Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome to the Avenues

Having lived in our quaint apartment for over 2 years (the longest in one place for either of us), 
we have decided it is time to move on from the perfect adventure 
that was SoTro

We will miss...
...our frequent walks and runs to Liberty Park...
...our evening "quick, healthy" dinners at Whole Foods...
...our super unique neighbors who were always there when we needed them...
...our one of a kind "Ryan Banbury" who has gotten us through many awkward meltdowns in the rain, made us the best Friendsgiving turkey ever, taught us that fat cats are the best, helped us get out of our possessed, locked car situation, chatted with us during our many Tundra potty breaks in the wee hours of the night, and basically just been the coolest neighbor you could ask for....
...seeing Tundra's FAT head sticking waaay too far out of our 3rd story window...
...our near by friends like The Tea Grotto, Koko's Kitchen, The Park Cafe, Ex Wife's Place, Trolley Square, 9th and 9th, Mosquitoes (Mezquite Mexican Grill), Smith's Marketplace, Coffee Break, Manny's, and last but certainly not least TRAX...
...the beloved and tinted giant window in our front room...
...all the mice... of course... NOT...
...watching all the neighborhood kids flock like geese to Tundra....
...our cute, little pass-through window...
...the disaster alley way in which Tundra would struggle trying to decide which items to give up on, because you simply cannot eat them all...
and so many more...

SoTro will always be the place where we became a family

Enough with the sappiness...
We are now living in this fairy-tale cottage!

Der and I searched for weeks, 
looking for the right place. 
We are a little picky and we certainly have a strict budget. 
But.... just like the time we found SoTro... 
right as we were about out of time and at our whits end
We found this adorable Avenues home. 
We have always dreamt about living in The Avenues
and the place was nearly PERFECT!

Back yard and porch for the Tun!
Driveway to a garage... too bad you can barely fit your car down that! ha! :) 
Huge dinging room and HARD WOOD FLOORS!!! YAY! 
Huge kitchen with open cupboards for all our pretty dishes ;)
Washer and Dryer! Wonder what that will feel like!?
I am putting pretty lights all over the porch for fun bbq's! 
Big basement for guests and office time. 

So far, I have only come up with two downfalls....
The first: NO CLOSET SPACE! Ugh! Tiny closet and no coat closet. It's bad. I am in the process of trying to remedy this downfall... but no luck so far. Bags of clothes on the floor. 
The Second: I guess this is more of just a difference between apartments and houses and being a little out of downtown. BUGS! I have seen more ( and weirder) bugs in 2 days than 2 years in our apartment. 


Luckily, I am now living with 2 Derek's who can relocate all of my arch enemies.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happiness to my father is...

...the ocean.

So he sends me beautiful pics whenever he takes a trip down there. 

And Cessy's of course!

Our fave taco shop back in the day.
Dad still goes here all the time and sends me pics to make m jealous. Jerk :)

Where it all started....
my thrift shopping obsession, that is.
The DAV is like the DI or Salvation Army of Oceanside
We used to go here all the time. 
I miss it. 

Of course, he found a Pearl Jam t-shirt

A lot of his beach trips include a car show. 
Probably, his second favorite thing on the planet. 
Classic cars.

This bug looks so much like Hope when I first got her.
Minus the rack on top.

* Maybe later I will add to this post.. since he is always sending me more beach pics. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Her knight in shining armor

My grams is the best person I know. 
She is the most loyal, selfless, honest, forgiving, accepting, unique, enthusiastic and perfectly goofy  
human you will ever find. 
Every adjective I just used describes her entirely and not even enough at the same time. 
If that even makes sense to anyone but me. 

She is a better mother to me than most people are lucky enough to have.
And that is coming from a daughter with a wonderful mother of her own. 
I guess I am one lucky girl, to have two amazing moms. 

I have no particular reason to be writing such a sappy post. 
It's not mothers day.
No one has died, or moved away. 
No Birthday or anniversary. 
Just a random inspiration to write the extraordinary truth about a woman who is sorely unappreciated. 

She is the one who deserves to be most appreciated. 
She is the one who dropped me off and picked me up from school, every single day. 
The one who taught me how to read. 
The one who sang loudly, every morning in the car, making it impossible to be angry.
The one who taught me that The Simpson's are bad. ;)
The one who forced me to eat my fruits and vegetables. 
The one who introduced me to Dr. Suess. 
The one who instilled my love for the Golden Oldies. 
The one who put up with my longstanding, competitive obsession with "I Spy" books. 
The one who made sure I knew every Disney movie by heart. 
The one who enjoyed McDonald's soft serve with me nearly everyday. 
The one who took me through Burger King drive through for french toast sticks every time we were late for class because she knew how much I hated walking in late. 
The one who told me to take pictures... all of the time.
The first one to send a Birthday, Anniversary, Congratulations, Christmas, Let's go to the Beach, Happy Thanksgiving...etc... card.
The one who gives the best bear hug any time, any place. 
The one who practiced all of my spelling B's with me.
The one who gives Tundra the tennis balls straight off the legs of her walker. 
The one who reminds me that laughter can heal all. 
And the one who taught me the importance of family. 

I would not be the person that I am today
without the influence of my Grams. 

Only picture I could find right now...
Grams helping me get ready for the Medieval Fair at Dartmouth Middle School

My dad is the one person who treats her the way she deserves. 
Every time he gets a few days off in a row,
he heads out to Victorville and spends it with grams. 
He calls her to check in and chat every single day. 
He comes out for every holiday. 
He takes her out to dinner and rents sappy chick flicks.
 And recently he took her on a trip. 

She mentioned that one thing she wanted to do before her time,
was go on a road trip up the California coast. 
So that is what they did. 


Her entire life, she has been waiting for her knight in shining armor to come rescue her.
At least for now she has my father.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


He loves to send me pictures...
of things he's doing, places he's going, what he's eating
and even selfies. 
And I love to do it back. 

Well it dawned on me... 
That is exactly what snap is for. 

So I sent him a snap invite 
and waited for the confused reply. 
Instead I got this..... 

In a text message.... 

Ha ha! I don't even know how he did it. 
He figured everything out.... but couldn't send it through snap. 
I don't even know how to text a snap :) 
Unless you screen shot it first.... 

Needless to say.... that was the end of the Dad and daughter snap game. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Day...

.... this year, was quite relaxing and mellow.

Which is really a great thing,
considering our other Thanksgiving (of the Friends sort), which I will post about soon, was possibly the opposite
... in a good way. 

Thanksgiving Day, we woke up slowly
and just hung around the house for a bit
until we decided to finally get dressed and go out. 
We wandered over to Liberty Park
and walked Tundra around.

This is a very telling photo... 

We drove to Sandy 
and had Thanksgiving Dinner with the Jensen's. 
Of course we did the usual....
Shirley invites us to, "say what you are thankful for"...
and we all watch each other try to weasel out it. 
Which is actually pretty entertaining in itself.
The truth of it is that we all have so much that we can, and want to say.
It's almost like we revert to being children,
and we don't want to be that sappy kid 
that says embarrassing things and everyone makes fun of!
Of course Derek is still that kid... that points the finger,
so it makes sense I guess! ha!

One exciting thing that happened
was that we got to meet a new member of the family!
Shara and Ricky got a new puppy
and we hadn't met him yet. 

** Just a few things that I personally am thankful for this year....

My handsome, easy-going, understanding, forgiving, class clown of a husband.
New friends.
The courage to realize when to let go of people you no longer need in your life.
The giant marshmallow of a best friend we call our muffin.
Those who brought me into this world, in all their wonderful differences.
Those who love me as if, they too, brought me into this world.
Succulents... just succulents.
Salt Lake City and it's perfect mix of cityscape and green space.
and... CEREAL... always grateful for cereal!

I could go on forever... but this will do for now. 

Oh! And ALL PUPPIES.... of course!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


The idea began when we found out that Ms. Duler
had yet to experience the tradition of
Crazy right?.. and kind of sad
This needed to be fixed. 
So Der mentioned doing a FRIENDSGIVING
the day before Thanksgving Day.

Although we were only like 2 days away
we thought that this sounded like so much fun!
Especially since so many of our friends
including myself
do not have family near by. 

It was decided!
So Der sent out this clever little message
and we began planning. 

Luckily, we have really GREAT friends
and we had an amazing turn out!

As usual... Tundra was the first to show up....

Where there's food... there's a Tundra!

First time wearing my Anthropologie apron



Thanks to Ry and his amazing cooking skills

I feel it is only necessary..... 

You're welcome

The chef carving away

This was my doing.... 
and yes, there were flames
and minor panic

 and on my FAVORITE Thanksgiving item! Candied Yams!
I must be telling such a great story.... But Tundra never took his eye off the prize
There's my adorable hub stuffin' his face... 

And the battle begins.... 

Between the Newbie and the Bird Chef himself

And we have your WINNER!

Rightfully so...

For dessert... mini pecan pies... compliments of Kris!

After the feast...
we went around the room and said what we were thankful for
It's much more fun when you feel like it's your idea... 
and not some painful thing your mother came up with :) 
Although.. I am pretty sure I panicked under the pressure 
and said something really dumb

After the Friendsgiving festivities
we walked over to Dick N' Dixies
for a little bit.
Where we decided it would be a great night for a photo booth sesh.
Yes, all 4 of us crammed in there! 

Made for a good ending to a great night.

Besides the Candied Yam Marshmallow Fire incident... 
the mishap below, was really the only other fail of Friendsgiving

Kris has STILL never had Sparkling Cider.
I tried to remedy this fact
but ended up forgetting about them in the freezer. 
This is what happens to sparkling cider in the freezer. 

Maybe next year we will just put ice in the cups... duh

We will learn from our mistakes. 
No fires or broken bottles next year.
Although... I am excited to see what hilarious "mishaps" we will endure next Friendsgiving.