Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In the eye of the beholder

I realized after looking at our anniversary trip photos that there is not one photo of us. They are all of the beauty we were constantly surrounded by. This is a bit out of the ordinary, but our trip was short and the city was crowded. So here are some of the things we saw and considered picture worthy.


The view from our room.

Our first stop along Highway 1 to capture the bay.

Fence

This was our final destination and reason for driving 3 hrs up crazy Highway 1. BBQ oysters were very good.

I really like this one. This is on the way back going across Tomales Rd to get to the 101. Highway 1 was beautiful but a bit much to travel back on.

I also wanted to say thank you to all of you wonderful ladies who commented on my last blog. Your comments brought tears to my eyes. Infertility is very trying but also has so many blessings that come along with it. Maybe someday soon I will write a blog about how I see it. With every bad comes the good. No matter what. Life is entirely how you see, in the eye of the beholder.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

6 years ago...

6 years ago today I was enjoying the sun and surf in Maui. Sigh... Today I am at work thinking a three day weekend isn't enough time to properly celebrate 6 years of marriage. We did have a fun time in San Francisco and Mill Valley. (I will post pictures later today.)

I am so thankful for a wonderful husband that, after 6 years, I still enjoy spending time with. I simply adore him. I must also say that I am somewhat grateful for the trial of infertility. I would love to have children, but since we have been given this obstacle we have been afforded time for just the two of us. What a gift!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I love the fishes 'cause they're so delicious...


I heart goldfish crackers. More specifically these little colored ones. They are a fun easy snack at work. Plus they are baked not fried, and made with real cheese. "I could eat them everyday, and my mom says that's ok."
Our anniversary is this Sunday, 6 years!! We are headed to SF and then on to an ultra chic hotel in Mill Valley. Can't wait! I will have lots of pictures to post on Monday. I love three day weekends.

Monday, May 18, 2009

More on the new home...

For those who are interested here is the floorplan for our new home. Yes, we will be hosting lots of fun parties as well as holidays. We can't wait! Please come and visit soon!!



Downstairs


Upstairs
PS We should move in around the end of June. We plan on painting and getting everything cleaned before we move in.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Man of the hour

On Wednesday we celebrated my step-dad's birthday. He is such a wonderful man. He married my mom when I was 16. So he has actually been may father longer than my real dad. (Since he was killed in a car accident when I was 7.) He is an amazing human being with an unspeakable amount of compassion and love. He has taught me so much and I am eternally grateful he is my dad. Love you Verne!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What we have been looking for...

So we bought a home today. Yep, our 8th, yes 8th, offer was finally accepted on the home of our dreams. The 7 other houses we thought we loved don't even compare. So in 30 days we will be moving for the 7th time in our 6 year marriage. Yes, we are gypsies. Here are a few quick pics of our new digs.


Kitchen.


Yep, we have a three car garage. Can you say storage?!



Master Suite and Remi


Little alcove right outside master suite.


The front. Robert and Remi.


I also got to go to lunch with my two favorite girls, Elaine and Catie. here is Catie showing me her mint. Wednesday is free pie day at this Mennonite cafe we love. It just made today that much better!



Obviously it was a VERY good day!

Fun filled weekend

Saturday was my very best friend's birthday. Yes, Elaine turned... um... 29 on Saturday. We had a girl's night Friday night because it was our Stake's Father and Sons campout. We had fun just visiting and eating good food. Saturday I took Elaine and Catie out to breakfast since our husbands were still gone. Then we ran some last minute errands for Mother's Day and went to see a few model homes. That night was our family party. I decided to try to make a cake using fondant. It was so much fun, and I think it turned out pretty well.

Here is the cake before I put the top layer on. I even made the cake and frosting from scratch. It was a butter cake. So good!

And here is the final product. Not bad for my first attempt.

Elaine loved it! I really enjoyed making it. I learned that fondant is not very tasty, so I think I will just use my homemade butter cream frosting from now on. But fondant sure does make the cake look pretty.

Then on Sunday we had the opportunity to go down to Fresno to spend Mother's Day with our moms. Robert's parents hosted my family for dinner. It was so fun. I am thankful to have two wonderful mom's who love and support Robert and me. I am also grateful for all the fabulous mothers who are my friends. As many of you can imagine, Mother's Day has not always been easy for me, given the fact we cannot have children, but this year was so much easier. I think a lot of that has to do with being so close to Elaine's family. I feel like a second-mom to her four amazing children and I am so thankful for that relationship. I know I will be a mom someday, but until then I have four adopted children who I love and adore.

Friday, May 8, 2009

For the love of cleanliness...

We have an adorable dog named Remi. She is 8 lbs of pure energy and love. We also have this couch...

...in black, which we also love. Unfortunately, the couch does not love Remi. Or should I say Remi's hair. Today I found this amazing product.


Now Remi and the couch can live happily ever after. Thank you Pledge!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Shout-out to my new phone

Yes, I am in LOVE with my new phone. It is T-Mobile's version of the iPhone. My opinion is it is better. 3 of my 5 siblings have the iPhone and I think it is pretty neat, but it does have a few flaws. Like it is not super easy to text on with the touch screen and you can't receive picture messages, lame. So when we had decided to get a family plan with the Durrant's, Elaine's family, we looked at all of our different options. Elaine was set on getting an iPhone, but the AT&T plan is super expensive for the iPhone packages. (I know one of my sisters pays $100/month for her plan.) WHAT! $100/month per phone! Um, a little more than we wanted to spend, so we looked in to comparable phones. T-Mobile's version, the G1, seemed to be our best bet. We got everything set up Saturday, and I haven't put the dang thing down. It has all the super neat free apps like the iPhone, but it flips open for easy typing and you can receive videos and pics with ease. If you haven't checked it out you should. Plus for the plan we have, which is the top of the line and includes everything, it is only $50/month for each phone. Plus the phone was created by Google. What more could you want???


Friday, May 1, 2009

I want one...



To be specific I would like the little blond in front. Can I have that one? Look how chubby! Oh I just adore chubby babies. For all those mom's out there you can read the article on these new "Tummy tubs" here. These sweet things seem to like them.