Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2 week countdown

Rosie is coming home 2 weeks from today! 
We are all super excited, especially Mr. Banks.

Thanksgiving haps

One of the best parts about being at the in laws for Thanksgiving are the nephews. 
I will illustrate with photos.

Nuff said.

Monday, November 21, 2011

the lovely plain

 This sweet couple was finally able to adopt and bring home their little girl Rinah from Uganda. 
I love their story.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

the big 5 0

Happy 50th Birthday Dad!

I hope you had a good one. Thanks for being such a great Dad. Thanks for taking care of all us girls and for being ever so patient even throughout all the years of diapers, tamps, cramps, and pads. You truly are the brave one in the family. We're all crazy about you, especially Mom. I love you so much and feel dern lucky to have had you as my Dad.

 your Sarah Beara Underweara

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Last Spring I happened upon these beauties while shopping at NPS Market Square. All I know is I paid $13 for them and saw the same pair last week at Nordstroms for $110. No lies. NPS is a wonderful place and these are just one more thing to add to the list of awesome finds found at NPS.

And let's not forget about this amazing $12 find...not at NPS but perhaps even better...the D.I. I don't mean to gloat but this was pretty much the ultimate purchase/find/deal of my life. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm serious this time

I would like to announce that I WILL be growing my hair out. I know I've tried this before only to fail but this time I mean business. I cut my hair in May of 2006 and it's been short since then. But, I am ready for a change. It's gonna be a rough year or so and the next months will be filled with complaints on my part and a mullet is inevitable, but I will not cave and Michael is on strict orders to not let me cave in.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

a model missionary

You can do both...
be a successful high fashion runway model and serve a mission.
Rosie is living proof.
This Sista is coming home next month and we are super duper excited. She's spending her last transfer at the Mesa Visitor's Center, so if you happen to be at the Mesa Temple checkin out the Christmas lights, keep your eye out for the tallest sister missionary there. Rosie is a perfect example of someone who lived up to her standards even while living in a world that endorses a very different point of view. Job well done. We love you Rosie and can't wait to have you back.

Watch this..
I dare you.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Last night Michael was a dream and gave me the night off so I could enjoy some retail therapy. Ever since I got prego last fall I feel like my style has faded. I only ever want to wear yoga pants and a solid colored t shirt...preferably American Apparel. I've been know to buy the same shirt in several different colors so I can rotate them without feeling too bad about wearing the same thing over and over again. So, I'm at the mall seeing what the half yearly sale at Nordstroms had to offer. I'm sure there were many great finds but I just found myself cruisin through without even so much as touching a single article of clothing. It's like I'm bored by clothes. I used to love shopping and finding that awesome deal. I used to put outfits together in my mind while shopping, joining the new with what I had at home all in my head before purchasing.

Not anymore.

I then strolled into Gap, a staple for me. Found a great puffy vest to keep me warm since I gave all my warm stuff away when we moved to Cali...dumb. Picked up a solid blue long sleeve shirt with a cute scarf like neck, so proud and was about to check out when I saw an ad for a promotion they were running . The deal was if you spend $100 you get $40 off. Too good to be true is what I was thinking. I asked one of the sales gals if it was truly that straight forward and she kind of looked at me like I was a weirdo and told me that it was true, spend $100 bucks on anything and get $40 back. Great. Spent the next 30 minutes gathering a few more things to get me to $100 and I go to check out. As I'm being rung up the girl informs me that this particular promotion can't be used with other promotions, meaning you can't get things that have been put on sale and still get the $40 off. Of course I had things that were on sale, buy a full price thing from Gap? Nope. Irritated I shed all but 2 things that I had gathered and check out. Too good to be true. Don't get suckered in like I almost did...also, doesn't hurt to read the fine print since the sales people usually don't.

Slightly defeated I come home not feeling as uplifted as I would have hoped. I guess I've just grown out of shopping kids and I'm OK with it. I was never a maniac with my credit card before but I honestly did enjoy fashion and the art of shopping and dressing cute. To tell you the truth I feel a sense of freedom. Don't get me wrong, if you like to shop and look cute that's no prob. I just happen to like the fact that I don't care anymore. I still obviously love having a trendy hair style and that helps me feel fashionable, but I've throw in the cardis and cute jeans for yoga pants and come out with a sense of peace knowing that I'm Michael's L.M.A. Low Maintenance Angel...ever heard of that? I guess it's a part of every boys dream girl, according to Michael.

Done and Done.

Some pictures as a reward for reading my whole story, which may or may not have been that interesting.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the chop

I've done it again, cut it almost all clean off
What can I say... I'm a sucker for short hair.