Friday, February 19, 2010

Phone Post & Sushi

I've been curious about blog applications for writing posts on the go for a while now. I finally got one, Blogaway, and this is my first post using it.

Does anyone else use a blogger application on their Android phone that they recommend?

Since this is the only photo on my phone right now and I want to try that feature of this app, I'll confess the story behind it...

The first time I ever tried sushi was at a hibachi restaurant in high school before homecoming or prom with my boyfriend and friends. I was 16. I spit it out. Yes, I classlessly spit food out at a respectable restaurant.

Sushi and I took a long break of about 3 or 4 years before trying to be friendly again. I kept sporadically trying all different kinds ever since, but the taste never engaged my tastebuds. I simply did not like sushi. But I wanted to, especially since all my friends and Philip love it.

On Valentine's Day, the time had finally come. EIGHT years after our first encounter, I finally ordered a roll all for myself as my entrée. This photo commemorates this monumental occasion. Philip is so happy to finally have a partner to enjoy this dish with...because I already like his other favorite food: pizza.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our 1st Married Valentine's Day

P and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day for the first time as a married couple. It was so reflective of who we are and it was such a great day.

Saturday night we stayed up later than usual watching shows from the DVR. It was 1:30 am, technically Valentine's Day already, and he got to the bed first. As I finished up in the bathroom and walked out, I saw him laying in bed with my side's sheets half way down and a small jewelry box laying on the pillow.

Last year, P got me a heart-shaped necklace as well. I wonder if this is going to turn into a tradition? Hmmm :)

Then, after I gave him hugs and kisses for my pretty necklace and he put it on me, his hand popped up with another box. It looked exactly like this...

And this is what was inside...

P has had a Nexus One for a few weeks and it's amazing. I love my new phone! It's light-weight, SO fast, has a camera flash, etc. etc. etc. This iPhone nemesis won me over when I first saw it, not to mention our contract is literally HALF of what people pay for AT&T. Can you tell I'm super happy with my Valentine's Day presents?!

Although 1:45 in the morning at this point, I ran downstairs to fetch P's hidden gift. I threw it in a gift bag, no card, no tissue paper, and ran back up the stairs and jumped in bed. P appreciated my gift bag since he hadn't wrapped at all! {We're so lazy lol.}

P was happy to find a sweet, yet practical gift {just how he likes 'em} of a few boxer briefs from Express. He had one pair and raved about them saying how he wished all his underwear were from Express and compared having new ones to having new bed sheets. I tell you, it's not too hard to please this one, although those boxers are NOT cheap - makes me glad I can snag a nice pair of undies at Victoria's Secret for only $7, that's for sure!

And I suppose P does look pretty cute in his new boxer briefs, so it's a duel gift ;)

On Sunday, we ate brunch at our favorite spot, caught the Valentine's Day matinee, went home and just hung out for a few hours till we ate dinner at this new Japanese place we discovered that is delish. It was a day that just makes you breathe "ahhhh" with a big, big smile :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Handmade Birthday Cards

January is a very, very busy birthday month for me. Here are all the people I am close with who have birthdays in January:

11th & 18th: nephews
19th: mom
14th: 2 best friends {same day & year!}
28th & 29th: 2 close coworkers

Yeah. Seven. That's a lot!

Since I've gotten into digital scrapbooking, I decided to try to make some birthday cards out of the papers and elements I have on hand. I know this isn't true card-making, but for my purposes, it worked out well. I made 3 unique cards with my scrapbook materials, printed high-quality on cardstock and then cut the image out accordingly once on the paper.

My first card {and ironically my favorite} made for my best friend, Jess.

On the back of all the cards, I stamped them with this "handmade with love" stamp I got at Michael's a long while ago. I never thought I'd get crafty enough to use it! I'm glad I didn't return it :)

This one was for my mom - in the top right corner, the image says "January 2010".

This one was for my coworker who turned 27. I didn't fold this card once printed and simply wrote my happy birthday message to him on the light blue space.

I haven't perfected making the cards; it's been difficult matching sizes to printing and my computer running slowly with such large files, etc. But I've liked making them knowing they're more personalized and thoughtful than just picking one up at the store again. {Even though I do love browsing through them sometimes!}

Now just one birthday this month, 2 in March, 1 in April and then home free all summer!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Achilles Princeton

I know, I'm horribly horribly wretched for taking such a hiatus...what can I say? Babysitting wore me out so bad I needed over a 2 week break? ::Sigh:: No is my new baby nephew!

At 8 lbs. and 21", Achilles beat both his brothers in size at birth!

He loved being swaddled and cried whenever he was unwrapped!

Eldest brother, Nate, beaming!

Middle brother, Troy, not the youngest anymore...not sure if he's grasped on to that yet lol.

My sweet husband holding this few hour old baby in his lap...puts in perspective just how little they really are. "Hi little guy."

"That's the baby."

Happy Mommy :) {Glad to not be pregnant anymore! Hehe}

And finally, ME, Aunt Kiki with her 3 fabulous boys.

I hadn't held a little baby in so long, much less a newborn, it was so nice and he was simply so small!

Unfortunately, Achilles developed jaundice that held him and parents in the hospital for much longer than anticipated. He spent a lot of time sunbathing under that lamp and after a few days finally got his levels down more normal. We went back to visit one more time in the hospital to give Achilles his birthday present: a pack of absolutely adorable onesies that, truthfully, P and I almost kept for ourselves for our unborn, unknown sex, baby!

Do not let your hopes get too high. No, we do not have "baby fever" {especially after babysitting a 3 & 5 year old all week! lol} We actually talked about this topic recently and feel that in roughly 2 years, end of 2011-ish, we'll start "trying"...maybe. Haha. Ahh, I'm scared! I tell myself in 2 years I won't be though and I am banking on that.