Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tom & Katie Weekend!

Our dear friends Tom & Katie came to visit last weekend.

Even though we live 6 hours apart, we always make time for each other (visits, phone calls or texts).
I am totally standing on my tippy toes in this photo!
Lin & Ward joined us for dinner & brought this awesome & delicious dessert! GO COUGS!!!

WSU love stories!!! #gocougs
On Saturday, Tom & Omid spent the day fishing, while Katie & I met up with mutual friends for lunch. We spent 4 1/2 hours at the restaurant & the guys came home with a salmon!
Katie, Kate & I
Friends for 20 years!
The next morning, we drove out to Lacamas Lake for a final adventure before Tom & Katie had to leave.

Forever friends! ♥
So looking forward to our next visit!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

50th Anniversary Party!

Two weeks ago, my sisters and I threw a 50th anniversary party for my parents. Well, actually my sister's threw the party, I gave them a check for my portion of the bill. All I had to do was show up!
We were supposed to be working, but were having fun instead!

Party animals!

♥ LOVE ♥

B & I with  Gisela (Cynce's mother-in-law).
Fun fact: Gisela was on The Price is Right a few years back and won BOTH showcases!
Fun fact: We didn't even know what the other was wearing, but showed up color coordinated anyway! #sistersense
The Family Z!
Uncles & cousins!

B, me, Grammy & Cynce
Unfortunately, we were so busy chatting with all the guests, we never got a family shot with my dad.
Sorry, Pops!
I love this man! ♥
He makes me laugh everyday!!!

Matty & Nas

The next day, we said our goodbyes to the Oly crowd and headed downtown. We only had about two hours to spend with Nas before she had to head to work in Seattle.

Remy spotted a pigeon under this grate. It was so cute!

Family shot at Percival Landing.

Fun fact: We headed to the Farmer's Market right after this photo and I spotted my 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Murphy.
She even remembered me!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Nick & Amy Get Married!!

My friend & colleague, Nick, got married over Labor Day weekend to his beautiful fiancé Amy.
Nick and Amy went with me to the Barry Manilow concert and they know how to have a lot of fun! In fact, it was at the Barry concert that Sandy offered to help the two with their meet & greet party the day before their wedding. Sandy is so creative and did a great job with all the little details. I got to be her assistant and learned a thing or two from her.

Decorating the venue: the Alumni House
Look what a beautiful day it was!
Omid drove over to help us out with the party as well. Unfortunately, by the time 5:00 p.m. rolled around, so did the rain clouds.

Omid and a few others ran to save the food & wine. The keg stayed in the cold rain. After about two hours, the rain stopped. Having everyone under the tent was cozy!

Nick, Me, Omid, Walter & Sandy
Barry Happy Wedding Nick & Amy!!

No explanation needed!

My favorite photo!
Uncle Steve & Aunt Sandy ☺
The party went on 'til about 10:00 p.m. It was a huge success! It was so fun to meet Nick & Amy's family & friends.

Matt & Bryan were kind enough to help Sandy and I clean up.
Thanks guys!!!
Fast forward to the next day....the wedding was held at Columbia Edgewater Golf Course.
Waiting for this party to get started!!

The rain held off until the ceremony started. Thankfully it was just a light rain and didn't last too long. Rain is good luck on a wedding day, right?!
Nick & Amy's biggest fans!!!

The reception was a lot of fun! Good food, good friends & lots of dancing. Actually, I danced so much, one of my sling back pumps broke!
Beautiful bride!

Congratulations Nick &  Amy!
We are so happy for you!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Llama Love!

Today was move in day at the University of Portland with lots of fun things to do all over campus.
Be the "I" in PILOTS!
The BEST thing they had on campus? Hugs with Rojo the therapy llama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I loved on this sweet boy for a full five minutes. He was soooo cute and very loving. If we ever get acreage, I definitely need a pet llama!
After the hug, I got to give him a 'carrot kiss.' I won't lie, I was a little nervous. Have you seen how big llama's bottom teeth are?
The good thing is, the giant teeth are only on the bottom and llama's can't bite you with them.

Carrot kiss, then "Can you believe I just kissed a llama??!"

Netflix This!!

We've watched two more good movies this week. One I absolutely loved: Nebraska with Bruce Dern.
It was shot in black & white, had a great/sad/funny storyline. Definitely two thumbs up!

Boyhood was also good, but long (2:40). It was filmed with the same actors over 12 years. Very good, though sad at times, but it has a happy ending too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Netflix This!!

Such a cute movie! Just when I though it was going to be a predictable storyline, it wasn't!
Omid even gave this movie two thumbs up. Netflix it! You won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Visit to Priest Lake, Idaho!

Last weekend, Lin, Ward, Omid and I took a trip to visit our good friends Tom & Katie at their cabin in Priest Lake, Idaho.   
Priest Lake is FAR away from Vancouver (about a 9 1/2 hour drive). Instead of wasting time driving,
we flew to Spokane. It was much faster! 
New PDX carpet!

On our way!!

We landed in Spokane and what did we see? The WSU logo!
We made it to Cougar Country!! Woohoo!
Tom & Katie picked us up at the airport and we were on our way to rest & relaxation!
Girls car....

Boys car!

We got to the cabin and were so in love with it.
Katie's family has been coming to the lake since the 1950s!
This photo is deceiving. You can blame that on yours truly. I was trying to take a panoramic shot....
Katie & Tom have two cabins on their property. One is the main cabin (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, murphy bed) & the other cabin sleeps 6.
So happy together!

The entire weekend was all about sun, water, delicious food & good friends. ♥

Fun fact: We are ALL WSU love stories!

Did I mention good food? Tom & Katie went above and beyond on meals for us all.
We ate like this the entire weekend!

Sunrise over Priest Lake.
Thank you Katie & Tom for hosting us at your lakeside cabin!
We had the most wonderful time! ♥