Sunday, September 16, 2012


Great fall weekends are full of friends, beautiful weather, a clean home, Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, meeting new neighbors, football, spiritual nourishment, handsome husbands, and lots of laughter.

And on extra great weekends, you get a chance to wear your prom dress.
And that, my friends, is what made this weekend so great.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

hello, goodbye

this weekend it was out with the old and in with the new as we said goodbye to summer and welcomed fall.

We spent our Labor Day enjoying the last day of the season at 7 Peaks, getting our terrifying-ly tall water slide on, our lazy river on, and our sunburn on. One last sunburn to last us into the cool months ahead.

We also headed up to explore Sundance this weekend. Robert Redford, you've done good. We loved being in the cool mountain air and seeing the beautiful signs of fall.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Only in Provo... (by André)

So, having lived in Provo now for a few years and having gone various places outside Utah Valley you begin to realize that there are certain things one sees and hears in Provo that one would not see/hear elsewhere. I have made a collection of some of the most notable I have noticed over that past year or so and present it now to you for your amusement and pleasure:

1. Only in Provo is a normal Suburban not big enough to carry all the kids...

2. Only in Provo would someone post on every light pole down University Ave. that they were missing their cactus...

3. Only in Provo would you see these two personalized license plates within days of each other...

 Mr. Monk, kind of cool but Chzstk... who wants their license plate to say Chzstk? That's what you get when you let your two year old name the car. "Tim what should we name the new car?" "Cheesestick!" "Why?" "'Cause I like Cheesesticks mom!"

This could have been an honorable tribute to Disney until they slapped on some good ol' Harry Potter and Hunger Games. "My other ride is a Firebolt" Really DsnyAna, Really?

4. Only in Provo could two 22 year old's get away with people thinking they had kids
(don't worry these aren't actually ours)
5. Only in Provo could you find an authentic Pioneer village open to the public daily except Sundays...

6. Only in Provo (and this is possibly the most ridiculous one so far), only in Provo do people start camping out for the 4th of July Parade in excess of 24 hours in advance...
Seriously, people camp out a day in advance. They bring their 40" HDTV's, gaming systems, barbeques and tents and just stay up all night playing Halo, grilling cheap hot dogs and otherwise gallivanting. Who started this? Better question, how do hundreds of parents think this is a good idea for their young children?

7. Only in Provo.... (This deserves no header its just downright shameful)...

8. Only in Provo would I hear the following conversation between two girls who hadn't seen each other all summer but ran into each other during the first week of classes at BYU...
"So how was your summer?"
"Well, do you remember my Gale/Peeta situation?"
"Yes" (in an excited and expectant "tell me more" tone)
"I'm dating the Peeta one"
"Oh good!"

Girls, you're going to make me hurl my lunch. Seriously.

If we do end up staying here for law school don't be surprised if we start getting a bit odd. For example, if Michelle joins the Twilight Moms club you'll know she's hit an all time low and I'm spending far too much time on schoolwork. If you start noticing anything out of the ordinary with us, please, as loving friends and family INTERVENE!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

proof for my mama

When I set out to sew a maxi skirt (goal #17 on my 50 in 2012 list), my mother was a bit concerned. Sure, the fabric wasn't cooperative and my dear husband made me pinky promise this project wouldn't end up in my unfinished craft pile, but I did it.

So here is the proof for my mother to show that I really did sew stretch jersey for one of my first wear-able sewing projects. happens to the best of us.
And while I'm at it, a few more recent projects:
baby headbands for a friend's baby girl.
at first Andre was a little "meh" about the idea of cameo silhouettes. But then we went to Monticello and saw them everywhere and he realized that if they were good enough for Thomas Jefferson, they were good enough for us. So here they are and I love them. Maybe someday they'll make it up on the wall.
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