I love soccer! It’s a blast to play and it’s one of the few sports I actually enjoy watching. But despite my interest in this activity, I had never been to a Real Salt Lake game until this season. Jason’s brother, Jeremy, and his wife, Kara, invited us to attend a few games with them this summer. Since I’ve wanted to check out our local MLS team for some time, Jason and I gladly accepted.
Here I am with my brother-in-law. Members of Jason's family are obviously prone to fits of idiocy whenever they spot a camera.
Although we’ve only gone to a handful of games, we’ve already become Real freaks, as is apparent by our abundance of team paraphernalia: jerseys, scarves, jackets…oh yes, and a monstrous flag.
It’s been great enjoying a few perfect summer evenings with 20,000 drum playing, catcalling, flag waving, screaming soccer fanatics. Bring on the raging fans and go Real!
No, I didn’t learn how to count in Spanish from Bono. So what happened to numero dos? Jason’s second birthday bash was on his actual birthday and involved the two of us seeing the new Harry Potter flick and eating dinner at Café Trio, a darling little Italian place in Salt Lake City that is very reasonably priced. Rosemary flatbread topped with caramelized onions and a balsamic drizzle, served with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes and red peppers…need I say more? Jason and I had a lot of fun on this excursion and came home very full but since that is the extent of my comments regarding that particular outing, not exactly a post-worthy amount of information, I will skip to Jason’s third birthday party.
Some of the men doing manly things in the woods. I don't know what Jeremy was doing...besides ruining my picture.
I painstakingly planned an evening at a campsite up in American Fork Canyon for Jason’s final birthday celebration. I invited some of our friends and family to join us for tinfoil dinners, grilled corn on the cob, s’mores, and hotdogs. Everyone brought their roasting sticks and camp chairs and we spent an evening under the stars around the toasty campfire.
Aimee, Liz, Kara, and Vinny
Making tinfoil dinners for that many people was quite an operation. Those of you who have made these before know that all the ingredients have to be cut up into ridiculously tiny pieces in order to cook properly on the fire’s coals. I spent over four hours chopping fifty five red potatoes, roughly 30 pieces of bacon, 6 onions, and an entire Costco-size bag of baby carrots. I was happy with the resulting dinners though and everyone seemed to enjoy my recipe concoction.
The Sabin brothers. Creepy aren't they?
After dinner we sang happy birthday to Jason and his brother Jeremy, Jeremy’s birthday is just a few days after Jason’s, and gorged ourselves on yummy Dippidee cupcakes. I was utterly stuffed at that point – a sentiment that I believe was echoed by everyone present.
Jeremy and Jason blowing on their cupcakes. Despite how it looks, they weren't actually holding hands.
Many thanks to all of you who shared the evening with us and celebrated the commencement of another year in the life of a fantastic man. Happy birthday Jason!
In order to properly celebrate Jason’s birthday I started the partying early. Last Friday I whisked him away to Park City for the weekend. We had a grand time!
I wanted to take him to a classy restaurant Friday night. It was hard to pick one since Park City has quite a few I’m eager to try. We ended up eating some fantastic Western American cuisine at the Purple Sage. The food there was full of completely surprising flavor combinations – it was unique and delicious!
Jason pulling his sled to the slide.
We spent Saturday playing at the Park City Mountain Resort. We rode the Alpine Coaster, ZipRider, and of course the classic Alpine Slide. The coaster was my favorite; it’s an exhilarating little ride. I was slightly intimidated by the ZipRider, due to the frequent shrieks emanating from its patrons. Since I have a propensity to scream, I thought embarrassment was inevitable when it was my turn to descend. But I’m happy to say that I uttered not a peep. It actually wasn’t scary at all, kind of like riding a fast windy lift.
That's me getting ready to head out on the coaster.
Jason and I also found time during our stay to wander along Park City’s picturesque main street and take a scenic moonlight drive up in the beautiful surrounding mountains.
Me and Jas taking in the nightlife on main street.
It was a wonderful weekend filled with the enticingly fresh scents of pine and warm earth, delectable cuisine, radiant sunshine, and of course the best company a girl could ask for.
Have you often pondered what the offspring of two totally nerdy programmers and a geeky attorney would look like? Well now I have the long awaited answer to that burning question!
After a lengthy and difficult labor the brainchild of Jason, my brother Drew, and our friend Jeremy Rowley came into the world today. Like many proud parents they named this child soon after its conception months ago: LebWinks.
Jason and Drew were so intent on programming their beloved site that they consented to doing it in our freezing unfinished basement in the middle of winter. What can I say, they wanted to program early on Sunday morning. I didn't want to be woken up, on my one day a week to sleep in, by the sounds of geekery.
Here’s the skinny on this child of genius:
LebWinks is a social networking site of sorts. I know, I know, as if the world didn’t have enough of those already. But LebWinks, as would be expected from its unusual parentage, is unique. Say you found an amazing website you would like to share with your buddies, well LebWinks provides a nearly effortlessly way to do so. You can share your favorite websites with your friends on a real time basis while keeping to yourself whatever sites you deem “private”.
Jason, Drew, and Rowley have been toiling away on this project for over a year now and thanks to lots of hard work, brainpower, and caffeine, it has finally been released. Way to go boys!
Please join us in welcoming their new arrival. Come check out the geeky awesomeness that is LebWinks at LebWinks.com. Just remember, since this is a newborn it has a few kinks that still need to be worked out – it’s not potty trained quite yet – but it’s fantastically incredible anyway. So visit LebWinks.com and bring the LebWinks joy into your life!
I know there are many that view birthdays as a nuisance, unavoidable reminders that we are constantly growing older and inching toward senility at a steady rate. While I acknowledge that I too am aging every day, I don’t see the point in mourning the inevitable. That’s why I choose to see birthdays as a celebration of life rather than just another step toward the grave.
The amazing cake my friend Robyn made
Big Max getting a few wallyball pointers
My sister-in-law Simone chilling
Since Jason shares my take on birthdays and my enthusiasm for revelry, that sweet boy planned a splendid birthday party in my honor. The festivities were held at My Noah’s, a business that rents rooms for such activities. Jason rented two rooms: a wallyball court and a combo ping pong/billiards room. These rooms were connected, making meandering easy. It was a great party! I enjoyed hanging with all my buddies and challenging them to wallyball and ping pong. (I’m far too horrible at pool to represent even a meager challenge in that department.) The wallyball competition was fierce, my swollen wrist and hand can attest to that, but I had a marvelous time. Thanks to all of you who attended and thanks to my awesome husband for scheming up the event!
The Reeds catching some pong
Greg the paddle king
Cindy and Wee
Tom and Aimee
It was a great way to commemorate another year of life! After all, I may be one more year older but it was a year full of grand adventures, good friends, and joyous memories; so what do I have to complain about?
Me and Jas
Some of the boys...no that's not a chubby girl on the end, that's my brother with some sort of fancy baby pouch.
Me and Robyn with the fantastic cake she made