Tuesday, December 7, 2010

i heart ... hello, cupcake!

i  love this book!
i can look through it over and over again
dreaming of the next cupcakes i'm going to make.

these pandas are the first i attempted.
i made them to celebrate paulina and thomas' birthdays.
when paulina was a baby i called her my baby panda.

in october i made these owl cupcakes.
they are my favorite!
brennan and kaitlyn helped me decorate these.

for thanksgiving i made these turkeys.
like i said before,
they were a nightmare to decorate.
thank heavens i'd already had good experiences with the pandas and the owls.
if these turkeys were the first i'd tried
from hello, cupcake!
i'm not sure i'd try any more ever again!!!


Friday, December 3, 2010

i heart ... thanksgiving

thanksgiving was great, as usual.

how can you go wrong with thanksgiving?
it's the best!
(well, besides Christmas 'cause of course that's really the best!)
just look at the joy on people's faces!
(sierra's gonna kill me for using this picture, but i love it!)


for thanksgiving dinner i made bobby flay's
i don't even like brussels sprouts,
but i saw flay make this on "throwdown" with the pioneer woman
and for some weird reason i had to try it!
and surprise, i loved it!
even the other people who said they don't like brussels sprouts
loved it!
(or they were lying.  not sure.)
i am so making this again!
(oh, and the photo is from a feast for the eyes
because i didn't get a picture of my own dish
which is so sad because it was beautiful!)

for dessert i made paula deen's
it was so easy,
but even more important it was really good.

and last, but certainly not least,
i made
"larry the turkey" cupcakes
they were a nightmare to make, but they did taste good.
i've made other cupcakes from this book
and they were enjoyable to make,
but i really hated larry!


Monday, October 25, 2010

i heart ... canada geese

okay, i don't really "heart" canada geese,
but i liked this little experience with canada geese.

so, i was with my cousin cy at the restoring honor rally

(along with 3 aunts, an uncle and some cousins-in-law if there is such a thing).

it was exactly 10am and just the time for the rally to start.
all of the sudden people started clapping and we were like,
"what in the heck?"

then we saw the geese.

we were like, "these people must be really bored
 if they're excited about some canada geese."

then we had this whole discussion about how they are really called
canada geese
canadian geese
like everyone calls them
but how we feel stupid calling them "canada geese" in public
because people think we're the stupid ones...
but really they're the stupid ones.

so that was our conversation.

then i came home from the rally
and i saw this:

now i understand the clapping!
that fly over really was amazing.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

i heart... the restoring honor rally

i was so happy to be able to go to the
restoring honor rally
in washington, d.c. on 8/28

it was as wonderful as i'd hoped it would be.
it was such an uplifting experience to be with so many people
of all different backgrounds, but all like minded.

there were two themes to the rally:
to honor the troops
to restore honor to America
by looking to God.

my favorite quote was,
"we as individuals need to be good,
so America can be great."
the Founders knew that the Constitution could only work
if Americans were good moral people.
we need to get back to that.

here is an article from the wall street journal
that represents the rally as i experienced it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

i heart ... the gila valley temple

i went with stacy and her family to the

our first view of the temple
was the night before our tour.
it was soooo exciting to drive down the highway,
in the pitch black, in the middle of nowhere,
and then to come upon the temple all lit up!

as we were getting ready in the morning
before our tour,
thomas was running around saying,
"temple, temple, temple..."
it was cute to see how excited he was.
and of course we sang
"i love to see the temple"
with him.

almost as exciting as seeing the new temple
was seeing our uncle rusty's campaign signs around town!!!
if you live in congressional district 1,
vote for rusty!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

i heart ... olivia

i have a new niece!
isn't she beautiful?!

you would just die if you could feel her hair!
like feathers!
the softest thing in the history of the world!

natalie & olivia
natalie was beyond excited to see olivia for the first time.
she is already such a good big sister to paulina.


unfortunately i don't have a picture of paulina with olivia.
paulina was more interested in another aunt's french fries
than she was in her new sister.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

i heart ... girls' days

every time shelby visits,
i'm like, "so what do you wanna do?"
and this time she said,
"i wanna have a girls' day!"

duh! why don't we do this every time she comes?

so first we went to lunch at tia rosa's. brennan, sierra & shelby

i usually get the salmon tacos,
but this time i tried the salmon enchiladas with avocado sauce.
oh my gosh it was so good!
and definitely better than it looks in this picture!
next stop,
scottsdale fashion square.

look!  brennan and Shelby match the
 tory burch storefront.

we were all in love with this trench coat!
i wish you could see better the ruffles at the bottom.
we even had to go back to burberry to admire it a little more!
(and look! there's hermione!)

and we couldn't go to fashion square
without going to

next, brennan thought it would be fun to go to the
mesa arts center.
but first we picked up thomas.
he loves that place!

it's a great place for baby exercise.

translating for thomas,
"mmm... this reclaimed sewer water is so yummy!"

what's really sad is that i had never noticed
these wind chimes before.
i guess that's because the wind never blows here.
but it was blowing this day and i was so in love with these!

the end.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

i heart ... easter

this easter was the best ever!

for two reasons:

#1 stephanie's family came
#2 general conference

on the thursday before easter
stephanie called to say they were coming from utah for spring break.
they wanted to get out of the cold and come some place warm.


first we watched conference...

then between sessions we ate outside with the orange blossoms...

then we had an easter egg hunt...

for dessert we had these cute cupcakes
that brennan and shelby helped me decorate.
unfortunately they weren't as good as they looked.
how sad!

after conference we went to visit our grandmothers.
first stop was nana's house
where i saw natalie & paulina in their easter dresses...

and where paulina & thomas played "kissing cousins"...

and samuel entertained everyone with "ode to joy" on the piano...

and samuel and natalie showed off their reading skills!

next stop was grandma's house
where samuel entertained us with, what else -
"ode to joy"!
he's a pro at that one!

and finally, we went for a walk around the temple!

and that was my perfect, best ever easter!