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Cooking with Food Storage

8:00:00 PM

I went to a food storage cooking class yesterday taught by my friend Lauren. Seriously, I was amazed at how yummy you could make food storage taste.

Here is a link to a written form of her class:

nesting habits: food storage

I believe she will be updating weekly so check regularly.

You have to try the tomato basil soup recipe. I don't even like tomato soup and I loved this!


The Cardigan

12:44:00 PM

Cardigans have become a wardrobe staple for me. At first I thought it was only me, but I've been noticing a lot of cardigan wearing going on lately. I also love the vintage and feminine looks that Anthropologie has, so I thought, why not combine the two?

You are officially invited to Anthropologize a sweater/cardigan with me. For those who live close, I was thinking we could get together and do this, and for others who may want to be involved, I can post pictures or links to your masterpieces.

What you will need is one cardigan or sweater, some sort of cotton or vintage lace, maybe some scrap fabric, buttons, grosgrain ribbon (if you plan on changing a sweater into a cardigan). Pretty much just stuff you may have laying around the house. If supplies are combined, I'm sure we can come up with some great things.

Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:



12:31:00 AM

I know this is late, but we didn't take Easter pictures until today (as sad as they are). Jack FINALLY had tooth break through last week, and it was for real, the beginning of many pain filled cries since.

I found some cotton/linen plaid at a local fabric store for three dollars a yard and made Jack some poorly planned pants. I decided they were wearable, so he wore them for Easter along with his daddy's 24 year old saddle shoes.

As much as I love little girl clothes and accessories, making clothes for a boy isn't so bad. I have no desire to go crazy with outfits; I can pace myself by only making things I really want. Most things aren't worth the trouble, so if I don't drown myself by making my own clothes, I have time to do other things.

Anyway, all that has little to do with Easter. I have been thinking a lot about Easter and my Savior, and am having a hard time putting my thoughts into words. Words are not sufficient to explain what I feel. Easter is so special to me. As I mentioned in a previous post, I find so much symbolism in this spring season. This Easter we did little in the traditional celebration of Easter which helped me to focus more on my Savior. Because of my Savior, I can live with God and my family forever, can feel pure joy, depend on Him through my trials and I have an example of the type of person I need to become. I love Him and am so grateful for his sacrifice.


happy birthday to me

11:04:00 PM

I recently had a birthday. It was a great time. My family has a tradition that pretty much says you get to celebrate your birthday for the whole week of your birthday. Oh yeah... and no cleaning, cooking or working on the actual day.

After much birthday persuasion, I convinced Rob to take us to Temple Square. It was really rainy and he hates the parking and crowds. He thought we wouldn't have to go, but since I love rain, and can never miss the flowers, we went. He was very sweet to respect my birthday wish from him.

My favorite of all were the very pale pink blossoms on the trees. They were so beautiful.

We got some really good pictures, so here are a few.

On our way back to the car, it started pouring rain. Now I love rain, so being soaking wet is okay. Rob on the other hand, not so much. Plus he stepped into a gutter of running water. Jack didn't know what was going on in all reality. He probably thought he was in a weird moving shower.

Some other birthday activities included shopping at the Centerville DI (If you're close, check it out. It's the best DI in Utah... I would know.), eating chocolate, buying swimsuit making supplies, and getting breakfast in bed. Robert is very sweet and patient with my birthday traditions. He didn't know that he was actually quoting my family when he told me I was queen for the day. :)

feelings of a mom

Spring Cleaning

4:49:00 PM

I have been extremely busy the past few weeks finishing up my tailoring class and sewing seven bridesmaids dresses (no they're not done yet). I'm finally to a point where I can clean the house and such. On Monday, I sewed for twelve hours and Tuesday I didn't sew a single stitch. It felt wonderful.

Today, I'm going through all of our stuff and figuring out what to get rid of. I'm so excited. I think I'm a little weird, but I LOVE de-cluttering. I find it hard to hold on to things for longer than 6 months if I haven't used it. I'm trying to keep a perspective about maternity and post pregnancy clothes so I don't end up in the same fix I've been in for a few months. By the time I was seven months along with Jack, I gave away most of my pre pregnancy clothes. I NEVER thought I could EVER be smaller becuase I was so huge.

Rob definitely doesn't feel the passion I do about getting rid of stuff, but after a few years of marriage, I'm surprised at how quickly he lets me get rid of things. His weird polyester shirt collection is down to two or three now. I'm still working on his T-shirt collection.

I have birthday pictures to post later. Our Easter picture was postponed because Jack was not the happiest all through church and as soon as we got home, I took his clothes off so he could take a nap.


Welcome April

2:49:00 PM

April is pretty much my favorite month of the year. Why? My two favorite holidays: Easter and my birthday. Yes, my birthday. Speaking of holidays, happy April Fool's Day! I never really do anything for April Fools, but this year, I moved all the clocks ahead and took the clock display off of Robert's phone. He still hasn't figured out that it's 1:50 instead of 2:50. I can't decide when to tell him... :)


April Fools!

Last night, Robert ended up having to work until 3:30 am. Yeah, pretty horrible. Anyway, he was sleeping when I woke up, so after changing all the clocks, I left to run some errands. I called him while I was out to see how his day was going. He said he was really frustrated because he woke up really late and now didn't have very much time to finish his homework and everything else he had to do. I came home to a stressed and hurried husband. I knew he had to leave for campus at 3:30 pm, so right before he was planning to leave, I changed all the clocks back. As he was walking out the door, we had a conversation that went something like this:

"Where are you going?"
"I'm going to school."
"I have to get there to do some homework before my class."
"Aren't you going to meet someone before your class?"
"No, we're both running late."

(I couldn't help but smile when he said this. Maybe his friend was suffering from the same trick.)

"Then why are you leaving right now?"

"I've got to get to school!"
"But, it's only 2:20."
"No, it's not."
"Yes, it is."

He turned around to look at the clock and look at me confused. He then proceeded to look at the other clocks in the house.


He laughed sheepishly.

Needless to say, he was happy to have the extra hour to hang out with us.

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