Wednesday, December 31, 2014

year in review

0:  sushi rolls Stefi ate
1:  new apartment, graduation, turkey bowl, new car, bout of food poisoning
2:  year anniversary celebrated, trays of burned cookies, awesome weddings attended
3:  new church callings, new countries visited, new states visited
4:  new favorite TV shows, trips to IKEA, hours spent researching donut shops
5:  meltdowns in primary, pairs of booties Stefi purchased then returned
6:  new books read, batches of Apple Betty made
7:  sushi rolls Blake ate, snow days off of work (yay!), Harry Potter books Stefi reread
8:  bottles of nail polish purchased, times a kid sneezed in Stefi's eyeball
9:  dozen red velvet cupcakes made, Field Notes notebooks Blake purchased
10+:  movies seen, hours stuck in traffic, flights taken, Target runs, hours spent listening to Serial

2014 was a great year!
We're ready for you 2015

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What we know

Who is ready for this???

Let's all get together for a Serial support group as we wait for Season 2. 

I'm planning on getting my mom and Amy hooked on this over Christmas break.
Get ready!

Friday, December 12, 2014

December happy list

It has been a rollercoaster week so a happy list is just the pick me up I need!

  • Traveling to Utah in 6 DAYS!
  • The new serial episode this week. I can't believe the final episode is next week. (#1 on the sad list)
  • Meeting Lisa's new baby Livy soon. Nothing is better than holding a little new babe with the fresh heaven smell.
  • Discovering my new favorite ice cream. Damn you Ben and Jerrys. 
  • Gilmore girl marathons in fuzzy socks
  • This anthro iridescent jar candle is gorgeous. WHAT IS THE VOLCANO SMELL? One of life's greatest mysteries.
  • Twinkle lights
  • Thinking about consuming Banbury Cross donuts in less than a week.
  • Marshmallow bits in my hot chocolate. I think I'm the only person that likes the gross mini gas station marshmallows.
  • We bought our first Christmas tree! A cute little 3 footer.
  • I think this needs to be consumed at some point. Soon. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 highlights

Some highlights of 2014:

Blake is finally done with school. He graduated from Georgetown University with his LLM in Tax Law. He crushed his LLM year and I'm so proud of him. We are able to travel to Paris in the spring so he could attend a tax conference with students from all around Europe and the US. I was so happy to tag along!
After graduation we then took off for a whirl wind trip to Asia. Due to Blake cashing in his all his points/miles/whatever we were able to fly business class and stay in some great hotel for free! We landed in Bali and quickly fell in love with the beautiful beaches and people. The resort was fairly empty so the staff gave us special treatment like cutting up Blake his special plate of (yellow!) watermelon every morning.

Next up was Hot Hong Kong. I've never been so hot or sticky in my life but it was great! The harbor is gorgeous. In between catching the sights we walked from one McDonalds to the next and bought $1 drinks and used the free wifi for 20 minutes to cool off. It was beautiful and we loved the morning we spent at the LDS Temple.

Last up was Tokyo. I've never eaten so many McDonalds happy meals or Snicker bars in my life. But Blake loved the local cuisine :) I ate Indian food once and I felt preeeetty adventurous. It was crazy crowded but it felt nice to be in a crowd of people my same height for once. Blake didn't stick out at all...Bonus: I was able to buy a maxi skirt without having to hem it! Winning! Speaking Japanese would have really come in handy but we Blake managed pretty well with gesturing and talking loudly. People seemed to really love that. Overall it was an adventure and I'm grateful for the time Blake and I were able to spend together after a crazy school year.

With some pretty awful timing we moved from our first little apartment the week we got back from Asia. Jet lag + packing made for some good times that week (insert clenching mouth emoji). We love our new place and love our new ward though! We are both in the Primary and its safe to say the kids all like Blake more than me. I inadvertently use a lot of therapy terms with them such as "quiet body" or "use your words". I'm working on it...
Blake started his new job at KPMG in July working in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. I don't fully understand what he does but he loves it. He still tells a lot of tax jokes at big parties with strangers so life is good on our front.

Time to head home for Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

well that didn't work....

Let's just say that wordpress is much too much confusing for me to figure out so back to blogger it is! Glad to be back! 2014 has been a kick A year. Some highlights are coming up soon!