Sunday, June 26, 2011

bon voyage

Today my partner in crime and 1/4 of the fab4, Kelsey, is headed out to Valencia, Spain for her 6 week study abroad program. Although we will all miss her, we are very excited for the amazing adventures she has ahead of her! Good luck Kelsey, I can't wait to get your first email about your long day of travel.

Earlier this week, the 4 of us went out to our first and last fab4 dinner of the summer. We dressed up and went to Fairfax Corner's Coastal Flats. It was delicious, and the perfect "ending" to our summer together.

With Kelsey already en route to Valencia, my OL adventures about to begin in Blacksburg, Julia and Katie leaving on their family's beach trips and working at day camp all July, and Julia heading back to USC on August 6th (the same day Kelsey gets back from Spain), our summer days and nights as the fab4 have already come to a close.

Crazy how the days go by...isn't it?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

how sweet it is

It's official! 
I have completed my last day at Dick's Sporting Goods (for another 6 weeks). 

After working 40-hour weeks for the past three weeks, I am beaming at the fact that I am going to have a few days off to teach swim lessons, lay out at the pool, catch up with friends who I have neglected due to my work schedule, and spend time with my family before I head down to Blacksburg for OL XI.

Here's to the REAL beginning of summer...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

daddy's girl

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Dad!

To kick off (or tee off) Father's Day 2011, Dad and Mike are participating in Oakton Football's 1st annual Golf Tournament at Penderbrook Golf Course. My Mom and all the football Moms have been planning this event for months; however, due to an unfortunate event involving possibly breaking her foot (that's a whole other story), it was up to Mike and I to set up breakfast for all the golfers at Penderbrook this morning. So, rise and shine! Mike and I woke up at 6:30am and headed over the the course with dozens of muffins, bananas, apples, waters and juices.

Here is what my little table ended up looking like...I think it looked pretty good for having to improv and play Mom for the morning.

About an hour later, Dad came over to Penderbrook to eat some breakfast and get ready for the tournament. Oakton and Penderbrook did a really great job putting on this event and making it fun for the Dads and their sons. What a great Father's Day activity!

I can't wait for the boys to come home, and for Dad to see the balloon I picked up for him. Isn't it just so perfect for today? I'm sure he and Mike will be exhausted after the tournament, so all the Terminello's will most likely take a nice afternoon nap. Afterwards, I assume we will either go out to dinner, grill out, or bring something in. The plans are constantly changing with Mom's injury thrown into the mix. But all that matters is that we are spending time together and celebrating Dad's day! 

I am so lucky to be my Daddy's #1 daughter. Thank you for being there every step of the way. I love you.

Friday, June 17, 2011

kickin' it hokie style

As the countdown to Orientation gets shorter and shorter, I have started to make the necessary preparations to be an ALL-STAR OL. The first thing on that list of to-do's was to order a sweet pair of Hokie shoes.

In 2008, Nike sent 30 pairs of limited edition Hokie Shox for every Orientation Leader to wear.

At my Freshman Orientation all of the OLs had Hokie Air Maxes. Unfortunately, Nike stopped making these shoes about a year and a half ago, so I was on my own when it came to finding the perfect school-spirited shoe.

Upon spending hours on, I finally found a pair of women's shoes that had maroon as a color option. Who knew that maroon was not a popular color to put on shoes? I ordered them a few days later, after making adjustments and perfecting them for about 3 days (perfectionist problems).

They finally came in the mail today, and I could not be more happy with the turnout!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

goggles, kick boards, and bubbles

Now that summer is almost in full swing (due to Fairfax County schools being released super late), the number of  private swim lessons I teach each week keeps growing and growing. Teaching 4-7 year olds how to swim is probably the best job I have ever had. I love playing with kids, being in the water, and watching them progress as the summer(s) go on...and I can't complain about the $20 stipend for each .5 hour lesson either.

Although I will only be home for two and a half more weeks before heading down to Blacksburg for Orientation (YAY!), I plan to pack as many swim lessons in as I possibly can. And of course I will be back for a few more in early-August. Let the good times roll (or swim)!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

the good life

Sorry for my absence of blogging this week, I basically spend every waking moment working or trying to get a tan at the pool. For whatever reason, I am having a really slow start to getting my tan on this summer. But it will come!

Yesterday I had my first day off in a long, long time. So first I woke up and ran a bunch of errands that had been building up for the past two weeks. These errands included getting my eyebrows waxed, depositing my first paycheck, picking up a few essentials at CVS, and mailing letters and pictures to the boys.

After that, I met up with JJ and KZ at the pool for a few hours. We decided that we would have a fab4 homemade dinner and dessert night since KW was no longer leaving us to go to Bethany for the weekend. It was great! We went to the grocery store to get the ingredients (and somehow run into like 3 people from high school), then went back to KW's to cook and bake and eat dinner out on the deck.

We made a delicious pasta dish for dinner and hummingbird cupcakes for dessert. It is always makes for a great time when you get all 4 of us in the kitchen together!

To end the night, we watched The Roommate which we rented from RedBox at Giant. Initially, JJ and I were very hesitant to watch it because we both don't do too well with scary movies. But it ended up just being pretty dumb...I told them we should have watched Never Say Never instead! One day I will get my way.

Then this morning JJ and I woke up at 7:30am (barely) to go to Fox Mill Estates for swim lesson orientation to teach private swim lessons this summer at the pool. Oh, how I just love jumping into cold water at 8 in the morning.

But afterwards we treated ourselves to breakfast at Vienna Inn with Morgan and Turlz.

I haven't seen Morgan since May when we first got home from school, so it was great to see her again! We all had chocolate chip hotcakes for breakfast (costing a whopping $3.35 each) and colored our place mats while chatting and catching up. What a perfect start to the weekend.

Oh, this has gotta be the good life...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

missin' the boys

One of the first things JJ said to me when we got home in May was, "Christine, what are we going to do this summer without the boys?". This summer (and most of next summer) three of my best friends are all away serving two-year missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. James is in Portugal, Nick is in Costa Rica, and Barrett is in California.

While I am still managing to have many fun adventures and summer nights with the girls, some things are just not the same without these crazy boys. But I try not to dwell...

Luckily I have tons of pictures from last summer to reminisce and laugh at!

Today while I was working at the pool (it was a cloudy day so I had lots of free time), I wrote letters to all the boys. I guess you could say I just have a bunch of pen pals! The worst part about writing letters back and forth, however, is waiting for the response. As you can imagine, getting boys to write letters isn't necessarily a walk in the park. I guess the wait makes it feel like the time is going by a little faster.

But the moral of the story is...
neither time nor distance can touch the friendship of the heart.

Friday, June 3, 2011

the last hoorah

It looks like my blogging marathon of Deebz and Stean adventures unfortunately needs to come to an end today. As I type this, Deebz is on her way home to Tampa, FL (making a quick stop in Chicago on the way). Fish, Turlz and I took her to the airport this morning to send her off! I miss her already, but my mom and I plan to go visit her in August and of course she will be back here in December.

Last night, in order to celebrate both Turlz' (early) 19th birthday and Deebz' last night in NOVA, we went to Otani Japanese Restaurant. It was sooo delicious, and of course Deebz and I won the prize for scraping our plates clean. And I even got to eat Tesla's leftovers!

After dinner we came back to my house to eat the cookie cake that Fish and Deebz made for Turlz and to have one last hangout with our Deebz.

I was really hoping to watch Never Say Never, but most of the girls objected. So we watched some Everybody Loves Raymond and reminisced on the 90's and 2000's when our favorite artists were Aaron Carter and Jessica Simpson.

It has been quite an action-packed 2 weeks full of laughter, fun, adventures, relaxation, and friends. So I leave you with this quote...

"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget"

...bye deebz, see you in a few months!