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Monthly Recap: August 2017

Posted September 14, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

August was a busy month for me and for my family. Summer came to an end, we went to Vegas for our annual end of summer family vacation, we moved Meghan into her dorm room, Brenna came home from her summer trip to Colorado and started her freshman year of college. We also got to spend some time with baby Caiden without his parents for an entire week. That was fun and I miss him just a little more every day that passes and he’s in Utah and I’m here in California. We also celebrated some birthdays. Brookey, Caleb, my sister Blanche and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ and then my friends Foti and Ralph. When did August get so popular in the birthday department? Ha!

September will be filled with lots of school stuff. Brenna starts basketball with Kenna, Chase and Brody are playing football and Makaela is playing volleyball. There are 9 of us siblings and we all have kids. Our lives are never boring, that’s for sure.

What I Did

Team Wilson Gang Takes Over Vegas

Before summer ended, Team Wilson gang headed out to Vegas for a week of fun in the desert sun and we laughed the week away. So much fun swimming, eating and shopping at the outlets.

Jarred’s Baby Shower

As you can see, I really liked the dessert table at my nephew’s baby shower. The whole theme for the shower was Wild Things and the decorations were adorable…the snickerdoodle bars were the bomb too.

Moved Meghan into her Dorm

Meghan started her junior year of college at Vanguard University and we went to help her set up her dorm. I thought the whole set up came out well.

What I Read

1. Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
2. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
3. Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
4. Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
5. Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
6. Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
7. Something about You (FBI/US Attorney’s #1) by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
8. Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9. Royally Raised (Royally #2.5) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
10. Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
11. Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5
12. Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase. I just adored Henry and Sarah’s story. I loved Sarah so much too.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt. I just couldn’t deal with the Royals shenanigans. I’m also not here for another cliffhanger so I think I’m going to quit this series for good.

What I Reviewed


8/4: How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
8/15: Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
8/22: Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
8/23: Queen of Babble in the Big City (Queen of Babble #2) by Meg Cabot | 4.5 out of 5
8/28: Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
8/29: The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3) by Kendra C. Highley | 3 out of 5
8/30: Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5

What I Bought


North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo
Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne
Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen
Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase
Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldi’s #0.5) by Karen Erickson
Big Shot by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
The Soul Mate (Roommates #4) by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt
Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

What I Listened To

This song was my favorite song from August. August was the month that we decided to get a group together to go to Stagecoach. The we that I’m talking about is me, Bren and Ken. Ha. Brett Young is going to be there so I’m all in. I honestly can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun, I just know it.

What I Watched on TV

This is the only show that I remember from July to August. LOL. Can you blame me? Jon and Dany and the big war and Jon’s real identity (and name!), the Stark shenanigans, it all made for one thrilling season and we’ve got a long ass wait until the next and final season. Someone hold me.

What Movies I Watched

These were the only movies that I watched in August because, well, Game of Thrones. Everything is GOT’s fault. I didn’t shit else but watch and obsessed over that damn show and Jon Snow. Ha!

What I Loved

Poke Bowls

Brenna and I are pretty addicted to the poke bowls at the Poke Bar. They opened one near our house which is a lot closer than our normal poke bowl spot and we get to mix and match our poke bowls just the way that we like it. We’ve had poke for lunch or dinner every week in August. Brenna is getting scared that we might be close to being in danger of mercury poisoning, we’ve eaten there so much. But dude, it’s the bomb.

Man, what a month. How was your August? Did you do anything fun? Read or watch anything that was good? Bad? I’d love to hear about it all in the comments!


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Monthly Recap: June & July 2017

Posted August 23, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 0 Comments

I have been sorely lacking in getting any posts written for this blog. I’ve been busy, lazy, not in the mood…you name it, I was it. I’m slowly starting to get back in the thick of things so wish me luck. I missed my June monthly recap so I’ll just add the jist of things here. It’s not like I have much to report, book wise for June anyway.

What I Did

 Bren, Ken, & Cher graduated from High School and Makaela was promoted from middle school to High School. Bren and Ken will be attending our local junior college while Cher leaves for Utah this coming Friday to start her freshman year of college at BYU, Provo. Makaela has joined the North High Volleyball team and I’m sure she’s going to do great things.

We met Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma in Las Vegas. In July, we traveled to Las Vegas for the girls last Club tournament with the Mustangs. It was hot as hell and the girls played game after game after game and on our first night of games, we had dinner at Raising Caines and one of the newest Lakers ate right next to us so of course we welcomed him to Los Angeles and got a picture with him. Fun times!

What I Read

1. The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
2. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5
3. Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5
4. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (re-read) | 4 out of 5
6. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
7. Dating You, Hating You by Christine Lauren | 4 out of 5
8. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
9. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
10. Some Kind of Hero by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
11. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | 3.25 out of 5
12. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
13. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
14. When It’s Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
15. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
16. The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley | 3.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4) by Rachel Gibson
Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Fair Play by Deirdre Martin
Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season (Grand Valley #2) by Liora Blake
Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean
Black Tie Optional (Wild Weddings #1) by Ann Marie Walker
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
Shadow Readper (Shadows #2) by Christine Feehan
Revenge (Lawless #3) by Lexi Blake
Silver Silence (Psy/Changelings Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4) by Lorraine Heath

What I Bought Or was Gifted

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
My Roommates Girl by Julianna Keyes
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Got for Review

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare
A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

What I Listened To


Perfect by Ed Sheeran

This has gotten some major play on my Apple Music. I still love the hell out of this song…in August.

What I Watched on TV

Loving all of these shows, except Suits. I love the show but this season is pretty boring.

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) (re-watch) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF
Wonder Woman (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
Life As We Know It (2010) | 4.5 out of 5
Something Borrowed (2011) | 4 out of 5
Bad Date Chronicles (2017) | 3 out of 5
Bound & Babysitting (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
My Favorite Wedding (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
The Russell Girl (2008) | 4.5 out of 5
Loving Leah (2009) | 4 out of 5
Portrait of Love (2015) | 3 out of 5
A Wish for Christmas (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
Chance at Romance (2013) | 3 out of 5
Sand Castle (2017) | 4 out of 5

There you have it…all of the things that I did in June and July. Did you do any fun things?Read any good books? Watch any fab movies?


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Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning

Posted July 13, 2017 by Rowena in Family | 4 Comments

As of June 21st, my kid is a high school graduate.

It’s so weird to have registered for her college classes for the fall and to be dealing with grown folks business where she’s concerned because she’s my baby and yet this week, we’ve knocked out some pretty big things to get her ready for school next month. She’s off to Colorado for a few weeks to live it up until she has to come back home and buckle down. She’s got plans and I’m glad to see that she’s taking her future a lot more serious than I did when I was her age. Her to-do list is a mile long but she’s making it work. I’m doing a lot of hand-holding but I don’t mind because this is all new to her.

Her graduation was nice, short and simple with not a lot of speakers that spoke for days and it kicked off with her Principal being a complete savage, making me laugh. He opened up the ceremony with, “For those of you who brought big balloons after we told you not to, tuck them in and keep them out of the way.” LOL!

There was a good turnout, as always and I’m fortunate to have such a great family surrounding Brenna with such love and support, no matter how long we go without seeing each other. It’s always love when we’re together.

Here’s a bunch of pictures from Bren’s graduation…

My Graduate

Team Wilson Gang

Bren, Me and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ

My biggest headaches J Hong, Bren and Yusei (missing Kenna)

So Cal Mustangs Crew

The cutest little girls, Logan, Genna and Hunter

Brenna, all lei’d up

On top of Brenna’s graduation, we had her cousins Kenna’s graduation from Redondo Union and her other cousin Makaela’s 8th grade promotion. So we were hecka busy making candy lei’s and trying not to lose any kids…ha! We did eat lots of tacos that week.

This past weekend, we played in our final club team basketball tournament and while I was thrilled that we went undefeated in the tournament, a small part of me found the whole thing bittersweet because I didn’t want the weekend to end. The end of the weekend meant that we played in our last tournament as Mustangs. I’m still low key sad over that.

Here are some pictures from our mini vacation for basketball purposes:

Ran into Lakers Rookie Kyle Kuzma at dinner on Friday night. Here’s the girls picture with him.

Kainoa wanted in on this action so here’s his picture with Mr. Kuzma, who was in Vegas playing in the NBA Summer League

Ran into some family in Vegas right after Kuzma left. Here we are with Jacob!

Right before the Colorado crew went home after spending two weeks in California with us

Turn up picture!

Our last team picture together before everyone goes off to college. We finished out strong as only Mustangs can.

I’m going to miss this team. Brenna played for the same club since she first started playing basketball seriously. Only 5 girls from our original team played in this tournament but we’re planning on getting together one last time before the girls head off in different directions in the fall. Our coach was emotional at our team dinner Saturday night at the M Buffet (so good but so expensive) and it was just a lot of fun reminiscing over days long gone. Remembering games and players and practices and seeing the girls laugh and have fun playing the game they chose to play as kids. A lot of the girls had issues during their time playing for their high schools and this tournament was a reminder tournament for them. A tournament that gave them back the love of the game that was missing in the last four years, playing for different schools and different coaches.

It was so good to see Brenna having fun playing basketball with her friends again. It was great to visit with old friends and chat with them over our kids future. Of the bunch that came to Vegas, only 3 are playing basketball in college. Some are going out of state to universities, some are going to state schools and hoping to walk on at their schools while some are staying home, attending the community college with plans to transfer. Brenna’s plans include playing basketball at the community college and then serving a mission when she turns 19.

Ugh, I’m so freaking old.


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