Saturday, March 4, 2017

Day 1 of Cancun

It's finally here! Our trip with Jeff & Rachel. This was for their graduation from BYUI and Jeff's graduation from law school even though it was two months before his graduation yet. It was really the only time he would have to go so off we went.
Finally time! It's been a long wait.
 We had to leave by 4 am to catch our 7am flight. They flew directly from Baltimore and we had a layover in LAX.
 It was a long long flight. We were supposed to arrive 5 min before them but they beat us by at least twenty minutes. We met up at customs in the airport in Cancun.
 The shuttle ride was nuts. First you have to run the gauntlet to get get out to the correct shuttle. Then the traffic was insane. The shuttle vans were all about 2 inches from each other in the dog eat dog process of getting through the airport. I'm so glad we weren't driving our own rental car.
Our hotel was fantastic. This had to be the nicest lobby I've ever had.
 Our room was gorgeous and we had a balcony with an ocean view. They upgraded Jeff & Rachel's room to the same thing just 2 doors down from us!
 This view just doesn't get old.
After we got unpacked we looked for a place to eat and ended up at the Thai right there at the hotel It was really fabulous.
 The food was terrific and the presentation was so nice!
 My only complaint...can't fit all the food on the table.
 The maple creme brulet was so good. Isn't it cute too!
Here's our cute little towel critter we got at turn down service. This is gonna be great!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

San Diego

Four of us flew into San Diego for an annual convention. Two had to work and two got to play. There would have been more playing going on but the weather did not cooperate...at all.
 That Saturday afternoon though the weather was perfect. After we picked up the rental car we had hours to kill before we could check into the hotel so we decided to have some lunch then go to the Midway. The Fetherston's had never been before.
 We had lunch at this fun burger joint that was decorated in a surfers theme.
 Mendis found a veteran buddy that started explaining some things to him and before we knew it he was totally engrossed. So we all split up and checked things out.
 I've always been fascinated by the galleys and the wardrooms.
So we closed the place and got settled into the hotel. The next day was Sunday and the weather started to turn. Karla and I did lunch right across the street and then just spent the rest of the day in our rooms while the guys attended their classes. That night we headed out to eat at the Kansas City BBQ right across the street. Every time we walked by it smelled so good we just had to try it. It wasn't that good actually. The smell was way better than the food sadly. But we found out they filmed the dinner scene of Top Gun there:
 Apparently they filmed the scene right at the table we sat at. Pretty cool.
So after dinner we split up because Mendis and I wanted to walk off that dinner. We walked all around the hotel which was huge. As we walked through the lobby we could see an enormous party going on. Well and we could hear it. Turns out it was all part of the convention they were attending! So we went in and groaned. The food stations looked fabulous. There were open bars galore so we enjoyed some Sprite. We were still full from the heavy bbq but when we saw the fabulous dessert buffets we couldn't resist. We grabbed a couple of plates, loaded up and ate it in our room. They were so cute and yummy.
How adorable is this little chocolate cup of mouse!

The next day Karla and I found a fabulous breakfast buffet in the hotel and then spent a little time at the outdoor shopping mall which was a joke because it was pouring still. So she dropped me off and I went to the convention so I could hear Steve Forbes speak. It was very interesting and I'm glad I went. Right after,I bought my own convention floor pass and we walked the floor. They had food and bars in there too so that became dinner. Pretty pricey dinner but it was fun to see it all and see Mendis in action with the power industry vendors. The next day the weather finally turned nice!! I spent the morning right behind the hotel at the Seaport Village. I'd heard so much about it I was excited to check it out. Got some great tacky fridge magnets and smashed some pennies.
 Of course I picked us up a couple of cupcakes and put them in the fridge for later. We drove out to La Jolla and met Carolyn for lunch. How fun is that. She had made us reservations at Jake's right on the beach front.
Absolutely gorgeous!
Loved the Hula Pie of course. And maybe we also split a creme brulet maybe. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon thrift store hopping. Fun and free because non of us spent any money.
 That night there was a big reception for everyone from the entire convention and their spouses. They opened up 12 restaurants in the Gas Lamp Quarter and people just poured in and stood in long lines and ate and drank. We milled around for awhile and found some food and luckily a place to sit in "The Strip Club" which is actually a steak house lol.
 It was so crowded and it started getting cold. The idea was fun but it wasn't something I wanted to be at all night long not even with the live band. I'm getting old.
The next day we went to Old Town and walked around some and had lunch at the Mexican Restaurant. It was yummy. After our short flight we were home just in time to unpack, do laundry, go to work for a couple of days and get ready to go to Cancun!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My Project

As luck would have it during the Christmas break Megan mentioned that her grandmother was redoing her kitchen and would be getting rid of her china cabinet. SCORE... I bought it:
 It's just the perfect size for the spot in the dining room. I wish I could fit in a bigger one but I doubt it.
 So the process wasn't super fun because of a few things. I couldn't decide on a paint color and had to totally repaint it..twice. I couldn't get the sprayer to work forever when I finally decided to just spray it. The air compressor regulator is broken so I had to keep turning it off and on the the pressure was all over the place. But hey I'm happy with it. Just nobody look too close.
I liked it so much I decided to painat the entry way table while I had all the stuff out: 
It was pretty fun but I'm glad it's done,
Perfect fit.
My Friendly Village and my tea cups and tea kettles now have a home! Just like Mom & Dad??

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Inauguration

The day had finally arrived that so many people were freaking out about. It was pretty annoying to see everyone go nuts about Trump getting put in. There were protest/riots every where it seems but there were a few of us that were hoping he could do great things. 
 Rachel got her invitation so Jeff and Rachel were all set for the big day.
 The days before Charlie & Alisha were there with a group of students and were able to meet up with them. So cool.
They had to be super early but were able to get great seats.

I still think that's pretty amazing that we actually knew people there witnessing history being made. Whether you're for him or against him it's still history so how cool is that.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grammy Time with Shayla

Ashley had some running around to do with the boys so I got to play with Shay for awhile. What fun.
 She's going to be walking soon so I better get a crawling picture in.
 Doesn't this girl have good taste?
Every single grandbaby has been able to play in this drawer. It's tradition.
video

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The End of the Year

And just like that 2016 is over. We went to Hurricane with Hayden & Megan and saw Rogue One for our last hurrah and then the party was over. Our break had come to an end and it was time to get back to our busy, busy regular stuff.
Christmas 2017 will be here all too soon.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sherlock Comes to Visit

We always try to have a tea party when the girls are all here. This year Sherlock came to visit us.
Those shorts tho!
He might have been the life of the party. The Tea Party will never be the same.