Friday, September 30, 2011

a few favorites on a friday

Usually I save my "favorite things" list for Sunday, but this week I thought I'd try a Friday instead!  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend; my sister Rachel is visiting, so we'll be doing a lot of catching up!

My favorite pair of geeky glasses ever!

This "dear photograph" website is awesome (but be warned, it's an easy way to spend 2 hours and not notice!)

Could every elevator be this amazing/hilarious/beautiful?

Over the weekend I'm going to attempt to make these no-bake Nutella bars.

I love Michael Kors suggestion to substitute a long vest for a coat!

I'm a firm believer of bracelet-stacking.  This pave arrow cuff and buckle wrap bracelet would be perfect additions to my collection.

Here is a DIY tutorial on tinting mason jars.  So cute!

This fall leaves garland is so easy, cheap and ridiculously adorable to make!

I love the zipper up the back of these boots (and the fact you can wear them with legwarmers)!

This ring set is gorgeous!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Crayola the Chameleon

That's Britton's hand, feeding Crayola a worm.  Insane, right?  Even crazier: this cage is on Britton's nightstand next to his bed!

Pocatello (the last part)

While we were over at Britton's house, he showed us his chameleon, Crayola.  I had seen this awesome guy before, but never touched it.  It has the cutest little feet that are (apparently) very soft, and I'm convinced if it weren't for his bright color, I would have left him alone (which is ironic, since chameleons are supposed to blend in so they aren't noticed.  Just a thought).

After Britton let the lizard crawl onto my arm, it started puffing up, so I got scared (naturally, right?) and asked Britton, "will he bite me!?" to which he responded "....I don't think so...." which kinda fueled my fear.  And then...someone took a picture, but I think I was supposed to smile?  Who in their right mind can think of such a thing when a lizard is about to eat you alive?  I'm not even sure if Crayola has teeth, but next time I will ask the questions before I let a lizard hitch a ride on my hand.

Crayola was definitely the coolest of all Britton's pets (and he did have such soft feet, for the record)!

*Please note: although it looks like I am about to give the lizard to Lincoln to play with in the last picture, that is not the case.  It looks much closer in the picture than it was in reality!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

monday night bbq

Monday evening we drove down to Dave and Elle's in Lehi, where we ate barbecued chicken, fruit, and caramel cream pie with a few friends.  They recently returned from honeymooning in Paris, France, so of course we asked for a slideshow of their trip.  It rained while they were in Paris, so in many of their pictures they are holding a little pink parasol above them to keep them dry, but it provided the most beautiful lighting and made the pictures especially dreamy!

 After a few pictures (especially the ones from the Louvre), I started to feel a little sad we live in Utah, when there are so many beautiful places in the world which provide art history via a stroll down the street.  So, to help lighten my mood, Tyce and I snuck upstairs and got dessert ready for everyone.  Because, after all, who doesn't feel better after a few bites of yummy dessert?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pocatello (part II)

A week ago we were in Pocatello, Idaho, visiting Tyce's family (found here).  After a busy Sunday, we were able to sleep in on Monday morning, followed by crepes for breakfast.  Tyce's youngest brother, Britton, somewhat recently purchased a house and has spent the past year making updates so that it could accomodate his many pets (although I am using the word loosely, since these are much more unique animals than the regular "pet").  Britton cut a hole in the front room's main wall in order to showcase a 120 gallon salt water fish tank, and then has spent the last year building a very large cage for his Iguana, Sobe.  This guy is dedicated.

The first Christmas Tyce and I dated through, we both went home for the holiday (me to California, him to Idaho).  He spent a lot of his Christmas helping Britton build parts of his Iguana cage, and told me that his mom was a little bothered that Britton was choosing to make such major changes to a new house, especially for animals.  I asked Tyce what he thought about his brother's choice, and he said, "I just keep thinking about how great of an uncle Britton will be.  I can't wait to bring our kids over and show them all the cool animals he has!"  At the time, the thought of "our own kids" seemed so far off, but here we are, with our own baby, showing him the amazing and beautiful animals his Uncle Britton has!

Monday, September 26, 2011

cartoons at costco

Going to Costco is such an adventure, isn't it?  Especially because we are televisionless, walking by the big screen TV's is enough of an excuse to visit.  Lincoln's expressions are so intense that I always leave feeling a little guilty he only sees cartoons when I need groceries.

After cheap hotdogs and a few free samples, we found the children's Halloween costumes and looked for so long we didn't have time to buy anything other than diapers.  But I's Costco.  Getting lost in all of the bargain-priced treasures - in bulk - is bound to happen (at least to us)!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

fa.vor.ite: regarded with particular favor or preference

This men's gold watch (but for women, of course!), worn like this.

I would love this gray slouchy beanie for the Fall.

I'm not a big fan of Tom's, but if they look like they're made of lace I do!  So pretty!

I love the shorts and legwarmers together!

Cheerios, or "donut seeds"?  So cute!

At only $22, star projector would be so cool for a kid's room, or to set the mood for a romantic evening at home (or both, since kids need to be in their room to have a romantic evening at home)!

Ugh, this coat is already sold out.  Can someone sell me theirs?

When we buy a house, this is what we want our walls to look like.

The Drive soundtrack:

Last night in the General Relief Society Meeting, Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, "The happiest people I know are ... those who, while in the pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments."  It's refreshing to be told to be happy, now!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

stand up

The night we moved the crib Tyce asked me if we should lower the mattress so Lincoln couldn't stand up and chew on the railing.  Of course I answered, "Stand up in his crib?  As in, pull himself up?  Pssh.  No."
Then guess what Lincoln did?  He pulled himself up, and chewed on the rail.

Needless to say, we moved the mattress down!

Friday, September 23, 2011

so long, summer!

In honor of the last day of summer, we visited Iceberg Hamburger Stand. We thought it was a nice way to wish summer goodbye, since it's a place we've frequented the past few months (our first visit of the season is here).

It's one of "those things:" when it's miserably hot outside I wish it were cooler, but now that the nights are more chilly and the days are getting shorter, I am sad to see the heat go.  I'll miss the slurpees, my tank tops, Tyce's shorts (what?  he looks good in them), Lincoln's onesies (with his little baby-chub bare feet), warm nights on our balcony, picnics, cupcakes on the patio (because they don't taste the same inside), and sandals with bright toenail polish peeking out.  But what I will miss the very most is baby Lincoln, and all 6 months he's spent growing during this season, because next summer I don't get that back like I do my sandals.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

lunch with geese

Last time Lauren and I met up, we had such a good time that we promised we would do it again soon, and guess what?  We did.  We went to Liberty Park where the geese got so close to us they almost ate the lunch off our laps, and where, for the first time in 6 months, Lincoln nursed in public without a hitch.  I realize that might seem like an odd highlight, but since baby boy has GER ("reflux"), our nursing experience has been tough and somewhat aggravating.  L used to arch his back and scream every time I tried to feed him; even after we understood and medicated the problem, he only wanted to eat laying down, so for 6 months I've laid down every.single.time. baby boy has been hungry.  So yep.  I'm pretty excited about our new, upright position at mealtime (and my hair will greatly appreciate it, too).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pocatello trip (part I)

On Saturday night we drove to Pocatello, Idaho, to stay with Tyce's family for a few days.  Since my mom is also from a town near Pocatello, I'm familiar with a few places in the city - one of which is a little 50's diner called Johnny B. Goode's.  We decided to stop on our way in for shakes while we waited for my sister Rachel to make the drive down from Rexburg (technically we were the ones running late, but who is keeping track?) and had everyone meet us there.  

Sunday was another story.  Once we got to church, Lincoln decided to do a little "business" when he was jumping on grandma Fuller's lap, so ten minutes before the meeting ended we had to run home and change his outfit.  Since Tyce hasn't been to his home ward for over a year, no one had seen Lincoln yet; of course when the meeting was over we were at home changing baby boy's clothes, so we missed the opportunity to talk with all his old friends he grew up with.  By the time we made it back to church, L was so exhausted he ended up falling asleep on me in the Mother's Lounge.  I guess that's how it goes with a baby, but that doesn't stop me from being frustrated when things like that happen (especially when it involves showing off our cute baby)!  

After church we went home and ate hamburgers, fried red potato slices, fruit, and baked beans in their huge backyard by the garden.  Then while Lincoln napped we played Taboo and ate homemade indoor s'more squares.  By the time L woke up, we were so into the game that we sat him on the table and passed him around.  After our team won (yea!) Rachel had to leave to make it to class the next morning.  By the time Tyce and I told her to "drive safe" and went back inside, everyone was watching Thor (even Lincoln while grandma held him), so we snuck off and had a little alone time, just us two.  Aren't grandmas the best?  We think so!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the moving of the crib

Last night, after a three hour drive home from visiting Tyce's family in Idaho over the weekend, Lincoln decided he wanted a little daddy-baby cuddle time.  Baby boy is usually pretty independent and very rarely does he want to stay still in someone's arms, so Tyce ate up the moment (and I couldn't grab the camera fast enough).

Before we left to Idaho we didn't have enough time to move Lincoln's crib to his own room (our plan was to do this at the 6 month mark), so we ordered pizza and made an evening of re-organizing the extra bedroom and moving the crib out of our room.  Our apartment is finally beginning to come together like we planned when we first moved in!  Lincoln did just fine in his own room, but because he gets up about 4-5 times per night, I have a feeling I'm going to be the one who has a harder time re-adjusting!