Thursday, December 29, 2011

just a glimpse

pictures to words:
1. christmas tree at home.
2. brothers: corey and crew.
3. midge. just about to open her new iPad.
4. traveling home in red tights and red shoes.
5. midge gave a gift to whomever could promise the first grandchild. 
{we didn't necessarily promise. we are just the most likely to. ha}
6. daddy happy as a clam. 
7. brothers: bret and joel.
8. plane ticket on christmas morning.
9. lots of diet coke this trip. yum.
10. showing off the new ray bans.
11. lovebird being as cute as ever.
12. brown paper packages tied up with string tool.
{christmas tree at our "real" home.}

santa claus

santa was a genius this year.
he was efficient, thoughtful, creative and generous.
his little idea was awfully awesome:
"something you want."
"something you need."
"something to wear."
 "something to read."

want: vintage rayband sunglasses.
{can't go wrong with a pair of sunglasses}
need: new scriptures.
 {bigger size upon request. and with my married name}
wear: a few items i've had my eyes on.
{leggings and colored jeans}
read: to kill a mocking bird. 
{50th anniversary this year}

it has been a lovely christmas here in utah.
we have been busily visiting family and places in our "old" city.
i'm sorry for the hiatus in blog posting.
i guess that's what happens when you are distracted by family and friends. 
we are here for a few more days,
so i'm not making any promises on posting until i get back to california.
i will do my best.
i hope you all had a magical christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

christmas from head to toe.

my nails are decked out with christmas cheer.
there's nothing quite like a good ol' classic red.
are you all ready for christmas to be here?
i can't wait. 
i'm so eager to be home with family and friends.
that being said, i'm certainly way behind schedule.
i have so much to do, in so little time.
wrapping, writing, packing, shopping, and crafting.
it seems as though my list keeps getting longer. yikes!
i'm off to start checking some "to do" things off that list.
happy christmas eve eve.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

slightly famous.

never in a million years would i have thought my picture would make it onto pinterest.
i'm humbled and happy.
so a big thanks to those who are pinning! 

today, i thought i'd share a little piece of advice:
stay alert while driving out there.
the roads are jammed packed with people in a hurry.
i can't believe how may cars are on the roads.
not to mention the challenge of finding a open parking space.
everyone is last minute shopping, which i am completely guilty of.
although, the shopping has come to an end; 
thanks to a good night's rest of 10 hours, {which never happens}
and a big cold fountain diet coke, to keep me going! 
so i urge you all to stay calm out there and drink a diet coke.
it does wonders.

christmas is around the corner. yippee!
{i'm loving that christmas is on a sunday this year.}
i'm hoping you are all gearing up for the big weekend of festivities. 
i can't wait to see your pictures as well as share mine.
happy shopping, happy thursday, and cheers to diet cokes. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

pretend it has postage.

merry christmas.
from: the lovebirds.
i thought i'd share this year's christmas card with you.
we're wishing you all the peace, love and joy out there. 

playing catchup.

is it weird that i feel guilty when i don't post something for a couple of days?
i wish neglecting the blog wasn't a result of life being so busy.
however, being busy for the holidays is something i truly love.
the hustle and the bustle of it all.
running here and there. wrapping this and that. going from party to party.
this weekend {and now week} has been crazy busy.
we spent a beautiful day in san francisco eating seafood, walking, shopping 
and exploring the crazy city with my family.

last night we hosted a little christmas party for my friends from my ballet company.
we did a little {white elephant} gift exchange.
we ate homemade lasagna and yummy goodies all while playing apples to apples.

and lastly, we visited one of our favorite families who just had baby #4.
we are so happy for them. congrats tui's! 
due to the"big event", we lucked out and got to babysit the three other kiddos.
who we try to steal and call them our own.
{i'll post pictures soon amongst getting approval}

after all the business that the holidays bring in,
lovebird and i find ourself cozying up next to our christmas tree and a fire...
sitting for more than five minutes on the couch. it's a miracle, i tell you. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

happy monday.

happy monday.
today is going to be a lovely day, i can just feel it.
[expect for the part where we'll have to say goodbye to my family.]
we are headed to the city to enjoy our last day together. fun awaits us. 
but, before i go....
check out this cute blog today.
she's so sweet to feature me. i adore her {and her blog}.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"say cheese"

life as a ballerina, according to my phone:
{here are lots of pictures from the weekend of performances}
sorry for the lack of posts this weekend.
i've been a tad bit busy with performing, family in town and finals.
so for now, pictures will have to do. 
nutcracker has come and gone already. crazy.  
i hope you had a lovely weekend full of christmas parties and peppermint goodies. 
we {my family and us lovebirds} are headed to san francisco tomorrow.
crewser's first trip there. any suggestions out there? what to show him in one day...?
{happy holidays}
can you believe christmas is in one week from today?
i can't. however, i'm greatly anticipating being home for the holidays. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

watch this:

thought this was quite funny.
i also thought i would share a little clip of our company performing the nutcracker.
the whole clip is magical. 
{but if you are my mother or my husband, start watching the clip at minute 1:35}
happy hump day to you all.
one more day of studying and one more final and then it's time to party!
good luck to all those out there finishing up the semester. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

a few little things:

things from this week include:
1. wearing cozy sweaters to study for finals in.
why not be comfy when you are stressing out? 
2. mailing out our christmas cards.
yes, we did send one to the president of the united states.
why not? everyone can use some holiday cheer.
3. a day off {monday} included a lunch date to greens with lovebird.
greens: an organic market with delicious food and treats, of course.
4. flowers from my nutcracker performances.
my house smells delicious and they make me smile as i'm reminded of how much i love to dance.
those are just a few of my favorite things right now.
hope you are all having lovely weeks.
i'd love to hear your favorites from the week.

Monday, December 12, 2011

it's show time!

nutcracker has begun. wahoo! 
nothing brings in the holidays like performing the nutcracker.
this past week was consumed by hours at the theater. 
other than my body feeling like it's been hit by a train, 
it feels so good to be done performing the first week of shows.
now... unto the next week!
{sometimes i can't believe we do it all over again. it's almost like hitting a repeat button.}
however, i'm excited to get the chance to perform again.
my lovely parents are coming into town this week. i can't wait to see them.
i am extremely nervous for whats ahead of me. 
but, anxious and happy to share it with those i love most.
this weekend was snow queen and next weekend is sugar plum.
hard, challenging, nerve-wracking yet exhilarating, fun and rewarding.  
another week of rehearsals, time with the parents, performing, and finals....
here i go! wish me luck. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

a proud sister

yesterday was quite eventful.
it started bright and early with two performances of the nutcracker.
onto work, studying for finals and cooking dinner.
then we decided to be festive, and decorate our christmas tree. 
{despite how exhausted we both were.}
on a typical day of the lovebirds, decorating the christmas tree would normally seem 
like the grand event. the big bang. 
but yesterday, something super special and exiting happened.
my little brother
[aka: crewser, my best friend, c-cup and crewber]
received his mission call to.....
mexico city!
awesome, right?
{if you have no clue what i am talking about, click here.}
he is going foriegn, which he wanted desperately.
 he is also learning spanish. which, in my opinion, is such a useful language to learn.
lovebird and i being beyond excited for him quickly did some research to find out
where exactly our brother, who is growing up way too fast, 
would be spending the next two years of his life. 
he is going to an incredible place full of culture, history and people.
fun little fact: the population of just the metropolitan area is a little over 21 million people.
that is a ton of people. holy cow.
 anyway, we couldn't be happier for him.
i'm already trying to imagine life "without" him for two years. it's going to be ruff.
good thing for handwritten letters, and two phone calls home a year.
looks like i'll have another nickname to add to the list... elder carlson.
i promise to post some photos and a video of him opening his call very soon.
we are beyond elated for you, crew. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

wrap me up in a scarf, please.

the other night while i was being productive,
lovebird was being a little rascal.
he's new to the whole instagram scene. 
{that being said, he probably will always be "new" to it.}
but, while frantically doing my homework and crafting,
i finally decided to call it a night and go to bed.
i walk into the bedroom and lovebird has a little smirk on his face.
i know he has done something.
he breaks into a little laughter as he says,
"have you checked instagram lately?"
 i instantly said, "oh no... what did you post?"
{thinking he posted a picture of our dirty laundry, or the dust on our shelf, or an awkward picture of me from 5th grade, or something that would completely embarrass me...}
already preparing for a huge pillow fight, i grab a pillow in one hand
and my phone in the other.
i check instagram to find a picture posted of .... my scarves.
instantly feeling relieved and just slightly embarrassed at the number of scarves i own.
i look at him and just shake my head as i release my tight grip on the pillow.
i guess the world knows my obsession to scarves now.
lovebird thinks i have far too many.
i don't think i have enough.
he thinks i have enough to have a boutique.
i think i may ask for another one for christmas.
is this obsession sickening? possibly.
do i fall into that category of "americans owning more than necessary"? yes, i do.
can you borrow a scarf? yes, come on over to my boutique. 
i'd love to share my obsession and collection with you.
happy tuesday friends.
life is better wrapped up in a scarf. 
fun fact: if your neck is warm, the overall temperature of your body is warmer. 
keep this in mind as the cold weather comes our way this winter! 
p.s. it's a good thing he only posted a picture of some of my scarves.
 you'd really be in shock if you saw them all.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

tech week:

{tutu's and holy berries. it's beginning to look a lot like christmas.}

well... it's begun.
theater week, that is. 
this week is also known as one of the
 busiest, most stressful, happiest, most fun, and craziest weeks of the year.
it's a joy to be in the theater all week.
the hours are hard and long.
being in a dressing room with your friends for hours on end is a blast.
the performances are nerve wracking but exciting.
nutcracker music 24-7 is overwhelming, yet makes it feel like christmas every day.
trying to be a wife, a student a 'personal shopper', and a piano teacher 
while spending 70 hours in the theater this week...
might be a little crazy to say the least. 
that being said... performing is one of the best parts about being a ballerina. 
the stage, the audience, the lights and the expectations are thrilling.
theater week is all worth it in the end.
oh but wait, then we turn around and do it all again next week.
the life of a ballerina is a busy one.
life is lovely right now.
how can it not be when visions of sugar plums dance in your head?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

music warms the heart.

what's christmas time without music?
could you even begin to imagine that?
we couldn't prance around the tree in our pi's singing "deck the halls."
we wouldn't have "baby it's cold outside" stuck in our heads all day after watching elf.
christmas carolers wouldn't even exist.
i wouldn't think someone is singing my name every time i heard "Feliz Navidad".
{which actually might be a good thing.}
and an odd silence would fill the air as we shopped, celebrated, and partied. 
which is exactly why you need to spruce up 
your holiday collection of cd's with this little gem....
{the lovely cd. or rather it's cover.}

hum: is my best friend's brother and a rockstar.
hue: is his adorable, crafty and artistic wife.

both are extremely talented people. 
they were feeling the christmas spirit this holiday season and 
wanted to spread their love through music.
listen and watch one of their songs here.
and then return the favor and spread your love by visiting hue's easy shop.
you could also spread the word by letting others know. {yes, the pun was intended}
thanks for doing me this kind favor. hue will be very happy. 


i had to post this. why? 
because i am always wanting to cuddle and 
watch disney movies with lovebird.
is that childish? perhaps. 
do i care? not one bit.
dare i say, disney movies are better than half the movies out in theaters right now.
just the other day we watched "up" for the umpteenth time.
{such and incredible, inspiring, tear jerking and hilarious movie.}
no too long ago, we jumped on the bandwagon and watched "tangled."
another great one.
however, i'm talking way old school when it comes to disney movies;
bambi, lion king, jungle book, snow white, aladdin, cinderella, toy story...
and the list goes on. they never get old.
i'm secretly looking forward to spending the day with my future-little-ones 
on the couch watching the classics. 
until then, lovebird and i will continue to have disney date nights.
join in on the fun. you're missing out. 
{don't forget to sing along! that way you won't feel so "old".} 
happy weekend friends. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

greetings in december.

goodbye november. hello december. 
goodbye autumn. hello winter.
goodbye turkeys. hello santas.
goodbye leaves. hello mistle toe.
goodbye pumpkin spice. hello peppermint.
goodbye rehearsals. hello nutcracker performances.
goodbye thanksgiving. hello christmas.
goodbye "gobble, gobble." hello "ho, ho, ho!"
goodbye california. hello utah.
goodbye orange and brown. hello red and green.
goodbye junk food. hello cravings for salad. 
{with blue cheese dressing. naughty, i know.}
goodbye stuffing my face. hello arabian costume.
goodbye school feeling calm. hello finals.
goodbye studio. hello tech week in the theater.
goodbye cracked hands. hello lots of lotion and aquifer. 
goodbye milk. hello almond and coconut milk. yummy.
goodbye fall breeze. hello heavy winds.
goodbye never seeing lovebird. hello winter break.
goodbye anticipation for thanksgiving. hello all sorts of christmas advents.
goodbye pumpkin chocolate chippers. hello gingerbread cookies.
goodbye the thought of christmas away from family. hello last minute choice to fly home.
goodbye little brother. hello growing up way too fast. 
{can't believe you are going through the temple already!}
goodbye having to give up diet coke. hello a sip of you in the very near future.
goodbye busy. hello even busier.
goodbye nude nails. hello holiday cheer on the tips of my fingers.
goodbye empty bottles of perfume. hello to hopes santa has me on his nice list.
goodbye november. hello december. 

i'm happy if you want to join in on the fun and do this on your blog.
all i ask, is that you pretty please site it back to my blog! thank you!
remember: it's not nice to steal. santa is watching! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas is coming....

...the goose is getting fat. 
let the holiday planning begin!
here are some links, helpful tips and ideas.
i'm hoping to use and/or do at least of few of them.

gift giving to men:
we all know that guys are hard to shop for; they don't really need anything, often times don't ask for anything, and getting them the perfect gift (whether big or small) sometimes seems impossible.
click here for a little holiday help. cute stocking stuffers!

christmas crafts:
i want to try thisthis and this cute christmas craft from pinterest.
oh, and maybe this one too.
if only i had the time to make a new craft everyday.
{i love far too many wreaths, i can't possible choose just one to post.}
{also- i'm completely in love with putting ornaments, pinecones, treats, etc. in anything glass.}
there are too so many to choose from.  dang pinterest!

onto food:
how about a hot chocolate bar with these marshmellows?
or why not decorate with food. this is classic. 
fun party punch for all ages.
and how about these with all that left over ham. yummy. 
we all know there are limitless options for holiday sweets out there. 

this is just the beginning...
more is to come, i'm sure of it. 
i figured i better start posting now, or i'll run out of time
to post all of the cute ideas out there for this beloved time of year.
i'm hoping i was able start some brainstorming inside that little noggin of yours.
speaking of "noggin"... 
just wait until i post the best family egg nog recipe. 
and believe it or not- it's eggless. and makes enough for the army! yummy!
i hope you are gearing up for the holidays like i am.
tomorrow the advents already begin.
{am i excited and anxious? yes.}

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

picture this:

it seems as though pictures may have a better explanation of 
our lovely thanksgiving weekend than words do.
from top to bottom:
our new favorite pancakes for dinner.
little baby graham tibbs. his cuteness is to die for.
fall cleaning! changing out my summer clothes to fall clothes. 
macy's thanksgiving day parade. santa being the best part.
thanksgiving dinner table at jolene's.
pulling out the christmas tree! time for decorating.
a gift of thanks.
lovebirds on thanksgiving.

so, there you have it.
our weekend was a busy but lovely one. 
{lovebird was working for most of it. including a 12 hour shift on black friday. yuck}
 it was packed full of food, a baptism, christmas decorating, a photo shoot, 
black friday shopping, visiting the tibbs and their baby, more food, studying for a test,
hanging out with friends who we rarely see, church, sleep, and...
did i mention food?
november is nearly over. december is here on thursday.
i'm excited for the holidays and christmas cheer to fill the air. 
until then, happy november.

Monday, November 28, 2011

a little thing called busy

...and that about sums it up.
i am seriously-really-so-too-very-just-crazy busy.
it's as though time is disappearing or slipping away.
on top of that, being sick doesn't help.
upset stomach today: requires sleep and a sprite.
being sick has put a damper in my busy schedule.
how am i suppose to get anything done when i can hardly 
keep my eyes open and concentrate for more than five minutes? 
not to mention: i have got to teach piano, study for a huge test 
and go to dance fore 5 hours.
oh boy, the joys of being busy.
{hence the reason the blog has been neglected for the last few days.}
other than business, life is grand.
it feels like christmas in our home.
our cute friends had their baby boy.
and we are making plans for a fun trip.
life is good. just extremely busy. 
hope you're having a fantastic monday.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


oh, so many things.
today was lovely.
happy thanksgiving
{one last time}
christmas is already knocking at our door.
tomorrow will be spent cleaning and then decorating
for the holidays. 
i'm slightly happy lovebird will be at work all day;
i now have an excuse to craft all day, rock out to christmas music
and splurge by enjoying a nice cold diet coke.
what are you doing?
are you a black friday shopper?
as of now, i'm planning on spending the day inside.
but who knows, i might venture our for a minute. 
probably to visit lovebird on his break. 
meanwhile, anyone have a yummy treat i can bake tomorrow?
or a to-die-for christmas diy project?

i'm thankful for life, love and happiness.
and for days spent at home decorating. 

happy thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving my dear friends.
can you believe it is here? {"it" meaning the holidays.}
what a different {yet lovely} thanksgiving the two of us our having this year.
we aren't home in utah celebrating with our families.
{which, we are terribly sad about.}
however, as much as we miss them- 
we are grateful that we are stable, comfortable and happy to be here in our own little home.
we are surrounded by beautiful people; 
who make us feel as though we have the next closest thing to family.
i'm beyond grateful today for many things:
{here's my list as of today:}
the beautiful changing colors of the trees. they symbolize that god is real.
family, period. 
peppermint hot chocolate.
my healthy active body. i realize this is a rich blessing in today's world.
lovebird. in his entirety.
peanut butter. by the spoonfuls.
our little home. it's beyond cozy and truly feels like home.
my loving parents. gratitude isn't a strong enough word for them.
fall fashion. grateful for layers of colors and warmth. {scarves too- my favorite}
my father-in-law.
the ability to dance. its a passion and way of expression.
creating memories and traditions with lovebird.
our roof over head and our bed. {including the 100 pillows on it.} 
candles. especially holiday scented ones.
the gospel. life is complete because of it.
red shoes. and red lipstick.
the glasses of ice water lovebird brings to my bed stand each night.
my brother crew. he's my best friend. 
{check out this post and this post from him.} 
perfume. oh, how i'm addicted.
hugs and compliments from unexpected people. 
adventures in unfamiliar places.
moments captured by a camera. 
phone calls regularly from my brother bret. and our relationship.
people who say please and thank you.
desserts of all sizes, kinds, textures, and calories.
did i mention lovebird already? 
i'm thankful for the gift of life 
and all that it entails

i hope you all have a wonderful day full of nothing but turkey, relaxation,
friends and family and a whole lot of pumpkin pie. 
we've been celebrating this day by watching the macy's thanksgiving parade, taking a little stroll to starbucks for a pastry and a warm drink. Now we are headed to our dear friends home for a yummy and organic feast. what a lovely holiday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

congratulations {overdue}!

i'm slightly embarrassed that i'm just now getting around to
posting about lovebird's new job.
{which isn't so new anymore.}
he got a job at apple! {insert cheer here}
lovebird was born to work for apple.
either that- or he was born to own too many of their products. 
this job was a match made in heaven.
he has loved everything about it.
his new friends, learning the "secrets", exploring the products, and so much more.
the only thing he has hated:
not having time to do his homework.
the hiring process was crazy; and after a handful of interviews and two hiring seminars,
we had the feeling he hadn't made the cut.
but, it turns out he did. 
they loved him. and i'm not surprised. 
the "one" thing i love most about his job: his enthusiasm in coming home
and telling me the new trick he learned. or something fascinating about apple. 
i love the stories about the fun and crazy people he helps.
oh, and of course the perks. period.
the "one" thing i hate: feeling like we never see each other.
that's what we get for having extremely busy schedules on opposite days.
poor planning, on our behalf. maybe...?
oh, and i hate that he has to work on black friday from sun up to sun down.
who is going to decorate and go shopping with me?
any takers?
anyway- we are both thrilled about this job of his.
its always good to work. earn money. and learn.
congrats lovebird! 

picture: the day he found out, i came home with one of his favorite treats:
an orange mango smoothie from starbucks. i customized his drink just a tad. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

discovery of the year.

i about fainted when i walked onto the candy isle to discover....
christmas cadbury eggs.
{what!?!? these exist?}
i adore cadbury eggs.
not to mention, i could devour bags of them by myself.
until now, the only problem with cadbury eggs, is you can only 
find them during easter time. 
not for long! thank goodness. 
i'm anxious to try the christmas ones.
as soon as thanksgiving passes i'll be ripping a bag open.
i'm thinking they'll be my holiday treat as i decorate for christmas.
point blank: this discovery makes me happy.
very happy.

side note: i just dedicated an entire post to chocolate.
am i surprised? truthfully, no. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

it's here! the weekend, that is.

because it's friday.
thank goodness. 
the weekend is finally here. 
which, in my case, the weekend doesn't really mean "weekend."
i still work and dance all day today and tomorrow. 
lovebird works all weekend too.
but, i'm okay with it.
better that we both be busy, then me left at home waiting for 
him to do something.
{okay, let's face it, i'm trying to be optimistic.} 
sometimes i wonder what it feels like to have free time;
a whole day to myself. 
am i selfish for wanting that?
or even an hour to sit on the couch and not feel guilty that i should be doing
my homework rather than resting my feet. 
no, i'm not throwing a pity party.
just a wishful thinking party. 
nonetheless, it is friday. 
and for some reason friday equals happiness and a sense of freedom.
what are you doing this weekend?
gearing up for thanksgiving?
i think i'll spend the weekend dancing, homework-ing, eating, and sleeping.
i've got lots to catch up on.
thank goodness thanksgiving break is just around the corner.
after all is said and done,
make today ridiculously amazing;
friday only comes once a week. 
cheers to the weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

naughty or nice?

i did something naughty today. or did i?
i couldn't resist.
i'm not one of those people who decorate for christmas before thanksgiving,
however, i did just go out and buy too many decorations. 
i figured i should get a head start this year.
after all, i have an excuse; lovebird is working all next weekend,
and i plan on decorating and crafting my little heart out.
{while of course rocking out to a little mariah carey and justin beibs.}
besides, it's the only weekend i get off before christmas rolls around.
{nutcracker is a busy time, i tell you.}
needless to say, i think i've come up with enough excuses reasons
to justify my spending.
lovebird is going to think i'm naughty when he finds out.
on the other hand, santa will think i'm nice.
i hear he loves to enter homes that have been decked out with holiday cheer.

cross your fingers lovebird won't make me return anything! 
maybe if i hide everything, he won't know until i whip them out next weekend.
and when he asks, i'll simply say, "i don't know what you are talking about".
is that being naughty too?
let's be honest, lovebird is pretty consistent when it comes 
to checking our accounts online.
i often times give him a hard time about checking it too thoroughly. 
i have a feeling the computer screen will have naughty written all over it. 
santa, please help me!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

time for thanksgiving

i'm a little behind on sharing these goodies from the weekend.
but... better late than never, right?
pictures above:
1. november 11, 2011. in other words, 11-11-11.
{p.s. i made certain to make the wish of a lifetime}
2. lovebird and i. after our date on saturday night. what a lovely evening. 
just spending time together, which is more special to me than anything at the moment.
3. our yummy salad for dinner. 
why do i find food so fun to photograph? 
4. malachi and isaiah: quite possibly my favorite little boys.
enjoying kalea's soccer game early saturday morning. 
we just love that family to pieces.

the week is already cruising by. it's tuesday.
time seems to be escaping, rather than flying by.
lovebird just said last night, "i can't believe thanksgiving is next week".
doesn't it feel like halloween was yesterday?
christmas will be here before we know it.
which reminds me...
i'm already gathering ideas, brain storming and planning on how to decorate.
thanks to pinterest, the options are endless.
my problem: not having enough time, having self control to not spend a bajillion dollars
just in crafts, oh and my home is too little for all that i have in mind. 
but, and it's a big but, let's get back to thanksgiving!
it's one of my favorite holidays. 
i adore it, because i feel as though the focus is being with family.
nothing is quite as awesome as sitting around a table with delicious food, intimate company,
a heart of gratitude and pumpkin pie. 
oh, and let's not forget stuffing. 
arguably my favorite part of the thanksgiving feast.
and one of the best things about marrying  lovebird...
he hates stuffing. which only means i get his portion too. 
bring on the love, time with family and the pounds.
i'm ready for you, thanksgiving.

Monday, November 14, 2011

hunger games

the hunger games.
yes, it's the official trailer.
and yes, i am already doing a countdown until march.
i may even read the book again. {for the third time}
please tell me you've read it,
and are just as excited as i am. 
happy monday.
if this doesn't brighten your day, i'm not sure what will. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

turn life off.

life is full of distractions.
tons of them. big and small.
i'm not a big tv fan. in fact joel and i rarely, if ever, watch it.
however, the computer seems to be a big distraction for me.
i could spend days on pinterest and reading blogs.
i'm going to take heed to this quote and settle in for the night reading.
thanks to my little midge who sent me a thanksgiving package...
i have a new book that anxiously awaits to be read.
title: two from galilee.
she says it is a lovely book. especially when read around the holidays.
if you are in need of a good quick read- go pick it up!
{my mom knows her books. she reads one a day. quite literally.}  
we can have a mini book club online.
happy sunday friends.

coat closet

i'm going to let you in on a something a little personal.
we have a coat closet. a coat closet that barely shuts.
why? because lovebird has so many jackets.
of course his answer would be that i have too many jackets. 
i've been asking him for weeks to go through his jackets and throw some out.
he still hasn't done it. so....
today upon total frustration{or rather curiosity to see how many coats he has},
i simply asked him for the hundredth time if he'd done what i'd ask. 
he said no... and next thing i know we both went racing for the closet.
as we fought for control of the closet we settled on counting our jackets first
to see who needed to get rid of some. 
i'd be ashamed if i told you the number of jackets we own.
we could clothe several families. which i feel guilty about.
i blame it on the fact that we lived in utah and needed heavy coats,
and now we live in california and need light weight jackets.
heavy coats + light weight jackets= more than enough.

plus, there's a jacket for every occasion, right?
a sweatshirt {or five} to simply hang out it.
a heavy down coat for snowy blizzards.
a jacket to wear on a cool fall day.
a blazer to wear as a fashion statement.
a fleece for comfort and warmth.
a fancy number to wear to the ballet or to church.
an old fashioned pea coat. mandatory.
something knitted. 
a pull over.
a few little-bit-nicer than a sweat shirts.

help us please.
we've counted, sorted, thrown away and settled on the fact
we won't be buying a jacket for quite sometime.
unless, of course, santa {aka midge} brings us one that's irresistible.

p.s. lovebird absolutely loves when i wear his jackets.
especially when i wear them to dance.
and yes, i am being completely sarcastic. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

great minds think alike.

what an intelligent woman.
this quote is spot on reality.
 this quote simply says it all; i can't say it better. nor will i try.
what i do know, is that i want to have a great mind.
discussing ideas rather than people.
gossip is a waste of time. it's hurtful. and serves no purpose.
have a great mind; let's discuss ideas.
like the billion different ways to tie a scarf.
or how to bake a scrumptious feast for thanksgiving.
we could discuss the speed of light. that seems to be a hot topic right now.
let's talk about our economy. both the good and the bad.
we could even chat about the techniques behind interior design.
talking about photography never gets old.
we could discuss religion. 
anything, really.
anything and everything; but discussing people.

happy thursday friends.
school, ballet rehearsal and homework make up my entire day.
oh, and a fun lunch date with one of my best friends.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

things wanted:

lovebird says, "you always want, want, want things..."
he is correct. these are the things i want as of late:
i want to read a book. meaning, i want the time to do so.
i want to curl up in a bathtub full of clear water with a hint of lavender.
i want to travel to bulgaria. to meet the people he adores.
i want an endless supply of pillows. decorative pillows.
i want more time with my husband.
i want to jump on the bed like i did when i was five years old.
i want to go to lunch with my mom on any given day of the week. {gosh dang it, distance.}
i want to sleep in. just one day please. 
i want to live on the east coast. even if its just for a second.
i secretly want {or maybe even need} a cleaning lady.
i want to remember my dreams detail by detail. wouldn't that be interesting?
i want {more} perfume. i am an addict.
i want an infinite amount of new pointe shoes. 
i want to relive that feeling of christmas morning as a child.
i want simplicity. 
i want to sit at a piano with chopin.
i want to write. maybe even as my profession, when i grow up. 
most of all, i want lovebird to want more things, so i don't feel so guilty. 
he's just so content. so easily pleased. and always happy. 
please know that i am more than grateful for what i have, this is simply a wish list.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

b is for: busy, ballerina, bowling and blt's.

another weekend jam packed with things to do:
school, work {for the both of us},
rehearsals, church, bowling, decorating, 
house sitting, homework and cleaning.
life is oh so busy right now.
i can't stress enough how busy it is.
i'm still in shock that joel and i manage to get everything done.
on top of that, we hardly ever see each other.
thank goodness we have forever to spend with one other.

friday's eventful night: homemade pizza, rehearsal, lovebird worked, friends came over to hot tub.
saturday's hectic day: rehearsals and work {so repetitive}, bowling for the ballet, and frozen yogurt
with our good friends.
sunday's lazy day consisted of: church, a bundled up walk, and BLT's that were to die for.

pictures above:
lovebird sporting his school shirt. handsome and a complete goof.
some days require BLT's. i think they are underrated.
so simple, yet so delicious. perfect for a dinner in need of a quick prep.
i wore red today. head to toe. lipstick and all.
bowling was a blast. lovebird happened to be "lucky" and bowled enough
strikes for the two of us.
we were in good company. a big thanks to my friends who supported me and CWB.
the start of our thanksgiving decorations. i need some turkeys!
a picture of our rings. they never get old. remind me of what eternity stands for.
a busy november. and that's just my ballet schedule.

i wish i could capture our life better in words.
but for now, pictures will have to do the story telling.
thanks to our busy life which only allows time for a snap shot,
rather than a entry with complex words. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

be grateful

today i am thankful for these five things...
  • school. i love to learn. nothing gives me a better since of accomplishment. knowledge is a quality i constantly seek to gain; simply because speaking with someone who portrays wisdom is inspiring. 
  • the new pancake recipe i discovered. so delicious and healthy. lovebird devoured them. {thank you katy.
  • sleep. never have i ever felt so busy and exhausted in my life.
  • the realization that i'm getting older. believe me, this is not always a good thing. but, today for some reason, i am thankful for the opportunities that come my way due to being old growing up. 
  • lotion. period. i get so dry in the cold fall and winter months. lotion is my body's oxygen right now. 

being november, i am going to post little thankful lists. it's always a good thing to count your blessings. each and every one of them. no matter how big or small. 
i double dog dear you to make your own lists.