Sunday, July 10, 2011


There are moments in life when you realize you are about to (or just did) witness history.  Friday was one of those days.  I have always been interested in space, space travel, astronauts, etc.  Watching the live feed of the last space shuttle launch was very historic.  The entire history of NASA and space exploration has been one historic event after another.  Just yesterday I was talking to my mom about the launch and she can vividly remember Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon and watching Walter Kronkite report the news. One of the best things about the internet and our technology today is the fact that I can go to youtube and watch that same broadcast anytime I want and one day I can share my interest with my children.
Back to Friday, I was so excited to watch the launch from NASA's website and hear all of the final engine checks and the countdown.  How some people can not be fascinated by space shuttles and space in general is definitely beyond me.  What a event to watch a space shuttle blast into the sky and within 8 minutes, that same shuttle is in outerspace!  Historic.  Everytime.

The crew of the STS-135 about to board the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

 Godspeed Beautiful Atlantis.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Do you know these people?"

"Do you know these people?"  I have a strong feeling at some point during our cruise I am going to be asked that very question and I might have to say no. 

My parents hosted a bbq/pre-cruise party so that we could eat insane amounts of delicous food while talking about our cruise.  The party included Hubs and I, my brother, and four of my parents close friends (and their children who happen to not be going with us).  We did eat insane amounts of good food.  And we talked about the cruise...a lot.  Then we did what we do best - karaoke. 

Seriously.  I love these people.  They are so fun to be around and you can't not have a good time.  I can't wait to spend a week partying with them. 

My dad and his friend K.

Hubs and our friend M.  She is a blast.

My mom singing.

This was taken about a minute before she called me her "little baby stick-in-the-mud."
Somebody has to be the adult.

We attempted to sing "We are the World" by Michael Jackson and friends.  D took care of the MJ part.

My dad singing to K.  I think he enjoys making people laugh....and feel slightly uncomfortable.

Crazy, insane picture of me, my dad, and brother.

This is just a glimpse but you can really tell that these people enjoy spending time together and having a good time.  I can't wait to see what they have in store for the cruise.

45 days.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

An evening straight from my dreams...

well, sort of....

Two of my oldest friends (16 years now!) and two of my sweet all-grown-up cousins traveled to Nashville in late June for the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys concert (NKOTBSB).  I expressed my love for these two groups in an earlier post.  This concert was awesome.  From beginning to end, the guys rotated singing the best of both groups.  I loved every minute of it.  In fears of overloading blogger and what readers do happen to cross my blog, I am only sharing a small handful of pictures.  

After the show, my cousin had a great idea to hang out by the buses.  Much to my surprise, we were rewarded with glimpes of all four Backstreet Boys.  Nick was already in his bus but thanks to my sweet (and normally quiet) cousin and about 50 other girls chanting his name, he came out to wave. 
I. caught.  it.  on.  camera.  I will be happy forever.