5 Days

Chris was in LA for 5 days at Nickelodeon for work.  It is torture when your spouse gets to go somewhere cool WITHOUT YOU.  It brought back the sentimental yet horrible memories of Chris living in Chicago for 5 MONTHS while I was here in Salt Lake.  The hours spent face timing was incalculable and the amount of time we spent together during those months can basically be added up to barely two weeks.  Chris and I haven’t spent too much time apart since we’ve been married…  Which was a much needed break after the long distance dating.  I missed Chris the whole week while I went to school, cleaned, played words with friends, ate chick fil a, watched netflix, played casino with grandma, taught dance, edited. (watched more netflix.) I was super productive hahahaha. FINALLY, Chris came home Friday with Flowers from Jolley’s in hand and said “Can I take you out tonight?” Love that kid.

We got drinks at shivers. YUM. Then Chris decided he really wanted to go bowling.  I agreed and we headed to Olympus Hills Bowling Alley.  The reason we go to Oly hills besides the fact it is a great time is because they have our favorite arcade game: Big Buck Hunter SAFARI.  We arrive at the bowling alley excited to start the night with Big Buck Hunter.  WE LOOK EVERYWHERE.  They got rid of it.  Holding back tears Chris decided we would go to a different bowling alley.  This time we head to Sue & Rich’s.  Guess What? The coolest, most ghetto, cheap bowling alley is CLOSED. CLOOOOOSED for good! *wipes away tear* On to the next alley.  Fat Cats on 900 E. It is always packed on the weekends but the plus side… It has tons of arcade games.  We waited in line to buy a round of bowling and get our shoes for about 15 minutes.  When we got to the front of the line we both looked at each other and Chris said “Do we really wanna bowl?”  Got right out of line and headed to the arcade.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Safari version of Big Buck Hunter but the regular one did just fine.  We played a couple of games and headed home.  Quite the date night right?  I love that I can do anything with Chris and still laugh and have a good time.  That’s what your spouse should be for you.  A safe place, someone who can make any situation better.  Chris is that and more for me.

At least we got some good pictures.  Chris had my camera all week in LA and I had been craving it!!!! Here is what we got!


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Moving

It has been almost a month since Chris and I packed up and moved.  When you think about it we only moved about ten minutes from where we were living.  But, let me be honest here.

I MISS IT. 

I miss living downtown, the hustle and bustle.

I miss being in the seventeenth ward.

I miss being a leader in the Young Womens.

I miss getting to the U in under ten minutes.

I miss swinging by Chris’ work to go to lunch together.

I miss sitting on the Capitol Building’s Lawn.

I miss city creek.

I miss California Burgers and Deli.

I miss lots. (you get it.)

We were happy where we were.  Really happy.  So why did we all of a sudden move? Well for one thing the apartment we were living in only had a nine month lease which was ending in October.  We jokingly talked about moving somewhere when the lease was up but not very seriously.  It is never fun to pack everything up all the crap under our bed and in our drawers and closet etc.  That did not sound fun.  There was one dilemma.  Our apartment was quickly becoming too small.  We didn’t have a table to eat on or a desk to work at.  If you know Chris and I both of our jobs require a lot of work at the computer editing photos and working on after effects.  Sitting on the ground for several hours editing photos was becoming painful.  Bottom line. WE NEEDED MORE ROOM.  This made me kind of sad.  I felt ungrateful and vain.  How could two people have so much stuff after nine months???  Nonetheless I began the grueling task of searching through the KSL classifieds to see what was out there.  So many hours spent on that site.  After calling, texting, and emailing countless apartment owners I was becoming discouraged.  No place had everything we needed.  None were worth moving.  Until one Sunday night at my parent’s house we were watching a Niners football game and once again I was scrolling through KSL.  I came across an apartment with a familiar street name.  Sure enough it is a street less than a minute from my grandma’s house.  Not just my grandma’s house my newly married brother and sister in law’s house… and some of my favorite cousins, The Garriotts, Fuhrimans, and Nate the Great.  I have ALWAYS wanted to live on what we call the “Compound” but there was no place to live.

  Until NOW!

So I visited the place…  Basement apartment. PROS: so close to my relatives, TWICE as big as our other apartment.  CONS: it is OLDDDD.  Scariest bathtub you have ever seen.

Chris was absolutely against moving into this apartment.  I was devastated.  I was willing to shower in a terrible bathtub if it meant living right by my Grandma.  Chris didn’t quite understand that. Chris had been on his own for a long time now.  He had never lived right by family like I grew up with.  So I got over it. (kind of)  I realized it wasn’t something Chris would do.  We then visited the place Chris was dying to live.  Nice, big, GREAT bathroom.  Before going there I even told Chris we could live here… It’d be great.  I was trying.  We walk in with the owner and I just felt BLEH.  Which is weird because it was great.  I put on a smiley face though to make Chris happy.  The owner asked if we were ready to sign the lease.  Chris eagerly said “of course”  Luckily the owner forgot the paperwork!  We had the rest of the weekend to think about it.  As soon as we left I told Chris this is NOT where we are suppose to live.  That night we prayed for guidance of where to move or if we should even move.  The next day Chris talked the rent down on the place near my grandma.  Not only that he got them to resurface the bathtub!!!!!!!  IF THAT WASN’T GOD SENT I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS!!!  We moved in the next week and since then to say the least it has been so amazing.

I LOVE IT.

I love having room to breathe.

I love that we have kitchen table to eat at that cost $13

I love that we have a desk.

I love that I teach dance down the street and can run there.

I love that I can see my Grandma EVERYDAY.

I love that Chris gets to see how fun it is to live so close to family.

I love that I can go over to the Garriotts & Fuhrimans for anything like food, ib profen, and just good chats.

I love that we have already watched two movies with Nate the Great (Ghostbusters 2 & Robocop the Original)

I love that we spend our weekends watching football with my grandma and playing Casino with her.

I love that we can carpool to Family Sunday dinner with Asia & Zeke.

I love the quiet in our neighborhood. (you get it)

We are so excited for what is in store at this new apartment.

P.S. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US MOVE! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for the delicious meal at Stella’s afterwards.

Mom, Dad, Mckay, James, Asia, Zeke, the Gochnours, etc.

P.S.S.  I never want to ever have to move again.  It sucks.  (props to all those families who move all the time.. You the Real MVP)

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As of Late

 

These past few weeks have been a total blur.  With school and work and side projects I feel like I haven’t had time to breath… Plus i’m still in a food coma from last week’s ice cream post.  So in the spirit of keeping up with blogging I thought i’d post a few things i’ve been up to.

Starting School with my Seeeestor at the University of Utah

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Assisting Tessa Barton…

Chad and Taylor Bridals


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Cheering on our UTES!!!! UTAH MAN AM I BABY!

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Gracie and Tims Wedding


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Doing my own photo projects…

Purple Lace.


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CAN YOU BELIEVE FALL IS HERE????

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A good Ole StayCation at my parent’s cabin in Midway…

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Playing original nintendo is a must when we go there.  BATTLE TOADS 4 LYFE

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Fruit Roll… why not?

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For the longest time on the drive to the Midway cabin, my siblings and I would point to this big hill and say “there’s Grandpa’s cabin!” It was at the very tip top of the hill.  I was so excited to show Chris where some of my crazy childhood memories were. (It has not been in the family for several years, but it’s still sentimental.   Sadly, on the way up to the cabin I couldn’t see Grandpa’s cabin! We walked up the big hill and the closer we got to the top I kept saying “I DON’T SEE IT CHRIS! WHERE IS IT!”  Finally at the very top all I saw was the foundation of Grandpa’s Cabin and the iron wagon wheel Grandma had placed there.  We were devastated!!! So I took a few wood blocks I could find and carried them back down the hill as a momento I could give my Grandma.  I am so sad that I won’t be able to point to the top of the hill anymore..

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Those of you who love Midway and Heber will understand the importance and specialness of Dairy Keen.  (the train restaurant)  Can’t go there without getting some sort of ice cream treat.

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Visited my dear Grandma and found her with a Caffeine free DC in one hand and a cookie in the other.  SHE IS THE EPITOME OF AWESOME!

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This sunday was area conference and Chris and I live downtown so we got to walk 5 minutes to the conference center for church! booya!  I especially loved Elder Oaks talk.  It inspired me to write this song lyric in my sunday journal.  Faith means trusting in God’s timing which means we must be prepared to be surprised!

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I spent what felt like 5 hours looking for my keys in the apartment this morning.  (i lose my keys, phone, and wallet every second)  I open the door and there they were.  All night.   BLESS MY HEART.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon for this win Sunday Evening.

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Thanks for stopping by. Keep it real folks.

Labor Day Homemade Ice Cream

Summer month’s are the best because my dad makes his famous (to me) homemade ice cream!

Today’s Labor Day flavor: CHOCOLATE BANANA (my personal favorite)

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The best thing about this recipe is it doesn’t take a lot of measuring.  My dad is a genius and has figured out exactly what you need to buy so that you don’t have to use a lot of measuring cups!  VIOLA! less dishes!

This recipe makes A LOT of ice cream.  Our ice cream maker makes gallon and a half of ice cream.  So modify as you see fit.  

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

+ 4eggs

+ 2 1/2 cups sugar

+ 1 Quart & 1 Pint Whipping Cream

+ 2 1/2 tbs. Vanilla extract

+ 1/2 tsp. salt

+ 1 can of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

+ 3-5 Bananas

+ 1 Quart whole milk

+ Ice Cream Maker – We use the Electric White Mountain Ice Cream Maker (ITS THE BEST!)

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STEP 1 

Beat the eggs

STEP 2

Add Sugar to the mixture and mix.

STEP 3

Add Vanilla & Salt to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 5

SMASH THE BANANAS!!  *hint* I use a pastry blender to mush the bananas

STEP 6 

Add smashed bananas to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 7

Add the HERSHEY’S chocolate syrup to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 8

Add the whipping cream to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 9

Pour Mixture into Ice Cream Maker container.

STEP 10 

Pour Milk into container with mixture. *hint* I do this last because the whole mixture won’t fit in my kitchen aid.

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STEP 11

Pour ice to the halfway mark of the barrel.  Then pour the salt over the ice.

Pour another Layer of Ice and leave about 3 inches from the top.  Pour salt over this layer of ice.
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STEP 12

Cover the container with ice and fill the barrel to the top.  Pour ice on top.

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*hint* it is important for the ice cream mixture to spin and really mix all the ingredients together well.  Don’t just put the mixture straight from the electric mixer or kitchen aid and freeze it.  It needs to spin!!!!

STEP 13

Remove the dasher after about 30-45 minutes of spinning. If you leave the dasher (spinning part) in the whole time the mixture won’t freeze as well as it should. (my dad always starts singing “Come on Dasher and Dancer and Prancer… etc. when he takes the dasher out)

*hint* use pliers to remove the dasher, it can get heavy and it’s freezing!
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STEP 14 (optional)

After the dasher is removed, line the container lid with tin foil.  *hint* this is to prevent the salt from getting into the ice cream.

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STEP 15

Layer Ice and Salt as you did in step 10.

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STEP 16

Cover the entire thing with all the salt you have left.  Then do the same for Ice.  *hint*  Use the Ice bag to cover the barrel.  This will prevent the ice from freezing and sticking to the insulating blanket.
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STEP 17

Cover the entire barrel with an insulating blanket.  This will help keep it as cold as it needs to be.
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STEP 18

Let the ice cream sit for 1 1/2 – 3 hours depending on the consistency you want. *hint* the bottom of the container is always the most frozen and my favorite part.

ENJOY!

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Downtown Gems

good things about downtown #10

SAPA SUSHI BAR & ASIAN GRILL

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Our good friends in our ward, the Nelsons, are moving :( Can’t tell you how sad we are!  We are going to miss them so much! So, we obviously had to have one more Sapa night.

 (Family style of course)

It’s a great value and it’s good.  what more can you ask for?

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You can find Sapa’s MENU here

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NOT PICTURED: the two vegas rolls we scarfed down at the beginning. oops.

My father went to Japan on his LDS mission.  From that i’ve grown a love for Yaki Soba Noodles.  I love them because they have a grilled/crispy texture.  Add chicken to it!! SO GOOD.

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Samurai Roll 

salmon, crab, onion, avocado, cucumber

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Imperial Roll

crab, tempura shrimp, tuna, masago, onion, avocado

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