Saturday, August 22, 2009

A different look

This happened today.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A blatant barrage of pictures

For your viewing pleasure...Spring! And some summer! (Yeah, I'm behind.)

I started spring with a bang. Or a chop. I chopped my bangs. Rather, I had someone else chop them. The bangs (one hour after the chop) look much better in this picture than I do.
We gave blood and this is what happened. My arm is on top and my mom's is on bottom. I was bruised and sore for two weeks. I got a horrible huge bump under the bruise as well.

We dyed eggs with the grandbabies and had an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. I LOVE dying eggs. We still do it - sometimes with raw eggs. I have a secret wish to dye eggs sometime when it is not Easter.
J and L looking for eggs. Apparently they are so hard to find that L had to use binoculars.

My mom helping V find eggs

We told the kids to put the found eggs in the carton. V kept taking eggs out of the carton and putting them into his basket. That kid is a laugh a minute. Sometime you should hear him say, "I am a robot" in his little robot voice. It kills me.

Look! I have curly hair!

L giving R a ride
We had the prettiest spring flowers on the block! I love tulips!

D and V can fit in the car at the same time!

I love my parents!

We had some beautiful poppies and irises in the back yard.

The N family with my mom, Aunt J, and N. Z is SO tall! N (on the far right) is 6 feet tall so you have an idea of just how tall Z is. But Z is not even the tallest person in his family! His brother-in-law (not in this picture) is a good three inces taller than Z!

T was shooting a film in Utah in June, so we came back just when everyone thought they had gotten rid of us!
Father's Day with J, N, D, M and me.

D pulling R and M in the Red Flyer wagon with L pushing.

Proof that T was actually in Utah! He was gone for pretty much everything except Father's Day !
S, M, D, T.

My Dad with M and R.

With J getting ready to swim - how come no one told me I still had a blob of sunscreen on my forehead?!

At Taylorsville Dayzz with brother B and L and glow sticks.

Fireworks from T-ville Dayzz. It's my secret wish to have a professional fireworks show on my birthday. Wow - I am sharing a lot of secrets today!

S and brother B playing games at R and M's birthday party
R and M were sitting front and center to open presents and L decided that he wanted in on the action, too.

The birthday cakes! Funfetti frosting is yuuummmy.

S with L and R inside the play house.

Me and my mom. Look! We are opposite matches! We didn't even plan this!

Fun on the seesaw
C and K visiting from Missouri are fearless!

Get well stuff for my mom after her knee replacement surgery.

V reading and visiting my mom after her surgery

My cousin A married P in July.
I love her shoes!

Her dress was originally long, but she had it altered (by T's mom!) to ballet length after her bridal pictures.

My Uncle J and Aunt J. I love the centerpieces! So simply and summery!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I had a dream...

T told me I have been talking in my sleep again. This time I rolled over and giggled. Then I said "Do it - let's see you flex those muskles."

I really wish I could remember what that dream was about! I'm pretty sure it was about T because I love his muscles!

I also talked in my sleep in Iowa. In my dream I was talking to Grandma E. I said, "T is just tired because he hasn't been sleeping well these last three weeks." And I said it so loud that I actually woke myself up!

One time I actually yelled in my sleep. My junior year in high school I went with my friend A and her family on vacation to Nauvoo. All six of us were sleeping in the same room. I was having a dream that my brother W was telling me where to go to college. And I yelled at him, "You can't make me!" I woke myself and everyone else in the room up. A tad embarrassing.

Favorite Things II

The Fail Blog is always good for a laugh and the site is updated regularly. But be sure to click on the "G-rated fails only" section at the top.

the following pictures are from the fail blog

Smitten Kitchen is full of delicious foods. This girl bakes like nobody's business. And she's not even a professional! I love it because there are pictures (s!) to go with every recipe. I hate cookbooks that don't have pictures of every dish. How do I know if I want to make it if there is not a yummy picture of it?! Smitten Kitchen has LOTS of yummy pictures! I have bookmarked so many things from this site to make it is not even funny. My favorite feature is the "surprise me" button on the left that takes you to a random recipe.

the following pictures are from smitten kitchen

lemon yogurt anything cake (the anything is because you can add any fruit or nut to it - this one has blueberries)

strawberries and dumplings

Martha's macaroni and cheese

cranberry walnut chicken salad

brownie mosaic cheesecake

Really, don't you just want to make and eat some of these right now?


August 6th was "Mormon Night" at Dodger Stadium. Going to baseball games in the summer is one of my favorite things, and I was very excited to go. But then I was even more excited when I found out that the Dodgers would be playing these guys:

I love the Braves! And especially Chipper Jones! All of a sudden I wasn't sure who I wanted to win.

So off T and I went to the Dodgers game. We had nosebleed seats, but I never care. I took this picture on T's iphone. Don't the stadium and mountains look pretty? On that close mountain it says "Think Blue" in the same style as the Hollywood sign. The view at night in the opposite direction is pretty, too because downtown is all lit up. If this is all you saw of LA you would think it was a pretty place. But it's not. Don't be deceived.

Since it was Mormon Night, we knew one of the 12 apostles would throw out the first pitch and another Mormon would sing the national anthem. Interestingly enough, my mom told me that they were having National Anthem auditions for this game in Utah. I guess they wanted to have a genuine Mormon... If they held auditions in L.A. there would be a lot of people claiming to be Mormon even if they weren't just so they could sing the national anthem. At least that's what I was thinking when I heard that... Actors and singers and entertainment people trying to get their big break are crazy like that here...

We were all taking bets as to which of the 12 apostles would throw out the first pitch. Most of the USC ward, including me, were definitely thinking Elder Bednar would do it because he is young and fit. Elder Ballard was actually the one to throw out the first pitch. He didn't go all the way out to the mound (most people don't) and made a pretty good throw that made it to the catcher (a member of the area 70 but I can't remember who). A guy from the ward who was sitting by us said that Ballard once pitched a no hitter for the University of Utah. I didn't verify if that is true, but I love finding out real stuff about apostles like that!

Another iphone picture, this one of me and T.

I thought I would cheer equally for the Dodgers and Braves but then it became quite clear that I had a favorite. And it was not the Dodgers. The Braves have been my team since elementary school and old habits die hard. However, since I was surrounded by Dodgers fans (albeit sober Mormon fans) who might not appreciate my love of the Braves, I didn't cheer quite as loudly as I wanted to. And to foster good will, I still cheered when the Dodgers made a good play. But I couldn't help myself from screaming when Chipper Jones (my favorite player EVER!) hit a solo home run. I have always wanted to see Chipper hit a home run in person. It couldn't have been any more perfect unless I had seen it at Turner Field in Atlanta.

The Braves were winning 4-1 and T was tired so we left at the start of the 8th inning. I know! We never leave games early! What were we thinking?! Oh, yeah... we were thinking that T had been up early and had a super long day and was tired. Plus, the Braves clearly had this game under control... Except they didn't. They ended up losing to the Dodgers 5-4 with runs scored in the 9th inning! Sad! We were sure we wouldn't miss much more action!

Still, I was glad to have finally seen my first Braves game and add to my Dodger Stadium memories (I'm looking at you, Barry Bonds!).

P.S. It was fun to see Manny being all wacky but I really don't like him much at all since I found out he tested positive for banned substances...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I occasionally talk in my sleep. I don't remember the dream but the other night T told me that while talking in my sleep I said, "Dessert? YUM!" I think it's accurate representation of who I am because I love dessert. Well, food in general.

We had leftover chocolate frosting from M's birthday cake. Today I ate a spoonful of that chocolate frosting dipped in whipped cream. Now that is "YUM!"

Are there any other easy "YUM!" things I should eat?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

These are a few of our favorite things

So we decided to put some links over there on the left. And they are a few of our favorite things. And periodically we will be adding to the list.

Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen (ETF) photographed our wedding. And she was amazing. Easily worth every penny. Her website is great but her blog is even better because she posts photos from every shoot she does. Which means she is constantly updating. I still check her blog all the time because she always captures beautiful moments.

The Pioneer Woman is Ree Drummond. She's a city girl who married a rancher. She is funny and has great ideas. Plus she gives stuff away all the time. Like KitchenAid mixers, and $300 gift certificates and service for 8 china sets and Nikon digital cameras with all the accessories. She has giveaways at least twice a week and all you have to do to enter is answer an easy question like "What is your shoe size?" and she posts the randomly chosen winner the next day.

The service for 8 china set PW just gave away

I'm just sayin'

I got this photo from American Thinker Blog: Obama's revealing body language. It originally showed up on the White House blog.

The American Thinker says, "Sargent Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friend and fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?"

I wouldn't be quite so harsh and finite about it, the overall sense...yeah. And just to be clear, I am not an Obama hater. Yes, I voted for the other guy, but I really hope Obama is a good president for the sake of the country. Though I think he is headed in the wrong direction with his health care plan...

I think the whole Gates situation is craziness all around and like David Letterman said, "So we have hot tempers, name calling, yelling, racist labeling... How can we diffuse the situation? Oh, I know...ALCOHOL!!!"

And this comic from xkcd titled "Understocked"

I know was a serious situation, but I think we all just need to lighten up a bit. Maybe Barack can have us over for beers later...