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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sharpie Art

By Lisa Kins

My amazingly talented sister draws pictures using Sharpie permanent markers. One of my favorite flowers is the tulip and of course my favorite color is purple. Lisa new this and was inspired to draw this beautiful pic for me. Love it!
If you wish to see it in person you are welcome to come veiw it as it is proudly displayed on my wall.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Best 35th birthday EVER!

As you may know Saturday the 16th was my 35th birthday. Not something I was really looking forward to.
I did take Friday off from work to get my yearly physical (I admit not so much a fun bday activity) and I also applied for my passport! One step closer to my trip!

Other then my Friday activities I had absolutely nothing else planned. I envisioned staying home, watching Netflix, & being depressed. But that did not come to pass as the best thing happened Friday night. Chris (family from Honeyville) called to see what I was doing for my bday. When I told her I was doing a whole lot of nothing she informed me that she had a surprise planned for me. Now, normally I don't like surprises, but this one turned out to be one of the best surprises ever. All Chris would tell me was that we were going to Layton. I know...Layton! What is in Layton? As Em so poignantly pointed out that she couldn't recall anyone ever announcing: "now that I've won the Superbowl I'm going to LAYTON!"

Before heading to Honeyville Saturday morning I recieved a card snail mailed all the way from England! Yes, England! It was from my darling friend Tony. We've known each other for maybe 3ish years. Someday I hope to meet him in England. The best part is that in 4-6 weeks I'll have my passport so I can!

(If you look close you can see the envelope says "Royal Mail" & the stamp is of the Queen. Very cool if you name is Kins.)
I should have known that my card could have been a sign as to what the rest of the day was going to bring.

Turns out the whole day would be a British day. Perfect day for me!

After meeting Chris we drove to Layton to this fabulous British fish & chips shop. It was run by authentic British chaps! It had a little restuarant that you could get real English fish & chips served in the traditional paper. They also had a few souvineer items to purchase. Chris said I could get whatever I wished for. I chose this darling Union Jack piggy bank. I'm saving my $ for my cruise or trip to England in it. The $5 came in a bday card from my cousin Em. She specifically sent it so I could use it for my trip. Perfect that I have a darling piggy band to store it in. I decided to call him Jack.
(This pic is out of order but I also bought myself a vintage spoon ring....details to come.)

At the fish & chips shop I also got some tasty and not so tasty British treats. I sent this pic to Tony and he authenticated the fact that: Yes, you can find these treats in England & yes, he has personally eaten the chocolates biscuits and the curlywurly. For all you who are curious a curlywurly is a carmel and chocolate candybar. The yellow thing is pineapple taffy. As far as tasty as opposed to not so tasty the list is as follows:

Tasty: curlywurly, taffy

Not so tasty: chocolate tea biscuits.

The reason that they are called biscuits rather then cookies must be cause they are not sweet at all!

We didn't get fish & chips cause Chris had something else planned for lunch, but don't worry I'm good to go if any of you feel the need for some English fish & chips.

Chris headed North again back to Ogden to the most fablous, little restaurant that I've ever been too. We went to a vintage tea room for English tea! The restuarant is called:



OGDEN, UT 84401

801-425-4879 OR vintageutah@gmail.com

You can also "like" them on fb: facebook.com/vintageutah

You walk in and the place is just barely bigger then my apartment but it's just perfectly cozy and not crowded at all that you don't notice much. The decore and ambiance is just brilliant!

The walls are painted lavender and decorated in beautiful little girl pretty princess dresses and tea pots hang as a border. Everything is old and just beautiful. They use real china tea sets to serve with. As you can imagine not a lot of the dishes match. My tea cup and saucer matched each other but did not match Chris's. It was just so darling.
Of course their speciality is tea. They handed us 2 baskets of tea to smell. They have ONLY 60 different flavors. I ended up picking "blackberry burgandy." It was so tasty. I always forget how much I love tea until I drink it....."oh yeah, I really like tea."
Here is a pic of me pouring some tea for Chris

They also have big floppy gorgeous hats all over that you can wear as you enjoy the tea for a more authentic British experience. Here is me modeling a hat while drinking tea. I'm so talented. :)
They also specialize in parties. While we were there the owner was hosting a birthday party for a 3 year old girl & 4 of her friends. All of the girls got to pick a pretty dress to wear. They even had gloves and tearas or hats to choose from. After choosing one dress all of the little girls wanted to pick another dress. Rather then loosing patience the owner said "oh it is very common and proper to change dresses betweeen courses." Of course with that kind of endorsement they all had to change dresses, and change dresses they did. All of the girls changed between the tea and scones, & soup with cheese sandwiches, and on and on. It was so cute and extremely entertaining for Chris and I.

Besides the tea Chris & I also had sandwiches. I choose a seafood croissant and Chris had a chicken salad croissant. But wait for the best bit.....dessert.....

For dessert we had....wait for it.....

Princess Diana's wedding cake! The owner found the recipe online and now you can have a peice of Princess Diana's wedding cake in UTAH! It was a fruit cake made of fresh fruit. Very very tasty. It defintely deserve the official Kins "Delish!"

After eating we browsed the few souviner & gifts the Vintage Tea Room sales. That is where I found my beautiful vintage spoon ring. (refer to pic above)

It was truely a brilliant, taylor made birthday for me. I had the most fun! Thank you Chris! You done good!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Born October 15, 2010

The berries are here! Hannah and Javen Knight were born Friday morning!

Hannah weighed 4 lbs! She is doing great! As you can see she is breathing on her own.

So so little.
Javen Knight weighs 5 lbs 6 oz.


Javen's Aunt Meggie said that this CPAP is just helping him breath. A lot of NICU babied have to use it.
Em is doing great. Rex is "beaming." I haven't heard how Maleah is but I'm sure she is good to. I just can't wait to so visit my newest cousins.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

33 weeks

Em and the berries at 33 weeks. She is measuring 40 weeks since there is 2 babies in that bump. I can't wait to meet my newest cousins. They are due on Thanksgiving but the goal is that they stay where they are until at LEAST the end of October. I'm so excited!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Proud to be a veggie head!

Today is the start of WORLD VEGETARIAN MONTH. I've been a vegetarian for just over one year. It's one of the best things I've ever done. Over the last year I dropped 20 lbs and my acid reflux has all but gone away. The beauty part is that I'm not contributing to the need for killing floors. I'm proud to be a veggie head! Try it for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, or for life.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


So, I met a girl at the laundramatte just now who decided that I was the person that she wanted to tell her whole life story to today. Ironically the gist of her story is that she is 27 years old, Mormon, not married, not endowed, has given one baby up for adoption, and hates herself cause she can't live up to the expectations of the church! Let me tell you just how hard it was for me not to say:
"What the fuck! Are you kidding me? For your sake GET OUT! Are you hearing yourself? There is so much more to life then some brainwashing bullshit!" Don't worry, I managed to hold my tongue, but I'm a little bit pissed at myself that I did. If this offends any of my Mormon friends or family...well now you know how I really feel!

Friday, September 17, 2010


1. Do you like Blue Cheese Dressing? Of course who doesn't like moldy cheese?

2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette? yes

3. Do you own a gun? No for sure not! I'm not allowed to have deadly weapons.

4. What flavor Kool-Aid was your favorite? None, we never drank Kool-Aid growing up. Although I do like blue berry Kool-Aide in The triple B. Here's the recipe in case you don't have it yet. 1 pk Blue berry Kool-Aide,1 bottle Everclear,2 letters Squirt. Mix together and enjoy. Warning: you will be drunker then you've ever been.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, when you go as often as I do you get over the nervousness real fast.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Gross, mix-matched left over animal parts!

7. Favorite Christmas Movie? I really don't like Christmas

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Water

9. Can you do push ups? For sure not.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? Rings, ironically I don't have any right now. Boys where is my diamond?

11. Favorite Hobby? Reading

12. Do you have A.D.D? No, I just take caffeine so it may seem like I do sometimes.

13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? Glasses but only to drive.

14. Middle name? Ann

15. What are you thinking about now? That I'm super tired and I'm fixin to get a tired headache.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, Green Goodness, V8

17. Current worry? None at the moment

18. Current hate right now? The fact that my feet are dry.

19. Favorite place to be? In my bed asleep

20. How did you bring in the New Year? By getting very very drunk! You can scope out the pics if you wish.

21. Where would you like to go right now? Some place warm. I'm freezing at this moment.

22. Name two people who will complete this. I have no idea

23. Do you own slippers? Of course, I have tile floor and it can get a bit chilly in the winter.

24. What color shirt are you wearing? blue

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I never have but I imagine that I would.

26. Can you Whistle? Yes

27. Where are you now? Home

28. Would you be a pirate? No

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Always by Stevie Wonder

30. Favorite Girl's Name? Rehtaeh Ann

31. Favorite boy's name? Not sure

32. What's in your pocket right now? Probably cat hair. It's EVERYWHERE!

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Talking to my ex on the phone.

34. What vehicle do you drive? The best, most coolest vehicle EVER! A 1993 Geo Metro! It comes with rust, duct tape, zip ties, and nearly 200,000 miles but it still runs baby! You can't beat that shit!

35. Worst injury you've ever had? Not sure but the most painful would be sciatic nerve pain. That will kill ya! Thank God for good drugs.

36. Do you love where you live? No, I very much dislike it.

37. How many TVs do you have in your home? 1 but it is only connected to a DVD player.