Thursday, July 29, 2010

Now that I am babysitting and the kids are entertaining each other I have had a lot more time to get some sewing done. I have so many half finished projects laying around and I am so excited to finally get to finish some of them.
Andie got this stroller for her birthday last year and it was destroyed within a couple weeks. I just made this new cover for it and love how it turned out. My goal has been to use up all the fabric I already have before I buy anymore. I got a bunch of this fabric at the free yard sale that our church had a while back.
Kaleb still refuses to sleep in his own bed so I put a sleeping bag for him on our floor every night. He has a Mario stuffed animal that he got a couple years ago when he had surgery. He absolutely loves it and sleeps with it every night. I thought it would be fun to make Mario his own sleeping bag. I used fabric that I had left over from a rag quilt that I made years ago and I even had a zipper left over from Halloween costumes.

I have been trying to decorate Andie's room with out spending any money. I had a new twin size sheet that I had bought a while ago at the D.I.
I cut it up and made a crib sheet using the tutorial I found here:
I used the rest of the sheet and made a valance for her window. Since we are renting I can't hang curtain rods. The top part of our blinds are removable so I took it off and ran a small bead of hot glue along the edge. That way once we move I can remove the valance without damaging anything.
My little sisters are here visiting for the week so today we are going to work on some more crafty projects. I am going to make a sleeping bag for Emma's stuffed horse, some Christmas ornaments, baby doll quilts for our nieces and who knows what else!




Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Birthday Fun

Here's a little more of the fun we had on Jeff's birthday and throughout the weekend. Above is a picture of the cupcakes I made. I "borrowed" the picture in the previous post because I thought they looked a little bit better than mine. This one actually looks pretty good though.
So on Saturday Jeff had to work. His sister and her family came down to visit so we got to do a little shopping and hang out with them for a bit. Sunday we met my grandparents and picked up my little sisters. They have been in St. George for a week and now they are staying a week with us. They were excited to be here to celebrate Jeff's birthday.
Sunday night Jeff made an amazing meal. We splurged a little and got some crab legs and veal steaks which he cooked to perfection. He also made me some delicious green beans, bread, potatoes and brownies for desert! The pictures never do his food justice!
I love my husband but some times I wish he would take a serious picture! I'm sure this drove his mom crazy when he was younger too. So many family photos have him making a silly face like this! (And notice I couldn't get all the candles to light and he was bugged that they were dripping wax on his yummy brownies, so only a couple are lit)

This is one of the gifts I made him. I found this idea here at Homemade By Jill:
Jeff loves rootbeer so I wanted to do a sampler with a bunch of different ones. I had a hard time finding them individually though and I didn't want to have to buy that many cases of rootbeer. So I decided to do a soda sampler. It included Joe's Cola, Virgil's Rootbeer and Orange Cream Soda, Oogave Rootbeer, Death Valley Black Cherry Soda and a few others. I found them all at Whole Foods. He absolutely loved it!

Like Jill, I made a chart that showed what kind of sodas were in the crate. I didn't get quite as fancy as she did but it's nice to have so he doesn't have to take each soda out to choose one that he wants.
Overall he had a great birthday. He deserves it more than anyone I know. He has worked very hard this year to support our family and chase his dream and I couldn't be more proud!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

French Toast Cupcakes


Today my adorable little hubby turned 28! He had to work 2 shifts at Costco today so we won't technically be celebrating it until tomorrow but I wanted to have a nice breakfast made for him when he got home this morning. Breakfast is NOT my specialty so I wanted to do something easy but different. I came across this recipe for French Toast Cupcakes and wanted to give them a try. They turned out pretty tasty if I may say so and they got the approval of Chef Jeff which is always a plus! Here is the link if you want to give them a try! http//www.abc4.com/content/about_4/gtu/story/French-Toast-cupcakes-with-Maple-Buttercream/cSqpExlmhECf-BG6fTO1wA.cspx

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Big Boy


Here's one more picture from the trip we went on a couple weeks ago. Jeff's dad has always called Kaleb "Big Boy". A couple years ago he went to California and brought back a Bob's Big Boy bank for Kaleb which looks exactly like this statue. While driving home from Winnemucca we spotted this in Tonopah, Nevada. We thought it was funny since there isnt a Bob's Big Boy there. It's just in front of an old run down motel. Kaleb was so excited and had to have his picture taken with him!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Changing Things Up....

I got on here today and realized that my background was about to expire. I figured it was time to change things up a little and try to do something new. Well, my lack of computer skills got the best of me and I ended up messing my blog up pretty bad! There were things everywhere and out of order and I couldn't figure out how to fix it or get it back to how it was before. So I ended up deleting a bunch of things and just going with a simple layout and background. I was originally trying to do 3 columns and make it look all fancy like everyone else but I failed, big time! However, I am thinking I kind've like this simple look. I am sure over time I will add more to it but for now I am just going to enjoy the hummingbirds. They hold a special place in my heart. My Great Grandma Ruth loved hummingbirds. She had a back porch that went along the whole back of her house and she had a bunch of hummingbird feeders on it. I used to love to sit at her kitchen table and watch them fluttering and drinking from the feeder. We would leave school and go to her house for lunch and she would make us cream tuna on toast and green jello. If we were lucky she would share her O'Boise chips with us. They were the best!
So for now, I hope you enjoy my hummingbirds. I am going to try to start posting more frequently. I have been working on a lot of crafts and projects lately and would love to show them off if you all don't mind.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Decision Has Been Made!


What? It's only July you say? Well here in the Terry home we like to plan ahead. Way ahead! Kaleb has been talking about this Halloween pretty much since November 1st last year! He has had his heart set on going as Alvin and the Chipmunks. I wasn't too thrilled about putting a whole lot of work into costumes this year but I have been trying to come up with a plan to get the costumes started. Well today I was searching online for some ideas and Kaleb spotted an M&M costume. His mind was changed in an instant. He now insists on being the green m&m. And yes I am fully aware that the green one is a girl but try explaining that to a 3 year old! So I found this pattern and I am thrilled at how much easier these costumes will be!

Last Halloween was fun because all of my family came to St. George to celebrate with us. We had a blast! This year we get to celebrate with them again in Winnemucca. We will be having a baby shower for my sister on October 30th and then we will go to the church trunk-or-treat that night. We should have a lot of extended family there as well so it should be a great time!

On another note I have a lot of little craft projects in the works. I have been wanting to post pictures so hopefully I will get around to doing it this week. I haven't done much to Andie's room since we moved here so I have been trying to decorate it a little without spending any money. It has actually worked out pretty well. I am amazed at all the things I have laying around that I can re-purpose and turn into something cute. So far I have made her a sheet and pillowcase set, a valance for her window, and I am also working on a cute picture for her wall. Lets hope I can finish most of it soon and then I will share pictures of the finished product.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Guy's Fishing Trip

While we were up in Salt Lake the guys got to go fishing for a day. They had a great time and caught a ton of fish!


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Finally Some Vacation Pictures!

Well better late than never I guess. Here are some of the pictures from the recent family vacation we went on. I am still working on getting all the Twifest and Eclipse pictures together. Until then, please enjoy these slide shows. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and pause my music so you can hear the music playing with the slides. Enjoy!



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Monday, July 12, 2010

What a difference 7 years can make! I was so excited that I recently got to catch up with my old roommates, Jenny and Crystal, and their friend from high school, Shaye. I met them the summer of 2003 when I moved to St. George to go to school. I was scared to death to move into an apartment full of girls that I had never met! Luckily we became instant friends and had some very fun times together over the next few years. Its a little sad that the time we had went by so fast but I'm sure you can see by looking at this picture we wouldn't change a thing. We have all been blessed with beautiful children, loving husbands, and the gospel of Jesus Christ which makes us who we are today. I love you girls and I am so grateful to have you in my life.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cute Cousins


I haven't gotten all the pictures from our trip yet but as soon as I do I will post them all. Here is one of my favorites that I took. This is Kaleb and his cousin Kaitlyn. We took them to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point. They got to ride ponies, feed a llama, go on a wagon ride and see tons of animals. They loved it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Let the Fun Continue!

The next 5 days of our trip were just as much fun as the first 5! Wednesday was "Guys Day". The guys left the hotel at 5 am for an all day fishing trip. The girls stayed behind to take care of the kids. We took them to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point. They were able to see all kinds of animals, ride ponies, go on a wagon ride and tons of other fun stuff. They absolutely loved it. After a lunch at Burger King we headed back to the hotel to relax. Once the kids woke up from their nap we headed over to the Dinosaur Museum. The guys returned back from their fishing trip very sunburned and exhausted. They all caught a lot of fish though which made the trip worth it. That night we went to IKEA! I love that place! After a little shopping and a frozen yogurt we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
The next day we said goodbye to Jeff's family and headed to Winnemucca. That night we got to celebrate my niece Brooklynn's 1st birthday! It was great to see all of my family again. We spent 4 days there which included BBQing, picnicking, fishing (didn't catch anything!), seeing Eclipse again and just hanging out and talking to my sisters. Sunday we went to the park for the 4th of July celebration. The kids had a ton of fun on the bounce houses. They played games and saw lots of animals in the petting zoo my mom was helping with. I also got to visit with some friends that I hadn't seen in years. That afternoon Jeff treated everyone to an amazing meal. Steaks, BBQ chicken, asparagus, salads, garlic bread, and my Uncle Stan's special bean recipe. We were all so stuffed we just sat around for hours relaxing until it was time for fireworks. I was impressed with Winnemucca's firework display this year. We all sat and watched them while enjoying a McDonalds milkshake (A family tradition for us). It was so nice to be there to celebrate this holiday with my family. I hadn't been back for the 4th of July since I moved 7 years ago. Overall it was a great vacation. We made many great memories and got some much needed rest. Now it's back to the grind for Jeff. He starts up his next 6 week block of classes tonight. He is excited that they will be cooking again. As for me I am just trying to get unpacked from the trip. It may take some time! After that I think I will get back to work on some sewing projects. We will be heading back to Winnemucca in October for Toni's baby shower and Halloween so I have a lot of projects to get done before then. Wish me luck!

Monday, July 5, 2010

We're Back!

Well we returned home from our 10 day trip this afternoon. We are beyond exhausted but had an amazing time. Once I get some pictures from my mother-in-law and sisters I will post more. For now I just wanted to share a bit of the fun that we have been having.
We started off in St George for a couple days. We got to catch up with a lot of friends and family while we were there. I got a fabulous haircut from Kacey and got to chat with her for a bit which reminded me how sad I am not to be her neighbor anymore :( I also got to spend some time with my roommates from when I first moved to St George and their best friend from high school. It was so much fun to get together and BBQ and catch up. There are 7 kids between the 4 of us now. They all had a blast playing together. After that we went up to Salt Lake and stayed at Thanksgiving Point with Jeff's family. Our first night there we went to Chuck E. Cheese. Once again the kids had a blast and I think the Dads did too! Tuesday was "Girl's Day".The guys kept the kids at the hotel while we started off our day at Elase Spa. We all got facials, massages and pedicures. It was one of the most relaxing things I have ever experienced! After that we had a great lunch at Zuppas. The food was amazing but the greatest part was catching up with each other and laughing so hard that my mother-in-law started crying. I love moments like that!
After that we went to my sister-in-laws house and she waxed our lips! It was painful but worth it! All of this was leading up to the main event of the night- TWIFEST and ECLIPSE! Rochelle dressed up as Bella and I dressed up as Alice. There was a costume contest and since there was only 5 people that entered they gave everyone a prize. The greatest part was all the free swag we got. Buttons, necklaces, food, T-Shirts and tons of other great stuff. By 12:00 when the movie started I was pretty tired but once it started my eyes were glued to the screen. I loved it! (So much that I made Jeff take me to see it again when we were in Winnemucca.)
It was an amazing night and I can't wait for Breaking Dawn to come out so we can do it all over again!
Well, that was the first 5 days of our trip. I think I
will share the other 5 tomorrow.........To Be Continued............