The Goal: to take and post at least one picture each day for the entire year that I'm 27.

I find that I rush through the day, to rush through the week, to get to the weekend...just to find that an entire year goes by in the blink of an eye. So, on the eve of my last day as a 26 year old I decided to make a change. I challenged myself to take the time each day and find at least one moment worth remembering, hoping that in this way I will learn to live each day for what it is. For regardless of how uniform the days may feel at a glace each one is truly unique and worth cherishing.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 366 - The Ending...or is it

So today ended My 27th Year...
But good news is it also started a whole new year and a whole new blog
Well kind of new...just click here and you'll see

And now for a bit of déjà vu...

This was my very first post on this blog

And today is my very last post on this blog...

A family trip has ended, siblings have been hugged good-bye and are all at separate homes,
Parents have headed home, puppies are sleeping soundly, a new blog has been started,
And now I say good night as the candles burn out the last moments of this special day...
The first day of the rest of my life!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 365 - Magical

Well today is day 365 - That's one whole year of blog posts
And that means it's my very last day as a 27 year old
And although I have completed my goal...I'm thinking this blog will get one additional post
Tomorrow we will drive back to AZ, back to our puppies, back to our home...
And back to my parents for my actual birthday and my last official post

But as for today, day 365, well it was magical
We spent the day at Disney Land (the happiest place on earth!)
And I got to celebrate an early birthday in the magical kingdom with my husband, 
My brother & his girl friend, my sister & her roomie, and my sister-in-law & her boyfriend
I even had a birthday pin with my name on it so everyone could wish me a happy birthday...
And they really did do it! Both staff and other Disney visitors!
The whole experience was great and instead of getting older, I felt like I was a little kid again

Anyway, Now back to the good part...

On the tram to the park: Steve, Jesse, Anne, Jessica, & Mykaela

Me,  Nickee (aka Mini Mouse), & Kipp

Steve & I out in front of the gates before opening...and before the ticket machine broke

Me with my ticket, birthday pin, & super excited face!

You know who else was super excited...Nickee!!!

Me & my brother...I wish I had a picture of us at Disney as babies to put next to this!

Anne & I "owling" apparently this is a thing now

Myk loving life with her coffee and castle

And the group shot - before the second part of the day began...
Kipp, Nickee, Myk & Jess staid at the park and plan to go all night (yup there still there!)
Steve, Anne, Jesse, and I took off after 5 and a half hours so we could fit in some time on Balboa

So that's my last day as a 27 year old!
Now on to 28 and all the good thing it may bring...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 364 - Worth the wait

The morning started in Crystal Cove at Myk's favorite breakfast place, Beachcomber 
It was an hour and a half wait but we had great drinks and apps while we waited
And the food was eating on the beach is to die for!

Then we headed back to Myk's place so we could hit the beach
We drove and drove around before we were able to park...but waiting for this spot was worth it
The beach had a good amount of people but wasn't too crowded...and it was about a 5 second walk!

While we beached it up...poor Kipp and Nickee spent about 2 hours looking for parking
They were able to find a spot just as we packed up our beach stuff
So we had a little "meet & greet" back at Myk's place and then headed back to the hotel

After a quick shower we headed out to Orange for my favorite CA meal - Felix's
It's the best little town, the best cuban food, and the best place to sit and chill
Or if you have a sister like's the best place to have a birthday party in the park!

And now it's off to bed because the real magic starts tomorrow at 6 am!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 363 - We're back!!!

Today we left the house at 6:45 with Anne and Jesse...and the pups
And we headed out to drop of the dogs at doggie day camp
And then hit the open road on our way to Cali

We got into Newport around 12:30, checked in...ate at Bear Flag...and then headed to Huntington
We hit the shops and the pier and then after a long wait, finally met up with Myk
Now we're wrapping up the evening back at the hotel watching some tv....
Oh and opening a special gift from Mim - twinsies are back!

Ashby on her way to doggie day camp!

Huntington Beach 

Anne, Jesse, & Steve enjoying the view at the end of the pier 

Myk & I with the "sissy-sissy" present from Mim

Ta-Da...we're twins again!!! Should we wear these to Disney Land?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 362 - Told you so

It's almost 9:30 on the night before we leave on a trip
We're going out to So Cal to of course see Myk but also show Jesse (my sister's boyfriend)
around the area, including Disneyland
Summer's hard at work upstairs packing right now, which inevitably takes longer than planned
Two hours ago I told her she should blog because I know how these nights can get
But did she?
 And now I'm here completing another blog post for her and saying
I told you so


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 361 - Happy 50th Phil!

Tonight we were at Hillstone for my father-in-law's surprise 50th birthday dinner!
Steve and Anne were having a hard time fake ignoring their dad all day
But it was all worth it to see his face when he arrived and saw us!

Phil & Shelly

Steve and his dad

The birthday boy with his amazing sundae

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 360 - Double Down

A vacation at the end of the week means 4 days of hell at work
Monday I finally got my second monitor and the 2012 version of CADD (our drafting software)...
Unfortunately work seams to think that double the monitors mean I can do double the work
And that means being quadruple booked instead of my normal double booked!
The one good part is that by putting in extra long hours I can buy back one of my vacation days
This Cali trip better be worth two more days like today...because I'm dying!!!

A small monitor for email, field notes, and project folders...

And a large monitor for drafting construction documents

That's how you double down!