Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last minute adventures

Sunday night at 11:00, I decided El Dorado Hills and San Francisco sounded a lot better than Provo. So I changed my flight and off I went.

I've never been further north in California than LA. I was amazed by all of the different climates there. We went for a drive to the snow, I was wearing flats so this is about as far into the snow we went.

We went exploring and found this old gold mine, again I had NO idea that it was so green in Sacramento. Beautiful!
On Tuesday we spent the afternoon in San Francisco! I've never been here before, and it was such an adventure. I've never seen that many homeless people in my life. I'm happy I got to go when it was decorated for Christmas in Union Square.

It was a little bit wet and rainy, but combine a little rain with walking all day and you get me with soaked hair. We hung in there till the sun went down but then it just got super cold.

This is a park in Jonathan's neighborhood, look at that view! And that grass! I learned something about this kiddo. He is 100% in love with his dog. I've never seen him as happy as he was when he would play with her.

Jonjon working on his photography skills.

Self portrait fail :) Too much zoom!

Again, the boy with his dog. So happy.

After a fun couple days, the journey home began. After 12 hours, 3 flight delays, getting stuck in the snow once I got to Provo, and calling a tow truck at 3 in the morning, I finally made it home. What a day. I had such a fun Christmas in Arizona, a great adventure in California, but it's always nice to come sleep in my own bed and get back to the grind.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Utah, no way!

Remember how I said I didn't want to go to Utah in the morning?

Well change of plans, looks like I don't have to after all. Stay tuned.

Holiday traditions

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Here are a few of mine:

1. Gift giving

2. Secret Santa gift exchanges

3. Playing with the train under my parents' tree

4. Gingerbread house contests

5. Making gingersnaps (don't mind the math related decor', or the xbox controler)

6. Going to see the lights at the Mesa temple

7. Christmas carols

8. The shepherds dinner with my family. We all dress up as shepherds and eat things that they might have eaten back in the day.

I'm not ready to go back to Utah tomorrow :(

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Home for the holidays

First order of business:
My nephew Parker and my new niece Veda are the loves of my life. I want to play with them all day everyday. Seriously.

Parker being SO excited with the toy dinosaur

Me and Veda out to lunch, she is such a little social butterfly and gets to go out on the town
Acey and his baby in a manger. Are you kidding me, this is adorable.

Aunt Teddy and Aunt Willi with the little snuggles
I don't ever want to leave them!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Just 4 more days

"we women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. we have
to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is
comfortable for us. we have to develop the maturity to stop trying
to prove something. we have to learn to be content with what we

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Remember this post? Still working on it. E always seems to post things
I've been feeling too, and it gives me strength in numbers.

Happy Sunday, 4 more days until I can go home to thisand this

Monday, December 6, 2010

And more hair

There's something great about having multiple friends who A: can do hair, and B: are much more stylish than myself so they can make me look presentable.

Thanks Japes for adding more color melting to my hair

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


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