Saturday, July 30, 2011

yellow grandma, the champ

My grandma, Shirley, is really, really sick.

She is my champ, a trooper, the strongest person I know, hilarious, so giving, pretty much the best person on the planet, and my favorite person ever.

I have cried the past two days straight because she is just so darn sick and we don't know what is going to happen.

But I do know one thing - I lucked out in the grandma department!

Please, please pray for her. This tough lady got through cancer and although she has some sort of lung infection, the lung infection doesn't have her! She will win!

P.S. Her favorite color is yellow and she loves Sour Patch Kids, jelly bellies, saltwater taffy, and m & m's. Please say lots of prayers, wear yellow, eat some of those treats and think of her!

You are the bravest person I know, Shirley Page!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

thrifty thursday - thank you!

I didn't go to the thrift store this week (shocking!), but I did receive a really nice gift from a great friend.

How awesome are these Pyrex flasks?? The big one is 6000 ml (25 cups) and it is huge! And so cool! This picture doesn't really show you just what a statement it is. The little one is 25 ml, tiny and cute.

I love them, Cora! Thank you so much!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

di loot

Sorry I have been so bad about posting. I was super excited to blog last year, but as time goes on, the appeal seems to wear off more & more. I can't promise I'll be better, but I will update from time to time!

Remember how I had so much fun at the grand opening of the Sugarhouse DI?

Well, I thought I would show you all my loot.

I had my way with the shoe section.

We'll start on the left with the cutest little OshKosh sneakers! $1.

Next up is a pair of brand new tap shoes! $2.

Moving on to the ruby red Dorothy slippers! $3

Super cute & brand new Nine West shoes for me! $6.

Fun and retro-esque t-straps! $4.

(Yes, I continue to buy things for my future kids. Oops!)

Two bright and fun Fisher Price toys! The shape sorter was $1 and the ring tower was 50¢!

An old sugar container for $1 and a Tupperware container for $1!

Finally, we'll round it off with a set of orange Tupperware measuring spoons at 50¢ and three Pyrex dishes at $3 each!

The Pyrex was a true prize because it took me about twenty minutes to find a parking spot. I was sweating bullets driving around the parking lot because I was getting so stressed to see people exiting with gobs of treasures! I just wanted to get in the store and start searching. I got to the Pyrex/Tupperware aisle first and I saw a lady carrying all three of the above Pyrex dishes. I was so crushed because she got to all the good stuff first. Lucky for me, the lines to check out were so long and I had a feeling to go back and look for the Pyrex one last time. I turned the corner, and there were all three pieces waiting for me!

If only I had such luck with other things in life!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

thrifty thursday - amazing

I had the most marvelous day at the DI today.

It really couldn't have been any more perfect. It was so unbelievable.

This picture will give you a little tease:

Sugarhouse DI grand opening. Oh yeah, baby!!

There was a young boy behind me who kept telling his grandma that the line was taking forever (it really was, I waited probably around 40 min. to check out). I turned to him and said, "this is a once in a lifetime experience, you are super lucky your grandma brought you here".

I think he thought I was nuts.

Pictures to come of all my treasures.......

Thursday, June 2, 2011

thrifty thursday

More Tupperware this week!

We had the red plates when I was little and I remember eating Ritz crackers topped with cottage cheese & Mrs. Dash off them all the time! (it may sound gross, but that triple combination is so yummy!)

My mom surprised me with the two aqua plates. Love them!

You can never go wrong with aqua & red together. Divine.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

the fame game

Last year, Beth & I started making this really awesome quilt called "sexy hexy". We finished our quilt tops last summer and they resided in a closet until now (I'm ashamed to say). But we have ambition in full force to cross that finish line. And honestly, the quilts are ADORABLE and we can't wait to use them out & about this summer at various activities.

Well, we are going to try to do the actual quilting ourselves, so the other day we started a google search to look for tips. Not long into browsing pictures, Beth said, "hey wait, go back!" And then we saw it - this total gem of a picture.

I know it's kind of hard to see, but if you go down to the second row, third image in from the left, you'll see us.

There we are: me, gram & Beth in all our glory.

We could not stop laughing!

Who knew that being google famous could be so fun.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

thrifty thursday

I had a golden time at the DI this week.

First, I found a butterfly gold print Pyrex. I already have some of this pattern, but I can never have enough!

Then I bought these gold shoes. I almost didn't get them, but they were an automatic win once I put them on. They are so comfortable, it feels like you are walking on a mattress! And I'm pretty sure they have never been worn.

I think this brand came from Sears - gotta love it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

thrifty thursday

Want to know a secret?

It's really 12:43 a.m., but I'm pretending to post this earlier (i.e. 11:56 p.m.) so it counts as "Thursday" since I missed posting last week. I just got back from babysitting and didn't think I would be gone so long, so I had to cheat.

I found this great blue skirt at the DI recently (sorry for the poor picture quality). I love it because a) it is super cute & was only $2, and b) it's the perfect length - no need for hemming. score!

I also made this easy skirt. Elastic waistband skirts are my new look for the summer. Not only are they a breeze to make and wear (so breathable), but they are cheap, cover everything they need to (woo hoo - cute shorts that are long enough can be so hard to find!), and I'm obsessed with making them. Nothing to do and no one to hang out with? No sweat! I have a date with my sewing machine and make a new skirt.

Now I'm off to the land of nod. I took care of Margaret last night and didn't rest well at all. The combination of weird noises from the rain and Margaret talking in her sleep had me waking up in a sweat thinking that people were breaking & entering all night! It's stressful to be "the protector" of the house. Good thing I have my self-defense skills I learned from a class at BYU - who needs a man when you have me!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

1-2-3, oops

1) buy a bunch of junk food from the hospital cafeteria at one in the morning.

2) eat your heart out all night long.

3) really wish you had also gotten nachos.

I don't know what happened to me on my graveyard shift last night, but I was an eating machine! Most of the time I go all night without eating anything, but last night was a different story. I couldn't get enough. Gross!

I gave away one pack of the m&m's. Does that make up for it?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

pure kindness

I couldn't figure out how to load two videos onto one post, so here's another one.

I bawled all three times I watched this video. What Christ-like love this boy, Spencer, exemplifies. I can only hope that my kids show half the kindness to others as he does.


Isn't this boy adorable? I can't stop watching this fun video.
I want to go to his lemonade stand this summer.

I just wish he would put a helmet on that cute noggin of his!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

thrifty thursday

The thrift store was good to me this week! Even though I am still going strong in a Pyrex drought, I managed to find some really exciting things.

First up are these brand new Sorel boots. Never been worn! They are for g baby when he gets bigger. I definitely couldn't leave these on the rack - they were only $4.

Then I got lost in the wonderful world of OshKosh. I want to slowly start collecting fun clothes for my future kids.

Isn't this dress darling?

And I love these overalls. I am pretty sure I wore some that were nearly identical when I was a little girl.

I saved best for last! Can you stand this airplane outfit?? I almost fainted when I saw it!! It is also brand new, with tags. I really hope that I have a plump, rollie pollie baby who can crawl around in this.

Happy cinco de mayo! Go eat some yummy Mexican food today!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

outback, baby

One of my dreams came true today because I got a new car.

I have been wanting a Subaru outback for over a century now. I have been talking about them non-stop and have to turn my head a million times every day when I see them passing on the road.

Well, I've been saving my pennies and today I was able to buy one! I figure it was my one shot to get something I really want (besides a good boyfriend or husband).

It was a little sad to say goodbye to my first car, the Jetta.

One of my favorite things about this car was the faint marks on the passenger door. Do you see those light colored circles? I always drove my gram around and when she'd get out of the car, she would use her cane to push the door open. These marks were made last year when she was here and I've never gotten rid of them. Every time I was sad that my gram wasn't here, I would look at the marks and feel better. Hopefully she will come back soon and make new cane marks in the Subaru!

Here my dad and I are driving off to the dealership.

Farewell, dear Jetta.

Here I am home with the new baby! I am so in love!

Monday, April 25, 2011

easter babies

Remember these two cuties?

Well, yesterday at our family Easter dinner, I stole them away again.

Can you believe how fast they are growing up?

I'm going to make this a holiday tradition.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Happy Easter!

I had the biggest bummer of an experience today. I worked three night shifts in a row & went to bed this morning with the intention of only sleeping for 3 hours and then getting up for church.

Well, 4.5 hours later, I woke up in a frenzy, realizing I had slept through my alarm, missed church, and missed seeing my favorite kids all dressed up for Easter.

What a tragedy! I was so mad!

I immediately picked up my phone and called the kids' mom almost in tears and told her how sad I was to miss out. I talked with Ben, my bow tie boy, and told him he should put his bow tie back on and come on over. He was so cute and asked me if he should put on all his church clothes or just wear the bow tie with the t-shirt he had on. How adorable! Then Grace wanted in on the fun, and changed into her Easter dress.

They both showed up to my house minutes later all dressed up in their Easter Sunday best! It really helped turn my frown upside down!

Next year I won't be such an idiot to sleep through it all. Worst mistake of the week!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

thrifty thursday + vermont!

I found two pink Tupperware trays (I love lunch trays) and a red mug at a Goodwill store in Vermont. I was pretty happy with these finds!

My mom and I got back from Vermont late last night. We had such a fun time. I was not so thrilled to wake up this morning and have a break in the routine that's been mine for the past 5 days.

I really miss this lady. Every morning I would go up to her room, help her finish getting ready & give her a Lovenox shot, eat breakfast together, and chat. Somehow waking up next to a pillow is just not the same!

And my uncle Mike. He always looks so sharp in a bow tie, and he works SOO hard. I always have a blast with him. And holy cow, you should see all the Pyrex he found for me!!

My cousin Majken, and eating at the restaurant with family (with killer views overlooking Lake Champlain!)

My aunt Susan and uncle Paul. There is non-stop joking and laughing with these two around.

Eating at gram's favorite sandwich shop. She is all done with her chemo & radiation now, and is doing world's better than the last time I saw her in January. That dumb chemo nearly killed her, so to see her make such vast improvements makes me feel really grateful. Keep fighting hard, gram!

Gram is a sewing whiz and everything she makes is complete perfection. She is famous for making "joy" banners. I have one made out of Christmas fabric from her, and have been asking for one made out of regular fabric to display for the rest of the year. While I was there, we made a joy banner together. It is something I will always keep & hold near to my heart!

I hand-stitched the straight parts of the binding, but when it came to tacking down the corners, I always let gram do that part. She is such a good teacher, and I have so much to learn from her. I could see the delight on her face when she would show me how to properly stitch a corner. She was so into it, there's no way I would have tried to stitch the corners myself and miss out on the experience of watching her be so thrilled to instruct me.

Here's the finished product!

I also found some items that I really wanted to take home with me:

My mom I went to the library and I fell in love with this yellow library cart.

And these plastic chairs, including the bigger, squash-colored one.

This bright blue postcard rack is something I really wanted. It was sitting outside with a bunch of other junk that is always left outside, even when the store is closed. I figure this rack must be pretty durable, as it has weathered the outdoor elements all winter long. Unfortunately, the store was closed so I don't even know how much this cost, but I have to say that I was very tempted to snatch this up. Too bad the store was closed, and too bad the rack would be awkward to ship.

Lastly, I found a dream home when my uncle and I were out on a drive. I drove right past this house without even taking a second look at it. My uncle pointed out the window and said, "oh, that's an old schoolhouse for sale". I was driving and immediately put on the brakes (my uncle was fearing for his life at this point, as I quickly reversed back up a hill). We got out and peered inside all the windows. From what I could tell, this place was adorable. We saw an old cellar, really cool fireplaces, and my favorite feature of all - the chalkboards were still on the wall in the living room! It was absolutely charming. We looked it up on the Internet when we got home. This place is a mere $179, 900. What a steal!

I can't wait to go back to Vermont this summer!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

thrifty thursday + see ya later, alligator

I found this yellow Tupperware mug at the DI this week (sorry for the poor picture quality - I stopped the dishwasher mid-cycle, and what resulted is a steamy, blurry image). The yellow mug is fitting because I am hopping on a plane tomorrow morning to see my yellow gram! Woot woot! She is feeling so much better and has more energy, so I know we will have lots of fun!

I made her this cute & super simple plastic Easter egg garland.

I got her a bright pink shirt just in time for spring. Giving gram paper napkins has been my new thing lately. I am bringing along some Easter themed napkins, and my favorite, hip hooray! napkins. I just about peed my pants when I found these. They are so perfect. Gram just finished her last radiation treatment yesterday, and all I can say is, hip hooray x one million!

I think these paper plates are so silly and I just had to get them. I can't wait to see the look on gram's face when I serve her lunch on one of these ocean critters.

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

monday, fun day

You know how most people dread Mondays? Well, I had a really great one yesterday. The sun was shining, and I got to do some fun things.

01. Temple session with a lovely friend.

02. Lunch at the Lion House Pantry. I love that place. Of course the rolls have me at hello every time. But, I also have a new obsession with drinking soda out of glass bottles. This sparkling raspberry lime soda is divine. Plus, the Lion House sticker makes me feel like I'm buying it at 19th century candy store. (like Little House on the Prairie).

03. Taking a much needed, but short nap. You know you've worked too much when you wake up from said nap thanking your lucky stars that you got up just in time to hang TPN and lipids (IV nutrition). We hang new TPN/lipids on our patients at 1800 (6 pm). I seriously woke up and was ready to get going on priming IV tubing and getting meds ready. Guess that's what 4 shifts in a row will do to you!

04. Cutting all my hair off. Okay, not all of it, but close. I told the lady, "just to my shoulders, long enough for a pony tail without two million bobby pins". She said, "Great, I'll do it just below your shoulders so that you aren't upset if it's too short". I tried really hard not to cry like a 2- year- old when my hair was most definitely above my shoulders. (This picture doesn't really show just how short it is. And don't mind my awful face. I was having an extreme allergic reaction at the time this was taken).

05. Remember how I missed out on the free Pyrex pot holder? I really love the www. In a roundabout way, I got my hands on one of these through eBay. So fun! I had to fork over some pennies, but it was totally worth it! You may come visit this awesome pot holder in my future kitchen. It will be the star.

06. Did you see this Iceberg shake deal?. 4 shakes, any size, any flavor for $10! Are you kidding me!! That is such a steal! The shakes are huge. Last week I went to Iceberg for my favorite butterfinger shake. I couldn't kick the craving all day, and half of why I wanted one is so that I could eat part of it for breakfast the next morning. Hurry and buy this deal - it expires at the end of the day!

Here's to a great Tuesday for all of us!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


I have a wicked sweet tooth. I don't think a day is ever complete without some sort of sugary treat. Tonight after I got off work, I just had to have a dessert.

This is what I came home with. I was a little embarrassed in the check out line, but it didn't stop me from having one sweet Saturday.

I bought a cake mix (to make my favorite oreos!), a cake wedge (for my dad!), two donuts, an orange roll & my favorite Skittles. I love going to the grocery store.

This is what I really wanted to buy. I love the plastic balloons on top, and then when I saw the title "cake for two", I was a goner. I am going to request this cake and label to be made when I actually have a cute boy to eat it with.

All these treats remind me of the time I was in Vermont this past January. I was super sad about my gram and had been crying in the back of the car the whole ride home from visiting the cancer clinic with her. We stopped at the grocery store and my mom told me I could get anything I wanted.

This is literally what we walked out with.

I may not have many talents, but when it comes to treats - I win every time!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

thrifty thursday

I spotted this contraption and had no idea what it was, I knew it was Tupperware & it was only $1, so it bought it! When I was checking out, the young cashier told me it was a good find and reminded him of his grandma who had one. Guess what it is? A pickle strainer - a good idea, in my opinion (even though I don't like pickles, but it's useful for those who do!). Unfortunately, this should have a lid. Finding things without lids is becoming a common theme for me.

Then I found these cuties. The middle canister came with a lid, but it was cracked in half and had to be tossed.

When my dad saw all this Tupperware emerging from the dishwasher, he said, "oh no, please just hide it somewhere". Poor guy. He does have a point, I probably do need to cut back on some of my treasures, but I just can't help it!

At least these fit nicely in a 3-in-1 storage package.