Wednesday, August 31, 2011

oh happy day

i have an overwhelming feeling of love and happiness this morning! 
i guess its one of those days where your high spirits just keep getting higher.
here are two sweet messages from two blogs that started this day off good. 

thank you both for the 'good morning' feeling. 
i hope i was able to pay this feeling forward. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

wanna know a secret?

collin and i have something in the works...
that will soon be announced...
but its not quite ready. 

intrigued yet?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

lets travel together

the map above our table looked a little boring without a bunting banner. so i decided to make it one.

what you'll need:
-fabric of your choice 
-letter stamps/ink (or even easier then that, a pen to hand write your letters)
-needle and thread


combined all that and you get this:
pretty cute, eh?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

folks, id like you to meet elle

the element. the newest edition to our family! we have been waiting for 3 months (not so patiently) to welcome her to our family. 

poor elle was in an accident and while she was getting all fixed up, our car gave out on us. fortunately the dealership we were getting her from used to employ Collin so his old boss let us drive around some of the cars on his lot in the mean time! (which was exciting but got frustrating at times)
in the last three months, you could have spotted us in a:

silver four runner
ford escape 
buick (one of those old ones where jude could have sat up front with us)
mitsubishi, again
and last but not least a red four runner

exhausting i know. but FINALLY we got our cute little elle. and she was definitely worth the wait. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

10 seasons just wasn't enough

oh friends, 
i sure miss you. you brought so much laughter to my life, and tummy aches from laughing too hard. 
thank you for the ten years of entertainment! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the boy i love in vintage stills

isn't my sweeties young-en self darling? 
the puckered lips in picture one are my favorite!
(and that bowl cut in photo two.. he he)

i sometimes wish i knew you back then, Collin. back when we could have passed notes back and forth to each other while blushing like little kids in love do. i would have told you that i hope our future babies turn out just like you... sure glad Jude did.
love you sweetie

dear, hooded towel baby

your much too cute for your own good.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


For our formal night on our cruise, I put this outfit together and have everything except the most important part... the shoes!!

Which do you like best? Option 1 or 2?

I need advice people! 
My fingers are itching to press the 'order now' button!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Jude doesn't want to be bothered while he eats this morning. 

5 things

 {urban hanging planter. What it will look like... eventually}  

{sandals from Urban that i refuse to take off}

{vintage wooden box that keeps our favorite memories safe}

 {dream catchers}

{my childhood taste-buds in a basket}
(products purchased at Many Lands in Provo)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

penne with shrimp and herbed cream sauce

this recipe is from my absolute favorite chef, Giada De Laurentiis and oh boy is it a good one!

1 pound penne pasta
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 pound of shrimp
4 cloves of garlic 
1 15-ounce can of tomatoes ruffly chopped 
1/2 cup of fresh basil and 1/2 cup of fresh parsley 
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 
1 cup white wine
3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup clam juice (I couldn't find any so I didn't use any)
1/2 cup grated parmesan 

what you'll do:
-boil the penne (with lots of salt!) until cooked to your liking.


-in a skillet add the shrimp, garlic, salt and pepper until the shrimp starts to turn pink. remove the shrimp and let them hang out on the sidelines for bit with the pasta.

-in the same skillet, add the tomatoes, basil, parsley and red pepper flakes and let it cook for a few minutes. 
-now add the wine (use a lot or a little, depending on the night. wink-wink) and heavy cream. let the sauce do its thing and thicken. 

-throw it all together, add some parmesan cheese, stir and serve.

happy cooking and bon appetit! 

first steps

(sorry, no pictures or videos this time... just BIG news!)

our munchkin took his first steps today! 

(OK, so supposedly he did for Collins parents on sunday night but that didn't count... I wasn't there to see)
but... today he took not one, not two, but three real steps! 
we've now got our hands full I know, but we couldn't be prouder!
way to go little guy! We sure love you and your cute little mobile legs.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


last night we hung out with my mom's side of the family at a cabin up in Heber. 
glad we got to spend time with all the family we hardly ever get to see!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

judes very first movie

that he picked out... all on his own :)

coconut curry shrimp

curry with only 5 ingredients.
thanks 5 Ingredient Fix! you work wonders.

1 14oz can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of fresh lime
1 tablespoon (i snuck in a little more) of curry powder 
2 teaspoons of ginger
1 pound of shrimp
we added rice to pour it over.. so I lied.. 6 ingredients.
(salt doesn't count, its a staple)

with the rice, i let it simmer with lime juice and ginger to give it the same flavors as the curry. 

in a pot, mix the coconut milk, lime juice, curry and ginger. bring it to a low boil and then let it simmer until it thickens up a bit.

add the shrimp, let them turn pink.

serve and devour.