Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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!