July days

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Last weekend is worth mentioning, although none of you probably noticed I didn't blog. I worked nearly 50 hours this week (hello overtime!) so this is the first time opening my computer in awhile. 

At the beginning of the summer we printed off the three summer month calendars and planned out activities, destinations and events we wanted to do this summer. We unintentionally planned some sort of camping or hiking trip every weekend and while we've been quite successful, July has proven to be a struggle between callings, friends baby and bridal showers (i'm starting to think I can't afford to be Mormon anymore... EVERYONE is getting married and having babies!), and oh just the usual adult-responsibility life.  

Last weekend Bronson got some exciting news that he got a scholarship that will help pay for grad school tuition this fall. Since we no longer qualify for pell grants this is a huge blessing. That called for any dessert of his choice -- so of course it included blueberries. I made a homemade pie crust with blueberry custard filling with a pecan streusel on top.  We watched "The United Kingdom" -- a good movie from Redbox. 

On Saturday, I attended the baptism of Evealla -- a new girl in our activity days group. Pictured with her father and grandmother. She's the type of girl that memorized the "I have a Dream" speech, Lincoln's Inaugural speech, half of George Washington's inaugural speech, all the Articles of Faith, etc. She's 1/3 of my age and all I can show for myself is the Articles of Faith.

After the baptism we went to the Saturday Market on center street and paid for some overpriced salsa and brazilian food -- but all in the name of supporting local businesses. Then we headed to Seven Peaks because FOMO (fear of missing out) and the fact it was 99 degrees.  We finally got our hands on some Seven Brothers too! We ate at Seven Brothers while we were in Laie back in May and they had the best fries I've tasted. The kind where you just stop eating your burger all together so you can devote 100% of your attention to your fries. So per usual, I just ordered fries for myself, no burger, and I was totally happy. Fries are my love language.  Bronson loves them too and we can't wait for Seven Brothers to open a restaurant in Provo. 

During this week we had a bake off at work! I didn't submit anything because I just wore myself out baking that blueberry goodness for Bronson over the weekend. Someone made an authentic Chilean pastry that consisted of alot of Dulce de Leche that was similar to a dessert I had in Argentina and I was ALL OVER THAT. SO GOOD.

 We were lucky to walk to the temple in time before it started raining.
 I made this cucumber salad that pretty much tastes like summer.
A few nights a week we go walking around -- this was last nights sunset. Besides the people and dulce de leche, I miss the sunsets of Argentina the most. Every night was spectacular. 

If I had a fashion blog it would say something like this:
"Find a shirt that doubles as a shirt and a tent to equal the most comfortable article of clothing you own. And then wear it three days in a row. Because thats what I've done. The best benefit of all - less laundry!"

This weekend our plans were slightly changed when we realized hiking in Southern Utah would be extremely hot and horrible, so we opted for the mountains and then scratched that off the list when I needed to cover for the social worker at work this week (requiring me to go into work on Saturday because there is just so much to do). Saturday there was a Moss Family picnic in American Fork that we attended, but I didn't take any pictures, so you'll have to imagine it. This weekend was more low key and thats not bad -- no mountains conquered and no camping laundry to wash but it was still fun nonetheless. Bronson's got this perma-happy attitude which is essential when your emotions are all over the place when you're covering for the Social Worker. I don't know what happened but all of a sudden these patients that I was trying to help discharge safely to home found me in tears most days on my way home from work. We are glad I didn't pursue that career field. 

Cathedral Park in Oregon

Sunday, July 16, 2017

On Monday, we took a walk down to the Springwater trail right by our house with Meredith and Jocelyn, the whole time I wished the blackberries would have been ripe by then. Although they are the hardest to pick they are by far my favorite.

We met up with the Vances at Cathedral Park which is in northeast (the industrial) part of Portland under the St. John's bridge. I've always seen it in pictures, but couldn't believe that I've lived in Oregon for the majority of my life and never been there. So... another photo shoot ensued.
Isn't this place stunning?

what a babe. at 40! #goals
 These boys adore their mama...

No joke, after his picture with grandpa he said, in the cutest raspiest voice, "Can I get a picture with both of you?" And stood perfect still (HUGE FEAT FOR HUDSON, see pic below). 
All within a couple of seconds he can express ALL of these emotions. 

After our fun afternoon in Portland, we went home, had ice cream cones and played and played. My best friend since middle school, Ariana Cooley came over to say hi. We seem to pick up where we leave off. And since family time is usually so short, its hard to see friends, but she was so nice to come to my house! Bronson was so good to play air hockey and foosball with the grandkids for 2+ hours while we talked. He's the best!

We had hamburgers and homemade fries (#friesaremylovelanguage), and talked and talked around the table until 9pm. Such a typical occurance at the Lewis family table. We did a few fireworks with the kids, and of course had MORE ice cream. You never turn down Tillamook ice-cream.

Tuesday, we hung around the house in the morning just enjoying being home and then went out to lunch with my parents. We went to Truffle Hunter -- this cute home from the early days of the city of Gresham, that has been converted into a restaurant. Its so quaint and cute and SUPER delicious. It's a must visit any chance we can get when in Gresham. After that we packed up and headed for the airport. My dream next summer is to spend one full week in Astoria and one full week in Gresham!

Jessica was a trooper, as she was super sick that week, and once we landed in SLC we rode the trax to the front runner and missed it by minutes, forcing us to wait for one hour for a one hour train ride back to Provo. Once we arrived in Provo around 10pm, we walked a half mile in the dark to our apartment.
Ariana and I in her car. Had to get this weird angle to avoid the sun. 

On my parents kitchen table. . . which this picture was taken with an iphone. And not pictured are 2 ipads and 2 more iphones, and a mac desktop computer. #MacFamily #Obsessed

Bronson doing his technology thing. 

Miss J being so cute. 

The aftermath of coming home. After we dropped off Jessica we honored Taco Tuesday #Weate9tacosinlessthan9minutes

Home in Oregon

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bronson and I REALLY only get to see our family two times a year, ever six months. Which makes the short week extra special to spend with them. We just returned from our one summer week in Oregon and I can't stop thinking/reminiscing/remember (all the feelings huh?) about how fun it was. If I had to pick one thing to do in life I can easily say it would be to spend time with family.

First stop: ASTORIA
Friday we spent the majority of the day playing badmitton, cornhole, and later went to Sunset Beach and played frisbee. Per usual, the water was ice cold. That evening we had dinner with the missionaries and Veranicia and her husband. Veranicia is Michelle's preschool assistant and has been interested in learning more about the church. Michelle is such a good member missionary. Saturday, unfortunately, Jessica got super sick this weekend and we didn't go to the temple with her as planned, but we got to spend time with Grandma & Granpda Gardner who came from Boise. We saw Spiderman -- highly recommend it! And the best part of all...we grilled (well, actually Jim), grilled hamburgers over an open fire, while we planed badmitton and cornhole. Basically if you could dream of a perfect summer evening, we had that. Of course that included s'mores. Daymon shared his mission pictures with us which should be mentioned, he's the reason we went to Oregon in the first place. Daymon returned from Georgia Macon Mission, spanish speaking at the end of June. I think this was officially my third time meeting Daymon but it was fun to read his two years of letters and the experiences with all the citizens in the South.

Sunday was Daymon's homecoming talk and Michelle's gospel doctrine lesson. From Preschool to adults, Michelle knows how to teach! That afternoon we had more delicious food - including and especially worth noting, homemade coconut ice cream. YUM. We left not wanting to leave Astoria we were having so much fun.

Next stop: GRESHAM

Sunday evening we arrived in Gresham to a busy house as the Williams have been visiting from Hawaii, and the Caudles and Vances joined us for Sunday dessert. I guess adult conversation must have been boring (just kidding!) and I convinced everyone outside for a photo shoot on our back patio. It's fun to take pictures when you have the cutest nieces and nephews in the world.

To be continued...

She did this ALL on her own. 

Meredith at 28 weeks pregnant

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