Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas with family

This year we got to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with David's family and we had a wonderful time. On Christmas Eve his dad's side of the family always has a party with lots of people and lots of food. It rotates places every year but this year it was at David's parent's house which was really nice. After the party Jeff & Jess (David's brother and his wife) and David & I stayed up late playing games which was a blast! We might have had a bit too much fun because the four of us didn't wind up getting to sleep until 3:30am!

Christmas Day David and I woke up to the smell of cinnamon rolls, which is definitely not a bad way to wake up! We had a yummy breakfast and then opened our stockings from Santa. How Santa manages to fit so much stuff into each stocking will forever be a mystery to me! Then, after we all got ready for the day, we opened presents around the tree. It was especially fun to see our little niece Angelina open up all her presents. She has grown up so much lately and has really turned into the cutest little girl. She loves saying "Hi Aunt Tammy" and "Hi Uncle David" over and over again which of course we think is adorable! In the evening we had a wonderful Christmas dinner with David's immediate family and his beloved grandma, Aunt Ellen and Uncle Don.

It was so nice to be able to have a nice relaxing holiday and get to spend some good quality time with our family!

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas:

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

picture of the week

I took this picture quite a while ago while out on David's parent's boat. We were out on the sound, somewhere near Deception Pass. Every time I see this picture I just feel a sense of peace, like everything is alright with the world. :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

a couple of my favorite new things...

Do you ever come across something and then wonder to yourself "how in the world did I live so long without this" because you love it so much? Well, this rarely happens to me, but it has happened twice in the last few weeks.

I've been wanting rainboots for a long time now. If you live in Western Wash. you will definitely know why! I was trying to decide between pink boots with cupcakes on them or lime green ones with girly cocktails. But then my practical side came through and I started to doubt how many clothing items I have that will actually go with pink cupcakes or lime cocktails. Plus, this particular brand didn't have much cushioning in them. So I was looking around online and came across these. I ordered them in black thinking they would go with just about anything. They came a couple of weeks ago and they are oh-so-comfy and cushy inside and keep my feet warm, all while still looking cute with jeans! After living over here for 7 years now, I will never understand why it took me so long to buy rainboots!

Then, yesterday while browsing Sephora with a friend I noticed this cute little tube of lip shine. Candy Cane lip shine to be exact. So, of course I bought it (for those who don't know me well I have a hard time resisting fun makeup :) Oh, my goodness, I love it! This stuff seriously smells and tastes (not that I eat it but you know what I mean) exactly like a candy cane, plus it gives your lips this lovely little tingling sensation that I love. I'm slightly obsessed with it now. David even told me last night I should go buy a few more tubes of it. Considering how much makeup I alreay have, I was shocked...but hey, if someone's telling me to go back to Sephora and buy more, who am I to argue. ;)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

my first blog!

Since I don't really feel like writing a big blurb about myself I'm just going to compile a list of 50 of my favorite things (in no particular order) to give a little insight into who I am.

1. my wonderful husband David
2. my loving family
3. dinner and a movie nights
4. board games, especially Scrabble!
6. playing a great round of golf
6. tiny little puppies
7. baby names...I'm a naming nut
8. kayaking on Lake Washington
9. pizza from The Rock (especially the Bat Outta Hell which has chicken breast, herb cream cheese, pecans, hot cherry peppers and cajun spices....mmmmmm)
10. the smells of fresh-cut grass, rain, new shoes, and the ocean
11. pina colodas
12. Thai food...David and I could seriously eat it every night
13. shopping days with friends
14. fresh flowers
15. clean sheets on the bed
16. winning my Fantasy Football games
17. reading cookbooks
18. floating in water...whether it is a pool, lake, or ocean
19. white water rafting
20. getting my hair cut, colored and styled
21. seeing new pictures of my niece Angelina
22. having a clean house (not the actual cleaning part, but the satisfaction I feel afterwards)
23. cuddling with my husband
24. hazelnut truffles
25. everything about Christmas (the nativity story, the music, the movies, the decorations, the food, etc.)
26. going to the ballet
27. fresh tortilla chips and guacamole
28. reading travel magazines and dreaming about the places I want to go
29. shoes, shoes and more shoes!
30. browsing (and sometimes buying) at Crate & Barrell, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Forth & Towne, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Barnes & Noble
31. taking a beautiful picture
32. my husband's bear hugs
33. eating a meal with a view of the water, especially at sunset
34. hearing from far-away friends and family
35. new episodes of Gilmore Girls
36. shopping for makeup, especially at Nordstrom and Sephora
37. finding the perfect gift for a loved one
38. Ben & Jerry's everything but the...ice cream
39. finding something I'm good at
40. the beach, preferably a warm one
41. the way I feel after working out (for how much I like this, you'd think I'd do it more often!)
42. bbq'ing on a warm summer night
43. chubby babies
44. curling up in bed with a good book and a cup of cocoa on a rainy day
45. baking cookies and brownies
46. feeling like someone understands who I am
47. a warm shower on a chilly morning
48. fresh baked bread
49. my husband making dinner for us (he does this often but I love it every time!)
50. going home to Walla Walla