Summer & Tyler

crazy in love...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

What we're missing this go around

Posted by Summer

Last housesitting trip we had these friends visit us...nada this time. :(

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mucho to be thankful for

Posted by Summer

Life couldn't get much better than it is right now. Really. My legs are draped over my hubby while he's reading a book, Roca is laying at our feet, and we are relaxing after a perfect day.

A little breakfast in bed at the Bruford's (lucky us to be housesitting again), lunch at the new In-N-Out, and a date to see New Moon. What a guy. Most of my girlfriends have seen it by now, so he was suckered into taking me. He's amazing and did it with no complaints...uh, well almost... Tyler did say it was one of the worst movies he's ever seen, and he did break out his iPhone in the middle of it. :) We had a good laugh and were entertained, and I'm embarrassed to say I shed a few tears. Man...what love and emotion can do to a girl. It is only because I am so grateful to have Tyler in my life. To love him that deeply yet to have those same feelings reciprocated is the most precious thing in the world. He is living proof that Edwards in this life really do exist...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our first family photos

Posted by Summer

Still trying to decide on which ones to use for holiday cards, but thinking of sticking with the outdoor ones. For now...

Friday, November 27, 2009


Posted by Summer

Watching kids play a sport for the first time is thoroughly entertaining. I remember when I was in t-ball/softball, I had no idea what the heck I was doing, let alone understand the rules of the game. My poor dad who played college baseball was probably soooo embarrassed for me and my ditsy self when I was staring off in space trying to figure out what a shortstop was supposed to do, or when I was unable to get to the ball in time.

This summer it was our nephew Lance's first season playing soccer and his mom Ashlee was able to help coach their team. Surprisingly the girls on both teams smoked the guys...they were much more aggressive with the ball and were more in control during the game. Hmmm...
Lance was such a cutie in his cleats and shin guards! He was so polite and sweet that he would "share" the ball with the other team, but by the end of the season he was scoring his own goals! Ty and I would ride our scooter to get all you can eat pancakes at Kneaders and then hit the game....oh how I miss the warmer weather!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Get Your Daily Squee!

Posted by Summer

I love animals and I love this site. I am definitely going to get my Squee fix from now on....what better pick me up than to see a new cute, furry, animal every day of the week?!

Click HERE to see what new little guy they have today.

{Baby Marmoset}

{Baby Chinchilla}

{Otters!! Oh how I love these guys!}

{Dachshund puppies}

{Baby Squirrel}

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oh Daft Punk, how I love thee...

Posted by lebruf

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Favorite things for November

Posted by Summer

My favorite things list for this month is getting quite long already, so I thought I'd get started a bit early...

Seaweed Salad

I know, it does sound gross, and may look gross and slimy to you, but Ty introduced it to me this year and I am hooked! It is so good and a little sweet, not slimy at all. We tried making it at home and it was a serious no-go...mission failed. Apparently we bought the wrong kind of seaweed. Yuck. Anyways, the best place in SLC/Utah counties to get this is Oh Sushi (Go Sushi online or in any directory), a little hole in the wall off 3200 S in SL. We just went this past Sat with my friend Diane and her new "friend." :) Just don't get the ice cream...we weren't impressed except for the plum flavor.

Yerba Mate

I've raved about this over the summer, but now that it's getting colder it is even more of a treat. With cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some milk and Stevia (a natural sweetener) I'm in heaven in the mornings. It has 1/4 the caffeine that a cup of coffee (I'm super sensitive to caffeine and don't drink soda for that reason) and for those curious about the WoW (Word of Wisdom)...I have found that it is a common drink in South America among members and missionaries:

"Every member I knew in Argentina and the missionaries drank mate and it absolutely did not affect temple worthiness. In fact, the missionary president had a single rule - missionaries could drink yerba mate in tea form but not out of the traditional bombilla because the latter form was considered a time waster (as traditionally people sit around chatting and passing the bombilla from person to person). "

From Wikipedia: The yerba mate plant is a shrub or small tree growing up to 15 meters tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–11 cm long and 3–5.5 cm wide, with a serrated margin. The flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The fruit is a red drupe 4–6 mm diameter.[2]

The only thing that I hate about it is that it seems to be a natural diuretic...not so cool when I'm at work-so don't say I didn't warn you! :)

& make sure you use hot, not boiling water, otherwise the flavor becomes quite bitter.

5 Day Pads

Sounds like some weird new female hygiene product doesn't it? Not the type you may be thinking of, but these little tubs are the most amazing thing since sliced bread. I heard about them on the radio a few weeks ago and I got curious and did my research. They've been around for, back in my mom & grandma's day. I like to think I don't sweat...more like perspire right? Seriously though, the most I sweat is like a little bit of glistening on my face when I work out or on a hot day, so the main reason I thought I'd try these is that I, abhor white deoderant getting my clothes, and the clear stuff burns and drys me out.

These are insane! No wetness, no body odor, no icky white stuff, and I can go a couple days without it at all. They are comparable to clearasil pads or acne pads with the clear liquid. They even have a 5 day guarantee:

The 5 Day® Money Back Guarantee:5 DAY®*'s proven ingredient will help keep you dry and odor free all day. Use daily for 5 days, and if not totally satisfied, send your receipt for a full refund to Numark Laboratories, Edison NJ 08818

You can find them online at or

Rainbow Sandals

If you don't know about this company and you live in must live in a cave. These are the hands down best sandals I have ever owned and cannot be without them! I lost mine down the Provo River this summer, and I thought I might shed some tears. Retail, they run about $60...I think I may have gotten ripped off when I got them last, but they have an outlet store in San Clemente and Ty and I stocked up on sandals for half that price. To me though, they were worth every penny. The company is very eco-friendly and make these to last.

Classic Thong Sandals Guarantee
* Our Warrantee is for the Lifetime of the sole. As long as you haven't worn into the next layer of the sole from either the top or bottom*

You can check out what they cover or don't cover here:

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Posted by Summer

I blogged about our new little nephew Chase before he had a name...he was born on my friend Casey's b-day, April 26th. He's had a bit of a rough few months ahead of him but he is the cutest, happiest baby now and smiles all the time! He has changed so much since his surgery...I need new pics of him to put up and will do that when Ash & the kids get back from Cali. Below is Ashlee, my sister-in-laws blog post about everything that's happened since he was born.

Just a note- if you're looking at the pictures thinking he looks quite a bit different than our other kids- its because the suture in his forehead has fused prematurely. You can see a ridge on his forehead and his eyes tilt upwards. The condition is called trigonocephaly- or metopic craniosynostosis. He's scheduled for surgery in June to correct it- luckily the pediatrician that evaluated him caught it immediately, referred us to the head of plastic surgery and neurosurgery at Primary Children's, got a CT scan ordered and an appt to meet with the surgeons immediately after we discharged from the hospital. We've been in excellent hands. The surgery he is able to perform (one of the few in the world that performs it), will just be a small incision at Chase's hairline and then they'll cut out the bone that is the fused suture- just a small strip from his soft spot to the bridge of his nose (the other surgery is much more invasive, and includes an incision from ear to ear across the top of his head, pulling the scalp forward, removing the entire front portion of his head, reconstructing it and putting it back. Huge, massive, etc. THANK HEAVENS he doesn't have to have that done!!! Recovery on the endoscopic surgery should be minor in comparison. The actual correction will come over the course of the next year, as he will wear a helmet that helps to reposition the bones and direct bone growth of the forehead to flatten out. His eyes will level out and he'll look much different by next year. In the meantime- I'm sure you'll see him with pictures of the helmet. Honestly- no big deal to me in comparison to a surgery that removes a portion of his head!!! In the meantime- he eats and sleeps great- and is such a cutie to have around!I'm too tired to write all about the surgery- but in quick summary- Chase had his endoscopic assisted craniectomy (they removed a strip of his skull where the suture had fused prematurely), we're a week post-op and Chase is doing great with normal eating and sleeping habits back- he's even smiling pretty often now- just melts your heart! He was in the pediatric ICU the first night- and that was rough for me. All the lines in my little baby and him whimpering in pain in his sleep. And then he was swollen up huge. It sucked. Somehow in my stressed and non-functioning state I remembered I was lymphedema certified, though, and did some treatments on his face that really helped drain the fluid quickly. So that was a little better. And breastfeeding essentially stopped for a day (even with pumping) and so I had complications there, too. Lame. But its over now- he's had his scan and we're waiting for the helmet to be made (it will re-shape his skull)- and my mom's here so everything is going smooth now. Yay for mom's!
(Just a wee newborn}
{With his new helmet this summer..he hates it!}

Pics after his surgery