Wednesday, December 24, 2008
In this picture you can see them sledding down a hill, when I received this one, we had a huge sledding hill in our backyard that my kids enjoyed and so it reminds me of that.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We have read three Christmas books together that I would like to suggest to any of you that would like to know what to buy to read for next year or for a late Christmas story for this year.
The first one is "Christmas Jars". We just totally loved this book.
The one we read last year was " Return to Christmas" and it was great too.
Tonight I read " Winter Star". I would recommend each of these books. There is something special about Christmas stories at this time of year. I am sure that this will be a tradition that Mike and I even carry on after our kids have moved away.
Our most favorite Christmas story of them all is definitely the story of the very first Christmas that is found in Luke. We enjoy this story each year on Christmas Eve as we remember the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.
Monday, December 22, 2008
After the Forgotten Carols we drove over to the temple to see the Christmas lights. They are beautiful and the temple is just gorgeous. We have never seen the Christmas lights at this temple and it was great.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Mike and I got to stay at a motel last night for free and also had a wonderful catered dinner to go to. We woke up this morning to awful weather but knew that we needed to get home, so off we went hoping that all would be well. We arrived home today and the sky is blue and there is sunshine.
We had such a great time just the two of us and the opportunity we had to spend with friends and family. I just wanted to comment on my wonderful kids. I was so worried about them the whole time with the weather being so bad, but they handled everything. They even shoveled walks on their own and drove to work in the bad weather without a paranoid mother at home. I am so lucky to have such great kids, I have truly been spoiled and love them so much.
Doesn't look much like a gingberbread house at this point.
Monday, December 15, 2008
If you look close you can see that Mike's has a Santa with a parachute on it. That is just one example of stockings and how they tell a little about each one of us. Thanks MOM!!! I will cherish them always.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
A child was born on a cold winter's day
But another small lad, he stood short and stout
He loved little children, every one in the land
It was the story of Jesus passed down through the ages
A love so divine that he died just for me?
He found a road straight to Heaven and Christ was the way
He'd show God's people he loved them every girl, every boy
Yes, Santa was busy and so were his elves
So he handed out gifts to kids everywhere
For this jolly old man spreads love for the King
And whispers," Happy Birthday dear Jesus, from Santa with love".
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This time of year brings back deep feelings of falling in LOVE. I remember the first time my husband picked me up on a blind date was at Christmastime and I was listening to Christmas music. We went on a double date and went to see the lights at Temple Square. We also saw Mr. Kruger's Christmas while we were there. Two weeks later he sent me roses. This impressed my mom but I didn't think much of us at that time.
We dated on and off for the next year and the next Christmas I made him a quilt. He loved it. It was at that time that I began to fall in love. I still have the Christmas CD that was playing both the first year I met him and the next year when I began to fall in love and when I play it even now it brings back many deep feelings.
The cd is "Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's Once Upon a Christmas". There are many romantic Christmas songs on that cd, one of my favorites is " A Christmas to Remember". Maybe you need a romantic cd for this time of the year, check this one out. It has many beautiful songs. I have probably bought 4-5 of these cds through the year because they get used so much at this time of the year. I have a sister that also loves this cd, because it was played so much at our house when I was at home. It is amazing how music can bring back some wonderful deep feelings, in this case deep feelings of LOVE. What a great time for romance!!!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy or make it for some fun party. You will be the hit of the party. A friend of mine said that they were making it on the Food Network the other night and she decided that she needed to make it too. So here it is to all of those who love to try something yummy and new. Give it a try and let me know.
Red Velvet Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoon cocoa
2 oz red food coloring( it comes in small bottles in the spice part of the grocery store)
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
Cream sugar and shortening and then add eggs. Make a paste with the cocoa and food coloring in a small bowl. Add to creamed mixture. Mix salt and vanilla with buttermilk and add alternately with the flour to the creamed mixture. Mix baking soda and vinegar in a small cup. Fold into the mixture. Don't beat.
Bake in 9x13 or 2-9 inch round floured and greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You can check to make sure it is cooked with a toothpick and poke it into the center to make sure it is all cooked.
I hope you enjoy this very special treat and remember the real reason for Christmas.
Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Many years ago when Mike and I were dating, we were going to a family Christmas party and we only had directions but really didn't know where we were going so we looked and we looked and we drove around for hours trying to find a certain church house. We were not having any luck and we were getting hungry and thirsty so we decided to take a break and stop at 7-Eleven and get a drink. Mike bought a thing of Egg Nog and a big fountain drink of Sprite. I thought nothing of it until he started to mix them together.
YUCK!!! I said. How could you drink that? Well I didn't know that this was a drink that was very frequently drunk during the holiday season at his house. I finally gave in and tried it. I really didn't think that I would like it, because I am not a big Egg Nog fan. I was very much surprised, because it was GREAT.
Ok so if you are saying the same thing that I did, "Yuck", then at least go buy some and give it a try. My kids just love it and most people that I have had try it like it too.
Oh yeah just remember it helps to take a knife or fork and get some of the fizz out of the Sprite first and then add the Egg Nog. I usually use half of Egg Nog and half of Sprite.
If you are daring enough, I really think you will like it, but Let me know if you like it. I guess if you don't try it you will just think that I am crazy, but most of you already know that I am.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I hope you enjoy one of my favorite decorations, yep he is in both of my bathrooms. He is very cute and makes us all laugh. This just goes to show he is watching all the time. Merry Christmas.
First of all I want to tell you how hard this was for me. I have been in nursery for the last 10 months and I have thoroughly loved it. I have such a deep love the for the children of the ward and have grown to love these children almost like my own. I was pretty emotional about this change because of my attachment to my little friends.
Well I was called to be the ward music chairperson, I guess that means that I am in charge of any music that goes on in the ward. I flat out told the bishopric that I would rather be in primary or in nursery but that I will do anything that I am asked to do. So yes I accepted and I am sure as with any other calling it will be a growing experience for me. I have a great love for music and I am so deeply touched by it and have seen and felt it touch people in a way that nothing else can. I love to sing even though I am not the best at it. I like to think that people don't plug their ears when they hear me sing. I am truly thankful for the many beautiful pieces of music that have been created that touch so many lives. (maybe some day I will see the reason for this and will once again be able to work with the beautiful children in primary but for now I will do what I can to do my best in my newest endeavor. Wish me luck)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Twas the night before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus
was anywhere to be found
The people were all busy
with Christmas time chores
Like decorating and baking,
and shopping in stores.
No one sang " Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed."
Instead, they sang of Santa
dressed up in bright red.
Mama watched Martha Stewart,
Papa drank soda from a tap.
As hour upon hour
the presents they'd wrap
When what from the TV
did they suddenly hear?
'Cept and ad. which told
of a big sale at Sears.
So away to the mall
they all flew like a flash...
Buying things on credit... and others on cash!
And, as they made their way home
From their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus?
Oh no.. not at all.
Their lives were so busy
with their Christmas time things
No time to remember
Christ Jesus, the King.
There were presents to wrap
and cookies to bake
How could they stop and remember
who died for their sake?
To pray to the Savior... they had no time to stop.
Because they needed more time
to "Shop til they dropped!"
On Walmart! On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny's
From the big stores downtown
to the stores at the mall
They would dash away, dash away,
and visit them all!
And up on the roof,
there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung icicle lights
up on his brand new step ladder.
He hung lights that would flash.
He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus...
Light of the World.
Christ's eyes... how they twinkle!
Christ's Spirit... how merry!
Christ's love... how enormous!
All our burdens... He'll carry!
So instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight
Let's put Christ back in
Christmas and enjoy
some good nights!!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I guess it does depend a little on if you are a big Christmas person or a Christmas Queen like my brother calls me.
At this pace I think I might be done decorating by the 15th of this month. On top of the decorations that I already have I am thinking that I want to decorate our new basement family room. Do you know what that means??? More decorations...
How much decorations do you have?? Do you think I should decorate the basement family room or just let it be normal and not festive?? These are questions that I have.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
1 cube margarine( melted)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup fine chopped nuts
2 Tbsp heaping sugar
2 small pkg instant chocolate pudding
1-12 oz cool whip
1-8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powder sugar
1 hershey candy bar
Melt the butter. Add flour, nuts, and sugar. Mix well and spread on bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. Mix pudding using 3 cups of cold milk. Set aside. Take powder sugar and mix it with cream cheese and cool whip but save 1 cup of whip cream for topping. Put cream cheese mixture on cooled crust, then put a layer of chocolate pudding and finally top it with 1 cup of cool whip. Grate hershey candy bar and sprinkle over the top.
Mmm... It is evil but good.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I have known Lisa for 21 years. Mike and I met her and her ex husband one night when her house had flooded and she needed help finding a place for her furniture and Mike was her hometeacher and offered to let her put it in our apartment. We never knew that night that this would start a very great relationship that would last forever. We have been through many things together through the years but we are still very close. She is very much like me and we have so much fun together. I am so glad that we took the time to go and visit and that we make it important to keep in touch no matter where we live or what is going on. She could pass as a sister because we look so much alike. She is also a school teacher and some day I will also be able to pursue that career. I will always be grateful for Lisa and her friendship and the great times we have together.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is a tradition that Mike and I have had since we were first married. We go shopping real early on Black Friday also known as the day after Thanksgiving. Some years we really find a lot of great deals and it is real worth it.
I remember one year I was so pregnant and I thought I was doing fine. I was standing in a very long line and I almost passed out. Everyone around me was worried, but all I needed was a little food and to move around a little. There have been a couple of years that we have gone with my sister Kristi or her and her husband. That is always fun.
This tradition has become harder as we have moved down here for the last four years. We have to be sneaky and pack what we purchase carefully into our Expedition. Many people say that we are crazy and that they can't believe that Mike will go with me, but he always does and doesn't even complain. We go to breakfast and shop and just enjoy being together. This always gets us a very good start on what we need to get for Christmas. The older that I get I wonder if it is worth it, because it is so hard to get up early on a long weekend, but it always ends up being worth the few extra hours.
I must say that I really don't enjoy standing in long lines and that is probably one of the things that I hate most about the shopping the day after Thanksgiving.
If you go shopping how early do you go??? I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for all your comments.
It was probably about 7 or 8 years ago. We were living in Herriman at the time and Mike woke up to go play football on Thanksgiving morning with his friends from high school. It always ends up being about 75 or so men by the time everyone invites all that they know. I was enjoying the late morning and sleeping in as long as I could when I received a phone call from his brother, Max. He told me that I needed to meet him in the emergency room at the hospital and that Mike's ear had been yanked off. There I was picturing them just holding his ear and Mike bleeding all over and then Max started to laugh and told me that it had been ripped but it was still attached. I was a little irritated that he was teasing me. I got in the car and headed over to the hospital and sure enough he had a good majority of his ear ripped off from his head. They ended up stitching it up and then they wrapped his head with a red bandage all around his head. What a way to start my Thanksgiving off. I guess I was very thankful that morning that it wasn't worse and that it was still somewhat attached. After that I have tried to talk him into just watching football on Thanksgiving and some years he does and others he still plays.
Make sure that you make a great Thanksgiving memory this year and enjoy.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This is a picture of AJ and Kelly. I thought her dress was gorgeous.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
On Thursday night, Mike and I went to the SUU ROTC formal in the Great Hall at SUU. It is a gorgeous room. I decided that I wanted to do my hair different so I had someone do an updo for me. What do you think? It was so fun to get made up and dressed up and go with my great looking hubby. I really enjoy the formal in the winter because it is very entertaining. They tease each other and harrass each other during the night. Here are a couple of pictures of our night.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tomorrow is the big game. The Utes against BYU playing football. This is always a big game at our house. We are definitely a divided house when it comes to BYU and the UTES. Mike and AJ are always cheering for the Utes and Todd and I are always cheering for BYU. I really do like both teams but if BYU is playing I am definitely a BYU fan. It is a lot of fun to have my kids enjoy watching these teams together. We don't watch much sports but this is a fun game to watch as a family. Oh yeah and my kids love being able to have another reason to have a party.
It will be interesting to see who wins is it RED or BLUE. I know I will be wearing blue tomorrow.. Good luck BYU.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I am also thankful for my wonderful parents that have put up with all of us. My parents have been through a lot through the years but they are the best. They have taught us how to serve, love, care, work and be committed in all that we do. My mom is a true example of enduring life and making the most of every day. She has taught us so much by her life. My dad has taught how to love everyone and serve those around us and treat them how you would want to be treated. I am so thankful for their example to me and my kids.
There is a cross stitch saying in my entry way that my mother made that has a saying that describes our family.
Our family is a circle of strength and love.
With every birth and every union, the circle grows
Every crisis faced together
Makes the circle stronger
I am truly thankful for family.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of my greatest joys or blessing in my life was my childhood. I didn't have a normal childhood but I wouldn't change it for anything. I had the great opportunity to grow up on a farm. I guess you could say that I was a country girl. We were taught at a very early age to work and to work hard. The jobs that we had to do were not the kind of jobs that young girls ever would want to do. Even though we worked hard, my parents always made time for us to play and we would play hard too. I remember waking up at 5 am before school to help milk the 150 goats that we had on our goat farm. I remember feeding baby goats by hand and just loving every minute of that job, because they truly thought you were there momma. My parents made cheese, ice cream and jerky and delivered it all over Salt Lake. Work was hard but it was a way of life and it became our fun too. I remember having milk fights as we were milking and chasing animals all over the place.
I also grew up on a mink farm, and a pig farm, so you see I have done a little of everything and I wouldn't change that for anything. I would have to say that I REALLY didn't like mink not one little bit. I remember one day having one mink take a hold of my finger and I think that was the last thing that mink did because my dad came after it and gave it a beating. I was screaming and pretty much terrified. Yep I have a scar to prove it. Most people would say was that really good for kids to work so much, and I would say I think it was. It is what made me who I am today. It has definitely strengthened me and I can handle most anything. I have so many childhood memories that most people will never have and I would never want to change it.
Thanks mom and dad!!!!