Sunday, July 29, 2012

78th Birthday, Books I'm Reading, Christmas Shopping

Wow, this summer is flying by. I can't believe it is already the end of July...

I never got around to sharing pictures from last weekend's family birthday party for my Papa, so here they are.

Roxy, our party puppy. She is never quite sure how to respond to the attention she gets at family parties. Sometimes she takes off and hides under the desk in my mom's office. That is her usual sleeping location. In the picture she is sitting next to her daddy who will keep her safe from guests!

My dad and Annabel enjoyed posing with their hats, Annabel's hat was a little more flattering!

Everyone seemed to enjoy swimming in the pool. It was crystal clear thanks to my wonderful mom!

Vivian (my Papa's girlfriend) got to try on my dad's hat.

Roxy getting some love from Dan!

Cailean and his grandma playing some wii games!

Then it was time for singing and cake and presents! Happy 78th Birthday Papa!

The kids also like to torture their Uncle Bob!

And poor Roxy

There goes Papa with balloons on his car- hope you had a great party!

At the end of last week my papa, uncle craig, and cousins Annabel and Cailean left to go on a trip to Scotland. They invited the rest of the family to go, but it was such an expensive adventure and I had to worry about finding a job so it just wasn't in the cards for me. Someday I'll get over there! They are even going to be staying in a castle! I am so jealous! I do hope that they are having a fabulous time and I can't wait to hear all about the trip when they get back! Love them so much! =)

My job at a local daycare is just as challenging as ever. I have gotten quite attached to the kids though! One of the little boys yelled "wapow!" in his sleep on Friday and pumped his fist in the air. It was such a funny moment! A few of them cry and throw temper tantrums when they either have to leave me or I leave to go home for the day. It is nice to be loved. I definitely don't want to do this forever though, as much as I love to work and be with kids all day I would prefer to not change diapers! Yuck =p

Life has been pretty boring around here. I've been working so much that when I come home all I want to do is sleep! 
I have managed to catch up on Pretty Little Liars and Dance Moms though. I couldn't believe everything that is happening in PLL, it is so dramatic and makes me nervous every time I watch it!!!

I also finished the book I've been working on called On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah. It was excellent! The story follows a woman who deals with her failing marriage by going to her childhood home where she reconciles with a childhood friend who needs her help. The book had so many twists and turns. I honestly love everything that Kristin Hannah writes, she is such an amazing author! I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice summer read.  Right now I am reading the new Emily Giffin novel which I will try to remember to mention once I finish it! 

Yesterday I went shopping with my mom just for a quick run into Pier 1. I absolutely love that store. I picked up quite a few things for... (okay you're going to laugh at me)....Christmas Gifts! I am one of those annoying people who shop for Christmas all year long. I don't get any big gifts incase people end up buying them for themselves but I am well known for having all my gifts wrapped up in October eagerly awaiting the holiday season. Once my birthday (October 3rd) has passed, we are on our way to Christmas in my book! =)

I did however buy one little itty bitty thing for myself...

How cute is this owl mug?! I had to buy it for myself because it was too adorable to pass up! But everything else I bought was for gifts...

Well I'm off to get some things done and then watch some of the Olympics today, especially the gymnastics! Why is there no dance in the Olympics though? Just a thought.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weekend Update

This weekend was a busy one!

On Saturday I had a family friend's funeral/memorial service. My papa's best friend's wife died last week and her service was beautiful. She was an elementary school teacher and a great friend to all and it was a very sad morning.

Luckily the afternoon perked us up a little bit because we went to see my little cousins perform in a play put on by their theatre camp!

Aren't they adorable? The play was all about bullying which is such an important issue with kids. They all did such a great job and it was a great show to watch!

Two Outfits Of the Day....

Friday's outfit of the day was a long blue flowered skirt from Kohls, a blue short sleeved sweater from Kohls, and a lace white tank top from Wet Seal. I also am sporting a blue flowered headband from a headband set...I think I got at Target...? I honestly don't really remember!

 Saturday's outfit of the day. Everything in this outfit is from clothes. Black pants, white sandals, and blue flowy top. Such a comfy outfit that also looks a bit dress.

Today I spent the day going out to breakfast with two of my friends and then my family spent the afternoon celebrating my papa's 78th birthday with a party! I will post pictures from that as soon as I get them loaded onto my computer and edited. We had a great time and I can't wait to see them all again!

Now it's time to watch the Bachelorette....who will Emily pick?! I hope that she ditches Jef and Arie and takes Sean back =)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Busy Busy Week

Oh my goodness. If working with kids isn't enough to make you exhausted each night I don't know what is!

A quick recap of my week...

Monday I enjoyed a regular day at work followed by watching one of my favorite shows- Bachelorette!! It was the men tell all episode which I really liked especially because I got to see Sean again... *sawooooon* However, I didn't even make it through the whole episode because I was so exhausted so I need to go back and watch that episode again...

Tuesdayyyy I worked all day and then headed to the dance studio to teach at night. It was a crazy long day...and I didn't even get to watch Dance Moms and Pretty Little Liars! So yes, I need to watch those sometime this week too....

Yesterday, Wednesday was my longest day yet. I worked all day and headed to the dance studio at night to teach. Then I went off with a few of my co-workers at the dance studio to go see a movie. We went to see Magic Mike which was really good. I've heard that people had mixed reactions about it, even from my own mother! My mom thought it was too sexual and awkward. I mean obviously it isn't a movie I would recommend for you to go see with your mom or grandma or anything like that. I had a great time with my friends though- all of us had a great time laughing and joking around!

I feel absolutely exhausted tonight and will probably call it an early night. I have a busy weekend filled with plans with friends and family. I have a funeral to attend for a close family friend, a birthday party, drinks with some of my friends, and a drama camp play...sounds like a fun-filled, completely random crazy weekend to me! =)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Past two weekends, Outfit of the Day, and Cord Organization...

Last weekend I went on a mini-adventure with my mom and dad. My dad took out the paddleboard, and my mom and I both took out kayaks. It was my moms first time in a kayak so it was a lot of fun teaching her how to paddle her way around!

Skipping ahead a week...this morning I went out to breakfast with my parents and Roxy! A restaurant near our home, Gentleman Farmer, allows dogs in their outdoor section so we brought Roxy along. She enjoyed sitting and watching us eat!

Then we headed to the beach...

This afternoon I went to a birthday party for my friends Kristin

We've been friends for 10 years! Crazy!

Her kitten Apricot was getting a little fresh!

My outfit of the day! The dress is from Kohls Lauren Conrad Collection. My shoes which you can't see are Kohls SO sandals in white. I love this outfit, especially the dress!

I wanted to talk about Alex and Ani's briefly...the trend is starting to grow across the country. It all started in my little state of Rhode Island and now everyone seems to have them! I absolutely love wearing my bangles and I keep buying's such a bad habit! =)

Today I spent a few minutes organizing a small area of my room. My bottom nightstand drawer was full of cords and manuals and an absolute disaster.



Not the best, but much better then the original mess it was! I moved my manuals into my filing system and moved some of the other items into storage bins in my closet. It's nice to have just a small area clean and organized before a new week starts. 

I have so many areas I want to organize and so many ideas for my living space. And I keep reading which is giving me so many ideas to organize! 

Well I'm off, I have some work to get done before bed and I'm feeling really sleepy tonight!

My 4th of July Adventure to Boston

This year for 4th of July my friend Kristin and I wanted to go someplace different. We wanted an adventure! Originally our plan was to head to Washington D.C. but the flights got ridiculously expensive by the time we actually were thinking about purchasing them. Kristin suggested we head to Boston, and her father generously offered to book and pay for our hotel. We were sold!

We headed to Boston on the 3rd in the afternoon and after checking into our hotel we met her friend Jon for dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. We had a couple drinks and ate delicious meals and then went to another bar before heading back to the hotel.

In the morning I woke up early and got ready while Kristin slept in. Soon enough I realized that there was a parade going on outside our window.

So of course I started snapping pictures...

Later that day, Kristin and I met up with her friend Jack to get lunch and sit outside and enjoy some drinks. This green concoction was particularly yummy!

Then later that was time for fireworks!!!!

We were lucky enough to watch fireworks from a rooftop in Boston. It was amazing. 

Unfortunately, I began to feel a few raindrops...and then all of a sudden it turned into a downpour!!!

Although the fireworks were interrupted, it was nice to get away for a few days and spend time with one of my best friends!!!