Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New York City

We spent a great few days visiting Victor's family on the east coast for Labor Day. My dad also came out to visit and see Victor's family. We love how are parents are friends!

We picked up my dad in the city and headed down to Chelsea Market for lunch. I loved that place! So many delicious options including the Doughnuttery, and the Pasta sampler from the Italian place can't remember the name. But it was Yum!

Then Victor was kind enough to take the boys and my dad and I went to see Fiddler on the Roof--it was so so good! I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. 

The next morning we decided to check out the views at the Top of the Rock, and once again, thanks to Victor, because I was able to get a military discount and didn't have to wait an hour to get up like everyone else! Thanks for your service, Victor ;) The city views up there were awesome. 

This is the view from my dads hotel room!:
We went to the east coast because it was a very special occasion. Victors mom, step dad Julio, and step sister Julissa made the decision to get baptized! It's been a long time that we have been patiently awaiting this. Paulina has been investigating the church for almost twenty years now, and my father in law and sister in law have been investigating since our wedding five years ago. We are so happy for them and grateful we could be there. 
After the baptism we went out to liberty state park and enjoyed the city views.
Until next time, NYC!! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

We Bought a House

Still feels a little surreal, but it's true! My husband has been itching to be a property owner, but with our military moves, it hasn't been too easy. So he we decided to buy one in ST. GEORGE, Utah! I say "we" because it's been hard for me to be on board with buying a nice new house I don't even get to live in, but when I get over that, it actually is a dream come true to have a place in an area we love so much.
We are currently renting it out as a vacation rental because it is great proximity to the city and Zion National Park, and so far it's been doing pretty good! We negotiated in the price to keep all the furniture so we could immediately let people stay in it. But a couple weeks ago, we went to visit, and update the decor. I didn't like the previous decor or the bedding, so we changed that out to make it more fresh and fun. 
^^Front entry area^^

^^the entryway tile reminds me of Flip or Flop haha^^
^^the living room is a great size. the back is a nice office workspace area^^
^^I had a lot of fun getting these vintage posters that are the same as the ones at my grandparents cabin. I used this tutorial to give them that vintage look!^^

Bedroom number one:
 Decor from HomeGoods
Bedroom number two, more decor from HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby!

There is a bathroom for those rooms, and then next to that there is a nice big laundry room...
That leads into a nice big master closet...
That leads into a nice big master bathroom that I forgot to take pictures of...that leads into the master bedroom!
 I really hope we can return soon. And if you want to stay there let me know! ;)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Party for the Two-Year Old

 We had a little party for J on the morning of his birthday. I know he doesn't understand birthdays, but he sure loves social gatherings so he had a good time, not counting the tantrums that happened sporadically. Man, this two year old thing is really a bitter pill to swallow right now. I still love my boy, and I loved letting him celebrate in the form of a cake and being able to hit a pinata, which he LOVED!

We had the party at the community center on base since it was already much bigger than our tiny cottage, and it had a playground attached to the room, so that was awesome to just let the kids play. They were all in the 2 year range, so games were not really in their focus abilities haha.
 Pinata time! Just to let you know, a pinata with a bunch of two year olds is pretty anticlimactic. They have no strength to break it, and they need to be told to scoop up the candy. But it was entertaining to watch!
 ^^finally found a good use for my giant Romanian wooden spoon ha!^^
 ^^I love how my friend Shannell is pointing trying to explain the whole candy thing^^`

 "Hey! My hand is sticky now. What am I supposed to do?"
 "Problem solved."
 He got some other great presents (including a bike!) but alas, he is most excited about the trucks.

Happy Birthday, J! We are so grateful for you.