KC's Birthday! & MM&M!

Today marks a special day . . . one of my BFF's 27th birthday (Happy Birthday KC!)!!

I cannot imagine my life without her. It's a funny story, because we were never friends (but she hung out with my elementary friends, and I hung out with her elementary friends --- same people) until 7th grade. Once 7th grade hit, God gave us all the same classes together, and we instantly bonded! We kicked major bum in our home ec class . . always getting bonus points for being done first in the class, having extra clean and extra dry dishes, and for the yumminess of our concoctions (let's forget about the time where I took the biscuits out of the oven and burned my hand and the cookie sheet flew and all the biscuits fell all over the floor).

We then did cheerleading and auxiliary (flag & dance team) together where our bond got even closer! And although we had completely different majors in college, we ended up being "undecided" for the first two years, so we were able to take the same classes, and I crashed at her dorm room a lot.

Kristen is one of the most thoughtful, unselfish people I know. She always knows some how when I'm in a sad or bad mood, and knows exactly what to do and say to make me feel better. She's recommended me for several different awards/speeches in college, and I know without her, I wouldn't have received the experiences and the opportunities that I did.

If I want a good laugh, I hang out with her. . if I want a REALLY good laugh, I just give her some gin and tonic.

If I ever need fashion advice or home decorating tips, or for someone to help me with words, she's it! And if I ever need a shoulder to cry on or someone to celebrate with me, she's it!

So blessed to have her in my life and so proud to call her one of my best friends!

Oh. . also! The SKANKs are getting together tomorrow to celebrate KC & I's birthdays. KC dibbed it as "MM&M"! Mexican, margaritas, and movies! Love these girls and can't wait! I'm going to make them do Just Dance 2 and take video and post it on here.



Shane and I went skiing a couple weekends ago. This was my first time this season and only his second. You would think with living in a place like Erie we'd find more weekends to go. I'm starting to get nervous with all these high temps that we won't be able to go again this year before all the snow melts!

Shane, iron cross style. I sooooooooo wish I could just ski off this jump (no fancy tricks), but I don't even have the courage. Shane makes it look so easy! One day . . . .

Shane doing a double daffy off one of the jumps at the Peak. He's crazy.


Grandma's 82nd Birthday!

My grandma turned 82 on February 9, 2011!

She didn't know how old she was, and I think she was kinda confused as to why everyone kept saying "happy birthday", but she's always a sucker for cake and presents, so she went with it.

A new coat!

One of her kitties (brother to our 2 kitties) & her birdie! Definitely get my love of animals from this woman! And my love of sweets! And maybe my forgetfulness too. . . .

But really, it was great to be able to celebrate her 82nd birthday! I sure do love her.

p.s. - Happy Valentine's Day!! Nothing big planned for us. Nice, relaxing dinner at home. . . Shane is also going to give me a back and foot massage, although he doesn't know it yet.


Universal Orlando - Suggestions?

Shaney and I are taking a "Happy Birthday to Us We Need a Vacation - Orlando Sun and Fun" trip!

Although we have both been to Disney World several times, we have never made it to Universal. Harry Potter World is definitely on the top of our (my) list, but we will be going to both Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure.

Any ride suggestions or tips for Universal are greatly appreciated and welcomed!!!


Mommy's 50th Birthday!

Tuesday was my mother's 50th birthday (shh! don't tell her I told you how old she is . . . not that the decorating doesn't give it away)!

That day, I spent my entire lunch hour decorating their house. Jumping up and down like a little Mexican bean trying to get all those spirals hung from the ceiling. But it was a good work out, and well worth it for my mommy.

I asked my mommy what she wanted to do for her 50th . . . NYC, Toronto, surprise party, skydiving, spa day . . . but she just said she wanted a quiet night with my dad, shane, and I. . . so that's what she got.

Some yummy pizza from Hungry Howie's (garlic & herb crust is the BEST)!

And a delish and cute cake from Giant Eagle!

I got her a fun shirt and this framed piece from pictures of the quad that we did together. The 100 yard swim, the 12 mile bike, the 5 mile run, and the 2.5 mile snowshoe.

Thank you sooooooo much to my awesome hubby for his engraving skills (it has our times engraved in the frame along with "Mommy & Me Quad . . 2010 - 2011). And to one of my BFF's, KT, for her graphic design skills in laying out the pics for me.

(Behren wanted in a pic.)

My mom kept saying she didn't even feel old until she realized I was going to be turning 27 in a few weeks. (Does that make me old too?!)

I personally think that for 50, she looks awesome . . . and I told her she acts like she's 30, so she's good.

We had a wonderful night and it was so good to spend time with my mommy. No matter how old I get, there's nothing like snuggling in my mommy's arms.