Tuesday, July 31, 2012

not so newlyweds

All it takes for a good anniversary is sleeping in, German pancakes, waterslides, Olympics, fancy dinners, and year-old wedding cake. And mini-golf. Of course.

A simple celebration, but we just loved spending the day together. Sitting in a candlelit booth discussing our favorite moments of our first year of marriage was the greatest.
This is what a year in the freezer does to wedding cake. Our little science experiment. And it was still surprisingly tasty!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

366 days of loving

Oh my, has it really been a year?
This year has flown by and been better than I could imagine.
Taking a note from my sister's more impressive stats after five years, here is our first year of marriage by the numbers:
We visited 8 states and 1 foreign country
Held 3 church callings between us
Had 2 jobs (one each)
Had 0 children
Bought 1 new car
Completed 34 school credits (and that's all André)
57 late-night dance parties
133 neighborhood walks
366 days of bliss (bonus for leap year!)

...here's to an eternity of more little moments!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

little notes

To the pioneers,
Thanks for crossing the plains. Besides giving us Utah, youth conference treks, and 1996 EFY classics like "You Don't Have to Cross the Plains", I'm really glad that because of you we get a holiday with no obligations and sunny weather. Thanks.

To the Greeks,
When you created the calendar system, I doubt you thought about Pioneer Day 2012 being on a Tuesday, but I'm sure glad you made it that way. One day of work then a bonus weekend day then back for a three day week? The greatest.

Dear Ichiro,
I never thought I would see the day that you would leave Seattle, and for the worst team no less. Well, it's been real. I'll be trading in my Ichiro Mariners jersey and cheering against you on the Yankees, but in a few weeks when the outfielders aren't robbing people of home runs, I'll probably be missing you. (Listen to Death Cab for Cutie's Ichiro Theme here. you will love it.)

To the Olympics,
Wow, we love you. A lot a lot. Can't wait to watch you in a few days, cheer for our team, and get really into an obscure sport (this year I'm feeling kayaking and rhythmic gymnastics)

Dear knit jersey,
Please stop being so stretchy and difficult to sew! I've heard all about you on Project Runway, but you are not the favorite fabric of this novice sewer.

To my sweet husband,
Thanks for laughing with me and helping me improve. I can't believe we've almost been married a year-- what a year it has been!

the summer of mini golf--some of us are more intense about it than others.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

summer snaps

 This is a taste of what our summer looks like...

 the only picture we took when we went camping//writer's block//fountain at City Creek//grapefruit sale at the Mexican market--I was the only gringa around//arena football from the nosebleeds//andre, me, and my crazy hair got free slurpees on 7/11

Monday, July 9, 2012

Contender #1

After our out-of-state write-ins, we decided to officially kick off the Great Fry Hunt 2012 with our first contender: Smashburger.

We ordered their signature Smash Fries at the recommednation of an employee.

Overall, we enjoyed their presentation, light rosemary flavor and shoestring texture.

They are currently our #1 in Utah County, but it wasn't enough to put them in the ultimate lead.
Current Standings:
1. Good Times (Broomfield, CO)
2. Smashburger (Orem, UT)
3. Good Stuff (Washington, DC--it pains me to put them this low, but tastebuds don't lie)

The hunt is on!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


^go ahead, say it like George W Bush, I dare you.

We had a splendid 4th of July. It is a very rare occasion to have a day completely free of school or work for either of us, so we had to take advantage.

We started the day with a walk/hike up the canyon. Let me tell you, living a block off the parade route is insane (people were camped out since Sunday), so it was nice to get away from the crazy. We could have made some money off our parking spot, but we did get to enjoy the parade for about 5 minutes when we got back.

After a lunch of free things (my husband is a champ--free tacos and root beer floats? sign me up!), we headed to Colonial Days, which was much better than imagined. I even got to sweat my way through a traditional dress. I felt like Felicity the American Girl doll!...and André got put in the stocks.

We ended the day with a BBQ, games and watching the fireworks with a group of friends and of course I forgot to take a single picture. But it happened. And it was great. Happy birthday, America!
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