Monday, August 31, 2009

Lovely lists

Every Monday (if not almost daily) I end up making a to-do list. I love making them and having that wonderful feeling of satisfaction when you get to cross something off of the list. My lists are usually done on boring white notepads, but I must get these adorable to-do lists! Even more fun to organization!

Happy Monday everyone! I'm off to go make my weekly to-do list now...


Friday, August 28, 2009


I've only had the puppies now for 24 hours, but I am loving them so far!

They had so much fun on Thursday night getting all the attention from us five girls.

On Thursday Brynn helped me walk them around the Greenlake area and we met up with Brooke and Rudder (her dog) for some play time! Then Brynn and I watched "Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront." Yes, it was about the American Girl doll Molly, and I have to say, it was pretty good! Loved my American Girl Dolls growing up (Samantha and Felicity)!

I've learned having a dog is lots of fun, but tons of work too!! And it's Friday and I could not be happier! Nick comes back from another busy week in Portland, but only one more week to go! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Joleen's visit and puppysitting pomeranians

My good friend Joleen is back in town for a few days from NYC so tonight the girls, as pictured below - Brynn, Ivy, me, Joleen and Meghan, are all doing dinner Wednesday night at Meghan's. I'm so excited we are all back together again. This picture was taken in June, so we are much overdue for some quality time together.

And, after work I am picking up these cutie pomeranians to puppysit for a few days. Meet Callie and Mollie! Their mom and dad, Nicole and Eric, are out of town so they'll be hanging out with me, I can't wait! I've never had a dog and I'm so excited I get to spend some quality time with them. As a new "dog-owner" wish me luck!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Danielle and Kent's wedding

On Saturday Nick and I went to the lovely wedding of our friends Kent and Danielle. Danielle was a year below me in the sorority and we have been friends basically since the beginning. We are now on ADPi's corporation board together so I get to see her quite frequently too.

I took so many pictures (of course) I've condensed some of them into photo mosaics but you can click on them to get it a little larger.

The wedding was held at Seattle's Catholic cathedral, St. James...

Nick and me...

Before heading to the beautiful Fairmont Hotel, we took some ADPi pictures outside of the cathedral...

The Fairmont Hotel was so beautiful and the cake was lovely and tasty!

Her lovely dress was made by Seattle designer Luly Yang Couture.

Cake cutting, first dace...

Lots of pictures with friends...

As we do at every ADPi wedding, we always sing our wedding song to the bride and then we all took a picture together...

Congrats Kent and Danielle! I am so happy for you both!

Friday, August 21, 2009


High -fives (or fin) for the weekend!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Nick comes back this evening after another long week in Portland (almost done!) and then we've got a BBQ tonight, Danielle's wedding on Saturday and I'm going to the Seattle Wedding Show on Sunday with my girlfriends! I have a feeling it could be a little insane, but I'm looking forward to tasting lots of cake!!

Have a wonderful summer weekend!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mirror to the sky

I came across these beautiful pictures taken in Bolivia after a rain they were just too beautiful not to share. The water on the salt desert created a beautiful mirror.

images found here

Monday, August 17, 2009

Show us your life: Favorite vacation spot

A blog I just found, Kelly's Korner, asked the question to her readers "what is your favorite vacation spot?" I couldn't choose just one, so I had to make a list and limit myself to ten (in no particular order, except for Rome, that will always be my #1):

1. Rome/anywhere in Italy
Italy is hands down my favorite place in the world. I took a previous family vacation there and then had to opportunity to study abroad there my senior year in college and call Rome home for 3 months and got to travel all over the beautiful country.

Italian beach

silohuette of the Vatican at sunset

I love this statue, its not a famous one, but there is something about it that I love

at the Colosseum with my good friends and roommates in Rome, Jessie and Erika

throwing our coins in the Trevi Fountain, can't wait to go back someday

2. The Holy Land
I feel very fortunate that my mom and I had the opprtunity to travel around Israel, Jordan and Egypt for a pilgrimage. Not only did we visit all of the amazing historical and biblical sites, we also rode camels and we floated in the Dead Sea!

image: Flickr

3. London
Another wonderful family trip! I loved the gardens, horses in Hyde Park and high tea in the afternoon!

image: Flickr

4. New York City
Trip with Nick last year and loved the energy there and seeing Ellis Island.

pointing to my grandfather's name at Ellis Island

5. San Francisco
Trip with Nick earlier this year and I loved everything about it, especially the cable cars. And made a side trip to Napa and Sonoma for some great wines!

6. Hawaii
So many great trips there growing up, beautiful beaches and clear warm water! My most recent trip was with two of my best friends, Meghan and Brynn, when we went last November for a week of good girl bonding at the Westin Kaanapali on Maui!

after a swim in the beautiful ocean

view from our room

En route to the pool

beaches of Kaanapali

amazing sunset

7. Sicily
I'm separating this out from Italy because it was so special to see the place where my dad's family came from. After I finished my study abroad program, my mom and dad came over to visit and then we went down to Sicily where we even met some of our relatives for the first time.

It really gives you a great feel of old world Italy without the tourists (some people there had never even seen an American!)

fishing boats on the coast of Sicily

our cousin making bread in their bakery

bread made by my cousin, and it tasted as good as it looks

When we were there, it was the Feast of St. Joseph's so to honor the day, the Church leads a procession through the whole town and everyone follows behind them praying and singing. I felt like I was in an old Italian movie!

the beginning of the procession

Sicilian priests

the townspeople lining up behind St. Joseph

St. Joseph statue

literally the whole town in the procession

8. Spain
A trip with my wonderful study abroad group. Beautiful beaches, great food, architecture and markets.

Erika and I at a marina

9. Ireland
Another trip with my study abroad friends. Had lots of fun running through Dublin, but I think it was the people I was with that made it so wonderful.

Erika and Jessie getting in the Irish spirit

Guinness factory tour

end of the tour at the Guinness Gravity Bar, the highest point in Dublin
(but I don't even like Guinness, it was a hard pint to get down)

10. New England tour
When I was younger, my family and I took a week touring around New England and I loved visiting the cities and costal areas over there, Boston, Williamsburg, Cape Cod, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and little lighhouses along the way. What a beautiful area of the country.

image: Flickr

The list could keep going on and going on and on... I love to travel, want to see everything the world has to offer and can't wait to add onto this list!


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