Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Lexi!

Today my adorable niece Alexia is turning 6! I can't believe it! Lexi has been such a blessing to our family. She has taught us all so many lessons in her short little life. Shortly after she was born she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There were so many things that no one ever thought she would be able to do but she has done it all! She is not only walking, she is running! She talks like crazy and even though she's not always easy to understand, sit down with her for a minute and you'll see that she is a very smart little girl. She is always smiling, will hug you to death, and gives the greatest kisses ever. She loves babies and is so excited for her little brother to arrive in October. She is also very protective of her mama, so don't mess with her!
Lexi will be graduating Kindergarten next week and I am so proud of her!
I love you Lexi and I am so grateful to be your Aunt!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Popsicle Holders


Here's another great idea I came across a while back ( you can find the link here.... http://http//www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/04/freeze-pop-holders-keep-those-little.html.) My kids love to eat frozen gogurts but Kaleb always cries that his hands are freezing. I usually just give him a pot holder but this is a much better solution. It only took me about 10 minutes to make them this morning. I used felt instead of fleece but it still works great. Kaleb ate a gogurt right away to try it out!



Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Date With Kaleb

Today I got to have a special "Date" with Kaleb. Jeff got home from work early so he stayed home and napped with Andie while Kaleb and I went and had some fun. We went to Barnes and Noble for story time. Kaleb has really gotten excited about reading lately and I think it is great. I love to read now but I hated it growing up so I think it is really important to encourage it while my kids are young. He was so excited to be there with all the other kids. After reading he got cookies and juice and got to color a picture and hang it on the wall all by himself. He was so proud! Next I let him choose what he wanted for lunch. He chose to go to Target and have a hot dog. I was very proud of him for that choice :) I will take any excuse to go to Target. Then we did a little shopping and headed home just in time to get Miss Andie up from her nap. So overall it was a fun day. I love that it doesn't take very much to make him so happy. It was so great to get to spend some one on one time with him. We don't get to as much as we used to and I have missed it.
I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with these children. There are times when I am having a bad day and not being the best mommy I can be and I wonder to myself how I could be so lucky and why he chose me. I know there are so many women who are unable to have children and would do anything for them and I feel like I take them for granted sometimes. Every night I get down on my knees and thank the Lord for trusting me with these sweet spirits and having faith in me to raise them right. I hope I am not disappointing him.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breadtwists (Just like the ones from Pizza Factory!)


If you live in Utah then you have probably had the yummy breadtwisits at the Pizza Factory. It is one of my favorite places to eat and I was so excited when I found this recipe. I made them and they turned out great! Follow this link over to Kara's Kitchen Creations and you will find the recipe! http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/2009/03/amazing-bread-twists-like-pizza-factory.html

Friday, May 14, 2010

Nemo the fish....

Kaleb has a fish named Nemo. For his birthday last year my grandma sent him a dollar. He bought a fish bowl at the DI for 50 cents and a fish at Petco for 13 cents. I had no idea that this fish would still be alive almost 5 months later. He even survived the move to Las Vegas. Since I am Nemo's primary care taker I always feed him right before bed so I don't forget. This morning Kaleb decided that he wanted to feed Nemo. Here is how our conversation went....

Kaleb: (pushing a chair over to the kitchen counter) Mommy, I want to feed Nemo.
Me: Don't feed him too much.
Kaleb: Why? (a word I hear about 100 times a day!)
Me: Because I fed him last night and I gave him too much food.
Kaleb: Mommy! Why would you do that?
Me: Because I made a mistake.
Kaleb: M-O-M-M-Y! You can't make him a steak! He's a fish!

I love this kid! He keeps me laughing all day long!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gettin Crafty....

Here are just a few of the projects I've been working on lately.......
I like surfing blogs, finding tons of fun projects and making them my own. I saw this wreath on http://http//livingwithlindsay.com/2009/11/librarians-please-avert-your-eyes.html
and absolutely fell in love with it! It is made from the pages of a book. If you check out this site it has a full tutorial so you can make one too!
I was tired of the big bulky plastic cover that came with my sewing machine so I made this one for myself on Mother's Day. I had seen one similar to this on Etsy a while back for $40. I used fabric that I had gotten a while ago at a thrift store and some buttons out of the stash that Jeff's Grandma gave me. So I probably only spent about $2 to make this! I still need to attach the straps on the sides to secure to the buttons to hold it in place.

Here is another idea that I came across and love! You can find it here.....http://solovelycreations.blogspot.com/2009/03/cirlces-oh-circles.html.
I buy these embroidery hoops every time I see one at a thrift store. They are usually only about 50 cents. The fabric is just a bunch of scraps I had left over from making nursing covers. I needed something for the big wall above my computer and thought this was perfect.
I love being able to look around my house and see things that I have created.

I am now off to get started on some sewing for Christmas. Yes I know it is only May, but I am making all of our Christmas gifts this year so I have A LOT to get done!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Blessed!

Thanks to my hubby and kids, I had an amazing Mother's Day weekend!
Saturday night we were able to go to a church BBQ. It was so nice to get to
know some of our neighbors. They had tons of food and games and the weather was
absolutely perfect.
Sunday morning Jeff made me my favorite breakfast, Moons Over
My Hammy. I think it is the only thing I have ever eaten at Dennys.
It tasted exactly the way they make it and I LOVED it!

He also bought me this book that I wanted. It has 101 patterns for things
you can make with 1 yard of fabric or less. It is amazing. I am so excited to get working on some of the projects.


This is the dinner that he made me. He made ribs which were delightful and fell right of the bone! He also tried out a couple recipes for beans and potatoes that he learned in school.

The kids were sick still so we didn't get to go to church but we still had a great day. It was nice to just stay home in our jammies and spend some quality time as a family. Jeff and I made some Strawberry Freezer Jam. I will post pictures and a recipe for that tomorrow. And that afternoon while everyone napped I did a little sewing and made myself a sewing machine cover. I will also post some pics of that later.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day and feel just as blessed as I do!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Blackberry Crumble


Jeff made me this Blackberry Crumble last night and it was to die for! Here's the recipe:

1 qt. Fresh Blackberries

3/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats

1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Butter

(Jeff added strawberries as well. He substituted the quick cooking oats with 2 packs of Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal)

Place blackberries in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar; mix well. Let stand for several minutes. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl; mix well. Cut in butter until crumbly. Spoon blackberries into buttered baking dish. Sprinkle oats mixture over the top. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, May 7, 2010

J-E-L-L-O

Last night the kids and I made jello jigglers together.
It's funny how something so simple can make them so happy!
It made me happy too. I quickly remembered just how
much I LOVE green jello.
Kaleb couldn't get enough!

Andie wanted one and then refused to touch it. She just sat
there smiling the whole time.

Kaleb was showing off that he cut them out
himself with cookie cutters.

And just a funny green jello story in honor of my amazing mom this Mother's Day weekend.......When I was 4 I had to have emergency
surgery to have my appendix removed. I spent a week in the hospital and my mom stayed there the entire week as well. She slept in the hospital bed next to me. I was very young, but I remember everything about that week. I remember that my mom only left my side twice the whole time I was there. The first time was to go and get some clothes and things she would need while staying there. The second time she went to the grocery store to buy me green jello and chicken noodle soup. All the hospital cafeteria had was red jello and I was a pretty picky little girl. Green jello was my favorite. It was what my great grandma Ruth would always make for us when we went to her house for lunch. I will never forget the things my mom did for me. Even the little things as simple as this. We didn't have a lot of time together here on this earth, so the little memories are all I have.



It's funny how something so simple can bring back so many wonderful memories.
So, I thought it would be fun to hear what fun memories you have of your moms. What are some of the things that they did for you growing up that you will never forget?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's on my mind.....

Do you ever feel like there are a million things on your mind, a million things on your "to-do" list and your life is moving faster than the speed of light? That is how I feel right now. So what should I do about it? That is the question I keep asking myself. It's a question that I have been asking myself for a very long time actually. I've taken some time this week to stop... and breath... and reflect on a lot of things. I've been thinking a lot about where I was and who I was a year ago and where I am and who I am today. Do you think a year can't possibly make a lot of difference in your life? I am here to tell you IT CAN!
So how has my life changed? Well, I can state the obvious. We packed up, moved to Las Vegas, left behind all our friends and family, and started over. If only it were that simple though! Rewind to a year ago......Jeff and I were both working and unhappy. He would work from 4-1 and I would work from 1-5. We'd see each other long enough to eat dinner, maybe watch TV for a bit and then we would go to bed, wake up and do it all over again. That was our life. Now I know that working is a fact of life and I know that there are millions of parents who have to both work to make ends meet but we felt like all we did was work, work, work and it was getting us nowhere. By the end of the summer we knew it was time for a change. Now I won't say what the turning point was for us because I think there are things in a marriage that are between a husband and a wife and should stay that way. But I will say that we knew without a doubt that we needed to figure out what we wanted out of life and what would make us happy. It didn't take us long to decide what to do. Culinary school was Jeff's dream, a dream that we really didn't think was possible. We had talked about it before but I always thought of it as something he might do when the kids were grown and life was a little less complicated. Well, we discussed it again and the next thing I knew we were on our way to Vegas to take a tour of the school and meet with the admissions department. We didn't really tell anyone we were going because we still weren't sure how we would ever make it a reality. By the time we left the school that day though we knew that whatever it took we were going to make it happen.
Fast forward to right now...... I am exhausted.... but I am happy. After 2 months of being out of work Jeff was finally able to transfer to the Costco here. They told him it would be "limited part-time"(meaning they wont actually guarantee him a set schedule). The funny thing is though he has been working even more than full-time hours! This has been a huge blessing for us. After all the financial struggles we have been through, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! So what is our schedule like now? Well, I stay home with the kids. Jeff works from 5-130, comes home, takes a nap, does homework, and goes to school from 6-1030. Wait, wait, wait. How is that any better than the horrible schedule we were on a year ago? I've been asking myself that a lot and the answer that I have come up with and that I keep reminding myself of over and over and over is, WE ARE FINALLY WORKING TOWARDS SOMETHING! We aren't just struggling to get by anymore, we're struggling to create a BRIGHT and HAPPY future for our children! It's not that it is any easier than it was before, but it all has meaning now. That has made all the difference for us.
So, in so many ways, we've just been through probably the roughest year of our marriage. Many people would give up, many marriages would fail, but what did we do? We prayed and prayed and prayed some more. And then we went to the temple and were sealed for time and all eternity!
This year and all its struggles has given us an opportunity to see just how many people love and support us. It has given us a chance to count our blessings and learn what truly matters the most to us. It has given me a chance to be creative and use my talents to make money and find ways to save money. And it has given Jeff a chance to do what he loves. What could be better than that?
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for loving us, supporting us, and sticking by our side. It may have seemed like a crazy thing to do, but we had to do it and now you know why!