Saturday, September 6, 2014

Swiss Days 2014

We Bryan girls took our annual trek to Midway, UT. for Swiss Days last weekend.
It's always a blast!...super warm, but worth it :)

A few local shops are part of the festival and this year I discovered a quilt store in one of them.  It was hidden upstairs.  This was a sign I saw at the checkout.  Love it!

My super cute sisters in law at lunch...

 ...and my super sweet mother in law.

I loved this big old peacock!  
When a breeze comes along it's head and tail feathers bob up and down!
They had mini ones too.  I was quite tempted but resisted the urge :)

This was my haul this year...

Some of my favorites:
a pink '30s fabric to add to my collection, what I hope is a civil war repro. fabric (what do you think Mom?) and when I see a bee fabric, I can't pass it up.  I had just a sixth of a yard cut...just enough to get some hexies out of.

A lovely, hand painted, wooden bowl

There was a booth with some awesome vintage prints but they were kind of pricey so I had to narrow it down to just one.  I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a fan of eating candy corns but I love to decorate with them :)

...and a lovely, little stained glass beehive.

As always, a big thanks to my Mom and Dad for their help in getting the kids off to school that morning and to Andy who allows me to go each year and spend money :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fizz 'n Fryz and First Dayz

The day before school started I remembered that my mom always did something fun for us kids on that day as kind of a last hurrah.  I remember eating at the local, greasy, shake, fry and jukebox place, miniature golfing...and maybe even some bowling.  Did we ever go bowling on those ocassions Mom?
Anyway, I felt like I should do something with my kids.  I had recently been out to lunch with a good friend to a new place in town that I really enjoyed and the kids had expressed interest in trying.

 I had a feeling that Ben would want to try the fries so I called Andy to see if it would disturb him too much if Ben came to visit him for an hour.  He agreed so we all drove out to Dad's work and visited with him for a bit before leaving Ben happily with his iPad and his Dad.

So they literally only serve fancy drinks, fries and desserts.  My kind of place :)
They also have a ton of different dipping sauces and options of toppings for the fries.
My fave drink was lemonade with fresh raspberries and cream.
I also enjoyed their BBQ fry sauce and curry ketchup :)
Their fries are the real thing.  I ordered a small and when our order came out I couldn't tell mine from the kids' mediums because it was so large.  Needless to say we had quite a few fries to take home with us.
After stuffing ourselves, we went to pick up Ben who had been a little angel for Andy.
That day was the first time we had visited Andy in this particular office.  (He was transferred to a different seminary last year).
I'm sad because I got a few pictures of all the kids with Andy but for some reason they only show up as black squares on my camera.
I did get a couple of cute ones of him and Abby though...

The next day Josh headed off for his first day of middle school bright and early.

Abby and Matt left for 4th and 2nd grades.

And little Ben went to his first day of Kindergarten at a new school (new to him).
He will be in a Life Skills (Special Ed.) for most of the day but will go into a regular ed classroom for short periods to participate in activities that would be meaningful for him.
The regular ed teacher is actually the younger sister of the friend with whom I first went to Fizz 'n Fryz.  We were best friends growing up.  So fun to have that connection.

 I think he's laughing here :)

They all had a great first day.  I was especially relieved to hear from Josh that "it just felt natural to be in middle school."  After telling me about his day he said, "You know what they say Mom.  If you have a good first day, you'll probably have a good year."  Love that kid!

Everyone else came home with smiles on their faces as well.
That makes for a happy mom :)!

And that's all folks!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wedding Crafts

One of my cute cousins got married a couple of weeks ago.
I thought these pictures of her bridesmaids trying to find the thing to hold up her dress were so cute!

We're so happy for these two.  They will be awesome together!
                     The bride and her sister came over a couple of evenings before the wedding to work on                    crafts for the reception.  We had so much fun together!...probably too much fun :)
We painted some cabinet doors as chalkboards... 

...and used my silhouette to cut out vinyl for their mailbox, (they had written a lot of letters back and forth throughout their courtship so that was kind of a theme for the reception)

and to do a fun Mr and Mrs banner.

Like I said, so much fun and so happy for the cute couple!

Blessum You!

I know it's been a while since I last posted...
I better hurry and get caught up on my life or else I'll get so far behind that I won't want to even try and catch up because it will be so daunting :)

Andy and I celebrated our 12th anniversary on August 9th.
The day before had been a rough seizure day for Ben.  Andy came home from work with take out from our favorite fancy restaurant.

Ben was asleep in his room so he set up a card table in the hall where we could still keep an eye on the guy.

Friday nights Andy tries to let me sleep in our bed as often as possible and he takes a turn with Ben.
After he went to bed I stuck this vinyl on our bed's headboard.
While we were dating I would go over to my grandparent's home weekly and do odd jobs.  Grandma would often have me do dishes.  Andy would sometimes tag along and help me.  Above my grandparent's kitchen sink is a little picture that my mom framed for them of two indians in a canoe.

 It says, "Many years same canoe, blessum you!"
Anyway, that little saying has kind of become somewhat of a theme throughout our marriage.  
We'll quote it to each other every now and then.  

The next day (our anniversary) we drove down to South Weber to see the Weber Days parade at Andy's grandparent's home.  Grandma had grocery bags with everyone's names on them all ready to go to collect candy.

Matt was the most aggressive in collecting the goods, which was no surprise :)  He came away with quite a haul.

Then we had a bar-b-que.
Three generation picture....they don't look anything alike do they?

Afterwards we drove down to Andy's parent's and they watched the kids while we went on a little date.  Our plan was to ride the gondola up the mountain at The Canyons and then take a spin around the lake at the top in a paddleboat.

I'm not the greatest with heights but I did better than I thought...
...especially when we went out over a huge drop off!

By the time we hiked to the lake, all the paddle boats were already in use and they closed in 10 minutes.

But it was lovely and we had a really nice hike down.

When we got to where the gondola would take us the rest of the way down, we saw preparations for a wedding at the lodge.  We watched as they unloaded the cake from a gondola car...are they called cars?...anyway, and wheeled it over to the kitchen.

On the way down I ultra zoomed in with my camera and found Andy's parent's house.

Love this guy!  He's so good to me!

Blessum you Andy, husband of 12 years!