Thursday, August 5, 2010

Check us out....

We are moving! Well blog spots...not houses!

Take a look at Kena and Cooper!!! I thought Cooper should be included in this family too!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Did this happen to any of you?

Ok this is going to be more of a Rant then a Rave....

I got married almost six years ago to the most amazing man ever and I am very blessed by that. That, however is NOT my rant.

I went to Seattle Pacific University for two years, while there I did live in the dorms there. Emerson, being brand new, on three different floors over the two years I was there. I made some great friends, friends I thought would be with me for a long time. I met Adam Winter of my second year at SPU. My friends loved him and I thought he fit in quite nicely.

We got engaged the following Fall (I was already unenrolled in SPU...and going to a community college)...then got married the Fall after that. All of those friends attended my wedding and some of them even served as Bridesmaids. Even my maid of honor was a SPU friend.

Once we got married and settled in, we hosted a few parties at our appartment...just steps away from the SPU campus where most of them lived. I visited there too, however it was hard for me since I was working a full time job and Adam was going to school and working also.

And stopped.

The hanging out stopped...they didn't emails.

We moved to Bothell a year after we got married and lost contact completely. Its not like we weren't a drive away.

Here is my question...when you got married, did you lose friends? Or big events in your life where you thought you would have those friends and now they have disappeared?

I am sad because I do see them still get together on facebook...They are my friends on facebook too so its nice to see how their lives are turning out.

I have kept in contact with one, Melissa W, who is just wonderful. Also I kept in touch with Derek by reading his wife's adorbs blog.

The Rave part of this....I LOVE my friends now. They are absolutely the best people out there. Adam and I are continuely blessed by. But there is always something in the back of my head that wonders, what the heck happened there?

We are blessed by those friends that come by to hang out...neighbors that watch out for you and your children. I have fanastic "mom" friends, a "photography" buddy that helps me with questions, my "post partumn depression friends", a fab "forever" friend that seriously is more like a sister than a friend, my "gossip" friend(s)...I have everything that a girl can ask for.

So really this is more of a Rave...because I have such great friends.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rock n Roll Marathon...American Cancer Society Benefiting Charity

Yes, its been awhile...

Besides getting bigger and bigger each day (I better give birth to a 20 pound baby), we have been full on "Rock n Roll Marathon" at our house. Most of you know in the beginning of the year Adam landed a new job with American Cancer Society's Determination. For the west coast division's first event was the 2nd annual Seattle Rock n Roll Full and Half Marathon, Adam dove head into Determination.

I can not be more proud of my husband.

I got the chance to spend the whole weekend emerged in ACS with the Rock n Roll Marathon. The weekend started early on Thursday morning, where we packed up the "crazy man van" (its called something else but not PC for here...) and headed to the Health and Wellness expo at Qwest field. Not only did we get treated like V.I.P, I was so impressed with the overall expo that CGI (the company that runs the RnR) produces. If you get a chance next year...take a look. Its a blast. We spent most of the day there, getting to meet participates and talking to others about RnR's benefiting charity.

After many hours...we took our 'van' to the classy...W Hotel, where Adam and I got to stay until Sunday afternoon.

Pasta dinner followed the busy day at the expo. The pasta dinner for charity runners and their friends and family went without an hitches. It was a beautiful dinner hosted in the W's banquet room. I most enjoyed meeting those that running...and some of the surviors. One of them is a 4 year old girl that is a eye cancer survior.

Friday brought another busy day at the expo (I slept in...walked down to qwest field when I was ready... I got to enjoy the city sights!). Most of the runners attended that day. There I got to meet a recent cancer survior whose RnR marathon was her frist marathon after cancer treatment. Amazing.

After drinks in the W's Bar after the expo, Adam called it a night...he had to get up at 4.

I don't know much about the start....oh thats right, I was still in bed.

Volunteering at the charity tent was a blast. I loved seeing all the signs, sweaty faces and cheering families. This year the RnR had 28,000 runners/walkers/limpers/etc. My mother in law and sister in law ran for 'team hope' for those in church and our community. My mother was so impressed she decided that Stanwood needs to get a team together, as that community has been deeply affected by cancer. Saturday was a long day and thats putting it lightly. But it was the most amazing volutneer experience I have had. We had two women in our church community hold the 'finishers' tape...Kelli stage 3 cancer fighter and Joni a stage 4 breast and brain cancer fighter. They were more than excited to be included in the hype of it all.

The phrase I heard the most at the race's end was...."I wanted to QUIT. But then I thought of those who we were running FOR...and those friends/family/community can't stay QUIT to CANCER."

...this is a disease that affects matter your race, gender, age, income. Please consider running/walking/tranning with ACS next year for the RnR. Its an amazing experience.

Please let me know if you have anyone that is a survior or current figther as Adam is always looking for people to feature with ACS.

Below are some amazing pictures by my dear friend Krista. She captured so many beautiful moments and I will share more later.

...I have had people ask me if I am going to run/walk next year. I have already decided no....because I just have way too much fun volunteering!

...Thats Kena...a total rock star...with her V.I.P pass!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Some New Pictures.

Its been awhile....

Inbetween the computer situation, craziness at the house and...A BABY ON THE WAY...we have been a bit busy...

Here are some pictures of our sweet girl....

Kena's Swimming Lessons


First Hair Cut by Tasha

Christmas 2009

Day in Seattle

A trip to the Children's Muesum

Friday, April 2, 2010

Gold Creek Community Church

Either if you are close or can enjoy my home church's Easter Service via the web!

Yes, our church is super techy...

Easter Services at Gold Creek
Friday 7pm
Saturday 7pm
Sunday 9am, 10:30am and noon
Or Live at

Also, my baby brother (who works at the church) will be playing drums with the encounter band!

Little Known Facts...

Just a few tidbits of yours truly....

-I am in fact 26 years old...even though I look 16. I know everyone says to enjoy it...I hate it.

-I am probably the worse housekeeper you will ever meet. I guess I don't care who sees my dust! I also have a tendency to burn food too....which makes me think....

-That I am a little ADD. Simply because I am so distracted. Ask my husband....I am not allowed to watch tv in the morning because I get so distracted. Hence the many projects I have around the house that I have yet to finish.

-I suffer from Depression and Anxiety. God has given me the courage to be able to share with other women, especially mothers, my story. I also had horrible Post Partunm Depression with Kena.

-I really enjoy blogging...and just wish I had a little more time to do it.

-I really wish I was musically my brother.

-I LOVE music. Silence kills me. We always have music going on at the house.

-My true passion is helping others. I was studying sociology when I was in college. I loved it because I enjoy learning about others.

-I prayed when I was pregnant with Kena that she would be a compassionate person.

-I love Jesus and are amazed daily at his grace, love and understanding.

-My church is more than just a church...its family.

-Even though I am not the most girly girl, I do love planning weddings. I thought about doing that as a job, but then realized that I am may not have the most patience....

-I am also an extremely impatient person.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My dear friend Kisha

I woke up this morning to check my facebook and found this picture posted on my profile...

Now, if you don't know...I have the hugest celebrity crush on Joel McHale (from the Soup and Community). Kisha over at In through the out door, her crush is McDreamy from Grey's. These would our, lets say, top on our "laminated list" (yes I am pulling a friends' reference).

So I don't know how the crap Kisha found it...but a picture of our two dream men (keep in mind both of US are married, happily)...together. We can only wish right???