Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just Because

I just think he is so stinkin' cute. It sounds silly to say, but Tyler is a sweetheart. He loves giving kisses. He has cuddle time with Mommy every morning. He gets very concerned when something unfortunate happens to anyone and he has to alert me, even if it's just on TV. I love his little personality that is developing as he gets older, and I get to know him better everyday.

I love you, Little Man!

Pool Party!

We threw a party at my Uncle Craig's pool last week for all our friends in the ward.

We sent summer out with a splash...

...and we're welcoming the cold! Wednesday's high is 54 degrees!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reds in L.A.?

As I was dashing through the front doors of the grocery store, a nice looking man stopped me and proceeded to start the strangest conversation I've ever had.

"Excuse me, ma'am?"


"Why do all these people treat us like we're from Los Angeles?"

"Um...Los Angeles?"

"Yeah! They take one look at you and treat you like you're a communist! Can you believe that?" And with that, he rode off on his bicycle.

So hear this, all you Commies in L.A! You may think it's a party, but Weird Bike Guy is onto your game.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Black Friday?

My good friend Tiffany agreed to be my partner in crime at 5:00 AM this morning outside of the Provo Robert's Crafts. The first 50 customers got a free $25 gift card! Since most of Provo is poor college students, we figured we needed to get there extra early to be in the first 50.

Here we are, #1 and #2 in line! I think it took at least another hour and a half for the line to get to 50 people.

Tiffany and her well-earned gift certificate!

Here's my loot! I was really into all the Halloween and Thanksgiving decor for some reason. We don't have a lot of decorations for this time of year, but I think that celebrating the little things in life like season changes and the first day of the month and silly holidays like Pirate Day and Pi Day makes everyday life new and exciting for your family.

At any rate, I bought more than I should have. I think sleep deprivation may have been a part of that decision making process.

This actually says "Give Thanks," although we do love us some Tom Hanks.

There were a few smaller things, but the minute they entered our home, they disappeared.

I think he knows something.

PS: Our lovely neighbors are hosting another party tonight. I'm really glad they're making a habit of this. And just to shake it up tonight, they've been honking their car horns and they've played "Gimme Gimme More" three times already. Love it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mahana, you ugly! Get out of that tree!

Tahitian Noni threw Provo's biggest summer party to thank all the employees and to awe/lure passersby into becoming new MLM salespeople. Scott Christopher was the LDS celebrity of the party, which was awesome:

(He's the convert in The Best Two Years)

They had bounce houses, pony rides, outsourced sand sculptures (they brought this guy in from Montana just to do this!), security and a LIST, and the food: a frozen daiquiri bar, a waffle bar, all you can eat filet mignon
, and way too much other food.

But I think the best part was the fact that Tahitian Noni has real-life Polynesians that they call out "whenever they need Polynesians." This was one of those occasions; they needed traditional islanders to pose for pictures with the guests.

Tyler rather liked them and their headdresses, which he called hats.

Friday, September 11, 2009

simple joys in tyler's life

Oh, the wonders of an accordion box...(don't look at our unmade bed.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Presents and Sushi

McKay's birthday was packed this year, partly because I love him, and partly because his previous two birthdays were overshadowed and forgotten by (1) Tyler's birth and (2) Tyler first birthday, and I feel guilty about that. So this year was mammoth.

Presents included:

snorkeling gear

for our Christmas/Graduation present to ourselves. There's no picture of the actual present because I was too excited about the next one, which was...

an accordion!

Now, I know you're all thinking what a strange and random person I am. But remember:

  • McKay has always been fascinated by accordions.

  • For the first birthday of McKay's that we celebrated as married people, I got him an accordion rental for a month, and he loved it.

  • Every time we go to Ottavio's, we have to get a picture of Keith, the accordion player who works there.

  • And everytime he sees one for sale, he gets this wistful look in his eyes.
So it was fate when I saw this just before his birthday.

Tyler also loved it, and was desperate to push the buttons.

That night we went out for sushi:

I love when McKay's birthday rolls around because our very first date happened to be on his birthday in 2005. It always reminds me how lucky I am to be married to him, and how much I love him, and how glad I am that that he didn't run away when he found out how old I was.

I love you!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Happy birthday, baby dude. Today you turn 26. I met you four years ago today. I knew September 7 would be a special day for the rest of my life.

You make my forever a party.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Our obnoxious single neighbors threw an obnoxious singles party tonight.

9:30: Lame rap music starts blaring.

10:30: Cops show up and tell them to be quiet.

10:35: Music turns back on.

11:00: McKay and I take the law into our own hands. We removed our wedding rings and walked into the party house and stole their party food.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Eight Inches Later...

I did it!

It feels so light and healthy and new, and I love it! And it takes ten minutes to do, vs. over an hour.

Bonus: Since I cut it, no one has asked if Tyler is my little brother, if I'm applying to BYU when I graduate high school, etc.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fall's a coming.

(pictures from last fall)

I get more excited with each season's passing this year, because we are one season closer to being finished with school. But it does make me a little sad. I really love fall in Utah.

This will be our last fall with:

orange and yellow mountains
crisp evening walks through campus
hot apple cider from the creamery
cool mornings at farmers market
perfect afternoons at the neighborhood park

We're excited to move on with our lives, but I'm starting to think I'll miss our old life here. I'm going to savor it this year.

Tyler will watch its passing with a bag of chips. And a protective scowl.