Road Trip to Utah and Back

On Monday night, we got home from a quick 4 day trip to Utah. 2 days there, 2 days driving. My hubby’s cousin Brook just had her third little babe, a boy, Levi, and we were driving out with his parents to meet the little guy. The trip was filled with food, family, and fun. My very favorite things! I am warning all you, if you don’t like pictures of babies or little kiddos, this post may not be for you. But if you love little kiddos, like I do, then you’ll love this post because that is all I did for 2 days is take pictures of Brook’s little ones. And once you see how adorable all three of them are, you’ll understand why!

We were staying at Andy’s aunt’s house who lives about an hour south of Salt Lake City, at the entrance to a very awesome nature filled canyon. She made so many yummy meals for us, mostly all made from her very large (the size of a small home) garden. Their property also gets visits from the local deer family too.

Saturday, we drove up to Salt Lake to see Brook and Jason and the kids. We played hide and seek and cards and then on Sunday Brook and the kids were over at Marian’s so we got to take lots of walks and more pics of the babe!

And here’s a little two minute video summing up our trip. And again, another warning, this is filled with the kiddos again…

The 44th Weekend: Friday at Disneyland

As I mentioned in yesterday’s, rather late, Evernotes Every, I was prescribed muscle relaxers to help with my headaches which have taken away the headache pain but induced never ending drowsiness. Since I was planning on having a night out on Friday, my husband asked me to see if taking the muscle relaxer every other day would help with my constant drowsiness. Well, unfortunately, I had a headache… all weekend! So this video doesn’t sum up my weekend, but my Friday night!

First off, I adventured around my favorite place: Disneyland! This time with my friend Melanie, who I used to work with at Central Creative. After getting on oh so many rides (thanks to the rain for scaring off the guests) we ended the night at the Art of Mary Blair exhibit on Main Street. Then I stopped by my friend Amie’s for a another visit with her brand new puppy. After the puppy fell asleep she started going through a memory box. It was so fun to see all the tidbits for mine and Andy’s relationship all at once! She had a wallet of our first pictures together in 2005 to our wedding save the date/invitation/program, etc! It was so cool to see it all at once: our whole relationship in paper form!

Anyway, enough blabbing, here’s the video.

Music provided by John Mark McMillian.

3rd Annual Hotluck

Have you ever been to a hotluck? Have you ever heard of one? 3 years ago, Andy was watching the Food Network and heard about hotlucks on the show Unwrapped. It was just three weeks before our birthdays and he told me right away we needed to have a hotluck birthday party. Basically, it’s a potluck but everyone only brings spicy food, which is my favorite food. It’s really fun to see the range of spiciness too! I was rating all of them, but mostly everyone got 1 or 2 out of 5, basically, I wasn’t the best judge as my spicy levels are very different from my friends and family! We also play a game, we call it spicy roulette. Everyone is dealt a cup of some type of food (this year was chili, last year was jambalaya). Only 1 cup has an extra kick of heat. Andy started with increasing drops of Dave’s Gourmet Insanity hot sauce then brought out the big guns with Dave’s Ghost Pepper sauce. The player gets the choice of staying in or bailing on the heat. I only lasted to the final three and got out of there after my first deal of Ghost Pepper sauce! Here’s just a glimpse into the party with a little video at the end of the post!

Left: Dragon’s Breath Chili made by my mom.
Right: Chili Verde made by my hubby.

Left: Oh My Slaw’d made by my friend Brittany.
Middle: H-Row Spicy Asian Meatballs made by my friend Eric.
Right: Buffalo Chicken Dip made by my friend Amie.

Shrimp brought from the Boiling Crab in LA, with the XXX spice, by my friend Lindsey.

Even my friend Lauren, who does not eat spicy food, found something to eat (with lots of sour cream)!

The Spicy Roulette competition begins!

The final two!

Left, Anthony, received a jar of Tat’s Window Maker sauce for second place. Right, Matt, the winner, received a jar of Tat’s 6 Feet Under sauce.

Time for cake… don’t worry it wasn’t spicy. It was Andy’s favorite: German Chocolate Cake. My sister did make cayenne infused peanut butter cookies though!

The bestest friends a girl could ask for!!

A Video Preview of our Third Annual Hotluck

Have you ever attended a hotluck? It’s like a potluck, but only with hot and spicy food! We celebrated Andy’s and my joint birthdays yesterday with our third annual hotluck. But before that we celebrated with a morning of french toast and then some German chocolate cake baking! Basically, we spent the whole day of Andy’s actual 29th birthday eating food! Here’s just a sneak preview of the night, including our game of the night: spicy roulette. I’ll be posting more photos later this week, so stay tuned!!

This video was made using my new iPhone 4S and iMovie to edit.

Song: Big Wave by Jenny and Johnny

David Crowder Band

Andy first introduced me to the David Crowder Band back in 2005. A group from our church was going to be going to one of their concerts that October so in preparation for the concert, I listened to their music… does anyone else honestly prepare for concerts? That just sounds weird, but I totally did! Listening to their music on c.d. was nothing compared to seeing them live. It truly is an amazing experience of worship, unlike I have ever seen and participated in. To be surrounded by fellow Christians all singing and worshipping God together in such a massive crowd is so amazing.

SonShine

In May, they announced that the band will be having one last tour together as a band. I am so heartbroken! I have never loved a band so much! I hope some of you can feel my pain over this… but until then I will continue to listen to their last 5 albums, looking forward to their last album Requiem. And I am so excited to see them [one last time] in October while they tour through San Diego on The 7 Tour with Gungor, John Mark McMillan, and Chris August. Andy and I are going on October 7 to see them at the House of Blues, the same place I saw them on my 21st birthday 4 years ago! If anyone wants to join us, let me know so we can all have dinner together before!

If you haven’t ever heard of David Crowder or even if you have, I am posting some of their music videos here. I love how these videos truly proclaim how nerdy they are! Enjoy!

Shine

How He Loves

Foreverandever

Everything Glorious

Oh Happiness (Live)

Neverending (Live)

These are not even my favorites, well a couple are, but I just couldn’t find enough videos. I guess you should just come see for yourself!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Advertising Photography by Staudinger + Franke

This image from Staudinger + Franke is just amazing. Not only the look and feel of the atmosphere, but the way they were able to manipulate the image so the homeless man truly blends right into the background, supporting their message “Get people from the street before they become a part of it.” Found via Looks Like Good Design.

2. The Pitch

Holy guacamole! A board game for graphic designers?! My nerd alert is going off!! Designed by Fatimah Kabba, this is the first and only fully executed concept of her board game, a game about graphic design to help others understand what exactly graphic design is. How neat!! She has a kickstarter account to raise funds for further production of the game. Many more images can be found here and the rules and objectives of the game can be found hereFound via the dieline.

3. Mikasa Flatware

This reminds me of the materials for Officemax that I posted a few weeks ago. In terms of this look for Mikasa, I sure hope they fully develop these because it gives flatware a modern and stylish look and feel starting with the packaging. The black and white photograph shows how the product looks with tableware but that bold background color behind the actual product brings your attention to what the packaging is all about. Found via the dieline.

4. Branding for Fourmation by Flydende Lava

A black and white logo that has found itself in a variety of implementations giving it a different look each time. I was taught in college to not crop in on a logo but I really don’t see a problem with it, as seen here. To see the logo itself, go here. Found via the Graphic Exchange.

5. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) New Logo

I don’t normally post videos here, but this promotional video for the new IAVA logo is just so cool. It’s neat to see all the different ways the logo has been implemented. Plus, this new veterans organization is for veterans who are my age (!!!) so it’s taking a much more modern approach. Found via Brand New.

Starting Zephaniah

I am starting the book of Zephaniah. Have you ever read it? I never ever have. I have so excited to be reading books of the Bible that I have never read before. I am so excited that no matter how long this journey has been, I am nearing the New Testament. When I decided to read through the Bible, cover to cover, I had no idea that two years later I would still have a few hundred pages left to the New Testament. But I am so proud of myself that I haven’t quit. There are the days, and weeks, where I just don’t read. I hate to admit that, but it’s true. Chances are that there’s something wrong in my life and I just don’t feel like it. Dumb excuse, but it’s true. Or I don’t wake up in time, but it’s usually the former. When I don’t read, I can feel it, all day long. Everything irritates me. Starting this, I never knew that one day I would actually miss reading my bible.

Sometimes I feel so inspired and encouraged that nothing gets in my way and I can get through several chapters and other days I can barely get through a couple verses. In this chapter of my life, my mood is constantly changing on a day to day basis. I know that there’s been many, too many, days that I am so discouraged that I just don’t want to get out of bed. And then there’s moments like tonight where I just happened to open my bible and just read

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 100

I am having one of those moments where I feel as though this scripture was written for me, for this exact moment in life. I need to remember that God is good. He is God. He made us. He made me. No matter what our earthly problems are, we will one day enter into His courts with praise and thanksgiving. His mercy is everlasting.

Remember this. Every day. Every moment. Bless His name.

God doesn’t care if you read methodically everyday. But He does want to spend time with us. He wants to share your sorrow and your joy, your failures and your triumphs. No matter my lack of skills in the singing department, everyday I want to come before the His presence with singing, no matter if I am singing a song of sorrows or a song of praise. In everything, I want to give thanks, for the Lord is good.

My very stunningly beautiful friend Emily is posting throughout the month of November what she is thankful for. Thanks Em for the idea, but I am going to as well. Bring on the thankfulness!