Thursday, November 26, 2009


i try to be thankful for the things i have everyday, although the stresses of life sometimes let me forget. i'm glad to have thanksgiving, so i can remember the things that keep me sane and happy.

so i'm thankful for:
  • my family, old and new. my "old" family - mom, dad, brother, cito, grandparents, payten, aunts, uncles, and cousins. my "new" family - my awesome in-laws who have always treated me as one of their own. and my "brand new" family - the one that jesse and i have already started (and hope to expand in the very near future)
  • my home. i love to fill our home with memories of our wedding and honeymoon, of trips to the pumpkin patch, and of all our married "firsts"
  • my job. even though my job makes me crazy sometimes, i'm grateful to have a job in the tough economy right now, with a wonderful boss who is supportive and encouraging.
  • freedom. everyday when i see our flag, i feel fortunate to live in a place where i can work, shop, vote, and everything else that our soldiers and veterans fought to give me.
  • coffee. i cant live without it. and really, who would want to?
  • pop culture. harry potter, bones, the princess bride. all of these things let me escape to a world extremely not my own when i'm having a bad day, and encompass me in a happy bubble of fiction :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

november? oh well. meet my mom!

i officially suck at blogging. but its okay, because i've come to terms with it. as long as i'm okay with it, then you can be too.
please meet my mom :)

we are such nerds, but have so much fun. we sing and laugh more than anything else. she always listens to me yell when i've had a bad day and i always apologize for three days after that for yelling at her for no reason. she always forgives me :) we love to play gilmore girls, especially in the grocery store, pushing the shopping cart side by side, while always getting strange glances from other shoppers.
this picture was my 21st birthday and my first legal drink. with mom, of course. she's one of my best friends in the whole world and i love her more than any word (or showtune) can express :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

padres <3

i've been a slacker this weekend. just havent felt up to blogging so much. but here i am now :)

these are my cute parents. this was taken last year when they had a mini-vacation in lincoln city, oregon. they've been married for 26 years, and miraculously still like each other ;)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

mi esposo

what a cute husband i have! this was last year when we went fishing on the toutle river near mt. st. helens. all that sand on the ground is volcanic ash from way back when :) jesse had to piggyback me across the river because i didnt have waders. everyone else at the river was jealous of us. i love this picture of him. totally an action shot, doing what he does best.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

cooler than the north pole

when cito and i are on the town, target is never safe. look out world ;)

Monday, November 9, 2009

baby me!

i am sorry, but i was flipping cute. i was a goofball when i was a kiddo and i'm still a goofball now :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009


this is one of my favorite pictures from the wedding because its a perfect example of my family. total chaos. but always fun :)
its such chaos that my dad isnt even IN the picture. god only knows what my brother is doing that has us so intrigued. seaonna is chasing a bug, while shontae tries to coax her our of it :) it just makes me laugh.

Saturday, November 7, 2009



this is my little brother :)  he’s cute and funny and pretty cool as far as little brothers go.  we love john mayer and hating the yankees.

this was taken his freshman year (i think…) at wsu aka the land of ice and snow.  brother and his friends figured it would be fun to make a snow cave in their pj’s.  he makes me smile :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

olive oil

where do i even start? this is my olive. she's not really mine, but i claim her (and steal her) whenever i can! she's my best friend's daughter and this was last november, when she was nine months old. she even threw up on me (notice my sleeve) and i still love her haha :) i love those cheeks and i cant wait for her to be such a good big sister to my future little ones <3

Thursday, November 5, 2009

cito louise

oops.  missed yesterday.  didn’t feel very well and hit the sack pretty early.  figured i’d blog early today before the day got away from me again!


this is the cutest girl on the planet. aka my seester :) (she’s the short one, not the furry one…)

this picture is from one of the best days ever!  cito and i went to seattle to see RENT at the paramount!  we killed some time at westlake center mall and found a washington sports store and who was there?  butch t. cougar!  the show was beyond amazing, but spending time with my sister was even better.  even when we (*ahem* I…) tried to drive the wrong way down a one-way street, then got us lost in the projects. 

she’s the funniest person that i know, and she always listens to me gripe and moan when i’m having a bad day, and knows the right things to say to make me feel better.  she knows me inside and out and i’m so proud that she’s turned out to be such an amazing person and i can’t wait to watch her throughout college and beyond while she changes the world.  one sarcastic comment at a time, just like her big sister taught her <3

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


 bertsiei think i may have posted this picture before, but that doesnt matter.  this is my grandma bert.  she’s an angel now, and i miss her like crazy.  i was especially missing her yesterday, so i wanted to share her today :)  she always let me eat peanut butter straight off of the spoon, taught me how to play cribbage, and make vegetable soup in the sink with her leftover scraps.

whenever i hear the national anthem, i have to hold back tears because she would always sing it under her breath, in that amazing grandma way, and i can still hear her.  she was always on my team and i could always count on her to play a whole saturday mornings’ worth of board games with me when i didn’t want to run errands with mom.

love you, bertsie <3

Monday, November 2, 2009


okay, so i’m already late by one day, but since my blog goal last november was to make an entry everyday, i figured i’d try again this year.  but this year i’m gonna try and do it a little different. 

i have about a jillion and six pictures saved on my computer, and each day this month, i’m going to pick one that i love and just give a little background on it.  since i don’t have all that much going on right now, other than work and trying to see my husband for more than five minutes everyday, i think this is a good filler, rather than boring anyone who reads this (and myself!) with the same ole coffee stand antics day after day.



this is on our honeymoon!  indian beach in oregon,between seaside & cannon beach.  we had alot of fun here :)  we found TONS of starfish and even a few sand dollars. it was sooo windy, so i stole jesse’s coat.  which made me feel cute :)   i love this picture because its a perfect example of “us” … jesse’s head is always cut off and (you can’t see it, but i know its true) i’m standing on my tippy toes.  he’s my lobster <3