BEGIN August 2013 | Corina's Corner

Provo Farmer's Market

8.25.2013


My family came to town this weekend, so on Saturday morning we headed down to Provo, to go to the Farmer's Market. I have to admit that I was most excited about getting a Waffle. Think if we still lived in Utah County, I'd be at Waffle Love every. single. day. I love those things! We made a great haul. Most of us had Waffles, some had crepes, Jordan had tacos. We came home with a HUGE box of delicious peaches (I've already had 4 today), green beans, corn, tomatoes, fresh tortillas, and raspberries (which were picked-that-morning-fresh). We had a great time.

And here are just a few other pictures from our weekend that I really wanted to share. Reagan sure is loved.

Third Anniversary

8.24.2013


This week Jordan and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. This last year was a pretty big one for us. We finished school, got a job, student taught, bought a car, took trips to San Francisco and Hawaii, and had a baby (to name a few of the big ones...)!

Jordan is such a wonderful person and I love him more and more everyday. He is so kind and generous and always thinks of our needs and tries to make me happy. He is always agreeable and fun to be around, which are among his most attractive qualities. He is by far the best husband and now father! And I haven't even mentioned how he is with Reagan. He is the perfect dad.

We celebrated last night with a trip to The Melting Pot. I think we are still in a minor food coma. It was delicious! Seriously, WOW! My favorite part by far was the dessert. Holy cow, that stuff was so delicious. We will for sure be going there again, just for the dessert (maybe Progressive Dinner Date... with no budget restrictions).

I'm excited that I get to be with Jordan forever, with lots more anniversaries, babies, cars, houses, trips, jobs, good times, etc... in our future.

Reagan's First Trip to the Zoo

8.23.2013


First of all, I just have to say that I have this problem lately, where when I clearly should be sleeping, I am awake and on the computer, because this is the first time all day, when the house is quiet and I actually have time to blog. It's not too bad, except when Reagan decides that she wants to be awake in the middle of the night, or right after I go to bed. Those nights, I get zero sleep all night. I'm not sure if this is really true, or just me justifying it, but I think it's worth it.

Tonight was Jordan's work Summer Party at the Zoo. Even though Reagan slept through most of it (she slept until 5 minutes before we left), we still had a great time looking around at all of the animals. Coincidentally, my favorite parts were the only parts I actually got pictures of: the giraffes, the elephants, and the polar bear. We had a fun time watching these guys most of the night. The giraffes and the elephants both had babies, which is always fun. And the polar bear was swimming laps and playing against the glass every time he swam around.

I can't wait until we can take Reagan to the Zoo and have her be excited to see all of the animals. Before then though, we will keep enjoying these stress-free outings, with a sleeping baby in the stroller. We love a free trip to the Zoo and are glad that we were able to go!

Growing Brothers

8.19.2013


These little babies started High School today.

My eyes are tearing up as I type this (the fact that I had a super long day and am really tired, are also contributing to the tears), because I remember the minutes that they were born. I was there.

They aren't babies anymore. At all. In fact they are both at least four inches taller than me.

I remember when they were little, laying in my bed at night, thinking about how much I loved them. I remember thinking about how I hoped that they would grow up to be good people and to make good choices. I hoped that they would be smart and friendly.

And it's weird, because now, they are good people, and they are smart and friendly. They are so much fun to be around. And when they're with me they're helpful and loving. And they LOVE Reagan, and I love to watch them with her.

It's hard because I still think of them as ten year olds, (and maybe sometimes I treat them like that too) but I remember how big I felt when I started High School. I felt so grown up. And I can't believe they're High Schoolers now too. So huge. And grown up.

Eight years is a big age difference, but it's fun that as they get older that gap seems to get smaller, and soon they'll be going on missions, and to college, and getting married, and having their own babies. And I can't help but imagine how fun it will be to watch all of those things happen, just like watching these past 14 years has been fun.

I love these little babies. Good luck in High School!

Alturas 2013

8.18.2013


We got home from Jordan's family reunion tonight at about 10:00. Every year Jordan's family goes to Alturas Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. It is such a beautiful place and I look forward to going every Summer.

This year I decided not to bring my big camera. I did however bring my phone (and my small Point and Shoot). I decided to try to make a movie this year (since I already have so many pictures from Alturas. See here, and here, and here, and here). So I filmed a bunch of little clips on my phone and then on the drive home I downloaded the Splice app and made them into this movie.

For my first time using this app, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. (There are a few glitches, but I will try to get those fixed.) It was a wonderful distraction on the ride home and now, only an hour and a half after walking in the door, I'm already done documenting our trip. Talk about efficient! Totally love that! Anyway...without further ado, here is what Alturas 2013 looked like:

Chateau De Vie

8.15.2013
Last weekend, while we were in Arizona for my cousin's wedding, we got to stay at an amazing house. It was basically a castle. My aunt Pam's friend owns the house, and since it is currently unoccupied, she let us stay there!

I'm seriously not kidding when I say it is a castle. It is 14,000 square feet, complete with 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, tennis courts, a lake(!), and connecting stream, a guest house, servant's quarters, a pool, 20+ car garage, billiard room, theater room, 3 trap doors (with secret rooms), a ballroom, ...etc. All of the really neat things a humongous house should have.

It was such a great place to stay. My aunt Shari and her family, my grandma, my parents, and my brothers all stayed there with us. And everyone had plenty of room! In fact if you do the math, each of us had about 1,200 square feet (including Reagan). We stayed in the servant's quarters because it was a little bit more private and separate from the rest of the house (in case Reagan wanted to cry and be awake at night).

I would never want to live in a house this big (I kept forgetting where I took off my shoes, or left my phone...way too many places to check, and I can't even imagine the cleaning! I'm sure if you lived here though, you would pay someone to clean it, but still.) but it was SO much fun to stay here. I wish we could always stay at a place as huge as this on vacation. I loved that we all had our own space, but unlike a hotel, there was plenty of common areas for us to all be together.

I tried to take pictures of all of the fun details, and to really capture the Chateau. I hope my pictures do justice. Sometimes though, pictures can't really capture "HUGE", or "overly ornate" but I sure tried my best!

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