Ben Folds & the Utah Symphony.

Thanks to some connections Andrew has through working with Deer Valley Resort, we got free tickets to the Ben Folds & Utah Symphony Concert at Deer Valley this weekend. It was a really great concert--very neat to hear him accompanied by the symphony, and to participate in the interactive parts of his show. He's a very fun performer to watch.

In addition to the concert, we got two bonuses:
1. A gourmet picnic basket compliments of Deer Valley (think grapes, cheese, and steak. Yes.)
2. Lots of great people watching opportunities.

Here are some pics of the night:

Ben Folds rockin out on the piano. He's amazing!

The Symphony

Our incredible picnic basket!

The basket with some damage done!


What happens when...

...it's the end of the week, groceries are low, and I don't want to spend money eating out? Breakfast for dinner happens! More specifically, scrambled eggs (with avocado, of course) and fruit smoothies. Random: check. Delicious: check.

The blend master!

Finished product. Mmmm.

Old Spice & HBLL Unite.

Anyone seen the funny Old Spice commercials lately? The ones with the "man your man could smell like"? They're quite clever (and I only know this because my husband is in advertising), and they have also inspired some equally clever parodies.

Here's one created for a place that is oh-so-dear to my heart: the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. I spent many hours there studying, among other things...I once dominated the 5th floor. But, that's neither here nor there. So go ahead and watch, and prepare to be amused!


Tricky hills.

The oh-so-wonderful reality show, The Hills, came to an end last night--not that I've watched it in a few years, but my musings of Us Weekly keep me updated. Anyway, for such a cheesy show, the ending was quite clever. Enjoy :)


Yay for freedom!

The lot of us enjoying Three Arch fireworks. Amazing!

We recently took a trip to California for the 4th of July and soaked up the time with fam, yummy food, fireworks, and the peeks of sunshine here and there. It's been hot in Utah, so the milder weather was actually a nice break! It was altogether a lovely (even if a bit too short) trip. I am SO bad when it comes to taking pictures and documenting fun times--so, I stole some pictures from my sis-in-law's blog. Woops. They're still good and capture the great time we had, nonetheless, so feast your eyes.

Our cute nieces, all doing their own thing. Ha, love them.

Uncle Drew

Elyse & Summer birthday dinner
Could you ever say no to that face? nope.


A pole and a birthday.

The deadly pole....dum dum dum.

My life lately has been a lot of ups and downs. Needless to say, my emotions have also been all over the place (which Andrew will attest to) as well.

For example, I got some good news last week--I was moved to a full time position at my new job. I'm loving working with the moms & babies, and will love the increased cash flow that will inevitably come from full-time work. So, blessing there!

About an hour after that phone call, however, I crashed my car into a pole in my own parking lot. I hit the steel bar that holds the covered parking up (pictured above). The results of the fight: pole: 1, car: 0. Let's just say, a pole can do a lot of damage (over $3000 worth, in fact). And, not only was my poor car wounded, but my ego as well. I still feel like an idiot about the whole thing. And, to put the icing on the cake, the insurance company asked once if I was okay, but has called me at least three times to check if the pole was hurt. Nice.

So, I went from joyful to tearful in a matter of 60 minutes. Plus, I was on my way to a much needed hair appt, and ended up missing my haircut. Most girls can relate to how devastating this can be in and of itself. Thankfully, my car is at the car doctor as we speak and will be returned as good as new by Friday, and my hair will survive another couple of weeks until I can make a new appointment. Now, I'm just living in fear of the repercussions of it all from my car insurance...

From there, things went downhill--I lost a bunch of things that I still can't find and they're driving me crazy. But, I started working nights this past week--another blessing!--which I love and handle much better than 5 am day shifts. So, I'm still on an up and down sort of ride.

My dad, mom, & niece Ashlyn in Cancun this summer.

On a much lighter note--HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dad! He is the best guy in the world and I love him so much. He's the most faithful, good-hearted, giving person in the world. He hates attention, but I don't think he's ever even seen this blog, so I'm sure he won't mind this little shout out :) Love you, Ed.