Monday, January 15, 2018

End of Year Review

2017 is in the books and of course it flew by. I can't believe Christmas is over and a New Year is here. Clearly since I'm doing my year end review two weeks into the new year.

We rang in the New Year in Las Vegas. We came home on the 2nd and started making tons of goals and travel plans.


We celebrated Valentines Day together by going to a local but famous steakhouse. We were way disappointed in their food but finished the night out by going to the movies.


We visited New York City! This was both our first time there and we loved touring the city. There was so much to see and do!


We visited Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and my mom.

I celebrated my birthday and then literally found out that I was having a baby. I was hit with morning sickness immediately at 6 weeks pregnant and spent the rest of the month dying from smells, food and everything in between.


I still had the worst morning sickness and would continue through December but I trooped on and we headed to San Diego, California for a weekend out of town and to go to the world famous San Diego Comic Con. It was also my mom's birthday!

We got out of town and headed up to northern Washington. We went to the Funko HQ grand opening. We were lucky to be one of the 1,000 people they let in that day. People flew from all across the globe and still didn't get in. We got the golden ticket though!


We celebrated my husband's birthday by heading back to Seattle, Washington. We love going to Seattle and spending time there. We went to his favorite steak house- The Metropolitan Grill. We visited the aquarium, took a harbor cruise and had such a great time.


We flew to the east coast and visited my mom. I knew this would be my last long distance trip till after our baby comes so wanted to make the most of it. We went to our favorite place- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Saw tons of shows, shopped, stayed at the Inn at Christmas Place and had an early Thanksgiving dinner together.


Christmas came and went so fast! Christmas is my favorite time of the year but being 7 1/2 months pregnant it was hard to decorate. It took me longer to get things done and I have a feeling these 7 trees in my house will remain up till way into January. We celebrated Christmas in California and tried to make the best out of not being able to travel.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas

This year I have been extremely lax on my Christmas shopping. I literally have two people on a list of about 10 people done. To say that I'm almost in a panic attack over it, would be an understatement. This weekend, I will bravely hit the stores and even the dreaded mall all while being 7 months pregnant. Thank the Lord for the invention of Amazon Prime because without that I don't know what I would be doing. Oh wait, I do know... paying an insane amount for rush shipping.

I've had some people ask me what I'd like for Christmas. Honestly, I don't know what it is about this year maybe it's because I can't go home for Christmas and spend it with my mom and husbandmaybe it's because I'm so pregnant and have had such a hard time with being sick but I haven't really thought about things I would like to have. I just don't feel as festive as I normally do because I LOVE this time of the year. Here's my attempt at my wish list.

1. To spend Christmas at my mom's house! 

I've only not been home for Christmas once (technically twice but my mom came to CA so I don't count that one). This will be the second time ever. I'm 33 years old people. This is a big deal to me. It's something about being at my mom's house with her live tree and the stockings and Santa's cookies. I just want to go home for Christmas. (PS I'm not going home because I can't make the long flight at this stage in pregnancy). Cue the tears. Last year with not my husband and my mom it was perfect to me. 

2. Amazon Gift Cards.

If I can't go home for Christmas, at least let me shop for free on amazon. I've got a whole wish list of Christmas decorations on there that will keep me occupied.

3. Anything Baby.

I'm so overwhelmed. We don't have the baby's room ready, we don't have any of the furniture yet. We literally have some blankets, sleepers, onsies and bibs. Hang in there baby. I'm working on it! Here in the next 2-3 weeks we will hopefully have a bassinet and a crib. We will also have the room somewhat ready. So anything baby related that's essential is a good thing. BUT hey, I've got my amazon registry done! Including the crib, changing table and dresser.

4. Books, Movies and Christmas Decorations.

I've got a giant list of movies, books and Christmas village pieces that I want. I've added to my amazon list all year long.

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Top 10 Elvis Songs

If you know me or have been following me for a long time you'll understand and know my deep love of Elvis Presley. I've been to Graceland several times and can't wait to go back again. I also have an entire Christmas tree themed Elvis. Once when I was a kid, I had an entire Christmas where all of my gifts were related to Elvis, I'm talking Elvis 3D puzzles, movies, clothing etc.

I have Sirius Satellite Radio and literally the only reason why I have it is so I can listen to the Elvis channel day in/day out while I'm in the car. The other day I was sitting in my car, stuck in evening traffic, listening to Elvis and one of my favorite songs came on. It made me start thinking about if I had to pick my top ten Elvis songs which ones would they be? He has such an immense catalog. How could I only choose ten?

After some deep thinking and several more days of listening to the radio, I've compiled my favorite Elvis songs into this top ten list.

1. My Way.
2. Suspicious Minds.
3. Burning Love.
4. It's Now or Never.
5. If I Can Dream.
6. Blue Christmas.
7. Kentucky Rain.
8. Bossa Nova Baby.
9. Can't Help Falling In Love.
10. Unchained Melody.

I love all of these songs for different reasons. When I got married, we walked back down the isle to It's Now or Never so that one will always have a special place in my heart. The others all mean something to me as well. I think when a song means something to you, then you love it/hate it even more.

Do you have a favorite song or songs by Elvis? If so, share with me!