Sunday, June 30, 2013

on weekend in the pocono mountains...

This weekend we were invited to a get together up in the Pocono Mountains where Bobby's cousin, Courtney's boyfriend has a beautiful house. We brought our tent and camped out in their front yard last night. It was magical to say the least. The house reminded me of the house I grew up in and the woods reminded me of where I want my future home to be. I absolutely loved laying in my tent and listening to the sounds of nature as the lights in the sky fade. 

The outdoors inspire me. Revived. Refreshed. Restored. 


Friday, June 28, 2013

on who I am...

I am...

...glad to be back to writing and sharing. I was forced to take my MacBook back to BestBuy to get some work done to it. I always hate having to do it because it seems to take a few weeks. I've been using Bobby's IPad, which by the way, is so not the same as my laptop. I missed it dearly and hoping I won't have to go through this sort of withdrawal for a long long time. I'm back!

...tired of this heat here in Philadelphia. It's not even so much the heat but the humidity. It's killer and really hard to enjoy the summer. I'm trying my best not to complain about it too much but it's so hard! 

...excited for a trip up to the Pocono Mountains tomorrow. We are heading up for a shindig that Bobby's cousin is hosting at her boyfriend's house. It will be a great time and I'm pretty happy to be able to say that I've been to the Pocono's before we move back to Seattle. We are actually planning on having a little camp out! Pitching a tent and sleeping over for the night. I would choose going to the woodsy mountains over going to the beach any day. 

...kind of freaking out that in just one months time my little boy is going to be turning five years old! Mind blown. I cannot believe it. In this year alone Sebastian has come so far and I'm really looking forward to him growing and learning in the next year. I'll be doing everything I can to get him prepped for Kindergarten, which is just plain 'ol scary to think about! I always find myself give Sebastian one of those, "Are you for real?" looks. I still can't believe I have this little being who looks up at me with his big brown eyes and says mom. All I know is that I will savor every minute of this time that I have with him. Teetering in between him being old enough to do so much on his own and then yet still needing me for so much more. 
He's an exhausting fellow but he's also my best friend. And it's going to stay that way for all my days. 

...scared, nervous, guilty, staying strong and so many more emotions when I think about my father going under surgery next week. Put under a knife and cut open. I pray to universe that everything will go as planned. I don't want to think about anything but positive thoughts. There's really no sense. I'm so close to finally being back home to spend time with the first ever man that I've ever loved. My dad means the world to me, more than I think I would of ever imagined. In the end, I am so very proud of my dad and the fact that he is putting his health first. That hasn't been something that he's done in the past. Everything else came first. 
I am blessed to have a wonderful step-mom who has been there for my dad in so many ways. She is a smart, sensitive and a supportive wife to my father which puts my soul at ease at times like these. 

...shamelessly done with all four season of the new 90210 television series on Netflix. As much as it pains me to admit that I've fallen in love with all the characters and their stories, well I have and I don't care what you think. It happened and that's that. As far as the television goes I haven't really been watching much only because there's nothing ON! Ok that's not entirely true. I've been hooked on True Blood (surprised?), Teen Wolf (so freaking good!) and Under the Dome. Under the Dome is new and so I've only seen one episode but I have the highest of hopes. Come on, it's Stephen King for gods sake! Also I'm still keeping up on Defiance which is okay. Anyone have any recommendation? 

...becoming somewhat of a night owl as of late! Exclamation mark because that's never been the case. It actually really excites me. I have always been one to go to bed early. I get up early and go to bed early. Lately though I'll stay up doing things and when I get around to looking at the clock it's like whoa! It's that late? Cool. 

...such a listy list maker. I have a note book full of lists and many notes to even keep those lists organized. I have a tough time with not making lists. Sometimes I wonder what others think of all my notebooks full of lists...

...thankful for all the people in my life. And for that matter, all the people who I chose not to include in my life. I strongly believe in karma and in the end I do what I think is best for me and my family. I am constantly thinking about the future and the people that will be in it, some I know for sure will be there no matter what and some I know I will never let back in for good reasons. I'm thankful for my free strong mind and all those who rally around me. Hurray for my pack! 


Friday, June 14, 2013

on show and tell..

Today I am showing off my rad t-shirt that was gifted to me by my step-mom. My family and I took a trip to Friday Harbor, one of the San Juan Island in Washington. It was a nice leisure trip. I loved the view as we drive up to the ferry. There is nothing like the air in Washington, so fresh and crisp. It sounds corny to say but it's just something I always notice. 

The drive towards Friday Harbor we passed Swinomish and that's when I spotted the cutest little Native American shop. We ended up stopping on our way back from Friday Harbor. That's where I picked up the shirt of my dreams. Wolves have been my favorite animal since forever so this shirt was love at first sight. The shop was filled with fun Native American goodies and trinkets. Stores like that make me squeal with glee. I can go wild and crazy and my need to buy everything gets a little extreme. Of course, the t-shirt wasn't the only thing I left with, come on, you know me I just couldn't leave without a dream catcher. 

My sister and I always had dream catchers growing up. We both always loved the idea that they took away a sleeping person's nightmares. They helped us feel save in our beds when we were little. It's one of those things that has stuck with me for a really long time. For me the dream catcher represents protection, strength and unity. The dream catcher is my dad. This trip home I just really needed to take something like that back with me. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

on Seattle in photos...

Well, I'm back in Philadelphia after a nice week in Seattle. It was hard to come back, no offense to Philadelphia but Seattle will always be my home. It just feels right. The week was a busy one and I already shared the first half of it and I wanted to show off some photos I took of the second half. 

After my fun day with my girls, I spend the rest of the afternoon with my family. In the evening I had a little surprise for Bobby since it was his birthday. We heading downtown to the Hard Rock Cafe were we met some friends. Bobby knew I was taking him out but didn't know details. I was conspiring against him for a month and even got in contact with one of his friends, Matt who lives in Seattle. I was able to get him to come out and hang with us. We had some good food, great drinks and much needed conversation with some of my favorite people. It was a really great night. Not to forget that my guy got a little bit spoiled :)  

Sunday we had a fabulous BBQ at Julee's house with a really great bunch of people. I headed to Julee's early spend some time helping Julee and Glen prep for the day while Sebastian and my little sister Michelle kept each other company. Bobby went out with his friend Matt who took him up flying in his small plane. They even flew close to Julee's house! Julee and Glen live in such a nice house with such a beautiful view so it's always a treat to be there. I got to see a lot my favorite people and just have a relaxing day. Not to forget that my dad and step-mom come along which make me feel all warm and fuzzy. 

Even though our trip has over it's nice to know that in about six months we are heading back for good to start our next adventure. I think it was a much needed trip out to get excited for everything this is going to come our way once we move out to Seattle. Big hug and kiss to Julee and Glen who make this trip happen! 


Sunday, June 09, 2013

on a girls date...

Leave it to my girls to take me out for a crazy eventful and fun filled day. I swear they always know how to show me a good time. Saturday morning Julee, Tanya and Brie picked me up from my dad's and we headed to downtown to spend the morning learning how to make delicious pizza at Serious Pie. So much fun people! First of all the place was totally charming. I about died when stepping foot into this pizza shop. It was fun to learn about how the chiefs go about making their unique pizza. The cool thing about Serious Pie pizza is not just all the neat toppings they put on their pies but also how they make their dough and how they bake them. Their pies are oval, never round and are baked in a 600° stone-incased apple wood oven. The pizza comes out with crispy blistered crust with a fluffy texture. I recommend that everyone go enjoy this very light and fun class. Plus, you get to eat what you make and enjoy it with a glass a wine. Can't beat that man! Here are some photos of the day. 

 After having some serious pizza we went on foot to take a ride on the new Big Wheel on pier 60. What a view! I snapped a few photos. 


Friday, June 07, 2013

on a surprise trip to seattle...

We're in SEATTLE! I know. Sneaky Sneaky. My little family and I were gifted tickets to Seattle from two very amazing people, so here we are. It was a surprise because my father had no idea that we were coming. Yesterday we arrived into Seattle at 8:30pm and heading straight to my dads. Thanks Tanya for picking us up :) Needless to say, my dad was extremely surprise and totally caught off guard. Here are a few picture of our first day in Seattle. We plan on making the most out of this visit!

This morning my dad took my sister and I on a coffee date. Of course, we headed to a Starbucks just down the street. I hope to slowly but surly open my families eye up to all the other coffee shops. Small business all the way!! 

It's been a very emotional day but in the end we all have to stay strong and be there for the ones we love. So glad that I get to be here to spend some quality time with my family and friends