Monday, October 31, 2011


Rosie the Riveter


Mr. Clean

October: The month of musicals

At least it was for us. I feel so spoiled we have been to a show every weekend this month. We are always looking for fun ways to celebrate the season, but aren’t into haunted houses and such. So, for folks like us, the theater becomes a prime party!

1. The Empress: The Music Man – one of the finest shows the Empress has ever produced!

2. The movies: Phantom of the Opera via Fathom Events - as discussed here

3. Terrace Plaza Playhouse: Curtains – one of our favorite “newer” musicals just off Broadway a few years ago. It’s a great comedic murder mystery with love stories and intrigue. This show has it all. If you haven’t seen this show, I highly recommend it!

4. The Grand Theater: Wizard of Oz – my husband bought us tickets a few weeks ago and decided to surprise me. I love surprises! And to boot he even made a fabulous dinner for us before we hit the town.

5. Finishing up tonight at The Empress: Forever Plaid – we will be ushering. If you are lame like us and live in a place where trick-or-treaters can’t enter your locked condo building and don’t have children of your own, come join us. The characters come back from the grave however they are anything but zombies.

6. Throw into the mix the Gala for The Empress Theater at the Hilton Hotel. It was a great event where heard from Laura Bedore of Show Tune Saturday Night on KOSY 106.5, the new season was announced and some great singers performed snippets of each show, and we won collosimos sausage at the silent auction.

At the Gala

Rob and Stephanie (his fiance)


Pictured here with Laura Bedore

Whew! That is one great thing about living in Salt Lake there is always plenty of cultural events! It makes me so grateful to be married to a man who loves the theater as much as I do. We always have a great time together!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Decor

Are you all decked out for Halloween? I don't have a lot, but it is fun make a transition into the autumn season and put up creepy Halloween decorations to set the mood for the 31st.

My favorite thing to decorate with for Halloween: Ravens!

My Ghost I made this year of a manaquin head and cheesecloth. Spooky!!!

There are a couple things I have learned over the years as I put up seasonal decor:

1.Don't be afraid to put your regular decor away. The last thing we all need at the Holidays is more chaos and clutter. Replacing rather than just adding to will make them part of your home and not be so muddled.

2.Recently, I put the books on the bookshelf in order of color. When I put my Halloween things out though, I realized I could put the book colors of the season in the more prominent place to be coordinated with the seasonal pieces. The orange, green, purple, and black books were moved to where they could be seen & coordinated with the decor. Use what you have to lend to look!

BTW, I asked some of the other ladies in the office what they do to celebrate Halloween. I loved the idea that one of the ladies (who is in her 50's and never had children) offered. She and her husband to to the temple to do work "for the dead." Clever!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thank you all for your kind support! Redbook magazine has teamed up with RESOLVE ( the nationali infertility association) to raise awareness for infertility. There is a whole campain called "The Truth About Trying" which includes a number of articles, a video compilation, and a special section in November's Issue. When they interviewed Barbara Collura, the Executive Director for RESOLVE she said:
Millions of women keep their baby-making challenges under wraps. Everyone has the right to privacy, of course, but that secrecy has left so many women to cope alone, in pain, and often uninformed.  “It’s frustrating that our society is not more open about infertility,” says Barbara Collura, executive director of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “When women dealing with infertility can communicate with others in their situation, they get through it in a much better state of mind and also share needed information about their options.”
So I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with my blog as my platform! I have the best friends EVER!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mason

Mason's birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, and we decided to be rebels by hitting the town on a work night! (Walkin' on the wild side) Mason had 4 gifts to open so he got to open one at each location we went to that night, just to drag out the fun.

First stop, home where a crooked "Happy Birthday" sign and puppy awaited him.

Stop 2: Dinner @ MacCools Public House. 

Mason served his mission in Ireland so we have found this restaurant to be a real treat. They serve up fabulous traditional Irish fare & more modern pub food in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Emerald Isle. 

Stop 3: Marble Slab

We stopped and had a treat here when we were out in Daybreak for the Parade of Homes and he had not stopped talking about it since. So I figured that would be an easy way to make his birthday a happy one even if nothing else worked out. (That way I didn't even have to bake a cake!)
His favorite: White Chocolate Raspberry

Stop 4: The Royal Albert Hall, London England

No really, they did an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Phantom of the Opera. It was recorded live and then re-broadcast 2 other nights through Fathom Events. (So we only had to travel to Jordan Landing.) The costumes were spectacular; the set was so high-tech, and their voices made you melt!

What really made it special though was that at the very end, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself made an appearance along with the original Phantom cast. Then the evening ended with Sarah Brightman (whom he called his "Original Angel of Music" Sang along with 4 of the other prominent actors who have portrayed the phantom including Colm Wilkinson (who was the original Jean Valjean in Les Miserables) It was spectacular!

Happy 29th Birthday babe! I hope this is your best year yet!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Infertile Myrtle

WARNING: This is going to get personal...

Recently a friend of mine wrote on her blog about her struggles with getting pregnant, but she has been successful, twice. It didn't come easy, but it came. As a result, someone who wished to be anonymous wrote a mean, degrading comment totally devaluing what she has gone through. I felt so betrayed, for her. Just because everyone experiences things differently, doesn't mean they have any less significance in ones life.

I am certainly not a shy person and it is rare that I hesitate to share my opinions (even though probably I should), yet I have been totally resistant to share too much about my infertility struggles, here on my blog,   for the world to see. However, it has become a big part of my life right now and something that I would like to write about. So often people are afraid to ask, and it often makes things awkward when they do. So, I was thinking that if I posted some info here, that maybe it would answer questions and maybe provide some info for others starting their journey toward fertility. (Maybe you would be willing to share your infertility experiences with me too.)

Now, I ask you, dear readers, would you be offended if I periodically gave updates, shared my thoughts, feelings, and struggles with you? Will that be a total downer and will you leave me mean comments like some mean person did to my friend? I promise that I will try not to make it too negative.

I think I have realized that one of the main reasons I haven't been more forthcoming with info in the past is due to my pride.  Its a natural human reaction to try to only show our best selves, especially on our blogs :). Struggling with infertility has made me feel weak, broken, and unrelatable: ultimately it has humbled me.

I loved this video and feel it beautifully represents my experience too.

I feel like this topic of Infertility fits into my mantra of being a "modern traditionalist," living my somewhat "modern" life while yearning for the traditional role of being a mother. That works, right? My hope is not only to keep you informed, but to have a place to share some of my feelings, and maybe have the opportunity to create a bond with others who ou there who are also struggling.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Robert is Engaged!

(Sorry I am really behind in getting this posted!)

My older brother realized he had met the girl of his dreams and decided to make his dreams a reality. I had the honor of going with him to pick out the ring. I had a blast researching and coming up with ideas of what would "fit" his girlfriend. Although we  had slightly differing opinions on what the final selection should be, I knew this had to be his decision and that Steph would appreciate knowing it is what he wanted for her (as any girl would), but purchasing from the Shane Co. (I am totally a fan, and their website is so fun!) I knew we could not go wrong.

Then, came the decision of how to propose. He and my mom thought long and hard about this and came up with a wonderful idea. She loves picnics, so we decided to set up a nice romantic, secluded picnic at the Benson Grist Mill. Then, to actually pop the question, he put together a time capsule of their lives together so far. It consisted of a tin box with pictures, ticket stubs, inside joke pieces, etc. and at the bottom had the ring box. So he would say something like this:
I made this time capsule for us to remember all the things that happened to make me fall in love with you.
Then proceed to go through the items one by one explaining why they are in there. Then just as he got to the ring he would say:
There is one picture that is missing though
As he held up the ring he would snap a picture they could add to the collection. Then give his schpeel on being together forever and ask her to marry him. Cute huh!

I was tasked with helping him prepare the food. The menu:
Antipasto platter: Dried cured italian salame and procuitto, cheese & crackers
Grilled and chilled veggie sandwiches (build your own)
Caprese Salad
Sparkling Lemonade
Grilled Peaches with caramel sauce for dessert
It was simple but I hoped it would seem special.

My mom and I then gathered the supplies and got it all set up so that it would be ready when they arrived (unfortunately we were not fast enough as they caught us taking these pictures and we scampered off)

Finally, Rob invited all of their friends and family at Village Inn (lame I know but it made sense to me once he explained it). They have an inside joke about Pumpkin Pie so he told her
I have ordered some pumpkin pies for us to take to our parents when we tell them about our engagement. So we need to swing by Village Inn to pick them up.

The idea was to it totally unexpected. Which I think it was. When they came in there were nearly 40 of us waiting to say "Congratulations," see the ring, and give them our well wishes.

It was so much fun and I was so proud of him for going out of his way, recruiting his troops (the fam), and really making it special for her. I could not ask for a better girl for my brother. I am so happy for them!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shabby Apple

I accidently came across Shabby Apple Clothing recently and instantly fell in love. The designs are often vintage inspired and all have classic feminine look.

This is the dress that drew me in this summer and I can't stop admiring all of their beautiful dresses, skirts, crafts, accessories, etc. So much fun!

Not only do I love their clothes, but their photo styling and themes are also amazing and fun. Its like they have stepped right out of vintage magazines!

Be sure to check out their darling (and modest) swimsuits too!

One of my favorite features though is the "find your right fit" feature. I have a hard time buying clothes online, because I never know how they will actually look on MY body, as it happens to look exponenially different than the perfect models they have wearing the clothes in the pictures. Its like having a personal shopper right at your fingertips. What girl doesn't dream of that!