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Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Jake's Birthday!

Monday, July 22, 2019
Wow, sorry I am a bad wife and haven't posted about this yet! I have been busy having 3 clients a week and watching Smallville lol. 

Jake turned... 28 a few weeks ago! I had to calculate that. I feel like anything after 25 is hard to remember! Just me? 

Anyway, in true Jake fashion he wanted to go to Gordito's for dinner, so we did! I just asked him what he would rate it and he said, "Ummmm... like an 8." 

So, there's that! 

We went home to have vanilla cake with strawberry frosting (Jake's request). I feel like this cake is arguable the cutest I have ever made? I think I will make tall cakes in the future! 

Christmas Things

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Merry Christmas! Here's a few pics from the past two days.

We did my family's Christmas traditions the day before Christmas Eve. We had dinner and played our traditional games! Does anyone else play 7/11 or the wrapping paper game? They are so fun lol. My mom also added in an "adult memory" game where you flip over paper plates to get matches and then get to choose prizes. It was really fun! I was also v glad that we did things the day before, because with my and J's family living here things can get really crazy really fast. So it was nice to not having everything in the same day!

Also this is my niece in her doctor set lol. I was her patient and she was very stern and wouldn't let me get up lol. 

Christmas Eve morning we went to Kneader's for breakfast. I was so sad/happy because the girl came to tell us they didn't have croissants and asked us what other bread we would want our sandwiches on, but then when she brought them out told us they found more croissants lol. They have a rosemary focaccia which I was hoping was like the buns at the Dinosaur Museum (if you know, you know!) so I was kind of sad to not find out lol. Also, for any Kneader's insiders, please let me know where they get their orange juice! It's so good!

That night, we went to J's parents house for dinner and gifts. This year it was just J and his immediate family which was really fun. Afterward, we headed to J's work to grab snacks (mostly we just do this because it's fun to drive around), tried to look at Christmas lights but everyone was a Scrooge and didn't have any, opened our Christmas pajama presents (well, I got J slippers), drank hot chocolate, and watched Elf. It was super chill and fun! 

I love being in my own home for holidays! Last year we were in Ireland for actual Christmas and Christmas Eve and it was kind of sad! So it was nice to be in our own home this year. 

We even got Tucker to cuddle with us for a few minutes!

This was also our first Christmas with Tucker since he was with a sitter last year! I packed his stocking and he totally peeked haha. He was so cute on Christmas morning though and was playing with all his toys at the same time lol.

Christmas Day we had more hot chocolate, ate cinnamon rolls and went to see The Mule. (Which was ok but also could have ended better, IMO). We decided to just eat at home but J put frozen vegetables in a pan with high heat oil and all this steam came off and threw me into a panic lol. So that was a not so fun way to end the day! But I eventually calmed down (I am very scared of the fire alarm going off for some reason) and we watched Dexter, which was fun! 

All in all, it was a good Christmas! It didn't snow which I didn't mind. (It actually snowed today, the day after Christmas!) All in all, it was good but I am definitely very excited for out future Christmases outside of Utah! I know I sound like a broken record, but it's how I feel so I'll continue to talk about it haha. I also need these blog posts as a record of what it was like living here again so I don't forget!

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P.S. Here's some things that made me happy the past few days: J taking Tucker out and me getting to sleep in / Making J a breve hot chocolate / Taking a Christmas picture  / Redoing my home videos and getting my photos organized / Eating Apple Jacks / Going to movies in general and watching The Mule  / Going to Olive Garden with my mom for lunch on a work day / Having no shows and cancellations and getting to leave work early / It snowing

11.17.18 - Thanksgiving Celebrations!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Remember how I have hated Thanksgiving for as long as time? (Here are a few articles I skimmed that may help you find out why: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Sorry in advance if there is anything oppressive, I just skimmed them!)

So, this year we opted out of Thanksgiving and went to eat at Black Sheep Cafe the week before! It's a Native American restaurant in Provo that is SO GOOD. I tried the cactus pear lemonade, honey lavender fry bread, and green chili pork taco. All of which were very delish!

Happy Halloween From Candace And Toni!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Things

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
This was our first official Halloween together? Well actually not really because I was in Utah for actual Halloween, but this was our first Halloween party just the two of us.

We started the day at the cutest little cottage Starbuck's. Let me find you a pic. HOW CUTE IS THIS

J really wanted to go to a corn maze and kind of found one only it was meant for babies. It was fun to walk around though. One thing I'm realizing about the northeast is it is definitely colder than the west coast. Like I didn't wear wool tights with my dress when we went and I was a popsicle pretty much. Also, I kind of wanted a picture of us in a Halloween-ish area, but I didn't want to interrupt the moment to take a photo. Do you ever do that? I feel like I never take photos because I feel like it ruins the moment or is. rude, but then after it's over I regret not having a photo! Gahhh the struggle is real.

We found this park called Indian Well State park and it was so pretty and fall-ish! Perf for the aforementioned Halloween-y photos lol. I had high hopes for my costume this year, but since we were going to be apart on actual Halloween it kind of diminished. Then I found this website through a ad on my Facebook and ended up getting J, Trixie, and myself all matching costumes for like $35! #steal #deal 

I'm also pretty sure I already posted those, but I know for a fact I will come back and try to find them and if they weren't in this post I would be so confused.

J Jmade these cute mummy dogs! They were SO GOOD. Ugh I love hot dogs lol. When I used to eat meat (one week was all it was, really) J Dawgs in Utah was my fave. But these def get the job done! We had other little treats and watched Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

This movie has so many gems. Like Ernie and this dude below. Also the hunchback butler who keeps offering Harry food lol.

I'll have to get the Halloween pictures from my mom and share them here!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Guys, I am sparing no detail in this post so just be forewarned. This past weekend was the absolute WORST! I am writing this post on Sunday. We just got back from what was supposed to be our anniversary trip aka our anniversary present, but it was so bad I told Jake point blank, "This doesn't count."

It all started on Friday. Our plan for the weekend was to stay at a 2 star motel (bad idea), rent a car through Turo and explore upper New York. We were renting out our apartment on Airbnb from Friday-Sunday.


Friday: I get off work at 5:30pm and it is POURING RAIN. There is also a tornado watch which I am terrified of. I have a 30 pound backpack that I brought with me, so I run in the pouring rain and meet Jake at Shake Shack. He has been trying to book cars on Turo, but keeps getting turned down. So we decide to get some food and decide what to do. Remember, it is POURING RAIN AND FRIDAY NIGHT. So, Shake Shack is packed and of course people are being idiots and "saving booths" before they even have their food. Other people have their trays of food and are wandering around trying to find somewhere to sit and eat. We get our food and wander around for like 5 minutes before 1 seat frees up. I sit down. I loudly complain about how people are idiots. Like, if you don't have your food yet then DON'T SAVE SEATS WHEN THERE ARE LIKE TEN PEOPLE WHO HAVE THEIR FOOD LOOKING FOR A SEAT. Meanwhile, there is a girl across from us reading who is finished with her meal. After listening to me complain for a good 3 minutes, she finally says, "Do you want my seat?!" And I was just like, "Yes, thank you so much." Hahaha. But honestly, like that chick had to go because #commonsense. 

So, we eat and Jake is wanting to book a Turo because Zipcar would cost like $400 since it's a holiday weekend. So, he's wanting to wait to see if our Turo booking gets accepted, after 2 others have been turned down. I'm just like, "No, we are booking Zipcar." Haha. (He was not happy at first but later in the trip literally said, "I'm glad you made me do this.")

The rain stops, we get to our Zipcar and have a great time driving to our motel. We get to our $66 a night motel and it is like a total dump. There is a guy in a wife beater yelling on the phone with choice words. Another shirtless guy smoking outside his door. The blanket has cigarette burns. Everything smells like weed.

This was when we were just happy to be in a car again haha.

We put our stuff down (minus our valuables) and go to the mall. We have a good time there with green smoothies and Independence Day. We get back at 1:30am and both of our neighbors are watching action movies at full volume. The walls are paper thin so we can hear EVERYTHING.

Saturday: This was a good day. We left the hotel IMMEDIATELY haha and Jake canceled our reservation for that night. We get donuts and Taco Bell and explore some fun areas. We book a nice, new hotel in Stamford, Connecticut and have a lovely dinner. We are fans of Stamford, Connecticut. We go to bed happy and in love with life.

Gypsy Donut in Nyack wasn't half bad if you're ever passing through!

Basically Stamford is super cute so that's good.

Guys these tater tots were life.

This was us just happy to be in a hotel that didn't have a mix of blood, urine, and semen everywhere. (Shout out if you remember that episode of The Office.) We used Hotel Tonight to find it and I actually really liked it. Not partnered with them or anything, just a fan hahaha. 

Sunday: We wake up and try to leave the hotel. Our car won't start. We try to jump it before calling Zipcar and hearing that our reservation ended at 10:00am. It's currently 11:00am. Zipcar tells us that they can't extend our reservation because someone has it reserved right after us. We skip breakfast and book it back to New York City. We drop off our Zipcar and I panick because we have 30 pound backpacks and can't go back to our apartment until 5:00 when our Airbnb guests check out.

We debate on whether to leave our backpacks at the church, take them with us, or bug our Airbnb guests and see if we can drop them off. (I now realize we should have just dropped them off at my friend Kayla's hotel FML.) We bug our Airbnb guests and they are cool and don't mind that we drop our backpacks off. LITTLE DID I KNOW I WAS FORGETTING MY BIRTH CONTROL AND TAMPONS. (This is where it gets TMI but I don't really care.)

We get breakfast at Starbuck's. Starbuck's is like my home away from home because there are so many of them and you can always chill there if you need to. #partneredwithStarbuck's no, I'm just kidding hahahaha. My birth control alarm goes off and I realize that I'll be 4 hours late taking it. It's no one's business what we are doing kid-wise, but it's part of the story so I'm leaving it in haha. I let out choice words and decide that there isn't much I can do about it and move on.

We try to go to The Met but think it's closed for some reason so we go to Levain instead and get cookies.

I was setting up my lighting to have Jake take a photo of me here, and this tourist looked straight at me and then pushed in front of me and stood here. Like, that is what I am talking about when I say annoying tourists haha.

This is one cookie... split in half... IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

We go to Riverside park and I'm feeling better about the day. I'm thinking we are going to take some cute pictures (we didn't get any all weekend as you can see from this post) and the day will get better. Right on cue my body decides that I'm not done with my period. (I usually am on this day so I didn't think it would matter.) If you have ever been without a tampon, in the middle of somewhere that doesn't have tampons (a park, a hike, camping, w/e) then you can feel my pain on this, right?!

Luckily, our Airbnb guests need to check out an hour early, so we get a Lyft back to our neighborhood and wait on someone's stoop for half and hour until they leave. Literally at this point I am so done I am like, trying SO hard to not cry.

We finally get back to our apartment and that's the end.

UGH. Like, I am pretty adventurous so I don't need like perfection with vacations, but like there was a lot that went wrong! The motel is a funny story, but I'm not sure if the rest of the story is ever going to be funny. Anyway, that's how I became convinced that I need a car hahaha. Having a car is ultimate freedom.

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