Saturday, May 31, 2008
In the meantime, please enjoy this concert footage I found on youtube.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
That being said, I'd like to also mention that this holiday weekend was lovely, Matt & Sawyer went up to the cabin a day earilier than I did because I had to teach Young Women's and I cannot tell you how nice it was to a)hang out with my awesome brother while he completed the plumbing for our basement (what a rock star.) and b) attend church by myself. You have no idea the wonder of an uninterrupted sacrament meeting until you actually get to experience it, and it has been a while for me. I drove up to the cabin with the Kettles, our new favorite traveling friends, as we will be going to Seattle a week from tomorrow. They are fantastic and I'm so glad that they came with us. Yesterday we stopped in Park City for a lovely little outlet shopping trip wherein I found 3 pairs of fantastic shoes and a cute little workout top and Matt got a few work pants and Sawyer got an adorable green & white polka dotted rain jacket. Then dinner at Red Rock Brewery (freakin' yumm) and then home again, home again, jiggetty-jig.
NOW I'm starting my internet fast.
See you next Tuesday.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
1. a gorgeous, shiny, sweet lover of a dog
2. a beautiful new tree that I managed to get planted before I killed it
3. the physical strength to dig a ginormous hole to plant said tree in without really even batting an eye.
(also, spell check which made me laugh by knowing how to spell ginormous, (which is nothing more than a Will Ferrellian combination of gigantic and enormous) but not ranunculus or recognizing LDS as a legitimate acronym.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
On Friday went straight from the airport to the golf course, and I rode with Matt for 9 holes, then went & got a pedicure while he finished up, then we went to the hotel & checked in, it was amazing, I totally want to buy a timeshare now. We went to dinner at Cantina Laredo which was lovely and then because Brett & Vanessa's plane was an hour late, we tried our darnedest to find me some ice cream, and ran into a place that we begged to stay open a bit later for us, called Ice Tango and it was freaking great! Listen to this combo: yummy super tart frozen yogurt, frozen custard and... AND... dessert crepes!!!! I got some vanilla custard with brownies & raspberries. Matt got a crepe with peanut butter and nutella with vanilla custard on top. And oh, my goodness! Freaking yum.
Saturday Vanessa & I went to a cute little spa while the boys golfed, then I took her back to Ice Tango. We then proceeded to go shopping for 6 hours straight without buying anything for ourselves. I think that's part of being a mom or something, but it kinda sucks. You get more excited about stupid little Minnie Mouse bowls and spoons at the Disney store than a BCBG sale. Also we made a rule that going to any store that we had at home would be a waste of time, and so we were kinda in unfamiliar territory. We really should have gone to the pool for at least part of the day, it was nearly 90 degrees and I have absolutley no tan lines to show for it. But, due to the delightful food we consumed in mass quantities, I do have a few pounds to show for it. Among that food was a really fun dinner at Los Sombreros, and if you are ever in Phoenix, hit up their carnitas and then you can die with a smile on your face, because you will never get much better than that.
Sunday we took Brett & Vanessa to the airport bright n' early & then went to our lovely timeshare presentation which was quite informative and made me really want to go to oh, EVERYWHERE in the world on vacation in perfect little timeshares. I really should have planned Sunday better though, because we let ourselves get too hungry and got kind of onery at each other and ended up not doing want either of us wanted to, so then we just went to the airport like 2 hours early which bugged me, but made Matt happy, so it was fine. I went down there with really only one thing I cared about doing: going to get some Sprinkles cupcakes. However, due to the fact that it had opened only on Thursday, it was a madhouse and a line around the building + 90 degree weather + low-blood sugar Matt = no cupcakes. It was his birthday. But we made it home and that was good. It was so good to 'nuggle Sawyer again! It is good to be home.
Tonight I made birthday cupcakes for Matt so that he had something to blow out and we could sing Happy Birthday, look how cute they turned out, these are awesome and super easy.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Oh, and this one! Ahhh...
I am so glad we did this with her, she just let us be ourselves and that is totally what I wanted, nothing posed, just us playing, and I couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out.
Matt- very, very, very busy. The end of the month is always quite hectic for him, but this month was a joke. He keeps thinking that his business is going to slow down, what with the crappy housing market, but it just isn't! The Lord is blessing him/us SOOOO much right now. Matt is honest and does his best, but he also (and I think that this is why the Lord is being so generous right now..) doesn't really bend over backward for people like a lot of others in his industry do. Not in a bad way, but he just really tries to make sure that after work hours, he is home. A lot of times people will want him to work crazy hours, and do things after hours, but he just doesn't do it, and I appreciate it so much. It really feels like the real-life version of that scripture about the windows of heaven being opened and pouring out so many blessings that you don't even have room to receive them. Oh, and the fact that we have a couple of faithful missionaries out doesn't hurt either. :)
Sawyer- 95% potty-trained!!!! Once I was consistent with it, it really was easy and quick! There is one method that I learned from...... you guessed it! BabyWise that really turned the whole thing around. It's interesting, instead of having ALL the emphasis being on when they successfully use the potty, periodically throughout the day, you have them check to see if they are dry, and for the first few days also check to see if their potty-training doll or bear or whatever is dry. Once they get that the goal here is to stay dry, it only takes them a little bit to realize that if they want to get rewarded for staying dry, the way to accomplish that is to use the potty instead. It's like a light just clicked on over her head when I started to emphasize this. (One danger of this method, however, is having your daughter come up to you while you're talking to someone you don't really know, and putting her little hand on your crotch and asking "mommy, are you dry??" Hilarious now, but quite embarrassing at the time!) Anyway, that is the potty training secret. But you probably knew that already, huh, Mom? Sawyer and I went to cousin Caroline's dance concert tonight, and I have never seen Sawyer that excited and attentive in my entire life!!! This little girl got her Grandma Miller's dancing genes. I knew that she would like to see Caroline on stage, but I could not believe how intensely she was loving all the dancing! I wish I'd have had my camera. Actually I'll bring it tomorrow night, I'm doing Caroline's makeup again & we'll stay for the first part this time, because we missed it tonight. I hope I get some decent pictures.
And Me- I am loving my new calling in the Young Women's. It's a little intense, both emotionally and time-consuming-wise, but I love these girls soooo much already. We are having a Book of Mormon reading challenge, and I'm trying desperately to catch up to them, so I'm reading more consistently and better than I think I ever have in my life and it has been wonderful. I really am solidifying my testimony more each time I read, and although I have always had a ton of faith in the Book of Mormon, my knowledge is really growing. Better late than never, I guess. I'm just really loving it! Also, I am really really getting clucky, I want to be pregnant so bad and everywhere I go I see big round bellies. I know that I shouldn't be so anxious about it, we haven't even been trying that long, it's just that I am soooo excited to meet this next kid! And so is Sawyer, I'm afraid! Also, I am very excited for Matt's birthday next week, (the 11th) and it is a secret, so that is all I will say right now, but trust me, it's gonna be good! I've put alot of work into making it a surprise, so I hope, hope, hope that I can pull it off. However, I am having a problem prioritizing my life right now. I spent a few hours last night trying to get to sleep, but I just kept thinking about how to find balance in my life. I have so many balls up in the air right now, things I'd like to do, things I should do and things I must to, and I feel like in order to do well in any of them I have to fail others, and it is very frustrating. Moderation in all things really is the key isn't it? But man is it ever hard to find that balance. Anyone have any secrets??? Even right now, I'm thinking of a hundred other things I need to be doing in my down time. That is why I'm going to use this email as a blog post and kill two birds with one stone.