Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I am just amazed at how fast time flies by. It seems like just yesterday Xander was born, then he crawled, walked, and ran. To look at him right now, I can't believe that he's 5, in his 2nd year of preschool and is already reading, and doing really well at it too. And to mark off another thing that I am astonished at:
I just registered him for Kindergarten!!!!!!!!
Where has my baby gone?!?!?!?! And why don't they stay little for longer????
On Friday (my birthday) we had tickets to go to the Draper Temple Open House with my mom, Karri, and Grandma Joan.
Mara fell asleep on the way up.It was nice to be there with the kids, but there were so many people that the tour was silent, so the kids were bored, and Xander was hungry and tired of walking. Next time we need to go in the middle of the week & earlier in the day, or just go without the kids!
After the temple we went to dinner at Chili's.Thanks honey for a great birthday! I love you!!
Okay, explanation: I have been trying to limit my time on the computer and have been doing really good at it. I finally pulled out my scrapbook stuff and have been working on that this week. But the major thing is that the laptop that I usually use is out of commission!! "What happened?" You ask? Well, here's the story. Background info: the laptop is not even 3 years old, but my mom got a new one so the old one became mine, and about 6 months ago the CD drive died, which is normally not a big deal for me because I didn't need it. Then the McAfee security came up for renewal but I didn't do it because of said CD drive. It's been doing just fine for the past 2 months, until Thursday! I was downloading some new scrapbook paper and there was a virus with it!!!! Luckily I was able to get all my files off of it without having the virus hitch a ride. So I have been limited to using a desktop computer that is out of the way and in my opinion, very inconvenient to use, and not to mention, slower then what I am used to. But my very nice and wonderful mom, is letting me use her new laptop so I don't feel so out of it. I just don't know what we are going to do with the old one. My brother is going to take a look at it and see what he can do, but we will probably have to take it somewhere to get the CD drive fixed first. I don't know if it's even worth it. So we'll see what happens.
Ah, I feel much better now that I'm caught up.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Well I am during my prep period at school right now and just had to use this opportunity to make my first post on our family blog be a happy birthday wish to Breanne. I love you! I wish I could come up with in my time here a list like you made for me but if nothing else I want you and everyone else to know how much I love you. You are my world! There is no one else that could be more perfect for me and I am so lucky and blessed to have you! You have been so supportive of everything I have done that even on the days when I am stressed or feeling down I can just think about you and your beautiful smile and the sun seems to be brighter and I know that everything will be ok because even if I lost everything I would still have you and the kids. I hope that you have the best day possible today and know that I love you ALWAYS and FOREVER!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So if you have a Cricut and don't have the Paper Dolls cartridge, I recommend going out and getting it!!! Along with the little people that you can make there are so many other accessories too!! It is by far the best one out there!! I just want to make more :)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mara picked out a Pink balloon, of course!
Mara loved that there was a castle!
I love this picture, but had to edit out my backend!
This one is sweet, but it was a little blurry.
But oh how I love Picasa!
A view from above.Mara & Karri
Me & My Mara
I love having more then one camera at events, because you get great pictures! Karri took this one, and I love it!
And this one too!
What Will You Celebrate?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
3/4 cup Shortening (if you want it fluffy) or
3/4 cup Oil (if you want it heavy) I use the oil!
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Lemon
3/4 cup Milk
1 Tbsp Vinegar
Mix together until creamy. Pour into a greased cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
4-5 Tbsp Butter (softened)
1 Egg Yolk
1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Hot Water
Cream together. (I added an extra Tbsp of water to help it mix)
Note - Pat prefers the frosting to have less Cocoa, so I make it with 1 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon and 1 Tbsp Cocoa. But either way it still tastes great!
Mara and her Strawberry Ice Cream (she had to get it because it was pink!)
I got my normal Chocolate w/ brownies & caramel.
I love Cold Stone!!!
On Thursday, Pat's actual birthday, the kids and I got some balloons and headed over to AFJH to surprise Pat. It was an A-day and I knew he would have his prep hour, and that we wouldn't be interrupting much :)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
- I love his passion for our family.
- I love his sense of humor. He can always make me laugh!
- He works hard at all he does.
- He loves to watch movies! (as do I)
- He loves toys of all sorts and has an awesome blog about them all!!
- He is a kid at heart. And that is why he is so good with kids.
- He's going to be a great teacher.
- He is always so concerned about me and what's going on in my head!
- He loves his family and is always willing to help them out.
- He is a Sci-Fi geek like me! That's probably why we bonded so easily!
- He always knows how to talk to our kids and explain things in terms that they understand.
- He is a very organized person, and I'm still learning from his example.
- He loves to sing in the car and make up words to the songs. It gets us all laughing.
- He is the ultimate collector and has taught Xander to appreciate things in their package!
- He has a love of reading, especially if it's a Star Wars book :)
- He has a "remember brain" as Xander would say. He's able to remember details that I overlook.
- He loves his children and they are always excited to see him!!
- He doesn't like chocolate, so there is always some for me :)
- He has a love of learning, I know he will pass that on to his students.
- I love the way he makes me feel.
- I know that he truly loves me.
- I love his smile and the funny faces that he makes :)
- He is always there to talk me out of things that I want to buy that are so not practical!
- He is a great support to me and always reminds me of what I need to be doing.
- I love how secure and safe I feel in his arms.
- I love that we share the same ideas for our future.
- I love that he is my husband for eternity :)
- I just flat out love him!!
I love you honey!!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Surprisingly, I painted Mara's fingernails for the very first time on the 23rd. I painted her toes too. She was very happy as you can see!
Xander has been wanting to take pictures with the camera, so before I let him I had to take a picture of us together. I love my little boy!
Xander has been bringing home books from school and has started reading!!!!! It's so awesome!!! He totally picks out words in everyday things and loves to read his books. He had to read one of his books while eating breakfast. And just for the record Xander has to eat "a peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut in half" every morning. And most days he will ask for one at lunch too!! I keep telling him he will turn into a PB&J sandwich, but he doesn't believe me!
Last week I was having a bout of "slow computer" so I decided to use my mom's new laptop. I only needed it for about 5-10 minutes (so I could change my background on the blog), so I stayed in her room to do it. Sure enough Mara found me and curled up in my lap. While I was working on the computer I just played with her hair, and once I was done I realized that she had fallen asleep. Xander found me and he was able to get the camera and take a few pictures for me! It's so nice that he's old enough to do little things for me :)
I do have to clarify: It was 2 in the afternoon and I do get my children dressed every morning. But Mara always seems to change back into her nightgown. She doesn't really like to wear real clothes so she is usually in a nightgown or dress ups! What a girl!!!!!
A close up.
On Friday Karri came over and we had dinner and just hung out. Mara decided that she wanted to get a dress from her room. I told Karri that she could wear whatever she wanted that was hanging in her closet, and this is what she picked out!!!! This dress is WAY too big for her, but I love that she wanted to wear it! This dress was made by my cousin AnnaLisa for my wedding. My younger cousin McKenzie, who I believe was about 6 at the time, was my little "flower girl". My Aunt Laurie found the dress about 6 months ago and gave it to me and it's just been hanging in Mara's closet ever since. Now the cutest thing about this is that when I told Mara about the history of the dress and that it was for my wedding, she got really excited, said something to me about "mom and dad at the temple" and then had the sweetest look on her face and said "Thank you Mom!" and gave me a big hug!! It was like she thought the dress was made just for her! I can't wait until she is old enough to really wear it :)
As many of you know, Xander loves LEGO's!!! He has started to build little things, you can call them "weapons", to wear. He has one that he can put his finger's through and hold on to it. This particular one goes over his wrist! He is such a boy and I love his imagination :)
April - May/June - July