31 December, 2009


believe it or not, this little blog of mine isn't even a year old yet. this comes as quite a shock to me; i feel like i've had it forever!

our lives changed so dramatically in 2009. i am overwhelmed with gratitude when i look back and see how far we've come in such a short amount of time.

here's a look back on 2009, blog style:

1. i started a blog with this this post. i had no idea how much fun i would have or how many amazing people i would meet.
2. i went to my first lakers game and celebrated my first anniversary with the love of my life.
3. levi sold a painting to one of my readers, and i had my first blog in real life meeting.
4. i learned the difference between detergent and fabric softener.
5. i visited my favorite city twice.
7. i received a really sweet gift from a beautiful, new friend.
8. i made this, and it was featured here.
9. bought some new pjs.
10. we left our tiny studio in downtown long beach for our adorable one bedroom in belmont shore.
11. i turned 27, and he turned 29.
12. i had the most amazing night of my life and made the perfect burger.
14. i went back to school, and we adopted our little gretel snack-pack.
15. i ate millions of these, broke my camera forever, and started a "book" club.

it's been a crazy and amazing year. i feel so blessed to have an amazing man by my side through it all and can't wait to see what 2010 brings us!

happy new year!


29 December, 2009

a little this, a little that

seriously. she makes the prettiest necklaces.

isn't that beautiful? i love it.

i'm headed over to my brother's house today to upload christmas photos onto my computer! i can't wait to see the photos he took and relive our fantastic christmas again. most likely, you'll be reliving it with me tomorrow. so beware!

i know i've said it before, but i'll say it again - this whole no camera thing has become quite a bore. annnnnd my blackberry just broke. on christmas eve, the screen went black, and it just wouldn't turn on anymore. bye bye blackberry! secretly, i'm kind of glad it broke...i think i'm ready to move onto bigger and better things (aka - the iPhone).

looks like we're going to be doing some serious shopping for electronics in january! checking account, i apologize in advance.

28 December, 2009


good morning!

we had an amazing christmas. i hope you can say the same!

levi doesn't work on mondays, so i'm going to make this post short (we're headed up to LA today for some museums and maybe some macarons).

the presents were flying this weekend. i know christmas isn't all about the presents, but i really really love that part...especially choosing things to give others.

these were my favorite gifts that i gave this year. i made the hair clips...anthropologie made the "clip holders."

(this set was for my little sister, ivy. i like the funny little lady.)

(for my momma.)

(for my sister-in-law, chrystal.)

i had a lot of fun making them, and they all really liked them. hopefully, they don't all fall apart!

25 December, 2009

happy christmas!

it's here!!

christmas morning!

the day we celebrate the birth of christ!

i hope your day is filled with family, friends, love, and joy.

love you,
jasmine & levi

(p.s. i took care of the tires. life is good again.)

23 December, 2009

the one where i cuss

someone slashed two of our tires last night. they stabbed them five times each.

i discovered this just as i was leaving to have lunch with the women in my family.

merry fucking christmas to us.

this is the most recent thing to happen in a long line of shit occurrences in the last week.

i'm feeling pretty defeated & miserable.

i don't want to be alone today, but levi had to go to work, so i'm stuck in the house with no car trying to force myself not to think about all the bad things that keep happening.

22 December, 2009

no snow here!

this is all the snow we'll be seeing this christmas!

(it was the manmade, dirty, ice chunk variety.)

21 December, 2009

hey camera people!

i am probably going to buy myself a holga camera in the next month or two.

holga users, what kind should i get? should i get flashless, one with a built-in flash, or should i get the flash separately?

and do you think it's okay to buy one on ebay?


ohhhh, to take pictures again!!

18 December, 2009

you win!

i forgot to post the giveaway winner this morning!!

it totally slipped my mind.

i am so sorry.

without further ado, the winner of the CAPow giveaway is viewtiful_justin (his blog found here). congratulations, justin!! email me your item choice and your shipping information!

17 December, 2009

my christmas list

all i want for christmas this year is:

a j.crew stylist (complete with an endlessly evolving wardrobe) to live in my closet and dress me every day.

(i suppose a camera might be nice too. i miss taking pictures.)

16 December, 2009

i believe.

i wrote a special post for a friend's blog. to read it, click here.

(and be sure to enter the CAPow giveaway if you haven't already.)

15 December, 2009

giveaway time!!!

'tis the season for a giveaway!

crystal from CAPow Art & Design is the generous shopkeeper sponsoring this giveaway!

this one is especially exciting because you get to choose your prize if you win!

what's better than free stuff?

getting to choose the free stuff you want!

the winner will have their option of any photographic print or any clutch/wallet.

you could get one of these:

or this:

or this:

there are tons of options.

and as if that weren't enough, crystal is also offering 25% off any one item in the shop to AEiP readers. just enter this code at checkout:


onto le rules!

1. go over to CAPow Art & Design and find something you like. come back here and tell me what you like in the comments. easy peasy.

2. if you'd like to enter twice - post about the giveaway on your blog, and leave a second comment. (make you sure you leave two separate comments to count as two separate entries.)

the giveaway ends at 7:00 PM PST on thursday, 17 december, and the winner will be announced on friday morning!

also, it just so happens that crystal has a great blog too. you can check that out here.

happy tuesday, everyone! and good luck on the giveaway!

11 December, 2009


one day, i will start shaving my legs again.

10 December, 2009

"book" club update

the "book" club isn't meeting for the time being.

but i hope to start it up again soon!

we left our hearts in san francisco

one of the reasons i love san francisco:

the hills.

i lost weight over thanksgiving because of those hills.

levi, let's move there, k?

09 December, 2009

"book" club

just a little update on the "book" club.

i turned it into a craft club for december because, honestly, i can't handle reading anything extra right now. school is wiping me out. plus, no one finished the book last month....

and maybe, it will never go back to a book club; i don't know. for the time being, we'll just keep calling it the "book" club.

anyway, we are meeting this friday at 8:00 pm in long beach. we will be making gingerbread houses, eating food, and enjoying each other's company!

if you would like to come to this month's "book" club, please email me.

(i swear i believe that books are for reading and not for posing with...)

i swear.

deck the halls!

our halls are decked!

look at our little nativity! when i saw it at the store, i pictured our future children looking at it and playing with it (like i did when i was a child), and it made me cry.

our house looks so pretty at christmastime. it makes me so happy.

08 December, 2009

meet shanley

today, i would like to introduce you to one of my sponsors, shanley from thoughts from s. shanley is a beautiful writer with a big heart for others. i think you will really enjoy her blog.

we did a little interview last week so you could get to know her better.

here is what shanley had to say:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I went to Haiti to work with orphans for the first time three years ago. When I got home, I remember sitting on a closed toilet seat in my house and bawling my eyes out because I felt like I couldn't make a difference anymore. My life since that night has been a process of learning how wrong I was. That trip was the beginning of my whirlwind - three years, six transfers and five moves later, I've come to believe that you can make a difference from wherever you are, no matter who you are. This blog is 1. my way of blooming wherever I am planted and 2. my way of celebrating normal people making a difference from where they are at.

2. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?

I hope to notice the little things. I hope to think less about myself, and more about the causes other people are promoting. I hope to tell the stories of people who don't tell their own, whether that be the orphans I've met, the friends I have that are devoting years to working with human rights overseas, or the way my grandfather makes me laugh, every single day.

3. Describe your blog in one sentence.

I think I could better describe it with a quote. "This is the urgency: Live and have your blooming in the midst of the whirlwind." - Gwendolyn Brooks

4. Where did your interest in writing begin?

I've loved to write since I was little, but I thought I wanted to be a singer until my dad took me to Washington DC when I was 12. I fell in love with all the quotes etched into Washington's Monuments, and realized that history has been built on writing. I told my dad I wanted to be a writer someday, and I haven't looked back since.

5. What's your favorite part of blogging?

I love seeing how the things that matter to me matter to other people - the cause I'm promoting, the story I tell, the picture I took. My life gets bigger than just my life. It affects people I don't even know. Those people end up caring about the people I do know.

6. What, if any, changes have you noticed in yourself since you began blogging?

I think that I look at more things in my life as opportunities. Things like hearing about new organizations, reading articles, or laughing at my cousins are all stories to share now.

isn't she beautiful?

here is a gorgeous photo of shanley. i love it:

thank you, shanley!

you can find shanley's blog here.

07 December, 2009


does anyone remember the collaborative art project that i mentioned here? like a thousand years ago?

well, levi and i finally finished it.

here's persephone:

i drew her (based on an original drawing by miss capricho - i love her drawings; she's so good), and we both colored her.

isn't persephone kitschy and weird?

i think she's fantastic.

04 December, 2009

sauce recipe

the recipe i created for the sauce that i showed you here is incredibly simple and basic.

it's just a quick and easy tomato sauce (kinda like a pomodoro) that i make, and add to, almost weekly. it's very cheap to make. way cheaper than buying sauce in a jar. plus, i don't really like sauce in a jar.

i made the perfect sauce a few weeks ago, but, unfortunately, i did not measure, and i did not write it down, so i'm still trying to come up with the perfect proportions.

it's a bit difficult to write out the recipe since i don't measure, but i'll try. also, you should absolutely experiment with it - take things out, add things, make it your own. i'm sure it would be great with onions and oregano...i just don't like onions or oregano...at all. i kinda hate them. you could also add shredded carrot or zucchini, fresh herbs instead of dried herbs, bell peppers, endless possibilities on this one.

here's the gist of it:


one 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
about a tablespoon of tomato paste
olive oil: enough to sauté the garlic in
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
(i pretty much add an extra clove every few times i make this...before you know it, i'll have an entire head in there.)

dry ingredients:
(all dried ingredient measurements are approximate. so if it tastes weird, i probably estimated wrong... sorry.)

black pepper: a very full 1/2 teaspoon
crushed red pepper: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
(depending on how spicy you like things...maybe start w/the 1/4 teaspoon)
salt: 1/2 teaspoon
sugar: 1 & a 1/2 pinches
dried basil: 1/2 tablespoon
nutmeg: a couple small dashes

1. cook garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. it needs to color, and it should smell really, really good. stirring will keep it from burning.
2. add the diced tomatoes & the tomato paste
3. add the dry ingredients
4. simmer for 15 minutes on medium - keep an eye on it; you will have to stir it frequently. i usually watch over it like a mother hen the entire time. i also don't usually start the timer until i have all the ingredients stirred in.
5. lower the heat to low, & simmer for an additional 5-10 more minutes while you prepare other parts of your meal.
6. serve with your favorite type of pasta. it also tastes incredible on top of garlic bread.

(this recipe makes enough to serve me and levi with no leftovers....but we eat a lot, so it'll probably stretch farther for you.)

bet those are the weirdest instructions to a recipe you've ever read!

i hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

03 December, 2009

happiness is....

...skipping the jar and making your own pasta sauce every single time.

you just can't beat that smell or those popping, molten bubbles.

i really love food. you might say passionately.

02 December, 2009

fun with proust, take i don't know anymore - cara

i am very excited for this week's proust.

because today, i introduce you to my friend, cara.

cara lives in portland, and we've never met, but she's still a for real friend, not just a blog friend.

isn't it strange how we build these close relationships with people we have never met, and we almost feel embarrassed to call them our friends? we feel like we have to qualify that statement with something like "my blog friend" or "this girl i know from the internet." well, no more. cara is my friend friend, my real friend. and i love her.

she has a beautiful spirit and a mature, quiet, calm zest for life. when you talk to cara, you know you're talking to someone with wisdom, with a story.

i feel honored to count her among my friends and honored to introduce her to you today.

here's cara:

1. what is your idea of perfect happiness?
being my complete self. accepting who i am and walking in that. creating an inviting environment for others to do the same. chocolate chip cookies & milk. making things. making laughter. touching noses with my baby girl. tickle-wrestling&cuddling my giant love. soft cheese. fresh fruit. a glass of riesling. seeing foreign places. exploring my season. figuring things out. dancing it out. finding a good deal. the way time heals. the way people heal. when you really sum it all up, it's gratitude. being grateful for these moments of life is being perfectly happy, right?

2. what is your most treasured possession?
my words.

3. what is your greatest fear?
allowing my nature to forfeit my potential.

4. which talent would you most like to have?
singing. and lord knows i try.

or french.
i love the language.
the language hates me.
{i think it might hate me too, cara.}

or how to play the piano.

5. what or who is the greatest love of your life?
jonah. the big bear. my complement. my great friend.
steady ground. warm embrace. empowering support.
a man of wisdom. a healer. a hero. pioneer of my heart.

this is incredibly cliché, i'm sure. but i promise it's true!

6. what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
oh follow through. i am an ambitious, big picture type of thinker but procrastinate like it's my job.

i'm really working on overcoming this.
(like sending birthday gifts, even if they are four months late)
{you're not alone on this one, cara. you just described me.}

7. what do you value most in your friends?

i am a hot mess.

cara's favorite photo:

i absolutely love it.

visit cara here.

01 December, 2009

december's here!

what a great way to start december!

i woke up to find levi and gretel putting up the christmas lights outside this morning.

she's such a big helper.

lily helped by napping on the couch.

(p.s. don't blame me for the hideous color of our window panes - we didn't choose it. our front door is the same color. i wish we could paint them so bad, but we're not allowed to paint outside - only inside.)

other ways we started december:

- drinking delicious cups of blue bottle coffee (one of the reasons we are considering moving to san francisco - all of the best coffee we've ever tasted is in san francisco.)

- coming out of the bathroom to find gretel licking the jelly off my toast. guess she likes boysenberry too.

- frantically studying for my french exam today. it's in 38 minutes. crap! that means i should probably be getting ready for school!

wish me luck!

and happy december! let's all truly embrace the season this year all month long.

30 November, 2009

some busts and a tree

i'll start with the negative stuff and move on to the positive.

overall, the last week was a bust...better yet, one bust followed by another.

i'm not going to candy coat them because they sucked, and i'm still a little upset about how things went.

last friday (not black friday - the friday before) was the first day of a suuuuper busy week for me. so what did i do?

i went ahead and got sick.

now when i do things, i do them. i go all out. this includes illness. i never get a little sick. i get really sick. this time was no exception. in fact, i'm still sick. levi got what i had on thanksgiving, and he's almost all the way better. but me? still hacking away over here.

anyway, even though i got sick on friday, book club was still a blast. i'll do an update post on that later.

sunday was levi's birthday. i had a fever and felt awful, so we spent most of the day inside. levi even ordered takeout for his birthday dinner. i felt so bad that i wasn't able to do nice things for him all day. in fact, he had to do stuff for me all day. it sucked.

monday was our disneyland day, and i was still really sick. fever and everything. we couldn't just go another day because someone was signing us in for free, and i really didn't want to miss out on seeing the christmas decorations for the second year in a row. we went for a couple hours in the morning and then came home in the middle of the day. i slept for a few hours, and we went back again. the only thing i wanted was to see the fireworks. i love fireworks, especially christmastime disneyland fireworks. they were going to be around 9:30. we got there around 7:00, and the park was PACKED. more crowded than i had ever seen it in my life, and i have been to disneyland a lot. i had an annual pass for five years. it was like every single person in southern california was there. it was totally miserable. you couldn't even walk. all you could do was shuffle and try to avoid getting run over by strollers. i couldn't handle it. i just felt like punching and kicking people. so we left. and i cried.

and now the biggest bust of all - san francisco.

very early wednesday morning, we flew to san francisco. i was still really sick, but we weren't going to skip the trip. the adrenaline of traveling got me through the flight, and when we landed, we were both really excited to be in san francisco.

until we got to baggage claim.

where our bag was not.

we brought one bag with both of our things in it and no carry on.

i can't even talk about it really. my blood pressure is rising as i type. this bag had everrrrything in it - makeup, underwear, clothes, coats, phone chargers, toothbrushes, contact lenses, glasses, socks, walking shoes. you get the picture - everything.

levi and i don't have that much stuff so all of our best clothes were in that bag. i couldn't stop panicking. my biggest fear wasn't that we would spend our vacation without it, but that we would never see our stuff again. i know it's just stuff, but i really like my stuff!

long story short - we wore the same exact clothes and shoes for the entire three days, not knowing whether or not we would ever see our things again. we got our bag at check out time on the last day of our trip...which meant that everything had to stay inside of that suitcase.

it was a nightmare. it totally ruined the trip. i'm not gonna lie - we still had fun. it was great spending time together, being with my family, and being in san francisco, one of the best cities on earth (btw, we are seriously discussing moving there...maybe in the next year or two. we are truly in love with that city). but the bag thing ruined the trip. we were totally stressed out - about our bag and about the money we had to spend buying necessities. (we're being reimbursed for the stuff we needed to buy, but we had to front the money. we won't see that check for at least two weeks, and we've got rent to pay.) we were cold without our coats. our feet hurt from wearing inadequate shoes. we had to waste tons of time on the phone with the airline and shopping for stuff to get us through the three days (i.e. face wash, toothpaste, and underwear). it sucked.

i'm not going to tell you what airline we flew yet. i'm calling them today and giving them a chance to redeem themselves - i'm asking them to give us a new trip to san francisco since they ruined this one - our first vacation together. my first vacation in years. probably levi's first vacation in ten years! if they do what we ask, they get the customer service of the year award, in my opinion. if they don't, i will have no problem telling the world about how badly they screwed up. i know mistakes happen, and people lose their bags, but i think consumers really need to hold businesses accountable. it's how you can tell the good ones from the bad ones.

anyway, i'm very relieved to be able to say that we have our things back and we got home safely.

now to end on a positive note!

we got our christmas tree!! it's beautiful, and i love it! i am so happy that the christmas season is upon us. there are so many terrific things to look forward to, and i know that this is going to be a great christmas.

(sorry about the crummy photos...we still need a new camera. santa?)

alright, that's it. sorry for the insanely long post and for all the negativity, but sometimes things just get you down and you have to get them off your chest! i really shouldn't be surprised. i'm known for my bad luck. my mom wanted us to remake the out-of-towners on our vacation. :) if only we had a camera crew following us around at all times!

i hope you had better long weekends and better thanksgivings than we did!

p.s. levi and i are over at our.city.lights today. check it out!

p.p.s. i don't know what was going on with blogger last week, but i lost more than 50 comments (blogger wouldn't let me approve and publish them). so if you're wondering where your comments are - blogger ate them. i'm sorry.

25 November, 2009

fun with proust, thanksgiving edition #4 - ivy

here is the last of my family to introduce you to! i saved my sister, ivy, for last because she's the littlest.

ivy is a senior in high school this year, which completely freaks me out. i was 10 when she was born. i changed her diapers and rocked her to sleep. she's not supposed to be an almost legal adult. it's against nature!!

ivy is a budding photographer. she is soooo good. she took the picture you see to your left - the one of levi on my back. anyway, since ivy has a big interest in photography, she chose to answer the questions with photos. some of them are her own, and others are not. unfortunately, i don't have the photo sources. my apologies.

ivy ruth hunter:

1. what is your perfect idea of happiness?

2. what is your most treasured possession?

3. what is your greatest fear?

4. which talent would you most like to have?

5. who or what is the greatest love of your life?

6. what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

7. what do you value most in your friends?

8. since it's thanksgiving, what are you grateful for in your life right now?
my glorious lord and savior, jesus christ

and here is ivy's favorite photo of herself:

alright, that's it! i hope you've enjoyed getting to know my family. enjoy your thanksgivings and your weeks! i will most likely be back next monday.


fun with proust, thanksgiving edition #3 - chrystal

and now for my brother's wife, my beautiful sister-in-law, chrystal!

i am sooooo happy that zachary chose chrystal for his wife. now i get to have two sisters. he couldn't have chosen a better addition to our family. zachary and chrystal started dating when they were 14, so we've had plenty of time to get to fall in love with chrystal.

a photo from their wedding day:

chrystal {tito saint marie} hunter:

1. what is your perfect idea of happiness?
right now, i'm slightly baby crazy. when i picture perfect happiness, i envision my husband cradling me and our future child in his arms...writing this made me misty-eyed.

2. what is your most treasured possession?
that's an easy one: my blankie. well, it's actually my husband's blankie, but he gave it to me when we were sophomores in high school, so it's mine now. i'm pretty sure i've slept with it every night since then. if a fire were to break out in my apartment, it would be the first thing i grabbed.

3. what is your greatest fear?
it makes me nervous thinking about this question. i'd have to say losing my husband, mother, or grandparents. those people are such an integral part of my life. i cannot imagine any existence without them.

4. which talent would you most like to have?
i'd love to be able to create beautiful poetry. being an English major, i've written more than my fair share of essays. i wish i could train my mind to think creatively instead of analytically.

5. who or what is the greatest love of your life?
i was lucky. i met the love of my life when i was fourteen, and that love has matured and intensified with every passing year.

6. what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
unfortunately, i'm too sensitive and wear my emotions on my sleeve. whenever i get angry, sad, stressed, embarrassed, scared, excited, nervous, etc. my face and chest turn the brightest, most unattractive shade of red. i can't hide any change in my emotions. my emotions are written on my face for the whole world to see. it is terribly annoying.

7. what do you value most in your friends?
i think loyalty is what i most value in friendship. i'm very protective over the ones i love, and i'd like to think that the feeling is reciprocated.

8. since it's thanksgiving, what are you grateful for in your life right now?
i'm grateful for so many things. God has blessed me with a beautiful family and life. i'm most grateful for His unyielding love and guidance. i know that i can overcome any challenge or hardship because He will help me through it all.

chrystal's favorite photo of herself:

so cute!

fun with proust, thanksgiving edition #2 - zachary

next up is my brov, zachary!

zachary is my favorite brother. i even took him to my high school's winter formal my senior year. see?

the month before, we had split an at-home dye kit. our hair turned out a really unattractive shade of very dark red...kinda magenta-ish. the hair color you see is what we ended up with after trying to fix our mistake.

anyway, here we go. introducing my little brother, zachariah scott hunter:

1. what is your perfect idea of happiness?
perfect happiness...laying on the beach with wife and friends. lots of food, lots of toys (i.e. cars, bikes, jet skis). add some fireworks and, bam, you get perfect happiness.

2. what is your most treasured possession?
Canon Rebel T1I. just got it, and it is very pimp.

3. what is your greatest fear?
well, i don't like spiders.

4. which talent would you most like to have?
real or fictional? fictionally, i have always wanted to fly. in real life, i would like to fly.

5. who or what is the greatest love of your life?
tito saint marie
{that's his wife, chrystal. that's our nickname for her.}

6. what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
anger. i am generally very happy and nice, but sometimes i get in a funk.

7. what do you value most in your friends?
love and kindness

8. since it's thanksgiving, what are you grateful for in your life right now?
God, wife, family, friends, food, home, Canon Rebel T1I

and here's zachary's favorite photo of himself. zachary might be a little vain. when i asked him to send me his favorite photo, he sent me eight. i narrowed it down to two for him:

fun with proust, thanksgiving edition #1 - mom

i thought i would start with my mom today because moms are the most important people there are.

my mom just turned 50 yesterday. she is such a beautiful, fun, amazing, hard working, smart woman. you would seriously never guess she was 50. in fact, maybe i shouldn't have told you. sorry, mom!

introducing, jill allyn hunter, mother extraordinaire:

1. what is your perfect idea of happiness?
chrystal, ivy, jasi, zachary, levi, and me making snowflakes in our living room, eating pizza, and watching Elf for the fourteenth time!

2. what is your most treasured possession?
although i do not possess them...jasmine, zachary, and ivy

3. what is your greatest fear?
being where i am not wanted and not knowing it.

4. which talent would you most like to have?
anytime i watch a very talented dancer, i feel i missed out. the grace, style, and strength of an accomplished dancer inspires and transports me to a place of beauty and excitement.
{jasmine here: for the record, my mom is a terrific dancer. she did miss out. if she had trained when she was younger, she would have been phenomenal. you would have all known her name.}

5. who or what is the greatest love of your life?
adventure. and not in the african safari way. adventure in terms of how you live each day.

6. what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
saying things spontaneously without filtering them. you know that place in your head that asks, "should i really say that?" sometimes, i forget to use my filter.

7. what do you value most in your friends?
support, similarities, and differences

8. since it's thanksgiving, what are you grateful for in your life right now?
may sound corny, but good health.

and here is my mom's favorite photo of herself. this one cracks me up and is not what i was expecting when i asked her to send me her favorite photo:

and here's one of my favorite photos of my mom:

i'm off!

thanksgiving is (almost) upon us!

levi and i are boarding a plane as you read this (i scheduled the post).

we got up waaaay too early this morning, and now we're headed to san francisco for a thanksgiving family vacation.

i am exceptionally grateful for my family, so i want to introduce them all to you, individually, proust style.

i have all their questionnaires scheduled to post throughout the day.

i hope you enjoy getting to know them a little bit.

they are the best people in the entire world.

i'm not biased. it's a scientific fact.

happy thanksgiving to you all!


23 November, 2009

guess where levi is taking me today??


it was my christmas wish to see the huge christmas tree, the parade, everything all decorated, and the fireworks with snow.

wish us luck. i'm probably too sick to go, but someone is signing us in for free so i don't want to lose the opportunity.

merry christmas!

(sorry to say merry christmas before thanksgiving. i can't help it.)

22 November, 2009

birthdays are a very close second to christmas

it's my baby's birthday today!

he is turning 29!

when did we get so old, levi?!

happy birthday to my very best friend. i love you. for your birthday, i won't complain once during football. you can watch for as long as you want, and you won't hear a peep out of me. i'll even cook anything you want while you watch. this is how much i love you.

(this is one of my favorite photos of levi. it's kind of a joke. he won the beer as a prize at a wedding shower, but he hates budweiser...hence the face. but even though he's making a grossed out face and holding crappy beer, he looks....hot.)

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