Monday, November 28, 2011


Thanksgiving was a scattered affair for my family this year.  One of the four children on my mother's side were here visiting Brittnee and I.  One was one a cruise and the rest were in Utah some in St. George and my mommy and sister were stuck in Sandy! Probably the first time in awhile that most of us haven't been together for Thanksgiving.  The women loved it though especially my grandmother because she didn't have to cook. 

 I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone.  This year has gone by way too quickly!  For Thanksgiving about 15 of us got together.  We each had food assignments and mine was the rolls. I thought about buying them, but decided to make them instead (should have bought them).  

 I started the rolls at nine on Wednesday night.  Why I didn't wait until the morning of Thanksgiving when I would have had plenty of time to do them... I guess I like to torture myself.  Rolls take a long time to make as I learned from this joyous baking adventure and is one of the reasons I hate baking.  It takes forever no matter what you make!  I didn't get done until after twelve and it would have taken me longer, but I was impatient and didn't want to wait an hour for the rolls to rise.  So, twenty minutes sounded good to me and they still turned out fine :)

 Finished product... Aren't they pretty!

 I thought I had taken more pictures, but I guess I was too preoccupied with having fun and enjoying good company so I barely took any that is a first for me!

 Food I didn't have to make! That is the best part and pie of course.

 I loved her bib so classy.


 I love his face! He is enjoying torturing Kelly. 

Steve was drawing people on cups and plates and freaking Kelly out.  She doesn't like things that are not proportioned correctly I guess and this picture freaked her out.  She couldn't handle it even with a happy face she still thought it was scary.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

9/11 Twin Towers Memorial

 The Parker's are in town and today we went to the 9/11 Memorial for the Twin Towers.  It sure did take a long time to build, but it is GORGEOUS and worth the wait. 

 Let's just say after you wait in line it is like Fort Knox before you actually are able to go into the memorial.  We had our tickets checked four times and had to go through metal detectors and all of our items got scanned like they do at the airport.
 This is the where the South Tower use to be.
 This the foreground you can see one of the buildings that is being built that is going to surround the memorial...there will be four in all.  

The building in the background is going to be the 9/11 museum.  Which isn't done yet, but will be next year.
 The pools are gorgeous and I think a great idea to show how large these building were.  The pools are also very deep you can't tell from the pictures but they are AWESOME and I want one in my backyard.

The display of the names is the very heart of the MEMORIAL. The design of the names parapet provides a direct relationship between the visitor, the names, and the water, allowing for a feeling of quiet reverence between the visitor and the Memorial.  At night, light shines up through the voids created by each letter of a name.
Breaks my heart...

 There is nearly 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools. 

If you are going to NYC anytime soon I would recommend going to see the memorial!  It is pretty easy to get tickets you just need to get them in advance.

Monday, November 14, 2011


I went to Central Park over the weekend so I could see the leaves on the trees before they fall off.  It is so gorgeous. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011


 So apparently 11.11.11 is a big deal...  Who would have thought.  This gave us a reason to have a party!
This is the only year that if you add your year of birth with how old you are that it will add up to 111. 


 We all got some type of glow in the dark toy.  There were glasses, toys, and wands.  The glasses were made for kids so they barely fit my head.  I look ridiculous and a little like Harry Potter, but with cooler glasses.

 We also had a lot of pennies and we had to look for ones with our year of birth so that we had double wishing powers.

 We also played Mafia and our narrator did a great job with the stories he made up.  He came up with some interesting ways to kill people :)

 Alexia with hot glow in the dark sunglasses.  Which is kind of funny because sunglasses are made for the sun and glow in the dark is for the night... You can't have both at the same time.

At 11:11PM we all made a wish in the dark with our glow in the dark toys an did a little sword fighting afterwards as well.

We were getting a little crazy by the end of the night.