Monday, May 21, 2012

My Favorite Dress

Today I'm wearing my favorite dress.  It's an Isaac Mizrahi Herringbone Shirting dress.  Ten bucks on sale at Target.  I feel fabulous in it.  It's modest.  It never fails to get a complement.  It makes me happy.  And it's been everywhere with me.  I was just recently going through my pictures and I realized so many favorite moments in life involved this dress!  So thanks, sassy chica that just told me how amazing my outfit was.  Thanks for inspiring this post.
Laguna Beach
Christmas Parade

Endowments at the D.C. Temple
Pirates of the Caribbean
Sultry Siblings

Peter and Wendy

Comic book store in LA

With my pal Snoopy
Taking a sneaky pic today... though you really don't see much of the dress... 

Why do I feel the need to talk about my outfit today?  Well there are blogs dedicated to that sort of thing.  I don't have that kind of confidence to think that anyone should care about what I wear daily.  But you should care about it today.  Because it's an awesome dress.  Best 10 bucks spent ever.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


So I've been working on a super special secret project for Nathan and myself the past couple of weeks.  One of the teachers I work with has been convincing everyone that is the best thing since sliced bread and has gotten three of us to make a book already.  Seriously, Shutterfly should be paying her for all the business they've gotten.  Anyway, I've been wanting to put something together for all of our England/Europe adventures from last year instead of having all of our memories stuck in the depths of my computer or forgotten in my thousands of albums on Facebook.  So I found a coupon online for a free 8x8 hardcover book (I only had to pay for the shipping and extra pages I added, so like $9 ish) and went to town!  It was super difficult to weed through thousands (literally) of photos and pick the most important, but I'm pretty happy with the result.  It may look like just a mess of jumbled pictures to everyone else, but to us... it's the culmination of the best/hardest year of our married lives.  Anyway, I was too excited to wait for it to come in the mail to show Nathan, so here she be!

Create your own custom photo books at

Oh and by the by, I've just recently been hired to work as a dresser at Tuacahn!  I'll update on what my responsibilities will be once I know what they are, but I thought I would inform everyone of my good fortune!  Seriously, this year in  St. George has been not unlike one of the roller coasters from my last post.  There have been a few low moments, but they really haven't lasted for long.  I've been constantly reassured that Heavenly Father has a plan for Nathan and me and that if I just put my trust in Him, everything will be ok.  And it will be.  And it has been.  And I couldn't be more thrilled!  So yay!  Go to the Tuacahn website!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Here We Go Loopty Loo!

After reading this article on, it made me really antsy to get my coaster on.  I mean, it's pretty much summer time, and what is summer for if not to hurl yourself around at speeds and heights man was not meant to go with nothing more than a seat belt and a prayer?  I love roller coasters.  I rode my first one ever at 4 with my pregnant mother (this should answer a few questions about Taylor) at Hershey Park.  I displayed my "I Survived the Super Duper Looper" pin in my childhood bedroom like the trophy it was to me.  I even made up a song to go with it : I surviiiiived the super-duper-looper-pooper-scooper-trooper-....  It still gets stuck in my head to this day.

So.  Why doesn't the Western US have ANY amusement parks??  Seriously?  Back east I grew up going to parks like Busch Gardens, Hershey Park, Kings Dominion, Six Flags... all from 2-4 hours away.  All Utah has to offer is Lagoon... which sucks...  And Disneyland is 10 hours away.  Vegas is only two hours from my current home, but you are NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER going to see me on top of the Stratosphere hotel.  Nope nope nope.  And the other roller coasters are meh.  So today is more of a blog post for me to stroll down memory lane and wish I was rollin' on coasters.

Oh and I'm not naming ALL the coasters in the parks that I've been to, just the most memorable ones to me.

Busch Gardens - Williamsburg
- a.k.a. my second home.  This has been our most frequented theme park (well, besides Disney World... but duh I lived there).
First... a moment of silence for BBW........  though the coaster set to replace it looks pretty cool.

Apollo's chariot.  Fabio beware.

Griffon... I have trouble with this one... they hold you there for 10 seconds before dropping you... the rest is great!

Loch Ness Monster, the oldest coaster at BG and the one we always ride first.
Six Flags America
- the best part of the park is the coasters, the rest is meh or broken down.  This is the field trip mecca of Maryland.
Superman: Ride of Steel, I could ride this all day long... I think I did once...

Batwing is cool because you're laying down.  Because you're lying down , though, some of my hair got caught in the mechanisms after blowing around.  Owie... worth it.

Two-Face... I blacked out on this one, I'm not sure if it's even there anymore.

Joker's Jink is a big ball of fun.  And it starts with a bang!  Silly Joker.
Hershey Park
Hershey Chocolate, Hershey Chocolate, Hershey Chocolate woooorld!  Wherever you go, no matter how far, you'll always find a Hershey bar!  Hershey Chocolate!  Real milk chocolate!  Hershey's: the great American chocolate baaaaar!
Trailblazer... snore... I remember this was a family fave because of  the tameness.  Everyone could ride (even Tay, the fraidy cat she was at the time).  I think I lost a hat on this one.

The Great Bear.  Poor Popi, he was forced to ride it and I think has since sworn off of roller coasters.  This one makes me think of my friend from middle school who claims she almost slipped out of her seat.  But no one lies in middle school.  'Specially not girls.  Oh and it's pretty much the same exact track as Alpengeist and this coaster I once built on "Roller Coaster tycoon."

Lightning Racers... this one is cool because you get to race, Dueling Dragons-style, Thunder vs. Lightning

Roller-Soaker... not really thrilling, but people get to shoot water at you.

Storm Chaser, my first 90-ish degree coaster.

I have a really distinct memory of being terrified of Wildcat the first time I rode.    I think I said something like "I hated that!" But then I re-evaluated and decided that I loved it... because I hated it.  I mean, look at that drop!  
Kings Dominion
My fondest memory at Kings Dominon was being pied in the face during a Nickelodeon live kids' show after my team won some sort of game.  Poor Taylor had the chance to get slimed, but her team lost their game.  I think she's always been jealous of me for that. But I mean, who wouldn't be?  I also remember getting my hair spray-painted blue and all the roller coasters some-how blew out the blue.
Anaconda is cool 'cause you get to go under water... but I remember the water being kinda gross.

Voooooolcaaaaaanooooooo!  I think fire shoots out too... or I could be making that up... it's been a while...

Rebel Yell... try to ride this without singing Billy Idol, I dare you.

Shockwave was novel because it's a stand-up coaster, but  what I remember more is that someone died on it like the week after we were there.
Disney World/Land
They're not really known for their thrill rides, but the ones that are there are my absolute favorite in the world.
3....2....1... I love California Screamin'!!!  This is my number one roller coaster of all time.  It makes me giddy just thinking about it!

Land.  Not World.  Space Mountain in Disneyland is actually fun.  Sorry DW, it's not that I don't love the ride... it's just that Space Mountain in Florida is a dark Matterhorn.  For my thoughts on the Matterhorn, see below.

Expedition Everest.... ooooh I know I said California Screamin' was my favorite, but I might have to change my mind.  EE is brilliant.  The Matterhorn in DL is terrible and awkward.  It will not be on my list.  They should really update it to be more like EE.

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, I have an idea" - Steven Tyler
I adore Rockin' Rollercoaster.  Some day I hope to have the door o' marbles from the queue  in my house.  Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet emooooooooooooooooootiooooooooooon.
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure (Orlando)
The day I went to USIOA, a psychic told me that the person I was attending the park with and I would get married if I ever got myself together.  (Yeah, cause I was the messed up one)  Thank goodness psychics are not real.  Except for Shawn Spencer.
I was super excited to ride the HULK because I had an episode of The Rosie O'Donnell show on VHS where she and *N SYNC rode it together.  "Here We Go" was playing in my head as we rode, just as it had played in the background of the Rosie ride with *N SYNC.  I could have been sitting in the same seats as Lance!  (I'm kind of glad he's gay, 'cause then I don't feel so bad that we never got married).

Joey and Rosie

Dueling Dragons, except now I think it's Harry Potter-themed.  I LOVED this one!  We snuck through the baby hand-off room to ride it a couple more times.
 Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL
I wish I remembered more from this trip.  I was... maybe 10?  11?  And we've only been once.  Maybe we'll go more if Nathan and I move to Florida.
Kumba.  This one I got to ride in the front row because there was an empty spot  and my family let me be the one to take it.  Thanks guys!  And I have a key chain to commemorate!  It was a big deal.

Montu.  This was another close of Alpengeist with an Egyptian theme.  I remember we left scaredy Taylor with our stuff.  If a stranger came to take her away, they had to use the code word "Gorilla" in order for her to trust them.  So next time you see her, say "Come with me.  Code word Gorilla!"  It'll freak her out and she'll think somewhere her family has crashed 

I feel like I picked on Taylor a lot.  Heh heh sorry!  This was a fun post

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You can imagine my excitement

Remember when we went to LA and watched this guy work his make-up magic?  (I can't remember his name...  anybody?)   Spencer!

I stole this pic from Anna :)  In't she purty?
Welllllllll, I was watching America's Next Top Model, and guess who I spotted?????  What's-his-name!  Spencer!

I almost fell out of my chair.  "Nathan!" (because he was watching it with me because he's patient and long-suffering) "I did a workshop with him!  I have a picture with him!"  Said picture is in hard-copy form, not digital (unless anyone has a digital copy... although I remember being about 15 lbs heavier, so scratch that).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Welcome to the World Stafford!

 Yesterday, April 23, 2012, my adorable nephew Stafford Adam Snow was born!  He's perfect in every way!  He was a perfect 7 lbs 7 oz and I have yet to hear him make a peep!  We were there when he got his heel pricked and the most noise he made was," Eh."  And he's a great eater!  And apparently it was a dream delivery.  Induced, epidural, then pop!  Perfect baby.  I hope my future deliveries are like that... but Joanna probably used up all the luck in the universe on Stafford.  Thanks a lot Jo :)
New BFFs

Check out those blond locks!

Newest addition to the Snow clan

O hai


If you know me well enough, you know that I LOVE babies.  Yesterday I was hopping around going "Baby baby baby baby!"  until I go to go meet him.  Then I kept say to Nathan, "Remember when I held a baby today.  Remember when we met Stafford?  Remember when I got to hold Stafford?  Remember when there was a baby in my arms?"  Sickening, I know.  Nathan's worried when we have our first that he'll be completely forgotten.  To that I say......  it's probably not true ;)

All of my baby friends are growing up so fast!  I remember when they were but babes in my arms.

First there was Ellery

The twins Bentley and Hadley (I held Bentley when I visited them in the hospital, but  no pic was taken)

Little Lyddie Bug!
Let's not forget Little Brudda Adam!
Now Ellery is almost in Kindergarten!!!!!, the twins are playing with Barbies, and Adam and Lydia are almost two!  I love watching them grow... I just wish it wouldn't go so fast!