Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just what I needed.

Little blog o’mine - It has been a whole two and a half weeks since I have filled this page with my words. Life gets busy or I get lazy… one or the other ... or maybe it’s a combo of both.
Yes, it is a combo of both. 
Okay, on the good stuff.
A couple weekends ago I went to visit Sasha & Sydney for a girls weekend.  Mike, Sasha’s husband was out of town for work, so it was perfect to have a girls weekend.  I was excited when she initially invited me up, and as long as the weather held up - I was so there. And, the weather couldn't have been greater.
Blue skies and sunshine all the way up.
Interstate 5
It was nice to get out of town for a couple days.  Especially to visit with my bestie and niece that I don't see nearly enough.  Sydney has grown so much, it is crazy how fast babies grow. She turned 9 months old while I was there! It was great to see them both in their own environment, Sasha is a great momma & Sydney is such a good baby.  It is amazing to see their bond. Its just like a what a mom and daughter should be like, only it's better.

How could this face not make you smile?!
Sitting pretty.

Sydney & Auntie!

Sydney is a little eating, crawling, talking machine. Man oh Man, she is so cute.
And, that smile of hers, it is just infectious.
What a beautiful smile she has!
Playing with mom and auntie before bed!
How adorable are those pajamas? Not as adorable as she is!
We also did a little shopping while I was visiting, we went to this really cute outdoor shopping area in Hillsboro called Streets of Tanasbourne. 'The Streets' had major stores and cutesy boutiques. It was nice to walk around and do a little window shopping (and inside shopping), although it didn't last long, because it started to rain. Rain in Portland, weird right? So we hopped back on one freeway, to another freeway, then finally another freeway and back to Sasha's we went. Seriously, I don't know how you big city people do it with the traffic and freeways.  Power (and sanity) to ya. ; )
Later that night, we had a great girls dinner at the Claim Jumper. 
Sydney was little miss sociable and wanted to talk to everyone. It was cute.

At Claim Jumper

After Syd went to bed that night we broke out the wine and a slice of heavenly cake from the Claim Jumper. It is called Chocolate Motherlode Cake. While we were waiting for our check, Sasha was looking at the calorie menu… yeah, not such a good idea. Do you know how many calories this thing had in it??? 2768 calories! And, 54 grams of saturated fat. Seriously, crazy.  Luckily we only had a slice each of the “slice”. Paired with some Rose Jolee and it was a perfect end to the day. While watching ER:NY. That stuff is cray. It was fun to stay in and just chat, like friends do. Its good for the soul, ya know?
Looks delicious, right? It was.
It was nice to take a mini vacation.  I came back to work that following Monday very refreshed. Sometimes, I think that it's better to take a couple days off and free your mind of everyday troubles and stresses. Yay for friends who can make your mind escape everything that is going on. Thank you friend, I had a blast, and you were, as always, a great hostess. I miss you!
Hope you all are having a great week!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

This N' That V. 2

You guys, today is my Friday. That makes me a pretty happy girl.
Yay for a 3 day weekend...
I am going to go spend with my bff and her beautiful daughter.
Woot Woot.
I am linking up with Katie and Jena for their This n' That Thursday Link up.
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I am going to the dentist THIS afternoon for a filling. I am totally freaking out. I am petrified of the dentist. I hope I'm freaking out for nothing and all will go smoothly... : /
 Send good vibes my way pleeeease.
I am so disappointed THAT Hostess is out of business. 
 I have been craving some mini crumb donuts and they are no where to be found. I don't want some weird off brand either. Psh.
I am so excited that THIS weekend I am visiting my bestie and her beautiful daughter in Portland. Thank you weather for cooperating.  I am looking forward to hanging out with them.
It is hard being 4 hours away from your best friend & niece.
I love THAT I had dinner with an old friend Wednesday night and we picked up right were we left off. I am so glad she decided to move back home to Southern Oregon with her (new-ish) husband.
THIS season of The Bachelor is nuts. I love Sean, but his choices? Tierra is still here, come on already.  He deserves so much better. I really like Lyndsy and  not just because she has an awesome name.
I was totally THAT girl that fell at work this week.  Cute new boots and slick flooring really don't go well together. But, I learned that I can do the splits - hahah. Found that out the hard way. Talk about embarrassing - luckily only a couple people saw me rock my moves. lol
THIS whole saving money thing is a lot harder than I thought.  My savings account should have a lot more in it, but somehow it doesn't.  I swear I have cut back on shopping and sorts - where did that extra money go?
I was pretty annoyed THAT my post from yesterday didn't post in the dashboard until 9 hours later.  Um, what is with that? Has that happened to any of you guys?
Happy Thursday!
I hope you all have a great weekend.

O.H.P. - V. 4

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I swear one of these days, I am actually going to do something I pinned.

A Dirty Shirley.
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 I love this idea - you can change it up to match your decor.
Plus it is super unique and serves a purpose. Score!
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This is just so cute.
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These look very delicious. I so want to devour some.
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For Reals.
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Happy Hump Day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tuesday Topics - Week 5

It's Tuesday!
Whew, did yesterday fly by or what? I know it did for me.  This week, Tuesday Topics are 5 activities from my hometown. I am really excited to see what others post for their areas.  I decided to list 5 activities in Southern Oregon, as we are surrounded by tons to do!

It is so amazing to have this national park in our back yard.  People come from all over the world to see this amazing lake.  It is the seventh deepest lake in the world, it has fresh water that is the clearest found anywhere in the world.  It is a wonderful site to see in the summer or winter.  I have been there a couple of times, but I want to see it again as an adult, because I am sure I will appreciate it more than I already do. It is only an hour and 45 minutes away, so I think I am going to try and make a trip this summer to see it.  There are many things to do at Crater Lake, but going just to see the beauty alone is worth the trip.  It is a must see if you are ever in Southern Oregon.

photo of Crater Lake, Oregon
Hiking is big here in 'the valley' as in the Rogue Valley.  We are surrounded by great mountains - two of the most popular is Upper & Lower Table Rock.  You can see them from anywhere in Medford, they are flat mountains, so they will certainly catch your eye.  They are a beauty to look at.  The trails are literally 15 minutes away from my home.  I have never been, but I've heard the trails are steep and there are a lot of snakes. So... I think I am fine looking at it from my backyard (literally). But, I hope one day to hike it, I would LOVE to see the valley from atop.

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Photo Table Rock in Central Point - Pictures and Images of Central Point
3) Rafting the Rogue River
Nothing beats 90* weather and going rafting on the Rogue. It is a common staple for us here.  My family and I used to go multiple times a year when I was younger.  It was fun to get a rubber raft and float on the ice cold river with the hot sun beating down on us.  The further down the river, the more dangerous it gets.
Fun fact: Parts of  the movie, The River Wild, was shot on the Rogue River.
In the past years, my family and I have gone on the Hellgate Excursions, where a jet boat takes you through hellgate canyon.  No matter how you float down the river, it is always nice to get out of the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

4) Skiing & Snowboarding @  Mt. Ashland
Another staple in the valley is snowboarding or skiing at Mt. Ashland, I have been snowboarding once, and let me tell you I was sore for a good two weeks afterwards.  Props to skiers and snowboarders though, that is one adventurous sport.
5) Wine Tasting!
I totally saved the best for last. You guys, our valley is FULL of wineries. Del Rio, Applegate, RoxyAnn, ValleyView... and these are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.  I googled wineries in the Rogue Valley, and there are even more than I thought. Um, okay - who wants to go wine tasting with me???!
Okay, so there you have it guys, there is seriously so much more to do in the valley than what I have mentioned above. We are obviously surrounded by beauty here, and there are tons of things to do for the outdoorsy types, but there is tons more than that.
What are some of your favorite things in your towns?!
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