31 January 2012

. . . new for spring . . .

. . . i haven't tried {yet}
to build them myself . . .
. . . but i truly enjoy
the color inspiration
polyvore images
like this provide . . .




. . . that grey/yellow/cream combo's
been one of my favorites
for a while now . . .
. . . so i figured
what's good for the goose
is good for the . . .



{bet you thought i was going to say gander}



. . . nope ~ let's go with gosling . . .

. . . i couldn't pass up
these trendy chevron jammies . . .
{poor jessalyn got baby clothes for her birthday last week}
. . . even though we don't yet know
if grandchild #8
is a boy or girl . . .
. . . these will work for either . . .




. . . and this
~ the latest in fashionable oops! ~
would coordinate nicely . . .
{though it's decidedly girlish}



{p.s. it's been nearly nine years and 5 grandsons in a row,
since we've had a granddaughter ~
but absolutely no pressure, drew and jess}


30 January 2012

. . . forecast: sunny . . .

. . . one year ago right now,
it was coooooooold . . .
. . . the following photo
was taken
in early february 2011 . . .
. . . my poor little geraniums
were frozen to death . . .
{shortly afterward, they were given a proper burial
and ceremoniously replaced}




. . . fast forward to the present . . .
. . . this photo was taken today . . .
. . . it's painful to stay inside . . .
. . . when the weather is this glorious . . .




. . . what?
no popcorn popping
on your trees yet? . . .
. . . arizona is THE place to be
in january . . .



. . . although i have it on good authority
that things are looking pretty sunny
in florida, too . . .
. . . fingers crossed for tomorrow . . .


29 January 2012

. . . bittersweet . . .

. . . i got released today . . .
. . . from serving
as secretary
in young women . . .
. . . since january of 2008 . . .
. . . i'm a little bitter . . .
. . . because the girls
are so sweet . . .
. . . and i've had the opportunity
to work with
some pretty splendid women . . .
. . . i'll miss all of them . . .
. . . you've probably heard
this saying:
"change is like manure.
it stinks.
but ~ it's good for growth."

{i don't really want to grow!}


28 January 2012

. . . ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ . . .

. . . this batch of oops!
was different . . .
. . . this batch of oops!
needed to be special edition . . .
. . . this batch of oops!
got a little extra love . . .
. . . this batch of oops!
was from the heart . . .




. . . this batch of oops!
wears a teeny tiny ♥ patch
made by me . . .
. . . this batch of oops!
is in memory of
i loved . . .



. . . this batch of oops!
will go to babies
with CHDs . . .
{congenital heart defects}



. . . halleigh helped me
package, sort, and deliver
this batch of oops! . . .
. . . while halleigh's mom
was busy
running a marathon
this morning . . .




. . . go ahead and check
the women's leaderboard . . .



27 January 2012

. . . you're fired . . .

. . . well ~
{by the end of his second term}
and eventually
{with a population of 13,000}
it could apply for statehood . . .

. . . mitt's reply:
"if i had a business executive
come to me
and say they wanted to spend
a few hundred billion dollars
to put a colony on the moon
i'd say 'you're fired'" . . .


. . . while mitt was busy channeling
his inner donald trump . . .
. . . giving newt the old pink slip . . .
. . . i was busy working on
these girly oops! . . .


. . . starting to see
the light at the end
of this project tunnel . . .


{i promise the oops! on the right is pink.
let's just say post office lighting is less than favorable}
. . . i did take
a little post office break
this morning
to send these oops!
on their way to colorado . . .
{hi, andrea!}
. . . along with a little
belated birthday package . . .
{hi, jessalyn!}



26 January 2012

. . . boys will be boys . . .

. . . one step closer
to being done . . .
. . . i'm starting the cute part
of the blue ones . . .




. . . and i'll tell you what . . .
. . . it must be boy season . . .
{including a friend's grandson born just this morning -
congratulations to ashley and dallin young
and welcome to the world baby rigby!}
. . . i can hardly keep up
with orders for brown, blue,
and a little camo . . .
. . . so if you're
one of my customers
who's waiting . . .
. . . thanks for your patience . . .
. . . i'm getting there! . . .


25 January 2012

. . . a birthday wish . . .

. . . happy number twenty-two . . .
. . . my special wish is for
morning/evening sickness
to leave you alone today . . .
. . . thanks for being
my very favorite
daughter-in-law . . .
. . . and for being
the best wife for drew . . .
. . . and i'm pretty darn excited
about this new grandbaby, too . . .


{blatently stolen facebook photo ~ thanks}

. . . love you, jessalyn! . . .
. . . happy, happy birthday . . .


24 January 2012

. . . two Ls two Ts . . .

. . . elliott is learning
some pretty fancy stuff
at his new preschool . . .
{notice as he "counts" the syllables in his name}



. . . but, really, dad . . .
. . . it get slightly confusing
when you keep
asking the same questions
over
and over
and over
and over . . .

{this post
was brought to you
by the letter L}


23 January 2012

. . . born in 1925 . . .

. . . happy happy birthday
to mom romney . . .
. . . you do the math . . .
{but, seriously ~ who looks this good at eighty-seven?}




. . . she's a lovely lady
with the best sense of humor . . .
. . . who fancies herself
a lucille ball double . . .
. . . a more generous,
caring, thoughtful person
you'll never find . . .
. . . i've been blessed
with a fabulous mother-in-law . . .
. . . that's for sure! . . .


22 January 2012

. . . i'm jealous . . .

. . . he's the only person i know who,
given the choice of two lessons,
picks one {the day before giving it}
and then can keep
a whole room full of teenagers
and a few old people
{hi, bishop!}
captivated for nearly an hour . . .




. . . and can gracefully incorporate
stories and personal experiences
about his favorite subjects,
including {but not limited to}
missionary work,
his childhood,
our family,
old girlfriends,
sports and
politics . . .
. . . he ties them all together . . .
. . . and makes it look easy . . .
. . . and it totally relates and works . . .
. . . every time . . .
. . . good job, dear . . .
{all i have to do is bring treats}




21 January 2012

. . . progress . . .

. . . chenille . . .
. . . the lintiest . . .
. . . fuzziest . . .
. . . messiest . . .




. . . nose itchiest step . . .
. . . ah choo . . .

{i'm off to vacuum now}


20 January 2012

. . . even more jammies . . .

. . . i realize christmas
was nearly a month ago . . .
. . . but drew requested
one more post
about jammies . . .
. . . and who am i to refuse? . . .




. . . here's our cute daughters . . .
. . . elliott says these hoodies
look just like elmo . . .



. . . granddaughters looking good
in grey cheetah . . .



. . . studly grandsons
in skull and crossbones flannel . . .



. . . enjoying a disney princess story . . .



. . . and the babies in peppermint stripes . . .



. . . and hold the phone . . .
. . . we'll need
one more pair of jammies
next christmas . . .



. . . we can't wait to meet
a new little grandbaby
in august . . .
. . . congrats to drew and jessalyn! . . .

{it's been a l...o...n...g twenty-nine days of keeping this secret
and i'm pretty dang proud of myself for not telling a single soul
till i got the go-ahead this morning}


19 January 2012

. . . choices, choices . . .

. . . what to do when
{yet another}
respiratory virus
{aka dang cold}
strikes? . . .
. . . 1} take nyquil
and nap on the couch . . .
{that's what i felt like doing}
. . . 2} work on
the second step
of my project . . .
{what i actually did}



. . . and 3} let's see . . .
. . . what was number three? . . .
. . . oh, yes ~ watch rick perry
bow out
of the republican presidential race . . .



. . . bonus choice 4} watch newt
blame the media
for his own indiscretions . . .


. . . oops! indeed . . .
{politics again}


18 January 2012

. . . happy lashiversary to me . . .

. . . today i'd like to pause
and give thanks . . .


{old eyes}

. . . for this miracle called lash extensions . . .



. . . this has been
the best year
of my life . . .

{new eyes}

. . . and i'm only sort of kidding
when i say that . . .

{disclaimer: lash extensions will not make your red/tired eyes,
fine lines, wrinkles or crows feet shrink or disappear.
they will, however, save you
a good ten minutes of mascara time every morning}

. . . need/want this miracle
in your life? . . .
. . . call me . . .
. . . i know a girl . . .


17 January 2012

. . . the first step . . .

. . . this is the start
of a very special
and {kind of} large order . . .



. . . it is also how i busy myself
and refrain from throwing objects
at the television
while ron paul
is proposing a
. . . what a goofball . . .

{i fear this has become
a political blog!}

. . . and yet, i offer no apology . . .



16 January 2012

. . . huntsman . . .

. . . so sad to see him gone . . .




. . . NOT so sad to see him gone . . .



. . . are you watching



. . . the huntsman/sheriff graham
will be missed for sure . . .


15 January 2012

. . . sunday inspiration . . .

. . . kimball stake conference . . .
. . . the theme:
doctrine and covenants 115:5 . . .
. . . "arise and shine forth,
that thy light may be a standard
for the nations" . . .
. . . president smith
posed this question:
"how do we arise
and shine forth?" . . .
. . . his answer gave me
a sense of comfort:

"for most of us,
we just keep doing
what we're doing" . . .

. . . and although
i know i have
lots of room
for improvement,
i hope the lord knows
i really am trying
to do a good job . . .


14 January 2012

. . . c.o.y. . . .

. . . ever since
i started
paying attention . . .
. . . i've approved wholeheartedly
of pantone's choice
for color of the year . . .
{c.o.y.}
. . . blue iris in 2008 . . .




. . . 2009's mimosa
was one
of my all~time faves . . .



. . . 2010 was a no~brainer . . .
. . . i think
everyone jumped
on the turquoise bandwagon . . .



. . . ahhhhhhhhhhhh . . .
. . . honeysuckle . . .
. . . how i loved thee last year . . .



. . . so things
were going along
swimmingly . . .



. . . until? . . .









. . . i guess
one out of five
ain't bad . . .



. . . hoping for
better luck in 2013 . . .


13 January 2012

. . . help wanted . . .

. . . here's the thing . . .
. . . i sure would like
a new blog header . . .
{this one is really old}


. . . but i have no idea
how to make one . . .
. . . any suggestions? . . .
. . . either someone
a} to design it for me . . .
. . . or
b} to teach me
how to do it myself . . .
. . . please weigh in . . .


12 January 2012

. . . i want her makeup artist . . .

. . . one word . . .




. . . concealer . . .



{also maybe air brushing}


11 January 2012

. . . harvest gold, avocado green & burnt orange . . .

. . . those are the colors
my mind conjures up
when i think of fondue parties . . .
. . . ahhhhhh . . .
. . . the 70s . . .




. . . apparently ~
there's a revival going on . . .
. . . can you say melting pot? . . .
. . . so, we're having
a fondue shindig
tonight for mutual . . .
. . . my assignment? . . .
. . . chocolate . . .
. . . the recipe? . . .
. . . given to me by
. . . there's unsweetened chocolate
and espresso
and a double boiler involved . . .
. . . alas ~
i'm neither a professional
nor a caterer . . .
. . . and i don't own a double boiler . . .
. . . so, at lunch,
i asked if anyone knew
{off the top of their heads}
of an easier solution . . .
. . . being the resourceful friends they are . . .
. . . of course there's an easier solution . . .
. . . involving nestles treasures . . .
. . . the caramel variety . . .
. . . i gave up finding them
after the first three stores . . .
. . . opting, instead
for dove caramel promises . . .
. . . three bags . . .
. . . thirty-four pieces per bag . . .
. . . one hundred two ~
all needing to be unwrapped . . .
. . . one hundred one
made it to the microwave . . .
{oops}

. . . nuke for thirty seconds at a time . . .
. . . stirring after each round . . .
. . . mine took two minutes total . . .


. . . then stir in
1 1/4 cups whipping cream . . .
. . . 1/4 cup at a time . . .
. . . mixing well after each addition . . .
. . . and finish by adding
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract . . .


. . . not pictured here
are the darling sixteen-,
seventeen-
and eighteen-year-old girls
that will be digging in tonight . . .



. . . pretty sure they'll enjoy
this chocolatey,
creamy,
caramelly goodness . . .
. . . and the best part is
~ it was so easy . . .
{gotta run ~ now where did i put my platform baretrap sandals?}