Saturday, November 29, 2008


Some of Sterling's Family!

We're all trying to recover from two fun filled days spent celebrating Thanksgiving! This year we went down to Sterling's parent's on Thursday and spent the night. The kids had a blast sleeping in the loft with their cousins (from CO so they don't get to see them very often). We had a great time catching up with Sterling's sister, Celeste and her husband Kevn and kids.

Jason, Christian, and Emilee.

In the evening the older kids and Sterling made things out of Popsicle sticks and glue guns. They had a blast making bridges and houses and Sterling made a huge Turkey!

Jason and Raina

Sterling and I got up at 4 AM to hit some black Friday sales. First we went to Wal-Mart. It was pure chaos. We only had to wait in the check out line for 1 hour and 15 min. Then we went to Kohl's. I think I waited about an hour in that line also. It was crazy but I did get some killer deals so to me it was worth it!

Emilee enjoying her pumpkin pie!

Then we went back to Sterling's parents and got Thanksgiving dinner ready again. 5 of Sterling's siblings plus spouses and kids came on Friday. It was so much fun visiting with everyone! When I first married into Sterling's family gatherings like this were sort of overwhelming because I wasn't used to all the chaos and noise. I' m used to it now. It's crazy, fun and very loud! In the evening we all played Balderdash! It was great fun. I then got the kids ready for bed and we headed home. We got home at 10:30 PM and I was beat. I had been up since 4 AM and didn't get a nap. We had a great Thanksgiving and hope you all did as well!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

For South Summit Alumni

I was reading the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday, and came across a weekly article in which people can write recipe requests and The Tribune tries to find it, whether the recipe is from a restaurant or just a long lost favorite recipe. Someone wrote in to get the Almond Cookie Recipe from the South Summit lunch ladies. I've seriously been craving these for 10 years now! I've tried many almond cookie recipes from the internet and none of them come even close. So I was Thrilled that they got the home sized recipe from the lunch ladies! I wanted to post it here in case any of you have been craving them as much as I have!

Almond Cookie

1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 1/3 Cups brown sugar (not packed)
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups Flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and almond extract and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture until combined. Drop by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. Press down. Bake 8-10 minutes. Over baking will dry them out.
Servings: 4 dozen


Monday, November 17, 2008

4th Folder 4th Picture

I was tagged a long time ago by Beau to go to my Fourth Folder and find my Fourth Picture and describe it. This is Emilee at the Oregon Coast when we were out there for my nieces' wedding! We had so much fun that day. After the coast we went to an Animal Rescue Shelter that rescues hurt sea animals. We got to see baby sea lions playing! It was so cute! Then we went to a local pizza place and had dinner. The next day we headed back home and drove 14 hours straight. Crazy!

I tag Tahnie

One Word Tag!

One word Tag
You have to stick to one word answers! Here goes...
1. Where is your cell phone? Car
2. Where is your significant other? Computer
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Enlightened
5. Your father? Caring
6. Your favorite thing? Vacation
7. Your dream last night? None
:)8. Your dream/goal? Organized
9. The room you're in? Office
10. Your hobby? Crafts
11. Your fear? Alone
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Away
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Energized
15. One of your wish-list items? Minivan
16. Where you grew up? Utah
17. The last thing you did? Read
18. What are you wearing? Jeans
19. Your TV? Old
20. Your pet? Scared
21. Your computer? Love
22. Your mood? Sick
23. Missing someone? Yes
24. Your car? Old
25. Something you're not wearing? Perfume
26. Favorite store? Costco
27. Your summer? FUN
28. Love someone? Sterling
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? weeks
I TAG... Tahnie, Alayna, Alisha, Beau, Amanda

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm A Bella!

I'm a Bella! I found out through Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
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Monday, November 10, 2008


I know, I know it's been way too long since I've done a post! I've just been really, really busy! So I'm finally getting around to our Halloween post! I decided that I wanted to sew my girls authentic looking Disney Princess costumes this year. Patterns weren't to found anywhere so I finally turned to e-bay to find some out of print patterns. It was quite the ordeal winning the patterns but I finally got them about a month before Halloween. My mom and I started with Emilee's Sleeping Beauty because it looked the hardest. And it was! It took both my mom and I two hours just to cut out all of the pieces for the Sleeping Beauty costume alone. The costume is fully lined and the skirt was much harder than expected. Next we did the Belle costume and finally Jasmine. We spent days and days and many, many hours sewing side by side. I brought my sewing machine to my mom's house. I wouldn't have finished these in time if not for my mom helping me. Thanks Mom you're the best!!!!!!

Here's Emilee as Sleeping Beauty!

Aubrie As Jasmine!

Hailee as Belle!

Christian was already at the Trunk or Treat in our neighborhood with his friends by the time I got the camera out. He was Spiderman. I'll have to get him to put his costume back on so I can get a photo! I was very happy about how the girls costumes turned out and they will be wearing them next year because they were so much work!

I also did the Halloween Party for Emilee's Class. It was a lot of work but tons of fun!

This is Emilee's class.

These are the teachers and the aides for the two Life Skills classes in Emilee's school. Emilee's Teacher and Aides are on the front row and the one in the middle row on the far left. Don't they look awesome?!!

Decorating Foam Pumpkins!

Decorating Sugar Cookies!

Pin The Nose on the Pumpkin.

Fishing Pond.

I was also making Hydrobraclets with the kids but I don't have a photo.

Here's my costume!

We had a great time at our Trunk or Treat and it was a good thing my costume included an umbrella because it rained for about 20 min. while we were out Trick or Treating.