Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Must Share"

Every now and then you run across a website or blog that is, in short, awe-inspiring and inspirational which you simply must share with those around you.
THIS is one of those websites. If you do not laugh, cry and rejoice at the amazingness that is this site, well then... I don't know what were friends for.
Here's a sample of the wonderful things you will find.
It's long - but worth it.
Awkward Family Story: The Thanksgiving Letter
From: Marney
As you all know a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner does not make itself. I need to ask each of you to help by bringing something to complete the meal. I truly appreciate your offers to assist with the meal preparation.
Now, while I do have quite a sense of humor and joke around all the time, I COULD NOT BE MORE SERIOUS when I am providing you with your Thanksgiving instructions and orders.
I am very particular, so please perform your task EXACTLY as I have requested and read your portion very carefully. If I ask you to bring your offering in a container that has a lid, bring your offering in a container WITH A LID, NOT ALUMINUM FOIL! If I ask you to bring a serving spoon for your dish, BRING A SERVING SPOON, NOT A SOUP SPOON! And please do not forget anything.

All food that is to be cooked should already be prepared, bring it hot and ready to serve, warm or room temp. These are your ONLY THREE options. Anything meant to be served cold should, of course, already be cold.

The Mike Byron Family
1. Turnips in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. Please do not fill the casserole all the way up to the top, it gets too messy. I know this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but most of us hate turnips so don’t feel like you a have to feed an army.
2. Two half gallons of ice cream, one must be VANILLA, I don’t care what the other one is. No store brands please. I did see an ad this morning for Hagan Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, yum!! (no pressure here, though).
3. Toppings for the ice cream.
4. A case of bottled water, NOT gallons, any brand is ok.

The Bob Byron Family
1. Green beans or asparagus (not both) in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. If you are making the green beans, please prepare FOUR pounds, if you are making asparagus please prepare FIVE pounds. It is up to you how you wish to prepare them, no soupy sauces, no cheese (you know how Mike is), a light sprinkling of toasted nuts, or pancetta, or some EVOO would be a nice way to jazz them up.
2. A case of beer of your choice (I have Coors Light and Corona) or a bottle of clos du bois chardonnay (you will have to let me know which you will bring prior to 11/22).

The Lisa Byron Chesterford Family
1. Lisa as a married woman you are now required to contribute at the adult level. You can bring an hors d’ouvres. A few helpful hints/suggestions. Keep it very light, and non-filling, NO COCKTAIL SAUCE, no beans of any kind. I think your best bet would be a platter of fresh veggies and dip. Not a huge platter mind you (i.e., not the plastic platter from the supermarket).

The Michelle Bobble Family
1. Stuffing in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please make the stuffing sans meat.
2. 2.5-3 qts. of mashed squash in a casserole with a lid and serving spoon
3. Proscuitto pin wheel - please stick to the recipe, no need to bring a plate.
4. A pie knife

The June Davis Family
1. 15 LBS of mashed potatoes in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please do not use the over-size blue serving dish you used last year. Because you are making such a large batch you can do one of two things: put half the mash in a regulation size casserole with lid and put the other half in a plastic container and we can just replenish with that or use two regulation size casserole dishes with lids. Only one serving spoon is needed.
2. A bottle of clos du bois chardonnay

The Amy Misto Family
(why do I even bother she will never read this)
1. A pumpkin pie in a pie dish (please use my silver palate recipe) no knife needed.
2. An apple pie in a pie dish, you can use your own recipe, no knife needed.

Looking forward to the 28th!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

If you want to see some more of this adorable boy and his equally cute brother...check out the photoblog!


Mesa, AZ Family Photographer

Not only have I been busy with vacation lately - but photoshoots too!
I have posted a new engagement shoot to the blog and there's lot's more coming!
Just click on the logo below or on the sidebar to see :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

1 year ago today


4th of July

We were in Mexico during the 4th of July weekend but we had a fun time anyway!
We got a HUGE Pinata and filled it with a ton of candy, had burgers, hot dogs and rootbeer floats, played games and did "fireworks"
aka sparklers





Oh Mexico...

All I know is that 1 week is not enough!
We took a ride to the market in Hermosillo one day
it was HOT!

Getting a pinata for our 4th of July celebration!

I could definitely get used to this every night!
One of the best parts - Hanging out in the condo at night playing scum, signs, apples to apples and the new favorite
{if only I got pictures of that!}

The trip was amazing and so much fun!

We couldn't get enough of the beach, snorkeling or tortillas!

We took underwater cameras this year so I'll have to post some of those pictures once we develop them!


Before we could make the trek to Mexico in July we had to take care of one minor detail...
Benson's whole family has theirs since they have been going for years - just in case. I, however, did not have one. We didn't find out that they now were needed to cross the border until a few weeks before we left. So we decided to take a trip to LA to the regional passport office to get it the same day rather than risking it not coming on time.
Danny, a friend coming with us to Mexico, didn't have one either so we made a trip out of it.
We made our first stop in San Diego so we could go here...
and eat breakfast
{if you ever go to PB you must eat here -it's amazing}
we walked on the beach and found some giant seaweed
Then headed over to Balboa park to look at the art museums and so I could take some of these...

to be continued...