Friday, November 11, 2011

Thirty-One Gifts!

If you are interested in ordering from Thirty-One Gifts, please email me by Monday!
Please take a look at the catalog at:

Also, there is a November Special!  See below!

Baby it's COLD Outside!

It's official!  We've had our first snow of the year.  No, I don't mean a flake here or there.  I mean an "inches" snowfall ... the kind that prompts the kids to throw on snow pants and boots and make a snowman.  Every year that goes by, I dislike this winter routine more and more.  However, there is something to be said for a fire, cup of hot chocolate and watching the joys on my daughters faces and suddenly it doesn't feel quite so bad!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Where have you been all my life?

About 3 months ago I bid farewell to my blackberry and traded it in for the new iPhone 4.  It was life changing.  I've had iPod's for years, two iPad's since last year and didn't think that life could get any easier.  The iPhone convinced me otherwise but it's happened again!  I like to think that I can "wait" to get my hands on new little gadgets but seriously, who am I kidding?  Two days ago my darling husband inherited my iPhone 4 and I got the new 4S.  It's AMAZING!  Siri, in two days you've gotten me out of more jams by reminding me what to do and when to do it and I love you madly. 

While playing I came across this new app - maybe you've seen it.  It turns your photos into something that looks hand drawn with pencil or chalk.  I think it's pretty cool ... what do you think?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gone Too Long

Just the other day Maggie reminded me (again) that I haven't been updating this site.  When I went out to it, I realized that it's been MONTHS!  Ugh, I'm so bad at this stuff.  So, for those of you that read this, I'm sorry.  I officially have lost myself in the day to day routine. 

So, it's a new day.  Lots has happened since I talked to you last.  Maggie turned 8 and started 3rd grade, Emma turned 6 and started kindergarten, Steve is inches away from finishing school up and I'm still plugging along with not a whole lot new to report! 

No, there are no photos on this post.  Why?  Well, I'll tell you.  Back in September, Maggie tried to download a game to my laptop and POOF 33 viruses.  So, all of my photos from the summer are on a USB drive and the photos I've taken since the computer crash are still on the camera. 

Anyway, we're back on track!  Come back and visit!  I'll have more updates soon.

Monday, February 28, 2011

"All I want from Maui is a.........

Hula Girl Outfit", said Maggie Mantel.  Every day I'd call home and she'd ask, "Mama did you get me a grass skirt and a pair of coconuts?"  I couldn't believe that of all things, this is what she wanted.  But, if that's what Maggie wants, that's what she got!  (And of course a set for Emma too!)  I really debated on if I should post these or not but I couldn't resist.  It's not so much "cute" but just pretty funny.  You should see them hula in these babies!!!

Date Night

So, I'm a little behind but hope to pick up some speed! 

On Super Bowl Sunday, my wonderful husband handed his "man card" to me ... we had tickets to see Wicked that night and the thought of missing the Packers in the Super Bowl wasn't working for me.  However, I had a solution waiting in the wings!  Maggie had just received her report card (which BTW was OUTSTANDING....YAY MAGS!) and kept seeing the commercials.  Since she knew a few songs from an early episode of Glee, she really wanted to go.  Know where I'm going with this???  Yup!  Steve and Maggie had their first dinner-and-a-broadway-show date night.  Mags was SO excited!  Steve was thrilled to take his little girl on a date and Emma and I were delighted to head across the street for a Super Bowl party with our friends!  I'm the luckiest girl in the world - I have an incredible husband who is an amazing father, 2 great daughters and the best friends ever.  Life is good!

Go Pack!  (Emma and Lily Style!)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Yes, I'm Still Here!

I can't believe it's been a whole month since my last post.  It's been a busy month!  Last night I returned from my latest trip - Maui and then Las Vegas. 

I had never been to Maui and honestly, thought it was overrated ..... until I arrived.  It is truly a magical place - the beauty is indescribable.  I took tons of photos that don't do the island justice.  Hawaii has always been on my "list" but I had always imagined I'd visit for my first time with my husband.  Although that was not the case this time, it was still an unforgettable experience that I'm so grateful for. 

Goodbye Maui ... Hello Las Vegas (for the 3rd time in a year).  Maybe its that I'm getting older, maybe I've just been there too many times but Vegas just doesn't do it for me anymore.  There are too many people, too much smoke, too much yuck.  Although it will always be a bit near and dear to me as the place that I married my best friend, I really don't need to go back for a few years now ... unless duty calls, of course.

No pictures from Vegas but here are a few from Paradise!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Good Morning, Los Cabos!

It feels like I was just here!  (Maybe because I was about 6 weeks ago.)  After spending a few stressful hours in Mexico City yesterday I landed here in Cabo.  The weather here is SO different that Riviera Maya - it's about 76-80 with no humidity which is a nice break.  The whales have come down from California to Cabo and are having babies and you can see the whales fom my balcony.  Today we have a large group coming in that I'm told is quite a rowdy bunch so we'll see what this week brings! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

My Favorite Things

I know I'm not Oprah ... although I'd like to have her bank account!  As I'm sitting here working this morning I started thinking about the things that I love about Mexico.  Of course, I really do miss my family more than I could ever describe BUT since I'm here, I better find the positives.  Right?  So, here goes!

I love that I wake up to sunshine and palm trees.
I love that it's not even 8:00 a.m. and I'm sweating my you-know-what off and I haven't run!
I love that I can go to bed at night with my patio door open and listen to the waves hit the beach.
I love that when I ask someone to do something for me the response is always "It's my pleasure" without hesitation.
I love that I can eat the freshest of my favorite fruit every day.
I love knowing that I will go home with a tan!
And finally .... I love that everytime I come here I shed a few pounds even though I'm eating like a horse.  Now granted, some may call it Montazuma's Revenge but I call it STRESS!  (Day 3 here and 4 lbs. down though from when I arrived so I'm really not complaining!) 

So there you go, Miss Maggie.  There's Mommy's list of favorites so when you talk to your class about why Mommy likes Mexico you have something to go on. 

I miss you guys - LOVE YOU lots!