Monday, November 30, 2009

Things that will get me through this winter

Of course, a hot bath nearly every night (wish my tub looked like that)
OK, so I've always been against these boots until I bought some knock-offs from Costco for $30. They are so warm and comfy. I am madly in love. I wear them everywhere casual. I do have two promises for you...1. I will never wear these over my pants and 2. I will never wear these with a skirt.

Yes, I am on the acne medication Accutane. I realize I am almost 30 and taking a teenagers pill, but I deserve clear skin before I get wrinkles, right? So now, on those extra snowy days when I don't want to leave the house, I won't feel the need to put on make up anyway, just to cover up my face. Plus, with the extra dry weather, I can put on any lotion I want and not be stressed that it will make me break out.
After a summer of sun dried and bleached hair, I needed a little healing. I grabbed this Pantene Restoratives at the grocery store and am loving it. I seriously notice a huge difference. It's super cheap too, like less than $5.
I've been scared to put this out there, but here it is. I am doing P90X. Please don't react like my brother did (YOU?!?!?!) Yes, ME! Since I can't run outside anymore and I just can't do the treadmill everyday, this is it. I wake up at 7am each morning to tone up! I did take before pictures, but don't count on them showing up on here.
Since fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come across these days, this is my favorite way to get a serving of both at breakfast. I throw a handful of spinach into the blender with whatever fruit I have in my house (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, cantaloupe, pineapple), any kind of juice, and maybe some yogurt. Blend it up and I have a yummy smoothie with fruit and vegetables!
Oh, and thoughts of spending March here...

The fourth building from the left, on the ground floor is ours- poolside! HOLLA!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

BYU 26 Utah 23

Rise and Shout!
I like to go to one football game with John each season. This year it was the Utah game. We HAD to be there an hour early, which was actually really fun. We saw the marching band, the cougarettes, and Lavell Edwards. The poor man can't walk down the street without being stopped every 10 feet, so we just smiled at him.
To start the game, we got a visit from some cool airforce helicopters (or maybe army? I don't know. And don't ask me what they are because I will tell you Apache and Black Hawk. Those are the only military names I know. I might be right!)
Anyway, it was so great because some old friends of ours were in town for Thanksgiving, so we got seats with them. We haven't seen them in about 5 years so it was great to catch up and a fun distraction from the game. It gets boring sometimes (don't tell John I said that!)
Star and Me

John and Chris

It turned out that Lavell was sitting in the box right above us, so I did get a picture with him (and some goofball he's sitting next to).

BYU worked it out in over time (I hate over time). It was a great game!

Go Cougars!

Friday, November 27, 2009

My First Thanksgiving

I hosted Thanksgiving at my house this year for the Jonas family. I think it was a success. We had such a great time with out of town family and the food was yummy! I did everything but the turkey and the yams (ok, I know that's major cheating, but can I still consider it my first Thanksgiving?)
I LOVED having my SIL Emily around. She was super helpful and is an amazing photographer, so we have gorgeous pictures of our holiday. (BTW, if you live in the Vegas area, you should totally use her as your photographer for anything!)
I did lots the day before, so the day of wasn't stressful. Here we are in crunch time.

John's brother Bo did the turkey...such a huge burden off me! (John's aunt had extra yams that she gave to me the night before)

And here's what we ended up with

So great to have these babies together. All 4 were born in 2007...Rylie (feb), Bailey (apr), Tyler (oct), Milo (nov)

It was a great day all around. The best part was I seriously didn't do one dish! If you know me, you know I prefer doing dishes (or scrubbing toilets or having a vaginal exam) over cooking, so it's a big accomplishment for me to make most of Thanksgiving dinner and not end the day in the fetal position with my thumb in my mouth!
The rest of the week was fun too. The weather didn't keep the kids inside.
Austin loved having his cool uncles around for playing Wii and flag football.
Thanks to all for a fun holiday weekend!
All my Thanksgiving recipes will be here soon... (not too late for your Christmas dinner)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving Message

My dear friend Dana is an amazing wife and mother. She survived 15 months of single-motherhood while her husband served us in Iraq. Now she lives in England so he can work a non-deployable job. She made my Thanksgiving with this post...


They don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in England. Why would they celebrate the pilgrims leaving?! I am sure they have some sort of "celebrate the harvest" holiday, but not that I have noticed. As soon as the Halloween decorations are down, Christmas goes up. I love Christmas, but I am grateful for Thanksgiving. I think we all need a holiday to help us to stop and really think about what we are thankful for. I also like, that for the most part, Thanksgiving is a giftless, dedicated to food (and Marc would add football), family and friends get together. I like that. It is hard to over commercialize Thanksgiving.
Marc and I were sitting on the couch last night and I asked him what he was thankful for this year. He said he was thankful to be home for thanksgiving (he missed two in a row in Iraq). I told him that is what he said last year, he said it is still top on his list.
I sat and thought for a minute and I said that I was thankful for Marc. Not because he is such a great husband and father, which he is. I am thankful for Marc because I am lucky to have a daily reminder that there really are people in the world who are willing to risk EVERYTHING for freedom. He will forever be changed by what he lived and saw in Iraq. I may never know just what because he still cannot talk about some of it, but I can see in his eyes the change. He knows what is worth fighting for and what is not anymore.
So, this year, as I go over to his boss' house for turkey and all the fixin's, I will sit with just a few of the soldiers that have allowed me my life of freedom. It really is the soldier that allows us freedom of religion and freedom of speech. This year, in a selfish world, I am thankful for all people who put their own needs behind the greater good...wasn't that what the pilgrims left for in the first place?! "

Thanks guys! We love you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


We went to Disney Princess on Ice. Adeline loved it.
Bailey liked the first half. Austin endured for us.

We paid $10 for cotton candy at intermission.
At least it came with this crown.
Moving on...
I was babysitting my niece Hazel and Addie was my little assistant.

Ever since I pulled out my Christmas decorations, Addie has claimed a Santa hat as her "night cap" and sleeps in it each night. Since we have family in town for Thanksgiving, the kids have lost their beds. This is how I found them last night.
This morning (with night cap still on) Addie lent her make-shift bed to the cat and even covered her up

There's just a few things we've been up to lately.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Millions of Women for Thousands of Years

This isn't going to be a terribly long post because I don't have too much to say on this subject. Just one thing... I HATE THAT PHRASE!!!! I hate it from the top of my bleach weaved hair to the bottom of my always painted toes. John and I had a conversation recently that ended with him saying to me "Well millions of women for thousands of years have..." I can't even complete the sentence because I truly remember nothing of the conversation, but the fact that he said that to me. I wanted to pull out his spiky hair (I hate cutting it anyway). I'm sure that millions of women for thousands of years have felt that way about their husbands at one point or another.
And here's the true beast in me. I hate it because I'm selfish. I don't care about millions of women for thousands of years. This is ME, NOW! It's my turn to do life. I shouldn't have to drive a car without AC because "millions of women for thousands of years." I CAN complain about a broken dishwasher even though "millions of women for thousands of years." And I darn well will be angry when the produce at Wal-Mart is bad.
That saying has never and will never make me feel better about anyway situation EVER. So if I ever post about a bad pedicure, a sick child, or slow service, don't even think about saying to me "Millions of women for thousands of years..." because I'm not afraid to cut you out of my life.

(cleansing breaths)

Just for the record, I have loads of respect for the millions of women over thousands of years. I read about them, study them, try to emulate them. Their stories make me laugh, cry, and serve. But still...don't say it to me!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I got Austin these books for his birthday because all the little boys in Primary talk about them. Since we are always trying to encourage reading, I thought they'd be a great gift.I was completely mortified when I started flipping through them. Lines like "My dad's an idiot," "I hate Grandma," "I want to sit by hot girls because my friends are morons." Just not my kind of humor. So I took them all away with the promise that I'd buy him new books. We already do Captain Underpants (I can do potty humor, just not mean humor) and Magic Treehouse, but I'm looking for other suggestions of books that are appropriate for a 7 *sigh* year old boy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

7 Years Ago

at 6:30 in the morning, I gave birth to this little man. He changed my life forever.Look at him now. HOW?
Happy Birthday My Austin!