Happy Halloween!

I grew up obsessed with this holiday. It happens to be momma’s favorite so we always went aaaallllll out. But since leaving my childhood home, I haven’t embraced the holiday like I used to. I’m more of the “get creative and use what I have in my closet” kind of costume girl now. I know, I’ll work on it. But I’ve decked myself in work-appropriate attire today in the spirit of the holiday and going back to my roots and traveling home to pass out candy to the new batch of neighborhood kids. I can’t wait to see my parent’s festive home, enjoy a little home cookin’ and reminisce about the days when it was appropriate for me to knock on stranger’s doors and ask for candy. Happy Halloween everyone!! Stay safe!

Work-approved Superwoman!! Not-so-work-approved 1920’s flapper from Saturday night’s shenangians

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{More} Holiday Photos

Now that the holiday madness has ended and reality has resumed, I went through my files and found a few more photos from the holidays to share! I have to say that getting a DSLR camera has been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It is an expensive toy indeed but worth every penny. I love being able to capture special moments in a beautiful photo. I am by no means a photographer but a high quality camera really does a lot of the work for you.  If you are considering purchasing one, I would highly recommend it! Feel free to email me at rosecityromanceblog@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to know more about the process.

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2012! My year has kicked off in a big way including a HUGE victory by my alma mater, the Oregon Ducks – the new Rose Bowl Champions! GO DUCKS!! It’s going to be an incredible year.

Some dear friends of mine threw an Ugly Sweater Party last month. And since I had been out-of-town traveling for work most of the month, I missed out on all the really good ugly sweaters at the stores. So I took an Amanda spin on the idea and went with footy pajamas. I know, it doesn’t make sense. I just went with it. I do have to say it is the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn for a party. A few more snapshots from the night of my parent’s dancing party.

A True Family Christmas

This was probably the quietest Christmas my family and I have enjoyed together in years, maybe even ever. And while we relished catching up with old friends and extended family and even throwing a little casino party on Christmas, it has been mostly just the four of us. Since sissy lives in Arizona, the Fantastic Four (FF) seldom gets the opportunity to reunite at the Ip-ad (haha, get it? Ok, we’re Apple dorks.) Nothing would’ve been more perfect. That’s what it is all about afterall, right? Family.

Our dynamic foursome, along with my grandmother, got dressed up for an evening of great food, delicious wine and close friends for Christmas Eve dinner at the Ringside. And before we left, we took a few family portraits. Hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of family and fantasticness.

P.S. Our family also welcomed its newest member, our cousin, Jeremiah Mo, who arrived on Christmas day weighing 7 lbs 2 oz, 20″ long and a full head of beautiful black hair. Congrats to the Mo’s on your little miracle. We can’t wait to meet Baby J!

Dance the Night Away

Do you ever wonder what your parents’ lives were like before you were born? It is hard to imagine they had lives before us and even weirder to see their lives after you (have moved out of course.)  Since my sister and I have fled the nest, my parents have decided to start living their lives again; taking on new hobbies, partying like rockstars with their friends every weekend and going on romantic trips JUST THE TWO OF THEM! One of their post-kids-out-of-the-house hobbies is ballroom dancing. They invited my sister out and I out to their holiday dance party and we witnessed their elegant waltz, sexy tango and booty shaking cha cha cha. It was a perfect evening to spend time with family and find an excuse to get dressed up and sport some bright red lips! My sissy and I had to have a few cocktails ourselves before we braved the dance floor.

The countdown to Christmas is ON!! I still have a few last minute gifts to purchase and a few (read: all) of my presents to wrap. But the holiday parties, dinners and gift exchanges are in full swing and I couldn’t be merrier. So cheers to a merry and safe Christmas!

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

You figure that working in the retail business would have me singing Ho Ho Ho for months before Christmas. But being so absorbed in the “holiday spirit” has me feeling a little bit more like the Grinch and I’m ready for this holiday to be O.V.E.R. This is an unfortunate matter because I L.O.V.E. Christmas.

However, work is returning to normal next week (read: no longer traveling 2-3 days a week and working weekends while trying to keep up with the holiday demand) and family and friends are starting to trickle in for the big holiday. My sissy comes into town tonight and my best friend will fly in on Sunday. Something about having these two back within a hugs reach has me humming Christmas songs and dreaming about frosting little sugar Santas and snowflakes. I’m gearing up for a couple of holiday parties this weekend and some mad last minute shopping, which don’t be worried, I’m an expert at. For now, I’m switching over to my holiday Pandora station and signing carols while I work. Hope you have a Happy Holly Weekend!!

Details of decor around my parent’s house this time of year.