Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Carrie Underwood weekend!

This past weekend we made the long awaited trip to Wichita.  Saturday morning was busy! We had family pictures taken at Bradley fair.  I never knew there was such pretty scenery behind it! Briggan did great, he is quite a ham!
       Grandma watched Briggan so that Todd and I could have a sushi date for lunch.  We tried a new place, and it was awesome!  I even ventured out and ordered something different! I got the spicy tuna roll, but it was too spicy for me.  We also made a trip to Cabela's, which is only a block from Crystal's house. 

 Todd's sister Crystal and I have been planning a girls night out since the spring.  We got tickets to the Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert.  So Saturday evening we went to Old Town for an early dinner before heading to the concert.  Once we made it to the concert we attempted to find our seats.  We had to ask for help, and apparently we had premium tickets! We were given access to the Cox lounge in the executive boxes!  No waiting in line for drinks!  We were pretty pumped about that.  Carrie absolutely ROCKED! My new fitness goal is to have legs like hers!  We had a great time.

Sunday morning, I had to do my long run.  I had to get 7 miles in.  I found a trail that runs along K-96 headed east.  Each loop was 3.5 miles, so I just ran the loop twice.  It was beautiful weather for it. However, at the end of my run a bird pooped on my head! UGH!  Our family had gone out to lunch while I was running, so they brought me food back.  At the end of a long run there is nothing better than takeout from Cheddars!

     We made a trip to Babies R Us before heading home to get baby food.  With Briggan standing and occasionally trying to walk, we decided he needed a push walker.  We found a cute little motorcycle.  Now he is motoring all over the house with it!

Hope everyone has a great Halloween week!

Beringer white zin from dinner, a new favorite!

Bubba on his new motorcycle

I'm a fast mover now!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Liebster Award Part 2

I ran out of time yesterday to finish my Liebster award post, so here is Part II.  I am new to blogging so there are only a few blogs I follow, and only a few were under 200 followers, so the blogs I nominate are

3 cowboys and a mommy
Grain Girl
Candice's Corner
The Pink Momma

I answered the questions from Anne on my previous post, so here are the questions Kelley had for me.  I was excited to be nominated by her also!

1.  How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
    -  I have only been blogging a few months and started after reading Anne and Kelley's blogs.  I wanted to be able to stay connected with family and friends that may not follow facebook.
2.  What is your dream job?
     - My dream job is exactly what I am doing.  I love working with my patients, and I love the scientific aspects of my job.  I get to be a people person and a science nerd all at the same time!
3.  Would you rather be a bird or a fish and why?
     - I would rather be a bird.  You can fly wherever you want.  As a fish you are contained to a body of water.  Also,  I married into a family full of pilots and I love flying whenever they go up!
4.  What is the best gift you've ever received?
    -  My son, he came straight from God!
5.  All time favorite beauty product?
    - Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick.
6.  What do you want to be for Halloween this year?
    -  I have been so preoccupied getting Briggan's Costume, I haven't even thought  about one for me.
7.  Name something you can't go a day without doing.
     -Facebook! Pathetic I know!
8.  If you were given the keys to a time machine, where would you go and why?
     - The summer before my Grandma Lee died.  I wouldn't change anything, I would just soak up every minute with her.  She was a wise lady, and I miss her terribly.
9.  Do you prefer blue or black ink?
     -black ink, in the lab, blue ink is a no-no!
10.  What's the last thing you regretted buying?
       -hmmm, can't think of anything!
11.  If you could trade lives with anyone, who would it be?
        -I really love my life, so I wouldn't want to trade forever.  It would be fun to be Olympian Kara Goucher for a day though! She is an awesome mommy marathoner and extremely fast.  I would love to see what it feels like to have that kind of speed.

Now, I have 11 questions for those whom I have nominated.

1.  Name one person from history you would like to know more about and why.

2.  Name one talent that you have that others may not know about.

3.  If you had a $1000, but it had to be spent helping others, how would you use it?

4.  How did you know your spouse was "the one"?

5.  What book or movie has made in impression on your life?

6.  Do you wash your makeup off before bed or the next morning?

7.  When fighting with your spouse, do you stay up and fight or go to bed mad?  ;)

8.  If money isn't an option, what is your dream vacation?

9.  Cake:  what flavor?

10.  What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when nobody can hear you? 

11.  When you are sick, what is the one thing that comforts you most?

Have fun! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Liebster award

My friend Anne nominated me for this award.  I have never heard of this, but here is what it is about.

1. You have to list 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions sent to you from the person who nominated you.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers that you follow with less than 200 followers.
4. Go to your nominees page and inform them of the award.
5. Make 11 questions for your nominees.
6. You cannot tag back.
So here goes, eleven things about me:
1.  I love an adrenaline rush!  Hunting and running both supply me with this.
2.  I am an only child.
3.  I am a Coca-Cola addict, commit me!
4.  I am a published poet!  In the fourth grade, my poem was chosen to be published in a compilation book.  I think my mom still has it somewhere.
5.  I am a running clothes hoarder.
6.  I think Lays potato chips and french onion dip should be an acceptable meal choice.
7.  When I was little, my goal was to be in the Olympics for gymnastics. 
8.  I am a speed reader.  I can finish most books within a day.  This helped me a lot in school.
9.  I am terrified of being out on dark water.
10. I love medical shows, real ones! The gorier the better!
11. I used to be a nail biter, now I'm reformed!
So, now to answer the questions Anne gave me:
1.  If you have $1 Million and you can only spend it for one day, what will you buy? 
     I would buy my parents a house, buy me a new house and pay off all my debt.  I would invest some of it.  Then with what is left, I would randomly go and pay things for people.  I would love to be able to pay bills for someone that is struggling.  I would love to go into a store and randomly pay for someone's groceries, payoff a layaway, etc.
2.  Who is your childhood superhero?
      I don't know that I had one?
3.  What is your all-time favorite movie?
      Miss Congeniality
4.  Name 5 things that you can't live without.
            my baby
            my hubby
            Coca-Cola  (see above)
            Cream cheese and Salsa
5.  Do you believe in ghost? 
     Not ghosts per se, but I do believe that we can be contacted by loved ones in some ways.
6.  What is your most embarrassing moment?
      In high school, I was a cheerleader.  We were in Colby at a basketball tournament.  I had just opened a new package of bloomers and slipped them on without looking them over.  I was tumbling at halftime, and my coach pulled me aside.  Everyone could see my bright blue underwear!  Upon closer inspection, the bloomers had never been sewn along the seam in the crotch! 
7.  What is on your purse at this moment? Name 5 things.
I don't have a purse anymore, I only carry my wallet and Briggan's diaper bag.....
     changing pad
8.  What is your dream car?
      The small Cadillac SUV, SRX maybe?
9.  When was the last time you cry?
      Yesterday at a funeral for a great man.
10. Who is the most important person in your life?
       My GOD!
11. Describe yourself in one word.

Things I can't live without.....beauty related anyway.

I have decided to do another "favorite things" post.  Most of you know that I am not the greatest about always being "done up", but when I do, these are the products I love!

This is hands down the most natural looking self tanner out there.  I have used it on and off for years.  I try other things but I always come back to this.  The brush is great because it keeps your hands clean!  It is a little more expensive than most self tanners, but worth it in my book!

I know, you are wondering why I have this on a beauty post.  Believe it or not, this is the best mattifier and primer for us oily faced gals.  I found out about it during a Youtube makeup video.  I didn't believe it myself until I tried it! You just put in on your face with a cotton ball, after moisturizer, but before your foundation.

My new favorite eyeshadow is the Bare Mineral Ready pallettes.  I have always used Bare Mineral loose powder eyeshadows.  I love that they came out with these! They are much easier to use and travel with, but the color saturation is still as good as before.  My favorite is called "Top Shelf".
This will always be my "go to" foundation.  With oily skin, this is the only foundation that stays put for me.  Love it!

My favorite lipstick will always be Clinique Butter Shine.  It is a hybrid between a gloss and lipstick.  It has great color saturation of a lipstick, but the shine and shimmer of a gloss.  My biggest pet peeve is sticky lip products, and this is not.  It lives up to it's name. It literally feels like butter!

Nars Orgasm blush will be the blush I use forever! It is a perfect blend of peach and pinks, and has enough gold shimmer to make you "glow".  It is a color that looks great on everybody!

I am almost always wearing a ponytail, but these are great for creating all kinds of styles.  My inspiration comes from Youtube! I have really thick, long hair and these two pins can hold a bun in place.  They just twist in, and they can hold my hair all day.  I love using them for a messy side bun.
This is my favorite product for backcombing my hair.  It just takes a little bit, dusted into your roots.  Then it acts as a gripper as you backcomb.  I love BIG hair!  As they say, "the higher the hair, the closer to heaven!"

I hope I didn't bore you to death with my beauty routine! I just love to see what people use and love, and sometimes I venture out and find new things!

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkin Patch!

We had quite an eventful weekend at the Miller house.  Briggan stayed the night at Grandma Miller's for the first time on Friday night.  We are doing some trial run nights before we leave for Las Vegas at the end of November.  I am running the Las Vegas Half-Marathon and we will be gone for 4 days.  So, to prepare myself we had to do a trial run.  It was hard on this mommy! Briggan did fine of course, but I bawled as I was driving away.  Todd took me to Antlers in Moscow for supper to try and take my mind off things.  We had a nice evening out.

Saturday morning, I ran a local 5k here in town.  It was a fundraiser for our local animal response team, and dogs were welcome to participate as well.  It was wet, cold, and miserable. My running however, was great!  Once I started running, I warmed up to the perfect temperature.  I was able to hold a nice even pace, and I took second place! I even won a pedicure kit from Avon as a door prize. Score!

Sunday, we went to church. Briggan did so well,  I did not have to take him to nursery! I think he was enthralled with the music.  Sunday afternoon we made a trip to the local pumpkin patch. The sun was starting to peek out from the clouds and it warmed up. We had a great time, and then headed back to town.  We came up on  a rollover accident on the same curve I had my wreck on in 2002.  Talk about deja vu!  Thankfully the young couple were wearing their seatbelts, and were able to walk away!  Praise God for that! We stayed with them until the ambulance and police got there, and then we headed home.   Here are some photos from that trip: 
Mommy and Briggan

The three of us!

Grandma Miller

Grandpa Miller

Briggan has gained lots of speed crawling, and is now pulling up to standing on a lot of things.  I put him in his crib while I ran his bathwater, and this is what I came back to.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall is here!

Well, fall is here! The temps are dropping and the leaves are turning.  I have never done a favorite things post, so here it is.

I fell in love with my friend Kelley 's boots.  I searched high and low for these perfect fall boots.  Sadly, they are sold out everywhere. So after much searching, I found a pair I liked almost as well.  I ordered them and fell in love with them when they came in.  I base what I am wearing to go with the boots! I want to wear them everyday!
My next favorite fall thing is Chai Lattes.  OMG they are so good, and most are caffeine free, which is good for this nursing momma.

I rarely drink because I am still nursing, but when I do I drink Barefoot wine.  It is awesome stuff that isn't outrageously expensive.

I love the smell of fall at my house, and for that I use my Scentsy warmers.  My favorite fall scent is pumpkin roll!

Last, but not least, my favorite thing about fall is comfort food in the crockpot!  My favorite recipes are roast, chili, white chicken chili, chicken enchilada soup, ham and beans, etc.  And I wonder why I always struggle with my weight ;)

I have lots of beauty products that are favorites, but I will save that for another post. 
 Until then......