1.29.2010

Dear 24 Hour Fitness

This week my sister and I signed up for a gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness. We had been talking about signing up for weeks, but finally got our lazy butts in there this week. It works out perfectly... we take Ella with us when I get home from work, she plays in the Kids Club (and loves it) and Jordyn and I work out! So far so good! We started on Monday, and we went three days in a row only to be murdered by our instructor Terri in a class called 24 SET. LET ME TELL YOU, I still cant walk straight, but it feels great to get back into the gym and to be really sore! Tomorrow we will be trying out kick boxing, that is, if we can lift our legs! SOOOOOO...

Dear 24 Hour Fitness, please make me have a body like this:

Kate Bosworth Pictures, Images and Photos

Thank you Kate Bosworth for being my motivation...

I have always envied how hot she looks in this movie and in college I used to have a picture of her in my room to motivate me because I wanted to look like her. So, its time again!!!

Ultimate goal? A body like this by May!!! Wish me luck!

1.18.2010

"They don't cut wood at home depot"

My sister and I have been very "project" orientated lately... trying to mix things up to keep ourselves busy! We have been meal planning, cooking different things and we just finished making our photo magnet board, hence the reason for this post.

My mom has the cutest magnet/picture board that she bought at a craft fair in Utah... Jordyn and I have always been envious of this board and we have talked about getting one ever since my mom bought hers. "We can totally make that" we would say... so FINALLY we had a weekend where we were both free and started our board making project!

Last time we were in Florida, Jordyn took down the dimensions for the board. They were very detailed, with a list of the exact sizes of wood we needed, how to connect the wood to the sheet metal, the size of the wood, the width of the wood, the length of the wood... get the point??? We were sure we had everything we needed to make our boards just as cute as Moms and not have to pay over 50 bucks for it :-)

Before we left for Home Depot, Carl, Jordyn's husband asked us how we were going to cut the wood. We both looked at him with a confused stare and said, "Duh, the guys at Home Depot will cut the wood for us", he then did this lil huff and said, "They don't cut wood at Home Depot!"... well, he was wrong!!!! Jordyn and I probably spent about an hour and a half playing with the wood and laying in out in the aisle of the store to make sure it would be just right. Our handy helper cut all of our wood for us, we bought our sheet metal, screws, nails, and a staple gun and we were good to go!!!

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Now starts the lengthy process to get all this put together... we fist spray painted the wood...

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We let it dry...

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Then we hammered in the brackets to keep the wood together...

We screwed in the sheet metal (after cutting it a bit to make it fit)...

and VIOLA!!! all done! If only it were as simple as it sounds. It took us a long time to finally figure out the best way to do it, but we are very happy with the finished product!

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THEN.. to make our board even better, we made magnets for it on Saturday night!!! Now all we need is pictures and cards and notes and whatever else to fill up our fun new boards!

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Thanks J for doing this with me... SO FUN!!!

1.15.2010

Swimming OUTSIDE in January!

This week in Phoenix, the weather has been ridiculous! It has been in the 70's and sunny... so beautiful. On Tuesday, I got to watch Ella because Mom and Jordyn went to a doctors appointment (not gonna lie, I love when Jordyn has Dr. appointments because I like having Ella all to myself). Soooo... being the awesome Aunt that I am, I took her to the pool. Ella was probably more excited than she has ever been and immediately got her "back pack" suit on... (aka: her swimming suit/floaties) We headed on our way down to the pool in my complex and had a blast! Thanks Ella for letting me watch you and not getting mad at me that I stayed in the hot tub while you played in the cold pool! I love you!

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1.14.2010

Dear Victoria,

Your closet is ridiculous!!!

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Your Friend,

Victoria

1.11.2010

Things I Miss...

Brick Oven with LIN, BIN, RIN, and VIC... but I cant seem to find a pic of the four of us!

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Being a nanny for this lil guy...

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The Lake!!!

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Panthers Games

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Charleston with Renee

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Sunday night shows at The Tavern

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Stoneys with the Tri-Pod

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My Dark/Long Hair

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Panorama Towers

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The 202 with my Boo!!!!

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Vegas...

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Thats all...

1.04.2010

First Post of 2010

First I want to say, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 to all my friends and family. Cant believe we have made it through another year. 2009 went by fast, but I am glad it did. I am ready for 2010 and the joys I am hoping it will bring.
Lots has been going on since my last post... spent lots of time with my family that was here, had Christmas, went to Vegas for New Years, and lots of other random stuff that I am going to cram into my blog today!!
Remembering the stuff that goes on in my life can get hard sometimes, so good thing I have my camera to remember the good times. First off, can I just give my niece a nice lil shout out?? I love this little girl more than a lot of things in my life. She brings so much happiness to me and my family. I mean, could any little girl be any cuter? I am very blessed to live so close to her and that I get to enjoy moments like these every day....

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Ok, so lets talk about the Holidays. Here is a calendar of events!!!

December 18th, 2009: My family (mom, dad, and my smallest sister Kaelin) flew in on Friday

December 21st, 2009: Grandparents Arrived

December 22nd, 2009: Kelsi flew in, Kaelin's 14th birthday, NEW MOON... for the 4th time!

December 23rd, 2009: Kelsi's 20th Birthday and Santa shopping... ok, let me explain. Every year, for as long as I can remember, Jordyn and I have gone with my dad to do "santa shopping". It is usually called, "Midnight Run", and we usually end up going on Christmas Eve. Well, with the stores closing early, and with Kelsi's birthday, it ends up being a late night which = the name, Midnight run. This year, we ended up going to Walmart, TJ Max, and Target... and yes, we were out past midnight. Santa's elves did a good job... here are a couple of snap shots!

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December 24th, 2009: Christmas Eve. We were out shopping most of the day finishing up all the last minute things that we needed, and then it was time to wrap. This always happens to me, every year... I end up wrapping the majority of the gifts (because I am soooo good at it), and then we carry them all under the tree and usually crash out after midnight. This year however, we were having Christmas Morning at my sisters house... which meant... Kaelin and I carted all the gifts down to her house... it took us many trips!! This is one of my favorite pictures from that night!

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We also always open PJ's the night before Christmas. This year my dad tried to do more of a theme and get us college sweats... I got FSU ones, and the rest of the family got their favorites as well.
This is my favorite present that I got this year. My mom made me a beautiful quilt that matches my place perfectly!!! She did a fantastic job!!! See???

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After we did presents, we ate the traditional coffee cake, and then it was naptime. Later on in the day we went and saw Avatar which I really liked. It was a fun family movie :-) That was our Christmas Day!

December 26, 2009: FAMILY PICTURES day... I hate this day but it was nice to get some pictures with the entire family... you never know when we will all be back together. Here are my favorites!!!

Kaelin and I
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The Original Hale Kids
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All the Women in the Family
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Funny Faces
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Entire Family
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My Lovely Grandparents and I

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My best friend/sister Jordyn

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December 30 - January 2: NEW YEARS TRIP... this year for New Years, I took Kaelin to Vegas so that she could see her friends, and I went to meet Robert and his brothers there for some Vegas Fun. Here is a cute picture from our Road Trip~

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After I dropped Kaelin off, I went and picked Robert up from the airport... for those of you who dont know Robert, I met him almost two years ago in Vegas at Panorama Towers where we both worked. We have been really close friends forever and recently started dating!!! He lives in California and has the most precious little boy ever, Brayden. He makes me happy :-) We stayed at The Palms and had a lot of fun over the weekend. On New Years Eve we went to Rain, hung out till about 12:15, then went to bed. We also spent some time gambling... playing my favorite game, Pai Gow. This time, we weren't so lucky... :-( We also made time to go get some GRUB from Robertos, one of my favorite Vegas mexican fast food restaurants. Kaelin and I left Vegas on Saturday and returned home to hang out with the family, and then they all left on Sunday :-( Here are some pictures from the Vegas Trip!

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Soooo.... long blog post, but I think I got everything covered. Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season!

Here's to 2010!

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