Monday, January 12, 2015

New Years at the Woolley Cabin 2014

So, the New Year came and it was awesome. Carl and Ck invited us up to the Woolley cabin to celebrate.  There was an international theme so we both went with our ancestor's countries of origin. There were tamales and empanadas for dinner and lots of celebrating after. Not pictured: aerial fireworks and over-flowing hot tub soaking combined with crazy snow runs, barrel rolls, and snow angels. Best of the best!

Getting ready for the party.

John tied my obi with the help of a youtube video and I was impressed at his skill! I have no patience for such things.

Our kind hosts!

John: "It's like when a girl walks into church and someone's wearing the same dress as her."

Kyle with the mystery box that went BOOM!

There were also a ton of cute couple pictures that would have been too much to put in one post. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Skinners

We did family pictures with the Skinners in December. Cord's dad has an amazing collection of items in his yard that create a really fun and unique backdrop. He also has some sweet vintage cars that we'll have to get shots of next time. Fun fact: my dad and Cord's mom were in the same graduating class at Jordan High together.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

We took a walk along my old running path while we were in San Diego. John has yet to make it to the waterfall. We had to turn around halfway there to make it back in time to meet family to see the Hobbit, but the surroundings were a good prelude to the movie.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

San Diego Christmas 2014

A few pictures from our Christmas Day in San Diego. 

John talking to his parents and testing out his new wireless headphones that I gave him.  I was jealous of them on our flight back.

My parents didn't put a tree up this year so presents were piled up in the front room.

John and Jon Snow. John doesn't like toys so this was mostly a gag gift. I told him he had to put it on his desk at work so he could be "that kind of nerd". But Jon turned into Jaimie when John snapped off his hand. I guess that makes John a Bloody Mummer.

John was in charge of making the mashed potatoes and a buttermilk pie.

I did the rolls (as always). I think we made 3 batches total which yielded something like 84 rolls. I think that's a record!

My mom wanted an updated picture of the grandkids.

They're a good looking bunch!

I have a family of foodies and I think we struck gustatory gold this year with the amazing main courses, sides, and desserts. We had smoked brisket, lamb chops, and prime rib. It was a lot of meat!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Seal Family

The Seals used to be in our ward and when they moved they were sorely missed by everyone.  It was so fun being able to see them again and to see all their kids and how different they all look now that they're older, even if it makes me feel a bit older too!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dinner and a Play

On the last day in Denver during our Thanksgiving trip, John's parents took us and Stephanie and Jim out for the evening. We had dinner at an excellent restaurant downtown and went to see the musical She Loves Me which is based on the same play as You've Got Mail. It was really cute and perfect for the season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7 Drugstore Finds

In line with old post nostalgia, here's one for fun: A Drugstore List, the original way without Photoshop or Polyvore (wasn't that what everyone was using at one time?) and also because I'm too lazy to use either of those right now. I have to get back to Rory and Lorelai.

#1 - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - my everyday facial moisturizer and sometimes body lotion in the winter if the Kiehl's Creme de Corps isn't on hand. My California born skin still hasn't adjusted to these parching mountain west winters and this solves the problem for me.

#2 - Neutrogena Liquid Sunscreen - again everyday because my mom has made all of her daughters paranoid of the sun and penetrating UVA rays on overcast days. When I moved here I stopped wearing sunscreen in the winter because it's always dark but she gave me a good scolding when I told her that. My mom tells us we'll be grateful when we're her age and I think I believe her. 

#3 - Kirkland Moisturizing Shampoo (Costco) - I used to use this expensive Bumble and Bumble Quench shampoo. Again because dry Utah winters kick my butt! Dry scalp gives me dandruff and dry air gives me static and split ends.  But behold, on a visit to my parents house was this giant pump container and it worked just as well as the pricey stuff. I even noticed less frizz in San Diego. 

 #4 - Neutrogena Eye Conclear - I also like the pen form.  I know the YSL Touche Élcat is all the rage and I've tried it and it is amazing, but it runs out fast and it's too expensive for me to replace every couple of months. This has a good moisturizing coverage and it has sunscreen. Yes, more sunscreen. Thank me and my mom in 20 years.

#5 - L'oreal Shocking Extensions Mascara - I think I read about this on Garance Doré a few years ago. I (obviously) have Asian eyes which are hooded. Garance has hooded eyes too. Normal mascaras smudge all over on me but this stays in place well.  I have yet to find an eyeliner that stays put. I look like I'm the Hamburglar after a few hours if I ever put it on, even with the super waterproof gel Bobbi Brown one that's supposed to be the best.  Maybe I need to learn how to master liquid formulas.

#6 - Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub - my mom still uses good old St. Ives apricot scrub, but the grains are too course for my liking.  I like this exfoliator because it's gentle and I even use it on my lips because I can't bring myself to pay for The Lip Scrub or the Fresh Brown Sugar one. I mean those smell great but this does a good a job. So does a baby toothbrush.

#7 - More Cetaphil - I know some people like CeraVe better, but Cetaphil is my thing.  I love the cleanser for normal to oily skin as well as the regular lotion.

And lastly (and these are not from the drugstore ) . . .

I've had a few spots of deep cystic acne in the past, the kind that leaves pits and dark scars.  Even when I didn't pick at them or try to pop them they were crazy! A couple years ago I finally went to my mom's dermatologist to get some help and she suggested prescription strength Clindamycin and Benzol Peroxide gel (which is actually inexpensive) and Skin Medica Retinol Complex .25.  This combination has kept those major spots away ever since. I wonder if it's just my skin improving as I've gotten older, but even when something does pops up this combo does the trick before anything big develops that can cause scarring. I just thought I'd share in case you've ever had similar problems. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

En Memorium

Some days I kind of miss the old style of blogging that my friends and acquaintances used to do back when we were in college, newly married, or starting our first jobs after graduating.  It was those wistful posts with wish lists of the little things we'd buy if we had the money, the places we'd visit if we could, the movies we saw, the bands we heard for the first time, the food we made, our observations of the people we met, and our self-doubts and improvement goals that captivated me for hours. I also can't forget the de-lurker posts: "Reveal yourself and leave me a comment!" as well as the ones on our political views occasionally peppered with how we felt about everyone who didn't believe exactly like we did.

As we got a little older our stories morphed into paragraphs and pictures of first apartments or homes and how we decorated them, the restaurants we could now afford to eat at, our travels to big cities, life with the new hubby, and the gory birth stories which I admit I always read with a mixture of fascination and fear when they first started appearing in my reader.

The blogging world seems like it's been left to those with sponsors clogging up their sidebars and many have left blogging platforms in favor of Instagram and Twitter for quick quips or a glimpse of their kids, outfits, and pets. I get it though. We don't have as much time as we used to.We're feeding kids, finishing up the last bits of work, or binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. But I liked those sometimes silly and other times more thoughtful posts from the old days. I was reading a post tonight written by the college aged daughter of an old co-worker.  It was refreshingly honest, vulnerable, and reminded me of myself and some of my friends when we were 21.

The blogs of old were filled with the types of stories and rambling thoughts that left me feeling like I knew a person. I'd finish reading a few paragraphs musing that we had a lot in common. I wasn't alone. Or maybe I totally clashed with this person. Regardless, I felt I had a little peek into their mind and their life, or at least the life they portrayed. I wonder sometimes if we'll ever get those slightly voyeuristic days back or if they've passed for good. So, this night, for those blogs long dead in my side bar, I'm pouring one out.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Denver

This Thanksgiving we flew to Denver to spend the holiday with the LeSueurs. John's mom is an expert party planner and prepped a lot of the meal the day before. We helped out as much as we could, but she was still cooking like crazy until the late hours of the night. She even made an apple French toast souffle for us for breakfast at 1am! The meal was amazing and the company even better. John exposed his nerd knowledge by correcting family members on their LOTR knowledge at dinner.

John and I made two pies: a buttermilk and a chocolate cream.

Lounging before the big meal.

Not the most flattering picture, but the only one of me from the day. John was testing out a lens.

Mary's lovely work!

John was in charge of the carving.

Some were doubtful of his abilities but he pulled through, except for the wishbone that was sliced through.

Almost the whole family. Branden, Amanda, and their kids were in New York and we missed them.

Ryan had his turkey medieval style!

Cute baby Avi! It's always the best having a baby around.