Saturday, December 21, 2013

Family Halloween Party

This year's halloween party
was especially exciting because 
it was held at the Griffin's brand new house!
Their house is gorgeous, and perfect for party hosting

Look at the creative costumes everyone came up with this year:

Mom - Fairy Godmother
Dad - Sultan of Acrabra
Me - Princess Jasmine
Bethy- Ariel
Reece - Thor
Marolyn - Witch
Jenny - Magical sorcerer
Mike - Where's Waldo
Nora - Kangaroo
Evie - Queen of Hearts
Sam - Mario 

Angie did my hair and make up
everything turned out so perfectly!

The Griffins always have such fun 
halloween themed menus 
I'm always excited to see what fun treats 
they have come up with each year

After dinner we played some fun
halloween games
First up, pictionary

Then we ended the night
with some laughter filled rounds of
don't eat pete!
it was a very fun and festive evening

Monday, December 16, 2013

October 28, 2013

Birthdays are very important to me.
even though I am no longer a child, I still love to make 
a big deal out of peoples' special day
and try to celebrate them and make them feel loved and appreciated.
I also look forward to my own birthday every year.
Not that I love being center of attention or anything, because y'all
know I don't.  My birthday just always feels special
to me and I'm so incredibly grateful for the people
who make it special and wonderful every year.

This year it was spent with dear family and friends
and was low key, fun filled, and just the way 
I like to spend my one special day a year.

I celebrated with my family first.
We had a joint birthday dinner for me and my dad,
our birthdays are two days apart.
My mom prepared the most marvelous three course meal 
that was absolutely beautiful.
Aunt Sue, Uncle Doug, Aunt Diane, Granna,
my sisters, brother in laws, nieces and nephew all came to help us celebrate,
and enjoy the extremely festive Backers cake,
it was a lovely evening.

The next day was my actual birthday! 
Laura picked me up from my house in the morning
and brought me to La Maison de le Terburg for a fabulous
breakfast brought all the way from the Original Pancake house!
I have been dying to try that place out so I was ecstatic that my
thoughtful friends drove all the way to SLC to bring it to me
on my birthday!  Angie made a rum infused whipped cream
for all of our pumpkin, apple and coconut blueberry pancakes
 I can't even describe how delicious that and everything was.
It was the perfect beginning to my 27th birthday.

That night we all reconvened for dinner
at the Foundry Grill at Sundance.
My friends picked the venue, and they were spot on
with the best restaurant I would want to celebrate my birthday at.
I have mentioned before how enchanted I am with Sundance
so it was the perfect choice.  All of our entrees were beyond 
amazing and the free dessert they give you for your birthday
is so delicious!

The night ended with
a comfy, adorable cate onsie
a comfy couch
the best company
and a funny flick 
the perfect ending to a perfect birthday

Thank you so much to everyone
who contributed to making my birthday
so wonderful this year, from facebook posts, to text messges,
to thoughtful presents and cards, phone calls etc.
it means the world and more to me!


Here is a random assortment
of instagrams that I took during the
autumn season.


Angie, Carrst, Cash, Bowie, and I 
took a little fall drive up the
Nebo loop.  We were about a week
too late.... but it was still the most
wonderful and relaxing afternoon.
We got take out from Hickery Kist in Payson
and enjoyed a picnic lunch after our drive.

Happy belated Fall time