Jords & Mads

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10 Things

Cheesecake image

I loved about this birthday weekend:

  1. Staying up ’til 4am watching TV (never happens anymore)
  2. The Brad Paisley concert (AMAZING. We almost went to Vegas for my 21st but chose this concert instead. Loved it. But Vegas is probably happening soon, too.)
  3. Sleeping in practically until noon
  4. Provo Bakery breakfast
  5. Jordan’s masterful apt. cleaning job
  6. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread (aka cake)
  7. Cards, calls, etc. from wonderful family & friends
  8. The Cheesecake Factory (Lemonade, delish dinner, cheesecake, worth the crazy long wait.)
  9. ‘Unbelievably delicious brownies’ (Gotta love skilled sisters.)
  10. Extremely nerdy moments (I’m sure this is old news, but we noticed this Cheesecake Factory vs. Lord of the Rings thing tonight and it cracked us up.)
Cheesecake Factory decor
Photo here

Shout out to high heels


I feel prettier AND more productive when I clean the house in heels.  Which is good, because our house looked like the aftermath of an earthquake all week long.
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Funny, I started that post like three weeks ago yet it’s true again today.  Jords and I are great at cleaning, we’re just not so great at upkeep (which is why there are still decorations up from the bridal shower I threw on Tuesday. Poor Jords spent a whole morning looking for the duct tape I used as a balloon weight behind our living room chair. The balloons had already wilted so there was nothing to give away the tape’s hiding spot).

Also, I wore heels to the grocery store today (something I feel like I maybe haven’t ever done) and I know I would have loved it if I hadn’t already been wearing them for 6 1/2 hours.

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The highlights from the holidays that I managed to capture on film:
(sidenote: can I still use that archaic term?)

The Nutcracker, wow
Beautiful people, right? Well they’re about to have beautiful twin babies!  We can’t wait.
Darling pjs
A little bit of pyro-ness 
Candles, presents, cake, ice cream
A dash of partying

Some squeezed-in sister time
A few fireworks

Basically, our break brought Mario Kart, board games, shopping, delicious food, double the family fun, sleeping in, giggle attacks, late-night restaurants, an old tradition or two and a few new favorites. Also, Jords had to head home a little sooner than me (for work) so I arrived to all our new decor already hanging in our cute little apartment. Love that guy.

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In past years, the words “Winter semester” translated into “Goodbye vacation, school’s about to warp speed your recently relaxed self back into real life.” That’s true this year, too, but so far it’s exciting.  I’d still choose another two weeks at home if I could (it’s warmer there) but the promise of a new year is actually rejuvenating me this time ’round.

Even if our apartment does look like an earthquake.

While shopping with my sister

today, I realized two things:

1) We have almost identical taste in clothes. Seriously. It’s been true for a while — we usually pick up the same item in two different sizes or colors, then end up switching in the fitting room — but today it was practically exact. When we both lived at home, we used to just share (and it’s proof that we really are best friends that we didn’t fight over clothes when I left for college), but today we bought the same shirt in the same color. For once, it’ll be good (but bittersweet) if I don’t run into her on campus.

2) I’m (surprisingly) more likely to spend money when Jords is around than when he’s not. Who knows why.  Maybe I want to make sure he likes it first? In any case, I was proud of myself for not splurging like crazy after avoiding malls for so long (that is, after I fully considered buying everything I liked, bringing it home, and then returning it later). What does this mean? Possibly that a shopping trip with Jords is in order.

Some favorite oldie twin shots:

1) shades
2) bows 

 3) pose
4) ice cream and expression

Newest twin picture coming soon! Maybe if I keep promising photos, I’ll remember to make it happen.

when life gives you rotten bananas

steal your sister’s awesome recipe!  Jords and I had intended to make a tasty-looking french toast recipe with caramelized bananas sometime this week (it was on our meal plan and everything, shame on us) but by today our bananas were lookin’ pretty ripe (aka “really nasty”) so we used my sister’s amazing chocolate chip banana muffin recipe to make these lovelies:

They were definitely tasty, but not nearly as good as when she makes them (plus she’s entertaining, it’s hilariously cute to watch her bake).  Also, we only had one of those mixed bags of chocolate-and-peanut-butter chips — kind of fun for a change.

Here’s the recipe, in case you have one of those rotten banana weeks, too:

Chocolate chip banana muffins (thanks, sis!)
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup plain yogurt (sour cream substitutes, I didn’t have yogurt this time)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (or as much as you have, depending on how squishy you want them to be)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips 
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (or for exactly 11 minutes, if your oven is insanely hot like ours — totally the oven’s fault that I burn everything).
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

today I’m reminiscing

just a little and missing my sweet sisters in Houston.

we’re all in the mood for a melody

Billy Joel will forever be “the piano man” for me.  But let’s be honest, Jon Schmidt is amazing and I try never to miss his concerts if I can help it. Sierra & Jared came with us yesterday to Thanksgiving Point to check out JSchmidt’s latest funny mashups (“Don’t Worry Be Psycho,” for instance), some of his most famous (“Love Story Meets Viva La Vida”), and a few new ones that I need to investigate further.
Some random shots from before the show:

… and then we remembered we were there for a concert, and not just to take pointless photos …

and although the photo isn’t as awesome, the concert definitely was.  Our whole day yesterday was amazing, actually.  We went to a sweet baby blessing on Jordan’s side (she’s seriously such a precious little girl — I’m trying not to be too sad that they chose one of my favorite baby names! does that make it off limits??) and loved seeing those fun fam members again.  I’m lucky to have tons of awesome in-laws. We also had a little party at our place (with taco pinwheels and 7-layer dip to give Si & I something to do during the first half) for the narrowly-scraped football victory before we ran off to the concert.  All in all, an awesome day!

Sadly, tomorrow we’ll have to pay … by spending our Labor Day doing homework.

t-minus sixty minutes

Remember how I mentioned something about babysitting a weekend or so ago? Jords and I became the proud parents of six children for four days while their parents enjoyed a fitness resort in California (I know that sounds fake — who would take a vacation from six kids at a fitness resort? Only these awesome people). I’m really close with this family and we absolutely love these kids.
Even so, I’ve gotta admit, they wore us out. We don’t know how their parents do it. Kids just unconsciously (and let’s be honest, sometimes consciously) beat you up, ya know? Here’s a painful example:

I’m so grateful to my sister for snapping photos fast enough to catch my expression as this little cutie’s floaty attacked me. (Let’s remember kids, violence isn’t the answer to over-eager babysitters.)

But anyway, today marks the end of our working summer and the beginning of our honeymoon tour across London & Paris! We can’t wait!

it’s a toss up

{testing out the Instagram app and loving it}

Jords and I ate at Tiny Boxwoods yesterday — a delicious little restaurant right next to a gorgeous greenery. We’d recommend lunch more than dinner; Jordan said their buffalo burger is the best he’s ever had, but oh so sadly they only serve it for lunch. Honestly though, I mostly go for the cookies; we’ve been trying to choose a number one favorite cookie lately, and these definitely make the list. (Why we don’t have a photo, you ask? I’m a pathetic excuse for a blogger.)



Also yesterday, my sister and I tried out some French manicures — she decided that it just might be worth $360 a year (we found an inexpensive place (plus we had a giftcard)) to get them done every three weeks. It’s nice they can make your real nails look that pretty; we’re afraid of fungi that like little plastic fingernail-sized greenhouses (something you have to think about in a good-for-your-skin-but-nothing-else humid climate).
Also also yesterday, we threw a going-away party for one of my sister’s friends — we’re going to miss our fantastic neighbors so much!

Sometimes

I feel like all I use facebook for is wishing people happy birthday. Like my lil sis, for one. I posted on her wall promptly at midnight, then had to tell her about it the next day because she never checks her facebook. Like really never. (Not like my “Oh I hardly ever check that,” kind of never.)

Isn’t she lovely?

Remember the sister who graduated last week? This week she turned 18 —
It would be a big deal, except I swear she already seems 25 to me.

This gorgeous girl has always been my very best friend —

I’m happy for her sake that she can finally sign her own permission slips at BYU.
{just teasing, Si}