Jords & Mads

Our family, faith, friends, fun times and favorite foods

Switching back to blogger … for now

I don’t know why I can’t commit to just one blog host — but let’s be honest, lately I haven’t been able to commit to any kind of blogging at all!

I had fun with my WordPress site, but decided I love blogger just a tiny bit more for now.  Until the next switch, visit us at!


how’s a girl to choose?

More dress favorites … online window shopping is significantly more exciting than writing this speech I’m giving on Thursday.

Yesterday’s favorites:

countdown to cute dresses

Some days everything seems to go a tiny bit wrong. In some ways, those days are harder than when one thing goes hugely wrong. Because at least when one thing goes hugely wrong, you can justifiably curl up on the couch, turn on your most ridiculous favorite TLC show and eat mint brownie chocolate ice cream. And that makes everything better.

In other news, only approximately 31 days until graduation.

Which is the kind of news that also makes everything better. One of my coworkers updates us on the countdown nearly every day. She says it bugs her husband, but I love it.

Speaking of graduation, do people buy graduation dresses in college? I know that was a thing in high school, but is it just a high school thing? In case it isn’t, here are two I kind of love:

spring rolls and storage wars

This weekend felt perfectly balanced between entertainment and R&R. The aching brain feeling I had by Friday, combined with unusually sore leg muscles, indicated I spent too much time last week studying and climbing stairs.

Luckily, tasty food and a good movie can cure anything.

Spring rolls - via

On Friday night, Jords and I splurged a bit at Thaifoon, a delicious “Taste of Asia” restaurant in Gateway. We ordered spring rolls, crispy coconut shrimp AND jasmine fried rice with chicken and pork. Even though we could only stuff ourselves with about half the meal, every bite was delicious. And still delicious for dinner last night. And for lunch today. Leftovers are practically heaven-sent in our busy, college kids’ perspectives.

After dinner, we definitely watched some “Storage Wars: Texas” and laughed a lot.


Here's an oldie, since we managed to spend more than four hours together without taking a picture.

On Saturday, I had a breakfast/shopping date with my bestie Kaila. We ate at IHOP (an ancient tradition) and bought the same polka dotted skirt. The matching thing seems to be a pattern. Observe:

Little freshies with matching scarves -- looks like we haven't changed much

After spending some much-needed time with Kaila (we hadn’t seen each other in at least three months and it might be that long again or longer!), I went to a darling baby shower for my sister-in-law and brand new niece! Such fun to spend time with fam.

Meanwhile, Jords was busy fleshing out his acting portfolio with a role as a Japanese game show host. He’s a natural. I so wish I had a picture of this one, for me and for you.

Saturday night, we hit the gym (just for a little bit) and rented a red box. Jords suggested The Help, which I somehow managed to not see in theaters (a total shame), and it was amazing! I probably gagged for ten full minutes surrounding the “terrible awful” part, but it was so good I loved it anyway. I don’t know how I’m so behind on movies, we’re usually pretty on top of those.

Goes to show how busy we are, I guess.

breathe in, breathe out

Three days of midterms and interviews.

Three days of eating fast-or-basically-fast food, studying my mind out and riding many hours in the car.

Three days of realizing life experiences really do build on each other, and people enter each others’ lives at the right times for reasons later understood.

This weekend, my plan is to sleep extra much, watch at least five movies with Jords, grab high-calorie food with my sister, and probably shop. Maybe hit the gym, but more as a stress-relief than a weight-release. Some weeks are just exhausting, ya know? Even if they are only three days long.

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the Beautiful

Yesterday we seized the chance to use the $6.50 Smashburger deal advertised in The Daily Universe — we’ve noticed we’re susceptible to great pictures of tasty food. (However, Jords’ job is really to blame, as he was scheduled for a rare late shift and we actually got to see each other between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm.)


while we were there, I witnessed a sweet moment when an elderly gentleman and his wife walked past a table of four lunching United States soldiers.

“Good job, guys,” said the gentleman, who slowed as he approached the table.

“Thank you,” they nodded and replied.

Simple, I know, but isn’t this country beautiful?

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a Christmas story

I was flipping through Jords’ phone at old pictures today, and I found these delicious shots.

For Christmas, we decided to splurge on a gorgeous 1920s church-turned-restaurant in downtown Houston (and treat ourselves to a little alone time before Jords flew back for work) rather than buying each other presents. Best decision ever.

I’ll let the food speak for itself.

I don't think I'll ever find a better Caesar salad

To-die-for corn chowder

Pecan crusted chicken stuffed with smoked mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Oh yeah.

Maple sugar roasted pork loin with short ribs and crispy sweet potatoes. Amazing.

Three tasty sorbets. By now we were super stuffed.

Delicious chocolate dessert platter. Unbeatable.

If you ever find yourself in Houston, we’d definitely recommend visiting Mark’s.

a working girl’s wishes

Today I’m pretending my biggest post-graduation dilemma will be what to wear to work. (Real dilemmas may include, but are not limited to, finding the right job, decorating an unfurnished apartment, cooking on a regular basis, etc.)

Today I also turned off all the lights in my apartment at 3:30 p.m., turned the heater on full blast and took a quick catnap on the couch. (Jords would make fun of me for saying, “catnap.” Go figure.) It was surprisingly refreshing — I always pretend those power naps work for me, but I usually wake up even more groggy.

Anyway, as part of my wishful, dreamlike state today

here’s 5 items I’d love to own before I graduate and start a real job:

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Today I’m reminiscing about summertime. Possibly because it’s a gorgeous day; sunny, light breeze, lovely temperature for a winter month. Possibly because I love and miss that beautiful dog. Also possibly because sometimes I like to think back and see how my life unfolded to bring me to this point.

Summer recap

Recap from summer of '11

If you count things in terms of summers, they never seem as long ago.

Summer of ’06 – 15; babysitting; friends, friends, friends; hangouts at malls; looking forward to high school, cell phone, driving, dating

Summer of ’07 – 16; moved away from friends; sister bonding; lots of lifeguarding; dreading high school; looking forward to graduation

Summer of ’08 – 17; more lifeguarding; loved babysitting; loved sisters; ACT/SAT; looking forward to yearbook staff, graduation, college

Summer of ’09 – 18; coaching swim team; private swim lessons; weekend park job; college, college, college; looking forward to roommates, busy social life, college classes

Summer of ’10 – 19; loved swim team; loved swim students; lots of dating; extra sister time; looking forward to reunion with roommate, starting Comms major, deciding how I feel about “this guy”

Summer of ’11 – 20; married; more coaching; super fun swim lessons; family time; baby(and dog)sitting; cooking attempts; looking forward to London/Paris honeymoon, college graduation, eternity

Isn’t that crazy to think about?

Just six (almost seven) summers ago, I was 15 and wishing I had a cell phone. This coming summer, I’ll be graduated from college, working full-time and living in Idaho with the man of my dreams.

Who knew?

new furniture and the same old ramen

I’ll be the first to admit

I’ve gone through phases of addiction to Facebook, Pinterest, blogging and a brief fling with Twitter. But now that I’m old and mature and married (ha if only), I’m going through a KSL phase.

Really though, it’s equally addicting.

Jords and I will have conversations after work like thus:

J: Did you see that one couch …?

M: That dropped down to $170? Yeah.

J: Good thing we didn’t buy it for $220.

M: And did you see the new microfiber …?

J: In Lehi? Oh yeah. Can you believe that one hide-a-bed was asking [insert high price for an ancient, patterned hide-a-bed couch]?

And on it goes, with or without context. Nothing on KSL gets past either of us lately.

But anyway,

Tonight Jords and I got killer deals on a comfy microfiber couch and a trendy two-toned counter-height square table. The night ended well, but the process took way longer than we’d planned … hence the ramen for date night dinner. Maybe we’ll make it up tomorrow with an Olive Garden lunch. I’ve been craving the unlimited soup & salad for a while.