Thursday, December 31, 2009
Two broken bones in the same kid at two different times
One of my best friend became single, and she's really much happier now
My man became a traveling husband, mostly to Texas but also to the
I found a great teacher and have been taking guitar lessons since February
ALMOST THE BEST SURPRISE
A difficult decision we made a few years ago has paid off and now we
are as out of debt as ever.
THE BEST SURPRISE OF 2009
I got to see my grandbaby be born and my son in law and daughter
So there it is. Makes me wonder what 2010 will bring. Happy New Year
to my faithful blog readers!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
the hot chocolate in this house. I made up a batch today that was
particularly yummy. Despite all the Stephens hot cocoa we have in the
pantry, I tried this new recipe. 3 parts milk, 1 part cream a little
vanilla and the ground chocolate that is already sweetened, to taste.
David actually mentioned it was different and yummy. So try it if
you get the chance.
Notice the del taco sauce stash in the back of the picture- it's
how it rolls with my group- whatever.
For the record, neither one of my teenage sons went to the dance. I think knowing we were going to be there scared them off- wimps.
It was awesome that some of our sons buddies talked to us and some of the young women from our ward were friendly to us too. That always makes me feel like an acceptable "adult" when that happens.
It really is neat that we have friends in each age group as our kids.
How's that for a strange Tuesday night activity for David and I?
Friday, December 25, 2009
sisters day we web ahead and made some caramels and some mints.
Happily they all turned out really well. I think the secret is to have
Brig involved. Typically the candy is not perfect because they turn
out with some grainy texture. This batch turned out very well. There
was a bit of graininess that first day, but after a day everything was
soft and creamy- almost like biting into a tiny square of sweet minty
butter. So if you want to make pulled buttermints I suggest you call
Monday, December 21, 2009
shopping and started with a stop at Mimi s. AJ is always good for a
laugh and a fun time. We finished at Mimi s then went to south Provo.
After a few stops we went saw a cupcake shoppe so we had to take a
look in there. Aub got a peanut butter chocolate cupcake, and I got an
eggnog flavored one. Mine is still in my fridge waiting for me to
remember to share it with Dave. I'm sure it tastes great now ;). We
also went by the quilted bear. We actually got a few things done and
had a great time laughing too.
Friday, December 11, 2009
accepted and Jacob joins his brother in achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout. There is to be huge court of honor for 12 or so young men,
including both my boys, in January. All will receive the Eagle award.
I am happy for my boys. They worked hard and learned a lot. I worried
about the "mothers eagle pin" and at one time decided not to accept
the pins. I did nothing in my mind to deserve the honor- truely. Some
have said that if I simply encouraged my sons or just not discourage
them, I can accept the pins with out any guilt...if that is true I'm
okay with it. Really though, it's about the scout, not the mother.
near by place called pei wei- or pay way is how I say it. ?? It was
pretty good. I ordered the pei wai spicy, but ended up taking the
coconut curry home- that was okay and it was a lucky mistake since I
enjoyed that too. I did keep thinking the chicken needed salt, and
even though it was spicy, maybe even some pepper. It was very perky
with ginger, which I really loved. It was a good diversion that I will
remember for the next time I need one.
well and it's a little easier to get sad while he's gone. I make a
little game of distracting myself while he is gone and today I headed
to Pirate O's in Draper. I found a few unusual treasures but took
pictures of some of the odd things I did not choose. That store must
do very well at Christmas because the parking lot was full at 11:30 on
Friday morning. Here's a little of what I found.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Every year about this time I make gingerbread. I have found a great recipe. There is a history as to why I make gingerbread, so I have to tell you about it. On December 5th or 6th many years ago, a sweet expectant mother to be decided to make a batch of gingerbread. While making the great smelling treat her baby decided it was time for him to come into the world. She went to the hospital and had that baby boy on December 6. She and her good husband named their first son David. (he was named after David O. McKay). Baby boy David grew up to be an awesome man and got completely whooped by a girl named Connie. Yep, that gingerbread seeking baby was my husband. So each year I make the symbolic and celebritory gingerbread.
recipe. There is a history as to why I make gingerbread, so I have to
tell you about it. On December 5th or 6th many years ago, a sweet
expectant mother to be decided to make a batch of gingerbread. While
making the great smelling treat her baby decided it was time for him
to come into the world. She went to the hospital and had that baby
boy on December 6. She and her good husband named their first son
David. (he was named after David O. McKay). Baby boy David grew up to
be an awesome man and got completely whooped by a girl named Connie.
Yep, that gingerbread seeking baby was my husband. So each year I make
the symbolic and celebritory gingerbread.
Here's the recipe. It origionally came from all recipes.com but I
changed a few things. It's much more perky this way.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9
inch square pan. (Sometimes I use a loaf pan)
In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg,
and mix in the molasses.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,
ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot
water. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the
center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving.
When David made this for me when we were dating, he served it topped
with applesauce on top. Delicious!!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
found out about a deal at a nearby grocery store. If you go after 7pm,
you can buy all te donuts you can fit in a box for $3.00. He has
learned to be there right at 7 to get the best selection and volume.
Tonight he and his buddies fit 40, donuts into one box- including
some donut holes, wow. Good thing he is a runner. Good things he has
buddies. Funny kid
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
called Then and Now and it carries antiques. It was fun to look around
and see what sort of things were there. The shop owner talked with us
for awhile and was very kind. All of the sudden I recognized something
*or someone* right behind the lady. I said- hey I had a doll like
that! The owner said "velvet?". Wow ya that was her name. And we had
Chrissy too, the redhead doll. I think Laurie was her owner but maybe
I'm confused. It was cool to see a friend from the past.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This morning I was able to go see LHS production of Aida. Overall the show was fabulous. All the performers reminded me of how much talent is right here in little Lehi. The female lead was especially impressive. As with the only other time I have seen this play, the song "The Gods Love Nubia" was by far the most powerful and emotional part of the show. Right before this part, the captured Nubian slaves, including Aida, find out that their King has been captured by the Egyptians. It is also a part when my heart aches for Aida, because the King is her father. She sings this beautiful song to bring hope to her fellow Nubians. I couldn't keep the tears from coming down. The scene when a loyal Nubian gives her life to save Aida is great too. Wow! To have such a great leader that the followers would die for... amazing really.I was there with the jr high drama class, and I'm not sure if I'll go during it's regular run this weekend and into next week. It is sad- and mostly cause I've been too sensitive lately. (If David wants to go
I will too, but it really is heart wrenching.) The costumes were mostly good and the set was great too- not too much to up stage the story, so to speak. So if you've never seen this show or need a good weep make your way to LHS for a fine show. If you can't make it, YouTube "the Gods love Nubia" to get a feel for the power of that song.
Monday, November 16, 2009
at work was a very busy clean up day. To add to the craziness, some
people from Houston are coming in this week- so today is the day to
prepare for that too. Dave said he might be late tonight, as well as
most of the nights this week.
Last week I gave a solo lesson for FHE but it only lasted about 5
minutes. (we talked about GENSHAI) We then listened to the BOM CDs
while we drove to get shakes.
This week I wasn't sure what to do for FHE.
Well, as I was thinking another what to talk about for fhe I sat down
with my guitar to practice for my lessons. We have some Christmas
songs so I called my boys in and told them we were going to sing
Christmas songs. Then the light bulb went in- Joseph went and got a
few of his drums and Jacob started playing the acoustic guitar, while
I had the steel string guitar and we started rocking out. We played
all the songs we both knew from my music, but our hits of the night
are feliz navedad- up on the housetop and jingle bells. The drums were
pretty loud and I figured we should quiet down by 8:00 so sadly we put
the things away and Dave missed the performance. I don't think our
neighbors were as lucky.
It was a very crazy family home evening.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I also got to spend a little time with Jack Clarke- what a fun kid. I know he will get more entertaining as he gets older. It was great to spend time with him
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I've been at it like a mad woman. I get sucked into the project by all the names and ages and where the people have come from. It's odd that it is so addictive, but really, it is. I have a goal to reach by the end of the year. I dont even know if it is realistic, but I want to score 20,000 more names to my score. Then my total for all time will be 100,000. Ill get there eventually I suppose
Friday, November 6, 2009
Laura and I went to see
But we ended up in line talking and visiting with
While we were waiting in the line all night we became friends with lots of people around us. This guy, Kevin Hall, is a local author . He and the PW are published by the same company. He came to see and experience her huge success. He kept saying how incredible it was for her to be so popular so fast. Kevin told me his book is about the power of words. I really wasn't sure what that meant, but mentally kicked myself every time I let "awesome" or "wow" or "cool" slip from my mouth. His book, from what I can tell, is more about using words to help yourself, from the inside. I think it will be interesting to read.
I've learned, the hard way, that I need to be careful of my thoughts, meaning having positive thoughts, building thoughts. (It brings new meaning to having wearing the armour of god, and using a helmet of salvation for your thoughts)
He gave me a free copy and in exchange I offered him my Pioneer Woman cookbook. I had got mine through Amazon pre order. The books at the book signing were all sold. During our long wait, he talked to me about the meaning of some words, like for'give'ness (giving someone something- totally) and also passion (something you love, and are willing to suffer for). He also used phrases I really liked. Talking about how he met his wife, he said he 'over-married' - he married someone better than himself. Also, "don't do what your good at, do what you are great at". While he went to his car, I was telling the gals around me about his book. One lady asked how one would find out what they were "great" at. When he came back, I kinda acted the silly that I am, and told him I had taken questions from the audience and had him tell the group around us his answers. Ya wanna know what the answer to this question is? He said, you are "great" at the things you have done all your life that others say- you're a natural at that, things you probably already know about yourself. It was very interesting
He has kindly offered a free copy of "Aspire" to any of my friends and family, if I understood his email correctly. So if you'd like to have one let me know. The books won't be available to the general public until Jan 2010.
Here's part of a press release on his book-
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER KEVIN HALL UNLOCKS THE SECRET MEANING OF WORDS IN GROUNDBREAKING NEW BOOK Hall’s ‘Aspire’ takes readers through a unique journey of self-discovery and purpose (New York, NY, November 5, 2009) – Highly sought-after leadership speaker and business coach Kevin Hall releases his widely appealing and highly anticipated inaugural book, “Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words,” which guides readers on a journey through inspirational encounters that individually reveal the inherent power of words. Hall had successfully printed and sold a limited edition of "Aspire" when he entered into a unique co-publishing agreement with William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. While the book will become widely available in stores on January 5, 2010, thousands of passionate followers have already driven “Aspire” to on-line bestseller lists. Hall breaks down this secret vocabulary into 11 key words, which he creatively serves to his readers through a series of enlightening and sometimes heart-wrenching stories. Beginning with an encounter with a shopkeeper in Vienna, Hall discovers that one word, “Genshai,” could change the world for the better; and from here, the journey begins. Chad Hymas, a quadriplegic on a race to set a world record, introduces Hall to the deeper meaning of “Passion,” and Michael Jordan’s famed mind coach, Dr. Gerald Bell, unlocks the power of “Pathfinder.” Part inspirational text and part self-discovery workbook, “Aspire” challenges readers to discover their own true purpose by actively participating in the journey, essentially creating a register of individuals who have enriched their lives by embodying the outlined words in “The Book of Greats.” “Words have tremendous power for good or for ill. They can inspire or expire. The choice is ours,” declares Hall. “Using words and language that lift the human spirit creates a new paradigm in thinking. Instead of “What can I get?” our mentality shifts to “What can I give?” “Aspire” and Hall have already received immense acclaim from renowned leaders in the industry, including Dr. Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” who provides the foreword in this book. “Just as I broke new ground in human development over twenty years ago by uncovering the habits that make for a meaningful and effective life,” states Covey, “Kevin is breaking new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of the words that make up those habits.” ### About Kevin Hall Kevin Hall is a highly sought-after business consultant, speaker and coach. He was a partner in Franklin Quest, the precursor to Franklin Covey, makers of the Franklin Day Planner. As vice president of Sales and Training, he helped fuel Franklin's worldwide growth. Kevin is cofounder of the Statue of Responsibility Foundation envisioned by Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of “Man's Search for Meaning.” He has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden, and often secret, meanings of words. Kevin is also credited with wordsmithing and trademarking the original slogan for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, "Ignite the Fire Within." Visit Kevin Hall online at HYPERLINK "http://www.powerofwords.com"
Let me know if you'd like a book- It's not what ya know baby!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
play. Not sure how I feel about the wreath or the dramatic stage
makeup but so goes being on stage. You'll notice there is no splint on
his arm. He's actually doing okay in the healing of his broken
radius. He is holding a package of playing cards. He uses them for
magic tricks but I gave no idea why they are part of his get up right
now.. The show opens Thursday! It's going to be a good weekend.
Monday, November 2, 2009
class I attended. Make a package of brownies, spread half in the pan-
layer on 3 symphony bars. Top with the other half of the brownie mix
and bake as directed. Cool then slice. If you eat this with while it
is still warm, you will forget all your problems for a little while.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
to have a warmer bed. Once we are both tucked in we can stay warm but
that first crawl inbetween the sheets is a true chiller. So I bit the
bullet and bought this little number on payday Friday. I didn't tell
Dave about it till he got in the prewarmed bed. He was happy with my
big move to buy this. It will especially come in handy when he is
traveling for work. Trinidad and Houston before the year is over. I'm
really trying not to be a whiner about it.
asked to provide cupcakes. I baked them for him while he was at
school. When he got home, he and a buddy agreed to frost them. They
used 1/2 of a canister of store bought frosting for the whole batch of
cupcakes. Here's how they looked. I dint know... Hummmm what was
missing? I'd just guess it was a tiny bit of a womans touch. I
doctored them up and sent a dozen beauties off to the cake walk. Those
boys made me laugh.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well, anyone that knows me, knows that I am a big fan of Hot Chocolate. It is one of the ways I cope with the cold weather. I fell for the deal at Costco, 4 cans for $10
So heres what it came down to, The most deluxe and best hot cocoa, is definitely the dark chocolate one. Second is the pumpkins spice. When in a blind taste test, by Kim, she couldn't really identify the pumpkin part of the flavor, but I still find it tasty. The milk chocolate comes in third, and the others... well ummmmm, I hope someone else will drink them.
So now you are adequately educated as to my opinions on these Stephens flavors. If you want the french vanilla or the peanut butter one, give me a text, and you can at least try them.
Now you know why this was a serious post
Monday, October 26, 2009
pain. I figured that was pretty suspicious of a break- we got into our
doctor, dr Weipert, at 11:10. He assessed the whole situation,
thinking it might just be a bruised bone, but sent us for an xray
anyway. I went into the xray with Jacob and could see a little
abnormality about where he reported having pain. I was really
surprised to see a break but the technician poo poo ed my guess.
After a cafe rio lunch we got a call reporting he did have a true
fracture. Hummmmm what now xray lady? We went back to the dr and got
a soft splint. Dr Weipert was awesome about the midsummers nights
dream coming up. Jacob has a big part, Oberon in that play. It opens
in 1 1/2 weeks. The dr also prescribed calcium rich foods as well, so
we stopped off at A&W and got him a rootbeer float. So that was my
We'll wrap it up with v t ing and home evening. For fhe we are
watching a Dave Ramsey DVD. Do you know Dave Ramsey? He is awesome!
He's a cross between an financial planner and a preacher man. So now
you're up to date with the fall/xray/soft splint/ Jr high play goings
Sunday, October 25, 2009
a scrape on his forehead, and lower arm. He has also been favoring his
lower right arm. The after hours clinic is closed for the night so
we're going to have to wait for morning to see what the damage is. We
wrapped it and iced it and gave him 1600mg ibuprofen. On the way home
from Provo Jacob started perking up. I'll report more later.
Monday, October 19, 2009
usually keep up with her via her blog- or at weddig receptions we seem
to visit for awhile. It really is odd. Non the less, she teaches me
things through her blog. Recently she had about The Macaroni Grill.
Yum! David and I love that place, mostly for the chocolate cake. Ah
man who am I kidding? It's mostly for the chocolate ganache on the
chocolate cake, with a tiny bit of icecream. (Last time I had my
annual "x-ray" I comforted myself with that ganache.) David and I
usually split a Tuscan ribeye steak and the ganache, I mean the cake.
Anyway Edee shared a link to a recipe for the bread they serve there.
I whipped out a batch tonight to go with the potato soup I made.
Totally cheater potato soup, but my boys like it.
When the king of the castle comes home, he will love that bread. I
even have some balsamic vinegar and olive oil or dipping
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
sadly Kim can't come with us though. Steve Laura and Jack will meet
us there so we are traveling with just three of our kids. Kind of
weird and quiet. It will be great to spend the time with the big
family that is also going to be there. More pictures to come.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I was in charge of activity day today. My co leader and I meet with the 8 and 9 yr olds and it is a lot of fun. Today we talked about friendship. We had to meet outside, since our key didn't work for the church building, but it was OK- a little cold, but OK. I asked the girls to close their eyes. I asked them to raise their hand if they had a very best friend that they could depend on. It was very sad that not all the girls rose their hand. I asked if they wanted a friend that was a best friend. They all did raise their hand on that one. I asked them to think about the things a best friend does and think if they need to be more like a best Friend to people in their lives. Then I read the girls this story. It is a very good book, with a cute message on the importance of having friends. Then we wrote compliments to each other on little 3X5 cards. I planned on making friendship bracelets, but we ran out of time, and sunshine, so we'll do that net time. I was worried we wouldn't have enough to do and was really stressed out about it, but it worked out really well.
For awhile my sibs that lived near by were meeting each week with our brother Steve for lunch. He works out of town, but once a week he has a break for lunch right in Provo. We stopped doing it, but recently started up again. Because it always starts a family fight to decide where we'll have lunch we have a standing place we go. El Azteca, It is right by Provo High so Brig gets to join us which is very fun. Wish all the nieces and nephews could come... Steve and Ray have a funny relationship, which really, does this surprise anyone?
I love these lunch dates, Mom and Dad usually show up and Louis too. The carne asada taco is great, but if you get the platter, there is plenty to share.. and the babies like me more ;)
Friday, October 2, 2009
sentimental. 25 years ago tonight we were thinking maybe our baby would come soon. I had been to the dr that day and he told me I'd prob go into labor within 24 hours. We got through the night pretty well and decided to go to the hospital that morning. By 3:30 our little girl was here. It was such an amazing experience, and I finally became a mommy-- A MOMMY!! The only thing I wanted more than being a wife was to be a mommy. Its been a great 25 years with my Laur. I'm so happy with the woman she has become- smart, beautiful and so fun. She is truely a great friend to me. We've had so much fun together. I'm glad she is my daughter forever.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Being with a whiner is such a downer. I don't want to be like that. I know there is a therapeutic place for downloading to a friend, but when it is all that is ever discussed, it is just wrong. (I want to ask these people, why did you become a teacher if you hate it? why did you have kids if you don't like to be with them? Why did you even get married if you hate it?)
It's true, I do my share of whining. Jim and Krista and Michelle get the most of my downloads, and of course Dave too. Now that I think of it, so many people make me think I am a whiner. bummer, but in my own defense I can laugh and joke and have a great time with all these folks. Being a downer is not the only part of my interaction with these friends.
On the flip side, there are people that have had very sad disruptions in their lives, yet they are positive and kind and uplifting. These people are like a breath of fresh air.
This is what I aspire to be, to look for the good and not complain about the choices I have made. I acknowledge not all my decisions are smart or the best, but I will move on and not let that bring me down. People can be so powerful, and they get to choose to which power they are working for.
I'm going to go for it- wish me luck :)