Sunday, January 18, 2009

100 things

Some interesting facts.......
I got this from my friend Jessi’s blog. It seemed easy and fun, so I thought I’d give it a try! I realize I’ve forgotten a lot and was trying to think, “hmm, have I done this, or that?” It was fun. Do it yourself if you like!

The things I have done are BOLD, and if I didn't do it, but came close, I added a bit in parenthesis! This was fun!
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon (if a ½ marathon counts) 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run. 32. Been on a cruise-just some dinner or day cruises, nothing extended! 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person (no, but Iguazu Falls in South America is AMAZING, and people there say it’s better than Niagara. So I’m content with my visit there!) 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language (ilf and gibberish, if they can count! HA! )37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris—Kings Dominion, not Paris! 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie or on a TV show 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen. 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma. 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar. 72. Pieced a quilt. 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake--How about the Dead Sea?!97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 100. Been to the top of the Washington Monument (I added this one, since I’ve never been to Paris for the Eiffel tower, I thought of this one that I DID do. Plus, there were only 99, so I rounded it up to 100!).

Friday, January 16, 2009

Long time

I had a fun day and thought I ought to post about it! I met up with 3 of my friends from elementary school today and hadn't seen any of them in years! We ate lunch at Chevy's (yum) and had a fantastic time catching up! What a fun bunch of ladies. We all grew up in Beltsville and have tons of fun memories playing in the neighborhoods and in eachother's homes! How great to re-connect some former Beltsville Bulldogs! I guess I can add King Cobra's too, but Rachel moved in 8th grade and didn't get to be an Eagle! I guess it's been a busy month. Sometimes I think I'm gonna give up on this blog, but then here I go again with an update! Other fun things from the past month: Ron surprised me for my birthday by taking me to a show at the Kennedy Center. Totally out of the blue and a really special night.

Christmas was good. We spent time in the morning with Ron's Mom's side of the family and then in the afternoon with his Dad's side of the family. Then, the day after christmas we went to my sister's house to celebrate with them! Holidays certainly are busy in Maryland, but we are really enjoying being near family again.
After Christmas Evi and I got to go visit Evin and Jared for a few days. As always, it was wonderful to be with my extended family sister, and we love getting our girls together. Mia and Evi had so much fun playing together and it was a joy to watch. They both taught eachother some useful toddler skills and I can't wait to get them together again. Now, Mia is no longer fighting brushing her teeth, and Evi actually uses her fork more when she's eating :). Plus, Mia taught Evi how to say "Play". I guess we didn't say it enough at home, or something, and Mia had a really cute way of saying it--she stuck her tongue way out to emphasize the "L". Now, Evi says "pay" all the time and I think of Mia. I'm sure there's more to report on that, but that's all my tired mind can come up with right now!

One of the christmas gifts that Evi has been loving is a baby carriage that my parents got for her. They refinished it and made it look beautiful--I guess the trendy name for it is "vintage". With it, they sent a baby cabbage patch kid doll that came with a bottle and powder and she absolutely adores this baby doll. She feeds her and shakes the powder on her, and kisses her, it's quite cute. And to top it off, she loves to do all these things while sitting in the carriage with baby Ashlyn (cause, you know, cabbage patch dolls come pre-named!). I have gotten many pictures of such practices, but here is a cute one with Evi smiling big, and before we attached the handle!
This last one is last week when Evi made her own little bed in the carriage, with baby Ashlyn. It looks like she's ready to sack out watching TV, but not the case. No TV, she just wanted to lay in the carriage and she made sure her pillow and blanket were exactly right!