Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Amazing Year!

I would save this post for tomorrow, but I'm not sure if we'll have internet access, so I'm going to post it today.

One year ago, tomorrow, I married my beautiful wife, Lauren. It was the happiest day of my entire life. The day, although a blur, was perfect in every way. I knew that my decision to marry Lauren was a good one, but I realize now that I only had a small idea why.

Now that it's a year later, I have an even better idea of the wonderful decision I made on our wedding day by marrying Lauren. Over the past year I've seen Lauren's patience with me, being a stubborn person. I've seen her caring for me when I'm sick. And I've seen her love me, no matter what the condition. She has been the most perfect wife I could ever have asked for.

I love my wife. She has been good to me, and good to my family. She has fit right in from day one, and my family has accepted her and treated her like their own daughter and sister. I always love to hear my dad say things like, "It brings a smile to my face to think that you're my daughter-in-law," when talking to Lauren.

Thanks for the best year of my life, Lauren. I love you so very much!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Richie!!

Richie turned 23 on Thursday! I was lucky enough to be able to spend the whole day with him :)

We woke up and had cinnamon rolls, then headed right out to go fishing.

Neither of us caught fish. Apparently we need to be tutored.

We drove up to Bear lake and had lunch-no pictures of lunch.

We then headed up Charles Canyon to Minnetonka Cave.

The cave was amazing. We walked 888 steps up, down, and around stalagmites and stalagtites. This is the "seven dwarf" formation.

Stairway to Heaven.

You can't see, but this 5 YEAR OLD girl has a pocket knife in her back pocket. Yes, a pocket knife. Before the tour started, she was cutting everything in sight. Luckily, she missed her fingers. I snapped a quick picture to remind myself how crazy people can be. Did I mention that her mom was watching her the entire time? Ridiculous.

Anyways, back to Richie. After the caves, we opened presents and had cake.

Richie got a new grill for his Birthday! It seems like he loves it. He even cooked dinner for the both of us on his own birthday. What a sweet guy. :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tiny Baby Dress

My mom was kind enough to let me steal her sewing machine, so I decided to get right to work on a project. I found a baby dress HERE that I thought my niece, Lily, would love.

I started off by printing the pattern and cutting out the top.

Then I cut the skirt.

I "scrunched" the dress.

At this point, I got so excited that I stopped taking pictures. I sewed the bodice to the lining, and then sewed the front to the back. I sewed the piping onto the bodice, and finally sewed the skirt on. The straps tie together. The right one is supposed to be tied, but you get the idea.

I sewed pink bias tape on the bottom for a hem, but I didn't take a picture of it. I promise it's cute. :)

I also used the extra fabric to make a flower for a head band. Ignore the small pink flower. I didn't make that.
I hope Lily loves it! :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Richie and I were feeling crafty one day, so we decided to make our own ottoman. I'll put the instructions up, so all the rest of you can make one too. :)

We started off by making the frame out of particle board.

Richie made the top of the frame. He loved being able to use all the power tools.

We covered the frame in 4 inch foam.

And then covered it in batting.

We stapled on the fabric. Richie was most excited about this part because he got a new staple gun.

We made buttons.

I painted the legs brown.

We attached the legs and sewed on the buttons, and we were finished!

We loved making our ottoman, so we made one for my parents for their birthdays! Their's was much better because we learned from our mistakes. :D

My parents loved the ottoman so much, they posted about it here.

William James Wariner

William was born July 26th. He was 8 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long.

Richie and William

William and his favorite Auntie Lauren.

Welcome to the family, William! We love you!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 8!

Day 8 was our last day on the boat, and our day in Victoria. The boys started the day off with an "Ultimate Tour" of the ship, so my mom and I hung out for the day.

We started off the day with a spa treatment (we didn't take any pictures though). I got a facial, a hot stone massage, and a pedicure. We then headed off to a cooking demonstration by the head chef.

We then went on a tour of the kitchen, where they had food sculptures. There were TONS, but this one was my favorite. :)

We joined back up with the boys and went to an ice carving demonstration. This one is a swan. There was also a fish, but I didn't get a good picture of it.

Once off the boat, we went straight to Butchart Gardens. This was once a quarry, and once they were done, they turned it into a garden. It's amazing that something that used to look so ugly turned into this beautiful garden.

View of the main part of the quarry.

This is a totem pole- not a tiki. You will be laughed at if you call it a tiki.

On the way out of the garden, I saw my dad step on a frog. Its whole body was squished and I was traumatized. This was my pouty face afterwards.

Yes, I did make small children wait to get on the pony so that I could take a picture on it.

Canadians decorate their garbage cans with flowers.

On their tour, the boys each got a chef's jacket.

They also got Princess Cruise robes. I told Richie that he could keep the chef jacket and I would take the robe. That way, he could cook dinner while I sat on the couch (with the robe on, of course) and watched.

We had such a fun trip and we were so glad we were able to go with my parents to Alaska!

Day 7!

Day 7 was in Ketchikan. When we got off the boat, we went straight on a sea plane tour.

Here's Richie as the co-pilot.

Richie and our pilot


In the plane...

Our view from the plane. I wish that I could post all 100 pictures that I took from the plane, but I doubt anyone would look at them :)

There were thousands of waterfalls like this. It was so pretty. Pictures don't really do justice.

Richie caught this amazing picture as we were flying past our ship.

All of us in front of the plane :)

After our sea plane tour, we went to a Lumberjack Show. These men were so buff. They had different competitions of sawing logs and balancing on logs on the water.

The most impressive part of the show was the tree climbing competition, although I would hardly call it a competition. We referred to this man as "Spider Man" for the rest of the trip.

That afternoon, we went hot-tubbing. We met a band member from the Violent Femmes.


Day 7 also happened to be my parent's 30th anniversary! Don't they look so happy? :)