Friday, January 25, 2013

Liebster Award!

So... I got nominated for a Liebster Award by this amazing girl who's blog I read, and now consider a friend even though we've never met!... Thanks Kami! :) (  Check it out - this girl is awesome, and has the cutest family!  :)  I doubt my blog has even ten readers, but maybe I'll get 11 after this post! :)

The Rules:
Share 11 facts about myself
Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award
Create 11 questions for nominees to answer
Link back to the person who nominated you - I don't know how to do that so I apologize!

11 Facts about me... hmm!

1. Anyone who reads my blog knows this, but I struggle with depression.  It's an ongoing battle, but for the most part if I stay on my Celexa I'm good to go... but if you find me crying in a Walmart b/c my boyfriend took me out of his top ten on MySpace... just ask me if I've taken my pill lately... the answer is probably no! (Yes, this was a true story, that I know dates me b/c MySpace... does that even still exist??)
2. I value honesty.  One of my favorite things my friend ever said to me is, "I knew I could talk to you about anything b/c when I first met you you told me, there's no such thing as TMI with me."  SO TRUE.  I will listen to your story.  The good, the bad, the crazy.  I will be honest with you if you are honest with me.  I love getting to know people and I hate when people are fake... what's the point???  We only have one life to live, why live a lie?
3. I love animals - going to the zoo is one of my most favorite things to do!
4. I love wine almost as much as I love animals :)
5. I have this fantasy about getting all my best girlfriends (and their families) to move to one area of the country so we can all hang out all the time.  I call it a fantasy b/c some of my most favorite people live in all different states... but wouldn't it be so fun! :)  Let's all buy an island, okay?
6. I am dreading turning 30 not because of the age but because I really want to be married and start working on family - but so far I don't even have a boyfriend... and October will be here before you know it!
7. I am a Christian, but I don't go to church.  I believe in God and that we are saved through grace and that grace came through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I REALLY struggle with organized religion.  I don't like all the rules and all the ways they tell you you can and cannot live.  To me, it is all about having a relationship with God.  And, I have that.  Period... I refuse to tell other people how they can and cannot live.
8. I hated high school.  I am so glad life after high school is so much better than those 4 years.  Yes, I have some good memories, but overall I felt like an insecure mess most of the time.  
9. I love my new job.  It is challenging and constantly pushes me to work hard each day, but I love it.  No, it's not perfect and it has its hard times, but I am so thankful for where I am today.
10. I would give up my job in a heartbeat for a chance to be a stay at home mom. :)
11. I wish my family lived closer - all of them.  Parents, cousins, aunts, uncles... I guess it is the only child in me always wanting more family! :)

11 Questions from the blogger that nominated me

1. What is your #1 thing that you splurge on? Face/skin products!  I love having healthy skin and love trying new products on my face. If you tell me it will make my skin pretty - I'm pretty much sold!
2. What makes you the most happy?  Hanging out with my best girlfriends and just laughing for hours!
3. What is something you wish you could learn?  I would love to learn how to dance... I can dance as in "club dancing" but choreographed routines are hard for me and I would love to be able to dance!
4. What is your biggest regret? I really try hard not to regret things, just learn from them instead.  But... since that is not a fair answer...I regret opening a couple credit cards in college b/c I am still paying for them today!
5. What is your biggest struggle? Body image/being confident when I am surrounded by skinny girls.  I really struggle to feel like I am just as good as these girls.  Losing weight is hard for me.  I am learning (slowly but surely) how to be healthier and make the right choices for my body, but I have always wanted to be the naturally thin girl and it is hard for me to be in a room and not feel insecure.  I will still be nice to everyone, but inside I am calling myself fat and ugly!
6. What are you really good at? Talking!  Haha... I can talk to anyone about anything.  I don't know if it's a talent, but it's the truth!
7. If you were a celebrity who would it be?  Toss up between Taylor Swift and Kate Middleton.  Taylor b/c I would love to be able to sing, play guitar and piano and be 5'11" :)  Kate b/c, well, what girl doesn't want to be a princess for a day?
8. If you could have one do-over what would it be and what would you do? I would have started working out a lot more and eating healthier when I was younger - so those habits wouldn't be as hard to break today!
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Married and with at least one kid :)
10. On a scale of 1-5 how confident are you in yourself? 4, because although I struggle with how I look at times, I know who I am at heart.  I am a good person who genuinely loves others, and I know that being kind to others beats out being just a skinny girl any day. :)
11. Name an experience that was life changing for you?  Probably my trip to Europe with my cousin.  It helped us become a lot closer.  Also, it changed all my friends from college b/c I had to come back and make all new friends.  One of my closest friends to this day, Marissa, well, we wouldn't have met if I wouldn't have taken this trip.  I also know people all over the world now b/c of it too!

The nominees:
The Evan's Gang
News of the Nielsons
Our Family
The Sawyer Show
Tales from the Wild, Wild West...
The Cormell Family

11 questions for nominees to answer
1. What's your biggest pet peeve?
2. Who do you admire most in your life?
3. What are your goals for the next few years?
4. What do you fear the most?
5. What brings you the most joy in life?
6. What is your favorite memory?
7. What is your least favorite memory?
8. Do you prefer cookie dough or baked cookies?
9. What is your favorite TV show and why?
10. What would you do if you had enough money so you never had to work again?
11. What is your favorite place to vacation?

Wow... that took longer than I thought it would! :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

San Diego Zoo

On our last day in San Diego, we went to one of my favorite places... the zoo!  I love zoos!  I love animals and love seeing them interact with one another.  This was a great zoo and the only thing it was missing was penguins!  Why no penguins San Diego???  They are my favs!  Get some asap and then you will be perfect!
 Flamingos - my favorite bird b/c they are pink of course!
Another view...
 When we first got there we raced to see the new baby panda - it's only out for two hours a day.  After a twenty minute wait... here it is!  All curled up in that tree stump in the back right.  See the white fluff?  Yeah, we could hardly either!  Baby's momma is happily eating away as baby sleeps... but I was a little disappointed.  Oh well, I guess baby's need their sleep too!
 I have loved tigers since I was a little kid - even did a report on Bengal tigers back in the day.  I just think they are so beautiful - which is weird b/c I usually don't like orange, but these cats make it work!
I felt bad for this boar b/c he was so ugly.  My mom's quote was "What was God thinking when he made this??"  Haha... they were so ugly they were almost cute - like those ugliest dog contests with the hairless dogs... 
 My mom loves birds and especially eagles.  I am so impressed by their size - and love the angles the San Diego zoo gives you with all the walkways so you are able to be closer to their level and really see them
 These two were so cute - at first!  I got a bunch of pics like this, and then they started fighting - they are probably siblings... so sweet one minute and fighting the next!
 Can you spot the bear?  We couldn't either!  Until about 5 minutes of looking and I felt so silly bc it was right in front of our faces!  (It's on top of the rock snoozin' if you still can't make it out!)
 King of the jungle and lovin every minute of it
 Gotta love the elephants!
 So thankful this vulture spread his wings for me... made for a great shot!
 Stinkiest camel I have ever seen/smelt.  Poor guy - I could literally smell him for about 10 feet before and after! 
At Tara's wedding my mom was sunning herself and said - I'm like those animals at the zoo that Braden (a friend of our family) and I see all the time.  Well the animal is a meerkat and we were lucky enough to see one for comparison that next day!
Here is my beautiful mom and me... I am so bundled up in all these pics!  I thought Cali would be warmer!!! :)

A Beachside Wedding

My cousin Tara got married this weekend to her prince charming, Dustin.  It was such a fun wedding.  She got married in Carlsbad which is just north of San Diego.  It was a beautiful setting.  I am so glad she found such a great guy like Dustin.  I hope to meet my own prince charming one day, and that I can look as incredible as she did on her special day!  She got Christian Louboutin shoes to wear, but walked barefoot in the sand... then stepped into the shoes.  Still, I understand you can't waste your Louboutins!  :)  The pictures will tell the rest... 

Here is my beautiful Aunt Linda being walked down the aisle by her soon to be son in law! :)
Jeremy (the cutie in the middle) and her two groomsmen
Tara's new BIL and SIL :)  They have the two cutest kids who were also in the wedding!
 The reason Tara and Dustin found each other - at these two's wedding!
 Tara and Erin (her sister)'s best friend, Nicole - her wedding is this summer!
 Tara's gorgeous sister, Erin.
One of the cute kids I mentioned - his sign says "Uncle D, here comes your bride!"
And finally, the bride!!!  So pretty, so happy!
And her dress from the back... with her excited groom awaiting!

Putting on the infamous shoes!
Close up of the shoes! :)
 The beautiful (and freezing) bridesmaids! 
The cute groomsmen and the ring bearers one being held by grandma!
 Tara's mom and dad watching their daughter get married!
The happy couple :)
Tara and Me!  Such a great day!!!!