Monday, November 30, 2009


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Brandon and I had a wonderful time in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, it was so nice to spend some quality time together and to know the kids were being taken care of here at home [thanks Mom & Dad.]

The highlights:

- watching the amazing sunsets over and over and over

- we stayed in an open air villa which was gorgeous and had amazing views

- the home included a chef who made us amazing meals

- fish tacos & ceviche [three times it was so good], best carne asada ever, lobster, flan [three times, hmmmm], suckling pig [don't judge me, it was delicious!]

- the infinity salt water pool

- going to church and understanding almost nothing

- learning how to haggle with the vendors

- the zip lines, wheeeeee!

- celebrating Brandon's 37th birthday at Le Kliff

- walking the Malecon

- geckos galore in the house

- Baskin Robbins [three times]

- going to the movies at a crazy awesome theater

- 2012 [awesome!] and Luna Nueva [a sold out crowd of screaming teenage Mexicans]

- tanning on the balcony, then jumping in the pool... repeatedly

- discovering the beautiful lush landscape of this tropical city

The lowlights:

- huge spiders... in my bedroom, yeah... not too cool

- getting seasick in the ocean

- gaining 5 pounds

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hasta amigos.

Brandon and I are headed to sunny Mexico and will be back in a week. I will have so much catching up to do when I return. We had a ward party on Friday, Lily's birtday bash on Saturday, and Elder Holland today.

To those of you still waiting on your November mixes, I apologize. I will mail them as soon as I get home with a little somethin' extra.

Be back soon!

Friday, November 13, 2009


- breakfast of choice in this household.

seeing the everyday [a week in pictures] - day five

inspired by Lindsay

Thursday, November 12, 2009

lego land.

- Ethan and Lily's late night lego creation.

seeing the everyday [a week in pictures] - day four

inspired by Lindsay

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

lazy. laundry.

- no school. sleeping in. lazy. laundry. love it.

seeing the everyday [a week in pictures] - day three

inspired by Lindsay

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

a winning recipe.

- double delight peanut butter cookies
for family home evening last night
... tempting me today.

seeing the everyday [a week in pictures] - day two

inspired by Lindsay

Monday, November 9, 2009

girly girl.

- my bathroom countertop

seeing the everyday [a week in pictures] - day one

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Winners

This month's mix winners:

#12 - Jodi M.
#10 - M&E
#3 - Karen W.
#21 - Kim W.
#1 - Amy C.

Congrats Ladies!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good Things:

Some things on my mind today...

Danyelle and Molly are hosting a calendar swap over at My Favorite Things and I've signed up... you should too... and if you get my name in the swap, well, here's a little hint... I love this one...oh, and this one.

I always dread planning and executing birthday parties, but my recently renewed creative mojo is making Lily's upcoming 8th birthday bash much more enjoyable to plan. The ideas are a'flowin! The pic above is a little sneak peek at her invites.

My talented sister in law Nancie has started her own cleaning business and isn't her advertisement adorable? If you know her, then you know this fits her to a "T." Need help cleaning for the holidays? Moving in or out? Call Nan! She's really good. And my brother Mitch's photo shop skills are sweet, huh?

On my mind constantly is what our family will be wearing in some upcoming family pictures. Trying not to be too matchy-matchy, but still coordinated. Here's the color scheme I've come up with. Check out the talented photographer
we'll be using.

Oh and finally, don't forget to enter this months giveaway before tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


A winning trio this morning:

+ a beautiful, foggy morning
+ Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song"
+ piping hot candy cane tea

++ are you craving some Christmas tunes?
listen here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good Things

Can't even begin to tell you how much I love this brilliant idea.
Filing it away in my steel trap...


Monday, November 2, 2009

November Mix

My top-10 faves from this mix:

1. Made for Glory - Landon Pigg. Obviously, this song inspired the mix and the lyrics just got me the moment I heard them.
2. Dying Day - Brandi Carlile. Another song that I've replayed over and over.
3. Spilt Milk - Kristina Train. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
4. Beautiful Day - Miranda Lee Richards. This song is from the film "Adam." I am counting down the days to see this movie.
5. Satellites - Matthew Perrymore Jones. This song is my favorite release so far from Brite artist MPJ.
6. On the Stage - Kate Walsh. LOVE everything about this song.
7. Passenger - Daniel Ellsworth. Another Brite artist. I have been so pleased with my $4.99 a month membership to Brite Revolution because I've netted so many awesome tracks from so many incredible [lesser known] artists. Go check it out.
8. The Violet Hour - Sea Wolf. My favorite track from the New Moon soundtrack. It rocks.
9. Family Tree - Charlie Hardin. A Brite artist again, and such a great one too. I love this song.
10. Dreams-Come-True-Girl - Cass McCombs. "You're not my dream girl, you're not my reality girl, you're my dreams-come-true-girl." Such great lyrics.

Want to win this mix? Since it's November, comment once by Friday, Nov. 6th, 9am and tell me what you're grateful for. Winners will be announced Friday! Please don't forget to include your e-mail address.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Journaling note: Had to take many pictures because the sun was shining in Lily's face and she was having a hard time keeping her eyes open, and Ethan objects to giving a toothy smile. In the end, my favorite picture is the top candid photo in which Ethan is showing wiggle-worm Lily where to look because she was having a very hard time focusing on the camera. Lovely little photo shoots.

Madeline and Jocelyn chose not to dress up this year...fine with me! Brandon and I were discussing that we only have about 4-5 more years of costumes.

I'm excited for November. Lots of fun stuff ahead.