Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Welcome to Paradise!

I recently had the opportunity to join my mom and grandma in gorgeous San Diego for a little vacation. We stayed at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, which is located right on the ocean and next door to Sea World.

Anyone fancy a swim?

Considering my grandma is 88 years old, she did extremely well with all the traveling. It must have been that cool California air that agreed with her so much.

Here's a view from our beachside bungalow.

Same view at sunset.

Here's a view from Nick's at the Pier Restaurant in nearby Ocean Beach.

I basically invited myself along for this trip. My mom planned a little reunion with many of my grandma's nieces. I was definitely the youngster in this crowd, but it was great to hear all the old stories and look at the black and white photos everyone passed around.

Cute picture of my grandma and her niece Nancy.

We even enjoyed a Sunday dinner at cousin Sondra's house. Since the weather in California is consistently consistent, everyone relaxes outside on their beautiful patios, complete with...

REAL lemon trees!

Here's a group picture of all the cousins.
Back row: Frankie, Sondra, Barbara
Front row: Nancy and my mom

Although our last day was a little overcast, I still managed to snap this cute shot of mommy dearest on the beach. Did you know that sand is a natural exfoliant for the feet?

Since mom and I were both born in the Golden State, we'll always be just a couple of California Dreamin' gals!

Until we meet again...

So long, Paradise!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Groovin' Tunes!

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing during their Soul2Soul II Tour in 2006.

Just got back from my much needed vacation in San Diego! I had a fabulous time with my mom and grandma, and reconnected with some amazing ladies I haven't seen in a very long time. I'll be posting some pictures of us frolicking in "Paradise" in the next couple of days!

While I was trying to stay relatively "unplugged" on my vacation, I did get online to do a little something for me... something I've been meaning to do since I launched this blog almost a year ago!


I so love visiting blogs and learning a little bit more about people through their music. So I've compiled 50 of my all-time favorite songs. A LOT of country (I am from Texas, after all), but I've also thrown in a good mix of current popular hits like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, John Mayer, JT (Justin Timberlake), KC (Kelly Clarkson) and a couple of my favorite songs from the Twilight Soundtrack!

Happy Listening!

P.S. If you're interested in building your own blog playlist, go to They have a million songs to choose from and it's absolutely free!