Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fun Weekend

This past weekend my good friend, Kate, came to visit Seattle. She left the rain for sunny California a few years back and now she has a great job and great boyfriend down there, so it will take a lot to get her back here. Kate and I have known each other since 8th grade. (And considering I only moved to Idaho half-way through 7th grade... that's a long time!) We went to church together, high school together, mission trips to Mexico together, college together...crazy all that we've gone through together. And considering we are VERY different us still being friends is pretty impressive to me.

Anyways... we had a great night out with our friend Krissy and some really good catch up chats (some arguments as well...I told you we were different! Don't worry, we are old enough to agree to disagree and left the weekend with our friendship in tact :)

We found this sweet new restaurant/club in Pacific place called Pink (I love it already). It's very New York... it had sleek white couches, a huge bar, great food (minus Krissy's salad... get the tacos, not the salad if you go!), and the best part a bar in the bathroom! I don't know why things like that are cool, because it is kind of gross, but still cool.
Then we had the most AMAZING chocolate cake at Icon Grill. Another good restaurant you should check out if you are in Seattle.
Kate, me and Krissy at Icon grill
On Saturday while Kate went to a wedding I went to my friend Marissa's birthday. It was at The Pink Door in Post Alley. They have a burlesque show but we didn't stay. Why? Because we were also celebrating my friend Nicole's little sister's birthday.
Here is gorgeous Marissa and me
Why is this guy so excited? Because he just bought Marissa one of the world's biggest shots. :)
Bottoms up! And...adios for the evening :)
After we left The Pink Door we headed to Amber. I love this bar because there are couches (I like couches in bars...maybe because I'm old and never wear heels unless I'm going out and my feet hurt so I want to sit down!) All the couches were reserved that night, though. :( We finally met some boys to talk to, so we weren't just 3 girls wandering around drinking. :) The only downside to the night was that Nicole had to "watch" her little sis because she may have celebrated her birthday a little too hard. :) But all in all it was a good night. And a great weekend altogether.
Here's one of the guys we met... pretty sure he's gay though... whatevs he was nice.
These girls make me feel very tall-Melissa, me and Nicole
And this girl I could not love more! She is so fun and one of the few who loves and accepts my weirdness and is weird right along with me. :)

This weekend I FINALLY get to meet little Liam (my friend Shakira's baby). She ended up in the hospital again last Monday when I was going to go visit (she lives an hour away), so I postponed my trip to this weekend. Luckily she is all better now and I can't wait to hold and love on this little guy! Pictures to come for sure! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This Past Weekend....

I used to hate going back to Boise... I dreaded seeing people I didn't like back in the day. I was sad to be in my room that was transformed into the guest room (I'm a guest now?) I was bored. All my "real" friends were in Seattle or away at college. Fast forward to today and I look forward to heading home. Recently, my good friend, Kristen moved back with her family and I could not be happier. We really weren't friends, but acquaintances in high school, but I am so glad to call her a friend today. You know those people you can talk to for 5 hours and it feels like 5 minutes? That's us for sure. I was so glad I got to meet up and chat with her this weekend. I definitely will head home more often just to get to hang out with her.
I also got to see my friend Annie. We were best friends in high school and I am so glad we've stayed friends since then! You just never know where people are going to end up after high school and especially after college. Out of my three closest friends right now, only one of them went to college with me, so I know I am blessed to maintain these friendships from high school. Annie and her husband have the CUTEST little baby now. He's such a smiley little boy. Even when he was fussing he was trying to smile. When I walked in he gave out this excited little laugh. I haven't seen him since he was 3 weeks old, so to see this little guy who could sit up and laugh was quite different and so fun! Annie is just the best mom and pretty much the nicest person you will ever meet. If you are blessed to know her I am sure you will agree.

The main reason I went home was to go to the women's conference at my mom's church. Carol Kent ( was the speaker this year and she was A-MAZ-ING! If you have a chance to read any of her books... DO IT!!! She has an amazing story. I was able to have dinner with her and her husband and a group of people from church that night. She and her husband were some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. They asked questions and you could tell they actually cared about what you said, instead of just trying to make conversation. I love people like that.

My mom's friend's daughter Molly was at the conference too. I've known this girl since she was 2 years old. I used to babysit her! And now she's a sophomore in high school! Crazy how fast time goes. And she is gorgeous now! (Not that she wasn't before, but she was cute, little girl cute). Suddenly she's this young woman who I feel like I want to tell boys to stop staring! :) She also has an amazing love for God and is turning into such a wise girl. I feel like she's smarter than I am now! :) I hope her parents are as proud of her as I am... I bet they are. :)

Well, I'm back home now and getting ready to start school in April. (Sorry to those I told it was in March, it's actually April 1st.) I am getting more and more excited and less nervous so that's good. I just finished accepting my loans (those will be fun to pay off!) and it is getting more real. I really hope I enjoy it and am not disappointed in what I am going to be doing. Oh yes, and the best news of all... my bestie Shakira had her baby boy Liam! He's so cute! I can't wait to go see him in person! She's still in the hospital b/c she had to have a c-section, so I'll have to wait till she comes home. He was her Valentine's day present this year! What a perfect day!