Sunday, June 29, 2008

bits & pieces...

...of Heidi & Erik's Wedding
This Friday, Erik & Heidi tied the knot at JSMB. It was such a fun day for everyone involved, and Jennie & I especially had a blast. I was more pampered at this wedding than I was at my own! Heidi sure knows how to do weddings!
We started out the day in Heidi's hotel room at the Grand America where we were all lucky enough to get our hair & makeup done. We all had so much fun getting ourselves & the beautiful bride ready.

Once we were all ready to go, We drove from the hotel to JSMB in a limo! Heidi looked drop dead gorgeous. I have some pictures of her that I will post later.These are some picture of Jennie getting Makayla ready. She was such a doll the whole day and looked adorable. The wedding was on the very top floor...so beautiful.Cutest fam. Makayla is acutally laughing in this pic, even though it looks like she is flipping out.The groom...at the rehearsal.A great picture of Ty & Jennie
J & GHere is the 4 of us at dinner.
Cute Bry & Kiersti..Love these two.
G & some of his buds. Me & Kiersti attempting to get a picture, but something funky happened to my eye?Our 3rd attempt. I can't show you our second, but just know that it is the reason I am pissed in this picture.
Decorating the car is a huge tradition amongst G & his friends. This is one of the only photos that is blog-appropriate.
Kiersti and I tagged along to help....Don't zoom in and read the car. Serioulsy, just don't.
And here is gorgeous Heidi when she saw the car...
I want to thank Heidi & Erik for such a fun day...being one of Heidi's bridesmaids was a serious treat, she spoiled us to death. We love you guys so much and couldn't be happier for you.
Congrats!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

No time to blog.

I've been needing to do a new post for a while, and I have been sitting here trying to think of something to write, but my mind is so full of to-do lists that I can't begin to start. I could tell you about Lagoon this weekend & the couple that was so perfectly 'in love' they willingly picked each other's zits and then examined the precious puss as they stood in front of us in line (True Story). Or perhaps I could talk about The Melting Pot with my cute sister in laws and The Best Dessert I have Ever Experienced In. My. Life.

Or maybe I could mention the Jamba Juice laced with what should be illegal amounts of caffeine (I didn't know, I swear) that I drank for breakfast today and how I literally paced back & forth at work in front of the chips & salsa I was guarding, mumbling too quickly for anyone to understand & repeatedly asking Monica if it would be okay for me to cartwheel down the hall. I didn't, just in case my boss is wondering (Hi Steph!).

Lately, my life has felt like a non-stop party. Except it's a party that I am planning, and hosting. And it's at my house, so it needs to be clean. Oh, and also, I am baking 5 million bite sized blueberries pies for the guests. And I have to roll the tiny dough by hand with a teeny tiny rolling pin and then do that criss-cross weaving pattern my Grandma once taught me. And I've never made a blueberry pie in my life (true story), so inevitably I keep screwing them up. Does that make sense?

I didn't think so.

Every night as G & I try to squeeze in 20 minutes of quality time together we say the same thing, "How come there are 5 million things to do every day and only 5 minutes to get everything done?" (Seriously, he feels this way, too. I am not over-reacting, I'm not, I am NOT) Does everybody feel that way? Is there some sort of secret recipe to balancing being a wife, a homemaker, a cleaning lady, a good employee, a friend, a home owner, a sister, a daughter and a Primary worker? I can only imagine how all you Mom's feel. Hats off to you. I can't even begin to imagine adding "Mother" to the list.

I am sure I am not the only one who feels stretched too thin. I am sure all of you are muttering to yourselves, "what is she talking about...if she only knew!" right about now. And you should. What I need is a good swift kick in the pants. Feel free to give it to me next time I see you.

But, then again, maybe that's the point. Maybe we are supposed to learn that perfection is impossible and sometimes you just have to let some things slip threw the cracks. Like some days, I simply don't have time to make my bed before I go to work, and although it pains me (severely) to let that slide, maybe I could accept the fact that my house can't always be spotless if I am going to make time for all of the people in my life who are more important than my bed sheets could ever be.

Maybe that's what we are supposed to learn? To let the house stay dirty and go for a walk with your hubby instead. Or to overlook the to-do list and go play fetch with the dogs. Or to stop stressing about your un-made bed at home, or your messy yard and relish in the fact that tomorrow is a new day and sometimes the pies can just wait. Seriously, the pies will just have to

WAIT.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A peek inside...


My fridge.

I know, I know...You are all just DYING to see what's in there.

But, cute Chels tagged me & I'm definitely in. For some reason, this fridge tag totally intrigues me. I think it might be because I'm generally a very nosey person. If I could have one superpower it would definitely be to be invisible, so I could spy on all of my neighbors. I mean, c'mon, wouldn't that be the greatest?


Back to my fridge. Here it is.


A professor in my health class once taught us to keep everything you want to be eating on a regular basis on your top shelf, (or, at eye level-for me that's my top shelf) so that you see it more often and everything that you shouldn't eat as much on the bottom shelf, or even in the drawers. I have done that ever since she suggested it & it totally works for me. I keep all of my fruit washed and ready to go in a big bowl right on top, because I find that if I shove it away in a drawer, I forget it's there. And that's my healthy tip of the day! Moving right along...

So, in my fridge you will find: a bowl of oranges, pears & apricots, skim milk, chocolate soy (hey, chels, twinners!) v8 splash, grapes, yogurt & cottage cheese, strawberries, raspberries, a salad mix, veggies (cauliflower & broccoli)-This is the top shelf, you see, uber healthy. Down one step: Eggs, yogurt, bread, sugar-free pudding and string cheese. Now here's the fun part, the bottom shelf, get ready to gag. ground beef (although I seriously can't eat the stuff anymore after watching this video *warning: do not watch if you ever want to be able to eat a burger without wanting to cry & or puke again*) garlic hummus (mmmmmmmmm), mayo and homemade queso(hey, at least it's homemade! I heart queso).

In other news, guess what I did immediately after work today? Just guess.

No guesses?

Well, I'll tell you then. I dragged (literally, dragged) my cute little hubby to my Grandma's pool! We had so much fun doing flips and dunking each other, just the two of us. I figure just because we work full time, doesn't mean we have to miss out on summer! I am thinking about making this a regular thing, so if anyone ever wants to join me around 5 (when it is beautiful & perfect) please do! Her pool is kept at an amazing 80 degrees or so. Lovely.

Happy summer.

Ps...I tag anyone who wants to!

What the wedding?

In a crazy turn of events last week, the receptionist at our office won this contest on Tuesday because of this. The prize was a 'dream' wedding at Nightmare on 13th (yes, the Haunted House) on Friday, the 13th of June (get it?)...No? Click here to read more about it.

Monica & I decided to slip away to see the crazy event go down. And, here are some of the things we did

Fell in love with the monsters.

Got taken away by a gargoyle. (yes, that is what is happening! you can't tell?!)

stood next to this really tall thing.

touched this man. (not by choice)

and his greasy stash. (DEFINITELY not by choice) brought a date.and finally, said, "I do".

and this is what monica did to the picture to get rid of my crazy eyes & large zit. thanks, girl.
congrats, amber!
we hope your string of bad luck ends here!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

love to all my guys.

happy fathers day

to the dad who will someday be...
and the dad who will be soon. (in august)
and to one of the most amazing dads i know.
to g's dad, who taught him to be a kind, honest, good person
and to mine, who did the same.
thanks for all you do.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

true story.

Today, during my lunch break, I drove to the nearest Wells Fargo and waited in line for 20 minutes to deposit my paycheck. This would be fine, except that
I BANK AT ZIONS!!!!!
I think I might have too much on my plate these days! I'm officially losing it.

Monday, June 9, 2008

This is for you, Steph!

One of my best friends in the whole wide world, the beautiful & talented Steph is currently living out all of our fantasies in sunny southern California with her darling husband and the cutest pregnant belly you've ever seen. I think of her anytime the temperature in Utah drops below 75 degrees, which, let's face it, is almost every single day. I am beyond envious of the fact that she is spending 4 whole months in my favorite place in the whole world. No fair.

G & I will be visiting the happy fam in August, but until then, I like to interrupt her with texts, emails and phone calls, just so she doesn't forget about her little JMO and never come home. I just got off the phone with her where I chatted from the comfort of my desk & she chatted pool-side. Since she has plenty of time on her hands these days, she asked me for some suggestions of books to read while she enjoys The Greatest Summer Imaginable and I am happy to oblige. There is absolutely nothing better than a day spent reading by the pool. Oh Steph, if only all of us could be so lucky!

So, I give you..."Jess' list of all of the books she would devour if she were lucky enough to be unemployed this summer and had nothing to do but lay by the pool and get tan, like lucky little Stephanie"
whew. That was a mouthful.
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite Authors. I tend to like everything she writes. This one, especially, is a page-turner! Don't start it unless you have 3 days to sit and do nothing but read.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This is sitting on my night stand waiting for me to find some stinkin time. Haven't read it, yet (I know, I know), but I hear it's amazing.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gibert

I have heard great things about this one, too.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

This book is unbelievable...such an amazing story. Jeanette Walls is super talented, another great book of her's: My Sister's Keeper.

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

My current read. The writing is alright, not my favorite, but the story is fascinating. You wont be able to put it down.

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Like I said, she is an amazing Author. I LOVE this book!

The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman.

Haven't read this yet, but I have been wanting to find the time for months now.

So there you go, Steph. My list of summer bliss. I expect all of these to be finished by the time I see you in August! Miss you.

xoxo,

jmo.

feel free to add your favorite to this list, as well!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

human tetris.

Pancakes around the world!

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=(pure joy. pure, pure, joy.)

I have a slight obsession with pancakes. Mostly because they are full of sugar and topped with sugar. And sugar makes me happy. I love cooking brunch on Sunday morning and over the past couple weeks, I have been trying out some new pancake recipes from all over the world. Because I want everyone to join in the fun, I've decided to share my pancake adventure with you lovely bloggers. So today I bring you:

German Pancakes, aka: Monsters, aka: I'm one quarter German!

You will need:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Tbs. butter (and use butter, please. I made them with margarine once & smart butter once, and both times, the texture was off. You can run them off tomorrow!)
Pre-heat oven to 425. Melt butter and mix all ingredients together in blender. Whip well. Pour batter into well-greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

I love to cover mine with bananas, maple syrup & powdered sugar. G prefers fresh berries & whipped cream. Either way, they are heavenly. And not to mention, the easiest pancake recipe I have found thus far.

Enjoy!

Coming up next: Norwegian Pancakes, aka: I married a Norwegian boy once.