Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DC Day

The majority of my Saturday was spent in the city! It started out early in the morning when I rode with my friend Rebecca into the monuments and then back home. The weather was perfect, we took lots of accidental detours, and had so much fun!
I headed right back into the city that afternoon to see MICHELLE!! She is here from Oregon with her family who is seeing DC for the first time. It was so exciting to see her and catch up, reminisce, and laugh about London. We even ate at Nandos! Michelle was my church buddy in the Lea Valley Ward. I missed her!
We can't decide if this fry had chocolate chips or blueberries in it?Sorry we look so ghostly in this picture, Michelle!Last day of church in London.

The metro ride on the way home from the city was disgusting. A very large man chose to sit not only next to me, but practically on top of me the whole entire ride into Vienna. He was a very scary person to be sitting with, so when he had his hand on my leg and his elbow in my ribs, I pretended I was getting off the train, but I actually just switched seats and he was not happy about it. Never in my life have I felt so violated by a complete stranger. Except for the drunk guy that fainted on me in the tube in London. Gosh, so many underground shenanigans...

Needless to say I was happy to be home, even if that meant I was going to spend my Saturday night babysitting.
But who couldn't love this kid!
Hope everyone is loving life and living it to the fullest.

Considering it...

http://www.metrodash.com/the-obstacles/

I have no idea if I could actually do it, but there's only one way to find out!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The House That Built Me





We visited our old house today. I lived there from the time I was born until I was barely 9. So many memories flooded into my brain when I walked in the front door.

eating split pea soup on the counter next to the tiny TV
playing witches in the basement with my siblings
hide and seek in the storage room
Halloweens, Christmases
helping dad in the garden
playing outside with my fellow teeny tot neighbors
my mom being pregnant and being the best multi-tasker
everything was SO simple.

It kind of feels like I lived there just yesterday.

Yep, I had a bowl-cut.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Checklist

get barfed on at the store

CHECK

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Celtics lost...

and I made a bet with my friend Andrew that they'd win. So besides having to make humble pie, things have been very good lately. Biking to DC, having a happy father's day, going to the pool, having ANNA COME HOME!, camping, working, getting a letter from a great friend, and going to my favorite restaurant with my mom! Here is photographic evidence of many of those things.
Biked to the Kennedy Center.
Dinner at Jessica's for Father's Day


Good old fashioned Father's Day totem pole

Snack bar with Mike and my dad
We took the little kiddos to Burke Lake! Anna is amazing and the best roommate and friend.
camping and sailing weekend.
I still love the Celtics.

Skelly

At the end of our sophomore year of high school (over 4 years ago...weird) one of my best friends from high school, Alan, and I were wandering the halls during class. We came upon a trash can with the feet of a skeleton sticking out of it. Naturally, we pulled it out and one man's trash/art project became our treasure. His name is Skelly. He stayed with us for the rest of our high school career and Alan and I share many fond memories with this little guy. I'm not sure how we weren't shunned by our friends for our weirdness. BUT WE LOVED SKELLY! He was stored in our third period classroom. He mysteriously went missing once, so I made a replica, Ghost of Skelly, but only out of wire. After an extensive investigation by me and Alan, real Skelly reappeared in the room. It was a relief.

I left Skelly at home when I left for college. Of course it was heartbreaking to leave him behind. Last summer I searched for him when I came home from BYU and he was no where to be seen. I thought he was gone forever.

The other night I was rummaging through the storage room. My eyes almost fell out of my head and I fell to my knees when I saw this little man staring back at me from the Halloween decoration section of the storage room. Now he's in my room.

I LOVE SKELLY! A big thanks to whoever made and threw away this paper mache miracle masterpiece. You really changed Alan's and my high school experience.

"Live Every Day Like a Tourist"

That is something Christina said toward the end of our semester in London and it's really stuck with me.

Time flies and it's important to remember that every day is a gift. I'm at a little bit of a stand-still in life right now. For the past few years my schedule has been jam-packed with school, sports, church, being with friends and family, traveling and just being busy in general. Right now, I am definitely staying busy enough with work, and I love my job, but for the first time in as long as I can remember I have to think of ways to keep myself from being bored. I miss friends and the stimulation of school. HOWEVER! I am so lucky to be at home...

  • working to make back the money I spent in London (I'm not a broke joke anymore)
  • living in the nation's capital
  • gaining a deeper appreciation and love for all kinds of sports
  • enjoying time with my family
  • making new friends
  • learning how to do new things
  • going to institute, which I'd never done until this summer. It is incredible!
  • thinking clearly about what the heck I'm going to do with my life
  • staying more physically active than ever
  • improving on personal aspects of my life
"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."
-Thomas S. Monson

Even though things seem a little bit slow right now, I get the feeling that in the future I'll look back on this summer and be grateful I had so much time to myself to figure out who I am.

Didn't mean for this post to be so deep, but it's been on my mind! I am such a happy and lucky girl. Life is good :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dad

Some things about my dad:

He looks forward to raft day at the pool more than any child I know.
In parking lots, he parks in the farthest spot from the entrance. (He subtly hints that we need exercise.)
He is the first link when I search his name on Google- HE IS SO OFFICIAL!
He speaks Nielsonese, a complicated language which only family understands.
He whistles with me.
He works his butt off.
He builds stuff.
He does not complain. About anything. EVER! And I've known him over 20 years.
He leaves work
at work and comes home only cheerful.
He takes us on awesome vacations.
He turns on C-SPAN and falls asleep clutching the clicker so no one can change the channel.
He burps louder than anyone I know.
He is a genius.
He only refers to me as Robbie.
He listens to Styx, Boston, Journey, and Jewel (?).
He doesn't always watch commercials, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis.
He can speak French in Russian.
He takes me on long bike rides.
He listens and gives good advice.
He is always working on or planning something.
He has the best sense of humor.
He wins the ice cream eating contest every year at his firm picnic. A very accomplished man.
He views birds in the back yard with his binoculars.
He shoots squirrels from the bird feeder with his BB gun.
He asks, "Are we talking about hair, skin and nails?!" when he comes into my room.
He finds any reason to purchase millions of treats every Friday at Safeway with Mary Kate.
He scratches his back with a shoe horn every morning.
He sang "Time to getty uppio! Time to go to schoolio!" to me every day before school.
He is happy when his kids are happy.
He does all kinds of stuff around the house that no one even knows about.
He has set my standard for men far too high for anyone to possibly reach. Thanks dad.
He is honest and kind.
He makes life seem so simple.
He is such a good man.


"We are so lucky! Dad's like a rock star. But he's not really like a rock star, he's more like a pet rock... or the president."- MK

Happy Father's Day Dad. I love you!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weekend Update

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here is why I am.
  • Ate lunch with my ma at Maple Ave. How have we lived in Vienna forever and waited so long to hit this cool new place in the heart of town? If you're from around here, try it out, but bring earplugs because the acoustics are terrible. The food is good and the service is great.
  • Heard from CJ and my heart yearned for London so much.
  • Found Skelly- story to come in a later post. But I'll just say that my eyes lit up and I fell to my knees when I saw that he had resurfaced in the storage room.
  • Sat on a dock and talked about life with some awesome girls.
  • Slept overnight under the stars on the grass up against the Chesapeake Bay. It was unreal. I wished I could have paused time. Slept like a baby and no bug-bites!
  • Got tons of sun sailing on a beautiful boat and kayaking all day today.
  • Anna surprised me by being HOME a few days earlier than I had expected! We got dinner in Reston Town Center and just caught up on life with Jen and Andrew. It is so fun to be all back together again. It just feels right.

I love being outside. Nature is so perfect. I was running in the woods the other day and I was blown away by how beautiful the earth is, especially the DC area in the spring time. The trees are so green, the grass is so lush and thick... everything is vibrant. I find so much peace in biking, hiking, running, sitting, swimming, sleeping, sailing, listening and just being outside. My roommate's new husband once said that if he had to describe me in one word it would have to be "granola-girl". Is that a compliment? I don't know, but I like chocolate chip granola bars.

Jessica and I are planning on running in this race. IT WILL BE AWESOME!

Life is grand. And...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

La comida espaƱola es delicioso

Have you ever eaten authentic Spanish food? IT IS SO GOOD! Tonight my sister, Jessica, had me over to have my very first taste of it.
The dinner she made took a ton of preparation and it turned out WONDERFULLY! She served her mission in Spain so she knows her stuff.
She's an awesome sister.

This morning I cut up a ton of old shirts. My mom and I are putting together a blanket with all of them on it.
I had a tick on my leg yesterday. I know 5 people with lyme disease so I'm currently paranoid.

Bought a dress at a thrift store with original tags on it. $100. It was being sold for less than 1/5 of that. Why shop anywhere else?
GO CELTICS!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Animal Lover?

My mom wouldn't mind having a dog. But she'd rather be married to my dad who had too many dogs growing up and is therefore anti-dog/pet. I've never had a pet in my life with the exception of the frogs Anna got me for me 19th birthday out of sympathy for my pathetically petless life.
Needless to say that experience was short-lived. But the frogs were really thoughtful of Anna- thanks girlf!

The girls I nanny own this golden retriever, Indy.
I'll be with him daily until I go back to BYU this fall. Does Indy make me want to have pets when I have kids of my own?

Dog pros:
  • barks at bad guys
  • appears to constantly be smiling
  • shakes hands (polite)
  • follows me around like a secretary or something, making me feel really important
  • really good at sports
  • loyal, unconditionally loving, yada yada yada
  • better than cats

Dog cons:
  • barks at good guys
  • their toots smell worse than a decomposing fish
  • jumps on me with muddy paws when I'm wearing a white dress.
  • requires feeding but doesn't speak, so sometimes it's hard to remember
  • uses the bathroom everywhere besides the bathroom
  • whimpers
  • breathes heavily into my mouth when I'm dozing off on the couch, giving me dog breath which explains my kissing history as of late
  • eats rugs, undies, shoes, homework, and keys. Sometimes even beloved chocolate, and THAT I can not deal with.
  • *UPDATE* on June 16, Indy peed all over the kitchen floor out of fear of my punishment for him eating tomatoes while we were at swim practice.

OH! I just googled it and, did you know? Dogs are a man's best friend! Good to know.

But I'm not a man. I'm a woman. So what do I do? Are dogs worth the hassle? I need advice.

Unrelated
This is a candid shot of MK at the pool today. I like it because she looks beautiful, ghetto and angelic all at the same time.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Exactly 4 months ago today...

We were standing on the roof of a castle

Exactly 6 months ago today...
Jess was trying on wedding dresses. She's been married over a month now.

Exactly a year ago today....
Brady left on his mission. He's halfway done!

Exactly 5 years ago today....
Anna came to my house for the first time ever!! Apparently we did makeovers? The rest is history.

How does time fly so fast? What does your future holds in another 4 months, 6 months, 1 year and 5 years from today?

Ponder on that one.