Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I love my brother and sister so much...


Monday, December 28, 2009

A good omen for the upcoming year...

This is an expression my mom would often say when we saw or experienced something really special. It was one of my first thoughts when I saw the following.

endangered Humpback Whales

Living a dream... swimming with the sea turtles

Andrew and I woke up to see the sun rise our first morning in Kauai. We saw this Hawaiian Monk seal and just thought he was adorable. We were hovering over him trying to get a good pic. When we came back later that afternoon, there was yellow tape marking a 100 foot radius all around him. They are endagered with only 1,200ish left.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Aloha & Merry Christmas...


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Couture Evian Water...

I stopped at TJ Max the other day on a lunch break and walked out with 2 of these great glass bottles for $1.00 a piece--90% off. You can't get the full feel of the bottle by the pic but they are as tall as my forearm and have a white paint etching on the glass. I just love them. I did a bit of research and found out that this was a limited edition bottle designed by a respectable clothes designer. Aklthought, I could care less about that factor.

When you live in a non alchoholic world, you are always looking for that better alternative to say 'cheers.' I think this is the perfect fit for our upcoming celebrations...

We have plenty of reasons to celebrate with these chic waters that have to opened with a bottle opener. whew! (I don't even think I own one). Andrew is about to finish another tough semester, and I've had a full time job for over a year now.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Cajun Chrsitmas...


This past week I had some work in southern Louisiana. I went out of my way to stay in Natchitoches. For over 80 years now they have the most amazing lights along the bayou. Steel Magnolias was filmed in this quaint town. They have some very old plantations you can tour. The old coblestone road along the bayou is a favorite characteristic.

Some of my favorite scenes in the lights were the crawfish santa and alligator reindeer. Also, the couple holding hands going along is worth noting too.

Whoops and hollers...

for my sister Helen and her husband Heber who just completed a 26 mile marathon in Baton Rouge. Without walking and without ear-phones, they finished together hand in hand. My sister had her second baby just 13 months ago and is still nursing above all. Helen referred to the marathon as a relief from running with the double stroller for so long. I think they are incredible and wanted to get a shout out.

Andrew's sister, Elizabeth, was just named captain of her cheer squad in Connecticut. Not only is she the cutest one out there, but she is a true leader for her team. I'm glad we got to see her perform here recently.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My niece Abby...

is so beautiful and full of creative personality. You see a little bit of it here. I'm not a self proclaimed photographer by any means. I just got out my camera when we were in Anthropologie and she knew just what to do.


love the serious face

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

20 things about my lover...

1. Sometimes at night when I can’t fall asleep, I’ll say ‘Tell me a story.’ Andrew says, ‘Do you want a childhood story, mission story, or made up story?” He proceeds from there.

2. Prefers Gatorade over water

3. Collects soccer jerseys.

4. Andrew is a very ‘efficient driver.’ It makes me visibly nervous at times and he claims, “I’m a New Yorker."

5. He adores his nieces and nephew--going to be a great daddy.

6. Reminisces about his mission in London often...holds his experiences there dear to his heart.

7. Sportcenter makes for good ‘background music’ when he studies or working on homework at his desk.

8. I love how he is proactive about getting his hair cut. Before I even notice, he will recognize it is ‘long’ and get an appointment. I love that my husband is so clean cut.

9. Takes the lead with planning a date night each week.

10. Super supportive of all my interests and desires. For example: We went to 4 different Anthropolgies in the past 1 week’s time. He never complained. Just simply found the couch and settled until I was done looking around.

11. He takes the initiative to call my grandmother occasionally and say hello. She loves him too!

12. He assumes the best in people and is quick to give another the benefit of the doubt. His love for others takes precedence over another’s fallacy, anger, or shortcoming. He really elevates me here by encouraging me to do the same.

13. I don’t think I’ve checked the mail once since we were married. Okay, this past summer I did because he was absent. But he is quick to check the mail on his way back to campus. Small thing. But for me who really doesn’t like to check the mail, it’s so wonderful.

14. He likes to eat out as much as I do. I go on spurts where I plan and cook a good bit and then other droughts where I feel like eating out because work is over my head and the last thing I want to do is cook. He is flexible either way—never complains about it.

15. He calls me periodically throughout the day to check up on me at work. I’m dependent on his calls before his classes and when he gets out. The intervals really break up my day nicely.

16. He’s never questioned a manicure or pedicure or suggested that we could save up in that department.

17. He wears Timberlands and Redwing boots. So hot!

18. When I’m on the road for work, he talks me to sleep at night on the phone.

19. I talk in my sleep a ton. Andrew loves quoting me and telling me all about it when I wake up. He finds it so amusing.

20. I'm infatuated with his good looks. The end!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

You're invited...
Want to come take a peak at what my life is all about? We're having a warehouse sale where we're actually selling to the public. Generally we're the supplier to the retail store. But we've got some overstock and slightly defected goods that you can get for super cheap. So we're open to the public.
We've got a great gift wrap line that we are discontinuing and closoing out. You can get all sorts of thematic bags, rolls, and tissue paper for nothing.
We're the king of ribbon in the creative industry and are swiming in your basic cardstock that you need to do anyting. We manufactuer pens, pens, and more pens.
So here's the deal...
Becuase you're a friend or a family, you can come this Thursday and get first dibs on all our goodies. But will you shoot me a text or give me a call when you come so I can come say 'hello.' I love getting an office break. And no, they won't be asking for your name or who you know so spread the word and join the fun you crafty Utah people you.