Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"I have had a rough day. I think it began at Megan's house and I think she must of had crying dust in her house."
And just be heading to bed, Morgan asked "Mom, can you please call Santa and explain I just had a rough day? Tomorrow will be better..."
You can bet I made the call!
I prayed for an experience that would make it known to my kids the joy of giving to others.
That same week I got a email from the Relief Society pres. and she was asking for donations for a single mother with 3 boys 1 yr old to 6 yrs old. They needed anything and everything.
So Emily and Morgan and I set out around the house to find what we could find...
We each went to the pantry and pulled out about 10 cans of food or misc items. I found some new and like new household items and wrapped them. We had 3 pair of good condition pajamas Jakey had out grown and several sets of mittens/hats. We found some games that were hardly used and all the pieces were there. And then we headed to walmart to find some additional items.
When we were done we had a whole box full of food and wrapped gifts. We dropped off the box on the Relief Society Pres door. I noticed that the other members of the ward were quick to act too, there were 3 other boxes there.
Yesterday I got an email from the Relief Society Pres. with an update: She had received so much and organizing it all, in total of 6 large boxes of food, gifts and toys. When they arrived at the home, the tree was bare underneath and quickly they put the wrapped gifts under the tree. The kids were so excited to see all the goodies! And the food was welcomed.
I was so worried, but I didn't need to be, Silly Sarah... Heavenly Father always answers prayers. We just have to be listening, and we will be led.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
At any rate, I still enjoy it and 90% of the time I think my items are cool...but Christmas time is that time of year that others get to endure my "homemade" gift giving. And I get lots of opportunities to make things.
So briefly, thank you to all who have endured my homemade gift giving, you in essence, have given me a gift by accepting it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I also need to put this picture on of Chris' catch on Wed. He was so proud. This is only 1 picture of the 20 he made me take. The fish measured about 30 inches. I have to say it was HUGE. (and gross, I was gagging the whole time as it oozed and the gushed blood as he tried to filet it....)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,and they can become your blessings.
Monday, November 24, 2008
But just have to say, I was not a fan of the movie. Prior to going to the movie, the reviews I read said it stayed true to the book. However, I was surprised at the numerous events out of sequence are generalized. It made it difficult to watch. I imagine that if you did not read the book, the movie was great and entertaining.
But I was frustarted by the numerous lags in dialogue and shots of the tree canopy and thought of all the other things they could have included instead, but didn't.
Heather and I just laughed at the crazed look on Jasper's face and Emmett's velour jog suit...
I think that they got the characters for Esme, Alice, James, Laurent spot on.
I am not a hater, just loved the books! I can't wait for the book that is suppose to be written from Edward's spective!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
well we did our own little rendition last night.
So the many many times that I have said (more like yelled) to the kids "Don't run! Don't slam doors!" came to great reality last night.
As Emily and Jacob played chase, Jacob managed to meet a slamming door with his forehead. We all know that head wounds bleed horribly, and so this one did also. Once we were able to lay him down, test his pupils, and clean the wound, we determined it was cut to the skull and about a inch long.
So off the urgent care! 3 stitches later, Jacob is pretty proud of his "OW" and will show whomever he can.
On to the terrible 2's we go!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Today we celebrate 11 years of blissful marriage.
It all began went Chris and I met a Singles ward party. He wasn't feeling well and was pretty congested.
In the ongoing conversation of about his health, I mentioned that my brother had told me that you should blow your nose in the shower cause all the steam will loosen the mucus in your sinus cavity. Seriously, what boy would not fall in love with any girl who says such alluring things.
(Matt, who know that information would be so crucial!)
Chris says that is when he knew he loved me...
since that day we have been blissfully in love and flem free.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house; and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Our ward was hoping to gather 100 dresses for the local battered woman shelter. Many sisters went out into their neighborhoods and sent flyers to their neighbors, both member and non members. By the end of the evening we counted over 250 dresses.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Emily made a poster with sections to demonstrate each subject. She described in detail the topics they had worked on. She was so articulate! She did spend some time describing her field trip to UNR and the pooping turtle... Her teacher asked her what goals she would like to set for herself. Emily talked about working on reading and math and then she asked her teacher if she could help others in the classroom with reading. She had the whole thing planned out and how it would work! I was just a proud mama, she was really thinking about helping others.
Morgan struggled when school started with being attentive and focused. But her teacher said that since that time, Morgan has really turned around. She no longer is noisy and chatty but she also helps the others at her table focus. She mentioned that Morgan is asked often by classmates for help and Morgan never gets annoyed by the frequent requests. She is also reading at a 3rd grade level and is going to an excellerated reading group that is set up like a book club. She loves it.
I have to go to Enrichment meeting tonight and talk briefly about how I help my kids learn about serving, it is nice to hear once in a while that they are doing it on their own too.
I love my babies!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"
The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
For those who had not heard, Chris' folks had submitted their mission papers 5 weeks ago. Ironically, it was about the same time Chris' dad had his heart attacks. But it doesn't look like there will be any residual worry about Kurt's heart and they will be entering the MTC on Dec 1.
They are planning to take "flat" portraits of each grandkid to take pictures and tell stories of the adventures they have with the flat- grandkids on their mission. For those who don't have a clue what I am talking about, a "flat" portrait is a life size butcher paper cut of yourself and a photo for the head. Flat-Emily, Flat-Morgan, and Flat-Jacob are excited to head to Wisconsin too!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"Harry Potter star fathers second child with mistress"
Sir Michael Gambon is a busy man. The 68-year-old, known to many of us as Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series is about to have his second baby…with his mistress.
Sir Michael has been married to Lady Anne, a retired mathematician, for 45 years. They have a 44-year-old son together, and share a home near London.
The mistress is 43-year-old Philippa Hart, who shares a 17-month-old son with the actor. Philippa reportedly wanted to have a sibling for their son, and so chose to get pregnant again by Sir Michael.
A friend of Sir Michael’s said, “Michael and Philippa are delighted that she’s pregnant again, but he is very worried about what his wife thinks of all this.
“He says it will cause him a lot of hassle if it comes out, but his private arrangements are so complicated he can’t really expect a completely smooth ride.
“He continues to see his wife and mistress, but is very secretive about both relationships. He may be getting on, but Michael is still a wizard with the ladies.”
Lady Anne is reportedly taking the news “in stride.” What do you think of Sir Michael’s wild ways?
Source: The Sun, Photo: PR Photos
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsps vanilla extract
60 caramel candies
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
1 large craft stick
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and flour two 1 1/2-quart oven-safe bowls.
3. Combine 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt.
4. In a separate bowl, beat together 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups unsweetened applesauce, 1 cup vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and beat until well mixed.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared bowls and bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Allow the cakes to cool in the bowls for 10 minutes, then remove them from the bowls and set them inverted on wire racks to cool completely. Once the cakes have cooled, turn them over and use a long knife to even out their flat tops.
7. Topping: Place 60 caramel candies and 2 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir, then heat 30 to 45 seconds more until the mixture is smooth and forms a slow, thick ribbon when dropped from a spoon.
8. Layer the cakes (flat sides together) using a few spoonfuls of the caramel to help hold them in place.
9. Pour the remaining sauce over the cake. The caramel will run down the sides of the cake to cover it completely, or you can spread it with a knife while it's still warm.
10. Let the caramel set for about 20 minutes before pressing the walnuts onto the bottom half of the cake.
11. Cover one half of the craft stick with waxed paper and insert the covered end into the top of the cake.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We inadvertently rolled up on this guy as he was trying to cross the road. Yes, this is from my car window. Yes, I shrieked like a little girl and rolled up the window. He peed on the car, spat on us, and "showed us his butt" as he stomped off into the bush.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I tried a great recipe from my mother in law that is used for various rolls. I forgot that my mother in law is use to cooking for large groups and the recipe was HUGE. I think next time I will have to half it....I used 11 cups of flour!!! I added some caramel sauce to the bottom of the pan and it proceeded to run over the edges and produce some smoke as it burned on my oven burners.
However, it did not detract from the end result and we had pan of huge cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning.
here is the recipe in half for those who would like to have some yummy cinnamon rolls.
2 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbsp Yeast = 1package
1 Tbsp salt
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup Oil
1/2 cup sugar
5- 6 cups flour
Mix all ingredients except flour and stir well. I just did this in my kitchen aid.
Add Flour a cup at a time and stir . Keep adding until you need to knead in the rest of the flour. The dough should not be sticky and soft. Put in a greased bowl and let rise till double in size.
From here you can make dinner rolls, buns or various jelly rolls and cinnamon rolls.
I rolled out the dough flat at about 1/2" thick. I put melted butter on the flat dough and topped with sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up and tuck in the edge.
I made caramel sauce with cube of butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 4 tbsp of Caro syrup melted in a saucepan. I cooked until bubbly. And poured in the bottom of my cookie sheet.
Cut into rolls and put on top of sauce in cookie sheet. Don't pack them in too tight as they will expand and the sauce will run over the sides and burn in your oven...I should know.
Cook at 375 for about 20 Min (until golden brown).
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Heather and I enjoyed the people watching including a Napolean-esk guy and the prairie dogs in various poses:
WHEW! We need a nap...