Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Things We Do for the People We Love

92+ hours in the car!  Lincoln and I drove to Ohio (14 hours), then immediately hopped aboard the big red van and drove another 32+.  Along the way, I picked up a Pittsburgh "You Are Here" mug, and got so excited about it that I totally missed the next exit direction and we detoured through the backroads of Pennsylvania for nearly a half hour!
My little brothers are nuts.  What a blast we all had together!  As you can see, Evan (far left) is doing great is well recovered from his brain surgery.  Its good to see him as his normal self :)

We met up with the lucky duck and his lap child who got to fly in for the weekend!  We had a fun mini-family vacation around Vegas for a day, and that night we all met up for the wedding dinner:
 I can't tell you how much this picture warms my heart!  The three of us oldest siblings with our spouses!  Oh how I love my two newest sisters!
 The next morning at the temple!  There's nothing like a beautiful temple marriage to fill you with sunshine, and like the sealer said, be reminded about what really matters in this life!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Video Time

Here are two goodies from Christmas.

Parley has some creepy Uncles:

And Lincoln is still preeeeetty unintelligible when he gets excited:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hey February

I'd like to welcome myself back into the world of family blogging once more.  I don't know how time slips away so fast, but then who really reads this anyways.  Perhaps you didn't even notice a 3-week leave.

News: I've now joined the rest of the grown-up world and am the proud owner of a smartphone.  Jason got tired of my calling him with things like, "Help, I'm lost!" or "Hey, can you look up what time they close?" or "Can you check my email and see if....".  The latest thing to rock my world is my introduction to Instagram (follow me:, so here is a blog post of what we've been up to via those cute, boxy, overly-filtered pictures:

 Diana took us on a field trip to the Aquarium!  Touching sharks and stingrays is always a hit.  Diana is so good about getting us out of the house once in a while.  If it were up to me, we wouldn't step foot outdoors till March.

 Occasional sewing orders keep my evenings occupied.  On the right is over 36 yards of curtains for a client.  I'm also working on my outfit for next week's wedding!  Lincoln and I are stoked about driving to Grandma's and caravaning-in-the-van to Vegas.

We shopped around at a 4-story antique shop in Cambridge and managed not to break or steal anything.  One weekend when Marc was visiting, we finally got around to making that double batch mix of chocolate waffles from Travis' wedding.  It made so many, we froze nearly two dozen of them.  Turns out, chocolate waffles are DELICIOUS frozen.  Who knew.
Speaking of frozen, while enduring the ridiculous temperature plummets, our pipes froze and burst one morning.  I think the kids had the hardest time with the water being shut off.  No baths?  No playing in the sink?

Lincoln is Mr. Tool Man around here.  He's taken to fixing the walls, the chairs, the couch, and every picture-holding-nail he can reach in this house.  We quickly solved his tool belt dilemma with some scraps and a utility strap.  We also got to babysit a sweet baby Grant, and I got a glimpse of just how helpful these boys could be with a little sibling, and just how jealous Parley can get!

Dandy continues to fill my world with delicious treats and incredible freebies.  (Do you love the new site logo I designed?!)  This month's favorites were this $219 Ninja blender, over $300 in clothes from Anatomie, a $140 black pearl bracelet, and a SodaStream (which we're making Diana take with her when she moves out).

We spent a weekend afternoon at the Children's Museum (on a free pass courtesy of Cambridge Associates), and the boys are super into finger painting lately.  More like finger mixing and dumping. 

I'm a little more blonde than usual lately.  Why not have some fun with it.  Now that I'm PRIMARY PRESIDENT (!) I've got to look hip for the kids, haha.  Actually, Jason's wanted me blonde for years.  But really, this new calling is a blast.  Our primary includes children from the Portuguese and Mandarin branches, so it can be a little crazy.  Glad to have Lincoln, Jason, and Diana all in Primary with me :) and at my disposal.

Other than that, we eat a lot of treats, Diana bakes us a lot of cookies, and we like to squeeze in a few more dates than usual.  I'm totally taking Jason to get our palms read this weekend.  I'm dying to know what our future holds!!!