Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You know things are bad when….

…sugar cookies get a post of their own.
Like, how is it that completely different events (and some non-events if we're being honest) are categorized together because the singular common denominator is…I made sugar cookies for it.

Let's get started.
So there's this girl, The Alison Show, (quick interruption…how cool is it to be The _____. If I ever have the privilege of being referred to as The Gabrielle ((as opposed to The Gay?)), I will be very pleased with my life)… Back to The Alison Show. I'd been seeing these cookies on her Instagram feed for a while and finally I took the bite. I officially crossed the threshold to "Baking Nerd" when I bought the tutorial to learn how to make these bad boys. It was the Valentine conversation heart cookies that sealed the deal for me.

I watched and read and got to baking. 
The best part in the making of these cookies was texting with Anneli, Chelsi, Laura, and Kady to come up with the words.
Pure comedy.
I wish I had screen shotted (<---what the heck, weirdest word ever) the convo.
The second best part of these cookies is that they had no real purpose. I mean, I wasn't making them for anyone's class or anything. I just thought it would be fun(ny). We did deliver a few to some neighbors. The boys definitely picked out their favorites to have at lunch and show their friends. But that was about as far-reaching as the purpose got.

We (The Creative Team) also thought it would be hilarious if we limited the rest of the communicating to cookies. Which would bring this cookie into play quite often...

Okay, I'm done, I'll stop because I'm already giggling to myself again as I type this and I have a feeling this whole exchange falls into the category of "inside joke" which means no one is amused by this besides me!
(y'all are missing out, fyi!)

I then made cookies for a few people's birthday celebrations with witty words on them. 
Below is for a 40th birthday party.

On to the next.
Did I mention that I got called as Cub Master at Church?
Well, I did. And my first event was the Pinewood Derby.
In all honesty, that really was such a great event to break me into the calling.
The boys were bound to love it as it's (almost) every boys' dream to race cars.
Outside of logistical planning for the derby, I only did one personal cutesy touch…
Racecar Sugar Cookies duh!

The night was a total success, no thanks to the cookies, but I have to throw that in for recording purposes. I wish we could do Pinewood Derby like 5x a year. Next year, my boys will get more say in their car and we'll start it with more than a 2 day heads up. There's a learning curve in everything and this wasn't an exception for us!

Lastly was Deeter's sending forth party. His preschool class is on to Kindergarten next year and we had to celebrate that! The party was held at my house and I deemed it necessary for the kids to have a cookie with their name on it! They were adorable. Not witty at all, but adorable still the same.

So there you have it, 4 totally unrelated events brought together by sugar cookies. 
Definitely a happy ending.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summa Time

Ahhhhhhhh summer.
Feeling summer kind of leaves me speechless.
It really is more of a feeling- like a really, really good feeling- than anything else.
A few weeks ago I started taking St John's Wort after reading up on mild depression. Simultaneously, the sun reappeared after being hidden behind clouds and rain and thunderstorms for days on end. I'm not exaggerating about the sun disappearing around these parts. For literal WEEKS (maybe 5?), I would look on my weather app at the 10 day forecast and there wouldn't be a single sun pic. Just a cloud with a lightning strike.
So as much as I want to credit St. John's wort for my almost-immediate depression recovery, I think the true active ingredient was the sun. And why can't my computer have emojis because all I need right now are about 10 pair of hallelujah hands.
But back to summer. We've found a good rhythm of completing chore charts in the morning, having some kind of a water outing (swimming, kayaking, more swimming), followed by relaxing and then baseball. Seriously it's the first time in my life that home schooling has ever sounded appealing. If  I could have a relaxed scheduled like this that found a balance of education, QT with the kids, and fun experiences all year round…that would be my ideal life.
Unfortunately, this week's lazy schedule was interrupted by camp. On Monday I was like, "What were you thinking signing them up for camps, idiot?" But balance, my friends, balance. I just needed a couple more weeks before I was ready to incorporate that kind of balance. But as life usually is, UT basketball camp could care less about my tailored balance schedule and very obviously didn't cater around it and that was a camp that regardless of it's timing, the boys were definitely going to attend. So the big boys are there and the little kids are with friends at Kidventure and I have something that I am shocked to admit…I miss them. I want to be kickin it with them and live last week all over again. It's not quite as easy finding grown adults to go swimming with you and kayaking and sno-coning. And let's be honest, even if I did find those adults, I couldn't call it "work". Right?!!!
I'm ready to get my party people back and act like a kid the rest of the summer!

Monday, June 8, 2015

That time Virtu IPO'd

The day that's been talked about for years at Virtu finally found reality. 
April 16, 2015 Virtu went public and started trading as a public company!
Wednesday, Yosh and I flew out to NYC and I must say…he was giddy! It was fun to be with him and feel of his excitement and be part of the big day. I don't think he stopped smiling for a full 36 hours. 

Yosh went into work that day. I met him at about 2:30 where a bus took us to the Nasdaq. Him and his co-workers went in where they got to ring the closing bell. (funny fact: Etsy was also going public that day and got to ring the opening bell.) They had a company party. After that, we went to dinner with Lucas Hales, Nathan Roberts, and Rob Aird at some place Lucas picked (can't remember the name…) 
It was a great day.
Proud of those Virtu boyz, especially one imparticalurly...

West Hills Little League Champions

Dallin B and teammates brought the heat, bringing home the championship trophy!
B played catcher this year and was sooo fun to watch. 
There was so much rain this year. By the end of the season, we were barely playing ball. The tournament went from a double elimination tourney to a single elimination due to rain. The championship lept getting rained out and it literally came down to the last day- either play that Thursday night or else the whole thing was cancelled. Thankfully, the rain stopped long enough for the fields to dry enough to play the game. It was a close game, but the Mets pulled through with a 2-0 win!!!! (and then the rain started back up resulting in epic flooding….no bueno.)

Go Mets!

Deeter and Kaia take over

Deeter and Kai took the camera and documented!
I love this peek into their heads.


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