This and That



1. Caleb helped do yard work last weekend with his little wheelbarrow. I never asked him, he just did it. It was a proud dad moment.

2. Help kids succeed.

3. I am going to the Utah vs. Washington game on Saturday.  The Utes have been unexpectedly good so far. Let’s hope for another win on Saturday.

4. Halloween is on Monday and the boys are stoked. We have our costumes ready and we are carving pumpkins this weekend.

5. I love this time of year…World Series, football, and the NBA. It doesn’t get much better than this!



1. The Cubs are in the World Series! I am beyond excited and beyond nervous! I hope they can pull out the big win! Go Cubs Go!

2. Basically a blanket that you can wear all day. I am going to wear this all winter long.

3. Who is watching This is Us? It keeps getting better and better. I am hooked and I have Josh watching it too. It is our new Parenthood. And did you see the Gilmore Girls trailer? I am so excited!

4. A reason to jump out of bed in the morning!

5. Enjoy right now. YES!

6. I know the boys will love these brownies!

7. Pie goals.

8. Currently burning this candle and it smells so good!

9. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. It is going on my list! And this cookbook came out this week. Let the baking begin!

10. My favorite fall lasagna is happening this weekend. It’s seriously the best!

11. We are carving pumpkins this weekend and when I say we, I mean Josh. Carving pumpkins grosses me out. I will make myself useful and make my favorite pumpkin cookies. I think the boys will be ok with that.

12. Quote of the week. I need to do this more often.

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  1. Thank you for posting the article about enjoying now and being present. Some days we all just need a reminder! Have a great day!

  2. Caleb is such a sweet kid! That was very nice of him to try to help out with the yard work – I hope you have a lot of fun at the Game on Saturday.

    Go Cubs Go! I have been watching the series with bated breath – almost got sick during the first game but was so happy with the 2nd game results. The blanket wrap is just simply divine looking – I may have to break down and buy one. I am finally getting into the pumpkin mood – have now had a couple of pumpkin spice lattes and feel better about it…lol… Can’t wait to see your pumpkins and your Halloween costumes next week!

  3. hey y’all great list! Can’t wait to see your costumes! Love the pic of Caleb, where was Maxwell? Have a great weekend!

  4. We cannot wait for Netflix Gilmore Girls.  I know the world will be watching.  Vote Trump, please.


  5. I am loving This is Us!  I can now let go of Parenthood and come out of mourning  I watched Welcome Back Potter on HGTV just to get my Christina Braverman fix!  

  6. I’m new to SLC and I’m not sure how trick or treat works here. Does the city have and “official” trick or treat time or do the kids just kind of go out whenever on Monday? Where I grew up, it is the former, but the internet makes me think it is the later here