Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in Pictures: Part 2

The First 6 Months: coldplay 021 I saw my favorite band, Coldplay, in concert with my work bestie Lindsay bridal shower 092 I attended the bridal shower of my work bestie Lindsay in July sf 059 Took a day trip to San Francisco with my husband just 2 days after my niece Amy was born. We also visited Amy and my sister in the hospital before going to S.F. 2009.08.01 Michelle's 30th Birthday Party 089 I turned 30 and totally grew up and acted maturely. See..... birthday 215 That is what maturity looks like. babyshowers 015 I went to a surprise baby shower for my best friend Melissa. She was so happy! Her sister and nieces and nephew came in from central California for the party. babyshowers 082 About 12 hours after I left the surprise baby shower, I flew down to SoCal to surprise my best friend at her baby shower. She had no idea I was coming and I am so glad that I went. birthday 047 I officially turned 30 on August 11. rivercats 036 Went to a Sacramento Rivercats baseball game with two friends and got sunburned. haiandkimwedding 247 I watched one of Chris' best friends get married...and practiced my photography. laborday 052 I bonded with Miss Amy on Labor Day. dixonhouse 001 We made a small purchase. LindsayandJasonPart1 016 I watched my work bestie Lindsay get "Vietnamesed Married" :) LBCJPwedding 090 And then she got "American Married" :) pumpkinpatch09 045 We went to the Pumpkin Patch. dianasoccer 060 I watched Diana grow up and become active in soccer as well as ballet! dianasoccer 021 I fell in love with Miss Amy and her chubby cheeks. momsaward 008 I watched my mom get a major award! Havasu 011 I flew to Las Vegas and drove to Arizona to visit my best friend Lisa and her 3 month old daughter. christmastree 034 We got our first full sized Christmas Tree and decorated our house christmaseve 131 We hosted Christmas Eve with my awesome family and had a great time. Oxy 007 And my husband gifted me with this kitty for Christmas. Oxy is a great kitty and I love her so much. And guess what? So does my husband, who is not a cat person at all. :) 2009 was a pretty eventful year and I can't wait to see what 2010 has in store. Hopefully, more happiness, good health, and family time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"It's Over Now"

My sister and her kids came over Saturday night to pick up Diana's princess bike and when I asked Diana if she had a good Christmas, she said, "Yes but it's over now." 4.5 year olds are so funny. I started to take down Christmas on Sunday. I started with the tree and the decorations followed. Our house is officially boring. I really need to work on getting some pictures/wall decor hung, getting our mantle and buffet covered in some year around decor and putting away Christmas presents and storage containers. I'm off until Monday so you would think I would be motivated to do this but I'm just not. I SUCK at decorating. I have no idea where to start. I fear buyers remorse or picking out decor that just doesn't "go" with our house. We have these really nice picture frames that we got for our wedding (a year and a half ago!) and I would love to get pictures and hang them up. I really want to put a huge collage of pictures on the wall going up our stair case.
Pictures of family, vacations, honeymoon, wedding, Oxy, etc. I just need to get frames and print out a lot of pictures. I think I'll use the interest we earned from our home buyer tax credit to do this project. It will really add some personality to our house!

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Our kitty!!!! The name my husband liked (and I went along with) was Ms. Beasley. Why Ms. Beasley? Because we love Pam from The Office. But after bringing her home (the cat, not Pam), she just isn't a Beasley. So even though my husband is just going to keep calling her "kitty", I'm going to call her Oxy. Why Oxy? The cat I had from age 9-24 was named Oatie. Me and my sister were talking about kitty names after Oatie went to cat heaven and we said that if I ever got another cat, I should name her in tribute to Oatie. Here is the formula: New cat name=Oatie Part 2= O2=Oxygen=Oxy. She seems like an Oxy. We have had her in our possession for 24 hours and I love her. She loves us too. She apparently didn't get tons of love and attention at the Humane Society so the fact that we pet her and fawn over her makes her heart pitter patter. She was basically crawling up my torso yesterday because she loves being loved. I have been working on kitty proofing the house today. We took down our Christmas tree so she wouldn't eat the pine needles. I guess this kitty is going to be good for my cleaning routine!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone has a fabulous day with family, friends and loved ones. Be thankful for those around you and enjoy every moment of the day. My family got together for Christmas Eve and had such a great and memorable night. Tomorrow morning, Chris and I will spend our morning opening stockings before going to his parents house for more family time! I love Christmas!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kitty Update

I got to meet our kitty today. I sat in the playroom with her for about 20 minutes. We played and she played with other kitties in the playroom. They have scheduled play times, isn't that cute? I loved her as soon as I walked into the room and I miss her already! We are going to be able to go back on Saturday and finalize the adoption and bring her home! And we may have decided on the name but I need to confirm before putting it out into the world.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A New Family Member

No, not a baby. A kitty!!!
My husband got me a kitty for Christmas. I have not owned a kitty since my beloved Oatie died nearly 6 years ago. She was a tabby cat just like the kitty pictured above. He did tons of searching for a female tabby cat knowing that I would feel most comfortable with that type of kitty. I have to go to the humane society and play with her and answer a few questions and if all goes well, we should be able to bring her home on Saturday. My husband is so thoughtful and kind. I love him.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Tree Tour

Welcome to Christmas Tree Tour 2009!! I hope you enjoy a look at some of our exciting ornaments!
Our lovely tree that gave us quite a challenging night trying to get her to stand up. Sadly, this will be the last year with a real tree. I am a Real Tree advocate but seriously, it was such a pain that I have converted.
Our tree through the front window
The Coliseum
A Sweet Vanilla Bean original. Thanks Lindsay!!!
Another hand made ornament by my friend Lindsay. Check out her talents at:
A gift from our friends Mayra and Sean. Thanks guys!!!
Last name initial ornament
Eight Maids of Milking.
Sing it with me: FIVE Golden Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiings.
Brian from Family Guy
Peter Griffen
Stewie Griffin
Eric Cartman dressed up in his Christmas best
And Cartman as Santa

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fun with slow shutter speed

My husband showed me a website today of pictures people had taken with a very slow shutter speed. I was intrigued and decided I needed to try this technique out more. I already love taking pictures of water fountains or even water coming out of a faucet on slow shutter speed but I was going to step up my game. Here are the results:
These first 4 pictures are from a string of lights set up in a circular pattern on a shrub in our front yard.
Candy canes from the neighbors yard
The lights set up around our window. Fun, huh?