Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Everyone else is doing it...

I was tagged by my sister-in-law, Wendi to do the "100 things about me" thing that everyone is doing right now. I was thinking about not taking the time to do it...but hey why not:

1) I lived in small town, Texas until I went to college
2) I grew up on a cattle ranch
3) I know nothing about cattle (sorry dad)
4) I was once really good a volleyball
5) My favorite thing to eat is the Black Tie Mousse Cake at the Olive Garden
6) Preston is my best friend
7) I love watching Chase have fun
8) I love my church friends
9) I secretly wish mine and Preston's parents and our sisters and their spouses would move here
10) I love the Gap but usually end up buying at Old Navy (I like it a lot too)
11) I sometimes miss my little red Ford Mustang
12) I LOVE the Harry Potter books
13) I love going to the movies!!!
14) I have a general rule (that sometimes gets broken) of not eating fried food...with the exception of tortilla chips
15) I love brownies
16) I think the cutest thing ever is Chase in his PJs
17) I love watching Preston and Chase playing together
18) I love having a pedicure
19) I hate painted finger nails
20) I started a business (http://www.photocardcafe.com/)
21) I love to travel
22) I love New York City
23) I am a busy body...I rarely just sit around and relax
24) "Lost" may not be my favorite show but I love it that us and about 10 friends watch it together
25) I used to lay out in the sun...i regret every minute of it
26) Due to the attitudes of some people I used to be around, I have vowed to never own a purse that is covered in a well-known logo
27) I really want to go to Europe
28) I had an 8 pound, 14 ounce baby....wow!
29) I'm terrified the next one will be over 9 pounds
30) I love Christmas
31) I love eating lunch with my girl friends and their kids at the mall
32) I love getting kisses on the cheek from Chase
33) I like it that Preston wakes me up to tell me bye and give me a kiss every morning before he leaves.
34) I LOVE it that Chase can sleep until like 9:00 if I let him
35) I love eating Mexican food...correction...I love eating chips, salsa, and queso...take or leave the actual food
36) I'm jealous every time Leah starts another year of college
37) I miss ACU
38) I love it that my in-laws are cool
39) I was a cheerleader
40) If I have a daughter, I hope she's not a cheerleader
41) Baseball is my least favorite pastime...sorry Wade and Wendi...though I do like the food at the games
42) I usually get really bored at musicals
43) I don't like movies with crude humor
44) I love theater popcorn
45) I love coffee and drink it just about everyday
46) I'm a coffee snob...Folgers?...no thanks
47) I can fall asleep almost anywhere if I want to
48) I like going to the zoo
49) I loving going to a coffee shop to work
50) I can't really snap my fingers
51) Chase and I sing a lot during the day when it's just us
52) I'm not really a phone talker
53) My favorite things to buy are sunglasses and jackets
54) I am a huge sucker for sequels (examples: the Borne movies, Spiderman, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc.)
55) My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice
56) I miss my college buddies
57) I don't like to cook
58) I don't like to vacuum
59) I like my house to be "picked up"
60) I don't like Chase's bath time but I love it that it's Preston's job and that he loves it...works out great!
61) If you write me a short email I'll get back to you very soon...if you write me a long one it may be weeks before I feel up to writing you an equally long message
62) I have 6 email addresses
63) I use 3 of them regularly
64) I wish I cared more about politics...but I just really don't
65) I could sing you every word of the theme song for Dora and Little Einsteins
66) I HATE soap operas!
67) I don't like reality TV
68) The Office is my favorite show right now
69) I truly miss my friends Chandler, Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, and Monica
70) I love my dog
71) I find it odd that almost all of my close friends have 1 or more boys (is there somewhere in the world where there is a group of people having all girls?)
72) I love it that Preston wants to be and is a good dad
73) I miss my grandparents that have passed on
74) I wish they could have known Chase
75) I love it that Chase has such a great relationship with all 4 of his grandparents
76) I like Target
77) I love buying things on sale
78) I hope someday (hopefully not too long from now) to live on 1 - 2 acres
79) I don't like to procrastinate
80) I graduated Summa Cume Laude
81) I like to snow ski
82) I love cruising around the lake in a speed boat
83) I do not eat hotdogs
84) I like to dance
85) I'm terrified of getting old
86) I often miss the days of less responsibility
87) I love the smell of camp fire
88) Chocolate is my weakness
89) I like to hike
90) I am a mosquito magnet
91) I have never broken a bone
92) I love it that Chase likes to watch me draw things that he chooses (air plane, car, lucy, daddy) and he always thinks it's good
93) I'm not really a "music person"...I rarely know the artist of a song I like and I can listen to the same thing over and over and not even notice
94) One band I do know is Rascal Flats and I really like them a lot...for now
95) I don't understand why Preston (and the rest of his family) like to get the mail so much....I mean, it's just mail...and most of its junk
96) I love giving presents (oh and I like getting them too!)
97) I want an office in my house (not shared with a guest bedroom)
98) I like having alone-time sometimes
99) I really want a girl (but it will be OK if I don't...bla bla)
100) I love my life

I tag Jen, Mel, and Emily

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Oh Canada....

So I'm on the plane home from vacation right now using my travel time to write this blog for all of my loyal readers...all two of them. :) We just spent a fabulous time in Vancouver, Whistler, and then one day in Seattle with our good friends Luke and Sara. It was so much fun and so relaxing. We didn't make too many big plans as far as what to do before we came so we just kind of flew by the seat of our pants and saw the sites that were recommended to us by friends and other people we met along the way. (By the way there is a man snoring right behind us! haha!) We started by meeting Preston's parents in Dallas to drop off Chase and then fly to Seattle. (I'll post pics of Chase's week later.) In Seattle we met up with Sara and Luke and we rented a car and drove up to Canada. We stayed 3 nights in Vancouver at a great hotel with a view. We had used Priceline for our reservations so we ended up with a killer deal. Luke is the master of getting upgrades and free stuff so we ended up being upgraded to the concierge level and having access to the lounge that had a great view and snacks all the time. Sweet! We shopped, went to Stanley Park, went into the mountains and walked across a suspension bridge, went the Aquarium, and ate A TON! After that we caught a bus up to Whistler (which for those of you who don't know is one of the largest, most popular ski areas in North America). Obviously we didn't ski since it's July. Apparently their summer sport is Mountain biking. It was so weird to just walk around the town with all these people with full body pads on and their bikes. They were all dirty and muddy most of the time with various visible injuries. We did rent bikes but stuck to the paved paths at the bottom of the mountain. Whistler was absolutely amazing...so beautiful. It was very apparent that people's hot/cold tolerance was relative to where you are from. The locals wore shorts, tank tops, flip flops, etc. Those of us from the South who just came from 90 degree weather were cold and wearing our sweat shirts and pants. ha! The highlight of our trip was our Zip Trek through the forest. So awesome! I highly recommend going on zip line tours when the opportunity comes up! (see pictures below) We only spent one night in Whistler and rode a train home. The train ride was great and I think train travel is one of my favorite ways to travel now. The view was awesome since we chugged right along the coast and also through a canyon. That evening back in Vancouver we went to a national fireworks competition. We saw Spain's show and it was amazing. I've never seen fireworks like this. Another highlight of our trip was our star-struck moment as we were leaving the fireworks crowd. We stepped in this cupcake shop and guess who was also there!? JAN from THE OFFICE! If you don't watch "The Office" you won't care but all four of us love the show and it's actually Preston's and my favorite show. Check out her pic with Luke and Preston below. She was really nice and we talked for a while. She was with her two daughters buying them pink cupcakes with sprinkles. She even asked us to watch her stroller for a second...which leads me to believe that we're totally best friends now. The next morning (yesterday) we drove back to Seattle and went to the Market which was really cool and ate at a couple of really great restaurants for lunch and dinner. Then this morning we flew out which is where we are now. Chase will be waiting for us at the gate with MiMi and PaPa and I can't hardly wait to see him!!!!

Us in Vancouver
We rented bikes and rode around Whistler
That's right folks! It's Jan (aka Melora Hardin) from The Office!
The Market in Seattle
More Market Pics
The first Starbucks ever
This pic depicts what we really did the whole time we were on vacation...eat!
Just before the zip line tour!
Me on the zip line
Preston showing off his skills on the zip line!
On the train from Whistler to Vancouver
The train
Suspension Bridge
A stop on our way to Whistler by bus
The crew.

Oh and by the way the beginning of my trip was filled with hours of reading the latest Harry Potter book (I will post NO spoilers here for those who haven't finished). It came out the day we left on our trip (but OF COURSE I went to a book store party and bought it at midnight). I informed Preston that I would not be talking to him as we drove to Dallas or as we flew to Seattle. I finished it within 3 days and was pretty sleep deprived. Sorry if I ignored you guys! It was sooooooo good. I highly recommend the series to anyone. (Keep in mind that you have to read all 7...start with year 1.) Did I mention that it was soooooooo good? Here's a nerdy pic from the midnight party with my HP friends:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

The Birthday Boys! (Notice the cry-baby) (Oh and also notice the
awesome cake that my friend Caryn made! Wow!)
Last weekend Chase had a joint Pirate Birthday Party with 4 of his friends who also have summer birthdays. The party went really well and we had a really good time. Close to the end of the party Chase decided he was all partied out though. He cried through the happy birthday song. Oh well. I don't think he felt well at that point. We also had a fun mini birthday with just family and he had a great time at that. Below you'll find pics from both parties in no particular order. :)

Eating hotdogs (yum...mom's fav...not)
In the moon bounce with daddy..and everyone else
Gotta swing harder than that Chase!
AAARRRRR Cool hat Ty! Swords with Ethan
The party crowd
Dinner with the fam blow those candles out! (my fav. pic!)
opening presents
mom and dad in the new pool that we set up in the living room!
just had to add this one...these are the cool pirate moms!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hey Chase How Old Are You?

(almost got it)
(a little closer)
Close enough! Today Chase is TWO!!!

We had a fun morning singing happy birthday to Chase. It was raining today (as it always seems to be) and I said "It's raining on Chase's Birthday". So Chase started walking around saying "Rainin on Chase's Durday."

Chase's friend Ty also had a birthday today. He's 3. (By the way this pic was taken very shortly after Chase threw up at Ty's house...thus the lack of clothes...sorry Josh.)

Chase got a fun back pack filled with lots of goodies from mom and dad.

Check out my new shades

Eating dad's cereal as he does after just about every meal.

Mother Daughter Road Trip 2007

Mom, Leah and I took a little road trip to Colorado. Leah was in a wedding but mom and I were just along for the ride. We had a really fun time!

Congratulations on your first time to Colorado guys!

Fourth of July