Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deck the Halls

I love Christmas, but I don’t have a ton of decorations yet. Slowly, but surely I keep adding to my collection. I’m going to be prepared this Christmas and we are going to “deck the halls” this year.

See I’m not a fan of the tradition Christmas wreaths at all. So today I finally found Hydrangeas for 60% off and I made a solution to my problem. I love it!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

3rd time’s a charm

So we headed to Orlando with our friends over Columbus Day weekend. On Saturday morning we woke up super early to go to the temple so we had time to go to parks later. The temple was wonderful, peaceful, and spiritually renewing. When we were finished in the temple we walked out into a monsoon. I haven’t seen it rain that hard in Florida since July. It was nuts. Hence the reason there are no pictures of us at the temple. Obviously, we weren’t going to brave the parks in that weather. It wouldn’t even be fun and we weren’t prepared for it. So we just hung out (because it rained the entire day), went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and watched the BYU game that night until 1:30am.

Watching the game at Buffalo Wild Wings with our glasses of ice water, poor waitress.

The next day, we got up and ready ourselves for a wet day at the park. We weren’t planning on going to parks on Sunday. Originally, we just wanted to go to church and then have a chill day, but since Saturday was rained out we had to switch up the plans. I’ll admit it was super weird going on a Sunday, never done that before. But we couldn’t make the trip to Orlando and just stay in the hotel the whole time, we had to make the trip worth it. So the Bakers dropped us off at Universal Studios because we had year passes that we needed to use one more time and they headed to Sea World.

Heading into the park in the $8 “garbage” bags. If theme parks ever made money, it would be when it rained and they get to charge eight bucks for a piece of plastic. Luckily, after about 2 hours of another monsoon on Sunday, the day cleared up and it was sunny! Hooray!!

Heading into Harry Potter World from the backside. We know all the “secret” ways now.

Eating lunch at The Three Broomsticks. We got our Butterbeers. They have good food there too.

Hogwarts. Most of these pictures are moving and talking too, but you obviously can’t tell that from our “muggle” picture.

Hanging out during the last hour we had in the park on Monday. Now our year passes are expired to Universal, I don’t think we will be going back for a long time, but it was WAY fun while it lasted and definitely worth the trips.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It’s a miracle!

There is a reason why my first word was “shoe”. It’s because I have an unhealthy, slightly obsessed love for them. I love them with heels or without. I love them in neutral colors or fun colors.  I love them with zippers, straps, buttons, laces, ruffles, flowers and a tastefully placed buckle. I love them in leather or cloth. I don’t discriminate. Unless, of course, they are ugly. I realize that this type of love for something that is material is a weakness. But it’s a weakness I’m willing to accept and even flaunt.

Last April, Denis and I went into a Famous Footwear with my parents in Orlando. Ah, just thinking about walking into an entire store full of shoes puts an evil grin on my face. Anyways, I had my heart set on finding some nude color shoes, because they go with anything. Then I spotted them a few feet away. I admit, I have a gift of finding amazing shoes amongst the plain Jane's. These shoes were perfect. Nude, flat, cute, comfortable, and even had a zipper. It had been a while since I had found a shoe I loved so much. You know that feeling when you’re shopping and you try something on and you feel like a totally new person? That’s the feeling I got with these shoes. Confidence was spreading from my toes to my head and exploding out my eyeballs. I didn’t even have to say anything, Denis read the danger signs on my face, he knows them well now.

That blasted price tag! Oh why? Oh why, did it have to say $45?  After a few perfectly placed rationalizations, a tiny bit of smoozing, and in the end a small temper tantrum Denis was literally dragging me away from them and out of the store. I have a hard time letting things go that I love. Luckily for me I have a super logical and ultra rational husband that has to help me see the error of my ways at times. He is so perfect for me.

Today and Denis free, I walked into Rack Room Shoes hoping to find the shoes again.  As I walked into the deepest darkest corner of the store, I spotted them again! I took a quick look over my shoulder to make sure Denis wasn’t following me, which is strange since I knew he was an hour away at work. I ripped them off the shelf and threw them on my feet. It was love at second sight again, even though they were black instead of nude. They were on sale for $35. This time, I wasn’t going to let them go. The cashier rang them up and the screen said $4.99. I was shocked. I said, “Exxxxxxxcuse me, but did that just say $4.99???!!!” The cashier laughed and said, “yes”. And that, my friends, is the story of my miracle shoes. Even Denis will be proud of me…after he read this and finds out that I bought them.

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It’s okay if you don’t like them. We can still be friends.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My little stars

I’m really a full out piano teacher now. I held my first student piano recital last week. The kids worked on their recital songs for a couple of months. They memorized them and practiced them till they were perfect. I’m so proud of all of them! It was so fun to get to share all their hard work with their friends and family. Every time I teach any one of them a lesson I’m amazed at just how quickly they learn and how much they want to learn. Since I only had 5 students, the recital was short and very sweet. In trying to remember everything for the recital I forgot my camera, but luckily all the parents had them and I stole a few of their pictures.

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What’s a recital without refreshments? Chocolate STAR cupcakes for all my little stars that night. I also made red velvet cheesecake brownies. (Took this pic at my house when I was done decorating them because I was so proud of my first decorating attempt.)

I’m going to miss this little guy. He is an amazing piano player (6 yrs old) He is moving soon. We are really good friends with their family and so sad that they have to go.

This is my newest student. She is super smart and super sweet (10 yrs old)

Haha we are all looking at different cameras. They was about 6 different people taking pictures of us at the same time. One of the little girls jokingly said, “Get away all you paparazzi, I don’t want my picture taken.”

All my students together! (Hannah Smith age 9, Hannah Seagraves age 10, me, Enoch Garza age 6, Daniel Smith age 11, Quinn Lewis age 7).