Monthly Archives: April 2009

Cupcake Lovin’

For those of you who’ve been around me within the last six months, you’ll know that I’ve become a cupcake makin’, lovin’ woman. Oh man. I just LOOOOVE to make them! So easy, so fun and they’re the perfect size. Way better than cake in my opinion. Though, I’m not going to lie, I do love cake. 😀

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While I’ve recently discovered the wonderfulness that are cupcakes (seriously, I’ve become enamored with them)… just today did I learn that they can also be stylish! Thanks so much Black*Eiffel for sharing!

I seriously want a shirt (or dress, bathing suit, heels, a scarf… shoot, anything) out of that first cupcake liner. What a cute print that is!! Gimme!

Hmmmm… that reminds me… I do have a birthday party BBQ to attend on Sunday. Maybe I’ll make a surprise batch. Yum!

What is your best cupcake recipe?

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3 Years Since the Worst Day of my Life

More to come later…devinmosaicdevinmosaic2

Checklist

There are so many different things that I aspire to do… while I know that statement is so incredibly broad, there’s not a way to simplify it correctly. I want to do almost everything from A to Z. Seriously. I’ve signed up and accomplished a few things recently and have been more upset that I didn’t have a list to cross them off… which is silly because I should be excited that I’m experiencing them (which of course I am happy about too). So, while I am incredibly anal (working on this) and organized… this is a list that is going to have to develop over time. And this means that I will add things on just to cross them off after I’ve done them… because a lot of times I do things and then I realize that I wanted to do it. (Like a “Oh yea! I’ve always wanted to do that!” moment.) So, you’re just going to have to deal with it.

Elise always does a list around her birthday… a 24 things I want to accomplish during my 24th year. Well, 24 doesn’t come for another 4.5 months and I don’t want to take up spots that some spontaneous event wants to take. So, in a hurry to make up 23, I’ll make a list of 23 things that I want to accomplish (or have accomplished… or haven’t known that I wanted to accomplish yet, but did- hooray). Simply said… it’s the To Do list for 23 (just about 7.5 month’s late- and not entirely complete yet). Whatever, I do what I want. 😉

The 23 To-DO

  1. Go to a music festival
  2. Visit and experience a new place
  3. Go to Idaho during the summer time
  4. Learn to wake board
  5. Get in the best shape of my life- physically
  6. Stop cussing (I blame my job)
  7. Read 4 books (I’m into #2 right now)
  8. Try Bikram Yoga
  9. Do a benefit walk (4/26/09 Parkinson’s Beach Brigade)
  10. Learn to like running
  11. Go to an away SC game
  12. Become a USC football season ticket holder
  13. Get promoted
  14. Road Trip
  15. Do something great for my parents
  16. Horse back ride below the Hollywood sign
  17. Grow spiritually
  18. Go Golfing (at least once!)
  19. Go to the batting cages and learn to hit a ball
  20. Go To a Laker Playoff Game (4/27/09 Final game in round 1!)
  21. TBD
  22. TBD
  23. TBD

At the LB Grand Prix- enjoying the sun and the world!

 

Alright world… here I come! 🙂

 

At the LB Grand Prix- enjoying the sun and the world!

Your Chance to Help Jon!

Hi Blogland,jonwilhite

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about this accident and how they could help… so I figured this would be the best way to get everyone in on the loop! For those of you who don’t know… Jon Wilhite is a good friend of mine whom I’ve known since middle school. Below is the tragic story. Note: If you don’t want to read the story scroll to the end of the italicized part and you can see how you can help.

I’m sure all of you have heard about the horrendous crash that look the lives of three individuals on the morning of April 9th. One of the victims was Angel’s rookie pitcher, Nick Adenhart. He, along with three of his friends, were driving back from a night of dancing when they were struck by a drunk driver who ran through a red light at 65 mph and slammed into their car. The driver was driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI arrest. He was three times over the legal limit and ran away from the scene. Fortunately, authorities caught up to him about a mile away from the accident. Tragically, Courtney Stewart, Henry Pearson and Nick Adenhart all lost their lives. The only survivor is 24-year-old Jon Wilhite.

Jon Wilhite suffered from an internal decapitation- which is exactly what it sounds like. It is an absolute miracle that he is still alive. Over the past week and a half Jon has gone through many different surgeries- the largest of which was last Wednesday. He had a Spinal Fusion surgery in which the doctors took bones from his pelvic area and fused it to his neck. They put two rods and 10 screws that went from his skull to his neck/spinal area. The doctors said that surgery went extremely well- there were no complications at all! He has a halo on at this time (fitting, isn’t it? ) which is keeping everything in place. On Thursday his breathing tube was removed and he is now breathing on his own! On Sunday he met with a speech therapist where he was able to say a few small words… the most heartfelt being “Mom.” Each day he’s showing progress at a faster rate than doctors had expected (he’s quite the fighter). He’s able to respond to some questions with a thumbs up or down. At this time we aren’t sure of the brain damage that he may have or what his physical ability will be able to be. He’s having to relearn all of the simple things in life that we all take for granted.

This all being said… Jon needs your help. Jon, the Wilhites, and all of their friends have a long journey ahead of them. This journey will be emotionally, physically and financially draining. Fortunately, there is a way that we can all help! Three different donation possibilities have been set up which will go to Jon. They are below:

On-line donation:
This site has been set up by the Manhattan Beach Little League. It is great, convenient and the best option if you’re wanting to get a tax-write-off. The only problem with it is that the site charges a 6-10% fee. Which, if you donate $20 is only $1.60-$2 not bad! The site is:
http://www.active.com/donate/jonwilhite

Wells Fargo Trust Fund:
If you go into a branch, you can donate right there.
Wells Fargo Account- Jon Wilhite, Trust Fund Number: 3980643658

Check in the Mail:
Real easy… throw a check into the mail to the below secure address which is linked to the Wells Fargo Trust Fund.
Jon Wilhite 4733 Torrance Blvd #562 Torrance, CA 90503

Thank you so much for all of your help and support. If you’d like to be updated on Jon’s progress there is a great site that is set up. It is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jonwilhite you can sign up to get automatic e-mails as his family posts on all that is going on. If you don’t want to give your e-mail, feel free to contact me at any time and I’ll let you know how he’s doing (though the site is great and doesn’t spam your e-mail address). The Wilhites truly are such an amazing family and this is a trying road that they’re having to endure. Please do all that you can for your support. $5 makes a difference! If you have any questions feel free to reach out and ask. And, seriously blogland… don’t drink and drive.

All my love,

Heather

Jon Update- From Family:

Now that we’ve had an opportunity to stop and take a breath, our most heartfelt thanks go out to each and everyone of you for your endless thoughts and prayers that helped Jon through this difficult time. We are so blessed to have such a supporting group of friends and family as well as those that felt compelled to show your support for our son and brother.

Jon has passed the first hurdles in a long road to recovery. The next 7 to 10 days will be extremely difficult as we begin to evaluate what Jon remembers about the accident. With that said, Jon will be unable to have visitors until which time the doctors feel Jon is in a place physically and emotionally. We will update this site periodically with Jon’s recovery progress.

The anticipation is Jon will be in ICU for the next 3-7 days and then be transferred to a room here in the hospital for about two weeks. With his continued progress he will be transferred to a short term rehabilitation hospital for upwards of 3 months.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers and we hope you will continue them through Jon’s road to recovery.

As thankful as we are, today will be a day that our thoughts and prayers will be with the families of Jon’s friends who were with him on that tragic night. Please help us by directing your warm thoughts to these families as they say goodbye to their loved ones.

Resurrection Day

Easter weekend was the best one I’ve had yet. Friday BKS flew in to be closer in case anything happened with Jon (we’re still waiting to see how surgery went) and we spent the day baking. First we baked cupcakes for the birthday party we were attending that night. It was for two girls and a guy so naturally I opted to split the cupcakes into thirds and dyed the frosting in three different colors.img00740 Purple was for JL, Pink was for PR and Blue was for BL. The three of them were so excited when they came out… I realized at that moment that I loved baking! I love the excitement and pleasure it brings people. Oh… and BL’s had Dinosaur sprinkles. Oh yes.

I must admit… I cheated for these and used Pillsbury’s Funfetti Cake Mix.

BUT… then the real baking (by real, I’m meaning all home made) began! We baked the most delicious Carrot Cake (my great aunt’s recipe) though I learned that I need to double the frosting (which is true of moth thing… oh frosting, I love thee). We then made Turtle bars (chocolate and caramel) which I thought were meh… but I’m also not a normal girl and don’t like chocolate.

Saturday we enjoyed a day in the sun at the Angel’s game. We stood at the memorial for Nick Adenhart to pay our respects. I spent the majority of the time praying for healing for the families and friends of Nick, Henry and Courtney and for a quick and successful healing for Jon. The game was great… though we ended up losing with bases loaded… seriously, I realllly dislike all Boston teams.img00755

Sunrise Easter Service was amazing. Brunch at A.A’s was amazing. And the Sunset walk with the fam and BKS was even better.

I am blessed.

Meow!

I’ve been slammed at work and slammed in my life, so I haven’t gotten a chance to update and share… but I will soon. I had the most amazing Easter that I think I’ve ever had. I loved and cherished my time with my family, B and friends. It was so nice. I’m so blessed to be surrounded by some of the most phenomenal people to touch this earth. Seriously, they’re that rad.

For a quick share time… how hillarious is this photo?! My mother is the crazy cat lady,  but this… man… this is far.

Below are my mother’s little fur balls. I’m not going to lie… while I totally want a dog, these cats have some of the largest personalities I’ve ever seen in cats. They’re awesome. (They were rescue animals that were found in the gutter– brother and sister– hence their names: Hansel and Gretel.)

Hansel & Grettle Getting Their Bath On
Hansel & Gretel Getting Their Bath On