Monday, June 29, 2009

lots 'o pics

For your view pleasure: Rhode Island pictures.
My mom and Josh
Katherine, Josh, and I
Newport, RI
The ferry to Martha's Vineyard
On the bus tour
Aquinnah(I think that name is super cool), Martha's Vineyard, MA
The fog in Aquinnah
Around Martha's Vineyard
Parent's and I at lunch in Martha's Vineyard
One of the more touristy towns in Martha's Vineyard is Oak Bluffs. Around Martha's Vineyard are a bunch of Gingerbread houses. All painted with beautiful detail. These houses were amazing.

Mom and Dad in Martha's Vineyard
Smiling Josh - you can't tell but he has the cutest dimples!
Me, Aunt Margaret, Charlene holding Katherine, Matt, Uncle John, Dad(he is smiling!), Mom holding Josh
Mimi and her grand kids
Charlene with her son and daughter
Josh and I
This is where Charlene and Matt got married on 7/1/05
The yacht "Athena" ~ you can rent her for $500,000 a week!
Lighthouses on the lighthouse cruise tour
Mom and I atop of the ferry(it was very windy) with the Newport bridge in the background.
My God father with my God daughter
Baby Joshua
Rubbing noses

Sunday, June 28, 2009

days like today

Today was a good day. Yesterday my friend Sarah called me to come with me to my gym to go swimming. I was thrilled. We've been trying to go swimming since May, but with our schedules and the weather it hasn't happened until now. Along with swimming I invited her to Dance Jam. It is so much fun to go workout with a friend. Dance Jam was a lot of fun, we danced to all Michael Jackson songs, and the dance had a lot of his dance moves. It actually made me really sad, because he was really a talented artist.
After Dance Jam Sarah's husband Jeremy, and her 10 month old daughter Chloe joined us to go take a dip in the pool. The pool was really nice. This was the first weekend in a really really long time where their was no rain. So it felt good to take advantage of it and lay out in the sunshine.

After a relaxing afternoon, I spoke to Tina to plan out our meals and workouts for the start of Body for Life. I'm extremely nervous about this, because I'm afraid I'm going to fail. I want to do it, and I know my body is in need for a new challenge but this whole thing is definitely out of my comfort zone. It feels good to know that I have Tina as support, but I know it won't be easy. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

let's catch up

I really have no idea where to start. So I'm just going to go down the line of my previous post. Along with a couple of other things that I'm going to add to the list.

Rhode Island run down:
Thurs. 6/18 - This was a long day. My father booked me on a 6am flight. I take the bus to/from the airport via the park and ride near my house. Of course with such an early departure the buses only depart every hour and a half. So I had to catch the bus at 3:40am. Not fun. I flew in Atlanta, to meet my parents 3 hours later. We almost missed our flight to Providence because my father disappeared. And got on the plane with 15 seconds to spare - seriously. Once arrived my Uncle John and Aunt Margaret picked us up to have dinner over at my cousin Charlene's. I was greeted by my 2nd cousin/God daughter Katherine. She is 2 and 1/2 now, so cute and all over the place. I have a post in the works dedicated just to her. She showed me her "big girl" bed, along with jumping, and saying "GO Avalanche". Her father is a New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox Fan, so I gave her a hockey team to cheer for! I got to help put Katherine to bed and see her as a big sister to Joshua. It was a lot of fun to see my mom with the kids. Hopefully one day I'll be able to make her a grandma.

Fri. 6/19 - We spent this day going to Newport. My Uncle drove us all around the mansions, and Newport Bay. We had lunch in Newport. That evening we went to Connecticut to the Mohegan Sun Casino, and Foxwoods. We just walked around. The casino's there are really nice.

Sat. 6/20 - My parents and I went to Martha's Vineyard. The whole time while we were there it was raining. It wasn't raining hard or stormy, it was just rainy. Because of this the ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard was a little bumpy. The total trip to the island was about an hour and 45 minutes. And about 45 minutes in all the kids got sick on the boat. It was gross. I had never seen anything like it. Once on the island we went on a bus tour around the island. It was really nice, and took us all around. It's a beautiful place. The weather was actually good and we got to talk around. In Martha's Vineyard they have gingerbread houses that are beautifully detailed. (pictures to come) We unfortunately didn't stay in Martha's Vineyard very long, but it was nice to be there. I had never been there but am glad we went.

Sun. 6/21 - We spent the day at the Beach House. Charlene and her family were there and made us a fabulous dinner. I spent majority of the day outside with Katherine, playing and taking pictures. It was a lot of fun. I like to think that Katherine and I have a special bond, because we are God daughter and God mother. And of course, I think she is the most beautiful little girl ever. That evening we went to go see "The Proposal". It was a really cute movie. Very funny, and loved Sandra Bullocks outfits!

Mon. 6/22 - On this day my mom and I were suppose to go to Boston. Just my mom and I. A few months ago I started planning different things for my parents and I do while we were on this vacation. One of them was a day trip to Martha's Vineyard, the other was a day trip to Boston. Well my dad said he didn't want to go to Boston. So I planned a trip to Boston with things that my mom and I would enjoy. A Duck Tour, and lots of shopping. I did all of the research on this trip. Printed maps, found places to eat, found coupons, got all the information on the train to go to Boston, everything. Well the night before my dad asked if he could come to Boston with mom and I. I told him it was up to him. ...i couldn't tell him no. Then told my mom that if he came to Boston, I didn't want to go. I can't really be myself around my dad. I can't have fun around my dad. So we didn't go to Boston. I was really upset about it, because I was really looking forward to it. I have been to Boston before, but it was a long time ago, and I would have really liked to spend some time with my mom.
Instead that morning I went to gymnastics with Katherine, then that afternoon we drove to an outlet mall in Massachusetts.

Tues. 6/23 - This afternoon we went on a Lighthouse Tour cruise around Newport Bay. It was a lot fun and a different view of Rhode Island. That night I cooked everyone dinner.

Wed. 6/24 - We spent the morning with Katherine and Joshua. It was really hard to say goodbye. I wish so much that I was closer to Katherine. It breaks my heart to leave her.
When I arrived back at the park and ride to my car, I had a dead battery. I realized I left my light on inside of my car. Of course if I didn't have to be at the park and ride at 3:30am the light would have never been on, and would have never drained my battery. Thankfully my friend Sarah's, brother was in town and was able to come and give me a jump.

Overall it was an ok trip. I am thankful that my Uncle John drove us all around, and that I got to spend a lot of time with Katherine.

My friend having her first baby: While I was flying from Denver to Atlanta, my friend Brisa had her baby girl! Welcome Ilianna Zoe!, born June 18, 2009. I'm looking forward to meeting her in September when I go to Charlotte to visit. I am also looking forward to experiencing seeing Brisa in her new role as Mother. Over the last 2 years I've seen a lot of friends become Mother's. And it is a completely different experience when you see a good, lifelong friend become a Mom. I'm really looking forward to seeing that.

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. So sad. Incredibly sad. Let me tell you the story about how I heard of Michael Jackson's death. I was driving home from the park and ride to my house to get read to go to the gym(this drive is 5 minutes if that). And I was listening to the radio afternoon show that I normally listen to. And this woman called saying how Michael Jackson was to the 80's what Farrah Fawcett was to the 70's. And I thought, "well that is a weird comparison, since Michael Jackson is alive." And the more I heard on the radio, and was putting together the pieces thinking "did Michael Jackson die?". Once I got home I turned on the TV and saw that my thoughts were confirmed.
Michael Jackson was my first celebrity crush. When I was little I would go to my baby sitter's and their was this group of us kids that were too old for nap time. We would also turn on Michael Jackson and watch his video's. All of us girls would argue about who was going to marry Michael Jackson, while all of the boys were grossed out. I seriously thought I was going to marry Michael Jackson.
Thankfully I think he'll mostly be remembered by all of the positive things he did with his life, his music, and his dancing. I've been watching today all the different tributes to him, and wow, he was such an amazing dancer.

When I came home from Rhode Island my DVR wouldn't even turn on. While I was gone, I guess my DVR just decided to die. And it sucks. I like TV. And all of my recordings from the week and many others are gone. I won't get a replacement until early next week. So I've been stuck up in my bedroom watching TV with commercials.

I have no food in my house. I plan to go grocery shopping tomorrow.

On Monday I'm starting Body For Life. I'm doing it with my friend Tina. I'm extremely nervous about this, because it is a strict food regiment and workout schedule. I'm not too nervous about the workout part, but the food part, I don't know. It is a 12 week program. I hope I survive!

My boss missed me while I was gone. It felt good to know that he missed me. I was also missed at the gym. When I went to the gym on Thursday I saw Kali (the Dance Jam instructor) and immediately asked me "where have you been?".

In other news, I got the sad news that my neighbors are moving to Vermont at the end of July. These are not the neighbors I share a wall with. These are the neighbors I share a drive-way with. I really like them, and I'm sad to see them go.

Last night I went out on a ladies night to Into the Fire, a pottery paint place in Arvada. I met some co-workers their. It was a lot of fun. After painting we went out to this bar that had a live band from Austin, TX. Well the bouncer at the club, got a little bit of a crush ...on me. He was very flirty with me, and very touchy feely with me. And when I get touched a lot by the same person, it takes a lot for me to get used to it because I'm not used to being touched. He seems like a nice a guy, but he is 41, which is a little too old. He asked for my number, and I gave it to him. I won't be heartbroken if he doesn't call, in fact I'll probably be a little relievied.

Ok, I think I'm all caught up now.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

so much to talk about


The run down of Rhode Island.

Not going to Boston.

How cute my God Daughter is.

How big her little brother is.


My friend having her first baby!

Arriving to my car with a dead battery.

The deaths of 3 celebrities.

My Directv DVR - broken.

Having no food in my house.

Body for Life.

Being missed at the gym and at work.

Not too sure when I'll get to it all, but it won't be tonight.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

just a tease

just beautiful

Friday, June 19, 2009

off to a good start

We arrived in Rhode Island last night. I had a 4 hour lay over in Atlanta. Spent some time reading, eating, and playing Sudoku. We almost missed our flight from Atlanta(where I met my parents) to Providence ...because of my dad, more on that later.

Finally got a good nights sleep last night. Woke up this morning and did the Jillian Michael's DVD, with my Mom and Aunt Margaret trying to keep up! It was so cute, but got me sweating at the same time! :)

Got to see Katherine last night ....L-O-V-E her! As well as meet the newest member of the family, little Joshua, who really isn't all that little. ...14 pounds, and he is only 10 weeks old. Along with some baby love, my cousin Charlene made peanut butter ice cream!, it was just as good as the peanut butter ice cream I had in Chicago!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Review & Another Vacation

I finally finished Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. This book was a recommendation from Tina. For the most part her and I have similar reading tastes, but this book pretty much put me to sleep. I'm pretty sure Stephenie Meyer has ruined me, because her writing is very entertaining and so easy to read, but at the same time is just grabs you. Needless to say Frank McCourt's writing does not have that same flare. This book is part 1 of Frank McCourt's Memoir. He has a sequel: Tis, which I will not be reading. The sad part is that the story line for this book seems like it would be very entertaining, and to an extent it was because I wanted to finish it, but I also wanted to finish it because I have never not finished a book.
The book starts of in America with a young family who moved to Ireland during the depression of the 1930's. Frank is the eldest child, growing up in a very poor family, with an alcoholic as a father. Frank grows up going through childhood trying to earn a living to get back to America. One of the main reasons I wanted to finish this books is to find out if he ever makes it back to America.
I myself wouldn't recommend this book, because their were really times I just about fell asleep on the bus reading this book. I have found that most memoir's have a completely different style of writing. The author's. Which of course makes sense because it is the author's story to tell, and they can tell it how they want. But if you aren't used to that person's writing style it can take a while to get into the book. I would say that I liked this book fine. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.
Katherine July 2008, 18mos.
In other news, I leave tomorrow morning for Rhode Island! This trip has been stressing me out, and I wish I could figure out a way to not stress out about it, but I can't. My flight leaves at 6am, which really sucks, and I have to catch the bus at 3:40am. NOT looking forward to that. But I'm really looking forward to seeing my family. I meet my parents in Atlanta, then fly into Providence. I get to spend time with my beautiful God Daughter Katherine, and meet her new baby brother Joshua. As far as workouts go, I'm kinda nervous. I'll be bringing a couple workout DVD's and hopefully I'll be able to do them. If I get a chance to workout, you will see a blog! If not, this could be the longest stretch without working out(or blogging), all year.

I'm soooooooooo excited for all the fabulous pictures I'll be taking of these super cute kids!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Jake!

Jake & I~August 2008
Today is Jake's 8th birthday!!! Hard to believe he is already EIGHT! His proud parents are Jason and Tina. I remember this day because I was at Tina's house babysitting Max, the soon to be big brother while everyone was at the hospital awaiting Jakob's arrival. Once everyone was back from the hospital I raced to go see newborn Jake before visiting hours were over. I barely made it. I got to hold Jake at just a few hours old, and he was a super cute baby. He is in New Mexico right now celebrating this big day with all of his family, and I wish I was there to help him celebrate. But he knows I'm thinking of him.

Happy 8th Birthday Jake!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Crazy Weather

in front of my garage
my backyard
my backyard deck

We got a pounding of hail this afternoon. Weather in Denver has been crazy. And it seems like weather has been crazy all over the United States. Every day last week we had Tornado warnings, and just about every afternoon we've had rain. Until today I had never seen hail like this. It was crazy, and loud, and was coming down in sheets. It literally looks like snow. This was around 3:30pm. It was dark and gloomy in my house, and by 5:30pm it was beautiful and sunny.

view of my front yard from my bedroom, which is upstairs

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Customer Service

Good customer service is hard to come by. Very hard to come by. I don't want to go on about my past couple of experiences, but I can empathize with customer service. I've worked in some sort of customer service for the past 12 years. So when I don't get ok customer service it really frustrates me. I don't even want "good" customer service, because lets face it, that's expecting a lot. Today I had bad customer service with both Directv and Verizon. Thankfully after months and months of a crap phone, and two trips to the Verizon store, Verizon switched out my phone and made me a happy customer. Hopefully Directv will make me a happy customer tomorrow. Although I won't hold my breath.

Friday, June 12, 2009

so over THAT!

Today at Dance Jam their were these 3 girls, these 3 high school girls. I was never "that" girl in high school, and I'm soooo glad I wasn't. You could totally tell which girl was the ring-leader of the group. I'm not too sure why they even came, they barely moved, and were more concerned about their hair and making sure their sagging sweats have one leg up on their shin. It just took me back to that time in my life, and my thoughts were the same back then as they were today.
That it just has to suck to care that much about your appearance. Making sure your clothes are perfect, your hair is perfect, your make-up is perfect. It just seems like so much work.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I'm sorry Mom

I snap at my mother for the stupidest things. And I feel bad every time I do it, but I can't help it, because really she is one of the only people I can show my frustrated self at. Does that make sense? When I'm really frustrated it isn't pretty. I can be down right mean. And truly nobody deserves to be mean to, especially my mom. I just got off the phone with her, we are talking about our upcoming vacation to Rhode Island. I'm kinda doing a lot in preparation for this trip to make everyone happy. And well it is stressful. My mom's role in all this is to play the laid back person, just along for the ride. Which is the role my mother always plays. My mom could care less what we do. I like to do stuff, I like to plan stuff to do. Anyways, I'm sorry mom for snapping at you, and I look forward to seeing you next week!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

~something I love~

This one is on clearance! Love blue and white.
You can never have enough serving bowls!
These are paper plates!
Flowers are for fun!
Simple, classic, white.


Someday I'll have a huge house
with a huge kitchen.
I would have dinnerware for
every occasion,
every color,
and every mood.
and round.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Journal Neglect

All of my Journals
I did something yesterday that I haven't done since February. I wrote in my journal. I'm pretty sure this is the longest stretch I've gone without writing since I was 21. If I had it my way I would write every week. But I just haven't made the time, and plus my priorities have shifted. My number one priority of course is going to the gym. Second, is blogging. I come upstairs 30 minutes earlier than I used to, just to blog. I'm hoping to start writing in my journal more frequently. The big pain about going long lengths without writing is; it is really hard to play catch up. Writing in my journal is a great escape, and I miss it. Most of the time it gives me a great outlook on my own life. Hopefully I can manage my time better on the weekends to catch up on my journal.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's a Tornado!

So today after the gym I went to WalMart. Driving from the gym to WalMart is heading South. As I drive into the WalMart parking lot (also South) I see all these people out of their cars taking pictures with their picture phones. And I'm thinking: what is going on? What is everybody taking pictures of? I park, and I look behind me, to the North. It's a tornado. Never had I ever seen a tornado in person before. Crazy. So what do I do? I take out my camera phone and take a picture. I have no idea how to get a picture from my phone to my computer, so the picture above is not the picture I took, but it is the same tornado that was near my house. As I walk back to my car I get hit, but a huge piece of hail. It hurt. So I decided now isn't the best time to go to WalMart. I decide to go home. By the time I got to my house probably 4 minutes later, it was pouring rain. Again, crazy.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

It's Just Food

Three simple words. That as a fat person, those three words are super hard to get over. But it's great advice, right?! It's. Just. Food. My friend Tina gave me those words to ponder before my recent trip to see her. I was grown up to eat my food. All of my food, because if I didn't it was a waste. So as an adult that is how I am, even more so because I'm cheap. If I throw away food, to me it is just like money down the drain. So I have to go back, and tell myself "It's just food." It's ok if I don't eat it all. I don't have to eat it all. I'll be fine, if I don't eat it all. Life will go on as normal. These are just some samples of the conversations that on in my head, while eating, or planning to eat. Another thing I do a lot of, is plan my days around food. I don't know if everyone does this?, but I do. Especially on the weekends. Because majority of my weekends are spent alone. And I consider my Saturday and Sundays as "cheat" days. My days to go out to eat. Because I have a don't spend money during the week rule, that I try to follow Monday through Friday. Therefore I don't eat out Monday through Friday. So I decided when planning my weekend that I would treat myself to a Village Inn breakfast this morning after my water class. Well that didn't happen. For the first time ever I didn't wake up in time, and didn't make it to the class at 8:30am. No big deal, I just went to the gym later. I left for the gym around 9:30am. And I'm thinking "well since I won't be going to Village Inn, how can I treat myself?" (When I do the water class on Saturday mornings I get ready at the gym,...shower, do my hair etc..., so I leave the gym ready for the day, I don't do this with any other class, and I didn't want to have to come home get ready, and then leave the house just to go out to eat.) So I decided on the next best thing. McDonald's. Egg McMuffin with Sausage. Well McDonald's stops serving breakfast at 10:30am. By the time I get on the elliptical it's 9:45am. No way will I be able to get in my 45 minute workout, do my arms, and get breakfast. I say to myself "ok, just do 30 minutes of cardio, and don't do any weights. I'll get outta here at 10:15am, with time to go to McDonald's. This is your 6th workout this week, it's ok if I only work out 30 minutes. -April, what are you thinking, you are going to shorten your workout to go get McDonald's?! What is wrong with you?" I start picturing my drive to McDonald's from the gym in my head. I say to myself "Wait a minute. Close to McDonald's is Sonic. Sonic serves breakfast all day long. Oh, this is great, I can do my full workout and still get a fast food breakfast!" After that conversation I then change the time of my workout on the elliptical from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. After my cardio was done, I did my arms. After my arms, I left the gym, and got me a breakfast at 11am! Thank you Sonic!!!
So I guess this story has two sides. Well maybe only one side. The side of me that is trying. I am trying to watch what I'm eat, and how much I'm eating. But at the same time, I'm trying to do everything in moderation. This isn't a diet, this is a life change. And well my life will probably always have some sort of fast food in it. :) If I want a fast food breakfast(which in all honesty I rarely do) I will get it. And the good news was that, I didn't let food stop my full workout, which at first the food was going to stop my workout at 30 minutes - not a full workout. And I'm glad I found a solution to have it not interrupt my full workout.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Back in the day vs. Today

So back when I was young and I loved this time of year because I played outside until 7 or 8 o'clock at night, ride around the neighborhood on my bike or scooter. Playing with my friends. It was great, I loved it. I loved the freedom of being outdoors and riding on the street. But my parents taught me that when a car comes down the street, to get out of the way. I'm pretty sure parents don't teach their kids that anymore. Well not in my neighborhood at least. I live in an area of a bunch of small cul-de-sacs so their isn't a lot of traffic. But just about everyday kids are out riding their bikes in the middle of the street. And what do they do when they see me coming, in my car, that is much bigger than their bike? They continue to ride in the street. No fear, no fear what so ever. I don't get it. When I was young and I just thought I heard a car, I would ride so fast to the nearest driveway, it wasn't even fun. I was so scared I would get hit and killed by a car. And it makes me so nervous, because these kids continue to ride in the street, while I'm trying to get to my house. And of course, my house is the last of the cul-de-sacs. I'm not nervous that I'm going to hit them, I'm nervous that they'll make a move and hit me, which would be worse for them. But they continue along. So kids if you are reading this, please move from the street while running/moving cars are present. Thank you.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

21st Century Cinderalla?

The Bachelorette. It gets me every time. Every. Single. Time. Why? Well probably because like these people, I am on the search for love. Lifelong lasting love. The main difference, between me and these people? They are beautiful. Which is besides the point, so I'll continue. Like season's past, this one is no different. Like the rest of America (and probably Canada) I love Jillian. How can you not smile every time she says "about"? And if I have a wardrobe question, I'll just turn to her! I want to get my predictions out their before the next episode airs, where it looks like we will find out who has a girlfriend at home. Shame shame boys! Here are my last 3 standing men.
First their is Kiptyn. He is just super cute, and gentlemanly. Plus you could tell Jillian really likes him. Jill needs to get over the whole "he's never been the dumpee thing".
Ed. Aww Ed. He won me over on the most recent episode. Ed is my type of man. So if after this, he can definitely come knocking on my door. Like most of us I don't think Jillian expected Ed to be a top runner. But he took us all by surprise, which gives me a great edge.
Lastly, Jake. I hate to say it but I think Jake will get his heart broken and be the runner up. Which will make him a shoe in for the next Bachelor. Jillian likes him ...a lot. Hello, he's a pilot. What's not too like?! They both really want something to be their, and on some level a true passion is their. But Jill will find out in the 11th hour, it isn't for life.
Their are of course a handful of guys that I just do not like, and hopefully Jillian will figure them out soon enough and send them on their happy little way off of television.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Soul Grooves

Soul Grooves. C'mon say it, say it out loud. It just feels good, doesn't it? One more time.
S o u l G r o o v e s.

The time has come again for my gym to change their group fitness schedule. Soul Grooves began back in February(I believe) but the class was only offered on weekday mornings, which is a time that I cannot attend. Well with the new schedule their is a Soul Grooves now on Wednesday evening. Tonight was my first Soul Grooves class. And it was so much fun! It is all kinds of dance with a mix of mind, body, and spirit. The instructor is kinda hippyish (she also teaches in Boulder), but it works.

At the beginning of the class this lady joined that sometimes goes to Dance Jam, and I waved at her and she came up to me and said "you've lost weight". I responded with a "yeah". This is the third time someone as come up to me and said that, and I'm starting to think I'm going crazy. Why can these people see it, but it doesn't show up on the scale? After all of these months you would think they would both catch up with each other. Then during the class we danced around free style and the instructor came up to and was saying "you rock!" That felt good. At the end of the class she looked at me and said "you are a really good dancer." Dancing is so much fun!

My favorite part of the dance was where we did the tango. We just did the fundamental steps, but I really enjoyed. I think I liked it so much because it was different.

Monday, June 1, 2009

All things "Twilight"

I am sooooooooo on the band wagon. And what's weird is I never thought that I would be. I thought that I would like these books fine, but I never thought I would be obsessed with these books, and the whole Twilight Saga. I can't get enough. I truly enjoyed the whole thing. In addition to the 4 books, I think I have just about read everything on the Stephenie Meyer website.
Even better yesterday the first trailer for "New Moon" came out. And I loved it. I myself am a Jacob fan, so to see him shirtless, well lets just say is very exciting!
Here is my run down of the 4 fabulous books.

Twilight - I loved how Stephenie introduces the character's. She instantly grabs you with Bella and Edward and the weird connection that they have. The movements, running, and kissing...enough said.
New Moon - I liked this book because I could relate to Bella's depression over Edward. Plus I loved reading all about Jacob and the friendship formed between Bella and Jacob. The dramatic Volturi and the too close for comfort reunion of Bella and Edward.
Eclipse - I loved this book because Edward and Bella have to face what Jacob knew all along. That Bella loves him, and that love grew because Edward left. I loved the time line of this book, everything flowed beautifully.
Breaking Dawn - I really liked the break down of this book. The fact that we got to hear from Jacob's point of view, and his relationship with Edward. I think sometimes Bella's descriptions went on for too long, but her whole transformation was incredible to read.

I would highly recommend this series, and for me it was even better because I got read all 4 back to back. The books are very entertaining and easy to read, but at the same time get your imagination going.

For your viewing pleasure the Official Trailer to "New Moon" in theater's 11.20.09!

Lastly, when I was in Florida I saw a car that said "I drive like a Cullen" on the back. I felt so cool because I knew exactly what that meant!