Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kindred Spirits ... and their Kiddos

Reunion 2011 :)

all from two little utah state roommates.  <3
the whole shebang
beautiful reunion
julie always was freakishly strong ;)

"I guess what I learned from all that is that real friends,
the truest of friends, are really those
who know all about me
and like me anyway.
They are the people who no matter how
long it has been since I have talked to them or seen them,
I can call them no matter the time of day,
and just pick up where we left off.
Like no time has ever passed
since our last conversation.
People like that are the ones that you feel comfortable with,
otherwise you wouldn't be able to do it.
They're the people who are really there,
no matter what."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Kiddos, Happy Me

Eva, 2 years old, going on 13
Benson, 7 months old.
Eva, contemplating the myriad of colors for her toes.
Uh... Eva, I was sucking on that Ipod earlier, it's mine.  ~Benson
what the bathtub looks like when i go to take a shower
phase i put the toys away, proceed to shower
phase ii move the toys to the other side of the bathtub, proceed to shower
phase iii pick up the toys and play with them, fill up the bathtub instead of shower 
sign in my grandma's bathroom.  i got it for her years ago.
amazing how true it can be... ;)
my roommate.  i was only her roommate for about five minutes.
but i still had a good time. 
smile & drool, repeat all day.
i dressed her. 
my beautiful sister, who is a beautiful mother, inside & out
call the cheesy police, i just started spouting hallmark crap.
but i really mean it.  love you em. xooox

what i did over thanskgiving:  hold babies, eat super good food, sleep; repeat.  add some insane shopping, temple, driving & playing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wanna see something amazing?

well, look no further.

i present to you the magestic and beautiful Bountiful Temple

plus, it was a reunion with some lovely kindred spirits. 

i'm glad i got a taste for what heaven will be like. 

that is, if i start being good anytime soon.

Only in Utah

Found at Old Navy.  Not kidding. 

But here's a question... where was USU?  Come on!  Rep-re-sent!

There ya go.  I feel much better now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is for Suckers

Unless you are going to Utah to be with your BABIES!!!!!!  AHHHHHH!!!!



mmmm... pie.

break a .... dawn

breaking dawn movie review

what.the.crap. was up with the wolves.  every scene was laughable.  especially when they are speaking telephatically.  embarrassing.  when you see that part come on, it's ok to run out for a bathroom break.  trust me, you won't miss anything.

the stare, during the imprinting part.  looking at a baby like that should be illegal. 

the sex.  i was under my jacket for half of it so i really can't comment.  but it was uncomfortable.

the chess playing.  really, how can anyone play the game more than once.  what about yahtzee?  or that game where you roll the pigs?  heck even hungry hippos would be more interesting.

the graphic birth scene.  at first i was like this isn't that gory, why is everyone talking about it.  but on further reflection, it was sick.  s.i.c.k.  it was awful to see the CGI effects make bella look like an eating disorder was killing her.  a little too close to home.  and really, did he need to use his teeth to get the baby out?  how about a knife.  or a any.other.object.besides.his.teeth.

the resurrection scene of bella.  i'm convinced that when we all get resurrected, it's gonna be  awesome.  pure awesome. i can't wait to see that again.

some of robert pattinson's facial expressions were downright hysterical.

i am fascinated with kristin stewart's eyebrows. they are perfect.  mine look like this:

the random popping up of vampire heads in bella's window on her wedding night.

the scene where they are setting up for the wedding and everyone is casually picking up entire trees & massive benches.

for a great review, play by play, check out Alison's blog:

Monday, November 21, 2011

To my darling brother in laws...

Thank you for being good, strong, & kind men.  Your daughters will be blessed because of who you are and what you do.  Thank you for loving my sisters so much. 

"How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true—“The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.” By the way you love her mother, you will teach your daughter about tenderness, loyalty, respect, compassion, and devotion. She will learn from your example what to expect from young men and what qualities to seek in a future spouse. You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less. Your example will teach your daughter to value womanhood. You are showing her that she is a daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves her." (recent LDS conference talk)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Family Quote book

"Now look what you've done!"
"You're burning the deck!"
"She's what we call a live one."
"This tastes like lime air!"
"I am 63 years old.  You can't tell me what to do anymore."
"What! Since when did all of you start using eye cream?!  When was someone going to tell me about this?"
"This meat is so tender!"
It's feels like 8 p.m. ... "no it doesn't, it feels like PARTY TIME!" 
"Did she take an ambien?"

Who said what? What's your guess? The prize is a Little Debbie Swiss Roll. 

Here are names to choose from:


(why little debbie?  because it can bring world peace...)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Beautiful Canal Park - Sisters (-1) trip 2011

hi daddy - remember that 50 dollar sweatshirt that you bought jana one year on family vacation? she wants you to know she still has it.  the s.s. william a. irving ship.  ring any bells (pun intended)
 the lovely & stunning aerial lift bridge.  we heard honking in the early morning, but it isn't nearly as bad at the train in shakopee that HONKS HIS HORN OVER AND OVER AND OVER AT 5 A.M.
 we started to walk across this bridge... but it was a bit nippy.  :)  so we turned back and went to some more gift shops. 
favorite shops:  the water's edge, any store in dewitt seitz building, the monkey store, and of course the fun candy store which ironically has a super weird name that i haven't noticed my whole. life. until this trip.
 see? i told ya.  it's weird.
the lovely light house, near rocks & water. 
 i sent my dad a text from here with this picture saying that 'i slipped' on the MN slip bridge. 
sadly, he does not get picture texts on his phone. 
this is from the amazing grace bakery in canal park.  i researched breakfast places to make sure we got something really good.  and good we got.  it was amazing (no pun intended this time).  i had pumpkin spice pancakes with sweet whipped cream.  jana ordered the caramel roll french toast.  reva got the omelet (she's so daring isn't she?!). 

we had a lovely time up north.  we missed our emily.  next time -- you will be there.  i'm saving my hotel rewards just for you.

Pure Delirium

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like ...

"Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, He came forth from heaven to live on earth as mortal man and to establish the kingdom of God. During His earthly ministry, He taught men the higher law. His glorious gospel reshaped the thinking of the world. He blessed the sick. He caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear. He even raised the dead to life. To us He has said, 'Come, follow me.'

"As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater benefit of others" (Thomas S. Monson, "In Search of the Christmas Spirit," Ensign, Dec 1987, 3).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Having a Moment? Go here.

Every moment of doubt holds a lesson, a chance to gain a little more clarity, a little more insight into the forces that inspire us and the fears that hold us back. Doubt reminds us that we are finite, that we are human and that by our very nature, we do not have all the answers. Nor should we, because the human spirit withers in the face of absolute certainty and soars in the face of uncertain aspiration.

We need the creative tension between faith and doubt. We must dwell there, in this wild, tender place between knowing and not knowing. For this is how we dream, how we imagine a better world and take that first breathless leap toward creating it.

Entire article here:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"she's not a witch, she's my wife"

isn't she darling.  precious little eva.  she could hardly pass for an evil witch.  i love those soulful eyes. 

i also love the movie from where the title of this post comes from.

some other interesting facts from imdb... a little obsession of mine whenever i watch an older movie.

During the filming of some scenes, the weather became markedly cold for Robin Wright. André the Giant helped her by placing one of his hands over her head; his hands were so large that one would entirely cover the top of her head, keeping her warm.

Iocaine powder is a fictional poison.

While rehearsing for the film, André the Giant's thick accent prevented many of his lines from being understood. To remedy this, actor Mandy Patinkin slapped André in the face to get him to concentrate harder.

Most of the movie was filmed on location in England. The castle used for the film dated back to 1065 and had original tapestries on the walls.

Mandy Patinkin claims that the only injury he sustained during the entire filming of this movie was a bruised rib due to stifling his laughter in his scenes with Billy Crystal.

Friday, November 4, 2011

There are no 'ordinary' people.

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.

-- C. S. Lewis, from "The Weight of Glory"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's almost Christmas!!

Just Kidding! But not really!
instructions here

Can't wait to make these.  I' ve had a long,
tender love affair
with Buddy the Elf. 
 He's pretty much my hero. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tom Cruise or Robert Pattinson?

Went shopping for glass... in an actual store.  I've ordered a bunch online and they are fine, but they don't fit as well and aren't great quality (shocker).  But this week, I found two fun pairs (clearance! sale at Lenscrafters), one regular, and one pair of sunglasses.

I say to the girl when she shows me the Ray bans 'oh, these makes me think of that movie ...' and she goes 'Risky Business'?  And I said 'no... Robert Pattinson likes to wear these'.

And then all of a sudden, I said 'pretend I didn't say that'.  Because there I was, 30+ years old, talking about Twilight, in public.

I later found out that she was 24 years old.  Not only that, she wasn't even born when Risky Business came out. 

Role reversal much?  This may be what you call a teenage midlife crisis.  I'll act my age, I promise.

PS I haven't even seen Risky Business the whole way through.
PPS I was lying.  I will never act my age. 
PPPS I already have my tickets to Breaking Dawn.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Travels & Finds in Alexandria, Virginia

speedy recap:
shake shacking, georgetown eating, washington's masonic memorial viewing, talking-laughing-make-uping, beeping & driving, temple exploring, haunted tour discovering, art crawl walking, cupcake ingesting, sleeping & relaxing, an all around wonderful time.  :)  Thanks Em -- love you.