Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bountiful Harvest

Tadd and I just returned from a festival of fun in Arizona for Thanksgiving 2010. Upon our arrival at 5:00pm on Turkey Day we were picked up by Kirk and headed straight for the dinner party! We were the last ones to arrive and everything was pretty much ready to feast upon. We were able to chat a little bit before dinner and then we all sat down after filling out plates full of delicious dishes including turkey, green beans, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry, rolls, corn casserole and sparkling cider.

It was such a delicious meal. And of course pie! The family made like 8 pies. They were all delicious even though I stuck to pumpkin, apple and cherry...I heard from all the others that they were all heavenly. After Turkey dinner, we had a few rounds of ping pong for people to play and a little bit of lounging to let the food settle.

On Friday, we all took our time to get up and then gathered at a park in Mesa. We played 5 on 5 sand volleyball and it was such a blast. The sand was a little rough on the arches but otherwise it was super fun. We also played a little basketball, wiffle ball and football. After our park day, we freshened up and went out to dinner at ZinBurger. It was delicious. Not that we needed more food. But we got delicious hamburgers, truffle fries, zucchini fries and sweet potato fries (there were 8 of us) and then we headed to a late showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. It was a fun evening overall. Moving onto Saturday. Tadd, Nick, Alyssa and I headed to LGO (la grande orange) which is the best breakfast spot ever! And we enjoyed a lovely breakfast before gathering at the parents house and the boys headed out for a round of golf. The girls hung back and lounged around the house and just chatted away.Tara and Russ took off in order to beat the Sunday rush of traffic. Sunday, we all went to church together and heard Sharon give a great talk, then we played some ping pong and said goodbye to Katie and Tyler and their girls.

On Monday, we hung around until Tadd and I headed to Pita Jungle, (another great restaurant) to meet up with our friends Jex and Aubrey for some lunch. It was so great to see them. We miss them now that we live in Roseville, especially since they are from here ironically.

After lunch we headed to Buy Buy Baby to register for Nick and Alyssa's baby girl that is on the way. It was incredibly overwhelming and it is not even my baby. That store is crazy huge and wow there is a lot of stuff to purchase for a new baby. It was a sample round for Tadd and I. Maybe when it is real we will know what we are getting ourselves into. After registering, we went to Olive Garden for dinner for our last evening in Arizona. After dinner, we went bowling and played a few games. It was a lot of fun.

Then bright and early we headed to the airport and arrived in Sacramento at 8:15am. Off to work for Tadd and I get to organize today before heading back to work tomorrow. We had such a great time with all of Tadd's family in Arizona. We are sad to leave but are looking forward to the next time we all get together.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa's Little Elf

I just finished wrapping presents for Christmas for Santa...aka Mom and Dad. For some reason, I really enjoy wrapping presents, and I think that my mom appreciates it. I get it all done way in advance so that we do not have to worry about it last minute. And then if more gifts are purchased, I am all caught up and can just wrap one present at a time as it gets closer to Christmas. This evening, I used Pandora on my phone and selected Christmas tunes and cheerfully cut, taped, folded and labeled all of our lovely gifts for Christmas!!! O What Fun!!! I know, I know, I am getting a little ahead of myself because we are still a few days away from Thanksgiving, but tis the season!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving in Arizona...

In just about 10 days Tadd and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Arizona. We are super excited to be going to Arizona, especially because everyone is going to be there. All his siblings with their spouses or significant other. It is going to be so much fun! I am already planning my packing list and other details that we may need to do when we get there, like family photos!!! I might put up some outfits that I am planning to wear, especially because I just got some new jeans that are so cute. But I need to figure out the weather first, because it will be warmer there than it is here.

Holiday Crafting

These first two crafts I recently completed for the fall and Christmas season. I love my lovely november blanket. Every time I pass by it or use it, I just love it more. And the countdown blocks are super cute too.

Below are my next two projects in the works. I am going to make this beautiful and festive wreath. I just bought all the ornaments. Then the blocks below are just so cute, I have to figure out how I want them to look. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dear Santa

I know Thanksgiving has not come yet, but right after that is Christmas. So I will give you a head start! There may be a few more additions but here is the top of the list!!!
1. Asics Runners
2. Gray messenger bag
3. Tan Boots
4. Joann's Gift Card

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Masquerade Preview

I feel like I have been really busy. And I have. I think! Here is a mini preview of the masquerade party from last Friday and below that are the crafts that are in the works...

Fall leaf pillows...

Countdown blocks...for Christmas too...

And a super cute blanket, made of a similar fabric as below(but better...)

And there is more too...but it cannot be revealed until after the holidays because they are going to be gifts for my family! I love homemade gifts!