Monday, February 28, 2011

Goodnight, Beautiful Day.

Here's to the end of a beautiful day to celebrate the birth of my Papa.

 Spent the day at the Home & Garden Show...

 followed by one of the best Italian Restaurants in Texas called BRAVO...

where Papa finished his meal with a Nutella Custard Dessert that I put a candle in...

(Originally a brand name for a spread made of chocolate and hazelnut, nutella has come to represent any hazelnut/chocolate spread (like Kleenex for tissue). Created in the 1940s by Ferrero of Ferrero Rocher Sweets, it is a thick, smooth paste similar to peanut butter. It can be smeared on breads and used as a filling.)

Opened cards & gifts & then watched a GREAT movie called...

A PERFECT day in EVERY way! Only thing that would have made it BEYOND PERFECT would be having Verenia & Aram here. We love you both to heaven though & until the next Birthday, even though you are in other zip are ALWAYS with us. ALWAYS. 

Happy Happy Birthday, my Beautiful Papa. Your Little Girl loves you with EVERY beat of her heart & I am SO grateful to be able to be here to share these moments with you. THE MOST AMAZING Husband God has EVER created...I love you, so far beyond love, and I am so much more grateful to you than words could ever express. You are a real-life Angel & have touched more lives than you will ever know. Thank You...will never be enough.

Sleep With The Angels, Everyone, 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Texas Tales

Hi Y'all! (Ha Ha) B & I are still in Texas, visiting my Parents for the week(s) & let me just tell you how much we LOVE this place! Ever since they moved here 3 years ago (San Antonio Area), we've thought about moving here & absolutely love it! The people are the nicest people you'll ever meet, the scenery/land is to die for, the "friends" as we call them (deer, squirrels, ...) are EVERYWHERE, and the cost of living compared to California...INSANE! On one of our previous visits, we discovered a community near San Antonio called Anaqua Springs & we've found so many houses we love! Our Realtor told us that Tony Parker & Eva Longoria live in here too. Or should I say did live here. Just a fun fact, if you like either of them. Ha Ha. Here's one of the houses in this community, so you can see what we've been looking at all day today! Absolutely beautiful! 

We are SERIOUSLY considering making the move & are waiting to hear from our Realtor about a couple we really liked today. I'll keep you posted! Just might be a Little Cowgirl after all! Ha Ha. Here are a few more reasons Texas is the place to be...


Considering B & I are HUGE Basketball/Laker fans...we're gonna have to go to the Laker/Spurs games! Hopefully they won't "boo" us too much! Ha Ha! 

I love me some daisy dukes, some leather/fringe & all Cowgirl Getup! Ha Ha. 

And you KNOW how much I love my Cowboys Cheerleaders! CUTEST OUTFITS...EVER!!!

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some boots! 

But of FAVORITE part of my BIG TEXAS HAIR!  You know my motto..."The Higher The Hair...The Closer To God"! Ha Ha Ha. They'll think I was born & bred here!

So you never know...The Lone Star State just might be our next big adventure! Wherever the road takes us is where we're meant to be! 

HUGE Texas Sized Hugs & Hair,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Birth of a Hero

Today I celebrate a very special day. It is the day of birth of the man in my life...who loved me first. Happy 73rd. Birthday, to the best Papa in this entire world! B & I are on our way to Texas to celebrate with him, but of course, I just wanted to pay tribute first. I ran out of words A LONG TIME AGO, to express just how much he means to me & how very much he is loved & appreciated. One of my very favorite things I've ever written was for Father's Day a few years ago. Since there have been no new words invented, and these will forever remain true...I share these words again. 

To the Man that loved me first,

When I was a tiny little clown, sweet faced and full of love…I was Papa’s girl.
I was. I still am.
I looked to him for my security,
for love and attention,
for the understanding, and the patience I lacked
as a child.
My Papa was the center of my small world,
the focus of my affections,
the star that lit my life, shining bright.
Shining still in my heart.
The years have led me here,
weathered with maturity and responsibilities,
and I see more clearly now.
The hardships, burdens of love,
and all the sacrifices he made for me,
for our family.
He created stability, a place to call home.
All the photographs I browse through, I see a child so blessed, smiling, so happy and so loved.
The mere thought of being without him
is enough to send me cowering, afraid...
looking for guidance.
I turned to my father for support,
advice, wise counsel, and for approval.
Grown up, I see differently now...
A new perspective of a man I have always known.
My heart is full, my emotions overpowering
just in the certainty of that bond.
He's been there for me through all the conflicts
helping me over the rough, ragged stones of growing up.
My respect for him is unending,
faith is unbound, and love is unquestioning.
Even in the midst of all my imperfections, he is lenient,
ignoring the pitfalls, the downfalls, the shortcomings,
he just accepted me as I was, as I am.
The sheer purity of it leaves me awe-struck
and it lifts me up, it holds my head a little higher,
it keeps me in balance,
harmonizing with the world around me
beautifully, like an inspired masterpiece from the soul
of an honest man.
I am honored to know him, to love him, to be of him.
He's my hero, and I am his daughter, his little girl

There are no, nor will ever be…enough words to describe the overwhelming gratitude, admiration, appreciation, respect, and unconditional love…that resides in my heart for only you. There will never be a moment…for the rest of my life, that you won’t be my Papa, and I will need you any less. Whoever said kids only need their Parents for 18 years….never knew about us. You are the epitome of all that embodies a man in my eyes, and I couldn’t be more honored, or more proud to call YOU my Papa. Happy Father's Day, Papa. I love you to heaven…and forever after. 
Your little girl, forever…Veronika 

Happy Birthday, My Beautiful Papa & My Hero,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I ♥ D&G

So B & I are sitting in the kitchen eating dinner, when we hear D&G on the counter. We look up & this is what we see...

Ha Ha Ha. It seriously made our whole night!  They are the cutest, sweetest things...EVER & we love the so so much! 

This is them watching their new "Mewvie"! It's a movie, made for cats, of course, that shows birds, mice, crickets, etc. CUTEST THING...EVER!

It's amazing how much these little souls add to our happiness & help make our house a home. We adopted them from The Huntington Beach Animal Hospital & it's probably one of the best things we've ever done. Crazy story...I'd been wanting a little "friend" for a while, thought about it for months, and really wanted a kitty. I wanted a "friend" to cuddle on the couch with, and of course to love forever & ever. A kitty, instead of a dog for a few reasons. First...we travel a lot, so I wanted a pretty independent animal, who wouldn't miss us too much while we were away. 2nd...I am way too OCD to have a Dog using the bathroom all over my house! Ha Ha. With kitty's...they are "potty trained" the very same day you bring them home & NEVER have any "accidents". And lastly...I LOVE LOVE LOVE that kitty's purr. I love that you always know when they are happy. SO SO cute! I know puppy's wag their tails, and believe me...I LOVE doggies too, but something about a little kitty, purring right next to you...just melts your heart. So...Cliff Notes Version...B was at his haircut on day, and in the same shopping center was the Animal Hospital. While I was waiting for him in the car (side of my VERY favorite things to you. Wait in the car, with the sun beating on the windows...heaven. I feel like a little lizard, sunning myself on a little rock. Ha Ha.), I decided to walk into the Animal Hospital, and see if they knew where (locally) I could adopt my new friend. Much to my surprise, the girl at the counter said, "Right behind you." I turned around, and couldn't believe my eyes! There, in a tiny little cage, was a little black & white kitty. As I got closer, wait...there were two little kitty's in there! Cuddled up in the smallest little ball you've ever seen! I was DYING! I knew right was the day! But...since they were together, and sleeping so adorably together...I knew I had to get them both. There was no way I was going to separate them. All that was left to do was ask B. Ha Ha. I walked next door, looked at him, and he already knew. He asked me if there were kittys there & when he saw the look on my face...he knew it was over! Ha Ha. Thank God he loves animals too & also wanted to "add to our family". When his haircut was done, we walked back over & I showed them to him. Of course...he was dying too! We started talking to the girl & she said that they were not from the same litter at all, found & rescued from 2 different places, and estimated Birthdays were about 5 days apart! How crazy is that! (this September they will both be 2 years old) So...OF COURSE we adopted them right then & there & we've been loving them ever since! I always joke that B named them, but of course I did! Ha Ha. Dolce is our little girl & Gabbana is our little boy. B&V and D& little, happy family! Our hearts and our family grew two sizes that day! It's amazing to me how you can go from, one minute never knowing they even existed, to they next...never imagining your life without them. Studies have shown that people with pets are happier, healthier & tend to live longer. He's some of the proof, according to WebMD...

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Allergy Fighters

"The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided," says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with "furred animals" -- whether it's a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals -- will have less risk of allergies and asthma, he tells WebMD.
In his recent study, Gern analyzed the blood of babies immediately after birth and one year later. He was looking for evidence of anallergic reaction, immunity changes, and for reactions to bacteria in the environment.
If a dog lived in the home, infants were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies-- 19% vs. 33%. They also were less likely to have eczema, a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. In addition, they had higher levels of some immune system chemicals -- a sign of stronger immune system activation.
"Dogs are dirty animals, and this suggests that babies who have greater exposure to dirt and allergens have a stronger immune system," Gern says.

Date Magnets

Dogs are great for making love connections. Forget Internet matchmaking -- a dog is a natural conversation starter.
This especially helps ease people out of social isolation or shyness, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, tells WebMD.
"People ask about breed, they watch the dog's tricks," Kaslow says. "Sometimes the conversation stays at the 'dog level,' sometimes it becomes a real social interchange."

Dogs for the Aged

"Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home," says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
"Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog," says Hart.
Walking a dog or just caring for a pet -- for elderly people who are able -- can provide exercise and companionship. One insurance company, Midland Life Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, asks clients over age 75 if they have a pet as part of their medical screening -- which often helps tip the scales in their favor.

Good for Mind and Soul

Pet owners with AIDS are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. "The benefit is especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets," says researcher Judith Siegel, PhD.
In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets.
People in stress mode get into a "state of dis-ease," in which harmful chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine can negatively affect the immune system, says Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and author of Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health.
Studies show a link between these chemicals and plaque buildup in arteries, the red flag for heart disease, says Justice.
Like any enjoyable activity, playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine -- nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties, he tells WebMD.
"People take drugs like heroin and cocaine to raise serotonin and dopamine, but the healthy way to do it is to pet your dog, or hug your spouse, watch sunsets, or get around something beautiful in nature," says Justice, who recently hiked the Colorado Rockies with his wife and two dogs.

Good for the Heart

Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease -- lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels -- than non-owners, researchers say.

So...if you are ready, willing & able...I'd say ADOPT AWAY! Pets truly of life's most precious treasures!

Loving my purr-y, furry Angels, 

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 From my your hearts,