SEESTERS xo

A sister shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. ~ Unknown

Jackie and I shoulder to shoulder, against the world

My younger sister and I, 1988 on my first day of kindergarten going to a new school half way through the year. I remember being scared to not know anyone in a new school. Looking at this photo though leads me to believe that I had a nice pep talk given to me from the mouth of my little sis and partner in crime. I was always good at leading her and picking up her sentence where she’d leave off. But she was also good at sweet encouragements and always believed in her big sis.

This union of sisterly friendship has carried into our adult life and I am ever grateful for that. I really don’t know what I would do without either of my sisters really. Jackie still looks to me for answers in life the way she seemed to early in our childhood. Though I thought I had all the answers being the oldest… and I still think I have them all. Some of the time. (And she believes me!! Don’t tell!) But in all honesty her and I bounce off of each other with ideas, encouragement and questions still all the time. I’m sad I don’t get to see her as often as I’d love to, or that our kids would love to, but that makes the times that we do even more special.

This weekend was an extra special moment to come visit…

She did it!!

My sis and her husband both ran their first half marathon together at the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon this past weekend. They were super excited to set out on this venture together, and I was very proud to see them accomplish it! They had a couple of set backs along the way of training but were still very determined to get out there and finish. Our Dad ran it with them in his usual supportive fashion! They each had a unique story to run for: Jackie set out on this goal a mere four months after having her second baby… Awesome motivation right there! Her hubs Andy was out to do it with her, winds up pulling a calf muscle half way into the training program, as well as had an appendicitis a month before the race… My Dad trained his tush off for a Cabo trip that my parents took a couple of weeks ago.

Needless to say they wore their reasons, LOUD AND PROUD!!

GAVE BIRTH 6 MONTHS AGO…APPENDECTOMY 4 WEEKS AGO…CABO 2 WEEKS AGO…

It was a beautiful day down in San Diego, perfect race weather! I didn’t brave the crowds and street closures at the race but our Mom and I had the post-race breakfast ready to go for them upon their return. We had a champagne toast and hashed over the pain and stories of their experience. That’s what I love to hear, everyone’s personal take on the experience and how they got through it.  All in all it was not too hard for them, which was encouraging for them to feel as though they could do this again! (I plan on doing the next one with them, if it can work out that way) The cool thing was that my Dad got to hop in on the drums at one of the band stations set up along the way. He did Blink 182 with a band set around mile 9. He was totally happy about that, since he was scheming it up in his head to try to do this during the race I know.

I’m so happy for my sister and bro-in-law to have accomplished this! It’s definitely a huge deal to take on goals with an area in life that is not your forte and then totally DO IT!! Neither of them were really  into running before this, so it just goes to show that anything is possible. I think my sis might even be obsessed about medals now like I became… Maybe she caught the B-U-G!

Either way, I’m so proud of my sister for this accomplishment. I know that she can do anything she puts her mind to really and this is one of many ways that she shows it!

ROCK ON JACKIE AND ANDY!!! 🙂

 

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A shout out to the Shout House!!

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” 
― Dr. Seuss

I know it’s been forever, I talked and ranted enough about turning 30… I still am in my sleep I think. But regardless of that, the official celebration was one of the best nights of my life!!! I gave a brief preview of the theme presented to me a few weeks earlier here. I figured I would get a little post up about the festivities and the awesome job that my sister did putting it all together. I will admit, I had an inclination that the party was at a piano bar, but I had no idea which one or where. I’ve only been to one other in my life and it doesn’t even compare to this dueling piano bar known as The Shout House!!! in San Diego.

WOW what a great time we had!! The thing is that these big milestone birthday’s don’t come around often, making it just the perfect opportunity to do something grand when it does…celebrate this life, throw a party, take an amazing trip, climb a mountain… or take a limo to this fantastic piano bar and be thrown up on the piano and serenaded with humiliating/raunchy lyrics as a room full of mostly unfamiliar faces stares at you , and laughs, enjoying it all…. and  you of course will enjoy being in the spotlight because it’s your birthday and you are not too proud to face this crowd with a smile on your face and fully take in every moment…raunchy or not. ONE NIGHT to celebrate you. Just do it, and love it!! I will add that a night away from kids, in the ‘adult’ atmosphere was fully enjoyed… 😉

Here are some photos of the festivities:

My family had the pre-party at the hotel we stayed at… I was very excited to celebrate with my parents, my sister’s and their hubby and boyfriend, as well as my cousin and two of my best friends since high-school. Being that it was the people who I cherish the most in my life, aside from my kids, I’d call it the perfect crowd…

I have to say that my sister thought of it all for this party. Everything from the cute cupcakes, to the matching goody bags and nail designs for us to wear and of  course this sash she surprised me with… I don’t even think I had one of these things at my bachelorette party back in the day, so I was quite enamored with this one! 🙂

Okay, now dare I talk about a limo ride?! Well there just aren’t enough good things to say about those really. They just speak for themselves. When I set foot in a limo…all mommy/homeschool/seriousness of my world kind of gets left at the door. It’s just the entire thing… popping a bottle of champagne, toasting, music, and pure safe fun all in the dark confines of a car. It’s rare but so worth the experience!!

Here are my Dad and Mom. I just love that they don’t turn down a chance to celebrate like this with their daughter’s. They are still so young at heart and still know how to enjoy themselves of course!  My dad actually had his own moment that night as well. Being a long time drummer, who still has it, he will take any opportunity to ‘sit-in’ if the chance arrises. He is so funny about it too, any place near music you can catch him scoping out for a drum set as if he’s sending the vibes out that he wants to play. Anyway he got to sit in that night! He was awesome up there… they did “Johnny be good.” I won’t forget that moment, like the memories I have locked away of watching Dad play as a little girl.

This place is seriously a blast!! The crowds of people streaming in never seemed to let up. It’s in a very popular area of San Diego for all that nightlife stuff so I’m not surprised. If you are ever in the area, you should stop in for a visit!! They have other locations in Arizona and Minnesota too!!

Just beware of the celebration trap!!! That is, the trap of the pianist’s knowing, or someone in your party revealing that you are celebrating something when you go there. Otherwise be ready to get brought on stage as a piano prop while they riddle away at you and get the crowd SHOUTING things with the song that I won’t repeat on my blog haha… It’s all in fun, embarrassing but I didn’t know anyone besides my party so I really just played along with it while I could! (Notice Spongebob in the back…LOVE that haha)

So the night, and 30th celebration was everything I could have hoped for. I am so grateful to my family as always for being there to do these things and for planning such a special night for me. It was really like nothing I have ever done or experienced and I am so glad to have experienced it with them. I loved every minute and highly recommend The Shout House to anyone looking to fully celebrate something special, in the most unique way!

The 30th birthday preview!

So the BIG 30 came and went for me this past weekend already. Wow, I can’t even believe it! Even Ella said to me, “Mom, I still think you’re 29!” So I told her it’s perfectly fine with me haha.

I have many thoughts on this subject, but most of all, I am SUPER excited for what is still ahead. My sister Jackie is throwing me a special party for 30. I had mentioned in a post about the sweetest thing anyone has done for me…well a party does actually top that. I haven’t had the honor of a party outside of a shower thrown for me since highschool probably… I never imagined anyone throwing a birthday party in my honor anyway and now that it is actually happening, I am ecstatic!!

It’s still a little under wraps. All I know is we are taking a limo to somewhere fun in San Diego.

 A sneak peek of the theme for the party was given to me this past weekend…

Loving the pink zebra!!

Jackie put together this SWEET basket filled with some amazing goodies, that highlight the celebration.

She even had some custom-made bottles in there…

The new 30!!!

I am a fan of whipped vodka for sure…

Aged 30 years and still fabulous!

Ah…. VINO…. can’t wait to use my special “M” glass that she gave with it!

I must say I felt a little spoiled by Jackie and the rest of my family as well, but you only turn 30 once right?! They were all too generous, and I appreciate it so much!

I am really looking forward to the official festivity that is soon approaching! So far 30 feels good! 🙂

Happy fourth of July, it’s January…

You are wondering why I might blog about July 4th in the dead of January.

Just looking at happy faces and moment’s not forgotten.

It’s these happy faces. Setting excitement to green grass on a warm summer day. Spending time with our family that we love!

*COUSINS*

*DETERMINATION=RIDING A BIKE WITHOUT TRAINING WHEELS FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE BIKE PARADE!*

*A SMILE WITH HER TATA*

*CURIOUSLY CHECKING OUT THE FESTIVE PINWHEEL*

*ENJOYING THE MOMENT WITH MY DAD AND SISTER*

*CAPTURING A PHOTO OF THE MATCHING ENSEMBLES I MADE FOR THE KIDS*

*MY ADORABLE NEPHEW BENTLEY*

This is the best part about looking back on photos…it’s that moment in time, captured forever. It re-ignites those wonderful memories made and experiences shared. A photo can speak.

These photos spoke to me again about the happy fourth we all had last year. Though it was surrounded with some changes that were about to take place. Between it being the last celebration we would have there at my sister’s house before her family would move to San Diego, and knowing a move was beckoning us as well, that did not stop us from enjoying life in that very moment, and cherishing the fact that we have each other! (Unfortunate thing was that my youngest sister couldn’t make it that day)

*MY PARENTS AND BROTHER-IN-LAW ANDY*

*CALIFORNIA SUMMER + 4TH OF JULY + WATER = GOOD FUN!*

*CUTE PATROL IN ACTION*

Some great memories I felt inclined to share! I LOVE this family of mine so much!

Now I’m about ready for July already…no offense to January. 🙂 Makes me super thankful for this sunny state when we get summer ‘like’ days in the winter though!