Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lights are much brighter there - Salt Lake City, UT

Temple Square never disappoints!  I went with Andrew, Liz, Nancy, Nicole, and Sally to look at the lights on Temple Square.  The lights were spectacular and I loved the "Around the World" nativities section.  For the record, my favorite nativity had a little Kiwi bird in it.   It reminded me of my trip to New Zealand in May where I saw a Kiwi in real life!  Love Temple Square, love my brother, and love the Franz's.  What a fun night!

Till we meet again - New York, NY

Saying goodbye to New York is never an easy task.  I mean, my goodbye is still only temporary, but it hurts just as much every time!  I had the most amazing time these last couple of weeks.  My days were full of wandering the city and evenings were spent laughing and hanging out with amazing friends.  Below are a few highlights of my last few days:

Cozy Christmas Dinner - We had a fun little Christmas dinner with a few friends on Sunday.   Thanks to our Stew Leonard's run, we had plenty of yummy things to eat.  We ate BBQ bacon wrapped water chestnuts, warm spinach dip, homemade bread bowls with chicken pot pie or creamy tomato soup, spinach salad with feta, craisins, red onion, and caramelized pecans, peppermint icecream, brownies, and red velvet cake.

Christmas Service Auction - My friend Carly organized an amazing church activity were we had a service auction to raise money for Sub for Santa.  Guess what I came away with....a living will.  Exciting, I know.  My mother is actually thrilled that I purchased a living will. She has been bugging me for years to get one!

Miranda - my new favorite british comedy series I have been watching on YouTube.  Alisa introduced all of my friends to this amazing sitcom.  Someone inevitably quotes it during every conversation and then we all die of laughter. We talk about it so much that sometimes we have to ban it from conversations!

Finally, I want to give a big shout out to Jenna, Chloe, and Jenn for letting me stay with them.  Our sleepovers were so much fun!  I'll see you all in January!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Life changing experiences - New York, NY

Today I was reminded of one of my most favorite life changing experiences -  Stew Leonard's.  When you live in NYC you really come to appreciate grocery stores and Stew Leonard's is the ULTIMATE grocery store.  It is packed full of amazing produce, homemade deliciousness, and animatronics!  I owe so much of my happiness to Amber Blakesly, my friend who first introduced me to Stew Leonard's.

Today I ventured out to the Yonkers location with my friends Alisa, Jenna, Kevin, and Maria.  I love taking newbies to this place because it's so magical.  It was a packed house today and there were some rude and pushy people out and about.... but all in all I think Kevin and Maria embraced Stew's for all that it was worth.  Oh, and the best thing about this location is that there is a Costco right next door.  So, of course we went shopping there too!

Jenna discovered the lying down game this week and became totally obsessed.  So we took a few pics of Alisa and Jenna lying down in random places.  Enjoy!