Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Romantic Nostalgia

While organizing our bookshelves last week, I found these fun photos from eleven + years ago.  I've mostly been horrified by these photos (they are super embarrassing for some reason) whenever I dig them up from time-to-time, but I am currently in a journaling mood and decided instead to digitally-document (this was pre-digital cameras...at least in the mainstream) the evolution of the year and a half of "friendship" before David took off to Argentina and I took off to college.  It was a really tough period for my family, and David came along with all his life-loving charm and melted my heart.  The time is comical to think about because we took ourselves so seriously and created a huge amount of stress for our parents, but really, it was my first taste of "true love" and the investment certainly turned out to be worthwhile!
















This was taken after David had been set apart as a missionary.  Was he allowed to put his arm around me?  Whoops.  It's okay because we were in front of the temple in an effort to solidify our destiny together.  
I remember feeling physically sick this entire weekend because I couldn't bear the thought of him leaving, but needed to be the cheerful and encouraging (girl)friend. Something did the trick, because despite some major bumps in the road, we were right back here just a few months after he returned.
It all seems pretty romantic as I recall this stuff; particularly because I like him even more now!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Party Time

We get to have two birthdys within a week during the month of June...luckily Dad and Mia don't mind sharing their celebrations!

Gma R celebration:






















Gma K celebration:



Mia also got to host her very first "friend party."
I was so pleased that Mia chose "Peter Rabbit" as her party theme!

When Mia announced to her friends that the cupcakes were made of "dirt," 
it took a lot of persuading to re-whet their little appetites!

...Mia wouldn't have cared either way.  
Why should she? Eating dirt is an interesting experience that gets a good reaction from Mom.

We really got into the quintessential girls'-birthday-party-spirit with pony rides.

The girls had several bunny/garden themed activities like digging for bunny treats in the sandbox, balloon hop, paining pots and planting flowers (Some activities were more successful than others.  The digging for treats proved to be a disaster when not one treat had been unearthed after 20 minutes of digging.  Luckily an onlooking dad stepped in to reveal a treasure and restore faith in the seekers).

Here are the finished pots:



video

Fun friends donning painting smocks and bunny ears:


Many happy returns to two of my loves!