Lot 48: September 2013

September 26, 2013

it's coming

kay, so, we all know how much i love halloween.  like hardcore.  and that fall is my favorite season and october is my favorite month and that i hate summer. so bare with me as i share a love letter to fall
Halloween

Fall is trying to get its ass here.
Autumn is the perfect time to warm up with a Kahlua cocktail. Why not try one using Kahlua Pumpkin Spice!
Good Morning Sunshine ~ beautiful autumn sun (I do miss the changing leaves at times)

"Bittersweet October.The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." - Carol Bishop Hipps

excited for all of it.
taran and i are going to be FBI agents this year, decked out in guns and badges. what are you going to be?
xoxo lauren

September 24, 2013

date with the nephew - tracy aviary

i like to take my 3 year old nephew Eli on dates.  We have been to the Natural History Museum, the aquarium, and to a farm. On Saturday, I took him to the Tracy Aviary.

we got there just in time for an encounter where we got up close and personal with a few birds. here is a volcher. 


look how close we were to the birds!


we couldn't resist taking some selfies




we fed the ducks, which he loved. we even showed him how to hold out his hand so the birds would walk right up and eat them out of his hand.


good lookin' boys


i forget what bird this is, but it's huge and the king of the Andes apparently. 


they had some bones to climb on.


taran had eli spread his arms out to compare how big his wings would be to the bird's wings. it is a large bird! 







lashes for days




fruit loops anyone?


we ran into my sister's friend. this is her son, harvey.  eli and harvey play together, so they ran around screaming for awhile. 


the aviary is pretty small, we covered the place in a little over an hour. i could tell eli was getting really sleepy because we was clinging to taran and zoning out. 


and i was right! he conked out one minute after we got in the car.


i love this guy! i love my dates with him and watching him learn and play. he kept saying "let's go this way!" and led us around. he had a blast. i love being his favorite aunt.
xoxo, lauren

September 23, 2013

my grandparents are moving here!



i love my grandparents.  they are my mother's parents.  they live in Michigan  where my mom grew up.  they have lived in michigan my entire life and on Thursday, they are moving here! They will live in cottonwood heights, just a ten minute drive from my house. i can't wait! I have always been jealous of my friends who had their grandparents nearby.  and no i do! i'm so excited!

the kids are excited too

xoxo, lauren

September 18, 2013

books i've half read

Since I graduated college, I have been reading a lot of novels with my free time. And it has been wonderful. But, it seems I have a very short attention span since I have only finished two of these books.

I would tell you what this book was about but I don't know. Beautiful Ruins was really beautifully written but it was really slow. I got half through and I still had no idea what the story was, it was just too slow. When I mean slow, I mean realllly slow. Nothing had really happened by half way through. The book switches back and forth between present day and 1965 and present day was the unbearably slow part. I would have liked to just read the flashbacks to the 60s. i think i should give it another try.


How do I say this nicely. The dialogue in this book was unbearable. Absolutely unbearable. I felt like I was reading a 6th grade creative writing project. It was about Italian girl getting married. I only read 30 pages. I felt my IQ lowering as I read, so I stopped.


I really liked this book. I love Jodi Picoult. This book is about a Jewish girl who befriends a man who turns out to be a Nazi who was responsible for killing hundreds of prisoners in the concentration camps. When he tells her who he is and what he has done, she..... oh?? what happens? you'll have to read it! But I read 1/3 of the book because it was too sad and the detailed descriptions of the concentration camps was hard to take, so I stopped. It was really good but was too much to handle for me.


I feel as though I am not smart enough for this book. It takes place in Romania (i think) and is written in a very intellectual way. I didn't really understand what was going on. So I stopped.


This book was depressing. The kind of book that wants you to go slit your wrists. I cried nearly the entire time I read it. So I stopped halfway through. It was just too sad. It is about a man who loses the love of his life and he recounts their relationship. It was the most heartbreaking book I have ever half read. Now for the books I did read.


All people should read this book. it was FABULOUS! entertaining, excellent writing, excellent dialogue and HILARIOUS. it is about a family and the mom is slightly crazy and awesome and hilarious. and the book is mostly written in letters, as in letters to and from characters in the book, instead of dialogue. i adore this book.

I felt this book took over my brain and soul. I didn't really think about anything else while I read this book. It was gripping and took a thousand turns you would never expect. it was excellent. its a murder mystery. but do not start reading this book if you are busy in life. because you will get NOTHING done and while you read this book. prepare to snap at people when they interrupt your reading as well. also, they are making a movie of this book with ben affleck as the guy and i think reese witherspoon is the girl.
what books do you like? i would LOVE suggestions!
 

September 17, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Rome

A Compass Rose
I like to follow a lot of blogs. One of my favorite bloggers is Belinda and she does a wonderful thing each Tuesday where encourages people to share their travel experiences! What fun.  So I wanted to share my trip to Rome. Some of you may already have read this, so apologies if that is the case!

I was living in London on my study abroad when I had the opportunity to go to Rome.  In my prograam, we got a week off in the middle as a travel week to go anywhere we want. You just have to go with at least two other people and let the professors know where you're going and where you're staying and be back in London at a certain time. I have been wanting to go to Rome for as long as I can remember so when I heard we had a travel week, I didn't have to think at all about where I wanted to go. My dad served an LDS mission in Rome and all growing up he would talk about his mission and how much he loved Italy and I always wanted to go so badly! He and my mom have gone numerous times, and I was always so jealous when they got back and told me about their adventures. I was so excited to finally go and experience it for myself!  So I grabbed three girls from my study abroad, and off we went!


The first thing we did was see the Colesseum


Pondering our lives while gazing at the Colesseum





I touched it! My arm felt tingly because I couldn't believe I was actually there, touching the Colesseum!



Palatine Hill/Roman Forum







My first plate of real Italian pasta


Trevi Fountain! It was everything I imagined it to be.





These are the girls I was with. We had so much fun together!


Random street


Pantheon



Spanish steps





Right down the Spanish Steps, there are the really fancy shops. I was drooling as I walked down the street.



For those of you that know me well, you know I don't like cheese. But I promised myself I would eat pizza with the cheese on it in Italy. Reaction:





I was proud of myself that I did it!

Cultural Heritage Building



Tiny Italian car



We went to this beautiful village that my dad had recommended called Trastevere. It was exactly what I imagined Italy to look like.










We stumbled across this little playground. There were little kids speaking in their cute little voices in Italian. It was the cutest thing ever.

Trastevere is also near the River, which can be beautiful, as long as you walk on the non gross side of the river.


Piazza Navona was beautiful





After that, Vatican City!



St Peter's Visilical




Vatican Museum




Sadly, there is no photography allowed in the Sistine Chapel. But it was amazing. What I kept thinking the whole time I was in Rome was how visually overwhelming it all was. I would see something, and it would be so detailed and so intricate that it felt overwhelmed because there was so much to look at! But in the Sistine Chapel, I decided I wanted to leave a piece of me there, so I pulled out a strand of hair from my head and left it on the floor. Ha.

The next day, we were off to Sperlonga, the beach town. It was GOREGOUS


We took a train to this town, and we passed through the countryside on the journey. You haven't seen a country side until you've see the Italian countryside.




I can't even describe how cool it was to be in the Mediterranean Sea.










This was the best trip of my life. Rome was everything I imagined it to be. I had so much fun and it was so exciting to be in the city I had wanted to go to my whole life. I loved Rome and was so sad to leave. Where have you traveled that holds a special place in your heart? Grab the Travel Tuesday button and share!