Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I am soo very thankful that this week has been such an amazing one so far… and it is not even over yet! On Monday I was able to go to Farmington and get to see my family. It was the last time I was able to visit before we move to Texas, so I experienced a lot of bittersweet moments. Like I’ve said a few days ago, I LOVE going back to my parent’s house, not just because I get to spend time with them, but also because I get to go to a whole bunch of different ethnic food stores and restaurants. It is really exciting, because a lot of the time I get to try things I’ve never tried before; the new food I tried this week, were fresh dates. They are a bit crunchy, and make your mouth pucker when they are this green, however after leaving them out for a few hours, they got softer and became sweeter.
A few minutes from our house they also have this cute little German pastry shop with lots of delicious sweet, moist, melt-in-your-mouth art creations. I may be just partially biased, but NO ONE can EVER beat the European sweets and deserts (there I said it!) We are just the best there are (once again, just a bit biased). So every time I go home, I make sure to pass by that little German shop. After you take one little bite of one of those babies, you will completely forget about all the calories it may contain, or the hours you will spend sweating on that treadmill. Actually, you will think that it was worth every last bite.
Next, dad and I went to the Russian store in order for me to get some of the many varieties of candy they have there ( can you tell yet that I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth?). They have such a vast assortment of them, from chocolate wafers, to rum flavored ones, to straight up hard liquor filled chocolate (well, they are Russians, after all). They also have some really amazing smoked chicken and fish there, too. I really enjoy Russian food, and it may have something to do with the fact that the place I grew up in, was highly influenced by the Russian culture. Regardless, they have some really amazing food and I believe everyone should at least give it a try.
My beautiful mommy and I
Dad and the fresh dates
Fresh, moist, and deliciously sinful pastries
Tuesday night, mommy and I went shopping: by FAR her FAVORITE hobby! They had lots of cute things on sale, and among those things there were tons of irresistibly cute baby clothes. Of course I HAD to grab some for Genna, and I may or may not have bought some for my future children as well (you don’t understand… they were REALLY cute). After we got tired of shopping, we went to one of our favorite places to eat, and had some garlicky super delicious shawarmas. If you’ve never had them, you should most definitely give them a try. They are somewhere on the top five of my favorite foods.
Ladybug outfit for my favorite baby girl
She will look sooo cute in this green outfit :)
Tuesday, I also was able to spend some quality time with my baby brother. We had some Starbucks, walked around the city, and found new sites in our favorite hometown park. We even wanted to visit the Holocaust museum, but they closed early. I will cherish the memories and time spent with Stefan that day forever.
Wednesday it was time for me to hit the road back home straight into my hubby’s arms. So after dad filled a small basket with fresh veggies from their garden, had some homemade flavorful hazelnut coffee with my mommy, and hugged everyone goodbye, I was on my way.
Rediscovering our home town
Fresh veggies from my parents' garden
Today was also a pretty amazing day. I got my hair cut and I actually like it a lot! Yey for good hair day! Brandon says that he liked it better before, but thinks that I still look cute. Men… what do they know?New haircut :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
This ended up being quite an interesting and eventful week after all...
For my 22nd birthday, back in December, one of my awesome sisters in law gave me a very generous gift card to one of the salons in town. Right before my graduation I was able to use some of it by treating myself and my mommy to a nice massage and pedicure. Since I still had some money left on it, I thought I should try something different with my hair, so on Monday morning I made an appointment for the next day for some highlights. I never had highlights before, but I like to consider myself an adventurous person, so I said "why not?" I found a picture online of what I would like my hair color to look like, and another one of what my hair cut should look like. On Tuesday morning I got my highlights and my haircut, but neither one looked anything like the pictures. The highlights were supposed to be brown and not BLONDE and my haircut was not supposed to look like it was meant for a 12 yr old ( even though Brandon thought I looked like a 45 yr old mom). The girl that cut my hair said that I should take a day and think about it, and if I still don't like it I should come back the next day and she'll make my highlights darker. So needless to say, I went back the next day, she made it a few shades browner, and as a result I am much, much, much, happier with my hair color!
Wednesday was a very eventful day: I had a studying/ movie day with the girls, we celebrated two years of blissful marriage, and put our house on the market.
We haven’t done anything special for our anniversary because right now both our pockets and bank accounts are mostly on the empty side and we are going to have multiple expenses over the next few months. This being said, we both decided to wait a few months until we get a bit more money and we can do something big to celebrate our wonderful time together. We still were able to start and end this special day together though; we spent part of the morning eating breakfast at our favorite family owned diner in town while reminiscing about our dating and wedding day, and wondering what this new year has in store for us. Either way, we both agreed that we were both in for quite a great adventure: new state, new job, new friends, new home. At night we went out to watch Funny People, which I found to be way too offensive and not nearly as funny as I hoped it to be; still, it was nice to spend time together. He also got some flowers for me. What a sweetheart!Stopping by to smell the roses
He gets the final rose ( can you tell I've been watching way too much reality TV?)
So glad we have each other ~
He deserves a kiss for putting up with me for two yrs!
In the afternoon, Carisa and I studied for a little while for our dreadful NCLEX (which literarly makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it), after which Ashley came to join in the fun. We relaxed on the couch watching “Confessions of a Shopoholic” while stuffing our faces with lots of buttery popcorn. Mmmmm…. Good!
Saturday was a really fun day too. Our friends Phil and Kristine were passing through Michigan on their way to a family reunion. So after we went to church on Sabbath, we enjoyed a great lunch at Kristine and Ashley’s grandpa’s house. We had a lot of fun joking, making fun of one another, remembering funny things that had happened in the past, and doing our nails (THANK YOU Ashley! You are awesome!). Right before sundown, we decided that since it was so nice and warm outside, we should all go to our house and grill some delicious food and watch a movie. Even though the boys voted for burgers and were opposed to having grilled pizzas in the beginning, after seeing how amazing those masterpieces looked, they devoured them almost as soon as they came off the grill. They were a bit crunchy and insanely yummy bites of mushrooms, peppers, mozzarella, parmesan, olives, barbeque “chicken” and fresh basil goodness. Let me tell you, if you’ve never had grilled pizza, you’ve GOT to try it! And make sure you make plenty of them because everyone will love them and no one will want to share !
Deciding on what movie we were going to watch, now that was an indescribably incredible difficult task to attain! There were 9 of us, and we couldn’t get three people to agree on the same movie. Some didn’t want to watch anything too scary, others didn’t want to watch anything to emotional; some wanted thrillers, and some wanted comedy. After over 20 minutes of debating and elaborating, we semi-agreed on “Obsessed.” It was fun to see how the girls (including myself) were screaming at the TV, screaming at their significant other, or just simply screaming for more than half of the movie. I personally enjoyed watching it, and even though I am sure they exist, it is hard and scary to think that there are people out there who are that crazy and disturbed.
Our "pretty in purple" toes done by our personal cosmetologist aka Ashley
Going around the table and grabbing our food
The barbecued "chicken" was delicious!
Closer shot of our work of art, right after setting them on the grill
The masterpiece that Kristine and I have created
Some of the food we enjoyed
Ashley with a mouth full of food and Deanna relaxing on the couch
Carisa and Josh
Taking a quick picture with the happy couple