Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Washington Vino

I've been in Seattle this week attending a great conference for work. This afternoon we got to visit Januik Winery for a tour and tasting.

It was really interesting to hear the owner talk about his business...very knowledgable and passionate.

Their building was designed in 2005 and is a very modern design.

The barrels come from France.

The tasting area.

One of my besties also works for Farm Credit and is at this conference...has made it all the more fun!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cowgirl Goes To The Farm

I think I've told you before how much I love my job.
Today was one of those days...reminding me why I love my job so much.
I spent the whole day out of the office in a combine.

And get this...it was homegirls first time ever in a combine. {Really!!!}


While it was awesome, I don't think I'll be trading in my pony for a tractor any time soon. The AC was nice, but this girl is a ranch girl through and through.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Today, I signed up for this.

I don't really like to run, but the obstacle course aspect of it looked way too fun to pass up (and not to mention, I'll be doing it with some of my best girlfriends).

Yes, we all know that I've been up and down in the exercise department lately...well, I never wanted to die laying face down in the mud...here's to a little running!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Wedding Chevy!

Today, Mom and I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin Josh's beautiful bride-to-be Chevaun. Yes, you know me and my Mom, we do love us a good party! Apparently the Little Lady does too, after a 2.5 hour nap, she was ready to par-tay!

It's a party, let's dance!

Some of the party decorations. Chevaun's colors are black, white and sage...love them!

The spread, complete with mini cheesecakes, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal sugar cookies, brownies, lemon bars and of course, cupcakes!

Candy for the best shower game ever (I HATE shower games, but I do like this one). You have candy bars and clues that correspond with them, example: Big Hunk - the groom. The first guest to make the correct guess, wins the candy bar.

Chevy opening presents with some "help" from the Little Lady.

Chevy opening the Little Lady and I's gift: we got her a couple of picture frames, a personalized sterling silver necklace with "Josh & Chevaun" and their wedding date stamped on it from Etsy, and some goodies from Victoria's Secret (I think those made her blush a little!).

Chevy with her Mom, two Grandmas and Josh's (and mine!) Grandma.

My Mom, me and T and Chevy.

Leah (Josh's little sis and my cousin) is a bridesmaid and the Little Lady is the flower girl!

The Little Lady and her Great Grandma Hammer.

Enjoying a cupcake!

And the party aftermath! It really wasn't that bad, just all those tissue paper pom poms and their short lived lives : )

We had a great time welcoming Chevy to the family. Good work Josh, we couldn't love your choice more and Chevy, thanks for saying yes! : )

4th of July Party Part 2 - Fun and Games

John Wayne and I organized a Minute to Win It tournament for our party and I must say, I think fun was had by all!

John Wayne was the Master of Ceremonies and Official Timer.

And this Little Lady helped!


Movin' On Up

Defying Gravity

Ah Nuts

Face the Cookie

Tressie loved the cookie game...or I should say Tressie loved the cookie game leftovers!

Rapid Fire

Baby Blockin'

This Blows


There were prizes: Sonic gift cards, Colorado lottery scratch tickets and patriotic flag camp chairs...and medals!

After the games we enjoyed a hot dog roast.

It was a way fun 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Party Part 1 - Sweet Treats and Decorations

Mom and I hosted a way fun 4th of July party this weekend. Here's a look at the decorations and some of the sweet treats (we also had lots of homemade ice cream that my Mom made...peach, strawberry and vanilla...yum)!

Homemade "America the Beautiful" pennant banner and red, white and blue pom poms.

The goody table complete with cupcakes, red velvet cookies, chocolate dipped marshmallows and pretzels, cotton candy and Cracker Jacks!

Funfetti cupcakes with homemade cupcake toppers.

White chocolate dipped marshmallows, red velvet cookies and white chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

"Firecracker" cupcakes!

S'mores marshmallows: marshmallow dipped in chocolate then graham cracker crumbs.

And what 4th of July party would be complete without cotton candy and Cracker Jacks?!?

4th of July Party Part 2 - Fun and Games coming soon!