Monday, August 25, 2008

food, glorious food! becca and i decided to document all the glorious food we partook of in PEI. becca will someday be the next rachel ray, so these will give her a few ideas!! =)

lobster from the Lobster Wharf, right on the bay

first meal of PEI! divine breakfast!

blessed fish and chips!
becca thinks she is going to eat OCTOPUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

becca's reaction . . . . wow!!
strawberries from the man on the road . . .

this is just us being cute our last day - at our door!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

remember how my dad and i went to Cedar City on the Harley?

i know. i look oh so tough!

events of the past little while:
  • no longer teaching institute. i thought about continuing for another year and teaching Book of Mormon, but i think the right phrase here is "burn-out". i was emotionally drained with the time commitment it took to go to provo once a week to teach, on top of the mental energy to prepare. so the bitter-sweetness is that i am done with that powerfully impactful chapter of my life.
  • thus, moving home to alpine may become a very REAL possibility come the end of august. i want and need time to focus on me. that sounds so selfish - so single. that's a balance and fine line that i struggle with. i think it's a fine line that all people struggle with. if i don't put my self and my well-being first, then how can i be able to take care of others? i can't. so, i think i have hit the "gas gauge" on my energy tank and need to fill back up.
  • i have finally reached a point at work where i am comfortable. still very not perfect, so my bosses are saints, but comfortable in what i am doing. proof? i can wear a pair of nylons for a number of days - not just one - without getting a hole in them!!!! HOORAY!!! :)
  • i need to get an oncologist. the one i had 2 years ago isn't covered on my insurance. i am a number of months late in a body scan, so if you know of any great oncologists, holler!!
  • the big b-day party is coming up! 30 years of fabulous-o friendships! August 29th at my parents house. miss is the greatest and patient-est person ever as the date and time changed so many times in trying to figure out the very best moment to play!

  • my hair-stylist always asks what my hair goals are. =) just one of the many reasons why i like her! so, here is my hair goal: growing it out. imagine katie holmes cruise's hair but with bangs that are swooped to the side and everything about 3-5 inches longer. keeping it dark - it's thicker that way - again, who knew. and using thickening products.
  • lake powell! we went just with dad, mom, becca, liz, and i. we shared a trailer with the goodrich fam that consisted of brother and sister goodrich, laura, and doug. it was very, very chill. none of us are die hards. i realized how out-of-shape i am. lake powell was a very rude awakening of where i am not physically. last summer was my first summer after cancer. so i was patient with myself. this summer, not so patient :( but it was fun and relaxing nonetheless.
doug was scaling the wall, but the wall kept breaking off!

sisters, sisters . never were there such devoted sisters . . .

doesn't mama snyder look exotic?!!

cutest liz!! can you believe she is going into 7th grade!!???

love the slicked back look

too bad we didn't get mama snyder and mama goodrich with their shawls over their heads . . . it's a great look!

yep, we LoVeD the new tube!!

go lizzy, go lizzy, go!

tube wars are a great snyder tradition

okay, that's all i can think of for now. happy saturday!
Trees and Personalities

who knew that we had trees assigned to our birthday's? blessed martha stewart wedding magazine that teaches such incredible truths!! this is the link

i am a CYPRESS - The Faithfulness:

Strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy, content, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.

wow. how true these words are??

Monday, August 4, 2008

realizing that i don't have all the PEI pics up that i wanted to. . . so here's this one inspired by the Friday Aug.1st US Today Life section's main article about Anne of Green Gables.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

yesterday was my big 30th birthday!

and can we talk about how perfect it was?

i didn't sleep too well the next before, i had had words with a dear and best friend and was anxious all night. then i was worried that i was going to sleep in too late, so needless to say, when 7 am hit, i finally fell asleep. :)

ann marie came into my room at 9:00 am and invited me to get a pedicure (she had already invited me the day before, but it was a loving way to say, "get up and let's go!!"). she was dressed and ready and i jumped up to shower!!

a number of people called to say and sing "happy birthday!", one of my bosses in particular called. my bosses take the month of july off and so i haven't seen here for quite awhile. i have missed her. and she said that she missed me and had been waiting to get to call! now, that is something that may not sound so extra special, but that's what makes this woman incredible. i know that she is sincere in saying it. she has a love for people and a desire to lift and care for their hearts that i have never seen in any other person. she is sooo much of what i want to become. i am not good at remembering birthdays - as kelly stoddard is a witness to :( - but this boss of mine reminded me why i want and need to be so much better. she and i talked and talked and she felt bad that she was holding up the park city trip that ann marie and i were heading to (park city was planned for after the pedicure and breakfast), but it was a highlight of my day to chat with her!!

after changing my outfit 3 times - the shirts just weren't working - we were off!!

i had been asked to teach the Sunday School lesson for Sunday. our ward was split into 4 smaller wards and only a few callings have been made, so i got to be a fill-in. as we were pampered, i prepared my thoughts about Alma 40 - 42: The Spirit World. i was taught and filled with neat thoughts. i love those moments!! AND i have the funnest color - "sunset over the grand canyon" on my toes (ann marie had discovered it her last pedicure and let me steal it this time!! - "that's what friends are for" seems to be the appropriate song in my head!).

by the time we left the nail place, we were starving! it was noon and we hadn't eaten. i really wanted to go to ruth's diner. we drove up past Hogle Zoo and found out that the wait was 3540 minutes! that was NOT going to work.

so we went back down that canyon and stopped at wendy's for jr. bacon cheeseburgers and the new strawberry frosties! these were eaten en route to park city! we got off the exit and realized that everyone and their dog had gone to the outlets! the traffic was insane. the original goal was to head to main street for a art festival!! but we felt it would be more logical to swing into the outlets to look at clothes for a friend - a guy from work whom we think the world of is single and has lost quite a bit of weight. we all know that this means . . . shopping!! i convinced him that i was a master bargain shopper and that we needed to get him some new clothes to match and fit his new shape, so the goal was to make an initial over-view so that his time needing to be in the store was as short as possible! :)

we found some great things that he and i will run up tomorrow to check out, and since GAP is just around the corner, ann marie decided we had better just peek ;-) it was successful peeking and purchasing! then, ann taylor is just around the next corner, so we proceeded with caution and again had successful peeking. at this point we felt we better be done!

we attempted getting out over to main street, but since it took us half an hour to get to the lights, we decided to just head back to salt lake and try ruth's again - no stresses, they serve breakfast until 4 pm!! :)

we both got peaches and cream pancakes - yum! but tragically we were still full from our wendy's run and couldn't fully enjoy the divinity we call ruth's. we'll just have to go again . . . twist my arm!

then it was home for naps! :)

two hours later, i was on my way to alpine for a bbq of grilled chicken and salad and veggies and marie calendar's fresh strawberry pie!! since i am having the b-day party of all b-day parties, i told mom that i didn't want any gifts. she doesn't listen. she lovingly had gotten me: aquafina water, a red leather "in" box for work and matching pen container, SMALL black purse - she thinks the "carry-on" size purses i use will break my back someday . . . hmmm, fabulous new pens, and some cash!!! becca stitched me the most incredible black shirt ever!! she is adding a quote to the back and then i'll take a picture. i'm planning on wearing it for the party!

i went to work making a plan of salvation visual with water colors and finally headed to salt lake at midnight. when i got home, i started listing the 30 wishes i have for this year. i left it in salt lake, so i'll have to update this post tomorrow!

thus we see, this is what a truly perfect day looks like in the life of emily snyder! :)
thanks to all the facebook shout-outs that made yesterday even sweeter!! life is good. very, very good!