Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

My family has had a tradition every year for as long as I can remember to make gingerbread houses for Thanksgiving. And our rule is we can't eat any of the candy until Christmas. Well, since my parents are in Utah for Thanksgiving since my sister is blessing her baby, we did our houses a little bit early this year. Here are some photos to enjoy:

Here's my crazy dad having some fun with ice cream cones.





Here Scott is hard at work.


Here are my parents working on their houses.
The finished products....



My dad's house


My mom's house

My house

Scott's house
Here we are with each of our houses:


My dad

My mom

Me

Scott

Paint Rock

Scott and I had the opportunity to go with his Archeology class to a little town called Paint Rock. It is about 20 miles outside of San Angelo. We had a lot of fun. We were able to meet some great people who live on this property that have Indian paintings. It was an amazing learning experience. Here are some photos of our trip:

Before I show these pictures I will give you the background story on these. We were sitting in the building that you first come to and the husband of the wife that owns the land was giving his speech on the Indian paintings. Then his wife comes in and says that their broom is standing straight up in the hallway by itself. They graciously let us in their house so we could see it ourselves and take pictures. This can happen during the equinox.


Here's an egg and a broom standing on the table without any help


Here is the owner of the property acting like a witch so it looks
like her broom is being held up by her powers.


Here is the broom standing up all by itself. If you look closely you
can see that the broom doesn't completely touch the ground.

The following pictures are examples of some of the Indian paintings we were able to see.





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Poem

I got an email from work the other day that had this poem in it. I thought I would share it with all of you because I think it is so true. I know it is only November, but it is getting close enough to Christmas that I thought this was a good one. I hope we all remember this season the true meaning of Christmas.


*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
not Happy Holiday !*
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet during the
holidays a
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Recipe!

So every once in a while, I get an email from Eat Better America. I got one yesterday and it had a recipe for "Healthified" Chicken Tortilla Casserole. After looking it over, I thought it sounded really good so we tried it last night. Scott and I both liked it and it will definitely be added to the recipe book for the future. Here's the recipe just in case any of you want to try it:


Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 15 min
makes:8 servings

1 can (10 3/4 oz) 98% fat free 45% less sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1 container (8 oz) fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
8 yellow corn tortillas (6 or 7 inch), torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1 large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend (6 oz)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix soup, chiles, sour cream, milk, chili powder and cumin until blended. Stir in chicken, tortillas and bell pepper. Stir in tomato and 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon and spread mixture in baking dish.
2. Cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes.


Also, I did change the recipe up a little bit. Instead of worrying about chopping up all the vegetables, I just bought a can of Rotel and used that. And depending on how hot you want the dish you can get either mild or hot. We just used mild this time. I thought it turned out well and it definitely cuts your prep time down. Another thing that will cut the prep time down is if you have canned chicken. Then all you have to do is drain the juice shred the chicken and mix it in. It makes it so much easier.

This dish last night was accompanied with spanish rice. It all tasted so good. If any of you want the recipe for the rice let me know. For those who try it I hope you like it as much as we did.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

October Craziness!

It is crazy to think that it is November already! So much has happened this passed month it is crazy. The beginning of October was General Conference of course which was wonderful as always. Then that following Monday my sister had her baby. He is so precious!! I can't wait to meet her little one. Then we had some sickness in my brother's family plus my little niece having to go into surgery twice. Then it was nice having my mom come back from Utah. Then before we knew it, it was Halloween. Halloween day Scott and I went over to my parents and decorated cookies. It was a lot of fun spending time with my parents doing things that we love. Then later that night we got to go to the ward Trunk-or-Treat. It was fun seeing all the costumes everyone had on. The only sad part about it all is that we got so busy we missed out with carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds. I guess better planning next time right!?! But overall we still had a lot of fun!

Thank You!

We just want to thank everyone that had my little niece in their prayers as she went through surgery this past weekend. Everything ending up going really well. The doctors at first were only planning on taking 10% of her kidney, but when they went in, they saw it was worse then they originally thought. They ended up taking 2/3 of her kidney out. But the doctors are glad that they made the decision to remove the kidney now rather than later. The best part of it all is that she was able to go home within 24 hours of the surgery. We are so proud of how brave she has been throughout all of this. We are all hoping this will be the last surgery she will have. Again thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Your Prayers Are Needed!

My niece, Brooklyn, has had problems with her kidneys since she was a baby. For five years now, she has had to go through various different surgeries. Well, she is about to go through one more. Her surgery is scheduled for this Friday. Earlier this month she was put in the hospital with a UTI and on top of that swine flu. With all the tests that she has had to endure this month the doctors found out that her right kidney is only 10% functional. So they have decided to take 1/2 of the kidney away. Please keep her and my brother Shad, his wife Brittany, and their little boy Chandler in your prayers. We are really hoping that this will be Brooklyn's last surgery. I will try to keep you all updated on her progress as best as I can. Below is a picture I got from Brittany on Facebook. I hope she doesn't mind. This was a picture taken of Brooklyn the last time she was in the hospital just a few short weeks ago.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Big Surprise!!

So we have some interesting news...on Sunday Scott was on the phone with his grandma who lives in Utah and while he was talking to her, someone else was trying to call him. He didn't recognize the number so he just kept talking and let it go to voicemail. Well, once he got off the phone, he listened to the message. I didn't hear the message at all, but all I could hear was him getting excited. Then he put it on speaker phone and replayed to message so I could hear it. We found out that we were lucky winners of a new grill and accessories!! Saturday night, Scott went to Home Depot to get some supplies to fix a few things at my dad's work and they asked him to fill out a survey to be entered into a drawing. Surprisingly enough we were the ones who won! So we are now proud owners of a grill, propane tank, lava rocks, and grilling utensils.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Picture of Cameron

My mom sent me this new picture of Cameron yesterday and I thought that I would share it with you all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Introducing...

I am so excited to be able to make this post and tell you all the good news about my sister and her husband having their baby yesterday. He is so precious!! I can't wait until Christmas time when I get to see him in person and hold their bundle of joy. For now, here are some pictures.


The cute foot prints on the birth certificate.

This is my brother holding his nephew and showing us his tiny feet.

My sister was showing my mom her hat she made for Cameron.



Cameron and Mommy.



Brittany holding her nephew Cameron.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Good News & Bad News

Well, I will start with the bad news so then we can move on to better things. For those here in Midland you probably heard about the fatal accident on FM 1788. Here's a link about it:

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Well, I found out yesterday afternoon that my coworker's father was in that accident. He was the one who got killed. It was sad to find out about this especially knowing that yesterday was her mom's birthday and the day before she was making plans with her dad about the celebrations. Now here is the even bigger kicker, my poor coworker has now had 3 deaths in her family this year. The first was when her aunt commited suicide. Second, her father-in-law passed away. And now her father. I hope she stays strong during these times and I feel sorry for her that she has to go through it. If you all could send a few prayers her way I am sure she would appreciate it. Her name is Jennifer.

Now for the good news...

This weekend my aunt on my dad's side will be getting rebaptized into the church. She fell away a long time ago and for some time didn't want anything to do with our church. My parents along with all of my dad's siblings are there in Florida to support her this weekend as she takes this step to be back in the fold. I am so very proud of her for making this decision. I hope she will continue to stay strong in the church and that her kids may look up to her as an example.

And my second good news, is I can't help but say how excited I am to be having another nephew soon. My sister is getting closer to having her baby boy and I can't wait to meet him Christmas time. And to my sister and brother-in-law hang in there and he will be here when he is supposed to. We love you both!

Update on the Update!?!

So I know I said that I was going to blog about various things a little while ago and I was going to do it that night. Unfortunately our computer is not wanting to cooperate when it comes to uploading pictures. So just hang in there and I will get them up somehow. And hopefully quickly because there is so much I want to share.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

This year for Labor Day Scott and I were able to have a lot of fun. It was nice to be able to get out with some friends and family. Our weekend started out with going geocaching with our friends Caleb & Brittany Osborn. For us, we have always been interested in trying it out so it was our first time going. It was a lot of fun. We were able to go to a ghost town called Stiles for the first geocache. It was really neat to be able to see the old courthouse there still standing. Here are some pictures of our trip.

Caleb & his Son

Scott & Caleb with the first find of the day

This is a picture of the Stiles Courthouse


Then on Monday Scott and I were wanting to go fossil hunting, but since everyone cancelled on us at the last minute we decided that we needed to spend some time with his family. We were go to take the younger siblings out with us fossil hunting, but instead we decided to make our own kind of treasure hunting. So we took some of our fossils that we found, candy, and toys and buried them in the sand for each of the kids in a park near their house. They had a lot of fun trying to find where everything was. Here are some pictures of the kids.


All three of the kids together. The girls wanted
to be buried in the sand.

Cedar digging away.

Emery with one of her finds.

Sydney digging her heart out.

Even though everything didn't work out how we had planned, we still had a lot of fun. Thank you to the Osborn's for inviting us on Saturday it was a lot of fun! And thanks to the kids for lighting up our day by seeing the excitement on your faces! We look forward to many more weekends that we can enjoy time with friends and family. We hope that you all had a safe and wonderful weekend as well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Camping in the Guadalupe Mountains

In the beginning of August, we were able to take Scott's little brother Cedar camping in order to pass off a few Scouting requirements. The last time Scott and I were there was on our honeymoon so it was nice to come back and see the beauty that we were able to enjoy then. We were able to hike through McKittrick Canyon which is absolutely beautiful. Here are some pictures for you all to enjoy.

Scott & I at the Grotto.

One of the many beautiful views during the hike.

The crew at the beginning of the hike.


Our camp site.

What we woke up to. Beautiful isn't it?

Catching Up

So I was looking through our pictures tonight and I've noticed that there is a lot I haven't blogged about that I have been meaning to. So here is the beginning of multiple blogs to catch us all up.

The beginning of August, my dad was out of town so we were able to have my mom over for Sunday dinner. We had lasagna and homemade french bread. Then for dessert, Scott made us his Korean specialty called Pot Bing Tsu. Here's a picture of the three of us enjoying Scott's creation and then a closeup of what it looked like.




Friday, August 21, 2009

Treasure Hunting?

Scott has always had a fascination with collecting rocks and fossils. He has been dying to be able to go and look for fossils for a long time. He was researching the other day and was able to find a general area of where he could go look. So he convinced me to go with him last night to go searching. The pictures of the ones I found are from my phone so they aren't the best pictures, but here you go.



Petrified Shell (This was my very first find, I was pretty proud.)



I believe this is a small piece of an ammonite.

I found this and wasn't quite sure if it was something, but it kind of looks like a shell or something.


Here's an imprint of a shell.



Here's something I found that looks kind of like an arrowhead.
For just a couple of hours of looking, I don't think we did too bad. Scott got some pretty good things as well. He was pretty happy with all of his spoils. He seemed like a kid who was admiring his opened Christmas presents when we got home. It was pretty funny to see. If anyone else in the Midland area knows of a good place to go let us know, I'm sure Scott would love to try it out.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wedding Cake

Well, I guess I am following in my mom's footsteps. I'm not quite as good as she is, but I'm sure someday I can only hope to be as good. But for now here is a picture of a wedding cake I made last night for my good friend Olivia who is getting married today!! I'm so happy for her I hope that today is definitely a memorable one for her. You can't see the details of the cake that well with this picture since it was taken on my phone, but the filigree is a light pink, the cake is frosted in white and then there's a silver ribbon on the bottom of each tier.



What do you think? Not to bad for an amateur right?