A Matter of Balance: A Woman's Quest for Health, Harmony & Kick-ass Heels

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An Unforgettable November

We started off the month in beautiful Aruba at our timeshare on the Divi Links Golf Course.

This is the only photo Rich & I are both in...and though it's a little dark you can see the golf course behind us. We like to watch the golfers on the 9th hole to see how they're doing!

It is one of my favorite spots to relax & unwind!
Or as you can see....go out on the town for a great meal.
We've tried just about every restaurant in Aruba by now, so if you're ever going, let me know and Rich will give you his rundown of restaurant reviews
The sunsets are beautiful and I make sure that I get up for the sunrise at some point during the week. I think everyone should catch the sunrise at least once a year!

Only hours after our return, we headed to Pittsburgh after receiving the sad news of the passing of my grandmother, Dolly. The support, cards, and prayers were amazing and we greeted well over 300 people who came to pay their respects to this unforgettable woman.

I've received so many notes from people sharing their memories.

I think my friend Joe summed it up best in his email

"She was an original. There will never be another like her."

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Behind the Scenes at our Photo Shoot

We decided to call in the professionals for a fun filled afternoon of make up and photo sessions. Thanks to Maria & Valerie (and Paula for putting the day together) we enjoyed some glamour and lots of laughter.

The photos
here are the NON-professional ones which we took behind the scenes. Look for the good stuff soon on our website!

Beth gets the full treatment!

Maria did a wonderful job making us look beautiful. Her work can be seen on television, film, runways and magazines including Harper's Bizarre & Town and Country. Plus she's a wiz with air brushing! You can get more information on Maria www.mariAnellomakeup.com

I'm practicing my "Judi" kick -- yeah, right!!
Pam and I practice in case they need us for the next Togs catalog shoot.
Paula poses like a pro!

Pam's all "made up" and ready to go!

Tressa tries to recreate the "Shanna" spin just like in the poster at the Center

Here's the "before shot"....

Tressa gets some tips from Val on posing.

With great music (and a little champagne) the mood was festive and fun.
Check out our website for the final products!
(coming soon)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Summer Highlights

Fall is in the air, and while my posts usually highlight the fun we're having at Jazzercise, I thought I'd include some photos of other fun stuff this summer.

We kicked off the summer with a bang this past Memorial Day celebrating with my Nanny in Virginia. Here Nanny is posing with me and my cousins Lisa, Carol and Mary Ann posing at her 102nd Birthday Party!
Then I headed down south again in July to participate in my friend Beth's bridal shower. Here is Beth's mom Maryann and I catching up at the shower.

What a great weekend we had together. I can't wait for the wedding this fall.
Beth is my OLDEST friend (since we were in kindergarten together at age 4!)

Also in July, my nephew Landon Vance Hallett made an early entrance. I'm practicing being Auntie Kristen. He's tiny in this picture, but growing like a weed.

My dear friend Melissa came to from Raleigh, NC a few weeks later and we had a girl's day at the pool at Liz's gorgeous home. Well, the girls and at least seven lively kids. It was great to catch up with them (Deb, Kim, me, Liz & Melis). Liz is keeping busy with her new store Newbury Place in Southbury. It is an awesome gift shop so if you're in the area check it out! I will definitely be making a trip back there for holiday shopping!!!

Well, after our BIG surfing adventure (see our surfing photos on earlier blog post), Pina decided to hit the golf course. Now I've been getting in a lot of golf this summer, but it was Pina's first time out. She took to it like a pro and we're already planning our next golf trip.

At least we LOOK like golfers here, right?

The tournament was to raise money for breast cancer research.
As a bonus, we met two time Superbowl champion, Leonard Marshall from the New York Giants. Turns out he's pretty good at golf too. But we held our own scoring a 79 in the scramble format. Way to go!!!

I was able to take a final break before Labor Day and headed to the Berkshires to Kirpalu. I make a point to visit every year (although twice a year sounds even better!)

It was a beautiful, relaxing time and I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking for some R&R (www.kripalu.com). Aside from yoga, which they have ALOT of, I went kayaking, pole hiking and enjoyed the fabulous scenery.

Now it's time to kick it into gear for the fall. There's so much good stuff coming so be sure to check our website regularly.

Happy Fall!

PS and one more shot of Landon of course!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Birthday Celebration

Eleanor & Pam hosted the 2nd Annual Birthday Celebration with lots of enthusiasm and fun!

Each routine featured a month and they invited those who were born in that month to come up to the stage and to dance with them.

Scroll down to see some of the months.....

Paula and Michelle are smiling December babies.

The celebration was for everyone...and you can see they're working hard in anticipation of some birthday cake afterwards.

Watch out for those September Virgos!
Representing November - Mary & Laura

January Babies!

August Birthday Girls

Eleanor's got disco fever!

Mary & Queenie have their hats on and are ready to rock!

The party was complete with fun prizes and delicious birthday cake.

A job well done by Eleanor & Pam!!!!

Then after the birthday celebration....we were on the road to New Jersey to visit little Landon.
Here he is posing in his Steeler jersey

(it's never to early to have Steeler apparel in our family!)
He's getting ready for the pre-season games.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Surf's Up

I'm always up for a challenge.....especially when it involves something new.....so I decided to hit the surf in Long Beach, Long Island with nine other fabulous women, including my buddy Pina.

After we arrived we had some instruction on the beach.

Our instructors from
Surf to Live (check them out at www.surftolive.com) were great

Hey she's up!!!

Then we were off! Pina sure looks determined here!

Here's Tracy & Andrea from My Time for Me, LLC, our hosts for the outing.
Go to their webiste www.mytimeforme.com to see the other fun stuff they have planned.

They believe women should take time for themselves and organize interesting and cool events for women.

After we finished we enjoyed a wonderful clambake on the beach.

By the end of the evening, each of us had gotten up on our boards at least once. We were proud of ourselves for attempting this demanding, but exhilarating physical challenge.

Hang ten!

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