Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Dinner

On Friday we held our second annual Halloween dinner. This year we invited some neighbors over to share in the fun. To change things up a bit this year, we added the tablecloth and the hanging spiders.
The menu this year was finger food (literally in the case of the finger pretzel.) We had monster sandwiches,

Frankenstein eggs,

swamp juice and chips.
For desert we had pumpkin, bat, and ghost cookies,

and spiderweb cupcakes (made by my neighbor. Aren't they cute?)


I think everyone had a fun time. We love Halloween.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Belated Birthday

I have to spotlight some of my wonderful and talented friends. Today I came home and my dear friend Olia had left some flowers on my door. I hope it wasn't because of my last post...no matter the reason, I really appreciated them. They totally made my day. Thanks so much Olia. You are one of the sweetest people I know. I totally miss seeing you in the ward!

That amazing cake was made for me by my neighbor, boss and friend Kristin. She is pretty much the best baker I have ever met and her cupcakes are the bomb. This cake looks like it should be for a wedding, but it was just for my birthday. It was a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. She even put this amazing, white chocolate, funky layer around the outside. Thanks for the cake Kristin. You are the best. Oh, she also made one of the cute flower headbands. When did she have time to do that?

The other headband was made by my new visiting teacher Rebecca. I don't know her well yet, but I can tell that she is one talented lady. I love the headband she made. (It's the one with 3 flowers on it.) I have been secretly coveting her headbands that she makes and wears for months. Thanks for making me one Rebecca. I am so excited that you're my new VT.

I just have to say, I have a lot of talented, amazing friends.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Jess and I share a birthday today. It is one of those things that I like and dislike at the same time. I like the fact that we were born the same day, same year, almost the same hour until the day that we celebrate. Then I have to share my special day and because it's both our special days, somehow neither one of us makes a big effort for the other and it becomes not that special anymore. Today was especially bad. I am home with a daughter who threw up literally a minute before we were going to leave for church. I have had every kid sick this week and I also got to become friends with my toilet last night. Not a great birthday. We aren't even going to have a cake since it would probably make half the family puke again anyway.

I was pondering all this as I was doing a massive cleaning and thinking about how this was Jess's fault for feeding Sierra a hamburger when she had been sick all week. I thought about how I didn't have flowers on the table or any cards. Then I thought about how he didn't either. So I am dedicating this post to Jess as a birthday card from me.

Yep, this is how I feel about him sometimes -but just sometimes. Really, he's a pretty good guy. Would I have married anyone who wasn't? He's really kind to everyone, has a great sense of humor, is compassionate, and does a great job juggling all of his responsibilities. He doesn't let his stress show like I do (which is a really good thing for our family), and he always takes time to talk to me.
He is a great dad. The kids really adore Jess. It's so great he is 6'4'' and can handle the kids pounding on him because that job is definitely his. I think he even secretly likes it. Even though he hates chores like changing diapers and bathing the kids, he still does it anyway. I really appreciate that.
Jess is a really good sport. He pretty much goes along with all the crazy ideas that the women of the house have. He's been dressed up multiple times (and I always seem catch a picture of it.) He also is very willing to go along with some of my crazy ideas too (remodeling the kitchen, seeing plays, and other things I know he does not care about.) I really appreciate that too.
He's pretty cute too. When I stop to think about it, I know I lucked out in the husband department. (Even if he feeds my sick child a hamburger.) I love you Jess.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tagged

I got tagged. I kind of like these things, so thanks Lisa. Here were my questions.

1. What is one of the top things on my bucket list of things I do before I die?
I don't know if this is on the top of my list...but I've always wanted to go on a hot air balloon
ride. I also want to some day go on a cruise.

2. When was the last time I laughed so hard I almost cried?
It was at a Young Women/Young Men activity a few months back. We were having a
smoothie making competition where the kids were in teams and had to come up with 5
different smoothie combinations. There was about 30 different ingredients they could pick
from at the table and it was really funny to hear the kids as they put these disgusting
smoothies together. "This one will be peanut butter with a hint of mint....oh darn...that was
too much mint." I couldn't stop laughing however as we tried these smoothies at the judging
table. They were absolutely foul.

3.What was your favorite family vacation as a child?
I would say Disneyland, but it was never a true family vacation since my mom always took
the kids while my dad was at work. (We lived about 15 minutes away from Disneyland when I
was little.) So I will say out family trip to Hawaii. It wasn't until I was almost married, but it
was really awesome.

4. What is the best and most memorable meal I have ever had?
This one is a hard one for me. I don't think in terms of food usually (unlike my husband.) I
would have to say that it would have to be one of the meals Jess and I had while we were in
Europe. Amazing atmosphere, amazing food, and just the two of us. Lovely.

5. If I could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Courtney got me so excited about Italy that I would still love to visit there. But I would
actually also love to go to Alaska as well. I would love to see a place that is still so untouched.

6. What am I a little scared to do, but secretly would still like to try sometime?
Nothing. There is nothing that I am scared to do that I want to do.

7. What is my all time favorite movie and why?
Pride and Prejudice -the 6 hour BBC version.

8. What do I like to do for fun and relaxation?
Veg in front of the TV, create something, or watch a great movie.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Red Barn

A couple days ago, the kids and I met up with some friends at the Red Barn. We had never been there before. We went on a tractor pulled hay ride through the apple and peach orchards and ended up at a pumpkin patch. When we got to the pumpkin patch, the kids picked out pumpkins, went through a maze made of crates, and posed for me in those silly cardboard cut outs. I brought my camera along with me but not my card....so these were taken on my phone. You can tell. They aren't that great.
All this would still not quite be worth the drive to Santaquin in my opinion. However, they sell the most delicious apple and pumpkin donuts at the Red Barn which we all tried. They were definitely worth the drive. Yum! Perhaps we'll come back next year.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Technology

I can't remember records, but I can remember tape cassettes. I remember when Cd's came out thinking, nothing can top this. They will never come out with a technology that will beat Cd's. Of course new technology came, but I was still kind of stuck on Cd's.

Last week we got a new DVD player for an early birthday present for ourselves. (Jess and I always do a combined gift for our combined birthday.) Anyway, this nifty machine has the Internet built in it making Netflix a lot more fun. When Jess was going through the menu with me there was also a button for Pandora, something I had never heard of. After Jess explained what it was I tried it and have fallen in love with music all over again. You set up a free account on line and put in some of your music preferences. Pandora then builds a personalized radio station for you with all your favorite songs. It's so cool. For all you guys who already knew about Pandora...excuse this post. I'm always a little behind the times. But I have to admit- it's way better than Cd's.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Raspberry Patch

I was told about a raspberry field that you could pick your own raspberries. I thought it would be fun for the kids and with harvest time here in full swing I have been wanting to pick something. Here Sierra is trying to figure out which way she should go. It was pretty massive.
The girls had so much fun picking, although Sierra's kind of all turned to mush at the end.
Grant is showing me his favorite thing to pick: rocks. He didn't touch a berry the whole time we were there.


At the end the kids got bored and played on the playground at the farmer's house. Very nice of them to include that feature don't you think. We stayed for 1 1/2 hours (which flew by). It was hard for me to stop picking. You just keep finding more and more good, yummy berries. In the end we weighed in at almost 10 pounds! I guess we'll be having lots of raspberry dishes in the next year.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Kitchen Redo


Isn't this kitchen picture lovely? I saw a picture of a similar kitchen in a Home and Garden's magazine and thought it looked like mine. OK...not like mine, but I thought of my kitchen's potential.



Here is my kitchen. It's OK for a kitchen. The pluses were that there was lots of counter space and a great pantry. Everything was functional. There were a few minuses. The sink was small and it was hard to fit much in it. The counter tops were kind of nasty (especially if you looked underneath them.) Overall there wasn't too much to complain about. But you know what happens when you see somethings potential. You have to act!



Here is the first step of my makeover. It was the hard part. Painting the cabinets took a lot longer than I thought. I took a few brakes, some because we couldn't untighten some of the stubborn screws for a while. But it took me about a month to complete.



After the hard part came the fun part. We got a sweet deal on counter tops at Home Depot. I picked a quarts rather than granite. It is harder and so it doesn't chip. (I can attest to this because I accidentally dropped a hammer on the first day.) It also doesn't need any maintenance-so no resealing! It's great for kids too since it has anti-bacterial stuff already in the counter top. And it's so smooth and wonderful....




As an afterthought I had my friend Ariel back splash the wall. It's not grouted yet. I am so glad that I decided to do that because the sink's faucet can make some serious splashing. Also, no more wiping spaghetti drips and canning splatters of of paint. Yea!




My favorite part of the remodel? The sink! No more crud around the faucet plate. No more stacked up dishes because they don't fit in the sink. Seriously people, it is so great. The price of the plumber to rearrange our pipes under the sink...not so great. But did I mention that the sink was free with our Home Depot deal? So no worries.
OK. If you didn't get a good picture of how deep the sink is. Here is another that has my huge caner pot in it. Just fabulous. Can you tell that I'm excited? I love my kitchen.




Sunday, October 10, 2010

Headband

My neighbor bought a flower clip for her daughter made out of a zipper. It was so cute so I asked to borrow it to figure out how to make it myself. It didn't seem to hard so I bought a couple zippers at Walmart and went for it.
Mine turned out a lot smaller because I got zippers that were a shorter length. I didn't want to make them into clips so I decided on gluing them on to a headband. I liked it a lot in the end.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spoons



For many weeks I have noticed that we have been missing spoons. I have lots of the big size, but my kids have a hard time fitting their mouths around those. I only have 3 little spoons left out of...a lot. It's these little mysteries that keep my brain pondering. Well, the mystery was solved last night when Jess and I pulled out our dishwasher. Someone (and I'm not going to say who) found a little hole in between the cabinet wall and the dishwasher and quietly disposed of most of my spoons.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Old

I told Jess last night that I was old. At the end of every day I feel like I have just finished a 10 mile hike up a mountain. Jess said it was just our time of life. If we had had 3 young kids when we were 20 we would have felt the same way. So do you think that when my kids are older and not so demanding that I will feel young again?

I have to record some of Grant before I forget it. He is so cute with how he says the girls names. He calls Reanne "Hareanne" and Sierra "Hasin". He never calls an animal by it's name but by the sound it makes, unless he knows a pet that has been named. Our neighbor has a cat named Armani and so all cats are now called Armani. He also has a favorite silky blanket which his Aunt Lori gave him when he was a baby. He calls it his "hmm hmm". He is so sweet....but at the same time so frustrating. He has definitely entered the twos and has become very independent. He won't do anything I say and will tell me no EVERY time I tell him to do something. As with everything in life, the good and the bad always come together.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Some days I just dread being with Reanne. She can be a real pill. Other days however she can be unbelievably sweet. Yesterday she told me about grandparents day at school. I guess she was adopted by her friends grandparents for the hour since hers are both living far away. She was asked by the grandpa why she was so cute. She replied that she got all her cuteness from her mom. Comments like that make up for our bad days.