Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wedding Bliss

My cousin's wedding couldn't have been more
beautiful and magical all around.
Every detail was taken care of, 
the location {Sundance} was the
prettiest backdrop for her 
special day.

We Santamaria's partied it up
with lots of eating, laughing, & of course dancing.
So glad I got to be a part of this beautiful couple's
special day and celebrate with them.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

weekend in snaps.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!
Mine was filled with family in town,
my cousins gorgeous wedding, hiking to
Stewart Falls up the canyon,
and lastly catching a cold,
{I could have done without the last one}.

The good thing is I'm on the mend.
I'll be posting more on the beautiful
wedding later on this week.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Autumn Baking

It happens every year without fail,
I get so so excited for this time of year
and start baking on my time off.
Great for the tastebuds...
perhaps not so much on the waistline.
You can't win them all right?

While perusing the blog world
I've come upon some recipes that
look so good and aren't
rocket science with a million instructions.
I will definately be making these
during the next few months.
Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe found here.
Pumpkin Caramel Layer Cake recipe found here.
Pumpkin Sponge Roulade Cake {gluten free} recipe found here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

End of Summer.

I thought I'd share some
of my favorite summer memories with you all
since fall is upon us.

To be honest,
it was a bit of a stressful summer for me.
I had work coming out my ears when
all I really wanted to do was enjoy the weather--
which was one of the hottest summers in Utah.

But I did manage to squeeze in some play as well.
A trip back east to Jersey, Boston and NYC, 
a family reunion in San Francisco, 
enjoying all the fun Utah offers in the summer
{rodeo's, boating at the lake, camping, hiking}, 
eating obscene amounts of watermelon and ice-cream, 
evening walks and having some good reads by the pool.

I really do love all that comes with summer,
but as usual I am ready for a new season.

Now that work has slowed down I feel like
I'm ready to relax a bit more and enjoy
the delicious autumn weather that
has already arrived here, crisp nights and all.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


"Time is passing.
Yet, for the United States of America,
there will be no forgetting September the 11th.
We will remember every rescuer who died in honor.
We will remember every family that lives in grief.
We will remember the fire and ash,
the last phone calls,
the funerals of the children."
-President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Time has passed, eleven years and I can still remember every detail of that horrible day.
I'm pretty sure all of us can recount most of the events of our personal lives that day.
I can only imagine how it is for those families and friends that lost a loved one,
remembering it every single year, but having the opportunity to honor them as well.
One thing that I remember that day more than anything,
is that we came together as a nation.  It didn't matter our political views,
our religious beliefs, our color, our race.
For a time our nation felt as it were one with a simple yet poignant goal,
to help one another.
A good reminder of a day that will live on in all of our hearts.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Labor Day at home, Part II

It was nice spending some time 
at home just relaxing.

I had promised my nieces a while ago
we'd have a sleepover at my place
over Labor Day weekend and they
were thrilled, especially since it was
their first one ever.

We stayed up late watching Monster's Inc., 
with some popcorn {a must}and they 
were so excited to stay up till late.
The next morning we
went out to breakfast with two of my 
brothers and then stopped off to get some pastries.

The day ended with a picnic up the canyon
and walking by the river admiring
all of the foliage that was beginning.

I can't believe the trees are starting to change
color so early this year, but I'm not
complaining, I'm ready to welcome 
some cooler temperatures.