Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Day celebrations!!





  Christmas Day was wonderful!!  I spent Christmas Eve at my Aunt Charlotte's house.  We slept in and then went to Deann's house for brunch and then off to Uncle David's and Aunt Cheri's!!  The day was full of fun, food and family!!  Doesn't get much better than that!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Adoption/Foster care plug

Tonight I watched the annual Christmas special "Home for Christmas".  It's sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation.  It's a special that has been on the air for 10 years now promoting adoption.  They highlight families who have adopted and children who need homes.  I pretty much cried through the whole thing.  Especially since it all hits so close to home now with the field I am currently employed in.  These kids need us!!  One of these days I plan on opening my home to foster kids and possibly work towards adoption.  It's such a wonderful thing!!!  We are so blessed to have family nearby for the holidays!

Weddings, Pottery Painting Places and Adoption


Since moving to AZ, I've been attending a few "Meetup" groups.  On this website you can find groups in your city that gather together to attend local events, dinner, or movies.  It's very popular for people who are new to any given area.  It's been so much fun getting to know various people who have attended the get-togethers.  There is a small group of girls who have been pretty regular in attending several of the recent meetups.  We have all hit it off!  SO, the four of us will meet monthly to have dinner and some of the great places around town to talk and catch up.  It's a blast!  This past Thursday we met at a local pottery painting place.  One girl did a candle holder, another a candy dish.  I decided on a bowl.  I'm simple.  I don't do knick-knacks.  I also don't do stuffed animals.  (that was for you Cara, Roselia and Shan)  I think the skull and cross bones I picked out as a little ornamentation works rather nicely to compliment the bottom of the bowl, don't you?



Side note: **My secret santa, Mike (as pictured to the right, sporting the Christmas vest), has excellent taste, I must say.  For my final gift he picked out a beautiful, snowman covered, Christmas Cardigan.  I'm already for next year's party!!
Last weekend I was privileged enough to attend a sealing at the Portland Temple.  It was wonderful.  Short and sweet.  Jared and Emily were married on Saturday, December 20, 2008.  They were both so calm and collected.  I guess that's how things go when it's in the right place, with the right person.  I'm so happy for them!!!  Now she can get freaky... finally, after waiting so patiently for so long!!!!  CONGRATS!!!  Yee-haw!
(Come on, it's me, did you honestly NOT expect that?????)

The weekend was quite an adventure.  In fact, I think today people are finally returning home to their respective cities and states.  The weather in Portland this weekend was a bit out of the ordinary for the area.  They got about 9 inches of snow and after that they were blessed with freezing rain.  Then, more snow.  And it was Southwest and Alaskan who couldn't get people where they needed to go.  Alaskan, HA!  That's irony for ya!



Sunday, December 14, 2008




The two beautiful women are Kristen and Tamara, the owners of Family Partners.  Then we have Brenda and her sweet little Chloe, she works at the front desk and is fabulous!  At the bar we have Stephenie and her husband, Mark.  She's in charge of the Early Intervention program.  Cedric is in the background of that photo and Kristen's husband, Scott.  Then we have Chino and others just chatting!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Party!





Tis that season!  Time to break out the Borden's Egg Nog, the mint M & M's and the red sweaters.  This year I have decided to steal a tradition I know many people have been practicing for some time now.  "The Ugly Christmas Sweater" has brought laughter and smiles to so many for so long.  I told my supervisor that for our Christmas party at work I was going to find the ugliest, gaudiest sweater I could find and wear it.  She begged me not to, but following orders has never been one of my strengths, especially when it comes to ugly sweaters.  I can count on one hand how many people actually appreciated the chosen combo.  I think others just thought I needed help with my wardrobe or simply thought I REALLY liked Christmas.
It was a great evening!  Macaroni Grill catered, prizes were handed out, kids received gifts and, after everyone left, a few of the staff had shots!  
I am so lucky!  I love the people I work with, Tamara and Kristen are very generous with the fringe benefits we all enjoy.  Best of all, everyone cares deeply for the people with disabilities and the foster families who care for them.  I am so inspired each and every time I talk with these compassionate families.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

New Cars, Pedicures and Christmas.




So about 2 weeks ago I bought a new car!!  I got an '09 Honda Civic, she is so pretty!  I did it to save money and I'm glad I did.  The parentals have the Sexy Suby and are really enjoying it.  It all worked out very nicely.  
I also had a pedicure done a few weeks ago.  I've never had them do a flower or anything before.  I thought it was fun and so very cute, you should all look at my feet and enjoy it like I do.
So, we're doing a Secret Santa thing at work.  I love that!  My Secret Santa kind of sucks at this game.  He asks me almost daily what I want and finally came into my office the other day and rehearsed to me the whole story behind how he got my name and why and that he's bad at these kinds of things.  Kind of takes the fun out of it.  He's funny.  He keeps leaving me things on my desk like chapstick that they've made in the Day Program to sell, or candles they've made.  I told him he owes me big time for all these cheap gifts AND because he's totally cheating!!  He has promised he will get me something good...  we'll see, I'll keep you posted!!
I just love this holiday season!!  I love you all and wish I could celebrate with ALL of you, in one state, one city and one place!  Enjoy it!!  
Last Monday for FHE we went to see the lights at the Mesa Temple.  I just love that place!!  And the lights are beautiful.  My favorite part were the decorated Palm trees, weird. (you can kind of see them in the background in the picture with the girls.)

Jang and I

Jang and I
One of my teaching associates in China. He taught Korean. We ate at a Pizza buffet to thank our Chinese teacher!

His name is Jesse Williams.

His name is Jesse Williams.
God does good work!!

Em loves me!

Em loves me!

Do you remember this, Roselia???

Do you remember this, Roselia???
my girls! man we are funny!

Pretty princesses... I love you girlies!!

Pretty princesses...  I love you girlies!!
I kept it for the photo shoot, then returned the netting. It was fun for a day!

Fresh shrimp tacos!!!

Fresh shrimp tacos!!!
Carly and Janelle

My front door

My front door

The arrow

The arrow
Yeah, like you have sticks just lying around your apartment at 11:30 at night!

mirror, mirror

mirror, mirror
My favorite corner. Don't you think feather boas just add a little something to any room?