Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Time!

Christmas is always super fun. We love to get together our families and eat good food. This year we went to Aly’s for Christmas Eve and it was a lot of fun to go up to my grandma’s old house. It was fun to spend some time up there, we have so many great memories there. The kids were so excited and so wild. They were so excited to open up Kati’s traditional gift of pjs. They looked adorable!

We also had a Christmas party at The Cardon’s, its one of my favorite traditions. This year was extra special because we celebrated my Grandma Cardon’s 80th birthday. She is such a doll! I just love her. My mom and sisters took some great pictures, so  I will let them do the talking.

We also got to spend some good quality time with Sam’s family. We just love being over at their home and enjoying everyone’s company. Sydney and Rob are so generous and kind to us! We are so lucky to have such a great family. The time we spend there is always very relaxed and fun. We were extra excited this year because Sam’s little sister Brooke got engaged! Her fiancĂ©’s name is Alex and they are just the cutest! We are more than excited for both of them!

This year, and every year we are reminded how blessed we really are. We are so blessed to have our families so close so we don’t have to choose between them, we get to enjoy both families during the holidays. We are so blessed to have such thoughtful and generous families! We love them all so much and we are so grateful for them in our lives!

December 6,2011

This year my for my mom’s birthday we were just getting back from Hawaii and we could really celebrate it very well. We did get some cake and ice cream a few days later, but I just wanted to take a little bit longer to really say how much I love my mom. I am so grateful for her in my life. She really is one of my best friends. She is the most caring and considerate people I have ever met. She is so patient and is kind to everyone. She is an amazing example to me of how to live my life. She is one of my favorite running partners. Through everything that I have done in my life she has always been there to support me. Every time I run a race without her, I always cry when I see her at the finish because I am so grateful that she is there. I know I can always count her to cheer me on and get me through.

My mom is the cutest most beautiful person. I am such a lucky girl to have her as my mom! I love you mom and I hope that you had the best birthday ever! You deserve it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Updated Bucket List- I love checking things off!

A little while back I posted my bucket list and I figured that since some time has passed I should update it.... so here goes:

First is my travel list- this is a list of places I want to see before I die:
1. Costa Rica      
2. Bahamas          
3. Caribbean
4. Greece
5. Italy
6. London
7. Paris
8. Vatican City
9. Brazil
10. Chile
11. Australia

12. Bora Bora
13. Canada
14. Ireland
15. Sweden
16. Africa
17. Jamaica
18. Spain
19. Italy
20. Norway
21. Finland
22. Denmark
23. New Zealand
24. India
25. Belize
26. Egypt
27. Germany

28-- All 50 States Arizona, Utah, California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Hawaii 
29. Argentina
30. Russia
31. India
32. Madagascar 

Other things I want to do before I die:
1. See the 7 wonders of the world --

  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria
2. Get a my bachelors degree
3. Get a masters degree
4. Own my own house-- no mortgage-- really own it.
5. Spend a summer on a beach
6. Run marathons until I don't want to run anymore
7. Scuba dive
8. Snorkel
9. Hike on a volcano
10. Live in New York-- be a New Yorker
11. Serve a humanitarian mission
12. Retire
13. Complete a triathlon
14. Run the Boston Marathon
15. Skydive
16. Bungee jump
17. Own a real designer purse
18. Write a book
19. Learn a second language-- Spanish
20. Buy my dream car
21. Swim with dolphins
22. Send a message in a bottle
23. Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home (just once)
24. Spend New Years in an exotic location
25. Spend Christmas on the beach drinking pina coladas
26. Drive a convertible down Pacific Coast Highway with the top down
27. Drive across the country
28. Scuba dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
29. Ride in a hot air balloon
30. Touch an iceberg
31. Steal a sign
32. Kiss in the rain
33. See the statue of liberty 
34. Shop of 5th avenue 
35. Run the New York City Marathon
36. Get Married 
37. Get a tattoo
38. See the Golden Gate Bridge
39. See the Space Needle 
40. Go to Mexico
41. Go on a cruise
42. Go to Lake Powell
43. Learn to Wakeboard
44. Snowboard
45. Go to the Olympics
46. Eat Sushi
47. Hike the Grand Canyon
48. Go to counseling
49. Truly forgive
50. Watch a baseball game at Yankee Stadium
51. Watch a baseball game at the New Yankee Stadium
52. Go to a professional basketball game
53. Go to a professional football game
54. Watch a game in every baseball stadium in the US
55. Go on a luggage free vacation
56. Look at New York from the top of the Empire State Building
57. Stay in a beach house
58. Be debt free
59. Become an R.D.
60. Have kids

61. Run a Rock and Roll Marathon
62. Design a room and make it exactly how I want it-- no matter the cost
63. Feel satisfied with my body
64. Enjoy where I am
65. Take a big risk
66. Be a good saver
67. Get organized- and Stay that way
68. Be romantic
69. Be a snowbird (April to October in STG, November to March in somewhere tropical and warm)
70. Live with no regrets
71. Go to design school

Dec 1, 2011-- All about Ms. Kati Lynn

This year Kati turned 30! Whoo hooo! There are so many things that I love about Kati-- so here's a few

1. She is a really good clothes sharer-- even when she doesn't know she's sharing
2. She is a really good listener
3. She is a really good problem solver
4. She is really relaxed and goes with the flow- most of the time
5. She is in my top two favorite people to travel with
6. She is really dedicated to what she does- and puts her whole heart into her passions
7. She is a great example to me

I just love Kati! I hope she had the best birthday this year.. ( thats a trick because we were in Hawaii for her birthday so how couldn't it be the best birthday) :)


Our Hotel on Wakiki Beach

Dole Plantation

I guess it's time to give a little update since a lot has been happening. I was so lucky to be able to spend a few days in Hawaii with my sisters to celebrate Kati's 30th birthday. We had so much fun, and I am dying to go back. I will let the pictures do all the talking.