welcome to my internet home. this blog used to be cool, with insights about mental health, social policy, pop culture and the like. now, it's a chaotic collection of my mis-spelled, scribbled-down notes on motherhood (who has time to proof read?). it's over-ran with goldfish cracker crumbles, slobery wet kisses, and un-edited pictures. and i would have it no other way. feel free to laugh and cry along side me while I balance a practice (mental heath) and motherhood, and their interconectedness

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Anniversary to ME!! Todd got me tickets to The Taming of the Shrew for the big 2-year. I LOVE this play and thought it was so very thoughtful of him (bc lets face it, costumed individuals speaking in prose is NOT his thing). The play was very well done-great acting and I liked the artistic liberties they took to make the play a bit more modern (usually I HATE that). I think I like this play so much bc I see our story kinda similar (minus the whole marrying for money thing and hag-like qualities of "the shrew"). I like that she's an independent woman even in the late 1500s AND the deception, etc. Its such a goodie! We had fun at the Greenshow and both very much enjoyed the play.

Pioneer Day

Yay for Pioneer Day. We hope all you Utahns (and/or Mormons) out there had fun celebrating our heritage. It seems ironic to me that most 24th of July traditions (including ours') consists of indulgence; gluteonous eating, fireworks, recreation, etc. Going without food, loosing a limb or walking without shoes seems like more of a tribute, but WHATEVER! I'll take any excuse to celebrate- and I imagine our ansestors would rather it this way. Moving on, We had a fun 24th; BBQ'd with the family and had a little firework show. I was sad at the parade bc Todd had to WORK (damn governement-JK) but, I got over it and we enjoyed ourselves in the evening:)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

An unhealthy consumption

With having my life back, it seems its been all things entertainment for me lately!! Okay, that's a slight exaggeration but here's some bubblegum books (AKA easy reads) and movies I've thoroughly enjoyed lately.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Friday afternoon we went to the Wildflower Festival held at Cedar Breaks!! I read about it on National Park Website awhile ago and pitched the idea to Todd...he took the bait obviously. It's basically a festival featuring all the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in summer. The festival is held June 30 to July 16 in the trails around Cedar Breaks. You can tour with a geologist or just take the flower guide info and do a self-guided tour. We opted to do the self-guided, 2-mile hike to Alpine Pond where, as promised, the view of wildflowers was the very best! I would definitely go again. We had fun identifying all the flowers on the flower guide and basically enjoying the BEAUTIFUL landscape. BTW I would like to brag about the fact that I took all these pictures by my very own self. I read the "tips for taking pictures of wildflowers" and I think they helped!

Although we've both been there before, we had to go to THE lookout. It always AMAZES me.

Cedar Breaks: The term Cedar came from the Cedar trees. The term Break came from the way the land breaks off from the mountain.
AND magnanimous
AND striking
AHHHHHH! Look out! Cheesy couple pose
My sexy tourguide :) Yellow Evening Primrose
Bristlecone Pine
Red Bristlecone
Yellow BristleconeLittle Sunflowers, Scarlet Paintbrush, Aspen Bluebells
Marsh Marigold
Aspen Bluebells
Bristlecone Pine
Scarlet PaintbrushColorado Columbine
Beetle Tracks (those little scratches are from when the beetles nest here and the larva scratch through)

We made it!
More COLUMBINES (I love em)

This tree was struck by lightening. See where it struck?

Alpine Pond in all its glory (not that glorious due to bark beetle)

Since we were already over the mountain, we decided to head over the Duck Creek for the chili-cook off festival. Todd had heard about it from a coworker. It's basically a big fair with live music and vendors galore....from jewelry to fruit smoothies, to fry bread, to whatever! The randomest part? I saw NO chili anywhere. Regardless, it was lots of FUN!!!!!!

FRIED TWINKY!!!!! (and one clogged artery)
Me checking off my flower guide ;) We didn't find them all BUT pretty close!
The food was define! Todd had a pork sand, I had a Navajo taco and then I had a fried doughnut w/ dipping sauce...holy moly was it good eatin.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bear Lake

Just three days after returning from Mexico, we repacked our not-so-empty bags and headed north to Bear Lake for the Gambles family reunion. With another 12 hours of driving under our belt, we're really pounding the pavement. Anyway, we had a great time. The best part had to be the AMAZING cabin we rented. I'm already plotting a way to stay there again. It rests on the hillside surrounding the lake, with gigantic A-frame windows. Obviously, the view was majestic from just about every vantage point. I loved the back deck and most of all, the hot tub. One night it was pretty cool outside so we hopped in that puppy at dusk and basked in the glorious view!!! The weather the entire time was also just perfect; not too hot in the day and almost jacket weather in the evening. Of course, we also had a wonderful time spending time with the fam and catching up! We love you family :)
So here's the DL on these pictures. The truth is, I'm sick of looking at Todd and I's faces on this bloody blog. If I'm sick of us, I'm sure the rest of you are. I started this blog in part to journal our lives but also to talk about things that matter!! Lately, I feel like I post picture after picture of our cheesy couple pose; I guess bc we've being doing a fair amount of things this summer...but it's got to STOP! Now, like I've said; I am an addict. So, I won't abstain from those pics entirely but I am sick to death of them for now. So, while these pics may be random, at least you don't have to look at our cheesy grins (that much).

p.s. all the pics of the lake were taken from our BALCONY!!