Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All I want for Christmas.....

I really can't complain.... for a year that I said I wasn't going to travel much, I did get to see quite a bit.  I went to 8 states and 2 countries..........

But I've been dreaming about traveling again...... So I came up with my top 5 places I'd like to visit in America.
5. New Orleans.  I'm sure it's Disneyland's fault but for some strange reason I have this desire to visit Bourbon Street (Not during Mari Gras heaven forbid....)  I love the romantic thought of  eating beignets and shrimp while listening to happy jazz music........

4. Myrtle Beach, North Carolina
I've experienced Florida beaches (both Gulf Coast and Pacific) and I've experienced Maryland/New Jersey beaches.... but I feel ripped off to never have experienced a Carolina beach.

3. Savannah, Georgia
There is a part of me that wishes I was a southern belle.... and I feel like Savannah is the place to experience that.  (although I hear that as far as houses go Charleston is WAY better...)  but of course I would also love to visit Paula Dean's restaurant.

2. New England

But if I could travel anywhere for a Christmas vacation excursion there is no question where it would be................................

1. San Francisco

I know, kinda embarrassing that I have probably traveled to California.....150 times in my life? and never been north of Santa Barbra.  Someday that'll change..... but until then I guess I'll have to settle with visiting paradise.
 Count down to Southern California: 7 days. Weather forecast: 75 and sunny.  Can not complain about that.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Urban myth says that Adidas stands for All day I dream about Soccer.  Now whether that is true or not I have no idea.... but boy can I relate.  Right now my life revolves around one thing.  Peppermint.

Who knows where this love for peppermint came from.  I don't remember loving it as much as a kid.  But right now and the past few Christmas seasons there is one and only one treat that I want.  Peppermint.  So here are my top 7 favorite Christmas treats:

Number 7: This is probably actually my least favorite of the peppermint treats, but I'm a sucker all the same.  (How do I know they are my least favorite... we bought some at Costco 2 weeks ago and I take one baggie of them to work every day.  Sounds normal..... except that is not normal for me.)
 Number 6: I had to throw these on the list because they were once my favorite.  But we'll get to this in a minute!

Number 5: These were my favorite all growing up.  And they still are fantastic, but with all these new peppermint additions to my Christmas traditions, they got pumped down to number 4.

Number 4: Back when I used to count calories, which I am now learning is totally over rated, I would lick the bowl of this stuff.  I thought it was heaven on earth..... boy was I wrong.


Number 3:  I love these things more than life itself..................... I can not wait for Christmas just to get bags after bags of these.  How in the world did this get moved down to number 3?

 Oh yes. Number 2.  You see I thought my life was complete.  I thought I had every single peppermint treat a girl could ever ask for.  I had my taffy, my cookie, my ice cream.  And then Friday Happened.  Franci made me try one of these.  And quite frankly, my life has never been the same since.


Which of course brings us to the mother of all deliciousness.... the thing that makes the world go round in my Christmas Season.... I had no idea that life could taste this delicious...... the best thing ever invented.

 Now it's really quite embarrassing how addicted I am to this stuff.  My goal is to eat a half gallon every week until Christmas.  You know, just to get into the Christmas spirit.  And don't you worry, I am accomplishing my goal.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I'm currently teaching about the different regions of the United States.  I.E. excuses for me to just scroll through all my pictures from around the country and remember how awesome my trips have been.  So as I am sitting here in my big puffy down coat freezing to death, I'm dreaming about being somewhere, anywhere but here.  But since I'm stuck in this seat for at least 3 more hours................ I'll create my 10 ten favorite beaches of all time.

10. Lovers Beach, Cabo, Mexico

(technically this is divorce beach but who's counting? :)
9. Waimea Bay, North Shore, Hawaii

8. Sorrento, Italy

 Definitely not the best sand or prettiest beach but with a view like this and food like this.... it probably should have been number 1.

7. Sunset Beach, North Shore


6. South Beach Miami, Florida

Ridiculously warm, even at Christmas

5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

The water was INSANE.  Here is a picture from a water camera.

4. Newport Beach, CA
totally cliche but I'll always feel like this is my easiest beach of choice. 
(I have a bazillion pictures from here but am too lazy)

3. Plama de Mallorca, Island in western Mediterranean

2. Pensacola, Florida

Who knew there was such thing has perfectly white sand and beautiful tortoise water???

And the number one beach in my humble opinion????

 Any beach.  Any time.  Anywhere.  As long as there is sunshine and warm enough to enjoy it.  (this is Huntington Beach, CA)

That being said, how many days until Christmas Vacation?????

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Just in case you need someone new to stalk....

This morning I was enjoying a few last minutes in my comfy flannel blanket before I ventured out to the cold cold cruel morning..... sometimes I think I remember how much I hate the cold.  All summer long I try and remember... but I truly don't think it's possible for me to remember.  I was telling Jason yesterday I would much rather feel the pain of running for 2 hours than 10 minutes of freezing cold.  Anyways, that is off topic.

I was trying to stall going out in the cold.  So I was wondering around when I remembered back when my brother started dating this cute new girl and he told me she had a blog.  I remember at the time I was kinda disappointed because she hadn't divulged the feelings of her heart on her blog.  (I mean honestly....) So although it was fun to see her pictures from her semester at BYU Jerusalem.... I kinda forgot about her blog.  Until this morning!  I LOVED looking through all the her posts about her relationship with my brother.  I will admit, I even cried on one of the posts talking about how happy is she that she found him.

Anyway, so in case you'd like to have a new girl to stalk.... I am excited to introduce my darling new sister in law,

Marcie Parson.

Words can't express how thrilled I am to have her in the family.