Wednesday, May 25, 2011

my apartment

my sister, melissa, has been so patient in waiting for updated pictures of the new place. 
unfortunately, mom and i worked so much this past weekend (she flew in thursday night and left early yesterday morning - she is soo wonderful), that we spaced taking pictures. we were so sad that we didn't do before pictures. because - whoa mama - it was a mess!

mom walking out of the front of the building. love the character the broken cement at the stairs, and the old newspapers add . . :)
 friday night dinner at the yummy and massive blue ribbon bbq just down the street (and next door to a yummy bakery!)

mom isn't too happy as she is talking with dad. why are we sitting on the front steps you ask?? oh maybe because i might have locked us out of the apartment and we are waiting for the firemen - YUP, the FIREMEN to show up in their fire truck and save us!

sunday night, the Christensen's had a farewell dinner for lisa, the former assistant. talk about beautiful and YUMMY

 monday night was dinner with the preece's. i soo love them!

and tuesday morning, before the tears at the airport, here is the apartment!

 mom put together this beautiful ikea dresser ALL BY HERSELF!!! wow. wow. wow. 

now my job is to really organize the cupboards and closets. and make it my home. BUT the door is always open for guests, so let me know when to book your reservation for the air mattress!! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

moving day

friday the thirteenth. not the wisest day to make a move. pretty much on my own. and gather furniture. not. so. smart. 

but i did. and thanks to some fabulous friends i am settled into my OWN PLACE!! oh, but first, can i tell you how much i love this girl?? how do i know her? let me explain. 
many moons ago, i got to teach institute for a byu stake. loved it. soo soo much. i learned more than i think i have ever learned in a year. and i feel like the class was special for everyone involved. fast forward a year or so after i taught, and i am at a singles conference in boston. sitting at my table is a guy who was in class! crazy. we became friends. and as he was teaching for teach for america in philadelphia, we emailed, etc. fast forward again. i now am living in boston, and in need of some friends, so i go visit the guy in philadelphia. one of his dearest friends lets me stay at her place for the weekend . . . and the rest is history. danelle is a woman after my own heart. it was so great to get to have real, solid conversations with a dear girl friend. she loves the church more than life itself and i called ben (the philly friend) to thank him for having danelle in his life so that she could be in mine. she endured quite the adventurous thursday day and here we are enjoying our dessert first as we explore a bit of harvard square. 

and danelle was the champ all weekend as i had to move. boring for her. but Godsend for me. we committed to another real boston vacation asap! (and of course these pictures are backwards. sorry.)

 it's soo popcorn popping on the apricot tree. this is a tree and bench i pass each morning into work. the stairs in the background is where i enter the building. i just thought it was so beautiful this morning with all the blossoms that had fallen. i have mentioned that i heart new england??
 saturday night, as i was putting things away, ct came and played live music for me. love it!
 i'm eating frosted mini-wheats with strawberries late at night . . . just because I CAN!!! i have my own milk, my own bowls, my own strawberries, own cereal, own sink, my own knife .. . oh the joys!
 friday night sleep over! this was taken at about 1:30 am i think. we were so tired. danelle almost slept on the couch in her clothes - yup, what a good friend i am. i wear out my visitor's - my very first visitor! when i rearranged the blankets for her, she got cold, so decided a bed would be better. i am standing at the door way. the mess of everything is sitting on the box springs of a queen bed. the air mattress is at the foot of the queen box spring, and laying perpendicular. not that this makes any sense, but miss wanted some attempt of getting the lay of the apartment . .
this is the "creepy white van with no windows" that was my best friend on friday. i picked her up at 9 AM and didn't return her until 1:00 AM. blessed harvard perks that made this lovely just $64.00 for the entire day. Oh, plus $40 gas. whatever. well worth it i think. if nothing else, just to get to pick danelle up from the temple in the "creepy white van!"
 oh yep, this was the final load. should have taken pictures of the three previous ones!!
 don't know. so don't ask. must have been on one of my power loads from the van . . 
so this is when you know you have a great great friend. ct not only waited in norwood for me to come pick up the couch, table, etc. and helped load the van, then helped unload the van. but on thursday night, he made homemade pesto and hummus. he then packed a cooler with all the things he would need to make me the yummy pesto sandwiches he knows i love - including plates, and silverware, and knives, and tomatoes, and onions, and dark chocolate and peanut butter!! yup, talk about one of the luckiest girls in the world!
 cute table . .
. .  and soo cute ironing board, i know!! and yes, check out the little bird house on the ground. and the cool cubby thing in other pictures. i found them at a store i am smitten with - salvage chic. oh boy, so worth the forever long trip to pembroke, ma.

 the feast! and danelle being awesome.

 home sweet empty home.
mama sent many boxes of some things i wanted from utah. and of course, she wrote a love note in the box!!
 and the blessed pesto!!

 i'll take more picture this weekend - when mama comes to help me get organized and decorate!! hip hip hooray, i can hardly wait!!

happy birthday dearest lizzzzy!

i remember this day, 15 years ago so vividly. maybe it's because i was in charge of getting everyone to church on time. and as soon as sacrament meeting was over, most of the ward followed me out to the foyer to call the hospital (obviously pre-cell phone days. dang, liz. that makes you OLD!). mom and dad had woken me up that sunday morning telling me they were off to the hospital - mom's water had broken. i was kind of freaking out!!

i was a senior in high school. it was 10 days before graduation, and i a new little sister was on her way!!

as we crowded around the phone, i just remember thinking that the whole ward felt like this baby was theirs. we had discussed names to call this new addition to the snyder family. but we decided to do what we did with becca - wait to finalize the decision until we had met her. we knew we wanted to call the baby "libby" if we thought she looked like an elizabeth. obviously, that was the name we decided was her fit - i can't even think of what the other names were . . . maybe hannah?? we tried soo hard to have "libby" fit. but it just felt wrong. from day one, it's been lizzy!

and can we talk about how long we knew we needed lizzy in our family?? i remember a number of times sitting in our house in california - between the ages of 10-14 - and feeling a definitely knowledge that someone in our family was missing. often times, i would look around and count the family members in the room to makes sure i wasn't going crazy. but even after i mentally knew that we were all there, in the same room even, i knew that we were missing someone. 

and goodness gracious. i don't even know what the snyder family would be without "little lizzzy", "lizbert", "bertie-baby" . . .  life would be empty. 

i have told lizzy over and over again how she is who i wanted to be in my life. period. she is beautiful, fashionable, hilarious, smart, creative, sooo amazing with children, yet fits in with anyone. she is the most beautiful dancer i have ever seen. and yet, she is mature and aware of others and in tune to the spiritual realities of life. i miss this woman like crazy and hope she knows that i STILL want to be her when i grow up. 

happy happy birthday lizbert!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

new experiences

ugh . . . i updated all this info and somehow it's gone! grrr . .