Thursday, January 31, 2008

Leaving Friends

Today, one of my best friends will be moving. Next week, another moves. Then the week after that, we leave. I'll have to say goodbye to ALL my friends. That is going to be tough. For my two friends that are leaving before me, I made them a little gift. I had these tab chipboard books held together with rings, and thought they would make a cute recipe book. I initially planned on this being my recipe book when I had bought them, but soon realized I just have toooooooo many recipes to fit. So I made little going away gifts instead. I think they turned out cute.









Last night, Heath and I and three other couples went out together. We went to the Oakland Temple, and then out to eat at the International Food Court. Here's a picture of us being goofy in the car. We all rode together, so that was fun. Then there is a picture of us at the temple.







Nicki, the girl I'm holding hands with, is leaving today. Sad day. Tasha, the one in the jean skirt, leaves next. Then me. Heidi, the short one :) will be left behind along with all my other friends. That is going to be tough, to say goodbye.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shhh!

My husband is upstairs right now watching "A Baby Story". I just heard him yell to me "Babe, she's at 9 cm!"

I just think it is so funny that he is watching that. I was not in the room. I did not turn it on. He flipped on the tv and turned it to that channel and kept on watching.

(No. We are not pregnant)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"It's kinda...yummy"

I just wanted to share some recipes with you that we have made recently. Last night, I made soup and rolls. I tried a new recipe from the Coconut and Lime blog. I love that site. I've found some very yummy recipes. Last night we had the Winter White Cauliflower Soup. I didn't tell the kids what kind of soup I made. I just served them. I didn't even tell Heath. After Heath finished, I asked him how he liked the soup. He said "I always love your potato chowder". Fooled him. It was totally cauliflower. Kolby took a tentative taste (he's rather picky now) and said "It's kinda...yummy!" So all the kids had seconds, including George. I added bacon to the soup, but that was the only change I made to that recipe.

Next, I made this Apple Crisp recipe from the Food Network. The Barefoot Contessa always has great food. I can't always get the ingredients she has, but I know it will taste good. I used whatever pears and apples the grocery store had. But MY GOODNESS! This was by far, the BEST apple crisp I'd ever had. Such good citrus flavor hinted through, with using the lemon and orange zest. Wow. Try it! So So So good! And the topping??? It totally can be the best oatmeal cookie dough you've every had. Wow. Try to keep from eating it when you make it. I dare you.

A few days ago, I made these Chicken Empanadas that Paula Dean from Food Network has made. These freeze nicely, so I made them up a week or so ago and froze them. When I am ready to cook them, I leave them out for an hour or two, then I just place them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 350 for about 25 minutes. Perfection! We serve them with spanish rice and some fresh fruit. Oh, and I substitue green chilies for jalepenos. Just our preference. Also, buy two pie crusts. You'll still probably have filling left over. Or maybe it's because I never measure. Either way, these are a great tasting quick meal, especially if you freeze them ahead of time. Enjoy your dinner!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Totally Rad Time

Like, we had a blast at our 80's night! We had 35 women show up to eat dinner. It was so fun to see what outfits everyone came up with! I'll admit, when I was getting ready, I had this nagging feeling that the joke would be on me, and nobody would dress up, except me. Luckily, my friends came through! I think the funniest part was seeing all the normal customers look at us with disgust and bewilderment on their faces as they mouthed "OH MY Gosh!" So now I'll show you a few pictures from the evening.
Kelli, Nicki, and Amy

Arisbey, Kim, and Ande

Elise, Sarah, and Jenni

Best Dressed: Shaina (3rd), Suzanne (1st), Kim (2nd)

And a few shots of us waiting for the movie to start.

After dinner, about half the ladies went home and half went on to a 10 o'clock showing of 27 dresses. It was a cute movie. I think everyone had a great time. There were plenty of laughs all around. For all you local girls that went, thanks for the fun evening. I will miss you all so much.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

In just a few hours...

I'll be going out with my friends for one big last goodbye. It's our 80's night. Can't wait to see what kind of outfits everyone came up with.
Oh, and you don't even have to ask...of course there will be pictures!

Friday, January 25, 2008

A bit of beading

Alrighty, so here is the first bracelet that Caroline taught me to make, about a month ago.


I really like the pattern, and I want to make another one, especially before I forget how to do it!

This is the one I learned last night. I wish I would have chosen different beads. The white beads seem misplaced to me. So I will be re-doing that one later.

This is the bracelet I made this afternoon. It's really shiny and glimmery, and the crystals are like a chameleon, and take on the colors of what you are wearing.

What's in a name?

Well, it happened. My baby said her name for the first time. She saw herself in the mirror and said "Ji-jee". Yup. That's my George. It's a proud moment in any parent's life, when their daughter says their random misfit of a nickname before they say their real name. But it's not her fault at all. She doesn't ever hear her real name, so how could she learn it?

Do you think her first boyfriend will call her George?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

7 more days until I get LOST

If you aren't yet on the bandwagon of being a LOST follower, then allow me to express my disappointment. It is shameful! This is the best show on TV and it will be returning in ONE WEEK! It's almost more than I can handle, I am so excited about it!

But alas, I have things on my mind. For those of you that are of a faithful nature, I would ask that you pray for us. We have two weeks left in the military, and still haven't secured employment. None of the companies seem to be in a hurry. It is very frustrating for us. We have been trying since last summer. Nobody wanted to hire that far in advance. Understandable. Heath has done a superb job calling companies and sending his resume out like crazy. We have exercized a lot of faith and we are still holding strong, but if you think about it, we would appreciate some prayers to help things happen for us. Thank you.

Today I went to the store for the last big shopping trip before we move (hopefully). On tomarrow's agenda for frozen meals are:
Hamburger patties, chicken empanadas with spanish rice, spinage macaroni and cheese with chicken sausage meatballs, sausage and noodle bake, chicken pot pie, parmesean chicken, meatloaf, tacos, pizza calzones (thanks sharon!), Homemade chicken nuggets with honey mustard sauce, and baked potato soup.

I only forgot two things at the store that I have to go back for. Bummer.

Tonight I get to go learn how to make a new bead bracelet at a bead store that my friend Caroline works at. She taught me how to make a great bracelet about a month ago and I'm excited to not only learn another style, but to get some beads so I can make both styles at home. It's gonna be fun! I'll share my results with you.

China Town

I told you I would share more photos of our day in San Francisco. After we walked across the Golden Gate, we took a drive through SanFran, looking at all the pretty houses crammed together, the weird people in the streets, the buildings, etc. I saw my next ride, should I ever get a scooter, it definitely would be pink! There would always be a parking space for you! And that's something of a commodity in this busy city.









We saw this dinosaur head in an outdoor store Heath took us into. Here's the sign that was on the dinosaur head, too.




















There's a great picture of the Bay Bridge, connecting SanFran to the east.







Then we went to China Town. Lots of narrow one-way streets that come out of nowhere. We turned once the wrong way down a one-way street. It wasn't fun for a few seconds! The restaurant with the pink and blue overhead was where we had our dinner. It wasn't bad, but nothing compared to the little Chinese restaraunt in my home town. I still haven't found it's equal.
Kolby loved using the chopsticks!
Then, coming back towards the bridge, we drove through a little tunnel. I thought this was a cool shot.

And that was the end of our day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A sucker everytime.

My family is a sucker every time when it comes to infomercials. They love them! I hate them! Kamy seems to watch them when I don't know, because she will come up to me and say odd things, like: "Mom, if you don't like the rough scratchiness of your heels, you can use this wonderful lotion that will make it soft, just like a newborn baby!"

Or Heath will come up to me when I'm straightening my hair, and say: "Babe, that can be a lot easier for you if you get this other straightener that all the stylists use. It has little combs within the iron that comb through your air as it straightens, saving you time AND grief! This is something everyone with frizzy hair should have. All the top pros recommend it."


See? Suckers every time.


Another product that Heath has been saying he will "surprise" me with are the Potato Gloves. According to the commercial, it takes seconds to peel a potato while wearing these gloves. Just rub the potato between the ridges on the palms of the gloves and you will throw away your potato peeler faster than you can imagine.


I wasn't quite sold. It didn't seem like it would work, but Heath was set on his plan to get them for me. Then I found this clipping in a magazine. Take a looksie.
Uh, so that's a big fat NO. I like my potato peeler just fine, thank you! Don't be a sucker for everything infomercial! Most of them don't work like they are advertised. If you found one you like, let me know!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Televisionphonerneting.

You all know the commercial, with the guy sitting in his living room...He's talking on the phone, watching the tv, and surfing the internet. When asked what he's doing, he replies:

"I'm televisionphonerneting." Saves time by doing three things at once. Not bad.


I think Keaton has caught on to the brilliance of the idea. He is SirSuperWoodyCaptainHooking.

He's got his Prince Charming sheath, his woody hat, his superman cape, and his captain hook sword. I caught him playing the other day and made him stop so I could take a picture.

Yes, I really am a scrapbooker.

I know I don't post very many scrapbook pages, but I really do love to scrapbook. Here are just a few layouts I've done recently.








When photoshop stitched together all the scans, some weren't quite together, so sorry about the tweaks in the layouts.

Oh, and for those of you asking, (1) Yes, we are moving in a few weeks, and (2) No, we don't know yet where we are going....

Monday, January 21, 2008

101

This is post number 101! I started my blog in the middle of August, and it has made me so happy! So what should I do to celebrate?

List 101 things about me? You probably already know them if you read this blog!

Get 101 comments? Well, a lot of people read my blog. People from all over the world. It's nice to have you visit, but not many leave comments, so that one is out.

Give away 101 recipe books? Haahaa. I'm not sure that would be feasible.

Go spend 101 dollars at ROSS? Always nice, but not necessary right now. My tiny closet can't hold any more clothes.

Take 101 pictures today? Easy. I did that on Saturday. Just a drop in the bucket. Don't you know I live with my camera around my neck? It's quite an attractive accessory.

Well, I can't think of anything to do. But I am glad that I have this blog, and that I have people who find me interesting enough to keep coming back to read more posts. I love to write. I love to take pictures. So thank you for being part of that.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The kids have been learning about him in School all week. We are all home today, so I think I will use them to go through the house and we can decide what we want to pack up, and what can be thrown away. It will hopefully be that productive! I may be the only one doing it. Oh well.
Toodles.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Golden Gate Bridge




The Golden Gate bridge was finished in 1937 ahead of schedule and under budget and spans 1.7 miles. The toll was 50 cents one way. Now, there is only the southbound toll at 5 bucks per car. It is named the Golden Gate not for it's color, but for the strait that the bridge spans. It is painted an orange vermillian color, and is updated continuously. It is the 7th longest bridge in the world, but when it was built, it was THE longest in the world. There are 80,000 miles of wire in the two main cables, and it took over six months to spin
them.


We had the pleasure of walking across it yesterday. It was a gorgeous day with hardly any wind, and NO FOG! Here we are, standing on the south side of the bridge. The kids made it halway across before they wanted to go back. Since we told ourselves we would be "easygoing" yesterday, we stopped and turned around. No biggie.

Down the road, we saw some bodiless statues. The upright head kind of reminds me of my Brother-in-law Jason)
Hee Hee.

I'll have to do another post about the rest of our day. Blogger is being REALLY slow with uploading pictures. I've got to get the family ready for church.
Overall, we had a really lovely day.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

What a productive day!

Yesterday I got so much accomplished! Let me tell you about it.

I taught Kolby how to take pictures with our big camera. It was almost as big as his head, and he had a hard time holding it to see through the view finder, but he did it, and took this picture of George and me.

Then I went and paid my car payment, and made the inevitable trip to Ross. Brought home some lunch for the family, took the boys to play with some friends for an hour, and played a bit on the computer.

Then I started in on the laundry. I had about 6 baskets of clothes all washed and dryed from last weekend, then I had about 6 more loads to wash and dry for this week. I washed. I dryed. I folded, and I put away! Took all afternoon.

I also filled out a renewal FAFSA application for Heath to continue school next month. Then, because I got our W2s in the mail, I decided to do our taxes. Got a nice refund coming.

I made dinner. Cleaned up the kitchen and the bedrooms, had family time, made cookies, and then the kiddos went to bed. Heath and I played a game (Ticket to Ride) and watched a little tv.

I'd say that was a productive day!

Today, we are heading to the Golden Gate Bridge for a Family Fun Day. We are going to walk across it, and then explore China Town a bit. I'm hoping for some good Chow Mein and Egg Rolls. Yum.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I won!

I won an apron pattern!! It is the cutest apron. Check out this link. Scroll down and you will see the apron! I am so excited! It's not very often that I win anything. I'm stoked!!

All of you know how much I cook.....so I am thrilled, to say the least.

I really shouldn't...


Oh, but I did!
I hadn't inteded to.
I was out, paying my car payment.
I just couldn't help myself.


Two pairs of pants, two skirts, two shirts, one pair of shoes, some hair clips, and a toy for Kolby and George because they were good in the store. Grand total? 60 bucks. The shoes and one skirt were over 10 bucks. Everything else was around 5 bucks each. Sigh. I love Ross.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Whatever"

Do you want to come to my totally groovy 80's party? We'll be rocking the night away, it's going to be so bad, man!

Two of my friends are moving the same time we are, so to go out with a bang, we are having an 80's night with all our friends. I'm kind of known for throwing Girl's Nights, and this one promises to be a blast. We are all going to dress up in some way or another so we are banging with the 80's era. Hoop earrings, BIG hair, leggings, oversized shirts and overdone makeup...here I come.


Whoever has the best outfit, gets a totally tubular prize. So do you wanna come? Like, whatever if you don't want to and are, like, "gag me with a spoon". I'll be like "Don't have a cow!" and I'll have a totally happen'en time. Here's a sneak peak at my outfit. Ya dig?


Oh, I almost forgot the greatest part about this party: We will be going out on the town! No hiding in someones house, that's for sure. We've gotta show off our outfits! So we will be going out to eat and then to a chick flick. Can you imagine the looks we are going to get? Fabulous!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Too much time on my hands

I was cleaning the toy room and started wondering what all these toys would say to each other if they could talk. ( I think we watch Toy Story waaaay too much) I think I have too much time on my hands.













Monday, January 14, 2008

Breadsticks

Here's a great recipe that makes the best breadsticks.

1 1/2 cups hot water
2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP yeast.

Let that dissolve for about 5 minutes.

Mix in 1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour.

Knead the dough, adding more flour to make in workable, and roll out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into slices and place side by side on your greased sheet pan. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and pour evenly over the bread . Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and onion salt. Bake at 375 for about 17 minutes.

This is also the recipe I used to make pizza dough, as well as cinnamon rolls. It makes pretty good pizza, but it tastes the best when used as a breadstick recipe. Enjoy.

Stupid Story

Ok, so last night we had the missionaries from our church over to dinner. We made Pizza. (See the above post for a great breadstick recipe) and afterwards, we were sitting on the couch, listening to a little lesson before they left.

The phone rang. Our house phone. We didn't answer it.

Next, we heard this strange vibration coming from where we were sitting. Weird. But OH! That must be the cell phone vibrating! Where is the cell phone? Hmm, maybe it's under the couch. Nope. Under the pillow? Nope. Ok, try the cushion. Not there either? That's weird. We heard a very distinct vibration. So I get up and got my cell phone to make sure it's not that. "Heath, where is your cell?" "...I think George had it."

So we deduce that George took the phone, somehow managed to shove it into the crevasses of the couch, and we were lucky enough to hear it vibrate before it lost it's battery and then we would have no idea where it was. Well, let's get the phone!

So I kept redialing Heath's cell, so that we would hear it vibrate, and then know where to search for it in the couch. People: We had that couch totally ripped apart. We could not find the stupid cell phone anywhere. How in the heck did George manage to get the phone this deep in the cushions and springs and yet, make it impossible to reach with our hands, or see with our flashlights? We found lots of crumbs. But no phone.

We tore out the bottom fabric, reached in every tight spot we could find, but still no phone. I kept pushing redial...we would listen...then try to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. We couldn't feel it vibrate through the couch. We could only hear it. Redial. Listen. "It's over here." "No..I think it's over there."

Finally we actually moved the couch to the other side of the room, just in case the sound was not coming from the couch. Call the phone again. Listen. Hmmm, it sounds like it's coming from this wall. "Wait a minute!!" Heath runs upstairs, to our bedroom (which is directly above where we were sitting) and finds his phone vibrating away, on the floor of our room, which is the ceiling of the living room. We looked at the phone. 36 missed calls. Hmph.

Yeah. We are idiots. So the question: How many men does it take to find a cell phone vibrating in the couch? I don't know. When you find a cell phone vibrating in the couch, instead of the sound coming through the wall, then let us know.

(we stapled the couch back together again..)