Tuesday, June 29, 2010

my great aunt katie turns 93

Last weekend my mother and my sister and I headed down to St. George to throw a classy birthday party for my great aunt Katie. She is my moms'-deceased-mothers'-sister. She was unable to have kids of her own, so the closest thing to kids she ever had was my mom and my uncle Corey. They both have been so good to her; I know she feels like they are kids of her own. Her husband died twenty or so years ago, so it has just been her for quite a while. So we made an excuse to visit her more often and decided a few years back to throw birthday parties for her at her club house. We invite all of her old friends from her retirement community, and tell them to dress up all fancy. This year we threw a Fancy Nancy party. If you haven't read this book, you should; Its a cute one. Its about a little girl who loves being fancy and thinks everyone and everything should always be fancy.

So this is her. Aunt Katie. She is the cutest lady. You would never think she is 93. She is smart, witty, and loves to chit chat. The only thing old about her is her hearing, but its not too bad. If you joke with her, she wont just laugh, she will give it right back at ya. In her time she has been a welder and a charter fisher-woman with her husband and their boat Patty B. She is a very strong women. I wouldn't be surprised if she lived pass 100 years old. Katies niece from Minnesota drove all the way to St. George just to attend the party. Her husband came to the door the morning of and said he had a delivery. When Patsy walked up Katie screamed PATSY!!!! They haven't seen each other for years and it was a teary-eyed moment.
Before we sang Happy Birthday to her, all the ladies started singing (and katie too) the K-K-K Katie song that her father would always sing to her when she was little. This is where she got her nickname Katie, her real name is Lanore. It was awesome to hear all these ladies sing this song for her and to her. My mom, sister and I all had yet another teary-eyed moment. These ladies love Katie so much. Oh and she wanted the numbers flipped to 39 on her cake.

I was chosen to read the Fancy Nancy book

Hadley was so much fun. She even got to dress up all fancy with her great-grandmother's pearls and clip-on earrings. She didn't even try to pull the earrings off, she loved them.

We are planning on putting another one for your 95th Birthday party Katie, so don't go anywhere! But we're not worried...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"road rash mal"

Yesterday was a great day, but when it came to biking; it was a bad bike day. It started off with kevin getting mad that I was taking so long to get out the door. He sometimes gets grumpy when we go biking. We started at the top of Suncrest and the boys (Kevin, Patrick, and Parker) went off the jump they had built. Parker brought his brand new $5,000 bike, and crashed on his first try. But he always does this. The crashing wasn't the big deal, it was that he got a flat tire. We weren't prepared for a flat tire (the boys usually are), so Parker had to walk back up to the car and drive it to the bottom to wait for us. After this, Patricks bike shifter broke. Then his brakes didn't work. But luckily for him they started working again after a few minutes; I mean could you imagine doing a downhill trail with no brakes? Well everything was looking up, especially since I was wearing my new full-face helmet Kevin had bought me. I was feeling pretty rad and bad... until I crashed. I was going pretty fast on a straight-away part of the trail and somehow slid off the trail on my side with my bike on top of me. I got bad road rash on my arm, and then some on my entire left thigh and even up to the top of my back. I hit my head pretty hard too, but boy was I thankful for that new helmet. Everyone says its bad luck to ride with a brand new helmet. I have now experienced that bad luck and hopefully that will be the end of it.
WIth this road rash and crash I think I might have become an official Brower.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Fathers Day

Love you dad, your the greatest.

best cousins

Kevin says this is the classic "mal face". Its especially common in all my younger photos.
We have been best friends since we were little me and my cousin Trista. Yes Im the one that looks like a boy. Yes that was how my hair was styled all throughout my childhood. And only in the top picture do I look annoyed by this.
We were best friends when we were little, then went our separate ways for a while. It wasn't until both our moms encouraged us to become roommates our freshman year up at the U that we continued our old ways. It only took one night in the dorms together for us to become inseparable again. Here is only a sneak peak of the many pictures we took together...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pork Chop Dinner

Yummy summer dinner. Kevin really really liked the coleslaw, and even liked the carrots (he is not a big carrot fan). I really like cooked carrots and had delicious sauteed carrots at Redrock, so I decided to find a good recipe I could make at home. I even think these carrots were better then Redrocks.

Pork Chops
For these I just broil them. I put them on a broiling sheet and cover them with olive oil, salt, and pepper on each side. Sometimes I use seasoning, sometimes not. They only take about 6-7 minutes on one side, and 5-6 minutes on the other side. Just watch them and use your own judgement.

Sauteed Carrots
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tb butter
1 1/2 Tb chopped dill or parsley

Peel carrots and cut them diagonally in 1/4 inch slices. Place the carrots, 1/3 cup water, salt, and pepper in a large saute pan and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat for 7-8 minutes, until the carrots are just cooked through. Add the butter and saute for another minute, until the water evaporates and the carrots are coated with butter. Off the heat, toss with the dill or parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to serve.

Sweet Restaurant Slaw
1 (16 0z) bag coleslaw mix
2 Tb diced onion
2/3 cup cream salad dressing (I used regular mayonnaise, but you can use miracle whip)
3 Tb vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar (I used slightly less- I didnt want it super sweet)
1 Tb white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt

Combine coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl. Whisk together the rest of the ingredients for the dressing in a medium bowl. Pour over mixture and toss to coat. It says to chill at least 2 hours before serving, I just popped it in the fridge for 20 minutes and it was still delicious. Kevin practically licked the bowl clean.

big junk show to little junk show

Our backyard is looking a little better! We finished putting in the first haul of bricks. This is the lower retaining wall.
Kevin showing how tiring it was. Were realizing all this work is allowing us to learn how laborious projects like these are. We will learn what projects are worth doing, and what projects are worth paying someone to do (later in life when we have money).
The other night we were working in the yard and kevin came across our rose bushes we had forgotten about. They are in our front side yard which is a junk show in and of itself. You cant really see the rose bushes because they are covered by all the trees and weeds. Kevin told me to come over because he had a surprise for me. After walking through the jungle I spotted the roses and he told me that they were for me, from him. He told me to cut them off and put them in a vase. Thanks Kevin.

Monday, June 14, 2010

california is cool

We recently got to go to Carlsbad, California just for fun. I grew up going here with my extended family, and is (alongside Lake Powell) one of my favorite places I will continue to go to. It is always a treat for me to go here, and it never changes. We started the trip off with staying in Las Vegas with Kevins' sister Natalie and her husband Jeremy. They just recently moved here for work so we talked them into walking the strip with us for their first time. That place is crazy. And a total let down. I remember going their when I was little and all I remember was the Coke factory and the M&M factory. I told them all the treasures that were to be found there: free coke, fountains made of coke, coke from all over the world, a coke bottle that was an elevator that made coke sounds, and all the M&Ms you could ever need or want. They all didn't believe me but humored me and joined me in my quest. When we got there it was nothing like I remembered. It was just a cheezy, vegasy, souvenir shop. There was no huge fountain made of coke, no free coke, and the elevator made no sounds of a coke bottle being opened and poured. The M&M store was a let down as well. No free M&M's. Well even though It was let down, it was still a lot of fun to hang out with Natalie and Jeremy and they were so hospitable to us. Thanks guys!
Before we could go to California, Kevin had to make a skim board. This was just the first phase of making it; when he finished it looked really good.
We watched a fountain show at the Belagio. They did the show with the main song from Titanic. It was weird to see water be so...dramatic...and elegant. It was awkward. As well as this picture. Jeremy left the picture and Natalie wanted to too.. So its just Kevin and Natalie trying to leave the picture.
My Arabian husband trying to not get sunburned.
Newport Beach
Kevin took this picture at Balboa to show his dad the boat he thinks he should purchase next.

My favorite eatery in Carlsbad. Harbor Fish. Its right on the beach and oh so tasty. This is my favorite shrimp cocktail. It was only recently that I found out that it was $8.00 for each cocktail. I only figured this out with Kevin because it was my first time paying for it. All the years before that I came with my family, I would order one of these and meal. Thanks dad for paying for my expensive taste all those years.
The best fish and chips you will find. And the biggest.

On the cloudiest day (and a Friday) we decided to go to Knotts Berry Farm. Not a good idea. We pulled into the park, as well as 15 million school buses filled to the rim with kids. We should have just turned around then; but we had driven 70 minutes to get there so we really had no choice. We cringed as we heard all these kids screaming and yelling. What were we thinking? We still tried to have a good time though. Every ride was an hour or so long wait, and I know I know that is not unusual for a theme park, but being around 500 million mexican fat kids swearing makes it twenty times longer. We were definitely the minority. No one would sit by us on rides (which was fine by us). We actually used it to our advantage on our favorite ride. Many of you know of the pirate ship ride that is at every carnival, well we went on this one 3 or 4 times and we were determined to get the best seats every time. When a kid stole our favorite row, we just scouched on in with him and he quickly got out the other side and found another row. We were so happy. We also noticed that theme parks are chalk-full of fat kids. They are everywhere. We saw 3 kids get kicked off rides because they were too big. One kid was just laughing the whole time while the lady was struggling to push the protector down. We couldn't help but join him. The lady finally yelled at him and told him to help her. It made our day so much more enjoyable. Well we lasted until 3:00pm which is pretty good for us. Last time we went to Disneyland we only lasted until 2:00pm.
Our favorite pirate ship ride. Kevin loved to watch me so he tried to get a picture of my funny faces. What I really think he caught was the funny faces he makes. Oh he is so cute.
This was the coolest beach house we saw. It was in between Balboa and Newport Beach. It had cool designs on the side, the front opened like some sort of garage door so the whole front room and kitchen was in the open air, and kevins favorite part- the patch of green grass in front of it. You never see that paired with beach houses. It was very classy. Oh and also this was the beautiful skim board that Kevin made. Professional huh? Sadly, later in the trip it snapped in a big wave.
Because my dad owns a timeshare at Carlsbad Inn we got to use his VIP card (or so I call it) and got to live the resort life, with the Motel 6 price. See we stayed at the Motel 6, but only for the night. During the day we pretended we stayed at the very nice Carlsbad Inn. We got to hang out in the hot tub, use their towells, bugee boards, beach chairs, and beach shower. These bugee boards were fun until they helped you eat it hard. Thats how they worked with my anyways. The waves were pretty darn big. So we would have to go it alone in the big waves and ditch the boards sometimes.These were the cool bracelets we had to wear to obtain all these sweet perks.
Kevin got a little chilly on the beach so he had to wear my jacket. It looked good on him so I had to take a picture.
Just hanging out at the Carlsbad Inn
They have the prettiest flowers.

This trip was awsome and I cant wait until next time. Carlsbad you rock.