Sunday, February 21, 2016

book chat 4.0

Another round of books in the books. As much as I cruise GoodReads for book reviews, I just prefer to write my own reviews here. I'm trying to branch out from my usual YA or self help books, and look! I'm making a little progress:
I read Cleaning House on an airplane and had an interesting conversation about with a nosy seat neighbor. It's a great book and one that I definitely want to read every few years to refresh my techniques as Rhett gets older. The basic idea is a Happiness Project-style initiative of a mom to teach her kids a new skill/chore every month to get rid of youth entitlement. Super interesting, even if you don't have kids, and I liked that she brought in a few Christian principles.
I am morbidly fascinated by presidential assassinations, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to read Killing Kennedy, but I finally got around to it. I knew the basic story, but I loved all of the other details Bill O'Reilly brought in and the picture he painted of the administration and other political happenings at the time. It was a little too dramatic for me at times, and the actual assassination and aftermath felt a little rushed, but I'll definitely be reading Killing Lincoln next.
It's embarrassing how fast I breezed through The Selection series (we're talking three books in three days), and I got a little embarrassed when people asked what I was reading, but these teen books (we're talking total fluff here) are a fun, light read. It's The Bachelor meets Princess Diaries, so naturally I loved it, even if the writing was clunky. But the romance! the ballgowns! the castle! There's a teenager inside all of us.
My childhood dreams of going to space camp turned into nightmares while reading The Martian. It was action packed and super interesting, and I loved the humor and creativity of Mark Watney. The dialogue-less parts from Mark's mission logs where a little long and science-heavy, but still good. Warning: the language is pretty bad. We watched the movie the day after I finished the book, and while it is definitely a great movie, the book is always better. 

I think everyone and their dog has read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but it's definitely worth a read if you haven't. Some of her ideas are a little out there and impractical, but I like the general principles of filling your house with things that bring you joy. I haven't tried her purging techniques (we're not in a great place right now and Andre might kill me), but asking myself if something brings joy has stopped me from making a few ill-advised purchases.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Utah Road Trip

When the Kaisers asked if we wanted to come on a quick trip to Utah with them, we jumped on it because (1) being a passenger on a road trip is infinitely better than being a driver, (2) we love mooching, and (3) we take any chance we can to go back to our old stomping grounds.

If there was a hashtag for our trip it would be #basicutahwinter because we basically just did the same things that have been flooding our social media feeds for months, but it was great! It was a super short trip and we wish we could have seen more people and done more things, but we loved the time we had and being able to be together with the whole Kaiser fam.

We went through the Provo City Center Temple open house on Saturday. Andre sung in the old tabernacle in the BYU Mens Chorus and we went to Stake Conference there for years. I was across the street the morning it burned down and we went on countless walks to check on the construction when we lived just a few blocks away. It was amazing to see it rebuilt as a temple. The inside was gorgeous and detailed and a perfect tribute to Provo's pioneer heritage. Even though we had tickets, we still had to wait in line for an hour, so Rhett was kind of done by the time we made it inside. He was a trooper, though, and loved seeing the pictures of Jesus. Even though the temple isn't dedicated yet, there is definitely a special spirit inside. [This video is super interesting/informative about the architectural details of the temple--definitely worth a watch before you go].
Hands in the pockets kills me every time.

We also bundled up for a trip to the Midway Ice Castles. Rhett was mesmerized by just the outside and was uncharacteristically brave and adventurous inside.
Rhett loves princesses of all kinds, so meeting Anna and Elsa at the entrance was the highlight of his day.
I'm dying over this picture--the straight face and Christmas Story-esque winter gear are perfect.
Rhett loved finding little "caves" and tunnels that were just his size. 
Rhett said his favorite part was going down the slides, even with a wet bum.
We also got to meet baby Eli and are already scheming for how to get him and Rhett to be BYU roommates like their dads.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

little letters

Dear Whole30,
I love how you make my body feel, and I'm sorry I dumped you as soon as the 30 days were done and moved on so quickly to the enticing birthday and Super Bowl junk food. I'll get back on track, I promise. Just as soon as we finish these gallons of green chile dip.

Dear Broncos,
Ok, I'll jump on the bandwagon. Seeing orange and blue everywhere is fun, and having a super happy husband from your big win is great. Plus, Rhett really loves playing "spot the Broncos" and talking about Peyton Manning, and you can't beat that.

Dear Costco,
Signing up for a membership was the best (and most dangerous) thing we've done in a while. We can't wait to cruise your aisles for samples and bulk goods!

Dear knock knock jokes,
Sorry about all the butchered jokes coming from our house lately, but teaching Rhett the art of joke-telling has been comedic gold in itself. He definitely has some work to do, but we're slowing turning him into a polished comedian with real material.

Dear Coldplay,
We've always loved you (Andre and I just decided you're top of our concert dream list), and we're still big fans after the half time show. Even Rhett loves to rock out to your newest album. We'd take you over Beyonce any day.

Dear DietBet,
I was a little skeptical at first, but then I realized I could double up with the Whole30 and win some money for the weight I was losing, I was totally game. Thanks for the $30 and the new pair of cute shoes I can't wait to wear!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

little moments: january

and just like that, it's february. let's look back, shall we?
 Rhett's first snow angel. It was quite the process
Cheesin' in the snow!
Rhett is turning into a jokester--he thought it would be so funny if he and Dad switched church shoes
The car mat is a hit--he drives allll over all day every day.
 That pose. Those slippers. That face!
Inspired by Daniel Tiger, Rhett asked to help with dinner one night and became an asparagus pro
Andre has embraced the concept of a Saturday "crafternoon" when he started making his own cufflinks.
"I'm just reading two chapters, mom"
 We love (or hate) ourselves, so we embarked on another Whole30. I had to prove to Andre that I could stick with it while in Portland, so here's a compliant(-ish) funeral luncheon
Turning our hotel into a Treasure girls suite!
Baby Scott! Those cheeks!
Superhero Rhett
Rhett has no idea who Darth Vader is, but he found our friends' mask and thought he was hilarious.
Cafe Rio just opened two blocks from our apartment (awesome/terrible news), but our free VIP meal had to (once again) be curtailed by that dang Whole30. (We took our dressing home to save for later, because we just can't turn that stuff down.)
Rhett is obsessed with yoga, so we made it official and got a kids yoga DVD. He puts our "yoga mats" (blankets) for each of us and is actually pretty good!
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