Thursday, December 3, 2009

In Great Oregon Tradition ....

If anyone lives in Oregon or follows football whatsoever, you then know how big of a day today is. A lot rides on the Civil War game ... the Ducks win they go to the Rose Bowl. The Beavers win they go to the Rose Bowl. This day is especially exciting for me as I cheer on my alma mater .....

GOOOOOO BEAVS!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One more item to check off the house list!


Landscaping in December ... who would've thought?!

Well today is the day! My landscaping is finally getting installed in the backyard. No more dirt, rocks, and a mud mess. Preparing last night was another story ... I waited to "prepare" the backyard until the last minute. So at 7PM last night I found myself back there cleaning up the rock and various debris in the freezing cold. Not so much fun. After completing that, I had to "prepare" the inside of my house ... you see, I own a townhouse and because its a middle unit I have no access to the backyard through a gate. So needless to say, I had to lay down mats and create a pathway from the front door to the backyard for the landscapers to carry the materials through the house. Thank goodness for hardwood floors! Least they won't be carrrying it through carpet ... that could get ugly!

Anyway, I'm anxious to get home and take a look at the new yard!

Stay tuned for pictures!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday - Holiday Survey Time!

Welcome again to another Friend Makin' Monday. This week Amber's posted a survey...and oh how I love those! ;)



1. Favorite website: I'd have to say Facebook ... as sad a that sounds! Or Nordstrom.com ... my guilty pleasure of shopping!
2. Favorite color: I really love purple and silver ... but my favorite color to wear is black!
3. Facebook? {Post a link or share your name if you want some new Facebook friends!} Of course, sadly, I'd be lost without it, (well probably not but I'd like to think so) :)
4. Favorite Christmas song? Faith Hill - Where are You Christmas ... beautiful song!
5. Christmas tree: Real or fake? Well I've grown up with a fake tree every.single.year. BUT ... this year in my OWN house I will have my very OWN REAL tree! :) (Can you sense the excitement?)
6. Hottest celebrity? Hmm ... I'd have to say Channing Tatum ... but Vince Vaughn is hot in a dorky/funny sorta way ;)
7. Favorite restaurant? Hmmm ... soo many to choose! I love PF Changs, Red Robin, or anything Mexican!
8. Favorite magazine? Shape or People
9. Favorite thing to drink around the holidays? Egg Nog Lattes or Peppermint Mochas ... hands down!
10. Favorite Christmas movie. Four Christmases is pretty stinkin' cute, & Home Alone ... but I love them all! Especially the ones on ABC Family :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Early Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with all the love, laughter, family, food, and friends each one deserves on this day ....


Now bring on Christmas baby!!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday ~ Thanksgiving


This week Amber is asking us all about Thanksgiving .... here are her questions! Join in on the fun, won't ya? http://amberfilkins.blogspot.com/ (Pardon my lack of computer skills, I still haven't figured out how to link a name with a URL)




1. Turkey or Ham? Definitely Turkey ... never been a Ham kinda girl ;)


2. Favorite side dish. Stuffing most certaintly .... or mashed potatoes, so hard to just choose one!


3. Favorite dessert. Pumpkin Pie of course!


4. Black Friday: Are you going or not? I will definitely be going! Can't miss out on the 1/2 price socks at Freddy's or the massive sale at the Nike Outlet Store!


5. If so, what's on the top of your list? See above ..... I'd realy like to say a new TV but I'm just not in the mood to deal with the electronic store (they always seem to be the worst on Black Friday!!)


6. Going out of town or staying close to home? Staying pretty close to home ..


7. Hosting or helping? Helping ... maybe one of these days I will be hosting!!


. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving. Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was a huge tradition as a child ... now we focus on the Football ;)


9. What do you do after dinner? Eat yummy desserts and put a game plan together for Black Friday!


10. What are you most thankful for this year? Hmmm ... there are MANY things I'm thankful for ... mainly my family, my friends, and my job. Without it I would've have been able to purchase my beautiful new home!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - My Baby




My sweet angel .... how could you just not adore this face?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday - Recipes

Well, this is my first attempt at a Friend Makin Monday post, which I found through my wonderful friend Liz and her friend Amber who is currently hosting FMM. Anyway, this week the question is to post a favorite recipe. This recipe was past to me from my sister in law's mom ... give it a try!!

*Cornbread Bake*

1 box cornbread mix (I use Jiffy)
1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey if you are trying to be healthy)
1 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 cup Picante Sauce (I use Pace or any salsa works!)
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 16oz can corn
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Cook hamburger and oregano, drain. Add rest of the ingredients to the hamburger. Once all the goodies are mixed together thoroughly, pour and cover entire bottom of pyrex dish. Prepare muffin mix as directed on box and spread over the top of the hamburger mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes and let cool for about 10 minutes. I usually sprinkle more cheese on top of the cornbread for some cheesy goodness!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Corvallis Fun!

A couple weeks ago, Halloween day to be exact, I had the opportunity to spend some time with some of my close friends from college. My good friend Jane, her husband, and their little one Liam made the trip up from San Diego to spend some time up here in Oregon. We made plans to go down to our old college stomping grounds in Corvallis and catch an OSU football game. There we met up with our other dear friend Anne and her husband. With it being Halloween, how perfect would it be that Jane dress little Liam up as a Beaver? (Oregon State's mascot nonetheless). WOW! Was he the hit of the football game or what! I've never seen so.many.people. ooohhing and awwwing over a costume! It was great! The weather was PERFECT and truly made me miss Corvallis in the Fall ... best of all we won the game! :) Here are some pictures of the great day!! Enjoy!
Liam was a HIT!

Corvallis in the Fall ... SO beautiful!

My dear friend Jane and I


Dad, Linda, and I during half-time



Anne, Jane, and I .... I miss these ladies!








Friday, October 23, 2009

First Post ....

Well I finally gave into another one of the wonders of the internet and decided it was time to start my own blog, since it seems like I follow many, I thought, why not create one myself? I've been contemplating this for awhile because seriously, what is so fabulous and exciting about my life that I want to post?

I have a few girl friends who are pretty religious bloggers, however, they have many stories, insights, pictures, etc. to share because they all are mommies and have kids, husbands, and many trials and tribulations of keeping a household together. After keeping up with their blogs (I get tired just reading what a day in their life is like) I thought, "what is so exciting about my life that I should post?"

So here I am contemplating what I am creating this blog for ... mainly I want it as a place to write down my thoughts, share new ideas, new exercise routines (exercise is an EXTREMELY important part of my life), new recipes, I've started trying to teach myself to cook healthy meals or cook in general really :) or just a place to vent about life really.

So here it is ... my first post!

Enjoy :)