Saturday, December 31, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • yummy potluck dinners with hubby's cooking
  • creating new traditions
  • adult-sized onesie footed pj's
  • having enough down time to be in the midst of book 2 in the hunger games trilogy
  • fragrant pine trees
  • a house full of little kids running around
  • finally finding a free collage app that actually looks nice and is functional
  • scoring a free drink at starbucks yesterday after the barista accidentally made the wrong drink
  • el's love of ballet and tutu's, as un-girly as i am and as much as i encourage her to be "gender fluid" (thanks for the term, c!)

she absolutely adores the gift from the h fam. =)

Thursday, December 29, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:

  • awesome family & friends
  • loungewear
  • hanging out with old friends and their evergrowing families
  • chocolate
  • turning on the heater at our house for the first time
  • mom's adobo
  • a day with the hubby
  • being in the middle of an awesome trilogy: the hunger games (thanks for the rec's, BFFs j & r, and for letting me borrow your set, r!)
  • cloth diapers
  • christmas decor
just started the second book

Monday, December 26, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • such a great christmas eve and christmas day surrounded by joyful people and yummy grindz!
  • spending the week at my parents' house
  • good music
  • watching little kids' faces light up & play, play, play 'til their heart's content
  • flannel pj's, especially those home sewn by the awesomely talented "auntie i"
  • redbox
  • another week off left of vacation!!!
  • the hubby's sudden streak of domesticity. he rocks!

hot, hot, HAWT!!!! =)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:

  • awesome family & friends
  • lubriderm lotion for dry hands
  • free "pick of the week" app/song cards at starbucks 
  • short fingernails for easier typing
  • reggae/jawaiian jams
  • witty satire
  • redbox rentals
  • this gorgeous weather we've had recently
  • the versatility of prefold diapers,  such GREAT absorbency
  • seeing legaci on tv for the bieber special on tlc last night
micah on the right!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:

  • awesome family & friends
  • el's humor
  • my cousins for helping me with our holiday cards
  • a redbox night with "the help"
  • heat
  • consideration, thoughtfulness,  & patience
  • words of appreciation
  • my sis discovering a box of old photos and reminiscing...
  • being able to live in sweats for the next couple of weeks =)
  • christmas decorations
me & el

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • a wonderful way to start off the holiday break with a yummy dinner in good company
  • a fantastic annual holiday party and hanging out with college friends in socal
  • friends who are (like) family...
  • really good coffee
  • mail merges to create holiday labels quickly
  • the way kids will always find something to entertain them, unprompted
  • an open room at my parents'
  • hubby fixing my broken purse strap with a rubberband, mcgyver style
  • two weeks off from work!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Today, I feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • El's continuing discussions with us about her love/hate relationship with Santa ("I'm not scared! I want to see Santa! He's gonna give me a present?" "I scared of Santa! Santa a scary monster!!!! Ani cried!"
  • attending the Napa Holiday Faire and having lunch at Oxbow with the Goooooooooo's. It's always fun to hang out with El's best buddy and fam. =)
  • colleagues who rock harder than granite! They are the best bunch to work with, I swear...
  • the footage of me and my fellow counselors breaking up a morning fight on Friday. Fighting isn't funny but the way we tag-teamed was!
  • Finals week followed by two weeks of spending the holidays with my fam and friends
  • Path, my newest social app addiction. It's like instagram married foursquare and their child married the child of facebook and twitter... then had a kid!
  • the dvr'd episode of "Once Upon a Time" I watched today. The show is getting so good!
  • J&J's white elephant gift exchange and holiday potluck over the weekend. I snagged an old Sega Genesis game console and game as a gag gift and a Forever Lazy (snuggie alternative), which was the gift I really wanted. 
  • getting a chance to work at Starbucks with Hubby, like old times... Woohoo, free wifi and heat!

Hard at work

Friday, December 9, 2011

today, i feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • raisels, sour fruity flavored raisins
  • a well-deserved day off work to recharge and spend some time with the wee one
  • niceness, thoughtfulness, and consideration
  • el's singing of her faves: "'tis the season to be jolly;" "abc's;" "twinkle twinkle"
  • sweatpants & hoodies
  • caffeine
  • chicken & waffles and red curry gumbo at hue's soul food for you
  • coupons
  • el & ev's annual photo with santa at our local mall

el has cried the last two years though she always smiles with the easter bunny. go figure...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


today, i feel grateful for:
  • awesome family & friends
  • being able to finally catch up on work, at home, school, and for the business
  • being able to dispense advice to a student that is completely fitting for my own current circumstances.. time to prioritize, make lists to shut the brain up, and take deep, soothing breaths...
  • the new community i live in and all the awesome FREE events happening for the holiday season
  • a 4-day work week for me, using comp time for a day off this friday
  • sweet dear patience, that which is given and received
  • surprise lunch drop offs by my favorite girl and guy (aka el & hubby)
  • seeing our own house lit up, even if on a small scale
  • my mom, for doing our laundry while our washer is out
  • receiving emailed photos and videos of el from my dad. how high tech of him!
my favorite girl =)

Monday, December 5, 2011


Today, I feel grateful for:

  • awesome family & friends

  • El's first dance recital: 2 dance performances with no running off stage and no tears... except for mine! I was so proud of El after she had such a rough couple of practices and dress rehearsal, refusing to get dressed or dance. She can't stop talking about it and enjoyed herself so much!

  • hubby playing the role of "stage dad" and staying with her through the recital and two outfit changes. This was probably the key to El actually performing since she gets so clingy with me. =)

  • sticky notes

  • being almost done with holiday shopping

  • a wonderful time at Benicia's open house on Friday night

  • having my sis with us this holiday season

  • Christmas lights and holiday music on 96.5FM

  • jump houses

  • Starbucks rewards program and redeeming my free drink voucher for a venti soy mocha this morning =)