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30 Before 30: Meet Noah

October 23, 2013

For my 27th birthday, I sat down my sister and brother in law and told them that for my 28th birthday the only thing I wanted was a niece or a nephew. Let’s be honest, I am a girl who knows what she wants and people do not like disappointing me.

Exactly 12 days after I turned 28 years old, my nephew came into this world.

Noah James
7lbs 12oz. 20 inches long.

is a world class cuddler
as curious and attentive as his auntie Dani
has his daddy’s nose and mommy’s lips and chin
cannot wait to meet his grandpa Noah but loves hanging out in the kitchen with this grandma Noah
spends most of his time cuddling with his puppy, Rudy
makes oinking sounds all day long
loves to have his hair washed
is the cutest baby ever.

It is amazing that he is only a week old and has already changed my life for the better. I cannot get enough time with him and have taken to cooking dinner and folding laundry just for a chance to be near him.

His parents did one heck of a job creating this little monkey and giving me the best birthday present ever.

Just not sure how they will top it next year! ūüėČ


  1. Get a pixie haircut. –¬†Completed Dec 12, 2012
  2. Go on a vacation alone.
  3. Karaoke.
  4. Camp.
  5. Learn to longboard skateboard. Or at least attempt it.
  6. Complete a catch on the flying trapeze. –¬†Completed Sept 24, 2013
  7. Throw a fancy dinner party.
  8. Run a marathon. (But I will settle for a half)
  9. Visit Canada.
  10. Travel to a country I have never been before (not Canada). –¬†Completed May 9, 2013 with Amsterdam
  11. Revisit my best friend in Florida.
  12. See a football game in the south. War Eagle.
  13. Learn to grill. –¬†Completed April 2013
  14. Attempt snowboarding… again.
  15. Take a cooking class. –¬†Completed Nov 11, 2012 at Pantry at Delancy – Pie Ninja
  16. Hold my future niece or nephew. –¬†Completed October 15, 2013
  17. Treat my parents.
  18. Make a pie from scratch.
  19. Find the perfect swimsuit.
  20. Decorate a christmas tree.
  21. Ride a motorcycle.
  22. Explore 5 states I have never visited before.
  23. Conquer my reoccuring NYE resolution of reading 50 books in one year.
  24. Learn to french braid. – Completed Fall 2012
  25. Take a 2 week vacation: 2 consecutive weeks.
  26. Build something… that doesn‚Äôt come from Ikea.
  27. Do one cartwheel.
  28. Matchmake a couple, successfully.
  29. Wear my navy blue special occasion Florida dress.
  30. Be apart of something momentous, memorable, and national. Subjective… deal with it.

BONUS: Be awesome every day.

To My Dad:

June 16, 2013

Taking a quick moment to say:

Happy Father’s Day!

To the dads that have come and those that have gone, we are who we are because of you but we will let you take credit for only the good.

To my dad…

Words cannot do justice in the impact you have left and continue to leave on my life. You have set a standard for me in the type of man I hope to one day start a family with. You are kind, generous, open, loving, sincere, and passionate.

You have blessed my life abundantly and shaped me to a strong woman of God.

I’ve never considered myself a lucky person, as things have never come easy for me, but you taught me to work hard and not give up. Looking back, perhaps I was wrong about “luck” though… Not everyone has had a dad (and mom) like I have and every day I am grateful for the life you gave me.

I love you.

I have been dreading the 27th birthday for the past three months. 27! Had I known that I would have a week long celebration with family and friends over six nights, I would have turned 27 earlier!

Not all people who helped me celebrate my day are shown, I didn’t bring out my camera on my actual birthday get together with friends… but all the same, thank you to those above and those not pictured who made this birthday so wonderful.


May 23, 2012

It is impossible to get anything done when I am hanging with this little guy but I love him all the same.

I don’t know how much longer I can last without a dog. Rudy is a good distraction and as¬†lovable¬†as he is, there is just something about having your own pooch.

Maybe it’s time I take Jake back…


But my dog ate it!

December 30, 2011

I am dogsitting my fur nephew for the week and spoiling him rotten.

He gets to sleep in bed with me, mind you, under the covers too, a little bit of extra food plus a new bone, and I even come home from work early.

Until yesterday.

All bets are off.

We have all heard the excuse. “My dog ate my..”


Yes, I am 26.
Yes, I wear my retainer religiously each night.
A few people find it adorable. (Most don’t.)

But after having braces twice (once when I was an “adult”) and jaw surgery once, I am obsessed with straight teeth.

Correction, I’m obsessed with teeth in general. Do you know anyone else that keeps a tooth brush in her car and office?

My orthodontist is in San Francisco and closed until next Tuesday. I am having near panic attacks that my teeth will go crooked by then. And I’m still slated to puppy sit until Monday. Will people please stop asking me to dog sit?

Family Dinner

December 21, 2011





Every Sunday, Vik and Ashley host family dinner. It is possibly my favorite time of the week because they are both extraordinary cooks, I get major cuddle sessions with Rudy, and it is the only time I watch TV.
This week they didn’t hold back with an over the top meal of roast beef, veggies, and mac & cheese. It left us all in a comatose state for hours after. Still… no regrets.

I was so excited to have my family in town for Thanksgiving. Since both my sister and I had to work the day after Thanksgiving, going down to Portland was not an option. Thankfully, both my parent’s and Vik’s made it to Seattle.
I made these…. GO ME!







While everyone else was enjoying the holiday and football… we had to work.








Rudy Rajagopal

November 15, 2011

Ashley and Vik have been talking about adding a plus one to their family. Since they aren’t ready for a baby they set their eyes on a fur baby. Which is why we drove down to Tukwila WA ¬†to “look” at Rudy. And by “look” I mean pick him up and never put him back down.

We brought Jake to the pet store and since he was feeling a little left behind, I let him pick out his favorite toy. Jake carrying it everywhere he walks may be the cutest thing ever.

Back at Ash & Vik’s


Tonight Tonight

October 6, 2011

I once tweeted that every time I hear the song “Tonight, Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae I can’t help but shake it. That may have been months ago but it is still true to this day, regardless how overplayed the song is. In fact, it has become a joke between my sister and I because of my dorky dance that I MUST do, no matter where I am.


At Ashley’s wedding that was the one song I was hoping for but as people continued requesting songs and the DJ seemed to be a fan of dance music, I gave up hope. With only a few songs left, Ashley grabbed me from my water break underneath the twinkle lights¬†outside¬†because she wanted to dance. ¬†One of her other bridesmaids had just excitedly told us she requested “Sex on Fire” and as we walked back to the dance floor my mind was racing with why the heck would someone request that song, let alone be able to dance to it.


As we hit the dance floor and the previous song finished, “Tonight, Tonight” came on. Ashley was delighted with herself at surprising me and I was swept in emotion by the silly thoughtfulness of my sister.


Then the dance floor cleared. Apparently I am the only one that likes this song.


It was LITERALLY just me and Ashley having a dance off party, a scene that is pretty typical of our hangouts. Except this time we just happened to be surrounded by 100 friends and family. And they were watching.


I will never forget those four minutes.


It was just me…


And Ashley…


In our own little dance party.


I couldn’t ask for a better finish to my sister’s wedding and a more treasured memory.









One of the most vivid memories from my childhood was the day I found out my best friend and cousin had died.

It was a Sunday night and we had just gotten back from church. I remember being so mad at my parents for making us go that night because I would have much rather stayed home to play. Before I knew it, my dad was on the phone receiving news that my cousin, Tiffani, had passed away at 14 years of age.

That was the first time I can remember ever seeing my dad cry.

Tiffani was born with a heart defect. The doctors barely gave her 6 months to live but year after year she proved them wrong. My cousin practically lived in the hospital but she had a spirit that could not be broken. Although we moved away from her when I was 2 years old, each summer the cousins reunited for a couple month stay at my grandparents. My sister and Tiffani’s younger sister were best friends and Tiffani was mine.

Her death was hard on all of us. She took a little piece of us when she left. But the biggest piece, she took from my grandparents.

No summer was the same after Tiffani was gone. Instead of lemonade stands on the street, we went berry picking in the cemetery. It felt like life had ceased to exist.

15+ years later and we have come to today.

Earlier this week my grandma was admitted to ICU for heart failure. Although her heart was weak it was because her lungs kept filling up with liquid that was the main cause. After four days of care she was able to return home.

I was able to take the day off on Sunday to visit her with my parents. As we sat together I saw my grandparents, who I love with all of my heart, not living the life that was meant for them. Instead, in a home filled with pictures of Tiffani, I saw a life they gave up on years ago.

We can so easily live in fear and sadness that we stop living.

That isn’t the life I want to live.

I want to live recklessly: reach for the stars, love with all my being, create something new, and accomplish the impossible.

And I have no time to waste.