Monday, June 20, 2016

Life Lately According to My Phone Camera

Every once in a while I feel the need to clean the pictures off my phone. As I was doing the Ordinary Life Photo Challenge, I realized I had a bunch of stuff that needed to be deleted. But... I took the pictures for a reason, right? So I guess I'll share them there.

A month or so ago I had a day off in the middle of the week- a rarity for me these days. I decided to visit the Salt Lake Temple. It was probably the most beautiful, perfect day.

It's been a really long time since I've shown any updates on my home. Granted, I've lived here two and a half years now, so the topic is no longer hot- but Kim came down and helped me get things put together for my princess kitchen. My kitchen walls are no longer naked!

This one is what started the whole thing. I don't know why I got it in my head that I wanted a princess kitchen, and once a Baker gets an idea, the whole family gets behind it and buys everything pink they can find. This is the only thing I bought- everything else was gifted.

I never really fancied myself a pink girl, but I'm slowly turning into one. I've always loved glitter though, that's no secret.

I should have gotten a better picture of my aprons. My Aunt and cousin made them for me. One says "Princess Heather" and the other says "Ooooh, a tiara, put it on me put it on me!"

Last, but not least of all my princess items... This. This is probably my favorite one.

On Mother's Day I went to church, planning to just endure the day- but after sacrament meeting a kid (who honestly I'd never noticed before) brought me a basil plant that in a mason jar. He made them for the single sisters in the ward. I asked his mom about it later and she said it was all his (and his brother's) idea. Awww... What sweet boys!

Sadly, my house is the place where plants come to die. I did try to keep it alive. It didn't make it two weeks.

On Memorial Day I took flowers to all the family graves. Two Baker uncles, and grandparents...

Two Dallin/Lister uncles, a cousin and the Dallin grandparents.

Also that weekend I went to Nampa to hang out with my brother and his family. These two boys crack me up. They are so goofy. It's clear they were meant to belong to their parents.

One night my sister in law's sister and her husband came for dinner. They were in charge of dessert and made a special piece shaped like Utah. I'm related to a bunch of weirdos.

That's it for now. I have a ton more photos from my adventurous week with Macy, but you'll just have to sit and wait on the edge of your seat for that one.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ordinary Life Photo Challenge

I was challenged by my friend Heather to do the Ordinary Life Photo Challenge, where you take a picture every day for seven days of something typical from your every day life. She probably thought I ignored it- but here I am. I was supposed to post them one day at a time and tag challenge someone to do it each day, but I play by my own rules. So I'm posting all seven days here at once. And I challenge everyone to do it!

Day 1.

Often on Sunday afternoons I will come home from church and just enjoy sitting in a silent home. No TV, no music. Just me and the thoughts in my head. I also like to include good books in that time if I'm reading one at the time. Right now I'm reading The Harvester, by Gene Stratton-Porter. I've read it before and I love Love LOVE this book. It was my pick for book club this year- and it's my month to host. So even though I've read it before, I wanted to read it again so it was fresh in my mind when my book club ladies come by (also to get some book themed refreshment ideas... I think I have a few so far).

Day 2.

A month or so ago this little guy showed up on our front desk. I have no idea where he came from, or why.. but I love him. I named him Fernando (get it? Fernando Lamas...?) Also because of the ABBA song. As a Disney fan I probably should have named him Kuzco- but Fernando was first and it stuck. Maybe the next one can be Kuzco.  I don't know why, but he just makes me smile. I also purposley included my water bottle in this picture. I never go ANYWHERE without my water bottle. I love water and I drink it constantly. I probably go through 5 or 6 of these a day.

Day 3.

To be honest, I forgot until I was sitting in bed that night. But then I thought this was totally appropriate. Every night before bed I write in my journal. I have kept a journal since I was 8 and have always been fairly consistent. But now I'm OCD about it. I've missed one day in 15 years (and I wrote twice as much the next night to make up for it- so I think I should be given a pass on that one). I lead the most boring life ever. Mine is definitely not one that should be documented, but there ya go. They say that good girls write in their journals... bad girls don't have time. So I guess you know which category I fall under. Pathetically good.

Day 4

This was the day I got my hairs did. It needed it. Yikes! I go to the school which often means I'm taking my chances as to what I'm going to get- the last time I got a pretty serious hack job. The learning leader came over to help my stylist when she was ready to do the cutting and said, "Oh my gosh- your hair is a wreck! You remember that big guy from Goonies? parts of your hair remind me of his!" Great. He compared me to Sloth. How flattering.

Actually, when you put it like that, the resemblance is uncanny!

Day 5

If you don't already think I'm a little wack-a-doodle, this one will help you out. A few months ago at work we started using pink folders. Pink gets dirty fast. Anyway, my coworker was going to throw out this one particular folder that had gotten some sticky paper stuck to it and then gathered some dirt... Not one to condone wastefulness, I told her not to throw it away because each time I saw that folder it reminded me that all is right with the world. I was kidding- but she kept it and is still is in our stack of folders. So as we rotate through folders throughout the day, I am reminded 3 or 4 times a day that all is right with the world.
It's the dumbest thing- but it really has brought me some comfort in the struggles of these last few weeks. It's completely meaningless to everything that has anything to with anything- but no matter how crappy my day is, when I see this one particular folder I am reminded that,though it may not seem so now, all is right with the world.

Day 6

I had to drive to Idaho for a quick visit. I know I talk crap about Idaho a lot- but honestly, in the spring time it is one of the most beautiful places. I love how green it is. The drive is so divine. But only in the spring. In about two months all those beautiful green hills, fields and mountains will be brown and dead and ugly. But in the spring, it might as well be heaven.

Day 7

When I got to Idaho I had the chance to play with this little batch of yahoos. When the first thing they said to me was "Heaboo (their name for me- don't you try to use it) are you water proof?" I knew I was in for something. I was grouchy and yelled at them for drenching me. But then I squirted them back and we went for walks and made s'mores over a pretty sad fire in the backyard.


There ya go. You can't get much more ordinary than my life. Rarely does anything truly exciting happen to me. But I do try to see joy in the most ridiculous things and just wanted to share some of those with you. Now go out and do the same.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Planning for the Big One

I am the queen of procrastination. Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow, right? Best philosophy ever. But not this time. 

I am planning way in advance for this because I really want this to happen. In about a year and a half I plan on taking a trip to Greece for my promotion. If I have to go alone, I will, but I'd really rather not. So if there is anyone out there who is willing, able and wants to go to Greece with me to celebrate, I'm all for it!  I'm trying to give plenty of notice because this probably isn't going to be a cheap trip.

I realize I'm not in a position to be choosy, but if you're a whiny traveler, please don't bother. This will probably be a once in a lifetime trip for me and I don't want it spoiled by someone who is a pansy. 

Also, I know a few of my friends have already been there, so if you have some tips and suggestions, I'll gladly take them.

Let's get the ball rolling on this! Let's get this party started!!!