I have been ejoying my mini break before spring semester starts and yesterday was the best day yet! I went to my sister’s house and hung out with her and these precious little munchkins for most of the day:

We went to the movie store so that Aggie could get a new movie and the sister and I rented Love Happens
I had never even heard of it and I think that it is pretty new. In any event, it was amazing! I loved it so much and I stongly recommend it to those of you who live for romantic comedies, as I do. We watched it when the kiddies were asleep, which made it much more enjoyable. After her husband got home from work, we went to see It’s Complicated
This movie was also amazing! I loved it so much and I cannot wait for it to come out on video because I am definitely going to purchase it!
On our way home from the movies, we drove by the Muckelshoot Casino in Auburn and saw that they were having a casting call for The Amazing Race. I have watched the show a couple of times but never really got into it. My sister on the other hand loves it and she said that if she could go on any show that would be the show. But she said that her husband would never do it with her, so I suggested I go with her. We both got really amped and when we looked into the details we found out that we could not go to the casting call and there is a really long application process that had to be done by…today. So needless to say, we can’t go on it but we are really going to try to do it next year and I am really excited about it; it should be fun.
I also finished Catching Fire (I will write a review on it shortly) and I started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and I am loving it. I did not quite reach my goal of finishing the four books that I wanted to finish by the end of Februrary but finishing them before spring semester seems very reasonable.
I hope that everyone is having a great week and I plan on having some more exciting stuff to post soon!

So many new and wonderful things have been happening yet I have not had the time to write about them. I will just list a few of them so that you can all catch up with me:

1. I started clinicals! It has been…interesting. I have to wake up super early which is a bummer but I always feel really good about myself after I leave the nursing home; it makes me happy to make other people happy, especially cute old people:)

2. Jenni’s lil’ love is finally here! He is the sweetest little baby boy in the world (along with my nephew, of course)  and I am so happy for her and her hubby! Congratulations Jen!

3. It is almost Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday!

4. This weekend I get to hang out with the best friend while we go to my sister’s house to work on her project! I am so stoked because I haven’t seen her in a while and we will get to spend most of the day together (it is a long drive Kim)!

5. Last but not least, it is finally here tomorrow…I think you know what it is…oh yes! New Moon. I am going to the midnight showing and I am pretty stoked. It should be amazing.

I hope that everyone is having a great week!

Last week I spent the week in Kansas visiting my dad, stepmom, and two brothers. It was actually a great trip, very relaxing, and fun.

Pre-trip (Tuesday):

The day before I left was my mom’s birthday and we spent the day in Seattle. It was so much fun! On our way to Seattle we got pedicures in Olympia, which was much needed. Then we went to ikea to get some goodies for my dorm room. I pretty much have everything I need now and I am super stoked to move! Anyway, we met my sister and niece and nephew at ikea and we had a sweet time. We proceeded to go to Nordstrom where I got some awesome new threads. We spent a massive amount of time at both stores so by the time we were done it was like 8:00 and we decided we were hungry and ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Dinner was awesome, as it usually is at the Cheesecake Factory, but it was super busy so we had to sit really close to the people around us. Ignoring the negative of being so close to everyone, it was awesome because we could listen to other people’s conversations. The people to the right of us were very funny because they were high school kids on a date and it was ironic because the girl ordered some sort of pasta and the boy ordered a salad. It made me laugh. After dinner we went to our hotel and we got there pretty late so there wasn’t a lot of parking so we parked on the side and when we went in the receptionist person informed us that there was a thief in the parking lot and if we had any valuables we should bring them inside and we were like oh its cool we put all of our stuff in the trunk. She then informed us that these theives take out the locks on the trunks and that is where they get most of their loot. So we had to bring everything that we purchased up to our room, which took a while. On our last trip up to our room there was this guy a few doors down from us and we had seen him at the Cheesecake Factory. I said to him, “hey we saw you at the cheesecake factory.” He laughed and said, “oh are you stalking me? It’s ok, you can stalk me.” I was officially creeped out. So we went into our room and watched The L Word (my favorite show) and then went to bed. I fell asleep and around 1:00 and we had to wake up at 3:45.

Day One (Wednesday):

So after getting less than 3 hours of sleep I had to wake up and get myself ready and we headed to the airport. Our car was not broken into, as far as we know. My plane was supposed to leave at 6:15 but we didn’t leave until about 7:00 because there was some sort of latch on one of the compartments in the back that was broken. I only had a 45 minute layover when I got to Denver. I was so worried that I was going to miss my flight. It all turned out ok, I just had to run to my flight and then we left right away. I arrived in Kansas around 2:00 and was greeted by my two brothers and my stepmom. We went home and I took a 2 1/2 hour nap. It was amazing. That night we just hung out when my dad got home from work and it was a nice relaxing day.

Day Two (Thursday):

I woke up Thursday morning and we all went to the pool. It was about 95 degrees out and the pool felt so amazing. We stayed there for a couple of hours and when we got home I took my 7 year old brother to see GI Joe. It was actually a pretty good movie, not to mention that Channing Tatum is rather good looking and not to hard to look at for two hours. While we were waiting for the movie to start, these two guys came in and sat a couple of rows in front of us. I couldn’t help but laugh when they sat with a seat in between them…oh men. The rest of that day was relaxing yet again and I played a lot of sudoku.

Day Three (Friday):

My Aunt Dana came to visit. I was so happy because I have not seen my Aunt Dana in about 5 or 6 years. She is amazing and I used to spend a week with her every summer so it had been far too long. She wanted to go to a movie so just she and I went to see the Time Traveler’s Wife (which was amazing!) and then came home and chatted with my dad and stepmom before we went to bed.

Day Four (Saturday):

We woke up early and went out to breakfast and then we went to the city market. It was really fun to walk around but it was so hot and humid, it was almost unbearable. While at the marketplace, we went to the Steamboat Arabia Museum. If you are ever in Kansas City, I strongly recommend seeing it. The Steamboat Arabia is a Steamboat that sunk in the Missouri River in 1856. The boat had several passengers as well as a couple of tons of cargo making its way from Kansas City to St. Louis. It didn’t make it very far before it sunk. All of the passengers survived but most of their belongings and the cargo did not. Several years after the boat sunk, there were rumors of a lot of alcohol aboard. Many people tried to dig up the boat but with little luck and the alcohol was never found. I believe it was 20 years ago that a father, his two sons, and a family friend wanted to dig up this boat and try to find some treasure. To make a long story short, they found so many artifacts and opened this museum to show what they had found. It was pretty amazing. Here are some pictures.steamboat_painting

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After the museum my aunt went home and the rest of the day was more relaxing and sudoku.

Day Five (Sunday):

Sunday was by far the most relaxing day of the week. We all slept in and laid in our pajamas for most of the day. My stepmom recorded the last season of Hell’s Kitchen, it is one of the best shows ever. My dad and I watched the last 9 episodes of the show and I am now in love with it. That night, we went to dinner at Power Play, which is like a fancy chuckie cheese. The food is way better and it has more games for older people. After we got home, I was so tired from doing nothing all day that I went to bed.

Day Six (Monday):

This was my last full day in Kansas. Brady, my brother, wanted to see yet another movie, so we went to see Aliens in the Attic. It was not a bad movie. I think that most little kids would enjoy it. Other than that, I played a lot of sudoku and watched some lifetime movies with my stepmom.

Day Seven and Post-trip (Tuesday):

This was the day I was going home. I woke up early (6:30) and got ready to go. The day was boring, just flying and then I got home around 2:00. The lovely boyfriend picked me up from the airport, we went to lunch at Red Robin, and then he took me home.

The trip was fun. There were a couple of thunder storms with thunder so loud and so close to the house it felt like an earthquake sometimes. My brothers love the wiggles and after being home for a day now, I still have this stuck in my head.

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These are the beautiful little feet of my new nephew! I am so proud of my sister for having her second perfect baby! He is adorable and his name is Hudson Arthur. He is 8 lbs 4 oz  and 20 1/2 inches long. He is perfect in everyway and I couldn’t be more happy! (I think he knew I was taking a picture and he wasn’t very happy that his feet were exposed. 🙂 )

I have been quilting like a maniac and I really wanted everyone to be able to see how all of them turned out. Some of these are older and some are quite new…

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This is my first quilt and I made it for myself. This is the front of the quilt.

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Close up of the front.

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This is the back of the quilt.

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This quilt I made for my cousin and her baby girl. It is kind of a bummer because she didn’t find out whether she was having a boy or a girl so we had to make it somewhat gender neutral. The back is the same as the front.

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Close up of the pattern. This was taken before it was finished, it has lime green bias around the edges.

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This quilt I made for my sister and her new baby. They are having a boy and they have a Seahawks theme. This one is my favorite.

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This is the back.

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This quilt is for my cousin and her new baby boy. They have a firetruck theme.

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The back is plain red.

I also made a quilt for my boyfriend’s sister that is amazing… I need to get a picture of it though.

There are more in the making…stay tuned!