Friday, December 30, 2011

Crafty Christmas

In order to save money and being newly inspired by Pinterest I decided to make all (most) of my Christmas gifts and decor this year.  Also I needed some fun crafts to do with the kids at work so I was already looking things up online.  These are some of my first attempts...

Some turned out OK enough to give as presents but I'm hoping to be better at crafting by next year :)  The one thing that turned out amazingly cool was the window cling snowflakes and this picture does them no justice.  I hung them all over my kitchen window.  They are really simple and only require puffy paint and a ziplock bag.  Some of my younger kids had some trouble with this craft but the 9 and 10 year olds could easily do it and loved peeling them off the bags when they were dry the next day.

Good Book

My step mom gave me this book a few months ago and it has been sitting on my night stand, forgotten.  I picked it up last night, needing some insight into my Cody, and I have not been able to put it down.  I'm not even half way through and I already highly recommend!

                                This is a must-read for any dog lover.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Cheers to 2012

  So many exciting things coming up this year!!

Wedding Planning

Our Save-the-Date postcards turned out so cute.  I wish we could have Cody at the wedding but he is just too unpredictable.  Training him has turned out to be a huge challenge.  I guess that's why they call them "terrible terriers" :)

Our wedding venue is the L'Auberge Del Mar Hotel.  It was by far our first choice and we could not be more excited to have our ceremony and reception there!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Entering the best time in life

This is a picture of my bestie and me celebrating our 30th Birthdays together on March 26th.  Not only am I lucky enough to have a fantastic BF and Maid of Honor, we just happened to be born 2 days apart and get to celebrate our big day together every year :)

I could not be more thrilled to finally get into my 30s!  This is going to be the best time in life. After a looong 10 years in my 20s I have learned a lot of lessons the hard way.  But, whatever I had to go through to get here, it was all worth it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Adopting this little guy was the best decision!  I'm so glad I let Kyle talk me into it :)


I'm Engaged!!!

Kyle proposed with his late grandmother's diamond on her birthday, June 30th.  So romantic and special.  I will cherish this ring forever!

 We found the most amazing photographer, Aaron Shintaku.  He did a fantastic job on our engagement pics and I can't wait to see our wedding photos!!