Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Content

Lately I have been feeling so content with my place in life and with my family. I look at Jacob and am so overwhelmed with love for him. He is so perfect for me. He is so sweet and makes me so incredibly happy. Not to mention he works so so hard for our family! I am overwhelmed with love for Samantha and our little guy that will soon be joining us. Having kids is truly the most incredible thing. I was reflecting the other day on the feelings and emotions those first moments of holding Samantha. I loved her more than I had ever known love in my entire life. And somehow looking at Jacob, I loved him more than that even! I keep hearing from or about people that are so miserable, and usually it seems to be a result of the poor decisions they are making in life. My heart aches for them, and I hope one day that they can figure life out and know for themselves the joy that they can have. I'm so happy and grateful for my decisions that have led me to this point in life so that I can have all these wonderful blessings. I am especially grateful for my choices that led to a temple marriage, so that I can truly have my family forever.
I'm also so grateful for the gospel and the direction that it gives me! I love the gospel! It is beautiful and pure and simple. I'm grateful that when I'm having an 'off' day I can feel my Heavenly Father's love for me so deeply. And know what? He doesn't love just me. He loves every single person, unconditionally, no matter what.

Don't get me wrong- my life is by no means perfect! I have daily struggles too! I'm just trying to be grateful for what I have, and what I know most of you have too!

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"Put some windex on it"

Jacob and I seem to be saying that to each other a lot lately. Except with the word "aquaphor" instead of windex. (For those who are lost on the quote, think My Big Fat Greek Wedding).


The stuff is amazing! We got some because Samantha gets eczema and the doctor recommended it. We put it on her after every bath, sometimes mixing it with a little prescription cream if we feel like she needs it. I'd heard of moms with cloth diapers using it as a diaper rash cream (because they can't use the zinc oxide on the cloth ones.. ruins them somehow). Samantha has sensitive skin and gets nasty rashes easily. Now when we see one start coming on we whip out the aquaphor and it's gone by the next diaper change! So nice! We have also used it on cuts, scrapes, scabs, cracked heels, chapped and cracked lips. It's kind of like vaseline, but not. It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn't leave you feeling gooey and yucky. Anyway we love it. We like it better than Desitin , A+D ointment, Balmex, Butt paste, etc. for diaper rashes, and the many other things it does are great too! (though I have yet to try it on a zit!)

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Ham

I tried to take some nice pictures of Sam the other day.. None of them turned out, probably because she is 2 and LOVES pulling faces at the camera, but here is one that made me laugh: (click to enlarge, it really is better big!

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My first recipe!!

I'm not one who likes to cook. I do it sometimes anyway, because we'd starve or have grilled cheese every day if I didn't. It's not that I'm a bad cook. I actually have a really good nose/taste buds and can usually tell EXACTLY what I need to add to make things a little better..but I still don't like to cook. Maybe that's why I haven't posted a recipe yet? Anyway we kinda came up with this AMAZING recipe (I'm sure there are many like it though..) I like eating veggies, because I like the way they make me feel. But let's face it, they aren't much to taste plain, unless you grow your own. (maybe that's why I don't like the taste much? Cause I grew up with homegrown? Thanks a lot mom and dad ;)) And frying them seems counter-productive.

Also, this recipe might drive some of you nuts. My mom probably wouldn't ever make it because it doesn't contain any measurements.. I definitely cook like my dad- throw stuff in 'til it smells and tastes delicious.. Here goes!

(doesn't it LOOK amazing?)


What you need:
a bunch of veggies and a couple potatoes
--I used 2 potatoes, 3 large carrots, asparagus, green beans, broccoli and half an onion (next time I plan on adding a red bell pepper)
spices!
--I used Lawry's seasoning salt, garlic powder, large kosher salt, sesame seeds, annnd maybe some celery salt and onion powder (next time I plan on using a TBS or 2 of Worcestershire sauce- isn't that stuff amazing? don't know why I didn't think of it sooner)
EVOO- extra virgin olive oil 1 or 2 Tbs, tops

Directions:
I like to leave peels on my fruits and veggies when I can, because most of the nutrients are contained just barely under the skin! So I scrubbed my potatoes and carrots and sliced them up to bite or 2-bites size, and sliced half an onion. I poured a very small amount of EVOO on them, dumped some spices on them and stuck them in the oven at 400. The potatoes and carrots need to cook for about an hour, everything else 25ish minutes. I cut up the rest of the veggies and after enough time had elapsed (about 35 minutes) I pulled out my potatoes, carrots, and onions and added the rest of the veggies and then poured on a tiny bit more EVOO and dumped a nice coating of the above mentioned spices on it, and mixed it up, then back in the oven for 25 more minutes.

It's REALLY really easy, and the veggies taste so so good! Very flavorful!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Haaaalloween!!!


Here it is, my oh so typical Halloween post. A little late. We went as Monster's Inc. Jacob was Sully (though not a very good one.. but hey, it we had a very small budget and only cost a couple dollars to do all 3 costumes) and I hope Sam and I's are more obvious. Although the wings don't really go with her costume, she got those from Tinkerbell who was also at the party we went to on Friday night.

Saturday was a fun day. Since she was officially old enough to go do all the activities around town (they all said ages 2-12) We took Samantha to the provo mall in the early afternoon for a few activities and trick or treating and she had a lot of fun. After that we went trick or treating along Center Street and she also had a lot of fun there. She would say "treat" instead of trick or treat, but oh well! We were going to go to the Monster Mash party in the Riverwoods, but decided against it since it was pouring rain! We also were going to trick or treat around the neighborhood, but didn't make it very far, even with an umbrella! It was really cold windy and rainy! So we decided to go to university mall... I don't recommend this to anyone. For multiple reasons. 1-- It took us about 45 minutes to acquire 8 pieces of candy because it was SOOO packed. 2-- Everyone was so rushed about giving and getting the candy, they didn't even give her time to say "trick or treat" or "thank you" 3-- I didn't feel like anyone even cared about anyone else's costumes, everyone was just greedily in line anxiously awaiting their next piece of candy. and 4- there were people there who would go to one store and push their way through where it bottlenecks where the candy is being handed out, then go around the line to the next store. Not only is that annoying, but a terrible example to their kids, but oh well.

All in all it was a fun Halloween, and I kinda wished we'd stopped before we went to the university mall, but it was still fun! Samantha loved it and it made me excited for next year (we're definitely doing cooler costumes next year!)

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