Friday, November 30, 2012


We had a rare moment occur where both Jake and I had a free night during the week so we went out.  I've heard raves about Cubby's in Provo and Jake wasn't opposed to place that included Chicago Beef in the description.  I got the Tri Tip Steak Salad (oh yum) and Jake got the Dragonslayer Burger, naturally with a side of sweet potato fries.  Myer just liked exploring.  Cubby's got our vote!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

the night the lights turned on

What's Christmas without Temple Square lights?  And to even be there when they turn them on?  That is truly ringing in the season watching millions of twinkle lights turn on at the same time.  Magic.  I've never been a part of that before, and didn't know it was a "thing" but apparently it is because there was a good crowd there.  New tradition perhaps?

Myer only sat in the stroller if his cousin Navy was right next to him.  During our stroll, he kept smiling at her, patting her blanket, and laughing at her.  Navy kept asking, "yeww otay?".  Gosh it was sweet.  And only Aunt Jamie could push the stroller, I would get in trouble if I even tried.  Myer likes things a certain way.

Oh, and we saw the beautiful windows at Macey's and talk about reviving an old love (remember the ZCMI windows?)  My favorite part of Salt Lake at Christmas.  Let Christmas begin!  I'm ready!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

the thanksgiving dinner

A few things:
1. Jake is participating in "Movember" (No-Shave-November) hence the beard.  He says he's doing it for charity and that he'll accept any kind of donation.
2. The only thing Myer understood about this holiday was that turkeys "gobble" and potatoes aren't apples. These things make him laugh.
3. Playing with trucks help pass the time while waiting for the bird to cook
4. I've never been trusted baking anything for this feast--so I am the designated salad maker.  And I take it to heart.  This year I made a homemade cranberry dressing which was oh so yummy.
5. I eat two slices of pie.

Who knew Thanksgiving could be summed up so well?  Until next year...

Monday, November 26, 2012

wedding wednesday

I love when weddings give us an excuse to hang out as a family.
Even my New Mexico sister and her husband.

(Not pictured are my brothers Cooper and Oakley)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


This Thanksgiving I am grateful for all that we have, even if it's not much.  Our past year has thrown us a few loops but at least I have my home and other shallow items I could list off unlike those people who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. 

And I'm grateful this season to be a part of a church that understands that no matter how little or how much you have, it is important to help.  We are all here with our own battles and trials, and a helping hand goes a long way.  We've appreciated the paid-for groceries, dinners, free babysitters, and cheap and/or free double dates.  (you know who you are).  Thank you.  Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.
jake, bryton, & myer

video found here by Joshua Brown

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

thank you bijou

This is all I bought you ask?
No, believe it or not, I actually bought Christmas presents this year.

Yes, well I like to surprise every once in a while
which why I'm not posting pictures of what I bought.
Stocking Stuffers!!

Thanks for another great year bijou!
Can't wait to hang up my Party Tassels.
Ho ho ho!

Monday, November 19, 2012

over the hill

Had to visit the all talked about new Traverse Mountain Outlet Mall this weekend.  With it all decked out in Christmas wreaths and trees, it was quite the opening.  I can't believe that the holidays are almost here.  We'll talk about that later, but I loved the twinkle lights nonetheless.  We are excited, or in trouble, with these outlets are so close.  As much as I love Park City, I love saving on gas too.  I'm thinking I'm in trouble with those so close to me...ya, trouble.

Friday, November 16, 2012

sign the line

 Hi friends!

I need your John Hancock,
stamp, autograph, mark,
on this petition to officially recognize American Sign Language
as a community language and a language of instruction in schools.
Being a teacher, this is kinda important.
I appreciate your time.
If you were one of my students, I'd even give you extra credit.

 Petition here
Art by Chuck Baird titled "Support"

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bijou Market

Like I need to advertise this anymore than I have over the years.
(click here if you're so inclined)
I'll just see you there.

Friday night, girls night!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

insta update

1. prayer  2. calling customer support
3. i.d. badge  4. mornings
5. traffic in the kitchen  6. A.F. football game
7. Apple Tree  8. Mexican hot dogs
9. brushing teeth  10. fall break happy feet
11. dusting  12. homemade wreath
13. Eating apples  14. date night
15. neighborhood bus driver  16. pink cords
17. knee high slippers  18. Sunday picnic
19. Mrs. Morse the Cat  20. birthday balloons

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

his side of the story

"Mom, it was this big..."
"...and it fell over there and made it all white."
at least I think that's what he was saying.

Monday, November 12, 2012

hi, snow.

We welcomed the first snowfall.
With a dance.

Glad you're here.
Stay awhile.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

just a friendly reminder

to VOTE!
and dance.

bryton & myer

Monday, November 5, 2012

and then I blew out my candles

Bring it on 26.

Friday, November 2, 2012

first time doing the trick-o-treat thing

Kachow! Our little McQueen just loved the idea of getting a prize each time he knocked on a door. What a novel idea. And his pit crew didn't mind the left over candy either.  How fun to be trick-or-treating again, and to see it through such new eyes.  

We're having a hard time now knocking on doors and not getting a steps.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

painting pumpkins

I am still trying to catch up from my busy week last week, so this post is a little late considering it is no longer the month of October.  It's November.  But while we were celebrating the sacred month of October over here, we painted pumpkins.  Jake had to out-do us and carve his (a spider) while M and I had fun with color.  To my surprise, Myer did so well!  He busily worked beside us and is proud of his work each time he sees it on the porch.  He calls Jake's "scareee" and mine "mama's".  So smart that kid.
 The finished product! I'm so proud of our little door step.  
Miss you October!