Thursday, February 24, 2011

A force to be reckoned with...

I hated to hear about the terrible quake in Christchurch, New Zealand with 100+ casualties. I can't get my mind around these natural disasters that have taken so many innocent lives and caused so many to suffer.

The tall tower of the Cathedral toppled and is completely destroyed. 

Christchurch has such historic charm with an amazing downtown area. Andrew and I just hung out in the centre watching the locals meet up after work while the old red tram cars made their stops. Recent pictures show debris piled up throughout the downtown area. 

I found this pic online of the local Culture Center that used to be Canterbury University. We had lunch here in the cutest cafe. Like some of the other buildings, it's a Gothic Revival structure with a courtyard located in the middle. There was the most amazing fudge factory with an 'all you can eat tour' in a section of the building as well. It was full of specialty shops with unique crafts, soaps, and so forth. 

 Gondola rides on the Avon River. The Botanical Gardens are currently have refugee camps and stations set up. It's hard to imagine the chaos as that was such a peaceful romantic place for us. 

God speed those suffering and preservation efforts of this great city.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mardi Gras & King Cakes...

I haven't been to a Mardi Gras since high school. No, we don't get a Mardi Gras break here in Utah that allows us to celebrate in preparation for Lent. Nor do we have a stack of King Cake's for sale at the front of our grocery store. But my kind parents are always good about sending a cake every year through this company. It comes overnight and is extremely tasty. 

Kellee & I actually met last year for the first time over a King Cake. She got the baby in her piece, so as custom goes... she had to bring the next king cake. 

FedEx'ed and ready.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bow/Hair Tie...

Everyone has their own style, and it's fitting for them. We're all different in our own way; so I can't say their are many who I would want to adopt their wardrobe as mine own. My soon to be sister is one of the rare few. She wore a pin strip blazer the other night with a bow-tie in her hair. Love and adoration on so many levels here...

Miss Kellee Marie

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Colorful doors in London...

It feels like Spring today here in Utah which is hard to believe with all the snow that is on the ground with more yet to come.  It was warm enough to walk to church and so pleasant to do so. After our experience this summer, we returned to Utah motivated to walk a bit more and not be so quick to use a car. After all, we live right across from a grocery and still manage to drive there too often. Our church is a good 30-40 minute walk. But 'walking and talking' makes for some of the best conversations.  So I've been listening to this song on replay all day and thought it would be nice to go through some summer pics. 

Isn't this place adorable? When we ate out, we were mostly browsing for something new (or else Andrew would go with Nando's by default). We walked up on this place and couldn't resist. It was actually a more formal pizzeria. 

London has some old architecture for sure. But it's hard to differentiate between the different flats because a block might consist of just one big building that is sectioned off for many flats. People try to define their home and set it a part through a unique door. 


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac....

Y yes I would wear these...
 I assume PETA safe

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Utah Jazz & Jerry Sloan...

 Last night, we went to the Jazz game with Andrew's Grandpa and Uncle. I haven't been to a game in over 5 years, and this was Drew's and mine first Jazz game together. So we were grateful for the invite and a chance to be with Grandpa. We insisted on treating Grandpa to dinner before. All he wanted was Crown Burger and even then he had to pay. He's the dearest man full of so much wisdom. 

One of the many blocked shots.

Andrew explained to me the Jazz/Boozer dynamics on our drive down to SLC. I've heard a little about it as the girl on the Bachelor had an affair with him. Can't say I watch the Bachelor, but I've heard the dialog between friends.

I had trouble focusing on each possession because of everything going on all around me. Let me just say, I've never seen so many stereotypical Utah women in one centralized demographic in my life. And I don't mean that rude, but it's true. Even if you don't care for bball, it's an event full of entertainment. 

When I watch an NBA game, I find myself looking up where each player went to college.  I only knew of Paul Millsap prior. He is the starting forward for the Jazz. We are from the same hometown and graduated from high-school (diff. high-schools) the same year. I remember him averaging like 23 boards a game. He went to Louisiana Tech and look at him now. Small town boy. 

While Andrew was getting treats, Grandpa and I had a heart to heart at halftime talking about life, jobs, and this book. Meanwhile, Jerry Sloan and players were having a bit of a show down there in the locker room I learned today.  It's hard to believe that after 23+ years with the Jazz, last night was his last game as coach.  I did make a comment to Andrew last night that I thought it was weird that the coach was sitting the entire game. I guess I missed the 2 times he stood up that later I read in an article. There were conflicts of interest between ownership, coach, and D. Wills, the star player. But Sloan was very tight lip about it in today's press conference. 

Dunno the name of the guy sitting below but this was right after a flagrant foul that fans thought he should have been thrown out over. 

Starting them young...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cotton field...

This was a familiar sight I took for granted as a child. I lived out in the country next to a cotton field until I was 4 years old. Couldn't be more grateful for the move but cherish the handful of memories I have there. 
pic from a random site here 

Monday, February 7, 2011

It's official...

My brother Harold is engaged to Kellee Marie. Couldn't be more happy for the two of them. I'm thrilled to have her in the family. 

& she was completely surprised

Love to see the temple...

St. George a few weeks ago. 
Built in 1871.

Monopoly Room...

Andrew's best friend from home has the neatest play room in his house. The walls resemble a monopoly board perfectly. Clever idea-- Here are a few phone pics. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yes to this dress...

I just might have to wear this to my brother's wedding this Spring. 

Dress found here

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Police Beat...

I hardly missed a day reading the Daily Universe when I was a student at the Y. Andrew will surprise me with a paper when he remembers sometimes. There is a BYU app where I can read most of the articles. It includes the Police Beat that continues to crack me up.  I wasted far too much time the other night as I clicked through reading the past few months worth. Here were a few highlights...

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I've been exploring photographers in Monroe, Louisiana here recently in preparation for my auntie's wedding this Spring. I found the following pics on Steven Myers site. This dress has to be the most beautiful above all that I've seen. 

I have a new favorite wedding dress; imagine that. 

Hundreds Attend Global Warming Protest...

 The wind chill here was zero degrees the other day. Across all demographics here in the states, I think everyone is having an unusual go of it. Louisiana getting snow is super abnormal. And sister-in-law in Connecticut having ample amounts of snow days.

This picture has been circulating all over the internet. I thought it was clever so wanted to include.