Tuesday, September 30, 2008


This past weekend Josh and I were up in Sandy, using my dad's fancy tools to build some panels for my art. I had to make a run to Home Depot to get some materials and Logan asked if he could join me.

(This is beside the point, but I have to include why Logan would be so anxious to go to Home Depot: He bought a few long wooden dowels, which he later cut and made into wands for every member of our family....yes, you guessed it. He's reading Harry Potter. He just finished book five. Harry Potter has also incluenced his naming of our pigeons. Two of the newest birds are named Ron and Hedwig. In fact, he might be holding one of those two in the picture above. He says the next bird to be born is going to be Dolores Umbridge. Josh is so proud of him).

Anyway, I realized that I hadn't brought my wallet with me to Sandy, but Logan assured me that he could cover for me. Turns out he carries about $100 cash in his wallet. He's not your typical ten-year old. Either he's extremely frugal with his Christmas money or he's a thief. And either way it's pretty impressive. He was able to bail me out and pay my $50+ bill at Home Depot. On our drive home, however, he quietly mentioned that he would be charging me interest for the money he had leant me. When I asked what his rate of interest would be he initially said $5.00 a month. After thinking about it for a minute he decided it would actually be $5.00 a week. Smart boy.
The below picture is a sneak preview of the Fall Fashion Line of pigeon attire that Logan is currently designing. Notice the stylish red bonnet and green cape, both made of local grown materials. With his impressive design skills and his business sense, Logan is destined for success.

Monday, September 29, 2008

BFA Show

My final art show is in under three weeks! Click http://hawkinsart.blogspot.com for info and for a little preview.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fish Tacos

Not much is new with Josh and I except that I'm still licking my lips over the yummy fish tacos I had last night for dinner. Josh and I got tons of gift certificates to Magleby's Fresh from our landlord over a year ago. We were so good at using them sparingly, but we finally used the last ones last night. I usually strike out at Magleby's. I think I've gotten a salad every single time and I just don't think their salads are that impressive. But last night, after seven hours of classes I was STARVING and a salad was not an option. I branched out and got the mahi mahi fish tacos. Yum. (They were almost as good as the ones I had at Becky's house a few weeks ago!) The tacos were so much better than anything I've ordered there. It's too bad that I didn't discover the fish tacos until I was on the last of our gift certificates! I'll just have to learn how to make them.

Speaking of fish tacos...I'll never forget ordering fish tacos with Josh at a restaurant in Mexico last summer. I was expecting some delicious fresh fish caught just that morning, but instead the tortillas were filled with fried fish patties (basically the generic brand frozen fish sticks that give you a bad feeling when you see them on the freezer aisle at the grocery store). Come on Mexico! You can do better than that! I'm pretty sure you invented the taco, and you could have even had a hand in inventing the fish! Ok, maybe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The London pants are back

This is a long story, but it has a happy ending, so it's worth it: I spent the summer of 2005 in London on a BYU study abroad, and it was an amazing experience -- particularly for my taste buds. (Notice the beautiful freshly baked breads at the Borough Market above). For some reason I just went for it and ate all the English delicacies that I could find. I'm still not sure what happened to my self-control while I was there. Here are just a few of the pictures of me and the food.

The first, of many, trips to an Indian restaurant near the BYU London Center.

We are just about to dig into our dessert... following an already large-enough and fattening-enough meal of steak and ale pie.

Seriously, why didn't someone stop me!?
Just hanging out with my Professor's son....oh yeah, and a table covered in English candy, cookies, and sweets!

Needless to say, I came home much rounder. And I had to buy several new pairs of pants and tops to accomodate my new girth. Buying new clothes because of a weight gain is never a fun thing. However, I eventually lost the London weight and was able to box up those roomier clothes. The good news of this story is that those London clothes have been put to good use again...as maternity clothes! Josh will say "Oh, did you get some new maternity pants?" and I'll say "Oh no, these are just London pants." At least now I have an excuse to fit into them! I guess some nightmares do have happy endings.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blueberry Pancakes

This morning I woke up and suggested we make blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Have we ever made them before? No. Did we even have blueberries? No. But was I craving them anyway? Yes. Josh didn't ask any questions. He took off in the car and returned 15 minutes later with blueberries. And 10 minutes after that we sat down to a delcious blueberry pancake breakfast. Yum. If blueberries weren't $2.50 for a tiny, little package I think I'd make blueberry pancakes every morning.

Date Night, SLC Style

We had such a fun date night last night! We went downtown to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts for the big "Monet to Picasso" show. It was a really great exhibition. Josh is a trooper because this is the second art date in a row. Last Friday we spent the evening going to several galleries in the Provo Gallery Stroll. The SLC Gallery Stroll is next Friday and I'd totally love to go, but I'm not even going to ask. I think that's where Josh would draw the line.

After the art show we walked around the Gateway and had dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Yum. Josh got a delicious pizza, and I tried the BBQ chicken chop salad and I LOVED it. It was really, really good. Plus, food has been 10 times more satisfying ever since I've been pregnant. Josh is loving it. I'm usually not a huge fan of going out to eat, but now I'm all over it. Josh is taking advantage of this time and we've had some good eats lately.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Miracle Grow?

This is what my hair looked like about a year ago - nothing fancy, but nice and long. Just ignore the little hairs that are spiking over my forehead, it was after a long day. Okay, who am I kidding? I have little baby hairs in just about every picture I have of myself. Anyway, I have to have the slowest growing hair of all time. I think it will be another five years until my hair gets to this length again. In the meantime, does anyone know of anything to speed up the process? You know, secret off-the-market products, incantations, fertilizer, accupuncture, etc.

It's pretty sad when you resort to posting about your hair length. I guess it goes unsaid that it's been a pretty uneventful week. We did, however, go to a rivoting Reptile Show at the Bean Museum this week for FHE, but I don't want to post about it and spoil it for the rest of you - as I'm sure you'll all be attending next month's show.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby Update

The babe is 23 weeks and she's moving like crazy! It's been hard to focus in my classes this week because she's just been going wild in my tummy. I don't know what her deal is. Why all the thrashing around? It could be that (A) she's a BYU fan already and she's ecstatic to be on BYU campus, (B) she values a good education and she's just giddy about the high standard of classes I'm taking, or (C) she's on a sugar high from all the cookies I've been eating this last week. Those are my best guesses.

Many of you have asked to see the growth of the baby via tummy shots. We just weren't sure whose tummy you wanted to see. Ha ha. We took these pictures this morning and hopefully they will do.