TTUT-Uplift One Another

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Fred Rogers

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

  • This month has been such a busy one, and I feel like I’m really far behind in blogging about it all. I’m sure I’ve left moments out, but here are some of the highlights.
  • This past Saturday Miss PhD and I got together for a girl’s day. We went on a tour of the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, which was all decked out for Christmas. Can I just say it’s my dream to one day live in a house where I can have more than one Christmas tree? I think this one had at least 5. 2012.122
  • We also got our picture with Santa, which prompted me to dig through my old pictures. We took a picture together with Santa 13 years ago. It makes my heart happy that we’re still good friends after all these years! missphdmrsmatch
  • We also hung out in old town Sacramento, which I really need to do more. It’s such a cute area, and there are all kinds of fun shops to explore. I’m going to see if Match will take me there on a date next week.
  • Last week we had a really fun night with Couple Family. They came over in their PJs and we went to Candy Cane Lane, then watched Elf. The day they were coming over, Match decided to make snowflakes and hang them from the living room ceiling. It was so cute  how into it he got. I think the snowflakes are going to become a yearly tradition.
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  • The kids broke out in this spontaneous dance number while we were finishing dinner. Is that not the cutest thing? I love how sister copied big brother. 

  • We checked out Candy Cane Lane which was just as awesome this year as it was last. I can’t wait to bring Piglet here. I don’t think I’d ever go as far as these folks, but I would love to have a few lawn animals, especially the seal, and some of those penguins. They’re so cute! I especially got a kick out of the sassy Pig 🙂 2012.1242012.123
  • I am heartbroken over the tragedy in Connecticut. I cried a lot this past weekend. The pain of losing a loved one, especially a child, is indescribable. The church I go to, Unity, sent out this message. Even if you don’t believe in God, I think the idea behind this message still holds true.

    Our hearts are broken open by the news of today, and we acknowledge the anger, hurt and fear such an unimaginable circumstance stirs within us. As we pause for a few moments of silent prayer, we find the love of God within us. We allow this love, caring, and compassion to rise up in our hearts, and we send our prayers of peace and love to all those touched by violence. We hold every community, every family in our hearts. We pray they may be soothed. We pray for their strength. We pray for peace for all humankind. And so it is. Amen. -Silent Unity

  • It was my week to teach Sunday School at Unity on Sunday. I was grateful for the chance to spend time with the littles, especially in light of the recent tragedy. I feel that our time with children is so fleeting, and so precious, so I try to soak in all of those moments I’m blessed to be a part of their little lives. We spent the hour making little foam wreath ornaments that the kids would take home, while we read them Christmas stories. At the end of class, a little girl came up to me and handed me her ornament, telling me she wanted me to have it. It was the sweetest thing, and the little wreath is now hanging proudly on my tree.
  • I was grateful that my reverend didn’t focus his sermon on the tragedy. We recognized the victims and their families and said a prayer for them. But to focus on the shooter and what he did is glorifying him. Instead, we should focus on uplifting one another, and being kind to those we meet. You never know whose spirit you might touch with just a little extra kindness.

Halloween 2012


Tracy: Oh check this out! My key to the city of Gary, Indiana” . Mmmm, look at this! My gold record from my novelty party song![“Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” Music video]Tracy[singing, dressed up as a Werewolf bar mitzvah, spooky scary. Boys becoming men, men becoming wolves. -30 Rock

Our Halloween party was a blast!! The day started out super scary, with my own personal Halloween nightmare. I overdid it on prepping the house for the party the night before, and I woke up to tons of bleeding and blood clots. I had an appointment with the midwife for bloodwork that day anyways, so they were able to give me an ultrasound. Little Peanut is just fine, nice strong heartbeat, and the midwife said I just need to be better about taking it easy.

Match and my friends were all so understanding and didn’t let me do any of the clean up. They are all so good to me and little Piglet! Prepare for a photo bomb as I take you through the night. Let’s start with the decorations. I love the way they turned out.

and let’s not forget the food

Match helped me make the rice crispy eyeballs and ghosts. They turned out so cute! Miss Ph.D is so afraid of spiders she couldn’t eat the spider deviled eggs. 😉

And now without further adieu, I give you our costumes:

The pictures started out innocently enough, but quickly went inappropriate. Match had way too much fun with this theme!

The guest arrived and everyone was dressed up so cute.

Miss PhD as a devil, Geeky as Hermoine, me as the sheep, Walking Buddy as Medusa, and Hippy Chick as Bubble Gum, with her baby as a kitty cat. Walking Buddy’s sis in law came along, but I don’t think she had a costume.

I can’t get over how cute Match looks in his overalls. Walking Hubby was a gladiator. I have no clue what Hippy Guy was supposed to be. Maybe a magician? And Geeky’s hubby went as Maverick from Top Gun.

I had way too much fun at the food table. I plopped myself down and practically ate all the food. Good thing my sheep costume was baggy!

I mustache you a question!

At the end of the night Hippy guy did a cool glow in the dark light show for us. It was pretty neat to watch.

I had such a great time with friends. It was so low key and mellow. It was exactly what we wanted. I can’t wait til next year. I plan to do more yard and outdoor decorations. And I can’t wait to have a family themed costume with Piglet! 

 

TTUT-Miss PhD is Here!

Chandler: I’m never gonna find a roommate, ever.
Phoebe: Why, nobody good?
Chandler: Well let’s see, there was the guy with the ferrets, that’s plural. The spitter. Oh-ho, and yes, the guy that enjoyed my name so much he felt the need to make a little noise every time he said it. “Nice to meet you, Chandler Bing, Bing! Great apartment, Chandler Bing, BING!”-Friends

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

I think some of my long time readers will remember my lifelong friend, Miss PhD. We’ve gone to school together since the 2nd grade, and we’ve stayed in touch all through our college and adult lives. She’s the one who convinced me to go on Match.com where I met my amazing husband. So you can imagine my delight when I found out that her job would be transferring her from Washington, DC to their California office, just 30 minutes from me!!

She came over on Friday night, her first night in Cali, and we got to do a lot of catching up. Then Saturday I took her to all the outlet stores where we did my favorite kind of shopping: home decorating. Then because I’m a huge geek I helped her out with her TV and DVD purchases, and even set them up in her new apartment for her. Her place is this adorable renovated Victorian in the heart of downtown. She can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, book stores. I think it’s the perfect place for a single woman. I hope she’s happy here, and I’m looking forward to getting together for hikes, walks, and of course the occasional wine and girl’s night!

Sunday I accompanied Match’s parents to a funeral for Match’s great aunt, who passed away at 86. She lived a full, happy life and the service was a wonderful celebration of her life. I definitely felt like a part of the family. I was there without Match, since he had to work, and the family seemed really happy that I came in his place. Listening to the stories about Great Aunt really touched me, even though I only met her once, at our wedding. I could just picture her in heaven, maybe rocking Roo and singing her a bedtime story. I could feel a lot of love surrounding everyone, and I think it was the perfect way for the family to say their goodbyes. The building the service was held in was this really interesting old building in downtown Sacramento.

It’s a boy’s club, called the Sutter Club, where I would imagine quite a few poker games must take place. I think you’d also be hard pressed to find led light bulbs as every fixture looks like it’s as old as the building itself. I have an affinity for old buildings, and I took a few pictures that didn’t really do the place justice.

Yesterday marked the kick off to Match’s vacation! The poor guy has my awful cold, so we spent the day lounging around the house. Hopefully he’ll be feeling better soon and we can go on some fun day trips around here. With this awesome cold weather coming in, I’m ready to drive to the coast for a big bowl of clam chowder.

So what have you been up to this past week? Catch me up!