Tuesday, October 30, 2012

home again home again

over conference weekend i was able to return to the motherland of utah valley for some r&r, a marathon and a few baby showers. it was fun to be with family again, cheer on my amazing sister and to be joined last minute by beau for the weekend. we packed in all the action we could since we don't know at this point when we will be returning. it made for a good excuse to be very indulgent :)

who can resist coming home to that view?? it was a nice welcome back present along with the horrendous allergies that plagued me from the second i got off the plane. it would be an understatement to say that i had Kleenexes shoved up my nose the entire time.

i completely forgot to pull out my camera at the first shower my mom threw for me and i am so sad i don't have any pictures to share. it was so much fun! every time i have had a shower i am always baffled at how nice people are. who just gives someone a present who they've met once or maybe never met just cause we're family??  it's amazing.  below are pictures from the amazing shower my super cool sis-in-law julie threw for me for beau's side of the family. once again the generosity about knocked me off my feet!

aunt heather and my beautiful mother in law becky

the matriarch of the whole jewkes clan Lucille. 

my angel mama

julie's sweet baby ezra

julie made sure all of my favorite treats were there including tangy laffy taffy :) it was so thoughtful and my eyes were in disbelief when i saw the spread

on friday we headed down to st. george to watch my sister lara and beau's brother in law jim run the marathon. lara ran in my place so i actually had to be there to pick up the packet. i was so jealous to not be running but it made me more determined to do one again someday.

waiting at the half way point

jo and baby ezra snuggling at the finish line. i love siya's little face creepin in on the bottom

i ran with lara the last few miles and was so impressed  with how composed she was. 2 years ago when i ran it i was an emotional and physical wreck by mile 22. kind of embarrassing. she did so amazing i was/am so proud of her!

loved playing with this little munchkin

in between sessions on sunday we decided to drive the alpine loop (along with the rest of utah county) and quickly changed our mind when we saw the fee that was charged by the booth. but that's ok cause we still got to go to sundance and see many many beautiful breathtaking views.

siya turned one while i was there and so we got to be there for the celebration. she has had so many good examples of eating from her older siblings that she had no problem digging into her cake and demolishing the whole thing. i love that part of 1st birthdays.

 all the kiddo's about to let balloons go for siya's birthday

my last adventure was raspberry picking in payson. this is always one of my favorite things every year because  the area is so beautiful and yet relatively a short drive form provo. the kids can run around, the dogs can roll in poop :) and you can take in the beautiful scenery. this trip the raspberries ended up being for free since it was later in the season. score!

brucey boy and kate hanging out in the car waiting for us to finish. love them.

siya was a trooper in her stroller the whole time

 siya and her mama

josephine "pheen" giving me lots of attitude this photo shoot

it was so much fun spending time in the good ole beehive state. lots of food was consumed and i think i'm safe to say that many memories were made. next time i go back there i'll have a baby on my hip! weird.

Friday, October 19, 2012


way back in july beau got me a new camera for my birthday. it was so unexpected so i was shocked. like almost started crying. ever since then when we are out doing something fun i always forget to bring it along. but i am slowly getting better.

one of the few times i remembered to bring it was a few weeks ago when beau called me saying he had last minute tickets from work to a red sox game. it was a beautiful night and i was really excited to go. plus it meant i would see beau at 7 PM which as you know by now is a rarity in these parts. he had 4 tickets so we met our friends the Fitzpatricks at fenway park for the game.

from the second we walked into the park i was in love. they have done such a great job at keeping everything original  or to it's original form. you feel like you've gone back in time 100 years (except for the jumbo-tron) and the traditions that occur throughout the game only add to the nostalgia. i didn't realize until a couple minutes after we sat down that they were playing the yankees! this would explain why the stadium was packed with people (a first for me at a MLB game) and everyone was intently watching the game (also a first).  all of the hard core red sox fans around us would boo and yell to no end when A-Rod was up to bat. i hate to admit that i liked it (that skank).

 the game got pretty intense and was neck-and-neck for the first 7 innings. 

madison is due 2 days after me with a girl so we talk a lot of baby talk when we get together. :)

i loved singing "take me out to the ball game" and "sweet caroline" , getting a yummy hotdog with all the fixins and watching the guys across the field manually change the score board. i also loved counting how many cups of beer the guy sitting next to us had gotten by the end of the game. 

 the people all around us were obsessed with little Holland. she is so adorable and loves to chat with people. luckily she was entertained during most of the game by whatever we could find her- including the tylenol box she has in her hand.
 (the man with beer in hand behind beau. i think we counted 10 cups)

what a handsome guy beau is. this is a few days after we bought some clippers and i unintentionally buzzed his head. luckily he's not too vain.

after anxiety filled 8 innings, we won! it was soo exciting to watch and all the players ran on the field

until next season fenway!