Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ten years ago

It was 10 years ago today I was saying goodbye to my teens. I was living in the green house in Reno, Nevada and having the time of my life. Ten years ago today I made a list of things I had already learned before I turned 20. I won't list all 46 of them but here are a few:

2) Everyone is happier in a clean house.

4) Be friends with everyone - who really cares who is "cool".

7) Don't kiss your best guy friend - it's just weird.

9) Mom always says, "You get what you pay for."

12) Don't cry and run at the same time - it just doesn't work. You can only do one or the other.

15) Date everyone.

19) Learn something from every relationship.

23) Trials aren't bad.

24) Don't do or say anything that you wish you could take back but say enough that you won't regret not saying anything at all.

27) Never wait around for a boy to call.

36) It's actually possible to be friends with an old boy friend. Who cares if it didn't work out.

37) Road trips are fun - NEVER pass them up.

39) Sometimes boys are better friends than boyfriends.

44) Your best friend really is your worst enemy - they know all!

Clearly you can tell my life was centered around boys!

I'll be 30 tomorrow, I'm living with my best friend, and I'm still having the time of my life! As I began my next list of "what I learned by 29" I noticed it went from dating to marriage. Over the last ten years I've seen friends date, marry, split up, divorce, babies being born, some sticking it out, some fight, a partner passes away, couples laughing, some crying . . . you name it. And surprisingly many of my "what I learned by 19" still applied. So to keep the tradition alive here are some of my "what I learned by 29".

1) Families that pray together stay together.

5) I broke rule #7 from "what I learned by 19" - I didn't just kiss my best guy friend but I married him.

7) Right now I'm the perfect parent. Ask me anything.

12) Spouse bashing is totally wrong and inappropriate all the time.

18) You are never too old to go camping!

23) When you're twenty something people tell you "you're so young and just don't know yet". I can't wait to be 30! Then I'll know something.

29) It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.

31) Sometimes things just don't make sense.

So long 20's. You treated me well.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October Recap

It started out pretty relaxed. Just lounged around.
Then we went to a pretty awesome corn maze!
Potato Jake
And Joe Vandal Em
My friend, Liz, came with us to the corn maze.
Jake and I at the entrance.
It took us about 45 minutes to make our way through.
We got lost probably about 15 times.
We really found the perfect pumpkin this year!
This was my first attempt at cupcake hamburgers.
Thank you Pinterest.
It was fun but I know where to tweak things now for next time.
Brownies in the middle and colored icing on top!
Not the best picture but at this point I was super tired.
Next time I'll use a bigger circle cookie cutter for the burger.
It wouldn't be fall if there wasn't some apple picking!
These apples are delicious!
So much so we turned more than 10 lbs. into applesauce!
I went over to Liz's house and we made the applesauce super old fashioned.
We cut the apples, boiled them, mashed them, then reboiled, and then canned it.
Of course another "quick" project turned into about 5 hours of fun.
And no picture of a finished product to share because I was that tired.
We did manage to watch Ann of Green Gables, Ever After, and Princess Bride to ease the pain of watching apples break down.

Now we're full swing into November!!