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This Month in Pictures: April & May 2019

Posted June 6, 2019 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

I mentioned in my monthly recap post the other day that the last couple of months have been pretty busy for me and my family and I wasn’t lying. Starting in March, when I flew up to Utah to spend the week with Caiden at home so that he could spend his birthday with his parents, it’s been one thing after another for my family and we haven’t really slowed down. We have one more high school graduation in our family and then summer can begin.

So that you can get a better picture of all of the fun things I did over the last couple of months (since my blogging in May was freaking miserable and non-existent), this post will be mostly pictures from all of the fun times. Check it out!

April

Chance Graduates from BYU

The Wilson’s drove from California to Utah to celebrate Chance’s graduation from BYU and who knew that his boring ass graduation would make headlines! One of the speakers in the graduation came out as a proud gay man in the Church. More power to you, homie and that same guy was featured on Snapchat, appeared on the Ellen show and I was there guys! I was there and listened to his speech and was confused af when he announced that he was gay…at first, I didn’t get it but then my sister and I were like, “Did he just come out for the first time ever?” I guess he did.

Here are pics from that weekend. We made hella candy lei’s for this graduation for Chance and all of his friends. I’m so freaking over making lei’s.

Our Graduate, Chance

Our family stays turning up in our pictures, haha

The Wilson Siblings with Chance

This was such a fun trip, we celebrated Chance’s accomplishments at some Brazilian restaurant in Salt Lake City before Chance boarded his flight to Samoa for an internship that he got last minute. He had a blast in Samoa and I’m glad for him.

Caiden’s 2nd Birthday Party

Caiden turned 2 in March but because California was coming out for Chance’s graduation at the end of April, Caiden’s Mom decided to hold the party until we were all in town so that we didn’t have to make too many trips or miss a celebration for our baby. The party was a lot of fun and honestly, my favorite thing about the entire party was our dessert table. It was a thing of beauty you guys. Here are some pics from that day.

Dude, check out my hard work on this dessert table. I worked my ass off on this table, with the help of my assistants who were too scared to not do a good job, haha. I’m so happy with the way that it turned out. The entire party was freaking off the chains fun and we got lots of compliments on everything so I was really happy that I could help Chloe and Markus put together a bomb ass party for our little Caiden. He had the best time too, he had so much fun that he knocked out at 5 pm and didn’t wake up until the next morning. Ha!

Chach Gets Engaged!

Lots of things happened on our family trip to Utah. We celebrated Chance’s college graduation, Caiden’s birthday and then Chach, who just got back from her mission in Brazil last year, got engaged to her boyfriend Thomas…at Caiden’s party. It was awesome and I’m glad that our family was able to be a part of his proposal. So cute!

Bren and Ken’s Basketball Banquet

Brenna and Kenna are officially done with basketball and we were able to celebrate their last season with their team at the end of April with some bomb af pizza and salad. Fun times!

May

Meghan Graduates from Vanguard University

My Meg graduated from Vanguard University to kick off the month of May. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and she hopes to work as a physical therapist to help kids with injuries. She has a lot of experience with being a kid with injuries and she wanted to understand what happened to her (two torn ACL’s, multiple cases of plantar fasciitis, some meniscus tears, etc…) and how to help others like her. I’m super proud of her and had a lot of fun at her party, even though my cousin’s son kept turning on the emergency alarm, hahahaha. Oh, good times!

Our Graduate Meg with her parents and siblings

Meghan stealing a kiss from Caiden before he ran away to play

Family Turn Up

The Girls head to Bakersfield for 18Hundred

My friend Foti has been hard at work trying to get his restaurant up and running. It’s been a long journey with lots of steps forward before taking some steps backward and after years of trying to get it up and running, his new restaurant is open for business and you guys, it’s such a great restaurant.

The day after Meghan’s graduation, my sister Ingrid and I drove two hours to Bakersfield with Bren, Ken, Meg and my best friend Theresa to support Foti and his wife Maya in their new business venture and it was sooo worth the drive and the wait. They’re doing such big things in Bakersfield and I couldn’t be happier for him. Here are some pictures from our trip.

Me, Foti, and Theresa…both of these guys were at my first birthday party. That’s how long we’ve been friends.

You guys, the unicorn milkshake was my favorite thing that I had that day at Foti’s restaurant 18hundred. So freaking good!

Team Wilson Gang Sibling Dinner

Back in February, my siblings decided to get together once a month, just us siblings for dinner to catch up and keep up with each other’s lives. It’s hard when two of your siblings live in different states but everyone came down for Meghan’s graduation so it was the first time in many, many years that we were all in the same place, at the same time. Of course, we planned a sibling dinner and even though my brother Henry fell asleep before dinner and didn’t hear any of the alarms he set and missed sibling dinner altogether, we still had a fabulous time.

Chach Turns 22

Chach turned 22 and we celebrated with cake and a green wall picture

The Wilson’s Take on Dodger Stadium

The Dodger’s Cutest Fan EVER!

L.A.’s MVP, Cody Bellinger

What an amazing game! We got a group together to spend Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers really made sure that the fans were happy that day. A three-run home run from Kike, another home run from Chris Taylor and a whole lot of Cody Bellinger amazingness on both ends of the game (his 19th home run of the season and two defensive assists that we saw in real time was just flat out amazing) and we left that day, the happiest Dodger fans! We sat near the foul pole in right field where Cody Bellinger plays (he’s my favorite player on the team so of course, I got tickets on his side of the field) so we were up close and personal with him when he threw out those Mets players at home and at third. My nephew Luke is a huge Cody Bellinger fan now and had the best time ever. So much fun!

There are some other stuff that I did but this post is long enough so these are the highlights. I told you guys that I’ve been a busy bitch these last couple of months.

There you have it though, my April & May 2019 in pictures. How about you guys? Did you guys do anything fun in the last couple of months?

The Weekly Recap (123)

Posted March 4, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

I skipped last week’s recap post because I spent the day that I normally work on my blog post, throwing my guts up. My body rejected the new prescription that my doctor put me on and it laid me out flat. I could feel the tension in my body when I tried going to bed on Sunday night but I didn’t realize what it was until about 4:00 AM. So I didn’t sleep a wink that night, threw up everything that I ate and waited until the doctor’s office opened so that I could immediately call my doctor and fill him in on what was happening. I’m really grateful to him too because when I called, he was with patients but he didn’t leave me waiting very long. He called me as soon as he could and we talked at length about what was happening, what I was feeling and then he came up with a new plan of attack. He thought that we probably started the new medication too aggressively and lowered my dosage to let my body get used to it and it’s been a week since then and the medicine is working as it’s supposed to and I’m not sick anymore so yay!

Basketball is wrapping up right now and with the end of the season near, we’re finding out which girls have made the Conference First and Second All Star Teams and I’m proud of my girls Brenna and Kenna for making both teams. Brenna had the highest 3pt shooting percentage in our conference and Makenna lead the conference in assists and assists from turnovers in transition. All great things!

Meghan missed most of her season due to injuries so we haven’t heard if she made any teams from her conference though both her and Makenna got official invitations to play on the American Samoan National Team for the South Pacific Games. So they’ll be traveling from island to island playing basketball for Samoa. Our family is extremely proud of them both on that, especially my Dad.

And last but not least, Brenna’s birthday was yesterday and for her 20th birthday, her Uncle Pete and Aunty Tiff got her a freaking car. We were all surprised and Brenna ugly cried. It was awesome.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (123)Team Player by Julianna Keyes
Published by Self-Published, Julianna Keyes on March 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

Don’t hate the player…

BOTTOM NINE

Gwen Scott wants to love her job with the Charleston Thrashers, the MLB team she’s worshiped since she was a kid, but she can’t. Hateful colleagues and mind-numbing work make her days unbearable—until her head for baseball gets her exclusive access to the Thrashers’ clubhouse and she comes face-to-face with Tyler Ashe, the team’s sexy shortstop and baseball’s most ineligible bachelor.

BASES LOADED

Ty has sworn off relationships in order to focus on his all-star career, but with his best friend gone, his team struggling, and the press blaming him for every loss, the most recognizable man in the majors is in a slump. Until he starts spending his time off the field with a stern blonde who recites baseball stats for kicks and sees through his arrogant façade.

TWO OUT

As the Thrashers’ season gets into full swing and Gwen adjusts to her new job, their fun banter and friendly teasing turns into stolen kisses and countless steamy nights. The team’s strict policy against player-staff relationships throws a curve ball into the mix, but they can’t hide from their feelings any more than the most famous man in baseball can hide from the spotlight…

I made some progress on my review pile for this month and that makes me happy. I started this book this morning and I’m looking forward to diving into it more on my lunch hour because, baseball and romance? Yes, please!

What I Read

Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London (eBook)
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang (Audiobook) | 5 out of 5
Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London (eARC) | DNF
The Dating Game by Kiley Roache (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris (eARC) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.75 out of 5
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins of All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath | 4.75 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4 out of 5
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (122)
The Wednesday Post (8)

What I Got

Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan
Tomboy (The Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn

What I Got for Review

Team Player by Juliana Keyes
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

The Monthly Recap: November 2018

Posted December 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

November was a pretty busy month for me and my family. Birthdays, holidays and a missionary farewell that we had to prepare for but man did I have a great November. Lots of family around and even though I got into it with one of my doctors, I still had a great ass November.

What I Did

The month of November is a very popular birthday month in my family. We celebrated many birthdays this month, mine included. I’m a year older guys and I feel every single one of those years. LOL. This month was also for celebrating Cheridan as she prepared to leave the fam for a year and a half to serve her mission in San Jose. The week leading up to when she left for the MTC was spent as a family, doing whatever she wanted. We saw Ralph Breaks the Internet (pictured above), we rode bikes on the beach, did karaoke as a family, got our roll bounce on at the skating rink and we ate all of her favorite things. So, as you can see, we had a really good time doing what we always do together, laugh and clown each other.

Thanksgiving for the family was here in L.A. since everyone was in town for Cheridan’s farewell. We had lots of food, lots of people, and a big ass mess when all was said and done. Thank goodness there’s a million of us to clean up. Haha, we had fun though.

Cheridan is at the MTC in Mexico City right now, learning how to speak Spanish so that when she gets to San Jose in January, she’ll know how to speak Spanish like a pro (haha, or well, you know what I mean). She gave a great farewell talk on the day of her farewell and it was well attended by family far and near, as you can tell from the picture above. That picture was taken right after Sacrament meeting and we’re missing Chloe and Markus who had to rush home to check on the palusami that Markus and the boys made for our Sunday dinner. Team Wilson Gang rolls deep.

What I Read

1. Sleepover by Serena Bell (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
3. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
4. Wait for It by Mariana Zapata (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
5. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 3.25 out of 5
6. Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas (eBook) | 3 out of 5
7. Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
8. My Best Friend’s Ex (Beta Brothers #1) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
9. Friends with Benefits (Beta Brothers #2) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. Save the Date by Carrie Aarons (eBook) | 2 out of 5
11. My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 4 out of 5
12. Ache for You (Slow Burn #3) by J.T. Geissinger (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Wait for It by Mariana Zapata because I adored the romance, the characters and the author’s writing style. She hasn’t disappointed me yet and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the new year.

My least favorite book is the last book that I read last month. Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger. The heroine ruined this book for me because she was a whiny little asshole who jumped to every conclusion under the sun. It was annoying as hell and even in the end, she wouldn’t give the hero the benefit of the doubt and I wanted to smack the shit out of her.

Book Boyfriends

Raj Sen from Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
Adam Hauptman from Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs
Caleb Scott from Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

What I Reviewed

Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
The Haunting of Hill House, Season 1 | 4.5 out of 5
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata | 4.5 out of 5
Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks | 3.25 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (The McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks | 4.5 out of 5
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin | 3.5 out of 5
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin | 4 out of 5
Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5
Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Other Miss Bridgerton (The Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn | 4.25 out of 5
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 4 out of 5

What I Bought

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
Off Season (The Off Series #6) by Sawyer Bennett
The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lily Valente

What I Got for Review

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

What I Listened To

What Movies I Watched

Wonder (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
The Hate U Give (2018) | 4.5 out of 5
Searching (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
The Holiday Calendar (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Loved

We took Caiden with us to Brenna and Kenna’s game last week Monday and I thought it was the cutest thing when he spotted Kenna on the court. I snapped a really quick picture of him pointing and yelling for Kenna from the bleachers.

How was the month of November in your lives? Did you have a great reading month? Did you do anything fun over the Thanksgiving break? Share in the comments!