Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Are you gonna miss your mom?!

September 1 2016

Daddy's backpack because we didn't have one for him!






He look so much like Wyatt in this picture it's wild!

I guess you can tell from the pictures that this cutie started school. It was heartbreaking putting him on that bus the first time, he was so scared. He asked me to sit next to him and for a minute I wondered whether or not I should take him off the bus and just take him to school myself. I ultimately decided against it knowing that if I did take him everyday Sammy would never have a decent nap! But don't you worry, when I picked him up that day he was as happy as a lark.




Having this experience with Danny made me reflect on our own Heavenly parents. It must hard for them to see us go through difficult or scary situations in our lives. But they know that we will be safe and ok. They also know that ultimately this challenge will be for our own good and growth.

He is now a seasoned veteran on the bus and absolutely loves and looks forward to it! Sometimes when I pick him up he'll say "mommy, I missed you! You missed me?". He's the sweetest kid and he has taught me a lot, both about myself and about the role of a parent. 

You are a sweet, smart and sensitive little boy Danny. I know you will go far. 

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy

PS. Post title brought to you by this cute video. This was basically Danny on his first day. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016

You all smell wonderful!


We dressed up for "Talk like a pirate day" at Krispi Kreme... I was a little late in the game with this one. Becky told me the day of that you could get free donuts for dressing up like a pirate. We didn't have any pirate clothes so we made do with other stuff (Pterodactyl is my favorite part of the get up) (side note, can you believe the spelling in pterodactyl?! wtf how is someone supposed to learn english with all these silent letters?!) ....  Please excuse Wyatt's drawn on mustache. He hated, claimed I did a terrible job!






As you can see we ended up at Bosa Donuts, along with a ton of other pirates. The line at Krispi Kreme was criminal. Anyways it was fun and I appreciate Wyatt being down with my spur of the moment activities. Love you boo!

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy 

PS. Post title brought to you by this awesome Geico commercial. I crack up every time! Also, at the end of the video there are mini "Pirate code" videos, those are pretty funny too!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Where's my diet coke?


A few weeks ago we went to the Arizona vs BYU game here in AZ. It was a blast! Since it was the first game of the season tons of BYU fans came out to watch it including a bunch of Anthony's. My in-laws, Trevor and Taylor flew down here; Alex and Maddison drove from Flagstaff too! 

Danny was in heaven having so many relatives in town and he surprisingly did really well at the game! (helps when you have a lot of people to help share the load)


Anyways, as you know I'm still super camera happy so I took my camera with me in hopes of making a little video. I was surprised they let me take my camera, but they first had to make sure it was a real camera with a real lens--apparently people try to sneak in beer cans with fake camera lenses. I know, right?

Before we left for the game we kind of hung out around the house and even had a small fancy time! I do love my fancy time. BTW I found THE BEST sparkling grape juice at World Market. Sadly, they are discontinuing it :( So I bought all the available bottles at the Gilbert and Queen Creek store (don't worry I bought them for $2.50 a piece! win!). So I'm good for a little while ;).









Danny and his Grandma Linda, two peas in a pod






I was planning on having a fancy time Sunday after dinner but Trevor asked when we were popping open the bubbly, so I was like "now!" why not? Since he had never opened a cork bottle I let him do the honors.









The fancy time cheese was amazing! Afterwards we headed to the game. It was so much fun. I've come a long way.  My second date with Wyatt was a BYU football game, and it was terrible! I hated it--Wyatt loved it. No one warned me the game would last nearly 4 hours! What's worse is it was in the middle of the day, and I was starving! I asked my roommates whether I should eat before going to the game and they're like "nah, it's a date! He'll probably buy you lunch while you're there!". NO! That's not what happened! I kept dropping hints like "Dang, I'm hungry" and Wyatt without turning to me said "Yeah you should go get something to eat, I'm hungry too!". I eventually left the game and got myself lunch. I know I have a picture of that game somewhere... I'll look for it and post it later.

It took a few years to realize that college football was more than just "watching the game" I still don't understand it. Sorry, not sorry. It's about being with family.

I don't understand why this picture is so blurry, it kills me.Might of been who took it? Or maybe the way it was saved? I've been using Google photo to save all my pictures, but I'm wondering if it's making them blurry. Idk, I might switch over to something else. If you have any advice I'd love to hear it!

This is all the family we had at the game! Many many Anthony's! I'm sure this is the case for just about anyone who roots for a team. It's a family thing, and oddly enough it can bring families closer together. You all feel the despair of losing and the sweet joy of winning. It's cool.

Seeing all these Anthony's together in one spot reminded me of Derelys, Wyatt's grandma. Oh my gosh, I 100% guarantee you have never met a woman like that. She's wild! She was so much fun and she was a HUGE BYU fan! HUGE! She used to make fudge for all the BYU players and coaches after EVERY GAME. Guys she MADE FUDGE EVERY WEEK. You can read more about her on Deseret News.  We were all sad when she passed, but I'm happy I got to know her. She's my spirit animal for sure. When I got married into the family everyone on the Anthony side said I was the new Grandma Anthony. Take that as you please, but man, she was something else.



I love the Anthony's, they are wild, loud, outspoken and crazy fun. I might suspect them to be Mexican if I didn't know any better.



Stephanie and her daughter Haleigh are probably some of the nicest people I've ever met!

Sharon! No more words are necessary :)

what was that about sharing the load?

Travis and Kristen in the background

I just love Jamee's smile here!


Kim, he's so nice. Genuinely nice. I told him to strike a pose and this is what he did! We're lucky to live so close to him and Kristen!  
I randomly saw Kelsi at the game, crazy right? (I went to high school with her) Her baby is adorable. 


I'm really not satisfied with the video, and I think of all the videos I've made so far I like this one the least. I normally make the video then find a song that fits, but I really like this song right now and I thought it was fitting because it reminded me of Derelys--certain lyrics such as... "missing from the photographs" " everyminute of every hour I miss you" "I'll be dancing at the funeral" (her funeral was the best ever, doesn't make sense I know, but if you knew her it would make sense).


The other part of the song I thought was fitting was when it says "Watching through my fingers" because honestly at around 43 seconds it was intense. so bad.



Taylor's face captured everyone's dismay when AZ scored a touchdown. We kind of all wanted to die. 

I'm convinced Maddison was avoiding feeling what we all felt by playing with Danny--dead guy duty. 

She's not feeling the heat like the rest of us, she's checked out of the game. 

Here it is, the momen I felt like throwing up. The moment you start lying to yourself and saying "psh I don't even care about this game"
The agony!

But then...


Sweet victory!

Everywhere people celebrating!


Anyways this post is so long... here's the video. Like I said earlier, not my favorite video (or Wyatt's, he hates the song!). Sometimes I couldn't get the words in the song to match up to specific frames of the video. Also, the first frame I knew I wanted a picture of people cheering so I asked everyone to all cheer and go wild! No one was cheering around them, it was great. Love you guys, thank you so much for coming down and taking us to the game! xo




Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy 




PS. Post title brought to you by Linda

 Linda asking all of us where her diet coke is

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

If you haven't made your bed throw it away, it's too late to make it now!



Get ready for an onslaught of pictures...

While I was living in CT I got invited to a "cook the book" party. It was one of the neatest things I had ever done! Essentially everyone picks a recipe from the same cookbook and makes it to bring to a girls night. Think of it as a sampling party! Those ladies were some of the most refined women I know. Everything about the night was different than any other social gathering I'd participated in... it was so classy! They talked about world news and different cultures and religions. I literally had nothing to add to the conversations. So i just sat and enjoyed the moment. I decided I wanted to host a party similar to this. 

Fast forward a few years and the day finally came to host my own cook the book party! I invited all the women in my new ward in hopes of getting to know more friends. The party was great; the food was delicious; and I'm so grateful for all those who came. Sometimes it's hard to put yourself out there and host social gatherings, so people coming makes all the difference! 

Doesn't get much more legit than this... it said to "remove the backbone" I removed something... I'm not sure if it was the backbone though.



I spent hours cleaning up my house for this little party. It was a wreck before this. Once I was finished I looked around and thought to myself "huh, I have cute stuff" so I couldn't resist snapping some pictures of the little details around my house I love most. Told you I was camera happy. 


Isn't this garland the bomb? My mom bought it for me; it comes with multiple letters of the alphabet so you can rearrange it to say just about anything! Someday I'll have it hanging and it will say something wild like  "who pooped the bed?".




I had hopes of going all out and decorating my house all cute. Then it took forever to clean up my house and all illusions of cute decor went out the window. So the above set up is as good as it got! My cute recipe box was also a gift from my mom. THANKS MA!


Kylee thinking about how she owned this rice kris pie recipe. They were freaking delicious. She selfishly took the remnants home with her! (I'm only teasing, she left a few behind though  not enough!)
These are popcorn cookies, how fun is that?! Though I didn't think they would go well together they were surprisingly delicious.

My vistiing teacher Krystin made these cupcakes. They looked picturesque; my pictures do not do them justice. She is a food blogger, so you can probably find better pictures of these beauties on her blog!




Wyatt had dead guy duty for the night. He and the kids hung out in the master bedroom while the party went on. Thanks boo!
My neighbor Liesl made these. They were the most delicious grilled cheese I'd ever tasted. Gouda cheese and caramelized onions. Perfection! 






I went to high school with Jen (red hair and beautiful smile) She is the bubbliest nicest person I have ever met. We randomly live near each other now and I couldn't be happier! It was crazy to see how nearly nine years had gone by and she continues to have this brightness to her I have yet to find in anyone else! Seriously, bubbly, does not do her personality justice.  

Aren't they beautiful? Her daughter was visiting from Orem. My stomping ground. funny huh? 



I have a ton more pictures I didn't post and people I didn't get in pictures. Having you girls over was awesome, thanks for coming!


Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy


Ps. Post title brought to you by this hilarious Youtube video. The first 40 seconds is a pretty accurate portrayal of me before this party. Or whenever anyone comes to visit. Seriously, my house is never cleaner than right before someone comes over. #realtalk