Sunday, January 1, 2012


I will laugh more
And obsess less
I will read more
I will want less
I will run more
I will yell less
I will listen more
I will be organized
I will have a spotless house
I will not feel guilty if I don't
I will learn to play the guitar
I will try new recipes
I will jump on the trampoline with my kids
I will not take any of these moments for granted

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Road Trip!

Chateau Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley
From Normandy, we decided to drive across the country to our final destination - Nice.  Here are a few of our detours...
Mont St. Michel
Our 16th anniversary fell on one of our driving days.  And our song came on.  In English.  In the middle of France.  It was our Anniversary Miracle. 
Castle across from our hotel
Yep.  We made it.  And it was fabulous 
Rocky beach of Nice

Beach across from our hotel in St. Maxime


The town of Arronmanches where we stayed- D-Day's Gold Beach
One of the most moving places in the world - the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.  Over 9000 men are buried here.

Walking along Omaha Beach

A crater (one of many) left from WWII bombing

A field where a key battle was fought which was re-enacted in the Band of Brothers series

These coastal towns along the D-day beaches were amazingly picturesque.

My husband who has watched all the WWII movies out there, and read all the books, was in absolute heaven to be actually viewing the areas where D-day happened.  We hiked along the beaches, peered over the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc, toured the cathedral of St. Mere Eglise, and climbed into the German bunkers dotting this beautiful countryside.  So weird that this peaceful countryside was war torn 65 years ago.  And so wonderful that we got to be the good guys who saved the day. Our two days in this area was a somber reality of war and a moving experience of heroism and patriotism. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

I can't believe I'm here!

I don't remember what sparked it, but I had a poster of the Eiffel Tower in my room all growing up.  I took high school French.  I saved a dollar from my allowance and put it in my "Paris fund."  At a young age I decided that I was going to go to Paris.  I won't ever admit to this, but is it a coincident that I married a guy that speaks French?  So this trip was an absolute Dream Come True!  Here I am, eating lunch at the park beneath the Eiffel Tower.  And going to the very top at night.  Every time I would see it from a different part of the city, it would give me chills.  I am in Paris!  Paris, people, I AM IN PARIS!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hello. I love you.

Hello Seine River.  I love your bridges and the way you run through this city that is the most amazing city ever.  EVER. 

Hello stained glass of St. Chapelle.  I was blown away. 
Hello Moulin Rouge which I know because of one of my favorite movies.
Hello Arc de Triomphe.  You were surprisingly massive with the most crazy traffic round-about I have ever seen!
Hello Louve with your pictures that are bigger than my house.

Hello teeny cars that would not even have enough room to lug my suitcase around.

Hello mounds and mounds of the most delicious ice cream.

Hello pastry stores that are on every corner and I love them more than a love for a food is even possible...

Hello bread.  Oh hello wonderful bread made in France that tastes so much better than it does here.  What is your secret?

Hello sugar.  David hasn't had you for a while.

Hello crepes that were the yummiest, most delicious crepes I have ever tasted and it makes me cry thinking that I will not have that taste in my mouth again for a very long time and even one day is too long.

We had six glorious days in Paris.  There were a million more things I could have said hello to.  Notre Dame, the amazing train system, our cutest, tiny apartment we rented, the church on the corner of the street of our cute apartment, L'Opera, the markets, the "merci" on the trash cans, the scarfs, the beautiful, skinny, french women wearing the scarfs, the shopping, the gardens, the buildings, the history, the, the, the...  There was so much.  Thank goodness for pictures so I can remember every detail of our six glorious days in Paris.  Until we meet again Paris!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Farewell Elder Hymas

This is the last time the Hymas family will all be together for two years!!!  Yes, we've got a missionary in the house!  Elder Jayson Hymas reports to the Orlando Florida mission (Spanish speaking) on July 11th.  We're so proud of him!  We were so very happy that we could be in Utah for his farewell.  Families are happiness. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ugly April

In Alaska, April showers do not bring May flowers.  April showers might be rain, snow, or hail.  All the snow is melting, it's brown and muddy, and just plain ugly!  Only this little guy seems to have found the beauty in it all.  He finally wised up and realized his rain boots were not cutting it on puddles that went up to his knees.  So he got his waders on and played for hours outside.  

Karsten has never met a puddle he doesn't like! 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Can you guess what meal this is?

 If you guessed lunch you'd be wrong!  It's breakfast.  Some days you just have to go with what you've got...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Uncle Jayson

It was a sad day when I had to say good-bye to my shopping, Glee, cooking, and laughing buddy!  For almost 4 weeks, we were lucky enough to have Jayson staying with us.  It's even more special since he will be leaving for 2 years to go serve a mission in Orlando Florida!  Luckily we made some really good memories to try and tide us over while he's away.  Jayson made EVERYTHING more fun.  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This little boy had a birthday...

Yes, you can count them - all the candles are there!  And yes, it is sugar free!  And yes, it is a wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful man.  
Happy Birthday David!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011


 Lots of people in Alaska go to Hawaii for spring break.  And when I say lots, I mean half the state.  So I'll admit - I was feeling a little bitter looking at all the snow.  Until I remembered I had 12 leis.  I bought them a long time ago knowing that someday I would need them.  How happy I was to realize now was the moment!  It was all the inspiration I needed.   

We invited our friends who made the party absolutely fabulous by invading the Hawaiian shirt section of the second-hand store and we had one mean luau.  Complete with fresh fruit, tropical fish, and lots of hula dancing.    
 Maybe one year we'll join the Alaskans that come back from spring break with very tan faces.  Until then, thank goodness for friends who are on the same white boat as us.  Mahalo Noble family! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011