Five Friday Faves.

 

1. It’s finally Friday!!!!!! Which could really be a favorite of its own.  Jason is coming down tonight for #datenight in and we are doing taco night! Yum.  We have both been eating healthy and I am craving Mexican like whoa.  I think I could eat it everyday.  But I would be fat.  Which am I more excited for that or my Starbucks tomorrow? #whoknows!

2.  Downton Abbey on Demand.  Enough said.  The problem with Downton is that I love it so much I want to live in it.  If I cannot be Lady Mary, then can Jason and I at least say “Darling please, ” in the middle of our fights? I’m not feeling optimistic about selling him on this.

3. We have started booking our travel for Az Vacation.  I cannot wait.  We are so excited! Game tickets, airfare, and hotel have all been purchased, and there are more plans to come!  In N Out, Jay Alexanders, a beautiful pool with 85* sun, and oh yeah, the Mariners.  Scottsdale, in 2 months I am coming for you!!

4. My kindys team plays in our 1st game on Saturday.  Do we have any idea what exactly we will get on the court? Of course we do not! However I have to say last week’s scrimmage had some high points.  Should be fun no matter what ; )

5. The new volleyball league I just joined.  My co-worker Stacy started a team.  She is also a Christian and I can tell her literally anything and everything! She had a dream Jason and I got engaged over Christmas break and called me to make sure I hadn’t forgot to tell her lol.  I am thankful for her, and for another fun night of activity.  We had our first game on Monday and I was a little rusty, but Jason confirmed that when I jumped my feet did actually leave the floor, so we are going with that!

Want to share your Friday Faves?

Have a great weekend ya’ll!! Go Rhinos!!

New Year Fresh Start

Well if this first 10 days of 2013 are representative of what this year will be like, I can say the themes would honestly be:

-running

-non-stop time with Jason

-organization

Seriously 2013 could not be off to a more fun start. Usually I am so in love with Christmas that I experience some post-New Years blues.  Well not this year.  Jason and I were together almost constantly from December 29th on.  It has been absolutely incredible.

Why is he so cute?

Why is he so cute? He got me the New Years party hats and light up champagne flutes as a surprise, I got him the cupcakes ❤

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We have cooked and cleaned together, ran together, shopped, gone to church, had some fun meals, and did I mention running?  I am so proud of Jason and excited about all the running we have been doing! Remember those 36* days? Oh yes, we ran then too!  He has only taken 1 day off since New Years.  Boy’s on a roll!  and I am back to Bootcamp 4 times a week, and running with him on the weekends.

I have done quite a bit of organizing projects during all the time I had off for Christmas break.  I cleaned out my home office and I am so much happier with it being organized! It was that room where I threw stuff in there and closed the door quick.  There is so much paperwork for my job and I had no system for managing it.  I used to get so embarrassed when a friend would go in there to change clothes or Jason would put something in there.  I prayed they never really looked  around ; )  In addition to the office, I also cleaned out and organized 2 closets and my pantry.  I am so happy with the little improvement it makes and the joy it brings me to be in an organized space.  The best thing for my pantry was the purchase of two 84 cent plastic tubs from Target that I used to organize my vitamins (chronic pill-popper) and then my first aid/medicines.  It keeps everything so neat to have things in bins.  I am looking to incorporate this more in other areas too.

I am missing Jason hardcore with him being back in Portland this week- but already looking forward to getting together again! : )

Do you ever make a recipe for the 1st time and have literally no inkling if it is looking like it will turn out or flop?  That is me right now.  I have these Protein Cheesecakes in the oven right now (someone posted eating 1 for breakfast on Insta this morning, so I went with it)…

http://mealsandmovesblog.com/2012/02/03/pumped-up-protein-cheesecake/

I’ll let you know.

What I’ve been Doing…

Thought it might be a good idea to do a post of what I’ve been up to since my Christmas break started last week.

On Friday, Jason and I headed out to do Christmas with his extended family.  We had a really fun time celebrating, played a lot of games, and ate some great food! I got caught up on my baby time holding his 6 months old neice and playing with his 2 year old nephew.  Love them.

This is while we were out shopping for a gift and we took Grace to the car.  She liked Uncle swinging her car seat back and forth. : )

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We did a Christmas gift exchange where we each brought a girl or guy gift and then drew numbers and picked a gift from under the tree.  Originally I drew a pretty “Mom” necklace (which I was tempted to make a joke about having a special announcement- but refrained) but I traded with an actual mom and came home with this.

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Do you have a candle/wax warmer? I am excited about it.  I have heard of Scentsy and all those but never had purchased one.

Monday night was Christmas bunco! I came home with a big candle, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and one of the Starbucks reusable tumblers.  I am obsessed with those by the way.  If you don’t have one, you probley need one.  It’s only a dollar : )

Monday and Tuesday I did a lot of relaxing and caught up on laundry/some chores, as well as the usual Bootcamp (which is still killing me in a very good way).  I also did all of this:

Christmas Card writing

Christmas Card writing

present wrapping.

present wrapping.

Then yesterday I spent most of the day in the hair stylist’s chair.  It was fun…up until the moment my stylist received a phone call that she was being sued.  This with me sitting there with bleach foils all over…wondering how long they were supposed to stay on there.  Despite that bad news, everything came out how I wanted!  (after 3+ hours)

My new hair looks a lot like the old hair just an inch or two shorter with freshened up layers and some caramelly-brown highlights.  Bleach is your friend.

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date night of course

date night of course

Last night I met up with Jason at Pastini Pastaria after Bootcamp for a mid-week date night.  I expected Bridgeport to be crazy and to have to circle the parking lot for 15-20 minutes to find a spot.  Imagine my surprise when I parked within 30 seconds of arriving there.

Have you ever been to Pastini?  This was my pick.  Jay and I had never been there together.  I first went there with Corban while working/at our annual Sunriver retreat.  Then about a year and a half later, I happened to be sitting at the Bridgeport location when I got the call that I had gotten the job with Lilly.  So this restaurant and I have some history.  My favorite thing there is the Gorgonzola Chicken Salad- which is no longer on the menu but they will still make for you if you ask.  Jason had their Mac and Cheese with Bacon [shocking] and we were both pleased.  You should try it if you haven’t.

Then we went to see this movie.

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It was not exactly what I thought it would be- a good one to wait & see when it comes to Redbox.

Anyway, I am just loving my relaxing week over here! Hope you all are enjoying this time preparing for Christmas!

Mixed Bag.

Well, by now I am sure that all of you have heard of the shooting that happened this afternoon at Clackamas Town Center.  I spent the majority of the second half of this day feeling spooked and sad.  I am a little paranoid anyway, and I long for the day when I live in the safe place free from the evil that is in this world!  Jason and I have spent a ton of time at Washington Square and Pioneer Place malls in the past 2 weeks (him even more than me) doing Christmas shopping, so I was so thankful that my little Portlander was not at Clackamas Town Center today.  I pray for the victim’s families.  Things like this make me so mad.  What is supposed to be a beautiful season about Jesus is dampered big time by a tragedy like this.  Christmas will never be the same for those who lost someone today.

Moving on.

I have recently committed to doing the music for another wedding! I love being a teeny tiny part of such a special, beautiful day!

Random sidenote: I want these boots.  After being thoroughly questioned by this guy I know on what I would like for Christmas (saying “I don’t need anything” didn’t fly) and a couple trips to Nordstrom, I decided I kind of really like them.

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Do you know about this lighter color of tannish-brown boot?  It’s called Cognac, and we like it a lot with sweaters, leggings, and skinny jeans.

 

Aside from these random thoughts, I am just ready to wrap up these last 2 days of work so I can wrap presents and do some relaxing around the house, as well as checking my mailbox 3Xdaily for my new iPhone to arrive.  #firstworldproblems

 

 

Seattle.

So. Last week the Walkers went on a mini getaway to Seattle for this girl’s birthday.  [You might remember we have done this once before.]

Typically we just go for a long weekend.  We take the train, we eat real good food, we watch some baseball games, we shop at the Flagship for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and then we hit the Spa.  It is kind of the best thing.

As expected, all good vacations start like this:

And then we took this:

This year we stayed here.

in downtown Seattle.  I did already Instagram this, but here’s the view from our room.

and at night:

So pretty.  Our family friend is a VP for Red Lion Hotels and he hooked us up with a great view.

We stayed across the street from one of my favorite Seattle staples- Specialty’s Bakery.  We may or may not have gone there every day for breakfast.[and by gone there every day, I mean 2 of the times this nice couple I know brought me breakfast in bed. #sleepyhead]  I discovered this place while in Seattle back in ’09 with one of my Colorado roommates. And yes I know, who has diet pepsi as their breakfast beverage? This girl! #Iamclassy

 

 

 

Well who do we have here? TWalk would probably kill me for this paparazzi style shot. I don’t care.  I think they’re cute.

 

 

These next few pictures are from our last dinner- right on the Waterfront.  The first picture has a shot of the brand new ferris wheel in Seattle [not a fair, a permanent fixture]. Maybe next time I’ll ride.

We had the best waiter ever and we kibitzed about everything from the Mariners, the weather, food, to his slow pitch softball team.  It’s a restaurant league.  Homeboy was the funniest.  He seemed to think we had to wait unnecessarily long for our meal (We were fine with it), so he sent over the owner of the restaurant and an offer of 2 desserts on the house.  Who were we to argue?  The first was a chocolate souffle that Mom and I shared and it was #unbelievable.

I will conclude with this final thought: If you are one of the ‘Spa girls’ then you should probably add the Spa Nordstrom to your bucket list.  I have dreams of taking friends there someday.  It is almost as good as Heaven, and I look forward to my time there pretty much all year.  Even when I worked for Corban, it was worth the splurge.  Best pedicure of your life people.

I mean HI, please look at these.

I am even dreaming of buying one of their amazing robes- but I know it won’t be quite the same ; )

What I’ve been up to…

 

 

Vacation was amazing. 85 degree sunshine, pooltime, good baseball, and good food.  You get the idea.  It was so relaxing and somehow even 6 nights is too short when you are having such a great time.  Our baseball team went 4-0 during the games we attended. Thank you for that!

Somebody had a birthday! I gifted him and my mom a 1 night stay at Salishan Resort on the coast.  We went to Best Little Roadhouse to celebrate.

Went to see the Blazers on a date with a boy.

Celebrated this beautiful friend on a lovely day with some wonderful women.

Love love love these girls.  Over the years we have been through and seen it all, and still God is faithful.

Half the group about to be Mamas? NABD. I’m behind 😉

Saw this with a boy at Bridgeport last night.  Let’s be honest, the theatre was full of pre-teen angst and I wanted to run around the theatre covering their eyes at certain points.  It was good but consider yourself warned.

In a couple hours, I’m off with BW and TW and Pastor Ron and his family to see some Beaver baseball. Doesn’t get much better on a sunny Saturday!

Goodness.

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Is it alright if I check the weather for Phoenix on my iphone several times a day?

I CANNOT WAIT to be in the sun and by the pool in a few short days!!!

#vacationobsession

I am going to have one heck of a week at work trying to get everything wrapped up before I take off.  Too many people to see, meetings to attend, and conference calls to hold before I can leave for Paradise.  Things have been a little bit dramatic lately, and I am ready to get the heck out of here!

I have had the best weekend hanging out with BCW, as TW is in Oklahoma visiting her sister.  BW and I have gone out to dinner, discussed every possible thing sports-related, rehashed the current events in my job, watched lots of March Madness, went to see some Corban Baseball under the lights, and even squeezed in a DQ run. Mom claims to be jealous- but we know she is having a great time.

Another highlight was the beautiful sunshine that came out today!!! Managed to squeeze in a good walk with @Sfrost.  It cracked me up when I pulled up to Riverfront Park and it looked like the entire city of Salem was there acting as though it is the first day of summer.  I can’t remember the last time I saw it that packed.  Clearly I am not alone in missing the sunshine.  I just feel lucky that I was able to drag a certain Someone out in the crowds 😉

And special shout-out to the people at the park with their cat on a leash.  I would never be brave enough to be you.