wait! come back!

We had so much fun with my parents and two sisters in town. We visited the temple, ate lots of great food (of course!) and had some fun excursions. Sam either remembered everyone, recognized them from facetime or just was really cool with having four new buddies who gave him constant attention! He loved playing with all of them.

It was great for to feel like we were kind of on vacation, with a week of fun, treats, little real-world responsibilities and a mom who did all the dishes. :) thanks mom!

how I feel this week

....after my family went back to utah! more posts on our fun week coming as soon as we adjust to life without four free babysitters :)

how long before the ads on hulu are longer than the show?

In February I suspected it was true but March confirmed that I have the worst luck picking out a shopping cart. No, I am sure everyone feels this way, but seriously. One time last month I started pushing Sam and wondered why he was sinking lower...one plastic side of the cart was bending out and the cart was sinking as the leg was bending off of the cart. Most of the time you kind of just deal with it, you know, and wrestle with the huge Costco cart to get it to turn but the cart that was splitting in two I obviously took back.

March was a good one. We found a great sandwich and a favorite snack (add cocoa instead of ch. chips). Sam went crazy over a new book from the library (video here) and I even had some good sewing luck this month. I tried out a cute little dress pattern and a few other things that actually turned out (whaaat) and Dave and I tried our hand at a geometric wreath. You only need like 120 straws and I ordered 1,000 from amazon, so...I'll probably make some more and try spray painting them or something? I don't know, what do you do with 900 cocktail straws when you don't drink cocktails?
this picture is so artsy, I know. 

I've also been watching the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon and I think I've managed to catch every episode while I'm working or cooking, etc. I never really watched it before (occasionally growing up) but once Jimmy took over I wanted to check it out. I'm loving it. (and I loved this guy. he's like an older but still adorable josh h. I think I've watched this like 4 times and I still am loving it.) 

A few of our favorite shows have ended, (though we are still behind on Psych) and it makes us feel a little old. But we manage to find a new show or two every season...what are you watching this year? I started to list out the shows we mange to catch up on during the weeks (luckily hulu gives you a few weeks, huh?) but then I realized it makes us look like all we do in our free time is watch TV and ....well...

ok that is kind of true. hmm.

And I have forgotten to write about how the highlight of my year so far is that all of my hair fits into a top knot. It's been so long since it's all been long and I've never really worn top knots before...and I try not to wear them everyday but I'm sure most ladies know that sometimes nothing feels better at the end of the day than ALL your hair out of your face and off your neck. But....I'm leaning towards bangs of some sort since mine have been long and blah for a year or so...anyone else itching to shake things up as we emerge from winter?

moving on up.

We gave Sam his first hair cut a few weeks ago and while I was a little sad to see those little curls go, it was definitely time for a trim. It was increasingly less "cute curls" and more "total mullet". I even sent my family a picture of his new cut and I thought they'd be sad with me and they were all like FINALLY. So yah, you know it was time.

He was a little (a lot) scared of the trimmer so I ended up holding him and trying to catch his attention with the first elmo clip I found and it sort of worked.
He love climbing stairs, especially since we don't have any in our apartment. One day I showed him how to climb grandma's stairs and it clicked. Since then he likes to climb any set he can find.


Well I just deleted my sentence about Portland's nice weather because I just looked at the forecast and it's supposed to rain every day. BUT last week was really nice so we spent some afternoons outside and at a park. Sam tried out the big kid swing (incidentally, that is often how he looks in his stroller too, both that face and the slouch.)

We are trying to get him to get off our bed and the couch the safe way but he still doesn't do it on his own, so we just hang him there and he can stay like that (and does) for a few minutes, sometimes resting his head while he drums up the courage to slide down.

And seriously, once this kid starts going, nothing stops him. I mean, look at that determination.

there might be something to this

Last week we had wraps for dinner and I thought as I was piling on my fillings how I think there are probably two types of people in this world, maybe three.

The first type creates their burrito just proportionally so, all their fillings and sauces fitting into a tightly-wrapped burrito and they gracefully eat it and it is a fantastic burrito.

The second type doesn't pay any attention to the size of the tortilla but mostly focus on what they want inside and how much. They want x amount of guacamole and x amount of tomatoes and the stretch of the tortilla is irrelevant in situations like this, it really is. So they pile on their fillings and then try to stretch and fold, and it ends up mostly like an unsupported taco. This isn't eaten gracefully but with tomatoes and lettuce falling out and salsa dripping down their fingers and onto their plate but it's worth every messy bite.

There is a third type: those who just buy burritos from a professional. You know, where they have huge tortillas and perfectly diced fillings and a lot of skill (I'm fondly remembering L&T at BYU (is that what it is called?)) and then you get ALL the fillings and ALL the tortilla and none of the mess and it's the best wrap ever.

I'm not sure this is a real metaphor to life, but I suppose it could be.


I had this post in my head for a few days now as I found the time to type it out. I almost didn't write it because today as I was reading a deep and beautiful blog post I was like what the...I just wrote a whole post about burritos? what is wrong with me?

And then Kylie wrote this post and I thought, yeah, life is too short for only the truly inspiration posts. Not that your post isn't true inspiration, Kylie, I'm just saying that my truly brilliant ideas are few and far between. [but seriously, you should read kylie's blog. she's killing it lately with her posts.]

five years or who goes to the oregon coast in march?

Two weekends ago Dave and I went to Long Beach, WA (yes, I was a little sad it wasn't Long Beach, CA, too...). We were celebrating our 5 year anniversary (!) and it was a fun/quick getaway. The beach was of course windy and rainy but it was still nice (complete with requisite initials, of course). And rainboots on the beach! Who knew? They were the perfect shoes (and the best Costco find of all time). The hotel was modern, industrial and rustic (ok, now I'm just writing buzzwords...) and I really liked the style.

We went to Cape Disappointment and the sun came out! It was a short hike with beautiful views of the pacific and we enjoyed the sun. We did miss Sam though, but he was having lots of fun with grandma and grandpa.