Friday, September 30, 2011

Random week night fun!

...just in case you ever wonder what our little family does for fun during our weekday evenings at home together! Lately we've been playing choo-choo trains, giving horsey rides, watching Caillou and Angelina Ballerina, running around the house in circles pushing Z'sthe play shopping cart, and chasing the kitties. Never a dull moment in our house with 4 cats and our wild toddler Z!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My loves! : )

Our current life is busy and crazy FUN - I'm working 1.5 jobs, David is a full-time student, we're busy with family & friend get togethers most weekends, on top of managing our day-to-day home life with errands, chores, and our wild almost-2-year old Z and 4 CATS! It's a crazy life....but it's OUR life....and I love it! : )
BTW, today is a special day.....David and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, and my dear friend is celebrating her birthday. Smiles. : )

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Little Farm!

We love Little Farm! Last Saturday we ventured out to Tilden Park's Little Farm in the chilly fog to celebrate lil Jonah's 2nd Birthday! What a fun, animal, bubble, cupcake and friend-filled morning! We also got to play with Tova and Ozzie, and rub Beth's belly....she's having a girl! Zoey had such a blast feeding the goats, sheep and cows celery, running around checking out the chickens and the pigs, and taking in all the beauty of the beautiful Bay-Area outdoors.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Lukasz!

Happy 30th brother Lukasz! Welcome to the club! We love you and I'm so glad you had fun last night at your surprise party...and that you really were surprised! My sis Leah did a great job planning such a fun night, and picking such a great spot for a party! : )

Friday, September 23, 2011

Our little artist

Zoey loves to "DAAW!" She also loves to collect flowers and leaves when we go for walks outside. So the other day we decided to go on a nature walk, collect some fun things along the way, and to do an art project afterwards. Fun stuff! I have fond memories of doing leaf rubbings with crayons when I was a kid, and its so fun to create memories like these with Zoey. : )

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I've always loved this script, as it's given me peace in times of conflict and loss, and clarified some confusing experiences for me. In my life I've been so blessed to have lots of different types of amazing, unique friends, and I love you all. A shout out to my LIFETIME know who you are. : )

Reason, Season, or Lifetime
By: Brian A. "Drew" Chalker

What are you??? Are you a Reason a Season or a Lifetime?

Pay attention to what you read. After you read this, you will know the reason it was sent to you! People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON. . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong
doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a SEASON. Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind
but friendship is clairvoyant.

THANK YOU for being a part of my life.

Work like you don't need the money
Love like you've never been hurt, and
dance like no one is watching.
but friendship is clairvoyant.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Not everyone is lucky enough to work with one of their best friends. But I'm proud to say that now I am! I wrote about my friend Pamela back in January, and I can't believe we've known each other for over a year now! A public THANK YOU to my dear friend - you're FAB! : ) Thank you again for a lovely day of lunch, window shopping, great convo, and mani pedis last Saturday!

Friday, September 16, 2011

An Everyday Vacation!

Making Your Whole Life a Vacation

From - Taken from their free Work/Life Tips Newsletter
As the traditional summer vacation period comes to an end it is a good time to think about extending your vacation for 12 more months. You and everyone around you will be better off when you do.

My first start up company necessitated travel to varied locations, some interesting and potentially exotic: meetings with vendors and distributors in Hong Kong, Reno or Los Angeles; incentive meetings with sales teams or managers in Key Biscayne or on a Bahamian cruise. When I would arrive back to our headquarters a bit weary our receptionist would consistently greet me by asking, “How was your vacation?”

Now as glamorous as some of these places may have sounded my typical work day on such a trip was an intense 16 to 18 hours so I could finish and get home sooner. Rather than trying to explain to my co-worker that my just completed travel was for business, I took to answering that the trip was, “Great. My whole life is a vacation.” I initially did this for brevity, but I soon realized that my whole life potentially was and should be a vacation. And so should yours.

When you think of your vacations, what comes to mind? Probably you are doing something you enjoy or something different, in a pleasant spot with people around you who are likeable and amiable. Some vacations might include exploring some place or someone new; a quest or risk a little out of the ordinary.

Often to help insure those results, you are a bit friendlier, even to strangers. You may be more open to striking up a conversation and hearing about their adventure of the day and talking about yours: the restaurant enjoyed, the play attended, the fish caught, the sunset taken in. You are in a physically, mentally and emotionally pleasant state and you offer that up to others.

You tend to be more inclusive in your pleasantness when you are on vacation as well as to look for common ground to connect with others. It’s not to get something out of them, as you probably will never see these strangers again. It’s to make your life more pleasant. You have a different state of mind and a different way of acting. As a result the best vacations often end up being both relaxing and exhilarating. They leave you with memories of positive things done and people pleasantly engaged.

Should your life only be like that two or three weeks a year plus an occasional weekend? Should you be more amiable and your life be pleasant only when you are on vacation? Or should your life be pleasant everywhere? Why shouldn’t every day be a vacation?

Work as a Vacation

Work is where you probably spend most of your time AND the best of your time. It is when you are most mentally alert and physically energized. You probably spend more time with the people at work than you do with the people you love.

Think about all the different people you will encounter at work today. Each one of them is as important an individual as anyone you will meet on a vacation, and each one of them can effect you, your life and career in thousands of little ways – either positively or negatively. And they will, depending on your state of mind and way of acting when you encounter them.

If you have within you the physically, mentally and emotionally pleasant state you have when you are on vacation, and openly offer that up when you engage them, you will find that pleasantness is just as contagious at work as it is on vacation.

When you show an active, positive, supportive interest in their work and personal journey, most will respond in kind. And when you determine to celebrate your job and your accomplishments, any honest work can be a personally gratifying adventure.

There is an ancient parable that is often repeated because it makes this point so well. In the Middle Ages a traveler came across three stone cutters doing the grueling, dirty work of cutting massive rocks into blocks for building a church. He asks each of the three what they are doing. The first replies with a frown, “Are you blind. I am cutting stones from these filthy rocks.” He moves on to the next man who replies, “I am earning an honest living to support myself and my family.” He then approaches and waits on the deeply engaged third man. When the worker looks up he asks him the same question. This stone cutter’s face brightens with a contented and energized smile as he answers, “I am building a great cathedral that will stand for a thousand years.” The same job for one man was a grind, for another a living and for the third an everyday vacation, a celebration of his work and his life.

It is not what you do that primarily determines whether you enjoy your work. Instead it is how you view it and how you do it. So bring that vacation outlook of anticipation and celebration to your work and that sense of inclusive pleasantness and interest to your everyday encounters with your co-workers. Take a risk by approaching something or someone new, or someone old in a different way. When you do everybody’s job gets better.

Life as a Vacation With Family and Friends

Do the same in your personal life. Make a little vacation call to a friend. Phone to anticipate together a trip you are considering or to check in on their adventure of the day. Or just trade a smile or joke.

With your family, rather than just bringing the problems of the day home with you bring the pleasantries you encountered and the anticipation of a relaxed and happy evening with them.

Life as a Vacation for Your Self

What you bring most to others is the mental, physical and emotional pleasantness you have developed internally. When you develop your internal sense of vacation you will radiate it with little effort to others. So that is where you gain the most: by making the effort to consistently see and absorb all that is joyous about where you are right now.

Although official vacation time may be temporarily over that shouldn’t keep you from taking one every day. Learn to be truly joyful within yourself and the rest of your perpetual external holiday will follow. Every day will become exciting, interesting, enjoyable and sometimes even relaxing. Your whole life will be…a vacation.

Jim Bird

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Love Cute Overload!

Thanks Cute Overload! You always make me smile. : )

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Saturday we made the trek out to Manteca for a fun-filled BBQ with our good friends and their FUN family. Leah and I have been friends with Michael and Kevin since High School, and it's so wonderful that we've all kept in touch and remained close. Love you guys! And Zoey had a blast playing with Legos and her new train set, and running around wild in the backyard. Even though it's mid-September, it still felt like a hot summer day out in the Valley.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Weekend of Weddings!

What a busy, fun-filled weekend of wild wedding fun! David and I got married very young - at the sweet young age of 23 we tied the know and later this month we'll be celebrating 9 years of marriage! We were the first among our group of friends to get married, but over the last couple of years (including this one!), our friends are finally catching up to us and the wedding invitations have been rolling in. : ) No surprise there - with most of our friends in their late 20's - mid 30's.....getting married and having kids are common milestones at this stage in life. No complaints from me....I love weddings (and engagement parties, baby showers, etc!!) How special to witness our friends expressing their vows, sharing their love with the world, and celebrating with all their friends and family on such a special day.

Wedding #1 was for my friend Danielle and her beautiful wife Jen - what a FUN wedding! The ceremony was held on the bluffs in Aptos, CA just south of Santa Cruz. The reception to follow started outside and then we made our way indoors to the Seaside Resort for dinner, dancing, and cupcakes! Congrats Dani & Jen!

Wedding #2 was for my friend and former client Rachel! She finally got to tie the know to her love Gary on the gorgeous grounds of Green Gables in Woodside, CA. What a breathtaking, stunning property! They had a traditional Jewish ceremony followed by a fun-filled outdoor reception with a yummy plated dinner and a live band! Congrats Rachel & Gary! : )