What a month it’s been….

So the last time I posted, the news was terrible.  And while it’s been six weeks since that crummy day, I still miss Bogey every single day.

BUT, this post isn’t about how sad I am.  Rather, it’s an update to what has happened since June.

For starters, there were some events that I simply didn’t talk about in June.  Like, my BIRTHDAY!  Everyone knows how much I love my birthday.  And how I usually celebrate my birthMONTH, but this year, we kept it a little more low key.  There was a cook out at Brett’s sister’s house and some of my friends even joined us for the cookout.  I opened my cards and my presents and there was cake.

Buuuuut, this was no ordinary birthday.  Just as I was opening presents, Brett got a call from our realtor… a call we were anxiously expecting all day.  The house we had looked at yesterday, and put an offer on that morning, WAS OURS!!!!  Talk about the best birthday ever!

We started packing pretty much the next day and come July 6th (moving day) everything was ready to go.  Once we got into the house, I got a job interview – which led to getting the job! And on top of that, I camped outside of the newest location of one of my favorite restaurants (along with Brett and some friends) and (the four of us) won free burritos for a year!

So, birthday, house, job, burritos.  Pretty good month, I’d say.

Viva Vallarta

Last month I was fortunate enough to take an amazing vacation.

Thanks to Brett’s uncle (and his aunt having her birthday to prompt the trip) the whole family was able to go! It was a surprise party for his aunt, and his uncle (and Brett, and his uncle’s assistant) have been planning it for a year! And even though there were several things that almost spoiled the surprise, the whole thing managed to go off without the surprise being ruined!!!!

Mary was very surprised to see her whole family in MEXICO!

That’s right, this surprise party took place in another country! There were 17 of us. And it was such a wonderful time.

I feel so thankful to be included as part of this family. Everyone is so genuinely kind and they truly get along and enjoy each other’s company.

Here are a few shots from the trip.


                      Our view from the dining room terrace.


Our day in Sayulita.  My favorite place on Earth.


Brett and me after surfing.  I’m fierce!


Brett as a living mannequin in a boutique in downtown Vallarta.


At the Cheeky Monkey.  Best drinks in town (and SUPER CHEAP)!


Brett’s sister, mom and cousin.  Three of the nicest women I know.


A huge!!! THANK YOU to Dave and Mary for such an amazing trip!

My Birthday Wish

If you know me you know that I like animals. A lot. Like, really a lot.

If you know me well you know I LOVE Penguins. Love. Them. LOVELOVELOVE THEM!

Well, this year for my birthday (which is June 3) I’m asking for one thing – penguins. Seriously.

The Kansas City Zoo currently does not have penguins. I personally find this tragic!!! No penguins?! NO PENGUINS?! Unacceptable.

But we can help change that. Since I’m turning 28, I’m asking for $28 donations to the KC Zoo so they can get the penguins I so desperately want. But if you can’t do $28, please just donate what you can. Every dollar makes a difference.

To support the Zoo and make my birthday wish come true, visit here.

Thank you in advance for your help to bring penguins to the zoo and making this the best birthday ever!


These are the penguins – African Black-Footed Penguins

To learn more about these awesome animals go here.