Thursday, December 11, 2008
One of my old roommates, Chrissy, came for a visit. We were able to get together with Tina, Nicky, and Jessica for the traditional Chili's dinner. It was so wonderful to see my girls again! It was fun to see them as Moms. What a lucky girl I was to have had the chance to live with them and learn from them. They are a pretty amazing group of women. I am so lucky to have them in my life!
We had an ultrasound last week! It didn't happen with the best circumstances. We had a bit of a scare and ended up in the ER. Thankfully, the baby is doing well. I just had to go on bed rest for a few days. I didn't think it would be that bad....but I greatly underestimated how boring it would be. So the happy result of the ER trip was the chance to hear the baby's heartbeat and to see it moving around. I was so relieved to hear that whoosing sound! We are anxiously awaiting the 30th... we will find out if we will be welcoming Elijah or Aileah.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C. unsalted butter, softened
1 C. white sugar
1 C. light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. canned pumpkin
3 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 C. milk chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 350. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat in the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let them rest for 2 min. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool on a wire rack.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
5 Things- Tagged by Lyndsay
5 Things I've Done in the Past 10 Years:
1-Moved out of my parents house
2- Had my first kiss
4-Rode the Rocket at Lagoon (YUCK!)
5-Graduated from the U of U
5 Things I Wish I Could Do Today:
1-Get out of debt
2-Quit my job
3-Go to Scotland
4-Have Tom up and flying
5-Be a mom
5 Foods I Wouldn't Want to Live Without:
3-Cafe Rio's Chicken Burritos (although we don't eat it very often)
5 Things I Would Do if I Were a Millionaire:
1-Buy a house
2-Go on a world trip
3-Get out of debt
4-Share money with my family
5-Get two new cars (one for me and one for Tom)
5 Places I Have Lived:
2-Cutler Ridge, FL
3-Hunington Beach, CA
5 Jobs I Have Had:
5-housecleaner... in high school
5 People I Tag:
4-Tiffany (when your life settles down)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I've Been Tagged
The "rules" of the game are as follows:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 6 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
4. If you're tagged, DO IT and pass on the tag.
Now, 6 things about me...
1. I hate/ am afraid of moths. ( I know, I know...but they are creepy!)
2. I get motion sickness... recently rediscovered as I have to ride the bus.
3. I want to own a used bookstore.
4. I wear a shoe size 6 and a half.
5. I do not ever, ever wear a swimsuit or shorts.
6. I really really enjoy eating peaunt butter... with chocolate is even better.
6. Dawnelle (you can email it since you can't blog)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I love Fall! I love the colors, the weather, the smells... basically I love everything about Fall! Tom and I were able to go up to the canyon yesterday. It is so beautiful right now! For some reason Fall always reminds me of when I was single and living in "The Party Barge". I had great roommates who taught me so much about myself and how to be a better me. And although I had so many great times with my girls I was so anxious to meet the man I would spend eternity with.
Enter Tom. We had known each other for about 9 months before he asked me out. We had been flirting with each other just for fun (we were both interested in other people at this point.) I am so grateful for that time we had to get to know each other as friends. Our first date was so much fun! He was so easy to talk to and be myself around. He started winning my heart on that first date! And the rest is history.
He is such a wonderful man and husband! I am eternally grateful to our Heavenly Father for allowing me the privilege of marrying my best friend. I could honestly spend all day everyday with Tom and be perfectly content. I love spending time with him. I am grateful for all he does for me... especially working a job he hates so he can help support us. I am grateful for his unconditional love and his easy-going attitude. I am grateful that he (for some reason) thinks I am beautiful and tries to get me to see that in myself more. I am grateful that he will someday be a wonderful father to our children. I will take great delight in seeing him hold our newborn... you see, he is afraid he will break little ones :) He makes me want to be a better wife, daughter, sister, friend and woman. I am so grateful for him. I love him the mostest of the mostest cuz he's the grandest of grandest prizes.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I have been inspired by my family's and friends' blogs... obviously! This is one of our new favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Black Bean Lasagna Rolls
1 C (4 oz) shredded, reduced fat Montery-Jack cheese
1(15 oz) carton part skim Ricotta cheese
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 tsp chili powder (this makes it super spicy... HOT! I would cut back.)
1/8 tsp salt
8 lasagna noodles
2 C cannned no salt added black beans, drained
1 (15.5 oz) jar no salt added salsa
Combine first 5 ingredients, stir well. Set aside.
Cook lasagna noodles as directed on package; drain well.
Spread cheese mixture over one side of each noodle. Spoon beans evenly over cheese mixture. Roll up noodles, jelly-roll fashion, beginning at narrow end.
Place rolls, seam sides down, in an 11x7x1.5 inch baking dish coated with spray. Pour salsa over rolls. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Now... if you know me at all you know that I have struggles with my weight. I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to eat healthier and become more active. We did really well with working out every other day for about a month and a half. So when I heard Tom's weight loss I started to think about the bike again. I had mentioned to my family and a few friends that I was thinking about getting a bike too but wondered if I would really use it. Then one day I came home from work and sitting in front of my front door was a bike. I didn't think anything of it at first - I thought it was our neighbor's. But it sat in the same position all night and well into the morning. So... I have been visited by the Bicycle Fairy.
Tom and I went for a bike ride yesterday to see how long it would take me to ride to work. I haven't been on a bike in over 20 years but I thought, "How hard can it be? Tom does it every day." Boy... if I didn't feel bad about myself before I sure do now. I realize that I am not in the best shape - but that bike ride kicked my butt! We didn't even make it to my classroom. I started showing signs of either heat stroke or heat exhaustion and had to turn around. So my plans to ride to work everyday in order to get in better shape have been chucked out the window. I have a new and improved plan. I will still go on bike rides; just not everyday. I will stop by the Rec Center everyday on my way home from work to exercise in the beauty of air conditioning. Yay for the cool indoors. And Yay for the Bicycle fairy!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
To add to the insanity we had to drive up to Orem for appointments, interviews, meetings, or visits every day of the week. We had a couple of doctor's appointments that made me worry quite a bit... more on that another time. But we got great news on Wednesday when Tom got a job offer from Macey's! He has been out of work for two and a half months. It is a huge relief, even though he will be taking a pay cut. He will be able to go to school and fly in the morning and work 2-10. It will be so hard to be apart for so long. I have loved spending almost every minute of the day with him for the last two months. I am truly blessed to be married to my best friend.
We decided to take the kids on a couple of hikes while we were with them. The first one we went on was to Cascade Springs. It was a beautiful stroll. Not really a hike because it is mostly a boardwalk that crosses small cascading falls. The kids really enjoyed seeing the fish,butterflies,and birds. The second hike we went on will fall into the "what were we thinking" file. The kids actually did great but it really took a toll on them. I found the Fifth Water Trail. It is a two mile hike up to hot springs and cool waterfalls. The hike up took a lot longer than I imagined... having never hiked with three kids before. The reward was well worth it once we got to the top. They loved the hot springs! We made it down in half the time. I was proud of them for making the hike.
On Friday we got to visit with Jessica, Tucker, and Korbin. We haven't seen each other in such a long time... even though we live only like three blocks apart. I am a terrible friend. We had a picnic at Nielsen's Grove park. It is my favorite park (Tom proposed to me there)-it is so beautiful. It was wonderful to catch up with them and spend time together. I am so lucky to have the wonderful friends that I do.
Well... that was a marathon blog. If you made it to the end Congrats. I will try to ramble less in future blogs ;)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Oregon was so beautiful, so green. Tom and I had so much fun! Chrissy, Seth, and Kimmie took us to Multnomah Falls. We hiked to the top. That is sure not an easy hike. But it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and well worth the effort! It was wonderful to see the Davenports again. It is fun to see Chrissy as a wife and doting mom! It was a wonderful trip. I will try to include some pictures soon... I am still learning all this high tech stuff.