Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Window Treatments!

Yesterday I had to return something to Target and the kids were asking to look at the costumes so after making the return we went and walked around Target. And I am sooo glad I did! See, I've been wanting to make my house look a little more homey but I have like no time or talent to do so and while I'm walking by the end caps by the table cloths I see the cutest little window treatments and they were on sale 75% off! Sweet! I found 3 and ran home to put them up! I think it's totally what my kitchen needed! I now just need to find a table cloth and I think I'm going to look for a red one to pull everything together and we'll be good to go! I didn't put the valence up on the window over the sink, it looked weird because that window is soo small. I might use it as a table runner. We'll see.
What do you think?


Last week Bry and I went to LA. It was a much needed relaxing (for most of it) time for me! I hardly saw Bry at all because he was working the whole time but I managed to keep myself busy! :)

We left Wednesday at like 5:45 pm and had a super good drive. The most traffic we hit was getting from Mesa to the outskirts of town- like to where we used to live lol. It took us nearly 2 hours to drive out of town, it wasn't fun. But then after that we were all good. We were staying in a hotel right by LAX and so driving to it I was getting a little worried because it looked like we were in the ghetto, but it worked out just fine! The hotel we stayed at was called the Custom Hotel and it was different to say the least. I totally felt like I was stuck in Ikea and the '70s from the red lights. lol. But it was nice and free so I'm not going to complain. There were just some funny things about it, like in the elevator there were HUGE pics of a man or a woman... just odd. Then on our floor there was a vending machine ROOM. But not vending machines with food or drink... it was with things like wigs, masks, and adult items. Very strange.

Thursday Bry went to meetings all day with Lucy (his boss) and then went to a client party that his company was holding that night in Beverly Hills so I didn't see him until 9:40 that night. But he enjoyed himself and got a lot of work accomplished.

And, as my Mom says, "there are worker bees and playing bees" so I decided to be the playing bee and went to Irvine Spectrum with Britt! It was VERY fun! We caught a movie that was HORRIBLE (I am SOOO sorry, Britt! lol) but we had cupcakes during the movie that were delicious, so that worked out good! It was fun to hang out and not have to worry about anything! I was sad when the day was over because we hardly get to see each other and rarely do we get to hang out without kids!

Friday Bry had some client meetings with the founder of his company (the pic of me in the glasses and hat was what I looked like when I met him- Bry called it my paparazzi look lol) and I totally ordered room service and watched TLC while lounging in bed. It was a perfect morning! When Bry got back we headed down to San Diego to have dinner with Britt, Jeremy, Crystal, and Zac, and all of their kids. It was really fun! When ever I visit it's hard for me to go home, I miss my BFF! But she did introduce us to a yummy yogurt place that I am soo glad I don't live by! :)

Saturday we went to the tattoo expo to meet a client/friend of Bry's who owns the search engine Redzee.com, which, btw is the COOLEST search engine ever. It's totally family friendly and super easy to use. And instead of showing you a list of your results it shows you the home page to the websites, it's pretty cool! (Nice little plug for Ryan there! lol) It was really fun having lunch with him. He's a way cool guy and got Bry and I pretty excited for some projects he wants Bry to head.

To put an end to the perfect get away on our way home we stopped in Palm Springs and ate at Mario's. Yummy! That's all I can say. Wow! It was such a great get away and I am sooo glad to everyone who helped with our kids and made it a possibility for us.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Lately I've been feelin pretty blah. Like I'm in total Mommy mode and not that that's a bad thing, just sometimes it's an overwhelming thing. I was talking to my sis-in-law telling her how I was feeling and that every time I go to get dressed I realize my shirts all have stains on them (and usually they aren't from me), I haven't had the time to get my eyebrows done (or do them myself) my hair hasn't been cut in 16 months- not even trimmed, and I can't remember the last time I did my make up besides for church. I know that not all of this is because of the kids. I know that it's because I feel super guilty taking the time for myself, but I also know that I NEED to take this time so that I'm more relaxed for me.
So, my awesome sis-in-law paid for me to get a massage at Massage Envy last week! It was awesome! They were having a special night where the massage was free you just had to make a donation to the Susan G Coleman foundation, and Rhi was awesome and paid my donation (I watch her 1 year old and 3 year old everyday so it was more like payment, but totally a good payment in my book!). Can I tell you it was sooo nice to be able to relax and not talk to anyone for 50 min?! I actually fell asleep- that's how relaxed I was!! Thank you Rhi, you're awesome! As much as I was saying "No, no, no" I totally appreciate you taking that as "please, please, please!" lol.
Then to really re-charge Bry has a business trip in LA this week that I get to tag along for!YAAY! I am sooo excited! We will be leaving Wednesday and coming back sometime on Saturday! I'm stoked. Just to have a few days to relax, try to see some friends and maybe even (dare I say it) sleep in!! YES!!! It'll be nice to get away and I'm super grateful to both my sister-in-laws and Jenny for helping out this week so I can go away and come back a happier me! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend Review

This weekend was pretty fun. Friday night Bry and I took the kids out on a date to Carl's Jr (that's all we had time for) and to see Indiana Jones at the $1 theatre. We had a lot of fun! The kids really enjoyed "date night" and thought loved that it was a surprise to them! We even ended the night on a VERY Autumn note and ran out of gas on the way to the gas station!! Awesome! Anyone who has been my friend in my single days I'm sure has a story about when they were with me and the car ran out of gas! lol. Luckily we were close enough to the gas station that we coasted in! I will tell you, Bryant was less than thrilled with this, but I (having experienced this a lot in my life) was totally fine with it! lol.

Saturday we went and got the kids pictures done with their cousins and I am sooo excited to get them back, watching them, the looked like they would be SUPER cute, but we'll see!! After pictures we went and walked around Arizona Mills and found some pretty good deals there. Like some super cute shirts at Old Navy that are long enough for me that averaged out to be about $4 each! Nice!

My friend Kelli has been visiting from out of town (she and her soon to be hubby are moving here and he's already living here) so Saturday night Bry and I took some time and went to dinner with them. We had soo much fun! I was a little worried at first because Kelli has always been a really strong member and she's marrying a non-member. I was super shocked at first, and I cried. I know, that's stupid, but Kelli gave me her opinion a lot in my life and I felt really, I don't know what I felt. Sad I guess would be the best word. They are getting married on the 27th and I totally want to feel good about this, so that was part of the reason that I went out last night. And I am sooo glad I did!!

We went to Garduno's and had some super yummy Mexican food and laughed the whole time. It was so good to get to know Mike and see why Kelli is so happy. He seems very open to the church, so hopefully for Kel she'll be able to introduce him into it. It was a good night. After dinner Bryant and I went and looked at new mini vans (don't worry, I'm not so lucky to get a new one lol) and then went and said hi to some old friends and then came home.

I love going out with Bry and being us. Sometimes I think we forget that we are the important part of our marriage. I've been feeling down lately and it really helped to rejuvenate me going out last night! I'm looking forward to our trip to LA in just 10 more days! :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

A year ago today...

Today is a special day to me. A year ago today I received my endowment. I look at the LONG path I took to get the the place I'm at in my life and I am absolutely amazed. I honestly don't know how I was the person I used to be, I look at pictures of myself and can even see a difference. I know that I am not perfect- in fact I'm far from- but I really am proud of myself.

When the Temple President's wife was talking to us before the session she said when you look back a year from now you will realize all the positive changes you've made. It's true. Not just the way I dress has changed. My attitude and my thoughts, my perspective all have changed.
I feel so blessed to be a member of the Church. I love the Temple and am glad that I made the changes I did so that I receive the blessings that come from the Temple.