#16 – Enjoy live jazz.

I failed to record that this one is checked off the list. Last December, while in San Francisco, we visited Cigar Bar & Grill, where they played live jazz. Wish they had one of those spots in San Diego – we’d be there all the time! ; )

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Counting Down…Here’s What’s Left!

  1. Get back in the boxing gym – even if for a couple of hours.
  2. Make something in my crock pot other than chili.
  3. Pay it forward to at least 5 people.
  4. Write a children’s book about a personal experience.
  5. Buy a print, frame it and hang it up.
  6. Start a blurb book for Ella and finish up at least the first year of her life.
  7. Go to a Marauders football game, just to support the alma mater.
  8. Start jogging – and make it a semi-regular thing.
  9. Visit the zoo at least 3 times before our membership expires.
  10. Fly a kite.
  11. Visit at least one museum in Balboa Park.
  12. Have a beach day.
  13. Have a picnic in the park
  14. Watch the sunset with the Hubby.
  15. Go wine-tasting…
  16. Enjoy live jazz.
  17. Volunteer my time.
  18. Go meatless for a whole week!
  19. Plan a surprise date for the Hubby.
  20. Host a co-ed dinner party.
  21. Request a day off of work to do whatever I want.
  22. Learn the ways of the DSLR and take frame-worthy shots of my kids.
  23. Try a cuisine I’ve never had before.
  24. Go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
  25. Pay off all major credit cards.
  26. Makeover my existing patio furniture OR buy a new set.
  27. Learn to play a song on the ukelele.
  28. Go on a trip that requires a plane ticket.
  29. Plan a one-on-one date with each kid.
  30. Take my Mom out and spoil her.
  31. Reach Elite status on Yelp.
  32. Write an article for Mira Mesa Living magazine.
  33. Participate in a charity run/walk.
  34. Send a surprise through the mail to someone you care about.

#31 Reach Elite Status on Yelp: DONE!

Oh, how the simple things in life just make me smile – something as simple as a red badge next to my name that reads “Elite”. There’s definitely something about my new “status” that motivates me to write more and share more. I am happy that my thoughts, opinions and experiences have been well-received and appreciated by the Yelp community. Call it a “red badge of courage” if you will…after all, you have to post a picture of yourself and share your REAL name. You have to stand tall and proud next to your reviews, good, bad and everything in between. :)

Check out my Yelp page here

I cannot wait to attend an Elite event in the future…can you imagine how much fun THAT would be?

Happy Thursday, everyone! :)

#1 Get Back into the Boxing Gym: DONE

Ok, so maybe not a real boxing gym that has an actual ring and requires a fee or membership. But even better, my big brother (who trained in boxing in his ‘earlier’ years — way before the Muay Thai craze, MMA and our beloved Pacquiao) has been ever-so-willing and enthusiastic to train me, the Hubby and my SIL (his wifey) in our folks’ backyard. Complete with gloves, a heavy bag, a punching mit and an awesome trainer, it’s been an awesome weekly workout for me! 

Getting back into boxing made me realize how much I really miss the workout — hope I just keep it going as long as possible. Getting stronger… (insert Rocky theme here)

Family Trip: Las Vegas

Fabulous Las Vegas

Our 2011 summer family trip was a success! In fact, I think this is the best vacation yet for our family. I realized two things during this trip: 1) How important it was to be ‘in the moment’ with my family and 2) How fast our kids are growing up. Bittersweet, but that’s why these vacations mean so much. Every minute of this vacation was nothing short of blissful, relaxing, memorable and full of joy for me. The kids made me laugh all throughout the trip, and for that, I’m thankful.

We took them to some places that we knew they’d enjoy including an All You Can Eat sushi restaurant (oh yes, they were in heaven), M&Ms World, Serendipity 3, and the Coca-Cola store where we were able to sample 16 Coca-Cola drinks from around the globe. Our plans including something for everyone (we have four kids ranging from 3 to 18, remember???) So thankful to our good friends P&T for lending us their timeshare for the weekend. We had the best time!

The Island Roll was the family favorite!

Serendipity 3

M&Ms World

Tastes Around the World (Coca Cola)

Bellagio Dancing WatersLazy River

The Grotto