Sunday, November 30, 2008


Thanks for all the answers. I found a snowsuit at Kmart for 50% off. Did lots of shopping over the weekend and saw Australia. It was good. Totally different from what I was expecting but still really good. Plus looking at Hugh Jackman for 3 hours. Yummy!

The best thing that happened over Thanksgiving is I got some new ski boots. I went to the Fuller Ski Swap and picked up some new boots. Tim and Kirsten are the best. So that means I'm all ready to go this winter. So, if anyone wants/needs to go skiing, I'm available. You just have to go to Park City because that is where my pass is at.

So did anyone else get that awesome cookbook at Costco on Friday. If you didn't it was packed with tons of great recipes (230 pages). If you did and you make something from it let me know how it turned out. I want to make everything in the book.

Also I've decided infant toys are way overpriced, especially when I know my kid will just read a book rather than play with his toys. Does anyone have either of these? I'm debating between these two and would love any opinion since I think they are both overpriced and look lame. The only other thing he'll play with besides books are balls.
Also does any one's kids watch Yo Gabba Gabba. There is a guitar that I know Logan would love and I'm debating on the DVD also but don't know anything about the show.
This will probably be my only post of the week since it's going to be busy again. Also I tried to think of topics to post on for this week and my life is just boring. So I'll see you next week.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bring on the Funk, Bring on the Noice

Sorry Brek I hope you don't kill me for that annoying title. I think I have a new place to shoot photos. Another plus is it's close too - Main Street, Bountiful. I got to take pictures of Noices the other day. They were all such troopers because I thought it was pretty chilly and they didn't complain once. The boys were pretty funny, they just wanted to do goofy pictures. They were great though.

I had to put this one picture of Cooper because I loved it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Carnival of Life

So last week was totally crazy. I had this huge combined activity that I really wanted to do so I volunteered to do all the decorations (which included 8 carnival booths). I'm so glad I did it because it really was a great activity and just hearing some of the comments from the kids made it all worth it. So there will be a ton of pictures, sorry.

D kept asking the leaders, I know there is some kind of trick but can't figure it out. It was so funny.

There was a constant line at the basketball game, thanks to John F.

Even though decorating was a lot of work and I had help from all of the other leaders. We could have never pulled off this activity without all our great volunteers. I even heard that a few of them enjoyed the evening. Below are just some of the volunteers.

Craig was in charge of the putting booth. He also was the one to throw the killer neighborhood tailgate party last Friday. He's helped out the YW before by coming up to girl's camp for the first time ever. He was fun to have at camp and try to eat all the weird things we'd cook up.

We had Melanie (front and center in photo) speak to the youth after the carnival. She did great as usual.
This photo isn't very clear but I LOVE IT. It shows John F. and even innocent Nanette (would have thought she would help the youth, lol), trying to entice C to get more tickets.
Sherm was in charge of our prize table where the kids could spend their tickets that they earned.
Ellen helped pass out the donuts. I visiting teach Ellen and she's great. She's helped us out before by teaching the girl's to make pie crusts. She looks so sweet but she was enticing the kids to spend their talents on donuts.
Jackie played all the songs for Name That Hymn and stumped most of the kids.
Ray, the Anti-Blogger was there to help and his game was just jumpin'.
Here's Garrett at the Old Testament game. He was seriously the biggest help. His wife is in YW so he was there to help with the set up (I don't think he knew what he was in for) and I had him running all over the church grabbing tables, chairs, chalkboards and anything else I'd tell him to go get. He was awesome.

Here is John & John. One was our angel and one was our devil. They both did a great job.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cranberry Delight

Okay so we are probably all going to be cooking like crazy the next couple of days. I thought I'd post one of my favorite things we usually have at Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Delight
1 lb. pkg. fresh raw cranberries, chopped*
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 pt. heavy cream, whipped
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 package small marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 (6 oz.) pkg. raspberry jell-o
Mix chopped cranberries and sugar. Chill for 2 hours. Combine whipped cream, vanilla, walnuts and marshmallows and add to the cranberry mixture. Chill another 2 hours. Dissolve jell-o set. When slightly thicken fold in mixture of cranberries, whipped cream and walnuts. This can be made the day before. Serves 12-15.
*You can replace this ingredient with 2 cans whole cranberries but then only use 1/2 cup of sugar. Also to chop them you can put in the blender.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Answers Please

I have some questions that I hope you can help me with. If you can answer any of them please leave a comment. Thanks!

Girl's Camp or Camping in General - We need to get booking our camp for next year. Name some good campgrounds that are not much more than an hour away but still are a lot of fun. We are also looking into the idea of maybe going near a lake so if there are good campgrounds by any lakes you know of also let me know.

Personal Progress Activities - Has anyone had some fun and/or good activities that got the YW to work on their personal progress goals?

Special Needs YW/YM Activity - In May I'm in charge of an YW/YM activity that is with the special needs mutual. There could be anywhere from 150-200 youth at this activity so things can get costly pretty quick and that large number also limits what we can do. Any suggestions?

Snow Suits - Anyone seen any snow suits for little boys that are size 2T? I'd prefer a one piecer but at this point I'd be happy to find anything. I’m starting to think it’s illegal to make a one piece boy’s snowsuit.

Amazing Race - Who is your least favorite team on AR? Mine is Terrence and Sarah. I can't stand him. You should ask Tad about him he gets so upset with him when he watches that show. Also I was sad to see the divorcees go because I loved seeing how bitter, stupid and immature they were.

Clogger Question - Does anyone know if/when Joey, Tyler G. and Shaun-boy are coming to town, if at all this Christmas?

Also I've quit Grey's Anatomy. I haven't liked any of the characters for awhile now and it's just the worst story lines I've ever seen. I watch a lot of trash tv but it was getting to be a little too much for me. I'd also get so mad that McDreamy was with Meredith because she seriously is no catch. It was a hard decision but after the first week of not watching I really wasn't missing anything at all. It’s now been 3 weeks Grey’s free.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Loved It!

Saturday I went and saw Twilight. I reserved 21 seats and we all went to see it. I totally loved it. Yeah there were parts that totally bugged me (meadow scene) but overall I loved it and can't wait to see it again.

I thought Rosalie could have been bitchier but maybe the second time I'll think she's fine. Wish Jacob had been on there more. Also there were some film things that I noticed they goofed on but I won't mention them because then you'll notice them and it will bug you too.

So after we went to the movie we came back to my house and had lunch. It was really good probably mostly because Brittany helped make one of the soups. Also if you haven't tried Costco's Double Chocolate Creme Pie do it. I'd never tried it and it's amazing. I also made these magnets for everyone that came.

As part of the whole celebration of Twilight coming out and that the studio gave the official clearance to release New Moon, I'll give away 2 sets of these magnets. You can sign up to win until Wednesday at 5:00. Just post a comment to this post and I'll draw a winner sometime over the Thanksgiving break.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Big Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow's the big game and I'm sure the better team will win. Tonight we have our big neighborhood tailgating party. Tomorrow is my big Twilight party. If you were one of those crazy ladies that stayed up late to go see it last night, let me know what you thought of it. I can't wait to drool over Edward Cullen tomorrow.

A couple weeks ago I spent the majority of the day raking. Fall is my least favorite time of the year because it requires the most amount of work in our yard. I finally counted all the trees in my backyard - there are 42 trees in our backyard. 42!!!!!!!! Luckily I had some help from Logan. Tad also helped when he got home from work. I just raked the leaves into piles and Tad put them in the garbage bags (I hate picking them up more than raking).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Brother Jared

A couple weeks ago I took pictures of my brother and his family. We went up to Memory Grove to take pictures. That black blob in their photos is Max.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Weenie Roast

On Friday we used the fire pit for probably the last time till next year. It was a lot of fun. In case you are wondering fire pits are the gift for 8 year anniversaries. I love mine. None of the pictures are great because the lighting was kind of weird. Tad did an awesome job of putting lights up in the trees. I had a lot of fun and it made me wish we had used it more this fall. We'll definitely have to do this again.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Here's Your Elephant

Sorry it took so long to finally get these up. Here is his Halloween costume.

Here he is with his girlfriends Acelin and Kate.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lots to Say

So I haven't checked my blogs in 3 days. There are 97 new posts in my Google Reader. Looks like you've all had a lot to say. All I have to say is I'm very happy with things at the moment. It's a big contrast to how I felt 4 years ago and I'm just so excited for the future. YEA!!!

Please those of you that have emailed me, I'll post elephant pictures probably Friday. It's still really busy with work.