Wednesday, August 29, 2012

And so, without further ado, I give you...

Remember on Seinfeld when George makes a candy lineup to catch the mechanic because he ate his Twix bar, and when he walked in the Dealership staff was eating his Twix Candy Lineup and he screams "TWIX!" while the camera pans out? I love Seinfeld for his candy references. ("I know the Chunky who ate this Chunky... NEWMAN!")

My parents found out that I have never tried a Clark bar, so what did they do? They went out and and bought every single old-fashioned candy bar they could find, and gave it to me for my birthday.

Hey mom and dad, I've never driven a BMW 2002.

P.S. That Clark Bar was delicious. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I've been trying to spruce up our house, one object at a time. What a difference a little gold spray paint can do for my tiny pots. (See above)

I think I've been trying to do too many things at once. I've got a list of about 20 projects to do, not including the 5 or 6 ones that I've already started that I don't feel like finishing. On top of all that, I only have the tools/materials/resources for about 4 projects, the rest I need to save up my pennies for. Then, just today, I went online and found at least 6 more projects that I wanted to undertake. I finally decided I was getting out of my mind when I started looking up how to make my own cutting boards.

Sometimes the internet is a curse.
Speaking of which, I better just go to bed before I continue my endless project list.

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week

When blueberries go on sale, try this

Things to do this week:
· Read my camera manual
· Go to the library
· Celebrate 28 years
· Finish a project
· Start a new one.

Friday, August 24, 2012

I've unsuccessfully re-fashioned a few shirts in my day, but this one actually looks legit. The neck was too large, and somehow I was able to stitch it up into a proper neck size. Now my life can go on.

See that chalkboard I'm standing in front of? Our goal was to cross off everything before summer ends, and since we decided summer officially ends on Labor day, we still have a few things we need to accomplish before then:
· Matt's Big Breakfast - We heard we have to go early, and it's been pretty difficult waking up early on Saturdays.
· Paint our bedroom - I guess I should clean it first.
· Postino's - Technically I've been, but William hasn't, so I guess I just have to go again. (Oh man I love that place so bad right now.)
· Open Mic Night - Probably won't happen, but at least we've had a couple jam sessions.
· Make a berry pie and homemade tortillas - Actually, I'm planning on making a blueberry tart this week (and I'm counting that as a pie).
· Host Suppa' Club - Sorry we've been slacking, Suppa' Club members. We'll try and hurry it on up.

Everything else was crossed off and made for a busy and fantastic summer. Let's bring on the Fall Festivities.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cherry Chick-a-dee

That tiny red chair belonged to June's great grandma. I love tiny red chairs.

And what is it about tiny fruits on tiny children that is just the sweetest thing ever? My creative, talented, funny, everything I want to be friend, Debbie, found this gem and kindly let June wear it. She has the best vintage clothes shop on Etsy; I've found some of my favorite shirts there. Take a look and keep going back, she's always adding things.
June has been a little inconsistent on her sleeping habits lately. She's also been slightly clingy...
It's hard to tell if it's because of her teething, or the rain, or the heat that forces us to stay indoors, or the lack of fruit snacks in our cupboard, or the fact that she knows exactly where we keep the Otter Pops and she can't understand why we won't give her one every single waking minute of the day.

Despite everything, she has starting grabbing my hand to hold, voluntarily plopping herself in my lap, and giving us the most gentle kisses.

I'm the luckiest.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Stop and Stare

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Our view on the bridge. The fog moved so quickly... it was magical.

I need to stop posting these pictures from San Francisco. It makes me angry at AZ for having weather like this and no Bi Rite Ice Cream.

But onward and upward...

This weekend we're grilling burgers, watching movies, and playing in Grandma's backyard. I'm also painting my nails, raiding my mom's cookbooks for easy recipe ideas, and finding ideas for June's Halloween costume... yes, it's that time again.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August and everything else

August is a good month. It's the time that I start looking forward to autumn: cooler weather, school supplies, sweaters (maybe not until November), holidays to get ready for, etc. 

August is a good month because there aren't any major holidays, except for my birthday. I'm not shy about announcing my birthday. When I taught 5th grade, I would make it a week long celebration. I would hang pictures of myself all over the classroom. I would serve my favorite treats to them. It was my way of saying, "We just started another school year, and you guys have it good. Let's celebrate my awesomeness."

Because it's my birthday month, I like to set new goals for my 28th year. 
Here's a sample:
· Carry your camera around
· Eat salad for lunch
· Try a Clark bar. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stop and Stare

The following are some things that have made me stop and stare:

·Utah sunsets:

·Holdman Studios:
We went here to visit Michael and David, and take a peek at the Gilbert Temple windows (which I couldn't photograph). I got all chills just looking at the amount of detail and work that goes into creating each window... I can't wait to see the finished product.


It's amazing at how incredibly fast June is growing. I need to do an entire post on this fact.

· This hilarious video... I forgot all about it, until Daphne brought it up during Grilled Pizza Night (which should be a weekly event, okay Natalie?). It's one of my all-time favorite videos.

· And of course, the Olympics. I can't get enough... I tear up with every win and loss. And the tears come with the Olympic commercials too. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sometimes ups outnumber the downs

1. Good-looking cousins with good-looking kids.
2. Cornhole with June... a Utah staple.
4. Water-watchin' at City Creek
5. Good times and a good hair day on the Alpine coaster.
6. View on the bridge at City Creek
7. Locked out, but don't mind since we don't experience AZ weather in UT.
8. Booty shake with William's good-looking cousins
9. My first Park City visit. AHHHH-MAZING.

In July, June and I went to Utah twice.

The first time, we flew up with my mom and visited mostly her side of the family. The trip was so fun and again reiterated my belief that I have the funniest family on the planet. They are also the best storytellers (it helps that they also have the best stories to tell). Thanks to my mom for letting me come and treating us to shopping days and good eats. Thanks to my Aunt Carol and Judy for their amazing hospitality. Thanks to Jane and Susan (June's 3rd Grandma) for having such a beautiful home and a perfect lunch. Thanks to Katie and Aileen for traveling great distances to meet June. Thanks to Amy for just being plain awesome.

The second time we went to Utah, we went for a funeral. Then it turned into two funerals. I am so grateful that I got to know how wonderful Grandma B and Uncle Richard are. But I probably won't eat anymore funeral potatoes for a while. 

And of course, it's also always great to spend time with my in-laws: BBQs (my favorite meals), dance parties (complete with costumes), settling Cataan, and Alpine rides with NO BRAKES. Thanks to my in-laws for creating the best memories... and for being so good to June, even though times are tough for her when she's jet-lagged.

Now, a note:

Dear Uncle Reed,

While in Utah attending two funerals, hearing about your sneaky heart attack nearly gave me one. Please refrain from those Dana treat cravings.

Niece Jenny