Monday, December 20, 2010

Friendship

I have been contemplating on my friendships, both past and present. I have had many close friends. The Heckendorn's and us Richins' kids played together so often we wore a path between our houses, and we could walk into each other's houses without causing a stir (Brigham went missing one day, and he was found in the Heckendorn's house... they didn't even know he was there) because we were there so often. I spent much time at Emilee Payne's house, or she at mine. Up until they moved, when I was in the first grade, the Hansen's and my family spent tons of time together. Josh and Jennifer Smith were our (Zach's and my) best friends in Safford, and still continue to be.
My cousins have all ways been close to me as well. When it came time for Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise's family to visit, Kelleen and I were inseparable. I don't know what I would have done with out Lynn Ette, Allen and Hyrum while I lived in Animas. They were pretty much the bestest friends ever.
I have had so many good friends, if I have missed naming any here, please don't be upset with me... know that I love you all very much.
Over the years we have all gone our separate ways. We all developed different hobbies, moved, and such. I have lost track with many of them. I have come to realize how important their friendships' were/are to me, and how much I miss them. I have learned, the hard way, to keep in touch with my friends. It is so hard to try to renew a friendship when you haven't talked for years, and all you know about the other person is what they were like as a kid.
Every time that I think back to growing up with all of them, I get a big smile on my face. I have so many fond memories. I hope to be able to make many more memories with them, and my friends now and friends-to-be. Life is too short to take friends for granted. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my old friends again, whether I have lost touch with them or I am just getting to know them better!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tree

Zach and I bought a full size (6-7 foot tall) Noble Fir tree this year. I am so excited to have a nice tree!! We had been hoping to cut one down this year, but it would have been way too much of a hassel to get a tree cutting permit this year... Our tree has kind of a blue and silver/white theme going on... blue and white lights, blue and white balls, and a blue and white tree skirt.



I was going to crochet a really pretty angel for the tree, but I decided I didn't have time to this year, so I bought a really pretty star for the tree topper.


Update *** the pictures are no longer there... so um... yah sorry

Now Hiring!!!

Queen of Procrastination - will post information later

Queen of Excuses - must be able to come up with excuses without thinking about it.


Reason why positions are open - I am tired of having those jobs!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Highway of Life

Zach and I watched an amazing movie last night, it is Facing the Giants. It is about a football coach at a Christian high school. He has the most rotten luck. they hardly ever win. He and his wife have been trying to have a child of their own for four years with no luck. He finally went tot he doctor, and discovered he had some problem or other that prevented them from having children. And that night after work, he overheard a group of fathers and some people who work at the school, discussing his losing record, and how he needs to be replaced.
That night he finally turned to the Bible, and God. He decided to give his life over to God, and to quit trying to control everything. He tells his team that from now on the purpose of football is not to win, but to praise God. If they win, they will praise God, and if they loose they will still praise God. They will play for fun, put their trust in God, and see what happens. Well, to make the story short, and so I don't completely ruin it for you... After they put their complete trust in God the blessings started to flow. Their lives were all changed.
As I have looked back on the past year and half of my married life I have seen so many blessings. Every time Zach and I decided to trust the Lord, so many wonderful things happened. But we have trust issues. We like the driver's seat a little too much. As soon as we start to see the blessing coming we say, "Thank you Lord, but we can take it from here. Thanks for getting us out of this tough spot." We let Him be a backseat driver, but won't give up the driver's seat. Then after awhile of us driving ourselves down the highway called life we hit another spot on the road full of potholes. After trying to steer through, and crashing into the biggest one on the road, we let the Lord take over again. Watching this movie has made me realize that I need to completely give up the driver's seat. He knows all the back roads, shortcuts, and all the places we need to see, through the valleys of our trials; and he likewise knows the scenic routes up at the peaks of our mountains.
One of my favorite lines of the movie goes something like this, "The Lord tells us, in the Good Book, 360 times to not be afraid." If He is telling us so many times, He must be serious. Fear is a lack of faith, a lack of trust in God. I haven not really liked it much, here in Globe. I have been searching my "road maps" for a way out of here. I need move over to shotgun, and let the Lord do the driving. Let's see where he takes us....

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nativty 2009

Every year my siblings and I give my mom a Nativity for her collection. Last years is going to be pretty hard to top. We had the whole family involved, almost all of Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise's family, plus another cousin or two to help us. And, with that many people geting ready (14-15 people were running around in costumes trying to stay away from the windows of the trailer... and get costume stuff out of the trailer... with out Mom suspecting anything), and setting up, we still managed to keep it a secret from Mom. (I stole the pictures and some of the text from Marquette's facebook page):


We left a box of costumes and a "scroll" with directions on the table and when all of us kids were in place and ready, we called the parents and told them where the box was and to open it and follow the directions. Mom didn't know any of what was to come, and the other 3 (Dad, Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise) had a slight idea.


The innkeeper talking to the travelers.



No room at the inn, so the innkeeper leads the way to a field where he knows some shepherds are watching their flocks. Maybe the shepherds can help!



The angles appeared to the shepherds, and told of their wonderful story. After the angles left the shepherds sang a beautiful song. Then the inn keeper and his guests continued on their way, while the shepherds hurried off the see the baby Jesus.




The travelers met up with the wise men (the scriptures don't specify three wise men, so we had four)



The travelers decided to join with the wise men and follow the star.


When the travelers got the the barn they found the shepherds, angles, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.


It took Marquette a little while to get the lighting for her camera figured out. So while she was trying to get it all set up she got tired of us just sitting there watching her. She told us to sing to her, and to her surprise we did. We all spontaneously started to sing Joy the the World, at the top of our lungs, with out discussing which song to sing. When we got the second verse no one knew the words, and we all just started to hum or sing lalala. It was a lot of fun. She was not expecting us to actually sing to her...
It was a wonderful night. Mom has this picture to set out with all her others. I think it will be one of her most treasured nativity scenes...

Christmas Favorites

~Christmas Favorites Quiz~

1. Three of your favorite Christmas carols:
"Silver Bells"
"Winter Wonderland"
"Let it Snow!"

2. Three Favorite Christmas songs:
"O Holy Night" especially when it is sung by Josh Groban
"Silent Night"
"Away in a Manger"

3. Four favorite Christmas traditions:
1) Pulling Dad out of the bed, before eating breakfast and opening up presents.

2) Taking turns placing our presents under the tree on Christmas Eve. We all take our turn to get our gifts out of hiding to place under the tree. It is so much fun to see the pile of gifts grow like that, instead of having them sitting out asking to be peeked in all through December.

3) Family Christmas Gift Exchange. We all put our names in a bowl, and then draw a new one. Some of us try to keep it a secret, who we drew, but it doesn't stay secret for long. Then doing Christmas shopping is allways fun, because there are so few chances to leave Animas to go do it, so it all gets done at one time. Then Mom is trying to pair everyone up to go do shopping, while makeing sure that no one will see any of thier gifts before Christmas morning.

4) My most favorite one started with just Marquette, Diedre, and I but now has grown to include everyone in our family (sometimes extended family too, in last year's case) except Mom. Mom loves Nativity Scenes. Every year us kids buy/make her a new one to add to her collection.

4. Three favorite holiday cookies
Hmmm... we don't really do holiday cookies....
I really like gingerbread, when it is still soft.
Chocolate chip cookies are good any time of year....
Sugar cookies, when still soft.

5. Does your Christmas tree have a theme ( snowflakes,nature, red & green, etc.) or just a collection of ornaments?
Zach's and my tree is mostly decorated with his tree ornaments. Every year growing up his Grandma would give him a new ornament. His parents gave him some too.

6. Three favorite Christmas ornaments
My favorite ornaments are on Mom and Dad's tree
There is a carving of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, with another scene in the bottom of their robes... a very pretty one
Mom's ceramic mice
I don't know if this counts but, I love the lights. At night I love to stay up late sitting by the tree, and doing nothing but looking at the lights.

7. Do you like snow?
OH YES!!

8. Hot chocolate or coffee?
Hot Chocolate, with a lot of Hazelnut creamer in it!

9. Do you decorate indoors and out?
Only inside, because it is hard to decorate the outside of our apartment... though someday I am going to do the outside

10. Do you like to decorate before Thanksgiving, or after?
After... before is just way to early.... even to me

11. Name 3 things you like doing in the snow:
Build snomen
Throw a snowball or two (but not have any thrown at me)
Go walking and enjoy the winter wonderland

12. Do you usually make at least one handmade gift for someone each year?
This year I am making almost all of my gifts homemade

13. Favorite Christmas movies?
The Polar Express
The old classic Frosty the Snoman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Clause is Comming to Town

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year was espically fun for me. I got to cook my first Thanksgiving dinner! Zach's parents came up to our apartment for it. Over the next several posts I will share the recepies that I used.

The first course was artichokes dipped in melted garlic butter.
The main course was a Peach Holiday Ham, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy (this was store bought so I can't share that recepie), Pistachio Pudding, and Hot Rolls (also was store bought...).
Dessert was Pecan Pie, French Silk Pie, Whipped Cream, and Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream.

I started cooking the day before, with all the sweet food. On Thanksgiving Day I did the rest of it. I must admit that I was wishing I was feeding more people, because Zach and I had a big ol' menu planned, than we realized that we were only going to be feeding four people, and we had to cut some really yummy sounding food out of our menu. :-( But it all turned out good anyways.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Real Treasure

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them; a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. "Oh please Mommy, can I have them? Oh Mommy please!"

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. "A $1.95. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere - Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes Daddy. You know that I love you." " Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy not my pearls. But you can have princess - the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite." "That's ok Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy, you know I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper." "That's ok. Seep well. god bless you little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later, when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. as he came close, He noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it Jenny? What's the matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you." With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure. So like our Heavenly Father.

~by anonymous

Monday, November 22, 2010

Faith

The father, a well digger, strong was he,
And as loving and kind as a father could be,
And Mary his daughter, five years old,
Was very much dearer than millions of gold,
To Mary her father was big, grand and nice,
So each had a treasure, beyond any price.
One day to the well, little Mary was sent
To take daddy's lunch, how gladly she went.
But when she looked down, not a thing could be seen,
the father saw Mary and heard her voice, too,
But made not a sound, just to see what she'd do.
She dropped to her knees, the dear little soul,
And called down, "Oh, Daddy, are you down this hole?"
"Why yes, Mary darling, I'm here at your feet,
Just drop my lunch for I'm ready to eat.
Just let it go easy, I'll catch it all right."
She did and she saw it fall out of her sight.
"Why Mary," said father,
"There's enough here for two,
Now this is the thing I would like you to do.
You jump down here to me and we'll eat it together,
Down here in the cool and away from the weather."
"Oh, Daddy, I'm afraid,
I can't see you at all,
Be sure now you catch me and don't let me fall."
'Twas just for a moment she wavered in doubt,
Then closing her dear little eyes she jumped out.
In the darkness, yes, that was the test,
She trusted in faith in her father's request,
And both were so happy he kissed her and smiled
Because of the sweet trusting faith of his child.
"Oh, sweet little Mary, you put me to shame,
How often my Father has called me the same,
But because it was dark I turned back in doubt.
Refusing the call, though his arms were stretched out."

~by anonymous

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Move Quote Game Answers

So here are the answers to the Movie Quote Game. No one was able to guess all ten answers, though with a combined effort all the answers were guessed correctly...


Here they are!

1. . Character 1 "You do your best. You've not said a word to her in a week."Character 2 "I have. I've said yes and no."

Sense and Sensibility - Elanor and Mary Anne

2. "Yes, words are useless! Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble! Too much of it, darling, too much! That is why I show you my work! That is why you are here! "

The Incredibles - Edna Mode


3. "...let me persuade you to follow my example and take a turn about the room. It's so refreshing!"
Pride and Prejudice - Caroline Bingly


4. "I realized in that moment, 'I must find a heir.'"
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Willy Wonka


5. "I know, you had it sorted."
Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian - Edmund


6. "That still only counts as one!"
Lord of the Rings - Gimli


7. "But why is the rum gone?"
Pirates of the Carribean The Curse of the Black Pearl - Jack Sparrow


8. "O great and powerful Steve! What do you want?"
Over the Hedge - the dad possom... I can't remember his name


9. Character 1 "He's gonna steal your boat."
Character 2"He won't steal my boat."
Character 1 "He's stealing your boat..... He's like Robin Hood in reverse."
Flushed Away - Rita and her younger brother

10. "Undercover, got it. Mmm-hm. Nobody sees, nobody knows. Click-click, hehheh!"
Hoodwinked - Twitchy

Friday, November 12, 2010

Six truths in life

1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.
2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.
3. And discover #1 is a lie.
4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There is still a stu...pid smile on your face.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Move Quote Game

So, I have to admit that I stole this idea from Country Musings blog page...

Guess what movies these quotes come from... you can leave your answers in the comment box.

1. Character 1 "You do your best. You've not said a word to her in a week."
Character 2 "I have. I've said yes and no."

2. "Yes, words are useless! Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble! Too much of it, darling, too much! That is why I show you my work! That is why you are here! "

3. "...let me persuade you to follow my example and take a turn about the room. It's so refreshing!"

4. "I realized in that moment, 'I must find a heir.'"

5. "I know, you had it sorted."

6. "That still only counts as one!"

7. "But why is the rum gone?"

8. "O great and powerful Steve! What do you want?"

9. Character 1 "He's gonna steal your boat."
Character 2"He won't steal my boat."
Character 1 "He's stealing your boat..... He's like Robin Hood in reverse."

10. "Undercover, got it. Mmm-hm. Nobody sees, nobody knows. Click-click, hehheh!"

I will come back in a week and post the answers for you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just one of those days

Today is just one of those cold, rainy, days that are perfect for eating soup/stew, and curling up in a chair with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Either that or work on a project while watching a good chickflic, and drinking hot chocolate. :) I am having trouble makeing myself get up and go clean the apartment, do dishes, and get ready for tonights midterm.
I have been looking forward to the days getting colder so that I would have a good excuse to wear my sweaters, drink hot chocolate, and make more soups/stews. Now, it is finally cold enough that I need a light jacket when I go outside! Well, atleast today is that cold and wet.
Today I have been feeling grateful for my life. I have an amazing husband, who has a good job. We have a roof over our heads, and two working vehicles. We have food in our kitchen, and clothing in our dressers. We have loving, wonderful, family who are allways there for us (and I am not talking about just our blood family members. There are many people who are technically not related to me whom I call family.). I have a strong, healthy body that is one of a kind. I may even be starting to be grateful for the trials that are placed before us. I am truely grateful for this wonderful gift from our Father in Heaven. The gift of life. Sometimes I get so caught up in the running from one place to another that I forget to stop and smell the roses, or to look at the clouds. I get so busy working on projects inside that I forget to enjoy the wonderful sunshine, or the cool night air, or the rainfall. I take so many things for granted. The scriptures tell us that one of the most aweful sins is to withold gratitude from the Lord. So if ingratitude is a major sin, than gratitude must be one of the greatest virtues one can posses. I think it is time for me to slow down, and enjoy this beautiful world that the Lord has given to us. It is time to stop and give thanks for all that I have.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Candy Corn

So, I have decided that you can't have Halloween, or Thanksgiving, or Fall for that matter, with out candy corn. (This being said as I pop a few into my mouth... yummy!)
My top 5 favorite candies are:
m&m's
Whoppers
Resse's
Candy Corn
Plain fudge

What are yours?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fluttering

I have decided that FLYLady is awesome! I started fluttering at the beginning of this month, and my apartment is actually staying relatively clean! I love all the routines, and how she has you start out with just one baby step at a time. I love having a shiny sink! And company ready bathroom all the time! My home hasn't been a complete disaster area, and it doesn't take long to clean. I just have not been keeping it clean. I let myself develop very lazy, disorganized habits years ago. And old habits die hard. I read a different book about getting organized. It had an amazing system in it. It just meant that I would have to spend quite a while putting it together, and then try to remember to check it every day. I would have had to do a nose dive into the program and it just seemed too daunting. FLYLady has a very similar program to get organized. Only it starts simple. It is set up to where if for any reason I stop, I can pick up again with out having to go through setting up the system all over again. It has me slowly building habits, one on top of the other. It is set up to where after the initial excitement wears off I won't feel completely overwhelmed about it.
I haven't been very faithful/consistent with the program. That is why I am barely fluttering, and not flying. I am hoping that by the end of this year I will be flying. And not long after that I'll be soaring!
You should go check it out www.flylady.net

By the way... this was publised 10/10/10 at 10:10 am.... lol!!! Happy Birthday Grandma Cox!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Have an Announcement

I am allready in the Christmas mood! (You thought I was going to say something else didn't you!) I am not purposely listening to Christmas music yet, but I don't turn it off when it comes on... I have been listening to the pandora.com Josh Groban station. They play a fair amount of Christmas music though. But I am really enjoying it. I have also started on makeing Christmas gifts. (Right now I am still trying to decide what to make for who... that is the tuffie.) Just thought I should warn you. That way if you catch me humming a Christmas song, or I randomly ask a Christmas related question, you won't think that I am really wierd or something... Yay for Christmas!!
You know... why should we celebrate Christ's birth only during one season? I mean, shouldn't we be celebrating it all year round? I guess I shouldn't feel embarrassed when ever I catch myself humming a Christmas song in the middle of summer! My wish right now was that the Christmas Spirit would last all year... for everybody. Is it just me or are people friendlier around Christmas time?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jewelry

I finished making a pendant and a ring for my jewelry class!! I am so excited!

I was digging through my jewelry and found this bracelet. It is one that I got at BYU Education Week. My cousin and our new friend both got similar bracelets. I then bought a best friend charm for each of us. I had forgotten about it...




Much Better

Well, after writing the last post I went to bed, and promptly fell asleep. I woke up early enough to make Zach some breakfast, instead of giving him some cold cereal as usual. After he left I read my scriptures and did some reading for school. I went back to bed, and woke up before eight o'clock (I usually sleep until eight, or nine... sometimes even ten). I got up and had a very productive day. At the end of the day I did not feel depressed at all. I was very pleased with my self.
I guess that Zach is correct. He has told me several times over the past several months that a person is happiest when they are busy, and not lazy all the time. I think what I need to do is to focus on being productive, and drawing closer to my Father in Heaven. I think that if I do that than I will be truly happy.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I choose

The past couple of days I have been feeling a little blue. I feel like my life doesn't really have any purpose right now.
I am taking only two classes at Gila Pueblo Community College. I pretty much stay at home the rest of the time. Zach leaves for work at 4:30 in the morning, and most days I go right to bed. I set my alarm for seven, but then ignore it and sleep until nine. I then lay around reading, or playing computer all day. I barely get housework done before Zach gets home that afternoon. I had done some job searching but I decided that I don't want to be tied to a job. I want to be able to go with Zach to Safford on the weekends when he works on his projects. I don't want to have to go straight from work to class, and not see Zach until bedtime. I want to be able to do all my housework before he gets home so that we can spend the evening together. I have let myself become a lazy, overweight, slob with almost no motivation to change.
Right now I hate the way I am feeling. I hate what I have let myself become. I want to be better than this. I know I am better than this. I want to go volunteer at the hospital. Maybe even the school. I want to bounce out of bed when the alarm goes off, no matter how early, like I did in high school after staying up all night. I want to eat healthier, and loose some weight. I want to keep the house clean because I want it clean; not because I don't want to disappoint Zach with how lazy I am, or once the the house as become a disaster have a pity party over my bad housekeeping skills. I want my life to have meaning. To have a purpose. I don't want it to be spent laying around all day and waiting until last minute to do homework, or housework.
I have projects to do. I have all the materials to do Zach's mission scrapbook. I want to pull the weeds by our apartment, and make it look a little better. I want to start crocheting. I want to go walking more and explore Besh ba Gowa (some Indian ruins), and find the lake (I think it is Roosevelt lake, but I am not quite sure). I want to exercise more. I want to be able to entertain friends and family. Mostly I want to be genuinely happy. I haven't admitted to anyone, not even myself until now. I am not happy right now. Not completely. There isn't any one thing I am unhappy about. I am just unhappy in general. The only thing I am happy about is my wonderful husband. He is so good to me. No matter how ditsy/blonde I am, no matter how forgetful, I know Zach loves me. I couldn't ask for a better husband.
Starting now I am going to pull myself out of this pit. I have been told that everything is a choice. Well, I choose to be happy. I choose to become a better person. I choose to work harder, and do less laying around. I choose.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One of my Heroes

Brad Wilcox was the session director at my first Esipecially for Youth in New York. It is largely because of his talks that my testimony of my Savoir, Jesus Christ, is where it is. This is a takl by him that I just finished listening to. It is a beautful talk on the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My apartment

Lots of people have been asking me for pictures of my apartment, and my new entertainment stand. I made a video walk through for all to see.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Globe

When we first decided that we needed to move, I was very hesitant, because I love Safford/Thatcher so much... But now that we are in Globe I am loving it! I went exploring Monday to find the library, and a Safeway that is in the middle of old Globe. When I found Safeway I also found the library... and about a dozen other awesome, really old buildings (several really neat churches.) I can now say that I know my way around a town better than Zach! (He knows the Gila Valley like the back of his hand, and is very familiar with Tucson and the Phoenix area...) I am wanting to take Zach exploring this afternoon... I will definately take my camera with me and get some pics of all the cool stuff I have found, or am going to find!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I love summer!!!

Last night my sisters Diedre and Nina made a three course dinner for us. Our appetizer was a Tahitian Fruit Salad. Dinner was a roast duck with turnips and onions and a roast goose with baked apples and a mashed potato and sage stuffing (both birds were traditional French recipes). The side dishes were cucumber salad, and garlic brussel sprouts. Our dessert was an amazing coconut cake... with fresh coconut! To drink we had a Tahitian Fruit Punch. Everything had intense flavors... My sisters are amazing to do all that! It was three day's worth of cooking... (It will soon be posted on my older sisters' blog mowercooking.blogspot.com I hope)
Today I got to go spend the morning and early afternoon with my Grandma P. We spent the morning visiting and making potato bread... so yummy!!! We were trying to get the bread done in time for lunch, but it wouldn't rise fast enough... it barely came out of the oven before we had to go. We put together several plates of sandwich fixings, and when my dad, hubby, uncles, and cousin came over (they have been building a house for my great uncle) we had an amazing lunch. Sooo yummy!!!! Then on their way to a dentists appointment my grandparents took my by the swimming pool to meet my mom, younger siblings, aunt, and cousins. I had a blast in the water, the bottom of my big toes got torn up from the swimming pool (as usual :-( ), and I think that I am slightly sunburned... sadly I don't tan!! I just peel.... sad day! All in all it was an amazing day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Whole New World

Well I decided to enter the not-so-new world of blogging... Zach and I have been married for a year and four months. I just graduated from Eastern Arizona College with my Associates Degree in Secondary Education. Zach just got hired on with Freeport/McMoran as a desiel mechanic assistant. This past week has been spent moving up to Globe... but we won't be up there permanately until Monday. Alas I have one last week of work (well it turned out to not be a whole week... just Monday morning and Saturday afternoon/evening), and Zach decided to work for my dad to pull in a little extra money.
We went to our new ward last Sunday and felt very welcome, and needed! It was all mostly elderly couples. In Relief Society the youngest women (other than me) were 30 years old, so it might take awhile to get used to...

One of my biggest hobbies is cooking/bakeing, so most of this blog will probably be recepies that I like that I want to share with others...