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Monday, May 31, 2010

The vacation continues- First Full day

With the "gentle" prodding of my wife, I will continue the tale of our lovely vacation to Cabo San Lucas. It was about a month ago...so sorry.The first full day we of course wanted to hit the beach.

The day was gorgeous, clear and warm. The ocean, of course, had undercurrents of death, so we couldn't get in the water. Which was disappointing, because I was looking forward to being beaten to a pulp by the gargantuan waves. Or learn to surf. Or both. Probably less surfing and more bruising.

We had zero food in the room, so we ate breakfast at the main pool. We decided to go traditional Mexican for breakfast, so I ate a beef burrito and Allison had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Like I said. Traditional.

View of some houses from one of the paths.

The path we hiked often to get to our room.


Pretty Peacock


Part of the Main Pool


We roamed the beach a little and took some pictures of sand and rocks and water. In our need to explore our new area, we decide to hit the skypool. Literally, the top of the mountain the resort is located on. If you walk from the beach to the skypool, including all the twists and turns of the cart path, you will walk a total of a kajillion miles. There is a base camp with sherpas waiting to carry your belongings to the top. It is best to make a stop halfway and set up camp. Watch out for the Yeti! The skypool is pretty cool, with an incredible view of the ocean. There is a hot tub and bar (of course), but it is pretty darn windy. We saw a whale blow some water way out, or so we think. Every little cresting wave is a whale as far as we could tell, so there must have been thousands, evenly spaced and swimming in the direction of the wind and current. Amazing creatures.

View of the resort from the beach.


Gorgeous Rocks on the beach.


View of the beach from the Skypool.


Anxious to explore the culture, we head downtown via cab. Oh, and to get food so we're not spending bajillions of hard earned dollars on food at the resort. Cab fare wasn't horrible. About $12 to get downtown. We roam around the hundreds of identical shops full of pottery, trinkets, silver jewelry, trinkets, blankets, trinkets, and....get this....Team Ponchos! Literally, ponchos with NFL, MLB, NBA, FOC, OIH, HOSDDSFSDG and more! I, of course, being a HUGE Denver Broncos fan (God help us), had to have it. So now I do. For like $30. It will actually be good for cold games I actually attend. We also bought some other small stuff, but mostly wandered. We paused by the marina for some daiquiris at Margaritaville, which were huge and excellent. While there, we were serenaded by a roaming mariachi band and tiny children peddling whistles. We didn't need any whistles.

The Mariachi Band serenading us at Margaritaville.



With our Awesome Strawberry Daiquiris and the iron Mariachi Band at Margaritaville.


Travis in his Broncos Poncho


We grabbed another cab to the local Wal Mart (yes there is one). Interesting fact: Wal Mart in Spanish is "Wal Mart". We bought wine and beer and other essentials. Some milk and cereal so we don't have to eat burritos for breakfast.

That night we are sitting in the room, checking out the four channels, when I discover the parental controls button. Because I'm a curious man, I turned it on. Not that we needed some dirty programming, but I couldn't figure out how to turn it back off. I even called down to the front desk. They said to just turn it off and turn it back on (isn't that what you do for all electronic problems?) No dice. Hopefully we didn't miss anything awesome on Telemundo.

Well, that's if for the first day. More to follow when I am again chained to the desk by my lovely wife.

Must-Have Monday: Memorial Day Edition

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I am very thankful for all the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving our country. I am lucky to be married to a man serving now. Many have lost their lives while serving but if it wasn't for them who knows what freedoms we would have today. So in the Memorial Day spirit, today's Must Have Monday is full of patriotic items. Enjoy!



1.) The Classic Eagle, 8x10 Print from Eastman Creations
2.) Support our Troops American Flag Door/Wall Hanger from Wooden Whimsies
3.) Red, White, and Blue American Flag Hair bow from Sugar-n-Spice Boutique
4.) American Flag Glass Tile Pendant from Charms for Real
5.) American Flag Felt Heart Sugar Cookie from Vivian's Kitchen
6.) Vintage Paper Wreath from White Serenade
7.) Pinwheel Set from Rule 42
8.) Wooden American Flag Sign from Wood n' Stitches

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Tuesday


BBQ Cheeseburger and Rice Skillet

I made this dinner last night. It is super easy and yummy. I just served it with a simple salad. Travis and I both enjoyed it a lot. Hope you do to if you make it! :) And yes, you probably guessed right, it is a Kraft Food recipe.

Prep time: 5 mins.
Total Time: 20 mins.
Makes: 6 servings, about 1 cup each

What you Need:

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-3/4 cups water
1 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Make It:


BROWN meat with onion in large skillet; drain.
ADD water and barbecue sauce; mix well. Bring to boil.
STIR in rice; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips:

Variation
Omit onion. Brown meat in large skillet; drain. Add 1-1/2 cups water, barbecue sauce and 1 cup frozen or canned whole kernel corn, drained; stir. Bring to boil. Stir in rice. Continue as directed.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Must Have Monday

I'm trying to get back to my regular posts. Here is this week's Must Have Monday. Everything here is from a shop on Etsy that hasn't had a sale yet so maybe you can be their first sale! :)


Silver Earrings Moon Hoops by Poppy's Jewels
Bird Textile Cushion by bespoke belle


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mexican vacation - Day 1 "The Arrival"

I FINALLY got Travis to finish the first post about our trip to Mexico. A little late but that's ok. Here is the post about our first day. More to come!

Allison and I felt that since we have this blog thing we would tell everyone all about our vacation via the adventures of the Michelena family. This also happens to be my first "guest" blog.

To begin, the flight from Norfolk was at 0550. Which means that we have the 45 minute drive plus the hour and a half pre-flight mandatory show up time or don't get through security time...so we're talking a 0300 wakeup and a 0330 on road time. In a brilliant move on our part, we decided to simply stay up all night and then sleep on the several flights we had during the day. We made it to 0200. I believe that waking up after an hour of sleep in the middle of the night is exponentially worse than downing redbull and pushing through the night. Probably not safe for driving, but I would probably have felt better mentally.Allison is not a morning person. In fact, she may wake up by 1000, but is not in a sociable mood until at least noon, and IF she has eaten something. 0300 wakeups are not her thing (or mine either, for what it's worth), so a 0550 flight is right up there on her list of "things to hate Travis for later." As a note though, she was in a fantastic mood and did very well.

Flight number one is from Norfolk to LaGuardia in New York. Not a long flight, but on the ever uncomfortable tiny plane that is more a toilet paper roll with seats made of paper clips.Let me pause for a moment here, and tell you about LaGuardia. It Sucks. Most logical airports have connecting terminals where you can get off one plane and walk to your connecting flight without the hassle of going through the ever-wonderful security over and over again. HOWEVER, New York, which I assumed would have been the pinnacle of airport efficiency, forces you to actually leave the terminal as in, go outside. Us, in our naivety, only allowed an hour or so to get to the next flight. Let me butt in and mention that throughout the following paragraph, Allison is a little airsick and altogether unhappy and just wants to sit down. We are looking for non-existent signs pointing to anything helpful, such as an exit, or a map, or a clean bathroom. We do find a gruff presumed worker wandering around the food court, and she is the bearer of the bad news that we have to leave the building. So down through the baggage claim and on to the street. Keep in mind, there are no helpful signs or unhelpful signs or even graffiti pointing the way. You simply clamor around, staring at bus stops and the digital signs on buses, hoping not get on a bus headed to 456th street in downtown Queens. The other terminal was about a half mile away. We didn't have time to wait for a ghost bus, so we ran. Yes, like in the movies or the people you laugh at. Allison, (who ignored my sage advice to wear comfortable running shoes) had on flip flops and we've got a shoulder bag and a carry-on. Thank goodness it was nice out and the sun was up (it's about 0730 by now). It would have been fun to add a mugging to this story, but there was no one available to be mugged (I've always wanted to mug a New Yorker...bucket list, I guess). We make it to the proper terminal and stand in line for security, idly shifting from one foot to another in frustration and to give the aching muscles in our legs a break. Throughout this trip, we had the WORST luck in choosing lines, and this was the first example. We had poor foreign visitors in front of us that didn't understand that their two laptops had to be all by themselves in the bin to go through the x-ray machine. It didn't help that the TSA agent was frustrated and rude and they didn't speak much English. Allison ended up helping the poor girl and we made it through and to our gate with time to spare. Allison still feels crappy, but we manage to get her some Dramamine, which is VERY expensive purchase at the airport.Our next leg is to Dallas/Fort Worth, on a thankfully bigger toilet paper roll (paper towel roll, maybe). We both try to sleep, and I think Allison actually slept better than I did, which is rare. Probably the drugs.

LaGuardia and D/FW are night and day when it comes to airports, and I would recommend D/FW to anyone flying anywhere. The people are friendly and helpful, there is a fantastic USO for the military, and the skylink tram from terminal to terminal is easy, quick, and WELL-SIGNED (if that makes any sense). You can zip around in minutes with no running. It sounds like a good time, and it was. Until we got on the plane. We're sitting there, reading the ever-incredible skymall magazine, debating the usefulness of a doggy snuggie or gnome tv remote, when, out of the blue, the gate announcer guy (wearing a bow tie, I might mention) comes tearing down the aisle (we are way in the back) and stops at, you guessed it, us. Everyone's looking at us now, and he asks for our passports and boarding passes. Now feeling like potential terrorists, we show peewee herman our stuff, and he chatters into his phone that we are in fact on the plane and legitimate people. Relieved, he leaves. And then comes back. And asks for our passports again. And then turns around and proceeds to walk down the aisle to leave the plane. My mind goes to immediate overdrive. One, we're on a plane to another country, two, peewee is leaving with our main proof of citizenship, and three, a gnome remote control is cool only if it stands up. I do believe my exact words were "oh, hell no!" The seatbelt came off and I tore off after him, catching him at the entrance to the plane. He was on the phone again, telling someone on the other end our names and that we were indeed on the plane. I surmised that he was telling the baggage handlers that we were on the plane, so keep the luggage on the plane. Got it, security and all, but it just would have been nice to have an explanation as to why we kept having to prove that we were in fact sitting on the plane. Minutes later, the gate ticket lady came on and asked to see our boarding passes once again, asking quietly if it was her that scanned our tickets. We told her it was, and I could see the smoke as she thought she had screwed up the outrageously easy job of scanning an airline ticket and nearly sending a couple of passengers to GITMO. Plus, I think the other passengers almost yelled "let's go!" and tackled us and landed the plane in the Hudson. But we do fly eventually.

Baja California is a desert. As in cactus and dirt and tumbleweeds. But the weather is constant and the water is beautiful. I don't think I knew that it wouldn't be tropical. A little shock out the window when landing. Twice in the airport we get hit up for a timeshare presentation. We turn both down and get on a shuttle to our resort, which is about 45 minutes away, and it is next to the last in line along the coast. We go past all these beautiful resorts and then through town, starting to worry if we'll ever get there, and if it will be a busted motel on the edge of the desert. We go through a nice gate and perk up a little, but start to head up a mountain. Not a hill, but a freaking mountain. Around this mountain bend and down the other side and then up another mountain. All as the driveway to the Pueblo Bonito Resort at Sunset Beach. We finally pull in, are warmly greeted and check in, nearly asked about a timeshare presentation again, but they find out we're under 30 years of age, and don't bother us with a pitch. I couldn't have been happier.

This resort is on the side of a mountain and HUGE. The paths wind back and forth, and they provide golf carts to ferry you around 24/7. We are up near the top of the mountain, which provides nice views, but a heck of a walk. You really can't imagine how steep this place is. The cart path has hairpin turns, almost back on itself. A golf cart takes us to our room and we promptly proceed to party. Hard. Seriously, downing bottles of liquor, having pillow fights, stopping up the shower to make a pool, fighting tigers, etc. Or we laid down and took a nap until about eight. You decide.

On the balcony of our room


So happy we are here!


The view from our room. So pretty!


Later that evening, we decided to try out the only open restaurant at the resort at that time of night, "The Bistro." We shared an oven-baked pizza and some AWESOME carrot cake. The frosting was this butter cream icing made in heaven. I like me some butter, and this tasted incredible. Allison sort of liked it, but I thought it was awesome. That pretty much called it for the day.

At dinner

As a note, there is some kind of monopoly on the TV provider in Mexico, or at least Baja California, because there were like six channels and they all sucked. Not that you should watch a lot of TV while on a beautiful beach resort, but when it's night and cold.....bleh.

Later folks.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Our New KY Home

This is our new house in KY, well for the next year at least. Thought I would share some pictures of the house. Now, we have only been in the house for a week so it is still a BIG work in progress but I know a lot of people are wanting to see our house so I am loading the pictures anyways. I must say, for only being in the house for a week, a lot has gotten done but there is still A LOT to still do.

Front of the house. Both of us are VERY excited about our 2 car garage.


The front porch


The big, fenced in backyard. Big plans for back here! :)


Living room


Dining room from kitchen


Kitchen- hope to add an island in here.


Bonus room/ Travis' "man cave"


Guest bath


Guest room


What will be my craft room. I am very excited about that fact but not the fact of setting up!


Master Bedroom- major work in progress


Master again


Master bathroom

KY Living

We have been in KY for a week now. And FINALLY have everything set up and internet again! YEAH!! I have SO missed having the internet since this is how I work and then I never realized how much I really play on here as well. I plan to post pictures of the house soon but I will also be back to my regular schedule posts soon as well. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Moving Day

Today is moving day. I have been running around this house for days trying to make sure everything is ready to go. Pack the items that we need to take with us. Leave out items that we need to use here to clean or whatever before we leave. Make sure things are unplugged, label items, or whatever! I have been working like crazy and I think probably going a little crazy. I am SO TIRED! And now as my things are getting packed up, I am totally bored and wanting to do something. I wish I could just take a nap but that definitely isn't happening, especially right now. I have been running around so much that I think I could just pass out. It will be nice when the movers leave today and I can just relax. Especially, since I barely got any sleep last night. They will be back tomorrow to put everything on the truck. Then it is back to cleaning until we leave.

I am very used to moves happening VERY quickly but for some reason this one snuck up on me. I feel like it is all happening so fast this time. It hit me we were really moving on Saturday evening after I took all of the pictures off the walls and I walked into the living room and saw nothing. That always makes it SO real to me. I've caught myself getting all upset the past couple days- call it stress, emotionally drained/sad, or just too tired to hold back the tears but I am actually sad about leaving. I really didn't think I would be. We've met some fabulous people here and have become great friends with them so I am so sad to leave them.

Well, back to sitting here watching them pack. Hope everyone else has a great Monday. Hope all the mom's out there had a great Mother's Day. And I just want to say Happy Anniversary to my sister, Charissa, and her husband, Kevin!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Let the Stress Begin!

The time has come! ALREADY! We are getting ready for PCS move to KY. The movers come on Monday to pack the house and then on Tuesday our household goods go on the truck. We will be cleaning up the house for the next couple days after that and then our final inspection on the house is Thursday afternoon. We will be heading out after the inspection and driving halfway to continue the rest of the drive on Friday. Our household goods will arrive on Friday in KY so my parents are helping us out by going to the house and receiving it all for us until we get there.

Right now, I have a LONG to-do list that I feel like just keeps growing. I am trying my hardest to get things crossed off instead of adding new things to the list but it's not looking very good. Travis has gone to TN for 4 days (perfect timing, right?) so I am alone this weekend trying to get as much done as I can before the movers come Monday. I have stuff to pull out to make sure we keep with us, have to pack things that the movers just don't take, and clean, clean, clean! Oh FUN!

With all of this going on, I have obviously been absent from blog world lately. I haven't posted and I haven't even been able to read any of my favorite blogs either. I know I have said that I would post about our trip to Mexico and I promise that is coming! Travis will actually be the one to write the posts up. He started the first post but has yet to finish it but as soon as he is back in town, and if we have internet access, I will make him finish up. So, I am not too sure right now when I will be back in Blogland. Hopefully, it won't take us very long to get the house set up and things will get back to normal quickly.

So here's to cleaning, boxes, paper, lifting, pushing, packing, cleaning, taping, organizing, driving, unpacking, more cleaning, and trying to stay CALM in the midst of it all! Wish me luck!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Home from Mexico

We are back from our absolutely, wonderful vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We had a fabulous time and didn't want to come home at the end of the week. There was beautiful weather the whole trip and we both came back with much needed tans. Stay tuned for stories and pictures about our trip! There is lots to talk about! :)