Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
1. I hate being short, yet I think sometimes it gives me what Ammon calls a "spunky" or "fiesty" personality.
14. I love the satisfaction of a finshed project.
55. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love when the lights go up. It seems like there is magic in the air. I love the presents, I love the gift giving and making Santa come alive.
71. I love weddings. I secretly wish I could marry Ammon again so that we could plan another big party and do things differently just for fun.
72. I love to read, I just wish I had more time. I love easy reads, mostly like kids or junior high books like Harry Potter, Twilight, etc because you get lost in another world and you don't have to think too hard. I used to stay up late at night in high school, hide under my covers with a flash light and read late into the night.
78. I wish I could quilt and well and as fast as Jeannette Bowen! I wish I was a service oriented and kind as Mom Ras. I wish I loved "my fellow brother" like Ashley. I wish I dressed like Chelsea. I wish I was as hard working, smart and clean as my mom. I wish I cooked like Emily. I wish I was as patient as Becca! And I wish I was as witty as Megan. I wish I could sing like Liz. Play sports like Whitney. Teach my kids like Melinda. Talk Texan like Trevor....ok ok you get the picture!!! ;-)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
1. Thank you for making breakfast last week on the night I was tired and down and just didn't feel like it. The kids loved it and you did such a great job making sure they were all included in the preparation. The crunchy eggs (Ethan and Hailey cracked the shells!!) weren't so bad either! ;)
2. Thank you for going to two grocery stores just to find the right cheese for the soup last night.
3. Thank you for picking up Karli's formula and taking just Hailey with you so she could have some one on one time.
4. Thank you for sending me upstairs last week so I could finish my book club book in time.
5. Thank you for handling mood swings with optimism!! Trust me-it's a girl thing!!
6. Thank you for supporting my hobbies and interests and never making me feel like it was all worthless.
7. Thank you for cleaning out the van yesterday and vacumning it too-all in the freezing cold.
8. Thank you for going to fill it up with gas.
9. Thank you for making the bed the past couple of days after I have already gotten up and have started getting Ethan ready for school.
10. Thank you for all your help in trying to help me even try to keep up with the house this month.
11. Thank you for mending that stack of clothes for me-who would have known a surgeon could do it in 20 minutes? You will be great!
12. Thank you for BBQing the chicken for dinner in the freezing cold the other night-it tasted great! But I promise no more BBQ requests in the dark or when it is 30 degrees or below!!!
Taken on Sunday, the night of the BBQ chicken...
13. Thank you for always arranging your call schedule to accomodate the things I have going on.
14. There are a ton more, but thank you for doing all the little things I put off, helping the kids to wear the clothes or shoes I might not choose normally, for eating the leftovers even when I am tired of them, for finding the little things I forget. My weaknesses are your strengths.
I just wanted to tell you again....just so you would know...I love you...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Making the snowmen.
Our multicolored octopuses!!
January 27, 2008
Tonight was a sad night as we learned of the passing of President Hinckley. What a great man. We will always look up to him for his humor, his wisdom and intelligence and the way he "kept up with the world" and seemed to know everything that was going on, especially with the youth of the church. He reminded me so much of my grandpa and I always looked up to him in that way. This week was hard, grey and cold...maybe the world knew it would be losing a great man and heaven was gaining one of its finest.
We will always remember President Hinckley for all he did for all of us, for his peace during difficult cirumstances (like Sept. 11) for being a role model for us and our children, the kind way in which he handled the youth, his presence at BYU devotionals, and the way he made the world a better place. We will always appreciate his extreme role in bringing the temples to the people and making it so mini temples dot the world now. Ammon and I were married in Fresno, California, in a mini temple and we are privledged to live only 15 minutes from one now. We can rejoice in knowing that he was be greeted by thousands and most especially his wife and the Savior himself. What a incredible reunion that must have been.
May our children always know of our testimony and that we know the church is led today by a prophet of God. Even with the passing of one, the church goes on strong and things fall into place quickly. We will still be led by another great man. We will never forget President Hinckley and always, always the smile on his face.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Well, I think I may how found the answer to my scrapbook dilema a bit. This week has been busy...it's been rough...and after talking with some of you I have realized we have all had a hard week. Scrapbooking is just not what it used to be. I still love it. It is still my therapy! But the kids are more important and trying to juggle six schedules, wants and needs, it is getting harder to do regularly. I can only do it when the kids are in bed.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
MOM CALLED ME JUST TO CHAT!
"If we don't strengthen ourselves, we will never be in a position to strengthen others".
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
(From “Our Family Scrapbooks” Book)
1 package white cake mix
1 cup whole milk
1 stick butter, melted
Grease and flour 2 9” cake pans. Combine cake mix, milk, butter, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide batter into both pans and place in oven. Bake at 350˚ for 27-29 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and allow cakes to cool completely on a rack.
Frost with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting.
1 stick butter, softened 3-4 T. milk
3 ¾ cup powdered sugar 1 t. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
Blend butter with mixer on low speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 3 T. milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Add more milk of frosting seems too stiff. Frost cake and place uncovered in fridge until frosting sets.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Ammon was blessed that:
- he could make goals and work hard, yet find BALANCE
- that he would have good control of health and strength
- focus on studies
- prepare for a rigorious 3rd year, accomplish goals to move forward
- Heavenly Father is pleased with Ammon's efforts
- Keep long range perspective with family and doors will open for the future
- Push self to use time wisely
- Enjoy life and have fun, yet there is an appropriate balance
- Dad loves him and is thankful for him
- that he would be successful in his endeavors
- Dad is pleased
- blessed with the ability to feel of love and spirit, and his gratitude of Ammon's striving to please him
- mom and dad love Ammon dearly
- blessed to balance the load of being father, husband, student, priest holder, leader in ward
- delicate balance--> wise in proper order
- peace to know that Heavenly Father will assist him, enabling powers to do better and accomplish more than Ammon could do on his own.
It was especially neat to be in this room with Ammon and his Dad and mom, listening to this father's blessing. There was quite a bit of mention about finding BALANCE that we'll try and strive for. I am grateful for the priesthood in our lives and the worthy priesthood holders who exercise their faith in our behalf.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
On the drive there...The post blizzard area in Virginia that we drove through..it was breathtaking...It reminded me of driving up in Utah.
Onto the evening portion of the day. This is what we did for entertainment in our beautiful (not full of holes or with scary people at all ;) ) hotel room...
We have always done this....for breakfast (unless there is a continental one) or we make lunch in the hotel room before we leave for our adventure for the day...
It was a really good trip and the kids deserve medals for how they behaved in the car. The hardest part though...two hours after Ammon finally got to sleep, he got a page for a case....poor Ammon. He actually went on another one after that too. Two cases in one day on two hours sleep..Thanks Ammon for all you do for us and congrats on being done with interviews!!
My favorite part of road trips: