Friday, October 29, 2010

I Love My Car...

I love my 2007 Yukon Denali.

Yes, I have had MANY problems with it. It is sort of a POS. It has been in the shop numerous times, it was in the shop for over a month this past spring, it's kinda falling apart, the navigation sucks, it has left us stranded because of the battery dying on numerous occasions. It gets horrible gas mileage. It is nasty dirty because I let my kids eat in it. But on the other hand...

  • I love how big it is without being to big.
  • The boys have their space in the back seat.
  • My side view mirrors automatically fold in.
  • The back gate/door had a button you push to shut it which is super great when you hands are full of children and groceries.
  • Heated steering wheel. Nice on cold winter mornings.
  • Comfortable.
  • The service department at Kitahara GMC is great.
  • Third row seating.
  • Has remote start which is great during the hot Fresno summers to get the AC running prior to entering the car.
  • DVD player for the kids.
  • I even love that Steve changed out the ugly red GMC logo on the grill for an all Chrome one.
  • It's All-Wheel-Drive which is great for when I throw the snow boards in the back and head up to Sierra Summit.
  • I feel safe when driving it.

Well, today Steve and I are going car shopping. I hate car shopping to say the least. Do I really need a new car? No, not really. But the way Steve looks at it is that the car needs new tires, and wants to get rid of the car before the warranty expires, and as an opportunity to save some money. We are unfortunately not disciplined enough to pay for our cars outright, therefore sticking us with a pretty hefty car payment.

You'd think I'd learn by now not to get too attached to my car, because eventually Steve is going to make me get a new one.

But I will make peace with my inner materialistic demons and be face the fact that I will have to downsize, to in turn, save us money. Sigh.

So, if you have any car suggestions for me, I would love to hear them....

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TEN Things I am Wondering RIGHT NOW

1. Still wondering about what was in my purse...

2. Wondering when I am going to brush my teeth with the wrong one...

3. Wondering who I need to blame for leaving these in my freezer at the cabin this summer. Yep, Steve and I finished them off and have been addicted to them ever since. We go through about TWO boxes a week. They are snack size which mean we can eat TWO at a time right?

4. Wondering if this little one could be any cuter...

5. Wondering if this one will ever learn to smile AND look at me for a picture...

6. Wondering when I will get used to calling myself a photographer...

7. Wondering if Carson will stop talking long enough for me to finish this blog entry...

8. Wondering if Texas could actually win tonight...

9. Wondering if Steve is really going to make me get a new car.

10. Wondering if either of my boys are actually going to wear their Halloween costumes on Sunday.

Just wondering...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When Life Hands You Lemons...

Go to the Apple Store.

On Saturday night while at a wedding in Downtown Fresno, my car was broken into. They shattered my passenger back window and stole my purse. I luckily had a gut feeling about the whole think and placed my wallet in the glove box prior to exiting my car before the wedding. They stole my purse, along with all it's belongings, but thankfully did not get my wallet.

I was restless that first night wondering and obsessing about what was in my purse. I still am not exactly sure. But one thing is for sure, my Bvlgari sunglasses were in there. Big bummer.

Then Monday morning rolled around.

My car window needed to be fixed.

Carson was sick.

I shattered the glass on my iphone.

I was supposed to be on my way to Carmel.

Ready to completely loose it....

I maintained composure.

Steve took my car in.

My mom took both boys.

Steve made me an appointment at the Apple store for which I showed up 45 minutes late to.

They fixed my phone.

Thinking I was going to have to pay $99 for them to replace the glass on my phone, I was pretty bummed along with having to pay to replace the window on my car. I spilled my sob story to the Genius Bar. The guy said he would help me out and fixed my phone for free!! I started crying right then and there.

My car was ready by the time I was done at the Apple Store.

And 3 hours later I was sipping wine in Carmel with one of my best friends.

New window: $170
New iphone glass: FREE
An excuse to buy new Gucci sunglasses?
An excuse for Steve to buy me a new car?
Wine in Carmel with BF: PRICELESS!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Photo Blog Updates

If by chance you come to my blog and are disappointed that I haven't updated it since the last time you visited.....

Don't forget to check out my PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG.

Maybe I updated that one instead.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


To say that these two melt my heart would be an understatement.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lions, Tigers, and Web Pages

Photo shoots

Web design

Business cards





Business License

Web Hosting

And A Domain


To say the least, my photography business is launching into something I never imagined it would. I always thought I'd just be that girl who took pictures for friends and family to give them a CD with their images.

I never really thought I'd be a good enough photographer to do more than that.

I'm still not quite sure I am good enough to do more than that.

But here's to trying.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Sharktactular Blue Christmas Tree

What does the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, a wreath, and a Christmas tree have in common?

They are all holiday sugar cookies decorated with blue frosting, of course!

Blue frosting AND shark sprinkles.

Because a Christmas tree wouldn't be complete without shark sprinkles... right?

A blue Christmas tree with shark sprinkles in October.

But what matters is that it all tastes the same.

This is a face of someone that just dumped a whole container of blue sprinkles on the floor.

I will be cleaning up blue sprinkles for as long as I live in this house.

Hey Carson, does that taste good?

Hey Carson, can you touch your tongue to your nose?


Can you?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monochromatic Monday

I am always game for a scrapbooking challenge. Coincidentally, this week the "Salinas Scrapbookers" had a monochromatic page challenge AND the ever so talented Cathy Zielske just happened to post "Make a Page Monday" on her blog.

So, I combined them!!