Sunday, November 30, 2008

What have YOU done??

I saw this on my friend's blog. Everyone do this on your blog....I tag you if you are reading this!

To participate, just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument

I did not realize how many of these I have done and how many of them I am glad that I have not done. Have fun doing the list.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


We are grateful for all we have in our life. We are grateful for our beautiful children and for the love and friendship they share with each other and others in their life. We are grateful for the Gospel and what it means to each of us.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

From Our Family to Yours with Love!

Monday, November 24, 2008

13 Years Ago

Rod and I have been married for 13 years as of today. It is hard to believe it has been that long because it does not feel like it. They have been wonderful years with struggles, laughter and lots of fun.
The Mesa Arizona Temple has a special place in my heart. I was living in Texas at the time and was not active at Church. I was struggling trying to figure out what I was to do. I prayed about it and also had a friends Dad give me a blessing. I moved to Arizona a few months later and lived with my friends aunt and her family until I could find a job and a place to live. I was still struggling and one day she said "I want to take you some where." So we hopped in her car and we headed down this road near her house and all I saw was the tops of the trees that go around the Temple grounds. I started crying and I knew I was doing what the Lord wanted me to do and that I needed to get active again. So a year later I went through the Temple and a year after that I started dating Rod and we were married in this BEAUTIFUL Temple.
I am so grateful for him and all that he does for our family. I am grateful for the love and friendship we share and so grateful for the family we have together. I am grateful we are together for Eternity.


Neiman-Marcus Cookies
(recipe may be halved)

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal****
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

****measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together withflour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate pieces,Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on acookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Makes 112 cookies

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I really wanted to do a theme again this year but the kids did not want too. I was bummed but think they look awesome any way. I don't know what they were thinking about when they were smiling, probably "HURRY UP MOM!!! WE WANT TO GO TRICK-O-TREATING!!".

We had a builder, a cute witch and bumblebee the transformer.


I am really excited about this Christmas. We are doing mostly homemade gifts for the kids with 2-3 store bought ones that they have asked for and that are not expensive, which is nice. Plus Rod's parents are going to be home from their mission and the kids (well all of us) are SO EXCITED!! It will be a lot of fun.

So I was looking at backgrounds and I really like the new one I but on my blog. It makes you want to have several feet of snow on the ground and have your family close by, well at least to me.

Super Saturday

I have been going like crazy today and it is only half over, boy!!

I went walking/running this morning. Walked for 2 miles and ran for 3.5. It felt great. Since I have been home, I have done laundry (about 2 loads to fold and 3 to wash), it is never ending, made bread, helped the kids clean their rooms and the playroom, vacuumed and put clothes away. I still have to mop floors and clean bathrooms and run a few errands while the kids are at a birthday party.

I usually get a lot of this done during the week, but I have had two sick boys and working at the bookstore and a few other things thrown in the mix. Not that I am complaining, I just would like to do something fun. Last night after we got the kids to bed, Rod and I decided to watch TV, we both fell a sleep and I woke up with drool all the way down my arm. It was pretty funny.

Hope you all have a great Saturday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008


Life has been so crazy around here lately and I am so far behind in posting. I finally got my camera downloaded onto a CD and now I have to catch up on all my post. I have pictures from the end of summer if that tells you how far behind I am. I wish I had my other printer that I could just download straight to my computer. I really don't like to wait so long to get a CD made. I have over 300 pictures to sort through and post about. WOW!!

Hope you are all having a Marvelous Monday!! We have been hit with a lot of rain these last two weeks and I can't believe how wet it is outside. I have been going for walks when the kids get on the bus and it has not been to bad coldness wise and today it was raining fairly good by the time I got back home. But it feels great to be out and enjoying the outdoors.

Have a great day and hope to have some pictures posted tonight.