Thursday, December 31, 2009
In light of this major purchase and the fact that only one of us brings home the bacon (I know, you're shocked - the South Beach Diet commercial from over a year ago did NOT pay me $1 million dollars) we do have to be a little more conservative. I'm not going to lie, I've been informed that I might need to start tightening my belt (ughh) and worse yet maybe get a "real" job. If by real we mean working from home and/or starting my headshot photography business then we are in luck! Honestly though, it's about high time we started coming back down to reality and getting our priorities in order. Oh, I had you didn't I?! I can just see my mom muttering "ya" and pumping her fist in the air. But I'm just kidding.... reality shreality (is that a word?) we're gonna keep rockin it like it's 1999 until we can't party no more. Yet, our definition of "kickin it" may be more like a six-pack and a sander than a bottle of Cristal at a club (who am I kidding, we've never had Cristal but it's the only drink I could think of that starts with a "c")
In all seriousness though, I am quite a bargain shopper (thank you again Kathy Brink - - she's getting a lot of props in the entry). And, in the spirit of saving money on groceries I purchased a big ol' 10 lb. turkey at the Ralph's day after Thanksgiving sale. With an impending move date of January 15th and our lack of desire to have one more thing to transport to the new (not to be confused with "great potential") house, I decided to cook that darn turkey. Heck, I even made the infamous Aunt Jo rolls (by way of Carol Abo, by way of Nancy Kerwin), stuffing and a salad. I know, sometimes I even impress myself. Just when Russ thought he couldn't eat another bite, he gets a second Thanksgiving meal. And to that I say bring on the leftovers! Cold turkey, turkey sandwiches, turkey noodle soup, turkey quesadillas and anything else that I cook over the next two weeks to get rid of this turkey!
Life is exciting right now and you'll be happy to know that I purchased a great little lens to help document the home renovation and all the other glorious little events that will continue to happen - - otherwise known as our lives.
Lastly, Happy New Year all you crazy people we love you mucho! And in the vain of Garrison Keillor (a shout out to Dave-O) "Be well, do good work and keep in touch".
Please keep in mind, I had to use my stupid camera phone on these pictures (remember I broke my lens). Have no fear though, you can prepare yourself for some better photos in the near future. I'm not sure how buying a lense fits into my newly tightened belt but it's an investment right? Hello my little 1.8, 50 mm lens I'm coming to get you!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Note: I had a little incident with my SLR camera in LAX...namely, I tripped over my own foot (typical) and broke my lens so these pics have been generously sent to us by my sister-in-law and I do think they are quite cute :) More pics to come of the Holidays - - I managed to use my point and shoot and manipulate my camera so a few pics actually turned out.
Friday, November 27, 2009
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Salad - Von Stroh's - Sauteed spinach - The dressed like Olive Oil and Popeye
Primi - Fraser's - Spinach/Cheese Fondue - Also dressed like Olive Oil and Popeye (so funny)
Main Course - Abo's and Williams - Mini burgers and french fries - Dressed like 50's
Dessert - Kerwin's - German Chocolate Cake - Dressed like Germans :)
Despite Russ' dislocated thumb, it was a super fun night of friends, food, wine, hot tubbing and dancing. You know it's a good night with the cab driver decides to come in for a quick dance party right? I know we are all adults but sometimes its nice to pretend we are still in college.
Thanks again to the Abo's and Fraser's for organizing such an incredible weekend! I think Tuscany should be our next stop :)
I took a lot of photos so I had to post a few more below:
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hiking is Russ' favorite thing to do and so I thought it appropriate to find us a hike in the San Bernardino Mountains. Only one short hour away from LA, we may as well have been across the country. We hiked the Momyer & Alger Creek Trail. It's a short hike but it was pretty tough...the altitude made a big difference (about 7,100'). We hiked in about 4 miles to Alger Creek and spent the night in a great little spot right next to the creek. We spent the better part of Sunday morning taking baths in the freezing cold creek and hiked over to Dobbs Peak. The hike offered beautiful views of Mill Creek Canyon and Yucaipa Ridge - - it was really beautiful. While the country is dry, there are many trees and with the fall colors changing, it was a perfect time to go. The best part is that Russ woke up on his birthday in the woods, a place where he feels most at peace.
We managed to make a quick pit stop in Oak Glen to buy all things apple. We bought apple cider, apple butter, apple pie...I only regret that we didn't make it in time to buy apple cider doughnuts...next time.
We made it back to LA to meet up with a small group of friends at Spring Street Smoke House to enjoy Russ' favorite...burnt end ribs with lots of sauce! The perfect ending to the birthday weekend was the Baskin Robbins ice cream cake...again, Russ' favorite. I feel really blessed to have such a wonderful husband and while, he doesn't like making a big deal about his birthday - - he's a big deal to me and deserves a day/weekend that is all about him. I'll have to start planning next year's adventure soon!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I flew up a day early so that I could travel to Leavenworth to visit the Torrey, Jenelle and baby Cora Landgraf. I also had never seen the "new-ish" Mapel store! Yes, it had been almost two whole years since I was in Leavenworth! This is something I won't let happen again because it is such a quaint, picturesque, fun little town. Next year, we are going to try and make it up there for Oktoberfest! Baby Cora was as precious as her pictures. It was also cool to see Jenelle and Torrey as mom and dad and they really make a great team, which was nice to see.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
David showed me his ultra-fancy shed that he's been building (with Sydney's help of course) and it is truly great craftsmanship. Leave it to David Jr. to construct the mother of all sheds...maybe he has a career as a contractor. Similarly, inside the house, Ellie has everything in tip-top shape. I think she should be an assistant to Martha Stewart because her design sense (it may help that she is an interior designer/architect also) is fantastic. The nursery is absolutely adorable and I wish I had a photo to post. She made camouflage, green, brown and even a photo of my brother with his record breaking elk look masculine/chic and cool. Of course, Sydney's room is also precious complete with pink, pink and more pink! The contrast between the two rooms is stark, yet fitting.
All in all, the family is doing great and we are so incredibly happy for them all. We can't wait to see little Maddox in-person! We are already looking for flights so we don't have to wait until Christmas!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Who loves her Aunt Angie?
She loves her hair washed...just like Auntie ;)
It was so nice to just relax and spend time at Heather's house as I hadn't really spent a long amount of time holding Talia since her birth. We've met her a couple of times but everyone wants to hold her and so I was always relegated to just a few minutes here and there. This was ample snuggle time and we even spent some time at Starbucks together while mommy had her dentist appointment. It was so nice to spend some quality sister time with Heather (and her babies).
But at least she looks cute...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Dad showing Russ some of his art finds...Timber posters he found on Montana Street.
Look, a tasty tomato!
My girls! Talia and Sydney post-bath
to be continued...