since I don’t, and probably won’t for years to come….I will continue to bargain hunt and collect things little by little. It’s kind of fun that way, I guess. It feels sort of like a treasure hunt. I’m currently hunting for cannisters (for flour, sugar, etc.) and food storage containers (like Tupperware). We don’t have ANY and that will be a problem once I start baking (I won’t have any way to keep my baked goods fresh). I swear I bought a bunch of plastic containers when David lived in Mountlake Terrace, but I can’t find them. I also bought a glass baking pan I can’t find (I totally remember using it for Lemon Cheese Bars). It’s a mystery…. I also want cupcake pans and cake pans (round ones). None of this is a necessity, but I can wish. Lol.

 

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I have a problem….I feel guilty buying things for myself. I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond today to buy a hand held mixer. It cost $19.99 (REALLY cheap for a mixer) but I could NOT bring myself to buy it. I have no idea why this is….it’s MY money, I worked for it. So why can’t I buy things without feeling guilty? I LOVE baking, and it’s kind of hard to bake without a mixer. I mean, it’s possible, but not always (depending on what you’re making….I’ve broken spoons trying to mix things by hand). So really, it’s a small investment in something that will bring me continued happiness.

I buy things for other people all the time. I’m constantly seeing things David would like and buying him things, just for the heck of it. I went way overboard with his birthday presents. I bought my sister presents for her birthday. So why on earth, do I feel guilty when I want something?! I am aware that it makes absolutely NO sense at all. Especially since money has never really been all that important to me. I’m not obsessed with making as much as I possibly can. When I consider future jobs or career paths, it isn’t based on how much money a certain job will make me. I tend to base what I want to do around what I enjoy doing.

I think the explanation as to why I feel guilty is relatively simple….I think about what I want last….AFTER I’ve already spent money on everyone else. Then I feel like I shouldn’t spend any more (even though, technically, I CAN). I really don’t think that’s ever going to change. I enjoy buying things for David (or my family members). I LIKE when I find them the perfect gift. I hope I never get to a point where I think about myself first. I LIKE that I put others first. I’m glad I treat others the way I would like to be treated. It’s all just stuff after all….

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I'm exhausted today. I would love to be at home, taking a nap or all snuggled up reading a book. Instead, I am at work and it is SLOW. This yucky weather doesn't put me in a very good mood….that's for sure! SO, I am going to blog about my day yesterday.
 
I had a crazy day yesterday. I was up pretty early, and on a bus headed to Everett. From the Everett Station, I took my very FIRST solo cab ride to the hospital, where my grandpa was having surgery. There I was very entertained by my mom, Grandma, and uncle Danny in the Family Waiting Room. My uncle and mom were having a theological debate, which was VERY entertaining. Danny will be the first to admit that sometimes he says things just to get people worked up. I think that's good….it makes people have to think about what they believe, instead of just spouting off things they have been told, yet don't understand.
 
Anyways, after lunch at Taco Time, my grandma took me to pick up David's new laptop (he was waiting rather eagerly for it…) and then she dropped me off at Target so I could buy a new vacuum (to say we were in desperate need of one, would be an understatement. King has a lot of fur….that's all I'll say about that). I found a great deal, so I was excited.
 
We headed off to Seattle around 4:30 or 5 to celebrate my little sister's 17th birthday. We went to the Spaghetti Factory in Seattle, and it was so much fun. Kelsey had her best friends there and also her boyfriend and his family, so she was happy as a clam. She got a new fiddle! She was so excited. I guess that's her latest musical challenge (she periodically picks up new instruments to learn….she's scary that way). That was her gift from her boyfriend, his family, and a couple of her friends (they all went together to buy it). It was so sweet and thoughtful. David and I spent most of the time talking with Gary's parents, since they were across from us. They are SO nice, and very fun to talk to.
 
I will post pictures at some point….internet at home isn't really an option at the moment, so I can't really upload them yet. Work has been the only place I've really been able to go online.
 
I still have two more hours, so I guess I should find something work-related to do.

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10 On Tuesday!

Yes, I know it's Wednesday….but internet access at our house isn't very consistent. I had this all ready to go and then couldn't post it! So here it is, a day late. Oh well!
 
1. What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house?
I'm going to go with the couch. I picked it out, and I love it. Of course now, I think we need either a couple armchairs or a loveseat…..
2. If it was raining so hard on a Saturday that you couldn’t leave your house, what would you spend the day doing?
Drinking coffee and reading, under a blanket (this is Seattle….that happens frequently).
3. What was your favorite candy as a child?
I remember really liking Sweet Tarts and Necco Wafers.
4. Did you get an allowance? What was it based on? What did you do with it?
We went through phases where sometimes we got allowances, and then my parents would forget about it. It was based on the chores we were supposed to do around the house. Even if we didn't get allowance, we were still expected to do chores. I usually bought books with mine….shocking.
5. Do you have a favorite Etsy store?
No, but I do like looking at the purses and bags. There are so many that I like!
6. Do you prefer time with family or time with friends?
Depends on my mood.
7. Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, or Animaniacs?
I wasn't a big cartoon kid, but if I HAD to pick, probably Tiny Toons.
8. Best daytime talk show: Oprah, Ellen, The Doctors, Tyra (ha!), Dr. Oz, or Dr. Phil?
Oprah, obviously.
9. Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the ability to fly?
The ability to fly.
10. Name 1 thing you love about being an adult.
The freedom of it.

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Bring the Rain

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I just finished the book, “I Will Carry You” by Angie Smith. It was amazing. Words can not express how truly unbelievable this book is.

I’ve mentioned Angie’s Blog, Bring the Rain, on my blog in the past and it too is incredible. Long story short: while she was pregnant with her fourth daughter (Audrey), she was told that her daughter was “incompatible with life”….meaning she would die either before she was born or shortly after birth. Angie and her husband (who sings in the group Selah) decided that ending the pregnancy wasn’t an option for them and they chose to continue the pregnancy. I discovered her blog before Audrey was born and I’ve read pretty much the entire thing. She blogged about what she was going through during and after her pregnancy. See, I told you….heart wrenching.

I was really excited when she mentioned on her blog that she was writing a book. And the book didn’t disappoint. Her story is so heart breaking and yet so beautiful at the same time. It is such a blessing to read about someone who has so much faith. It’s amazing to hear about how Audrey’s little life changed so many other lives.

If you’ve never read Angie’s blog, you should. Here is the link: Bring the Rain. Pick up the book too. It’s available on Amazon, though I bought my copy at Borders. It’s a beautiful story. But beware: you WILL cry.

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I had pretty much the picture perfect Saturday yesterday. For starters, I had it off work (so right there it’s already ten times better than a normal saturday!). I couldn’t sleep, so I was up early. I was proud of us….we got a relatively early start to the day. We stopped by the bank, and then headed to Border’s. We got some Starbucks and then David settled down to work. My amazing boyfriend bought me books! He never ceases to surprise me. He definitely knows my love language is books! Lol. I’m just kidding, I know “books” is not a (technical) love language (my real one is words of affirmation….followed by quality time….in case you were wondering).

Anyway, after a little while he headed to get his pool cue and we had off for Pioneer Square and the pool hall. We stopped for some lunch at Jimmy John’s on the way. He started playing pool and I went in search for some new pants….because I needed some (just trust me). The main area for shopping in Seattle, is quite a ways from Pioneer Square, but I decided I needed some exercise. I started at Old Navy and wasn’t thrilled with their selection….especially of their jeans. Old Navy quality isn’t what it used to be. I’m not saying it was ever what you would consider luxury clothing, but it definitely used to be better. For example, the two pairs of dress pants that I wear ALL the time, I purchased from Old Navy three or four years ago! And they’re still fine….I don’t think they make them like they used to.

Anyway, after Old Navy I attempted H&M and really didn’t find ANYTHING. I didn’t see one pair of normal jeans. (I think I like the University Village H&M better….) Finally I struck gold at Express. Now Express has my favorite style of dress pants ever (The Editor). To me, they are quite pricey so I don’t usually buy them. They happened to have some on sale for $27 bucks! That is also the exact amount that I happened to have in cash (I told myself I wasn’t going to spend more than that)! To say that I was excited would be an understatement. I wasn’t really looking for dress pants necessarily, but I think I have enough jeans. I’m wearing my new pants today at work, and I am loving them. Bargain hunting is so grand.

I went back to the pool hall after making my exciting purchase, and found David pretty much ready to leave. He isn’t a huge fan of that pool hall and doesn’t really like the atmosphere so he kind of just wanted to go. We headed home and lounged around. We watched “Public Enemies” (great movie) and relaxed the rest of the evening.

I called my mom last night to hear all about my little sister’s prom night (can’t BELIEVE she’s graduating in June!). My sister Lindsey was there with her, so I was kind of talking to both of them. Never a dull moment in my family….I’m the weird one who doesn’t talk a lot. Lol. My family entertains me greatly. Luckily David enjoys being around them too. Believe it or not, it’s usually HIS idea to go visit! I’m thankful for that fact.

Anyways, it was a great Saturday!

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Kelly from Kelly’s Korner, does “Show Us Your Life Wednesdays” and I’ve never participated before. This week was about hometowns. I know I’m a little late to the party (it’s Saturday after all!) but I love my city so I wanted to participate anyway!

Seattle is an amazing city.

I love ferry rides…

Seattle is also the birthplace of Starbucks. You can visit the first store on Pike Street (just be prepared for a long line)…. They’ve kept the store as it was in the beginning, so it’s kind of neat to see. Also, according to David, there IS a difference in the coffee….they still use hand pulled shots (whatever that means). Right across from the first Starbucks, is Pike Place.

Also fun, are Mariners games at Safeco Field.

Discovery Park is one of my favorite places….you totally forget you are in the city.

One of the more historic areas of Seattle is Pioneer Square. There is even an underground tour that is quite popular.

 

Seattle is named after Chief Sealth. There is a statue of him in Pioneer Square.

Gasworks Park is a fun place to go as well (you may recognize it from the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”). It’s an interesting place to go to take pictures. I have photographer friends who love it for that reason. It’s also a great place to watch the Fireworks on New Years!

I love my city. There is so much to see and do. Everyone should visit at least once!

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I’ve noticed a pattern in myself lately, that I really don’t like. I have been focusing so much on what I DON’T have or what I WANT. I want a mixer, I want a new phone, I want a new camera, I want new clothes, I want new perfume….it’s ridiculous! In reality, how many of those things do I actually NEED? Zero. Reality is, I have a camera….it’s kind of old and not exactly top of the line, but it works. David also has a really nice camera he never uses, that I could use as well. I HAVE a cell phone….I may not be able to Facebook on it or use GPS, but it works. I have plenty of clothes. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking THINGS are all that matters. It’s easy to feel like you are somehow not good enough, because you aren’t able to buy fancy gadgets for yourself or new clothes every week. And really, how ridiculous does that sound? Who I am as a person is in no way related to the stuff that I own or what my bank account looks like. What really matters is the kind of person I am and how I treat people.

I’m going to make a conscious effort from now on to focus on what I DO have, not on what I don’t. And that means not going to Kitchen Aid’s website to gaze at mixers. It means not wandering into stores to look at all the things I would like to have but don’t need. It means not looking for new phones on eBay. It also means, no going into Sephora to smell perfumes. Reality for me right now, is that I simply don’t have the extra cash to buy those sorts of things for myself. Sure I COULD, but it wouldn’t be wise. Instead, I’m going to focus on having a grateful attitude. I want to be one of those people who is always a joy to be around….not someone who is miserable focusing on everything they don’t and how they wish their life was different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not miserable, I have just been focusing too much on things I WANT.

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