Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holiday Leaves

Isn't this just the cutest little wreath? I think it would be perfect in browns, oranges, and yellows for Fall. Or in just white for Winter. Those are little crochet leaves all the way around. It's simple and classy. Just perfect for your front door! The best news is, it's a free pattern from Lion Brand. ♥

Friday, October 22, 2010

Am I Going to Be Ready?

1 month ago today, I found out about this 5K. I knew about it before then. But that's the day, I found out the actual date. It's in 15 days. No lie! And I just started training. As in, Sunday morning...

I usually run. Every single day. At least a mile. But usually more like 2 or 3 miles. By the end of the summer I was up to 5 miles a day! I was so proud of myself. But lately, things have been crazy. For about 2 months now, life has been ridiculously busy. The last 2 weeks, have been especially bad. But honestly, I wish I was still back home with Baby C. She is way more important than all of this.

Sunday, I decided that I needed to get my butt moving. I was 20 days away from running a 5K. I got up early, and somehow got My Guy to go running with me. We ran a mile. And walked the mile back to the house. It felt good. There is something incredible about running in the cool air. :)

Monday, My Guy had to work again. It's a little weird for him to work Monday and Tuesday. But this week, he had to. So he got up before me, again. Had me a glass of juice and a little snack ready. Then we went to run. A mile and a half! After that, we walked back to the house. Honestly, I thought I was going to die!

That was 3 miles on Monday morning. I was really sore from Sunday. And my back was really hurting. I don't know why. But on Sunday, I woke up with such a sore back. I could barely get out of bed. On Monday, ugh, I was in some fierce pain!

Tuesday, I could barely get out of bed. It didn't help that My Guy didn't have to be at work until near noon. His first day to sleep in since October 7th? I think that was the last day. Anyway, he was happily in bed. Asleep. And felt like I should be there too. Ugh, but I had to run.

So I literally rolled out of bed. Looked for some shoes and was out the door. Yes, I went running in my pjs. I mean, who in world is going to see me? We live in the BFE. And I run on our trails. No one in sight! I don't think our animals cared what I was wearing. They were the only ones awake at that hour. And just so you know, I had on 2 different shoes. I realized this on the walk back...

Wednesday, I had to run on the treadmill. I was already in Sin City. I'm not a fan of running outside here. So I ran on the treadmill. For 1 1/2 miles. My 3rd day at 1 1/2 miles. And I hated it. I just can't run on a treadmill. I hate it!

Yesterday, it was another mile and a half. Really annoying. But today, I branched out. I went running with some friends. Outside! Praise the Lord! I rather run outside than on a treadmill. Even though it was cold. And icky from all the rain. Oh, and we left in the dark. But it was a good run. And we ran 2 miles! :)

So am I crazy? I'm trying to get in gear for a 5K. In less than 3 weeks! I started with a mile. And I hope by this coming Monday, that I'm running 2 1/2 miles a day. My goal is to be running 3 miles by October 30th. Ugh! I should have been training weeks ago! You know doing it the right way. Slightly increasing my distance. And hopefullly my speed at the same time.

Whatever happens, I will be running a 5K on November 6th. Even if I'm sick. Or barely moving. You know, because of my back. Or if I have to haul my TPN with me. Even if I pass out halfway through, I'm going to accomplish this run.

Why? Because this event is in memory, of a very special person. Someone that meant the world to me. And I want to honor him in this little way. No matter what, I'm going to accomplish this. I just hope I'm ready for 3 miles of running. In my hometown. I know it's harder to run out there. Especially in the cold weather. ♥

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Afforable Accessories

I just watched this video by Candace. Now I feel the need to go shopping. I'm not really a "clothing person." I like clothes. But I wear pretty boring clothes. But I adore accessories!!!

This website has some cute things. And they're so affordable! Don't let the video fool you. There are so many different styles available. And did I mention, super affordable!

I know, I should be thinking about work. Or my new Goddaughter. Or school. But even I have to indulge in a little bit of fun. And girly goodness! Um, now to narrow down my favorites. There are so many cute things. :) ♥

Lacy Strips Throw

Isn't this a pretty blanket? OK, so the colors are a little crazy. I'd go with maybe 3 different colors. But I really like the look of this blanket. I think a blanket made in neutral colors, it would go perfect in our den. Something wonderful to curl up with. You know, on those nights that aren't too cold. But cool enough. Oh the thoughts... ♥

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Do You Have Game?

I know that this is a weird thing to ask. But do you have game? As in flirting ability. Dating type of thing. The ability to flirt your way to a free drink or two.

Why am I asking? Some friends and I were talking about this recently. I know it's a weird topic. But still. We were talking. And you know what, I have absolutely no game! At least I feel like I have no game.

Sure, onstage, I can flirt and "wow" like the best of them. I know how to turn a song into a flirty adventure. Make things go all hot and steamy. But away from the stage, I'm horrible! It's like everything is left onstage.

I never, ever even came close to flirting in high school. I barely talked to the 2 guys I liked. Years later, I find out that they liked me. But were unsure of how I felt. You know, because I didn't talk to them. And I most certainly didn't flirt with them...

In college, I wasn't much better. I became everyone's best friend. All of my guy friends, well we were buddies. We'd just hangout. And when I did date, it was all because of the men. I wasn't about to start that adventure.

Now that I've been in a serious relationship, for 2 1/2 years, I still lack in those skills. Which is hilarious! Because My Guy, he's got game. Serious game! Women fall at his feet. Although, these days, he rarely notices. But I notice. Me? Flirting? Not at all. He makes me blush when he starts his flirting antics. Because I feel like we're 15, and first dating.

But that's him. Mr. Flirt. He knows all the perfect things to say. The way to look at you. Just all of those things to do. He walks with "swagger." Maybe that comes from what he does for a living. You know, he's used to the spotlight. Maybe it comes from years and experience. I mean, I'd think I was cool too, if I had dated some of the women that he has. That "swagger" it has to come from that.

I'm still that awkward woman. That is not happy with the way she looks. Constantly annoyed with my hair. Thinks my thighs are too fat. And wonders, why in the world My Guy loves me. I have no game. I try. But I don't. Dress me up for work, and all of a sudden, I "strut." But that's the only time. Like high heels bring the confidence.

My friends ask me why. Why don't I have game? I don't know. I should. I should be the woman that says, "Hey. Ya, you! Look who I'm dating. I know you want him. I know he's one of the most sought after "bachelors. Ya, he loves me!" But behind the scenes, I'm not that confident. Ya, My Guy comes home to me. For some 30 months, he has come home to me. The woman that he loves. But I don't feel that confidence that I should. Not about him. But about me. I lack that self confidence.

I'm unsure. Not because of My Guy. I know he loves me. I'm the only one in his life. The only one that he wants. But "My Game," it doesn't exist. OK, if you ask him, he'd say different. He'd tell you, I've got mad game. But I really don't think so. I blush way too easy. I get flustered with my words. And to be honest, I can barely flirt.

Do you have game? I think part of it is, you have to be a little vulnerable. You need to show people a part of you. A part that they can fall in love with. And I'm well, a bit too guarded. But I'm getting better. My Guy and I have pretty much mastered the art of "flirtatious talk." You know, as I'm trying to write a paper for school. And he's going over contracts. While we're in workout clothes, in the den. Or when I'm cooking. My hair is usually a wreck, and I've got food splattered everywhere. That's when I seem to be most confident.

So maybe it's all in the eye of the beholder. Do you have game? Maybe you should ask the people around you. Because now that I think of it, I do get a lot of free food from the hospital cafeteria. Maybe I have a little bit of game. ♥

Love Stitched Giveaway

I really think that you should run over to Craftaholics Anonymous' Blog. Right now! Linda is having a wonderful giveaway! For a $25 Gift Certificate to Loved Stiched.

Have you seen the amazing things at Loved Stitched? Beautiful pieces! And Loved Stitched has a really neat blog too! You should go take a looksy. :)

There is something magical and elegant about Love Stitched's roses. Just look at them. And the colors are beautiful. Love Stitched makes everything from hair pins to rings. So many wonderful pieces!

I think you should hurry up and enter! I'm already getting together a nice selection for my "Holiday Wishlist." If I could just decide on a few pieces. But I LOVE everything in this shop! Good luck! ♥

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Inspiration

Carah's video was definitely, just what I needed this afternoon. Something fun to take my mind off of work. Actually, it did more than that. It got me so excited about Fall! And about fashion. And about this trip.

How did this one video do all of that? Because it made me want to go shopping for some Fall clothes. Pieces that embrace the cool weather. And if you've ever been to Sin City, you'll know, the shopping is great here! Absolutely fan-freakin'-tastic!

So now, I'm excited about being in Sin City. I'm thinking I can squeeze in a shopping trip or two. Who knows. Maybe pick up some things for me, my friend, and Baby C. See there can be an upside to all this traveling for work! ♥

Hard Stuff

Today, I had to leave for work. Tough. Especially when I have to be in Sin City for a week. I didn't want to leave my friend. Or Baby C. That's tough. It's been just over a week since their horrible accident. But even I know, sometimes you need to put on your "Big Girl" panties. Life isn't always easy. And it never stops. Even when you're overwhelmed.

Besides, they're both getting the best possible care. They have so many people taking care of them. And visiting. Like My Guy's family, and tons of friends. And there is always the phone and the computer. I can keep in touch with them. We're going to survive this week. And before I know it, I'll be back to holding Baby C.

The only thing that made this day bearable, My Guy decided to come with me. He'll only be here until Thursday. Because he has to work in the SE. But I'll take what I can, when I can. I'm determined to make this a good week. :) ♥

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Day of Blessings

Today was such an amazing day! It was a blessing. Straight from God. My friend got to meet her little girl. For the first time! Since she was unconscious for Baby C's first few days of life. And then, they were 3 hours apart from each other. At separate hospitals.

But this morning, my friend got to be transferred to a nearby hospital. She was in stable condition. And they flew into the hospital where Baby C is. I short visit was scheduled before my friend had to go to the hospital where she will recover at. My friend and her baby girl got to meet. It was so special. And so emotional. I cried. Everyone that was there, they all cried. It was such a touching moment.

I mean, she's been waiting 9 months to meet her little one. They finally got to meet! And Baby C, you could tell that she knew her mommy. :) My friend was a little unsure of holding Baby C at first. Mostly because the entire right side of her body is bruised, broken, and not it's usually self. She didn't want to drop her little girl.

But we got her situated. And she got to hold her precious little girl. It was so emotional. We all cried! Her brother, her sister-in-law, Barracuda, My Guy, and myself. Because we knew how special this moment was. Just days before, I wasn't sure if either of them were going to survive. And here they were, staring into each others eyes. So perfect!

My friend had already asked me, a couple of days ago, for a favor. To call our priest. To make sure that he could come and baptize Baby C. We planned everything. We just needed my friend to be there. So the minute I heard she was being transferred, we called our priest back.

And he was so pleased to hear the good news. He called another priest, to do his 2nd and 3rd masses for him. And he came to the hospital. Ready to help us celebrate such a miracle.

My Guy and I had already picked up Baby C's baptism dress. We had done that earlier in the week. When we had to go get W. And pick up some of Baby C's things. Carefully we dressed Baby C. And we got to baptize her. She looked perfect! And this was such a special moment. A moment in time, that I'll never forget.

Now, we are forever bonded. More so than before. Yes, over the last week, I've become so close to this little girl. But now the bonds are deeper and stronger. Through the will of God. My friend cried. Like she told me, this week has been a blur. Nothing that she expected. But she was just happy to get to hold her little girl.

My Guy's family cooked a yummy dinner and brought it to us. A traditional Southern meal. It was perfect. And it gave us all a little bit of time to relax. And to enjoy each other's company. It's been a tough week. This was a moment that we all needed.

And before my friend had to leave, she was being taken to the hospital where she would be recovering at, we went back to see Baby C. My friend cried. She didn't want to leave. But we gave her a long visit with her daughter. Just the 2 of them. To talk. And to encourage the other to fight. This is going to be a long recovery for both of them. And they need the love and support of the other.

It was a touching day. A day that I prayed would come. Both my friend and Baby C are so special. I'm glad that they finally got to meet. And to enjoy each other. It was incredibly special. A day that I'll never forget. And a day that I will always thank God for. ♥

Happy Birthday Grandpa

Today is my Grandpa's birthday! How special. I just wish that I could be with him today. Or at least get to see him. Nothing is better than his hugs. And all of his great stories. And he's got a bunch! my Grandpa is 97 years old today. I'm so blessed to have him in my life. He is such a special man. Happy Birthday Grandpa! ♥

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Splash of Color

I read this article the other day. And it got me thinking. About decor. And color. Lots of color. Something happy and cheerful. Something that I could use right now.

Color is so much fun. Especially in our homes. And in our lives. Whether is be in decor or in plants. Or even in fashion. But today, I'm going to talk about decor.

I think we are all used to colorful events. Beautiful decor. Something like this. understated. But fun.

Or this event. This reminds me of a recent Baby Shower that I hosted. Fun, colorful, and funky. Also very intimate. But so exciting.

We're all used to colorful events. But how about colorful chairs in your home? This reminds me of my home. Because I could barely afford my bills, most of my furniture was hand-me-downs. Things that I'd find or was given. Very eclectic and "Shabby Chic." Lots of fun. This picture reminds me a lot of my kitchen. Isn't it fun?

This is a bit more stylish. Also understated. And elegant. Because there is a lot of neutral color in the space. I actually like this look for our home.

But this picture, it's my favorite. Because I can imagine doing something similar to this, in our yard. We have the perfect little garden area. The one that My Guy created for me. I think it would be fun to fill the space with lots of colorful furniture!

What do you think? Would you ever do anything like this? I would just LOVE to fill a space of ours with a "Splash of Color." Something fun and whimsical. A place that we can get away from the "Real World" and forget all of our problems.

The key to pulling this off, is making sure you have enough "neutral" color. And you need to make sure that this is an open area. Something spacious. Where the color won't be to overwhelming. Also pick one colorful accessory...chairs, candles, pillows. You don't want to overwhelm the space. Now I'm off to dream about a luscious and colorful garden. ♥

Friday, October 15, 2010

Monster Munch

In the midst of all of this sadness, life is still moving forward. I feel guilty. I'm being honest here. But I feel guilty doing anything besides sitting at Baby C's bedside.

But like I said, life still moves forward. And sometimes, you're just pushed forward. Like yesterday afternoon when My Guy's nieces asked me, what I was making for Halloween. Halloween? Oh ya, it's in a few weeks. And I like to make them yummy snacks and food. So I got to searching for a few new recipes. And I found one that is super easy! Another Free Recipe of the Week from Gooseberry Patch.

Monster Munch

9 c. cereal or small crackers of your choice
4 c. popped popcorn
1-1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. baking soda
2 c. candy-coated chocolates

Lightly grease a large roasting pan; stir in cereal or crackers, popcorn and peanuts. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and cook, without stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla and baking soda. Mix well and pour over mixture in roasting pan; toss to coat. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely; add candy, tossing to mix. Store in an airtight container. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Doesn't that sound yummy? I think it would be fun to make a big batch. And then, sit around watching some of your favorite Halloween movies. That puts a smile on my face. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! So many great childhood memories are attached to this time of year. I can't wait until I get an evening with 2 of my favorite little girls. To enjoy a few laughs, some yummy food, and maybe Hocus Pocus! ♥

Thursday, October 14, 2010

For Baby C

I just finished this little mobile, for Baby C. The pattern is from the May or June issue of Crochet Today. I can't remember. I have it in my stash at home. But it was something that I wanted to make for Baby C, long before she was born. Time just escaped me.

Until now. While I've been sitting here, next to her crib, I've been crocheting. The hospital can be such a cold and sad place. I know, she's in a Children's Hospital. And things are generally a lot more playful. With morals on the walls. But I want her to have something special. Something that will make her stay a little bit more peaceful and happy.

I know. It's pretty nuts. Maybe I just feel better, by making Baby C something. Like it's my little way of helping her heal. I'm not sure. I just wanted to make her something that would comfort her. And make her days a little brighter. Anything to make my Goddaughter's life a little easier. ♥

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Importance of Family

We all have this vision of what the "Perfect Family" should look like. A Mom and a Dad that love each other. 2 or 3 healthy kids. Maybe a few pets. A nice home. Etc.

But sometimes in life, it's just not that way. I know this. From my own, real life experience. I come from a blended family. There are 9 kids. My Dad's ex-wife lives down the block from my parents. My siblings and I don't necessarily get a long. They're all much older than I am.

But the one thing I can always count on, and I mean always count on, is my parents. If anything were to happen to me, they'd be there. In a heartbeat. I wouldn't have to think twice.

For my friend, it's not the same. Her dad left years ago. Her mom pretty much disowned her, when she met T. When her life started to improve. And she was cut off from the rest of her family. So right now, as her and her baby are fighting for their lives, they have no family. No blood related family.

T he is still legally my friend's husband. He is the father of Baby C. But he wants nothing to do with them. This man that was supposed to love her forever, he can't be bothered with this minor detail. He refuses to see their daughter. In fact, his only concern was the hospital costs. I'm not lying!

family is more than just the people that we are related to because of DNA or legal papers. Family is also created. From amazing friends. The people that love you the most. And that, my friend and her baby girl, they have that. They also have T's sister. Who is splitting her time between my friend and her baby, and T's other infant daughter. We're all grateful for her!

It doesn't make it any easier. We're trying to track down a few key people. A few that I know really love my friend. But that she hasn't been able to talk to in over 2 years. I hope that we can find them. I think it's important for her to have their love and support. It's also important for them. We don't know which way this is going to turn out. It's tough.

I will be here no matter what! This is where I belong right now. I'm their family. So is Barracuda. And My Guy. And their families. And so many friends. We're all important at this time. Because we're their family. And we'll be here through it all! Because that is what family is all about. Being here through the good and the bad. We love you both! And all we want is for you to recover.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Still Praying

It's been another long and tough day. Both my friend and Baby C have had multiple surgeries. The one bit of comfort, that has come, is from knowing that the man that did this to them, is safely locked in jail.

It's been tough. I still haven't gotten to talk to my friend. They have her medicated to keep her asleep. She has lost so much blood! And is so beat up. The Midwife has also had multiple surgeries. It just makes you feel so small and helpless. I just want to help them all. But there is nothing that we can do.

Baby C, she is a miracle of God. She is holding strong. From her outward appearance, you would never know that anything is wrong. Well, except that she is hooked up to all these machines. And well, it just pains me. She had another surgery. And is being fed through a feeding tube in her belly. Talk about tough.

I feel like I can't leave her side. Her mommy wouldn't want her to be alone. And that's going to make the rest of my week tough. Because I have to work. Just like Barracuda and My Guy. I don't have a job that I can call into. I have to get up every single day and just go. It's hard being in a band. When there is only one of you. And only you can do the job.

But I believe in God. I know that he will make it possible. He will do what is best for my friend and her little girl. And also for the Midwife. He will do what he thinks is best for the other driver. I'm not going to judge or condemn anyone. I just want for these 3 innocent lives to be OK. I want them to be healthy and happy again. I want for my friend to be able to hold her little girl. To raise and love her. Just like she's dreamt over the last few months. ♥

Monday, October 11, 2010

Good News, Bad News

So much has happened in the last 24 hours. 24 hours ago, all I wanted was for My Guy to have an amazing birthday. And for Baby C to be born healthy. For her and her mommy to be healthy and happy.

Yesterday evening, My Guy and I were on our way to Sin City. We were going to celebrate his birthday. He had had a long weekend. And I wanted him to enjoy the last few hours of the weekend. I had talked to my friend, and she was finally in active labor! 9 days after her due date! I asked her if she wanted us to go home. She said to go celebrate My Guy. She wanted that. And that we could come see her and Baby C today. Because she knew Barracuda would be on his way.

Barracuda had had an amazing day! He was so happy. And was just ecstatic when I told him the good news. Yes, Baby C was definitely on her way. We had all waited so long! And "Uncle Barracuda" was on his way to see my friend. :)

During My Guy's birthday party, we got the one call we didn't expect. The one that we never saw coming. We could have never dreamt up. My friend had been in an accident. A drunk driver had plowed into her Midwife's car. While they were just a few miles from the hospital. It was a bad accident. And both were now in the hospital.

My Guy and I didn't hesitate. He called the airport for clearance. I didn't have time to talk to anyone. We were just running out the door. This was way too important. By the time we got to the hospital, my best friend was in the ICU. Having come out of the first of many surgeries. She looked so weak, and pale.

I cried. I couldn't help myself. It shocked and scared me. You would think, I'd be used to this. I work in the hospital. But I'm not used to my loved ones being the patients. I was still in shock. Hours before, we had been talking. She was so excited about Baby C's delivery. Now, she was fighting for her life.

After talking with Barracuda, we decided to go check on Baby C. She had been moved to another hospital. A nearby Children's Hospital. I didn't know what to expect. During that 20 minute air trip, and short commute, we finally saw Baby C.

I wasn't fully prepared to see this little girl in the NICU. Hooked up to so many machines. Having already been through one surgery. To say that it was tough, that was an understatement. I never imagined her birth would have happened like this.

This beautiful little girl, she should have been in her mommy's arms. She should be breastfeeding. And enjoying her first few hours of life. Instead, she was fighting for her life.

These last 24 hours, they've been a blur. Everything from enjoying a nice dinner and some dancing with My Guy. To sitting in a cold hospital, just praying that these amazing 2 spirits will survive this.

My Guy's family, they've been amazing. Right here. They've stayed with Baby C since she was moved. And they haven't left our sides. Barracuda and his mom, they've been with my friend. Together, we just pray. And try to be a comfort to our loved ones. There's not much more that we can do. But pray. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They are going to need all the help and support that they can get. ♥

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Time to Celebrate

My Guy is done working. And there is a surprise birthday party to get to. Shhh! Don't tell him. He doesn't know a thing about it! Yes, on our way home, we're stopping in Sin City. He thinks I have a work event. Nope, he has a birthday party to get to. :)

Oh, and one of my very best friends, she and I just got off the phone. She's in labor. And heading to the hospital in a bit. Yes, Baby C just might be born today. As in 10/10/10. And My Guy's birthday. How cool is that?

We have a lot on our plates. But it's going to be fun. This coming week, it's also going to be a lot of fun! I have to work all week. But it's all for a really good cause. To benefit lots of kids. Yes, it's going to be a lot of fun. But for right now, I'm going to enjoy my time with My Guy. We have his birthday to celebrate. And the birth of our Goddaughter! ♥

My Love

My Guy,

Today's your day. And all I can think is, how very lucky I am. Because you love me. And because of that, I want to make everything better in your life. I want to make all of your dreams come true.

I know, I've made your favorite birthday cake. The one that has become our "tradition" on your day. And I'm pretty sure, that I've gotten you some of the things off of your Wishlist. I know that you're going to love them! Now we just need to get home. You know, so you can open your gifts. :)

But more than anything, I want to see you happy. I love seeing your silly, boyish grin. That one that means you are ridiculously happy, and usually up to no good. It's the one that makes me smile from the inside out.

It bites that you have to work today. I know that you would have loved to sleep until noon. That on top of your list would have been hanging out at home. Oh, and having our Goddaughter being born on your day. With all of that said, I hope you have a great birthday! And tomorrow, you can definitely sleep til noon. Uninterrupted. And there will also be a delicious dinner waiting for you.

I know what you told me. That this year, your birthday is nothing special. That it's not a big day. As in 30, 40, etc. But it is a big day. It's your birthday. A day to celebrate you. Without this day, I wouldn't have you. The man that I love. And that makes every single day of my life better!

I pray that you have an amazing day. That you have fun at work. Heck, I even hope that Baby C is born on your birthday. How special would that be? I can't control any of these things. But I can try and help you celebrate your birthday. I can show you how much I love you!

You are such an incredible man! My "Prince Charmin'." I just hope that I can make this day, just as special, as all the days you've made so very special for me. It's more than just candles, birthday cakes, and gifts. Today is a celebration of you. Happy Birthday!


Your Nightingale ♥

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Not Without Hope

My Guy has been reading this book. It's such a great read. My Guy actually finished it up a while back. I just haven't blogged about it. But it's a GREAT read!

Yup, I had to steal it away when he was working. It had me in tears. Do you remember those athletes that got lost at sea? The ones that went out for a fun day on the water? And only one of them survived. This is HIS STORY. It's so sad. But this is such a good book. I definitely would recommend reading it!

I don't want to give too much away. Because I think you should sit down and read this book. Be ready to cry. The trip started out as a fun day for a bunch of buddies. It ended in a fight to survive. It's such a touching story. Something that makes you think about all the blessings in your life. ♥

Friday, October 8, 2010

Frills and Business

I really don't know how I came across this page, but I did. And am I ever grateful that I did! Now that I think of it, I may have seen it somewhere on Twitter. Not sure though...

Anyway, I LOVE this look. Rachel Bilson wears such fun things! I'm always loving her outfits. This one in particular, is one of my favorites. It's very feminine and girly. Yet, with the jacket, it makes it more masculine. Something office appropriate. You know what I mean?

The pink is such a pretty color! All Ladylike with the lacy details.

Those shoes! Are you serious? I'm in LOVE!

And such simple and elegant makeup. A clean and polished look.

Do you see what I mean about the jacket?

It's definitely, a well put together outfit. Especially with the shoes and the clutch.

I would LOVE to find a similar dress. I really love the fabric, color, and cute of this dress. It's something that I would wear. And wear a lot! If you've seen something similar, could you help a girl out? Or even if you knew who designed this dress, I would really appreciate it. ♥

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Hi! I'm Lola. I'm 1/2 of the couple, that can't figure out what day it is. Or what time it is. It's horrible! We packed for a trip 2 days early. On Tuesday, I thought it was Wednesday. We even left early on our trip. Pit house. Not really halfway, but a nice place to spend a day or so. :)

I know that we travel a lot. But our schedules are pretty set in stone. We should know what the day is. The time? Well, we jump timezones a lot. So I understand. But still. We should know these things.

Yes, we've been beyond busy. Been crazy tired. You know, all of those things that happen in life. But we're dealing. Trying to remember that today is Thursday. That we are on our way to CA. Because My Guy has to work there this weekend.

We might eventually figure out the day of the week. But until then, I'm just enjoying a little downtime. You know, with the man I love. The one that is making us breakfast right now. Ya, that one. He doesn't regularly cook for us. Heck, we're usually not this awake, this early in the morning. I'm the cook in the house. The cheerleader that bribes the man to get up in the morning. Because he has an early morning meeting, or something. But he's being super sweet about it all. Maybe he's realizing how tired the 2 of us both are.♥

Happy Birthday Sarita!!!


Feliz cumpleanos! I can't believe that you're 5 years old. Where has all the time gone? 5 years old. You are such a big girl now. Almost ready to be in "Big Girl School." Already reading and writing. I'm so proud of you.

5 years ago, I was honored when your Mommy and Daddy asked me to be your Nana. I was also scared. I had never done anything like this. And I saw being your Nana as a HUGE responsibility. I never wanted to let you down. I wanted you to have all the best in life. But on the day that we baptized you, I couldn't help but fall in love. I can still see your cute pink cheeks. Tucked into your little bonnet. What a beautiful baby you were. And what a beautiful little girl you are now!

I know. Your life hasn't been the easiest. Or the best. But you've been such a "Ray of Sunshine" to your Mommy and Daddy. But also to your Nono and me. It's been so fun to watch you grow. I LOVE playing 'Rella with you. And reading. Oh, I think you might have gotten that from me. One day, we'll have our own little library. Just for you and me. :)

Most of all, I LOVE you. All of your besitos y brazos. All the time we spend together. I don't mind watching 'Rella 30 times in 2 days. Because I LOVE to see how excited you get! It's so exciting to watch you grow. And be such a beautiful little girl, inside and out.

I don't think I've ever met any other little girl who loves "Muertos" quite like you. And it makes me smile. Just to see you all dressed up. And dancing with your muertos. You have taught me so much about life and love. I know. I'm supposed to be teaching you. Instead, you're teaching me. And I love it!

I know that you're going to make it through the next few weeks. God is amazing in that way. He wouldn't make these things possible, if he didn't love you. We're going to have so many more years to play and learn together. I'm going to watch you grow big and strong. You're going to be so healthy again. One day, I'll watch as you marry your "Real Life Prince Charmin'."

But for today, I just want you to be happy. I pray for your health and happiness every single day! I want you to be able to eat lots of birthday cake. And dance to your "Matanza Song." You are such a very special little girl. You were sent here to love us all. To teach us about love, life, and happiness. Happy Birthday!


Your Nana♥

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


My best friend is now 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Yup, she knows exactly when she got pregnant. Because she's in the middle of a divorce. So she knows when Baby C was made. :)

My poor friend. She's uncomfortable. And HUGE! And she just wants to meet Baby C. My Guy and I are going to be her Godparents. And we're so excited to meet our new Goddaughter too! But Baby C is just chillin'. Waiting. And making us wait forever!

Today, while My Guy was working, I spent time with my best friend. Just hanging out. I went with her to her "Non-Stress Test." Which looked good. We got to hear Baby C's heartbeat, and we got to see her beautiful little face. She is amazing! And oh so beautiful! There are just no signs of her birth. She's just comfy as can be. And well, her induction is planned for October 15th. That's 42 weeks pregnant!

My best friend and I decided to embrace one last day of "Single Lady, No Baby Fun." We went out to lunch. Boy did we eat! This was the first time in a long while, that my friend has really enjoyed a meal. And I'm so glad I could share it with her.

But we couldn't stop at just lunch and the doctor. Oh no! We did some shopping. You know, just for my friend. We may or may not have bought her some luscious new blankets and PJs. We also got her some fun makeup and nail polish. You know, the fun stuff. And I took her out for a little bit of pampering. As in Mani-Pedis. And a luscious massage or two. :)

Yes, it was a lot of fun! We did lots of shopping. We may or may not have bought out a Baby Store or 2 along the way. Um, that was the only thing that My Guy had told me to do before I left. Was to buy lots of stuff for Baby C. And we sure did! Lots of cute dresses, big bows, and fun toys. All I have to say is that Baby C is going to be one very stylish little girl! Yes, she is also going to be so spoiled!

And as much fun as we had today, we can both agree on one thing. We're ready to meet Baby C. I just wish that My Guy and I don't have to be in California this weekend. But it's work. And we can't get out of it. Hopefully, Baby C waits until we get back. Or maybe she will be born on her Nono's birthday. :) ♥

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LOVE This Dress!

I just LOVE this dress! No lie. Cole and I are searching for dresses. For all of my upcoming shows. I don't actually get to keep them. Unless I really want them. But I get to pick them out. And I also help Cole design my other costumes.

In "real life," I'd never wear anything like this. But I think that this would be a nice dress to perform in. It's flirty and definitely showy! I'm not feeling the gloves. But the dress, I definitely LOVE it!

Please don't look at the price tag. Don't judge me. My bosses buy/borrow lots of clothes. After the shows, everything gets sent back. Hmm, I wish I could keep this one. ♥

Monday, October 4, 2010

Frightfully Delicious Dip

It's Fall! And Halloween is around the corner. That means, it's time for all the yummy food. Yes, "Fall Foods" are my favroite! All the comfort food. But Halloween time is also a lot of fun. I like to have fun with all the yummy and different food. Here is this week's Gooseberry Patch Free Recipe of the Week.

Frightfully Delicious Dip

14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1-1/2 oz. pkg. garlic-flavored soup mix
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream

Mix all ingredients together; spread in a greased 13"x9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes about 4 cups.

This is definitely going to be made around here. A lot! It sounds so yummy. And it's super easy to make. My Guy and I are enjoying it with pretzels, veggie sticks, and crackers. So yummy! I hope you enjoy it too! ♥

Sunday, October 3, 2010

We Miss You B


It's been 5 years B. I can't believe it. 5 years! Yesterday, that was all I could think of. I miss you so much. I know your esposo misses you so much too We sat and talked about you and your baby today. He just fell apart. The emotions are still so raw.

I find myself still reaching for the phone. To call you. Just to chat about a new red lipstick that I've found. Or a new song that I like. I want to ask you how you're feeling. Or if you want to meet for lunch. I miss all of those things.

But it's your laugh, that I miss the most. It was fun and so full of life. Your smiles. I swear, they lit up an entire room. And your "Ya-yas." I miss all of those things about you B. I miss my friend.

I know that you are now with the Lord. And that you are no longer suffering. And for all of that, I find comfort. Because I know you are at ease. And you're happy. For those of us that you left behind, that's what makes it easier to deal with.

I still remember that last trip. All the fun we had. The fun wedding cakes we ate. How happy you were to see the groups playing. How happy we all were. Gabe and Linda had just gotten married. Sals and David had just had Marissa. Sarita was due any day. And you had told me about your little one. It was such an amazing trip!

Tonight, we celebrated you life. And your baby's life. The mass was beautiful. The music was gorgeous. But how could Mariachi not be gorgeous? It took everything I had inside, to get through some of those songs. It meant so much that your esposo asked me to sing them.

We all miss you so much. Sarita is always calling you her "Angel." But you're really A Guardian Angel to us all. It's been a tough 5 years. So much has changed. There are so many little ones. Your hubby has moved away. I've moved away. But we all still love and miss and love you so much!


La Chiquitita

Baby Shower

Today, Sals and I are throwing Jelly and Christina a Baby Shower! Yes, we are not done celebrating just yet. My friends are due around Thanksgiving. And well, we couldn't think of a better time to have a fun party, to celebrate these beautiful babies.

Both babies are going to be girls. And it's such a blessing! Familia C is heading back to TN in a week or 2. So it was a must that we get this party under way. I've been working hard on Baby gifts and decorations. I'm so excited to get decorating. And I'm baking. Right now! After Sarita's birthday party last night, I headed home to bake. And bake lots! Papa Memo is taking care of the food for us. We're so lucky!

It's so funny! I always hated Baby Showers. Until I started throwing them for my friends. Because we make them fun. We really take pride in the food we serve. And lets just be real here, we're a fun group of mujers. Also, big lovers of music. So I'm excited for today! I better start packing up and heading out. :) ♥

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Autumn Bread

With this cooler weather, definitely comes a yearning for being more "Domestic." Yes, I've already pulled out the Slow Cooker, lots of baking pans, and the big Soup Pots. I'm ready for Fall cooking! And this Free Recipe of the Week , from Gooseberry Patch, it just makes me want to start cooking right now!

Autumn Bread

2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs
2 c. sugar
15-oz. can pumpkin
1/2 c. oil
1 c. cranberries

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Blend eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil together in a small mixing bowl; add to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened; fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 9”x5” loaf pans; bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center removes clean. Cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 16 servings.

Now that Fall is here, baking yummy Fall foods are definitely on my mind. This bread just sounds super yummy! I'm a sucker for freshly baked breads. And anything pumpkin-y and spicy in the Fall. It just makes me want to curl up with a warm blanket and a big hot drink. ♥