Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blog Worthy

For the first time in a LONG time I cooked meat, crazy I know.  I can count on one hand how many times in the past three or four years.  Tonight's dinner, Brown Sugar Meatloaf.  Is that meaty enough?

Sweet and savory.  Big hit in the house.  Recipe after the jump.

Snack Time

Today's snack, homemade caramel sauce with sliced apples.  Yummy!  Need I say more.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Movie Review

Last night Kirk and I were lucky enough to sneak away for a date.  Myla and Sariah's FAVORITE person in the WHOLE world watched them so we could have some time alone. That person would be my mom.  She is probably the worlds best grandma, no joke!  From the second they walk in the door the world stops. The only thing she cares about is playing and loving on them.  And of course what kind of grandma would she be if her house did not smell like homemade cookies baking in the oven.  EVERY TIME we come over.

Sorry, back on track.  Date night....  Last night we went and saw "The Adjustment Bureau" with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.  I loved this movie.  It was well made, it had Kirk likes, action and what I like, Romance.  But most of all it was a good clean movie.  I only counted one bad word and very little violence. 

It is so rare to go to a movie that I do not feel like I should walk out on.  Even the new kids movie Rango is full of bad words and adult humor. 

Not to mention Matt Damon is HOT.  Its ok for me to say that as a married woman because I think Kirk looks just like him.

I think it was a must see!

Friday, March 25, 2011

My New Etsy Shop

I am so excited to announce that I have opened my first Etsy shop.

Etsy.com is like Ebay.com but everything on their site is handmade.  Such a fun site and you must check it out if you have never been on there before.

This has been on my To Do list for a long time and I finally took the time to put one together.  This is just the beginning.  There are a lot more items to be added soon and hopefully I can add more each week.  Right now I am just showcasing baby items but I have some plans to showcase some of my other hobbies.

You can check it out here or on the right side of my blog will be a link to my shop.  Feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Baby traditions

With each new baby, as soon as they are old enough to stand Kirk has to take a picture of them standing in his hand.  You can see here a previous post off the other kids as babies.

This tradition comes from Kirk's father.  I will have to find some of those pictures and post them.

HTC Droid Incredible Glass Repair

I cracked my HTC Droid Incredible phone about 6 months ago.  After months of searching the only choices I could find was either pay $100 for someone else to fix my phone or $70 for the parts to fix it myself.  That just seemed like a lot of money for a phone that still worked but the glass was just cracked or maybe I'm just too frugal.

Then Kirk found this, the replacement glass for only $20. 

The glass came in the mail today and Kirk got right to work on my phone.  The Internet is an amazing place!  He went to YouTube.com and found a video that explains how to take apart the phone, replace the glass and then put it back together.  Check here and here.

Now my phone is good as new. Hooray!!  Thanks Kirk!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Myla Update

I have been delaying sending out an update on Myla because I am scared that if I say something things will magically come tumbling down. 

Myla's last relapse was in December.  That means it has been over three months since she last relapsed.  Can I tell you how good that feels.  No really, it feels so good I want to cry or shout at the top of my lungs. Something!! 

Myla is on a really low dose of steroids and a low dose of Prograf.  Prograf is the drug that involves a juggle.  If the dose is too low she will relapse, if it is too high, it will cause kidney damage.  Just the right amount and fingers crossed she is where she is now.  Happy.... not puffy, and most importantly not in pain!

Myla has slimmed down and looks so healthy right now.  We feel sooooo blessed and just pray that we can keep her in remission.  There have been some nasty cold and flu's going around our church so we have just been laying low.  I am hoping that she will make it through without getting sick.

Thank you to our friends and family for your love, support and always checking in and her.  We feel so loved!

Homemade Gnocchi

Last night we had a family favorite, homemade Gnocchi.  Kirk learned how to make gnocchi in Argentina and I have since carried on that tradition with our family.  I love them since they are so versatile.  They work just like a pasta but taste so much better.  So here is what I made last night.  I cheated a little and used potato flakes (so much faster).  Traditionally you boil potatoes and go from there.

Follow the jump for the recipes.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Baby Boom

So I bet you thought this post might be an announcement.  Not by me but apparently EVERYONE else!!

So I have a very interesting ward (My church has group of people divided into wards depending on the location of where they live).  As long as I have lived in my ward there has always been groups of people pregnant at a time (anywhere from 6-10 +).  I do not live in Utah and my ward is not huge. It is really fun to be pregnant during the baby boom as it is happening. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Butter versus Margarine

For the first time ever Kirk came home with margarine.  Really???

Can I just say that Margarine GROSSES me out!!

Have you ever looked at the packaging?  It is made of oil, oil , oil and heavily processed.

If you were to take away the salt, artificial color, and artificial flavoring in margarine, you'd be left with our good friend, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, a.k.a. vegetable shortening, a.k.a. Crisco.

More things you may not know about margarine:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Homeschool reasons

Since I moved to the town I live in six years ago I have grown and learned so much. I have been exposed to a lot of really different ways of thinking. I have taken bits and pieces and built on them for myself and my family.

One of the ideas I learned about was homeschooling. Like most people my first thought was, really? What about socialization? The more I researched it the more I understood the benefits and soon started to feel like that was a gift I wanted to give to my children.

Myla was still young and so I did not think about it for a while. And really she was so sick we were just in survival mode for some time. For the past year I started thinking about it more and more. I was not sure if it was just something I wanted or if I was being prompted to homeschool. I prayed about it and the next night I got an overwhelming feeling that that was something we needed to do. The feeling was so strong, almost like I felt a panic about putting Myla in school.

The concern I had was Kirk and most of our family are not supporters of homeschool. I prayed that night and said if this is something that needs to happen then the Lord would need to pave a way.


Blogging is so past due I know. Life is just so crazy and sitting down at a computer has become next to impossible. Oh how I miss blogging. Ok so here are some updates in no order.

We started a small house remodel that keeps getting bigger and bigger. After our kids dumped a whole liter of Mexican Vanilla on the carpet (does not come out), and then some how our light tan carpet was covered with deep red polka dots (does not come out) we thought it was time to move away from carpet. Move to something our kids could not destroy in 5 minutes. We decided to put in new wood floors. Since we were doing the wood floors why not remove the giant wall between the front room/living room/dinning room and the living room/kitchen. We went from just bouncing the idea back and forth to the whole wall being removed within one hour. So now we have one great room with new wood floors and of course since we were replacing the floors in the living spaces why not pull up the tile in the hall bath and put in travertine, new vanity, sinks, etc. You get my drift, right? We are not completely finished and there is still some talk about pulling out the wood decks and laying cement out back. We will see.... Pictures to follow soon!

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