|My sophomore year roommates. The absolute greatest.|
(After looking through all our pictures, I feel an obligation to write a beek blog. Stay tuned.)
|They brought baby TOMS...soooo cute!|
|My mom is another best friend!|
My mom has been knitting up a storm for this baby! We melt looking at baby knitting books and choosing the next project. Extra layer of friend-ness: my mom's best friend taught her to knit, so now we are all benefitting. (Thanks, Kellie!)
|OH. MY. GOSH.|
|Two of MANY hats to come - the left is for the hospital : )|
Can you stand it? Ahh, so cute!
Gifts mean even more when they are personal and thoughtful, and this next one is the epitome. My beloved high school history teacher (although let's be real, she's taught me about much more than history) gave me a beautiful journal and juicy pen, knowing that office supplies and journals in particular are my favorite things in the world! I was content with just that explanation, but she went on to say that she wishes her mom (who has since passed) would have written down her thoughts and ideas and memories about her when she was little, and she wants to help me preserve these things for my own daughter. Hoch is the BEST - she should be teacher of the year, or at least get paid a whole lot more!
I love this picture because even though you can't see Hoch's face, you can tell how much she means to my family because this is Grammy Bee's reaction to finally meeting the famous and wonderful Mrs. Hoch at my wedding - she has made quite the mark on our family.
We are grateful for and thrilled with every gift we receive, but this next one might be my favorite because of its history and thoughtfulness - everyone who knows us at all knows we adore reading and would almost rather buy books than anything, but my absolutely fabulous and everlasting friend Ananda outdid herself with this one.
|Us, spring break visit 2007...not much has changed : )|
|Naturally, I laminated and put each note in the matching book. SO JUICY.|
|Our children's collection so far, half from Ananda...feel free to supplement!|
This was Austin's fortune from P.F. Chang's last weekend:
Alas, "the one we love" is not here yet, although she gets closer every day. Standby!
I had to include these pictures of my wonderful grandparents who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They had a grand family party at the Lion House in Salt Lake with dinner and music...I couldn't go so I sent a gift instead. Every time a grandchild turns 12, Grammy Bee writes a poem about them, prints it on colored paper, adds stickers, and frames it in black. These poems are treasured by each grandchild - I wish I had a picture of mine to post. Anyway, Austin had the genius idea that I should write my own poem for my grandparents, so I did just that and they loved it : ) I can't believe they will be Great-Grandparents soon!
|The hat she wore for her own wedding breakfast, 50 years ago!|
|Bees are BEST : )|
I am three episodes in to the PBS series "Downton Abbey" and it is quite intriguing. I'm curious to see how it will end up - there's been a lot of hype about it since it came out and I am finally getting into it. Let me know if you are a fan, but don't give anything away!
Austin and I have started a new collection of - you guessed it - books. We want to own every Newbery Award winning book since they started, so I bought the 2009 winner and it is very good so far. Austin had the good idea that we aren't allowed to buy the next one until we have read our most recent purchase; we are very excited! Eventually we want to own all the Newbery Honor books too, as well as the Caldecott Award books and a collection of leather-bound classics and...we're getting ahead of ourselves : )