Skip to main content

A Very Short But Romantic Weekend

Daniel came home last weekend, and we had a fun-filled (although short) weekend.  Daniel got home Thursday afternoon, and I had a welcome home sign waiting for him:

We spent the afternoon making out lounging while Daniel finished up his computer work.  Then, I cooked him a freakin awesome dinner!  I don't eat meat, but let me tell you I am AMAZING at cooking it!  Observe:

 Those are some amazing drumsticks!  The sauce was so easy.  Here is the recipe (my notes are in blue):


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs (or whatever kind of chicken you want!)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 pinch garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse the chicken pieces and place them, single layer and skin side up, in a 9x13 inch baking dish.  I put the chicken on a rack that was on a baking sheet (see picture above) so that the chicken wouldn't get soggy sitting in its own juices. 
  3. Mix the soy sauce, ketchup, corn syrup and garlic powder in a small bowl. Baste the chicken with the sauce, reserving some sauce for basting during baking. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven, basting approximately every 15 minutes, for 1 hour (or until chicken is done and juices run clear). I cooked them for a full hour...
 Super easy, right?  Daniel really liked them so...success!  Daniel also enjoyed using a gift to him from my mother: a de-corner, as I call it.  He doesn't like eating corn on the cob, so this shreds it off for you.  See:
After dinner, we went Father's Day shopping and watched Salt on Netflix.  We spent all day Friday going to the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.  We've done it before and loved it, so we made a day of it.  We saw 14 of the 20 homes.  My favorite was the Connecticut house, which you can see professional photos of HERE.  I'll probably post my pics of it later, but that should work for now.  Seriously, it was my DREAM HOUSE!  Daniel's favorite was this amazing mountain meets modern home in Lehi.  It was definitely my second favorite:

 It was stunning!  It made us a bit envious of you know, everyone who can afford these homes, but whatever.  We can dream, right?  Friday night, we saw the musical Rent at the Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake.  Daniel's parents give us some of their tickets sometimes, which is awesome.  The show, unfortunately, was not.  I love Rent, but this was not a good production.  I was bored and uninspired, and I didn't cry once.  Fail.  Daniel fell asleep and cursed the theater the whole way home.  Poor guy.

Saturday morning (as in, I got up at 5:30am kind of morning) we helped Daniel's brother Joseph and his wife Annie move all of their things out of a storage unit to their moving truck.  They're moving to Washington D.C.  Jealous.  The rest of the day I hung out with them (Daniel took a very random nap), helped them pack, and just chilled.  Then, we had a big brithday dinner for Grandpa Faulk and said goodbye to Joseph and Annie.  

After the birthday dinner, we went to my friend Aurora's wedding reception in Salt Lake.  I know this is getting long, but it was seriously the most packed weekend ever.  Aurora's reception was gorgeous, unique, and awesome.  Here are a few picture of the decor:

On Sunday we went to church and just chilled.  We had dinner at Daniel's parents house then snuggled on our couch while watching Robin Hood Men in Tights--classic!  This is almost done...I promise.  

On Monday, we crossed off one of our Before-We-Leave-Utah-We-Want-To _______ List items.  We went to the Living Planet Aquarium, which is right near our house.  We had a great time looking at all the animals and, of course, just spending time together.

Can you spot a giant anaconda in this picture?

Daniel and a penguin...he LOVED the penguins!

Camee and a penguin!

Just a penguin...

If you're still reading this, I'm amazed.  After we got home from the aquarium, Daniel had to leave to go back to Wyoming.  He's in Cody now.  He'll be back around July 14th for--the HARRY POTTER PREMIERE!  We have tickets for 12:45am with our best buds Emily and Jason.  Can't wait!  I miss Daniel, so I'm trying to find ways to be less bored during the day, and it's not going well.  23 days until he comes home!!!


Popular posts from this blog

Fetal Surgery at UCSF

Well, we did it!  Daniel and I have spent the last several weeks deciding whether or not fetal surgery was the right way to go for our family.  There are a lot of considerations, and it is not right for every family.  I briefly went over how we decided to do fetal surgery two posts back, but if you would like to know more about that, let me know!

Over the weekend, we had to stop back in at the hospital to do two rounds of steroid shots.  The steroids are a precaution in case an emergency were to occur and Cedar (our daughter's name, by the way!) had to be delivered at 25 weeks.  The steroids would give her lungs an extra boost, just in case.  Not going to lie...those hurt.  But we do what we have to do!

We checked into the hospital Monday night at about 8:30pm.  I'll admit, I was really nervous.  We had gone to see a movie the few hours before, and I could barely concentrate on what was going on!  I started to get that nervous ball in my stomach that wasn't going away.  …

Tender Mercies

One of the most overwhelming aspects of our daughter's spina bifida diagnosis has been the amount of people willing to do anything to help us.  I mean, literally.  Beautiful individuals have been calling, texting, showing up at my house, sending things in the mail, and just doing anything they can to help our family.  At one of the lowest times in my life, I have never felt so blessed.

A good friend of mine, when she found out what was happening, showed up at my door with the cutest Kate Spade journal and Chip cookies (guys, life changing).   On the cover, the journal says "PUT IN A GOOD WORD," and I immediately knew what I wanted to use it for--logging all of the tender mercies and blessings our family has received during this time, both big and small.  Kind of like a gratitude journal.

I will be transferring a lot of what I have written in this journal to this blog.  I plan on doing "tender mercy" posts here and there to update you on the positive things th…

Cedar Jane's Nursery Tour

Well, baby Cedar will be arriving in 36 hours, so what better way to celebrate than to show off her nursery that I have spent months planning for her!

If I'm being honest with myself, I think I worked so hard planning her nursery because it felt like giving her a "normal" room would somehow help me forget that her situation is not "normal." I just want her to feel like any other kid in any way that I can, and giving her a beautiful nursery was one way I could do that.  Weird, I know.

Anyway, if you want to see a full video nursery tour, you can check it out HERE onYouTube.  Sources for everything in the nursery are listed at the bottom of this post.

The wallpaper was the inspiration for the entire room.  I knew as soon as I saw it on Etsy that it was meant for Cedar's room!

I know it's a little cheesy, but I wanted to incorporate a cedar tree print into her room, and this one just fit perfectly with the vibe I was going for!  Her Etsy shop had an inspi…