the newest addition to the Bravo/Wilkenson household… Our kitten, Carol… named after the monster in “Where the Wild Things Are” they have matching ‘concerned’ eyes and he’s quite the little monster. ❤

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I swear, moving sucks the life out of you! haha. My parents and sibs moved this weekend and you’d think it would have been really easy considering they only moved one street over, but noooooo. They were supposed to get the keys around 3 pm on Saturday (and be out of their house that night), but the people moving out of their new house weren’t done “cleaning” until after 7:30. I say “cleaning” with quotes because I’m not exactly sure what they cleaned. It was so dirty when we finally got in there. So for 4 hours, we sat around waiting and waiting and waiting to get access to the house. Full U-haul, full van, full car, full crew of dad’s friends, neighbors, and our family ready to go. The house is really cute; they gained a computer room, a second living room, and a game room. Mom is really frustrated with the kitchen, she lost a lot of cabinet and counter space so trying to fit her old kitchen’s worth of stuff isn’t going so well. The kids bedrooms are a little smaller, but 1/2 of the stuff they had in their rooms is going in the game room or computer room so really, they will basically just sleep in their rooms.

My sister is loving it, she lives catty-corner to her besties now. I made them a folder on a string yesterday so they can pass their secret messages over the fence without them blowing away. The girls came over and helped her unpack and arrange her furniture, which was a huge help for mom. It gave mom time to do other things, like wrestle with the kitchen haha. My brother took a little convincing that this was going to be cool. The first day he was pretty upset with how small his room was, understandably. He’s 16 and feels like he should be getting more freedom, not less space. But by the end of day 2 he was really liking the house and I had helped him unpack some of his stuff, so he was able to see his space. And he gets that the game room will probably be his hangout.

It was so cool to see the kids all playing video games together in the game room! My brother, sister and her 2 best friends all piled on our big denim couch battling it out. This is exactly what my mom and dad were hoping for. In the other house there was no space for computers, so everyone ended up putting their computer in their own room and the family was spread out all over the house. Now they have a computer room right off the living room and it has double doors so they can all be together AND on their computers.

My mom and brother and I were up so late the first night laughing and goofing around, it was so good to see my mom laugh. After last week, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before she was laughing again. I love their new house, I can’t wait to have a big family dinner over there! However, while I was at my family’s house, my house was getting soooo messy!!! Gotta go clean!

Is it because no matter how bad your breath smells in the morning, they are right in your face licking you to wake you up? Or no matter how hard your day has been, you can always crack a smile when they brush against your leg or put their paw on your knee. Is it because they don’t judge you when your screw up, and don’t get mad when you’re a little late with dinner? It’s all of these reasons, and so many more… Your pets love you no matter what, and they are always ALWAYS happy to see you.

My brother’s dog passed away this morning (all of our dog). She was playing with my dad and he brought her in to get a treat and she fell over and didn’t get back up. A few minutes later she was gone. When my dad called me I could hardly breathe; I’ve taken a shower, gotten dressed, and still I have tears rolling down my face. Angel had these 2 little teeth on the bottom that weren’t in the right place and we always joked about her needing puppy braces. Every day at 4:00 she would start running around like a crazy cause she knew it was dinner time. She could tell the difference between the cheese drawer opening or the veggie drawer opening in the fridge. She knew the words 4 o’clock and her ears would stand on end any time we said it. She was such a smart dog and she was so pretty! She was a German Shepard mix, smaller and daintier than a German Shepard. She let my sister put tutus on her and she walked like a prize winning pony when she had them on. She loved a new bandanna for whatever holiday we were having. She smiled, and made us smile. I’m going to the house later today, but I know it won’t be the same. I won’t hear her collar when I walk up to the door, she won’t put her paw on my knee when I get to the couch, and at 4:00 there will be no Tasmanian Devil circles around the living room.

I didn’t ever expect to be this torn up about her passing away, I knew it would happen eventually but I figured she’d be older and my brother would be off to college somewhere.

Angel puppy, we love you very much. Rest in peace, now it’ll always be 4:00.

Sunday night we had our very first dinner party in our little condo. It was SUCH a blast! My long time, long lost friend Nicole came over with her boyfriend Jay and my 2 favorite blondies came (Kes and Kaitlin). I was worried that the 6 of us would be walking over each other in the tiny space, but it was perfect! Everyone had a place to sit on the couch when we were inside, and they all found a spot to sit on the patio. I made spaghetti, my Guy made garlic bread and the night was amazing. I haven’t seen Nicole in close to 15 years (wow, that makes me feel old every time I think about it) and we picked up like there was no time lost. She filled me in on what’s been going on in her life and I filled her in on mine, and not even halfway through the evening we were talking about our next get together.

I felt bad because I forgot to tell my blondies that Nicole and Jay were coming, and I forgot to tell Nicole and Jay that my blondies were coming… I was afraid it would be weird, and it wasn’t. Everyone got along great, we all laughed and told stories. These are the nights that I feel “grown up”. A night where I am the hostess and I try to make sure that everyone else is having a good time. From the feedback I’ve gotten in the last few days, I’d say it was a total success. 🙂 Us girls were out chit-chatting on the patio while the boys played guitar inside. “Top night!”

Can’t wait to have you all over again 🙂

Amazing…

July 20, 2010

So I’ve been going through pictures for the last hour or so and I can’t believe all that’s happened in the last few years. My brother’s hair has gone from brown to black, from above his ears to below his shoulders, and he’s gone from 5′ to almost 6’1″! My little sister has gone from her “little kid” stage to being a preteen. I’ve moved out, moved back in, and moved back out again. I just am amazed at how quickly it’s all happened. What a crazy ride!

I am so grateful for everything in my life, and I am learning not to dwell on what (or who) is no longer there. People come in and out of your life for a reason, and you may not always understand why, but it’s always for the best. I have been blessed to meet so many new people in the last year and a half… my boyfriend and his wonderful family, Kes, Kaitlin, Tanya… and I’ve been able to reconnect with some old friends who I haven’t seen/talked to in YEARS!

I am so excited to see what life has in store for me and my Guy… he makes me dream the biggest dreams!

Every time I think I have this place unpacked, or clean, or ready for company I get hit in the face with the overwhelming realization that I am nowhere near done with this place! And believe me, having a “project man” in the house does not help. With the “new” car coming home in a couple weeks we have discovered that we are going to have to empty the garage to make sure it will fit. This would be just fine if we had space in the condo (reminder: this is a 1 bedroom condo) for all the stuff in the garage. Plus, every time I go out to the garage to bring boxes in, I’m reminded that it is summer in Southern California and is therefore a billion and a half degrees outside.

Saturday when I went to my cousin’s grad party, my grandparents picked me up and were finally able to see our adorable place. Where did all the unpacked and uncategorized stuff end up? Hidden away in the garage :). But now I have to bring it all in and start really deciding what is necessary and what can be given up. We just don’t have the space for all of the excess. I know if you haven’t used it in 6 months, you don’t really need it. I’m also frustrated because I haven’t been able to have help from my love. It seems every weekend at least one day is completely full, and the other day he needs to just relax before going back to a  busy work week. We need organization, downsizing, and order. All things that make a small space livable. If we had only the things currently in the condo, and none of what’s in the garage we’d probably be ok, somewhat. haha.

Ok… enough ranting, onto being productive about this! But first… Air conditioner, on!

My brother and sister get out of school tomorrow, my cousin graduates high school tonight, and July 1st @JoeBravo84 and I move into our new condo. I am so excited. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to find a place of our own, we thought we’d have to rent a room somewhere, but @JoeBravo84 found a really sweet woman who owns a condo and was willing to rent to us. It’s a 1 bedroom 1 bath, but that’s fine for us! Can’t wait to move in!

Last weekend we went to #Vegas and met up with a couple of twitter friends @kesleighnoelle and @kaitlincasey. We had such a blast! We went to check out all the new stuff over by the Aria, I think it’s called City Walk… amazing! We were upgraded to the 21st floor of the Tropicana for our 2nd night and we had the most amazing view of the strip! It was amazing! Every time we go on a trip, whether it be a day trip or a mini-vaca, @JoeBravo84 and I always get a little frog as a souvenier… it’s surprising how many different types of frog figurines you can get without having any duplicates!! Well, this trip, I got a little frog ring! He is so cute!

ok guys, this is my first attempt to add photos, so if it’s weird let me know. Also, if you have any tips… I’m willing to take those too haha. Anyway, back to packing! Check out http://www.26promo.com!

Let’s see, it’s been HOW long since I blogged? Oh yeah, TOO long. I hate not blogging every day but I’ve been busy and away from my computer, or any computer for that matter. Saturday was my cousin’s graduation from University of Redlands. Such a beautiful campus. However, 3 hours in direct sun can lead to a very uncomfortable evening. I think I ended up with sun poisoning! No bueno, I do not love throwing up at all.

Sunday my bf and I spent the whole day meeting with people about places to live. It was a pretty interesting experience. If you’re going to rent out a room or a house, do the little things like vacuuming and making sure it doesn’t smell like urine! I can’t wrap my mind around the idea that showing a dirty space is ok! Especially if you’re going to ask someone for a significant amount of money to stay there! Do your dishes! Uck I was pretty disgusted. Except for the last house we went to. Love the people in the house, love the house, love the pup, love that we’d have 2 12×12 rooms AND a private bathroom so I would (in essence) have my own office! We have one more meeting this upcoming Monday after our VEGAS TRIP 🙂 🙂 🙂 then we’ll know which place.

Monday morning my aunt and uncle stopped by on their way home from El Centro. It was so good seeing them. I miss being close to that side of the family. Can’t wait for my cousin’s baby shower. 🙂 Then we went to Hemet to see my grandma and grandpa. Got to go swimming for the first time in a lonnnng time. Which of course had the down side of me being in a bathing suit… yuck!

Tonight it’s a girls’ night with @kesleighnoelle, @Kaitlincasey, and @somedayilllearn. Can’t wait! We’re going to @Ca_tea and then going to get our nails done 🙂 Tomorrow it’s babysitting from 8-4 and then packing for #Vegas! Friday we leave as soon and bf gets out of work. Sooo excited!! What’s new with the rest of you?

I’ve really been trying to learn more about myself over the last few weeks as I haven’t really spent much time focusing on me at all in my life. I look back at my journals and old online diaries and it always says “it’s time to take some time for myself, time to focus on me” and then 1-2 days later I’m back to being worried about everyone else. Well, I think I’ve finally made me a priority. I’ve had basically the same 5 friends for the last 8-13 years (oh wow, I’m old enough to have friends for over 10 years? OMG lol) and since I’ve moved to So. Cal. I’ve noticed a big change in who takes the time to talk with me and who has let it go. And I’ve started talking to a few friends who I would have never thought be people I counted on. The saddest thing for me is that I only live half-a-day’s drive away and only 1 person has made the trip down to see me. I’ve lived here 3 years, I’ve driven up there 3-4 times to see them. And even then, some of those who claim to be family couldn’t have been bothered to see me… this tangent is completely not where I was going… and I’m now resisting the urge to ctrl+a delete lol.

Basically, it’s time for me to take care of me and my bf, our families, and my business.

It was so great meeting everyone Saturday night! @kesleighnoelle, @RachelsRants, @somedayilllearn, @Sugar Jones, @CA_suntan, @amybowen, @SITSGirls…. hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone… @somedayilllearn’s fiance and my bf had a great little male bonding time lol. The music was fun, the crowd was great, and I must have been having a good time because I broke a nail and didn’t even know it lol. I’m really excited to be getting out and doing things. This was actually the first social even I’ve been to in a long LONG time that wasn’t with my bf’s friends or people from his work. This was all my own. He’s such a trooper for going along 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

Now bloggy bootcamp… in Austin?!?! This could definitely be happening for me!

Is it summer yet?

May 21, 2010

Why is it not feeling like summer yet? I am such a summer baby, it’s ridiculous, so the fact that it feels like fall is making me pretty sad.

So excited to go to my first #tweetup tomorrow! I’ve been down here in So. Cal. for 3 years (in August) and I have not had the time or the resources to make my own set of friends. My boyfriend and I have friends (his friends that have accepted me) but I haven’t made friends of my own. I’ve never been the type to have a lot of girlfriends, but lately I’ve been realizing that I may need a few. I know it’s a long way off, but I was thinking about my wedding the other day and I realized it would be totally pointless for me to even have a bridal shower because I have 1 girlfriend and the rest is family… not saying I wouldn’t love to have my family at my bridal shower, but I’d like to have friends too! My best friend lives in Nor. Cal. and would probably not be able to make it down for those kinds of events and I have one other good friend down here (who I just adore!). It’s time I get some girls together to go to lunch with, or get my nails done with. Especially since I work for myself, make my own schedule, and don’t have coworkers to get together with.

Believe it or not, I think twitter is helping me do that! I have met some really awesome people in the last 2 weeks and tomorrow night I’ll meet them in person! So excited!

Now… what to wear. My Guy has his vote in, and I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll end up wearing. We’ll see 🙂