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Monday, November 30, 2015

thanksgiving 2015

ever since i was a freshman in college (a long long time ago), i have been going to st. george for thanksgiving. it is only a few hours away and much more realistic than flying home for the holiday. my grandparents are getting older, and it's getting harder for them to host at their house. i am so glad it worked out again this year and that chelsea and her family were able to come from california.

i didn't take any pictures of the actual meal besides a few posts on snapchat. kenzie tasted some mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes.
we always walk to the park after eating. the kids enjoyed playing at the park.
don't be deceived by the sun. it was much colder this year than it is some years. thanksgiving day was the warmest of our days there.
abby, kyler, and karlee on the swings. karlee wanted to make sure she was in the picture.

after the park we had some pie and hung out for a while. we headed to the hotel and got the kids to bed. chelsea and i went to check out some pre black friday deals at target. we looked at a few things and decided we could get the things we wanted online and avoid the ridiculously long lines. the store was a complete disaster, and i really did feel so bad for all the people working.
we spent a few hours visiting with my grandparents on friday. the kids love sugar cookies from swig, but they have never actually been there. we took them to swig for some cookies and drinks.
marsha and family were in town for the week. they spent thanksgiving dinner with gale's family. we spent friday evening with them-dinner and seeing the lights at the temple. i'm glad we got to spend some time with them. i wish we didn't live so far apart.

kenzie with grandpa
cousins eating dinner. it's fun to see them getting to know each other.
we walked around the temple seeing the lights. it was freezing cold. the colorado crew had coats and gloves and appropriate clothing, and the california kids not so much.
attempting to get a better picture in the light. some of the kids weren't too cooperative/
cousins and inlaws and kids of cousins-fun to be with extended family.
chelsea and her kids with grandpa and grandma-so happy they came to st. george.
we all left early saturday afternoon to go home. it was sad to leave and say goodbye. i'm happy we all made it to celebrate the holiday weekend with extended family.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

glasses or no glasses

i've talked about glasses before. this isn't the first time you've seen these pictures either. i don't have many pictures wearing glasses because i don't wear them very often. ever since i ordered these glasses from firmoo i want more glasses. i was kind of scared to order glasses online, but it was so easy-upload a picture, try on glasses, add your prescription, wait a few days and you have new glasses. even though i rarely wear glasses, i want more.

since i don't wear them very often i prefer not to spend a ton. firmoo is not only easy to use but very affordable. i've teamed up with them to offer one of you a free pair. enter with rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

on this day of thanks

i love thanksgiving. i love the chance to stop everything and think about gratitude. life is crazy and busy and sad and happy and a little bit all over the place. i am thankful today for so many things.

i am thankful for my immediate and extended family and the opportunity to spend a few days with them.

i am thankful for my friends near and far.

i am thankful for a job that i love.

i am thankful for my beliefs.

i am thankful for a healthy, strong body.

i am thankful for this space and the opportunities it gives me.

i am truly thankful for my life. it is completely different than anything i ever expected, but it is wonderful. i really do love my life.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

wear it wednesday...unblogged bloggable fall look

i don't know what happened, but somehow i never blogged this outfit. i also just spent 25 minutes looking for the pictures and deleting the bad ones (there were a lot). i actually wore this outfit in the spring, but it screams fall to me.

 old navy chambray|target skirt|nine west shoes|necklace and stone bracelet blooms&co|alex and ani bracelets|michael kors watch

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

a thanksgiving treat

i love holidays and pretty much any reason to celebrate. celsey and i saw the cutest idea for halloween treats. she rented a cotton candy machine for her daughter's birthday so we thought it would be the perfectly easy cutest treat. 
we have no idea what happened, but after one day the cute cotton candy spider webs basically turned into a hockey puck-most epic crafting fail of our lives. 
we have to redeem ourselves somehow. hopefully people accept our caramel apples as redemption. they were much more successful than the halloween fail. 

we used this recipe to make the caramel. the rest is pretty simple. 
dip apples in caramel and let set
dip apples in melted white chocolate
immediately roll in cinnamon sugar
in between apple steps, make tags. 
cut 3" squares
stamp/write/print thankful for you 
when apples are all set, put in cellophane bag, tie with red string, and attach tag. 
cute tasty treat
now to think of our Christmas treat...
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Monday, November 23, 2015

weekend's beginning to look a lot like christmas

in my opinion it's really never too early for christmas. i love christmas decorations all the time. even though i have seen them for a while now and even went to a tree lighting last weekend, this weekend it really started to feel like christmas.
i met friends for a quick dinner on friday evening. they went to see mockinjay after dinner. i read all the books, but i haven't seen any of the movies. i might be the only person on the earth that doesn't really care for them. the content is a little much for me so i skipped the movie and did some christmas shopping instead.
i run all winter long and have for years. i always tell people if you are dressed appropriately, it really isn't that cold. i thought it was warmer than it really was on saturday morning. i wasn't dressed appropriately at all, and i was so cold.
after running i went over to laurann's house for a lesson in making pies-really pie crust. i don't actually really like pie, but i feel like it's something i should know how to do. she had the dry ingredients measured in ziploc bags and the butter and shortening measured and cubed in bags too. it made the process of making 10 pie crusts so smooth. i learned everything has be to really really cold, and i also learned pre measuring and prepping ingredients before is really smart.
i met sage, tiffany, and laurann for dinner at the cheesecake factory. after dinner we went to the bell choir christmas concert. i went for the first time last year and loved it so much. they are so amazing. i have no idea how they get to be so good. they are so talented, and the music is amazing.

after the concert, we walked past the candy windows at macys. there has been a long tradition in downtown salt lake of having window displays made all of candy. the theme this year is peanuts. it was so fun to see them.

sunday I went to church with tiffany and sage for their primary program. there is something so amazing about hearing small children testify of our Savior Jesus Christ through music and talks. i loved it! i also got a few coats out of storage so i can quit being so cold all the time.

how was your weekend? any exciting or festive happs?
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