Monthly Archives: February 2011

My Dad’s Performance!!

Good evening!

As promised, I have my Dad’s singing performance from church last night!! I have gotten permission to post this here!! I hope you enjoy, I know I did!! πŸ˜‰


I have memories of my dad singing ever since I can remember. My dad, would get together with my grandpa (his dad) and sometimes my auntie, and they would all play their various guitars, and ukuleles, and they would all sing all kinds of music – INSTANT PARTY!!! Matter of fact, music is something that always permeated our home growing up. We would sing ALL THE TIME!!! We would sing loudly, softly, on key and off, oldies, jazz, christian, country, we would sing together, sing in rounds, and we would even harmonize. We would sing anything and everything that we knew the words to. Singing was just something that seemed to be passed down genetically, to most of us that is!!! Some of our family members couldn’t carry a tune on their own, but did GREAT singing with anyone who could – which made the rest of us pretty handy!!! My dad would take us caroling at Christmas time, and make us sing performances for church services – we all just LOVED, and most of us still do, to sing!!!

Thank you, Dad! Singing and music is a gift that we all carry around with us wherever we go!!!

I love you!! (oh yeah – and don’t forget who your favorite daughter is!!! uh, hello? me!!!!!)

Have a FABULOUS evening!!! πŸ˜‰

A Night of Worship with Family!

Good evening!

I have just gotten back from a Sunday night worship service at The Salvation Army in Albany, Oregon tonight!! I don’t know if you know this about me, but I grew up in theΒ  Salvation Army church. My dad called us earlier in the week and asked me if we would come out this Sunday evening because they happened to have a combined service only about a 15 minute drive from our place – so of course Jason and I were in!!!

Jason and Trina

Myself and my Dad

Not only that, but my dad sang a solo this evening, and I was lucky enough to record him singing. My dad, and most of my family have been singers for as long as I can remember. But, my dad has, for the most part been the soloist of the family, and I haven’t had the chance to hear him sing for quite a while – so tonight has been a treat!!!

I did try and record it, but apparently my camera has a mind of it’s own and ate my video, and won’t spit it out!! DANG!! I know my Dad’s wife, Trudi recorded a copy of her own, so I will have to share it once I get a copy of that!!

Which is really a shame, because not only does my dad have a strong, rich voice, he plays guitar BEAUTIFULLY!! You see, my family is Hawaiian, and so my dad plays in a style that really incorporates the sound of slack-key. I can listen to my dad play guitar all day – it is Heaven in my ears!!

I have it on my life list to create a music CD with my dad in a recording studio. Tonight reminded me of that, and it also has inspired me to get on the ball and figure out how to make that happen! Hmmmm….

Here are some more pics I was able to capture this evening:

Trudi and Dad chatting up their peeps!

Faye, Lila, and my Dad

Jessica and Trina (they were so giggly, it was hard to get a clear picture!!!)

Jason and Trina being giggly!

Trina, Lila, and Myself

My dad waving his Salvation Army flag during a traditional upbeat hymn, a Salvation Army tradition!

Me “mothering” Trina, of course! πŸ˜‰

Trina and I

and this guy is the guy I got to bring home with me – what a CUTIE!!! πŸ˜‰

As I was posting pics this evening, I realize that I don’t really have hardly any pictures of Trudi, she is always so busy running around, setting things up, chatting with people!! I am going to have to be more stealthy and try capturing her next time I see her!! πŸ˜‰

Tonight was a lot of fun, and I am so thankful that I was able to spend some time with some of my family! I can’t wait until next time!! OH, I will definitely post that video of my dad singing as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!!! πŸ˜‰

Have a FABULOUS evening!

A Naked Sunday!!

Good morning!!

Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am? I am enjoying a nice quiet morning at home! I am washed, buffed, coiffed and ready to enjoy the day!!

Jason and I have no real plans this morning, but I think I am going to let him kick my booty at a couple of games of chess! He LOVES doing that, and I honestly STINK at chess!! QUEL RAT!!! πŸ˜‰

This evening my sweetie and are heading to Albany to go to a church service with my dad! My dad is going to be sing a solo, and I haven’t heard him sing in a long, looooong time!!! Maybe I will be able to take a recording and post the video clip here. Hmmmmm….I will get back tyou on that!!

Yesterday, when I spent some time browsing at Tar-Jay!! I found a lot of pieces that made my current color scheme, make sense, and I thought I would post them here, to not only share them with you, but to also record them here so I can call on these at a later time!!! πŸ˜‰

Have a FABULOUS afternoon!!!

A Date with Tar-Jay!!

Good evening!

I have a pretty good day today!!

My sweetie and I had lunch with Willy and Adelle today to catch up!! Here are a couple of pics that we were able to snap before we parted ways today!!! πŸ˜‰

Here is a pic of Jason, Willy, and Adelle.

Adelle and I.

And even though this one is a little blurry:

Jason, Willy, and myself!

After lunch, Willy and Adelle went home, Jason left to go hang out with his friends, and I made my way to one of my FAVORITE big brand store, Target – henceforth known as TAR-JAY!!! I went over there with ONE THING IN MIND!!! Picking up my copy of the new Adele album!!

WHOO! HOO! I made an effort to take the SUPER-LONG-WAY home just so I could have some time to listen to as much of this CD as possible!! I am glad I did – I am LOVING it!!!

Since getting home earlier this afternoon, I have had a VERY peaceful evening!! Reading, chatting with a couple of friends, and family members, hanging out with my girls, and later my sweetie!! I guess I just needed a moment of silence, and aloneness to be reminded about how GREAT my life really is, and how many blessings I really have!!

God is good!!

Have a FABULOUS evening!!! πŸ˜‰

Girl Crush!!

Good morning!

I am totally loving all things Adele, at the moment!!! I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with her as soon as I heard her song Chasing Pavements.Β  With her soulful music, her incredible retro-vibe style, and seemingly old soul , she seems like a really cool person to hang out with, like you know you would have a lot of fun with her!!! AND not only that, but she is a plus-sized girl!! You know what I mean! I mean, she is out there rockin’ it as a REAL WOMAN!!! What an inspiration!!!

This song is #1 in the US, right now! You go girrrl!!! πŸ˜‰


Do you see what I mean?? She is FREAKIN’ FABULOUS!!! If I could just borrow a SCOSCHE of the down-to-your-soul-kind-of-style – MAMMA would be in HEAVEN!!! πŸ˜‰

Her second album, 21, has been released, and I am going to go pick up my copy today!! I am going to play it all the freakin’ time and I am sure it is going to completely drive my husband INSANE, but I have a tendency to do that to him anyway!! LOL! πŸ˜‰

I want to know how she does that incredible hairstyle of hers – very 60’s throwback, and see if I can figure out how to rock this myself!! and HONEY, I LOVE FALSE EYE LASHES!!! FABULOUS!!! She seems to have taken all of the GLAMOUR that I LOVE in old movies and made it accessible! Think Sophia Loren!?!?

I would LOVE to hear what do you think – let me know in the comments above!!!

Have a FABULOUS day!! πŸ˜‰

Friday Evening of Inspiration!

Good evening!!

I have had a surprisingly good day today at work! I KNOW – I REALLY DID SAY THAT!!! Work was good! Yes, there were a couple of stressful moments today, but I felt I was really productive, and there MIGHT be a light at the end of this crazy tunnel!! and I may have realized today that the light ISN’T a TRAIN!! LOL! πŸ˜‰

What a good day!!! My hubby and I just got home, and Jason is in the kitchen cooking my FAVORITE DINNER!!! Shake ‘n Bake pork chops with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli!!! This dinner reminds me of home!!! Comfort food!!! God bless that man of mine!! What a KEEPER!!! πŸ˜‰

After dinner this evening, I think the plan is that we are going to watch another episode of Bones off of NetFlix, and then we are going to go enjoy a late night walk through the neighborhood!

I thought I would share a couple of pics that have been inspiring me lately!!

If I were to psychoanalyze these, I think I am being drawn towards strong, sexy, powerful women, a luxuriously scrumptious home, a FABULOUS hairstyle, and a rockin’ load of self confidence!! Of course these are all things that I am longing for and in myself!!!

Tell me what kind of things are inspiring you, in the comments above! I am always curious to know what makes other people tick!!

Have a FABULOUS evening!!! πŸ˜‰