Friday, August 29, 2014

Long story short Mesa, Utah, and Washington DC can be a very small world.  Let me rephrase my statement..... the Mormon church in Utah, Mesa, and Washington DC can feel like a very small world.  This morning I invited some girls here in Mesa who all have roots from Utah or Washington DC and are now living in Mesa, Arizona.  Amazingly enough all four of us today knew each other from completely different walks of life, and it seemed like we had all been friends with each other forever. 

I came across a church talk I love the other day.  
It is a talk by Sister Bonnie Oscarson titled Sisterhood:  Oh, How We Need Each Other

The fact of the matter is, we really and truly need each other. Women naturally seek friendship, support, and companionship. We have so much to learn from one another, and we often let self-imposed barriers keep us from enjoying associations which could be among the greatest blessings in our lives. For example, we women who are a little older need what you Primary-age girls have to offer. We can learn much from you about Christlike service and love.

Maybe and especially because I have been living away from family for so long, and daily miss my Mother who has passed away I recognize a need for friendships with other strong woman.  I need strong woman in my life, and friendships have become more important to me over the years.  


 My sister inspired me on my last visit to her house.  She inspired me in many ways, but in relevance to this post she reintroduced me to a love of pistachios.  I have been hooked since my visit to Salt Lake on pistachios....I can't get enough.  Avocados have been another staple in my diet as of late.  It was only fitting I made a pistachio/avocado salad of sorts for my little luncheon today.    



I found these cups from Taget.....and they were screaming my name.  

Some other recent excitement totally unrelated to anything of substance but just as important is my over excitement and joy for my new Caitlin Wilson pillows.  Yes, I LOVE THEM. 

I put them in our casita (little guest house)

I used Catherine's old crib/daybed as a headboard.  Brilliant thought that came to me in the middle of the night.  I would rather save money on the headboard and buy new pillows, than vice versa.  I am all about trying to use what you have.  However, textiles is different story. I have an obsession with different fabrics and a new pillow can make all the difference in my decor life.  Mixing it up with pillows is a lot less expensive than buying new furniture. 





My "old" pink chair looks fabulous with the fabric and..


I LOVE THEM!  

Sammy.....if only I could just freeze him....at this cute age of his.


These girls are sharing a room as of late.  They are sharing a full size bed, and am pretty sure not sleeping as much as they should be.  I think it has to do with Alyssa hogging the bed.  Although.....I do know from experience Cath is a sleep kicker.:)  


Cath dancing


seriously.....can you tell I am excited about my new lens.....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some girls dream of a new diamond ring.....

I dream a bit different.  My dream came to a realization
with the purchase of.....

A NEW PRIME Lens for my camera!  






I LOVE


PORTRAITS!  

and there is nothing better than and prime 85mm 1.4 which I just added to my repitoire of photo gear!














Friday, August 15, 2014

I love to take drives around town. I think it is one of the best ways you get to know an area.  The other day I actually got lost, surprise surprise.  It is not really easy to get very lost in Mesa everything is off a main street.  However, I did get lost and I happened upon some great fields.  Yes....desert fields.  But fields and orchards nonetheless.  

I took Catherine and Sam this morning to take some pictures for her back to school.  She is my most willing picture participant these days it seems.  She prides herself on this fact, and I am using it my full picture taking advantage.  







Cath's first day of Preschool




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

When the kids are at school

This is what we do.

Old McDonald has a farm...








On  that farm we have Sam....hard at work!

For hours.....and hours we line up the animals!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Utah and Reunions......

Growing up in Utah I always felt safe.  Utah is a place I always love to call home.  It is the one spot I have my roots, my family.  It is a landmark of the church I belong to.  Salt Lake  is a valley surrounded by Mountains that I always feel protected by.  It is also a place where I feel a lot of emotions.  My heart is always tender when I land in Utah.  I keep thinking it is quite ridiculous that I cry every time I am in a place I love, but nonetheless it happens EVERY time.  

Well until this weekend.....I think I made a break through.  I didn't cry.  I am still not quite sure why I didn't cry this time, but I think it has something to do with me now living in the Westward region.    

  I flew in to attended my High School 20th year reunion.  I had the best trip reminiscing with people that I grew up with.

This weekend I was able to appreciate people and places that helped shape who I am today.  High school was a time in my life when I felt hopeful, optimistic, naive, insecure, awkward and a million other emotions.  It was a time that in some ways defined who I am; an era that shaped and prepared me for experiences in my future.  

I had a great time going back.  
It had been 20 long years since I had stepped into the courtyard of Skyline High.  I recognized when I stepped into the courtyard  I still feel many of the feelings I did in High School.  I still feel hopeful, optimistic, naive, insecure, and awkward:)  I am still defining who I am and what I want in my life.  

However, one thing has changed.  I now feel comfortable admitting that I feel hopeful, optimistic, naive, insecure and awkward.  I am much more comfortable in my own skin.  It was a good weekend to reflect and enjoy!



A fitting Diet Coke for the weekend.

Spending time with Amber pre-reunion was a highlight.  This girl is one solid, loyal, dear friend.  I just love her.


Lots and lots of memories with the above.....  


Our 8th ward church clan....minus Janet, Megan, Charity, and Heidi.  We were quite the clan....and went through a record number of Sunday school teachers.  




 These girls........


Ambers heels.....check those out.  I day dream of wearing 5 inch heels.  I just don't want to be 6'5.  I was super jelous....but not when climbing to the lodge at Solitude.


   While Mom's away the kids will play and bike.  Check her out with her new bike and no training wheels.  I am one proud Mom. I just surely hope was drinking a lot!  She looks HOT.


When I got home the kids had made me this.  They have been on a banner/poster making kick.  Alyssa explained they each had a part in the banner making process.


Alyssa's contribution ......funny, cute girl who I missed a LOT!  

Ps...gotta love Mikey's